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October 2011

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Oval

The manufacture Parmigiani Fleurier has created a special oval timepiece with telescoping hands as an homage to a famous oval pocket watch (pictured on right) that was made by British watchmakers Vardon & Stedmann in the 19th century.

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The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton

The Piaget Altiplano was already the thinnest automatic watch in the world at 5.34 mm in height, powered by the thinnest movement in the world at 2.4 mm in height. And now, Piaget holds the title for the thinnest skeleton watch and movement in the world, with the introduction of the new Altiplano Skeleton.

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Hands-On with the Movado Bold Indigo Blue

The Bold is Movado's newest timepiece to feature the Museum® dial. Conceived by artist Nathan George Horwitt in 1947, the dial is defined by a single dot 12 o'clock, symbolizing sun at high noon. The Movado Bold collection comes in a variety of color variations and is available in either 3-hand or chronograph versions. The 42 mm diameter case is made of a composite of stainless steel and black TR90 resin. The case has a shiny polished finish.

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Blancpain X Fathoms

Blancpain has just introduced what they claim to be the most high-performance mechanical dive watch in the world. The X Fathom's coolest feature is a mechanical depth gauge, shown in the central of the dial via a display with "0-90" markings in yellow and a dedicated hand. As the display indicates, the depth gauge works from 0 to 90 meters. This function is rarely seen in mechanical watches - although Panerai, IWC, and JLC are the three brands that have produced mechanical depth gauge wristwatches in the past. The biggest advantage of a mechanical depth gauge being built into a timepiece is that it eliminates the need for a dedicated depth gauge. Many divers wear both a depth gauge and professional dive watch. The X Fathoms has some other important and unique diving features such as a 5-minute counter

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Grieb & Benzinger Blossom Black Tulip

At the request of a celebrity agent who was in search of a unique piece for their client, a US-based pop star, Grieb & Benzinger has created an amazing one-of-a-kind skeleton timepiece - the Blossom Black Tulip. Grieb & Benzinger's skeletonized timepieces require much of the work to be done by hand, with no more than 100 pieces produced per year, making them very rare. According to Grieb & Benzinger, the Blossom is the only skeletonized watch in the world that is fully skeletonized, engraved by hand and features guilloché work. The Blossom Black Tulip comes in a 43 mm diameter 18k red gold case with a guilloché bezel and a black-colored skeletonized movement, even the otherwise red ruby jewel bearings have been blackened. Crown, hour, minutes and seconds hands in rose gold. The retail price is $45,675.

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Corum Admiral's Cup 45 Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Originally introduced in 2009, the Corum Admiral's Cup 45 Minute Repeater is now offered in a grade 5 titanium case. The coolest feature of the Minute Repeater Tourbillon is the innovative mechanism that allows the wearer to activate the minute repeater function by rotating the bezel. Another impressive feature, is the smoked PVD-treated sapphire crystal dial which offers stunning views of the intricate minute repeater and tourbillon mechanisms.

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George Daniels has passed away (1926-2011)

On October 21, 2011 at the age of 85, George Daniels, has passed away in his home on the Isle of Man (a self-governing British Crown Dependency). Daniels is best known for inventing the co-axial escapement which functions with virtually no lubrication thereby eliminating one of the biggest shortcomings of the traditional lever escapement.

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Exclusive: Skywatch 3-hand

Skywatch is an interesting new US based watch brand that produces affordable Swiss quartz timepieces. Skywatch currently makes two collections: 3-hand and chronograph. The 3-hand collection is available in 38 mm or 44 mm diameter case sizes (pictured). The chronograph collection is only available in 44 mm diameter cases.

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Carl F. Bucherer CentralChrono

Carl F. Bucherer presents the Manero CentralChrono with both minutes and seconds displayed via central hands. Chronograph seconds are commonly displayed via a central hand, whereas chronograph minutes typically are not. In this case, both chronograph seconds and minutes are shown via central hands. This unique configuration results in better legibility when reading the chronograph time. The Manero CentralChrono is powered by the CFB 1967 caliber. The 47 jewel Swiss made self-winding caliber runs at 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 44-hours. Functions include chronograph central minutes and seconds counters; date (at 6 o'clock), 24-hour (at 9 o'clock), hours, minutes, small seconds (at 3 o'clock). The case is stainless steel and measures 42.5 mm by 14.24 mm. A domed sapphire crystal with a reflective coating on both sides protects the dial. Caseback with sapphire crystal allowing a view

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Ochs und Junior Anno Cinquanta

The Anno Cinquanta is an annual calendar from new watch brand Ochs und Junior. The annual calendar complication uses circular apertures (dots) to display the month, day and date (month - at 12 o'clock, day - at 6 o'clock and date - at perimeter of dial).

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