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June 2010

Grönefeld One Hertz with Independent Deadbeat Seconds

The Grönefeld One Hertz is the second complicated mechanical timepiece created by Swiss trained, Netherland based watchmaking brothers, Bart and Tim Grönefeld. The movement for this new timepiece, was created completely in-house. The dial indicates hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o'clock. Power reserve is indicated at 12 o'clock.

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BREAKING NEWS: Nicolas G. Hayek of the Swatch Group passes away

Biel/Bienne, 28 June 2010 - With deep sadness and regret we inform you that Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors of The Swatch Group Ltd. unexpectedly passed away today due to heart failure during work at his beloved Swatch Group. Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek's greatest merit was his enormous contribution to the saving of the Swiss watch industry and the foundation and the commercial development of the Swatch Group. Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek's extraordinary vision enabled him to realize and ensure the sustainability of a strong watchmaking enterprise with high Swiss added value. He is rightly recognized as a leading entrepreneur in this country. With the right personnel decisions, Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek also ensured that his ideas and beliefs will live on and that continuity is guaranteed in regard of shareholders, Board

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Ladoire Roller Guardian Time Blue

With its asymmetrical case, deconstructed time display and gentle curves contrasting with a powerful architecture, the RGT disrupts codes and combines opposites in providing an offbeat and resolutely avant-garde take on Haute Horlogerie. Since 2007, the Geneva-based House of Ladoire has been playing with contradictions and associating extremes within atypical creations featuring cutting- tune with an underground-rock style mood inspired by contemporary culture and some of its most famous exponents such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Andy Warhol and Philippe Starck. The daringly asymmetrical Roller Guardian Time RGT confronts a virile design with the soft lines and silk touch of the case middle, while the resolutely technical nature of the display stands out against the backdrop of the ultra-refined movement decorations. edge complications and sophisticated aesthetics.

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Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean's Blue Hole

Guillaume Nery, a Ball watch company ambassador, and former free dive world record holder made this video diving into "Dean's Blue Hole". Apparently, it is impossible for a human to free dive (dive with no oxygen tank), to the bottom of Deans Blue Hole. However, he made this really cool video to show what it might look like if a human really could reach the bottom. I actually met Guillaume, at the Ball booth in during Baselworld 2008, and he is as nice as he is talented. Guillaume Nery is wearing a Ball diver watch during the filming of this video (which took multiple shoots to get this one scene).

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Exclusive: Maurice de Mauriac Chrono Modern DLC

During a recent visit to the Maurice de Maurice, Zurich based boutique, workshop and headquarters, I was so impressed by the styling, value and quality of Maurice de Mauriac timepieces, that I had to have one. So, I ordered one, with my exact dial, bezel, case and strap preferences. Two weeks later, my watch arrived at my house in Denver, Colorado.

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Stowa Marine Automatik A10 with date

German watchmaker, Stowa, recently introduced a new automatic timepiece to their Marine collection, the Marine Automatik A10 with date. Previously Stowa has offered this watch with a ETA 2824-2 movement, but now they have moved to an A10 movement (both are Swiss movements, but the A10 has some advantages over the ETA). It is not COSC certified, but it does have Geneva Stripes and perlage finishing, blued screws and a engraved rotor. This particular version comes with a date, although it is available without a date as well.

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Bovet Pininfarnia Ottanta Tourbillon 4-in-1 watch

Bovet recently introduced the Pininfarnia Ottanta Tourbillon. At first glance, it appears that it is designed to be worn on your wrist like a traditional wristwatch, and it is. But it can also be flipped around, like a Reverso, allowing you to display either the caseback or dial side. That's not it, though, it can also convert into a pocket watch. And if that is not enough, it even converts into a miniature clock. So, essentially, you get four watches for the one price. However, for the price, you can easily buy two wristwatches, a pocket watch and a miniature table clock. In fact, at around $300K, you could buy many watches, and still have money left over.

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Defakto Single Handed Watches

Defakto, is a German watch brand that produces simple one handed timepieces (with Swiss movements). A number of high-end watch brands offer one-handed timepieces, but none as affordable and easy to read as this one. Defakto has only one timepiece, with four different variations: steel case/black dial, steel case/white dial, pvd case/white dial and pvd case/black dial.

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A. Favre & fils Phoenix 10.1: Quantième à Grand Affichage Rotatif

Laurent Favre, has re-launched a brand that, according to documents in the Neuchâtel State Archives, dates back to the early 1700s (beginning with his ancestor Abraham Favre). It is unclear when the name A. Favre & fils actually came into use, but the last Abraham Favre was known to have signed the brand name on timepieces he created. As a heritage to his forbears, Laurent Favre, a 10th generation watchmaker, has learned the art of fine watchmaking through his studies and experience working at a major Swiss watch brand.

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Rafael Nadal wins French Open while wearing Richard Mille watch

Julian Finney/Getty Images Pro tennis player, Rafael Nadal, just won his fifth French Open in six years, and he did so in dominant fashion. The 24-year old has also regained the world No. 1 ranking, supplanting Roger Federer. This win, is also a win for watchmaker Richard Mille. As you can see from the photo, Nadal is wearing a black wristwatch. He actually wears this timepiece during his matches. It is unobtrusive and does not interfere with his game, clearly, as he has just won his first major since he signed on as a Richard Mille ambassador. The watch he wears during all of his tournaments is not your average sports watch either, it costs over half of a million dollars. And was custom built with input from Nadal. It is extremely light, and has special shock absorbers, which

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