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September 2009

Marie Antoinette pocket-watch N°1160 coming to the US

Marie Antoinette was driven by a truly passionate desire for Breguet watches and had acquired a number of timepieces, including a perpétuel watch embellished with a self-winding device developed by Breguet. In 1783, one of her admirers ordered the most spectacular watch possible, incorporating the entire body of horological science of the time, as a gift to the queen. The order specified that gold should, wherever possible, be used instead of other metals, and that the complications should be both multiple and varied.

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Cimier Petite Seconde Venom Watch

Swiss watchmaker, Cimier, recently introduced the Petite Seconde Venom. Its 43mm stainless steel case has a black PVD finish, a polished finish on the bezel and case, and a brushed finish on the top of the lugs. Inside, is an ETA Unitas 6497 manual-wind mechanical movement. The movement has been blackened and features blued screws, all visible through a "Jorg Stiel" signed sapphire caseback. (Jorg Stiel is a former goal keeper for the Swiss national soccer team.)

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Breitling Cosmonaute Limited Edition

In 1962, the space race was well under way. Already a supplier to civilian and military aviation, Breitling naturally took a keen interest in this new human adventure. Based on the Navitimer chronograph, the brand's technicians developed the Cosmonaute, a space-going version of this instrument indicating the daily 24 hours in a single sweep of the dial. Given the extremely relative nature of day and night in space, this configuration prevents possible confusion between midday and midnight. On May 24th 1962, the astronaut Scott Carpenter tested this instrument under real-life conditions during his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 capsule.

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Baselworld 2010: From a position of strength

Press release | September 24, 2009 BASELWORLD 2010: From a position of strength The current planning status shows that BASELWORLD is established at the topmost level. Precisely in economically critical times, the World Watch and Jewellery Show is able to operate from a position of strength: an increasing number of exhibitors are concentrating their show participation exclusively on Basel.

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Ernst Benz Great Circle Chronoscope Instrument Series

This new collection of timepieces is inspired by Ernst Benz's original aircraft instrumentation. In the continual effort to tell the story of Ernst Benz and the precision aviation instruments the company is renowned for, Leonid Khankin, managing and creative director of Ernst Benz, is introducing a new dial and set of hands reminiscent of the original mid-century design that inspired the cockpit gauges Mr. Benz produced in the 1960s and 70s.

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Richard Mille RM10 Titanium Black Skeleton

Richard Mille is known for creating exclusive high-tech F1 inspired luxury-sports watches. The new RM10 Titanium Black Skeleton is a perfect example, as it is a blend of sporty design and haute horology. Inside, the RM10 is equipped with an automatic manufacture movement, produced and assembled at the renowned AP Renaud and Papi factory, in Le Locle. Parts of the skeleton movement have been treated with PVD for increased visual appeal and for added performance. Outside, the case is coated with a sporty high-tech black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating. This coating not only looks great, it makes scratches virtually non-existent. The bottom plate, balance cock and bridges are made of hand-ground grade 2 titanium, wet sandblasted and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) treated for a cool black finish. The use of high grade 2 titanium and PVD coating not

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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Rapide Transponder

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, in conjunction with Aston Martin, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a new AMVOX2 Rapide Transponder. It is a mechanical watch, with the added ability to unlock and lock the car, electronically. Built around the AMVOX touch crystal technology, all you have to do is slide the switch on the left side of the case to activate the crystal, And then, by pressing the crystal between 8 and 9 o'clock for OPEN, and between 3 and 4 o'clock to CLOSE, the Rapide Transponder can unlock/lock the Aston Martin Rapide. You can even turn on the headlights by pressing both the OPEN and CLOSE part of the crystal simultaneously. All of this technology is achieved using a micro-transmitter that is fitted into the body of a traditional mechanical watch.

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Chopard Mille Migilia GT XL Chronograph

Chopard recently introduced a new version of their Mille Migilia GT XL Chronograph. This one is nearly identical to the last version, the main difference is the rose gold accents. It features a 44 x 14.5 mm black DLC treated stainless steel case with a contrasting 18k rose gold bezel.

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Porsche Design Flat Six P'6340 Automatic Chronograph

At Baselworld 2009, Porsche Design introduced some new versions of their popular Flat Six P'6340 Automatic Chronograph. For the most part, the watches are the same as when they were originally introduced in 2007. They still feature a 44.5 mm x 15 mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 120 meters. Inside is the same modified 7750 movement, with a signature Porsche alloy wheel shaped rotor and visibility through the sapphire caseback. The chronograph pushers are flush mounted with the case at 2 and 4 o'clock, like on the original. And the sporty dial layout that you expect from a watch that pays homage to the venerable Porsche 911, is unchanged. What is new for 2009 though, are three new color schemes, including one with a red dial and black accents, one with a black dial and red accents

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Sinn 917 GR Rally Chronograph

Last month, German watchmaker, Sinn, introduced a new model, the 917 GR Rally Chronograph. The new Rally Chronograph features a countdown bezel that is controlled by the crown at 4 o'clock. This makes it possible to read off finish times with to-the second accuracy, with red numerals to call attention to the all-important, final 15-seconds.

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