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August 2010

Rolex Watch Winders

Rolex released its own watch winders last year around Christmas. Of course, it appears, that Rolex never even announced this product with a press release, as there is only one site I could find with this product, and I could not find a single site with the press release (not surprising considering the Rolex press department's notoriously covert nature). Rolex winders are made by Swiss Kubik. I was a little surprised to hear that they are not made in-house, especially considering that Rolex makes every piece of their watches in-house. That said, I've always good things about Swiss Kubik watch winders. The back of the winder is made of solid stainless steel, the front is made of very thick glass, the outside is decorated in Rolex's signature green, and overall this looks like a great automatic watch winder.

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10 watches from $1,000 to $5,000

This is a list of our 10 Most Wanted watches from $1000 to $5000. Please click the arrows to view the slideshow, click the image to pop-up each caption.

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Omega Grey Speedmaster

The Omega Grey Speedmaster (Ref. O32332404006001) was introduced at this year's Baselworld show. It is offered in a 40 mm stainless steel case, with both polished and brushed surfaces, and for the most part, looks like a typical Speedmaster. It is powered by the standard, yet reliable Omega Calibre 330 mechanical movement that is officially chronometer-certified (COSC) and has a power reserve of 48 hours.

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Hands-On with Lum-Tec Combat B43 Watches

Lum-Tec is a watch brand based in the United States that specializes in luminous watch dials and hands. Every Lum-Tec watch features their exclusive MDV Technology™ (Maximum Darkness Visibility). This is a special 8-layer application of ultra bright glowing superluminova photoluminescent material. The process consists of a chemical base layer, six luminous layers and a final clear layer on the top. The result, are some of the brightest watch dials and hands in the industry. Lum-Tec MDV technology is not limited to Lum-Tec timepieces, though, they can even reapply their signature lume to older watches whose luminous paint has worn out over time.

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Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph

Founded in Switzerland in 1918 by George Schaeren, Mido is now based in Le Locle. The Mido Multifort PVD is a special edition version of their most popular collection. It has a 44 mm x 14.5 mm 316L stainless steel treated case that is PVD treated (PVD gives the watch a black finish, as well as protecting it from scratches and corrosion).

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Corum Admiral's Cup Black Chronograph 40

In addition to the Admiral's Cup collection that is already celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Admiral's Cup Black Chronograph 40 already has the makings of greatness. Loyal to the aesthetic design that has forged the collection's admirable reputation, it proudly bears the identity codes of its siblings: a 12- sided case and nautical pennant hour-markers. Featuring a 40 mm diameter, well suited to ladies' wrists, the newcomer clearly tops the bill right from its first appearance. It is equipped with a chronograph that asserts its sporting nature, while clothed in intense black and diamonds that proclaim its feminine spirit. Having earned international recognition as Corum's sports watch collection, the Admiral's Cup has been pay- ing tribute to the world of sailing for half a century. The bold aesthetics of its 12-sided case have made it an iconic

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Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport

Last Friday (August 13, 2010) Parmigiani Fleurier launched the automobile inspired Bugatti Super Sport timepiece. A super watch made in conjunction with the world's fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The car is an amazing feat in engineering as is this new Bugatti timepiece from Parmigiani. I really liked the original watch Parmigiani created for Bugatti, however, this version has been fully redesigned. The new watch is arguably better looking, and maintains an unmistakable look, much like a Bugatti super car. The design is more restrained, the case is sleeker and it is much more wearable. The excellent design perfectly blends subtle Bugatti Veyron elements, without being quite as loud as the previous model, and that is definitely a good thing.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Chronopro

Launched in 2004, the Chronopro was the premiere mechanical chronograph. This year's redesign sports the same 42mm Victorinox Swiss Army solid-steel case with crown protector but adds new functionality and optimizes legibility. Among the most striking upgrades are a dual finish bezel displaying the tachymeter scale, larger numerals and luminescent hands, counters with applied rings and a minute scale on the flange. A bright red 60-second counter hand dominates the enhanced dial, for instant, at-a-glance reading. Turn it over -- the powerful, Swiss-crafted Valjoux 7750 movement is visible through an exhibition caseback in mineral crystal. Available on a genuine black leather strap with a brushed matte finish, cream-colored contrast stitching, and an integrated pushbutton folding clasp. The case is 316L stainless steel and is 42 mm in diameter. Powering the timepiece is the reliable Valjoux 7750, which is a Swiss-made

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Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Chrono Mechanical

Victorinox Swiss Army has just announced plans to release three new mechanical chronographs for winter 2010, called Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronos. All three versions are powered by the robust and accurate mechanical self-winding Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement, and all share the same 44 mm stainless 316L stainless steel case, however, the black version features a Black Ice PVD coated stainless steel 316L case (additional $200 for PVD treated version). Available in three striking styles: the "retro" dial in olive and cream with a rugged-stitched brown leather strap; a very contemporary black-and-silver dial model with subtle red and black accents and rugged-stitched black leather strap; and the striking Black Ice PVD coating on the dial, case and deployant clasp bracelet. The sapphire crystal has a triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal protecting the dial. And a screw-in exhibition caseback with a shock-resistant mineral

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