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September 2010

Orient Executive Worldtime Power Reserve

The Executive Worldtime Power Reserve is one of Orient's most unique and appealing timepieces. It features a mechanical self-winding movement with a dual internal bezel worldtime indication, including a day/night function, and a convenient power reserve indicator. The stainless steel case (43 mm x 12.8 mm), features brushed and polished accents. The dial has a small seconds display at 6 o'clock, a date wheel at 9 o'clock and a power reserve indicator at 12 o'clock. The dial is black and white, with three different guilloche patterned designs. A crown at 2 o'clock adjusts the outer most internal worldtime city display (bidirectional internal bezel). The lower crown, at 4 o'clock, adjusts the time, date and inner most worldtime hour display (bidirectional internal bezel). These bezels allow you to simultaneously view times around the world, including if it is day or night.

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Breitling Blackbird Red Strike Limited Edition

Breitling recently announced a new version of their popular Blackbird collection, the Red Strike Limited Edition. Personally, this is one of my favorite Breitling watches, I especially like the big date window at 12 o'clock. This version will be limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide and is available in either polished (shown) or satin. The stainless steel case is 43.7 mm with a rotating bezel that features a 360° graduated scale. It is water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 ft) and has a "Blackbird special" pilot bracelet. The movement is a 38-jewel Breitling Calibre 44 automatic movement that has been COSC certified (all Breitlings are COSC chronometer certified). Check out a DLC version of this timepiece here. The most notable difference between this and a standard Blackbird watch, is the red accents on the dial.

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Christopher Ward C60 Kingfisher Auto Diver

Christopher Ward is a 5-year old London based watchmaker who creates affordable quartz and mechanical timepieces. They have a new swiss made diver watch that will be available for sale in November called the C60 Kingfisher Auto. It is an automatic dive watch powered by an ETA 2824-2 self-winding mechanical movement. The case is 42 mm x 13 mm in diameter and features thick 4.5 mm domed sapphire crystal. The caseback is solid and features a NDL dive scale engraved in it. The caseback and crown screw-in and help to maintain water-resistance down to 300 meters (1000 ft). There is a 2-piece unidirectional dive bezel to keep track of your dive time. The indices feature a Superuminova treatment for visibility at night or underwater. The dial features a bright yellow metallic finish. The strap is silicon rubber with a

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Tissot signs NBA star Tony Parker as ambassador

Tissot, Swatch Group's volume entry-level Swiss watch brand, has just informed me that they signed Tony Parker as their new global brand ambassador. Tony Parker, is an all-pro point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. He is also married to Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria. Please click "Read More" below for the official press release and one more image.

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Breguet Type XX 3802 Aéronavale

The founder of Breguet, Abraham Louis Breguet was appointed as horologer to the French Royal Navy in 1815, and has always had close ties with the Navy. Breguet has consistently supplied high precision timekeepers to the Navy over the past two centuries. The French Fleet Air Arm, or Naval Aviation, generally referred to a Aéronavale, is celebrating its hundredth anniversary in 2010. So Breguet has created a new 1000-piece limited edition Type XX chronograph to celebrate this anniversary.

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TW Steel Grandeur Diving Chronographs

TW Steel is a 4-year old Dutch based watch brand that sells affordable entry level luxury watches. "Oversized" watches to be specific. The trend of extra large timepieces seems to have cooled off, and clearly there has been a return to more conservative sizes. However, for people with bigger wrists and for people who prefer this style, companies like TW Steel and U-Boat, continue to cater to them.

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Edifice Black Label Collection by Casio

Casio has recently launched their upscale Edifce Black Label collection in the United States. Building on the popularity of Casio's G-Shock line, this collection features many of the same functions, such as worldtimers, chronographs and more. However, instead of the standard resin case, that usually costs under a $100 within the G-Shock line, this collection moves up to stainless steel cases with a hard black PVD treatment. The new collection consists of 5 models that vary in price range from $150 all the way up to $500 for the top of the line.

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Rolex Ceramic Bezel Manufacturing Video

This video explains how Rolex creates the ceramic bezels on their GMT and Submariner timepieces. It takes 40 hours per bezel (most processes are automated, but it is still an impressive fact). The resulting ceramic bezels are very hard, and nearly impossible to scratch, which is great compared to the aluminum bezels they have used for years (which work well, but do show scratches).

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