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January 2012

SIHH 2012: The new Grande Lange 1

Earlier this month, during SIHH 2012, German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne introduced a redesigned version of their popular Grande Lange 1. The original Grande Lange 1 had a 41.9 mm case and overlapping dials. The new Grande Lange 1 has a 40.9 mm case and the dials no longer overlap. (For reference, the Lange 1 has a case diameter of 38.5 mm and has non-overlapping dials.) Incorporating non-overlapping dials was no easy feat. The new Grande Lange 1 required a completely new movement in order to accommodate this design change; the movement diameter was increased while the case was slimmed down. The overlapping dials of the original Grande Lange 1 was something many purists complained about, so the new dial design should be a welcome change. Both the current Lange 1 and the now discontinued original Grande Lange 1

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Baselworld 2012: Hamilton intra-matic (preview)

Hamilton recently previewed a cool vintage-inspired timepiece that will be officially introduced at Baselworld 2012, the intra-matic. Its design is derived from the 1950s model with the same name, and builds upon the release of the Hamilton Thin-O-Matic last year at Baselworld. The intra-matic features a domed crystal and is approximately 7 mm thick. It is powered by a self-winding ETA 2892. Available in steel or gold PVD plating, in two case sizes: 38 and 42 mm. Black leather strap. The retail prices are $845(38 mm) and $945 (42 mm).

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Baselworld 2012: Omega Seamaster James Bond 007 50th Anniversary

To celebrate 50 years of James Bond, Omega has announced a new special edition timepiece - the Omega James Bond 007 Seamster 50th Anniversary. James Bond has worn a Seamaster in every 007 film since GoldeEye. The 007 Seamaster will come in two sizes, 41 mm and 36.25 mm. The cases are in stainless steel and feature ceramic bezel rings with diving scales in matter chromium nitride with the number "50" in red to symbolize the anniversary.

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SIHH 2012: Roger Dubuis Pulsion collection

The big news for Roger Dubuis at the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH 2012) show was the launch of the all new Pulsion collection. The collection consists of a skeletonized flying tourbillon and three openworked chronographs.

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SIHH 2012: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding 41 mm

At the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH) last week, Audemars Piguet introduced a number of new Royal Oak models in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the famous timepiece the Gerald Genta created in 1972. This model is the Royal Oak Self-Winding 41 mm and is available in stainless steel with steel bracelet (shown below), rose gold with rose gold bracelet (shown above) and rose gold with strap. Powering the Royal Oak is caliber 3120, a self-winding 40 jewel movement that runs at 21,600 vph (3Hz) and has 280 parts. Glareproofed sapphire crystals front and back. Locking crown. Hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Maximum power-reserve is 60-hours. The price is $16,900. (Ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.01)

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SIHH 2012: Roger Dubuis Ladies' Black Velvet

The Roger Dubuis Velvet Amethysts and Spinels timepiece Black Velvet was in my opinion the nicest ladies' timepiece I saw at the Salon International de la Haute Horoology (SIHH) last week. The Black Velvet comes in a 36 mm diameter black DLC treated titanium case. The bezel is set with 46 amethysts (0.74 cts approx.). The lugs and decor set with 40 spinels (0.50 ct approx.)

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SIHH 2012: Richard Mille Tourbillon Split Seconds RM 056 Felipe Massa Sapphire

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2012) luxury watch show last week, seventeen brands showed off hundreds of new timepieces; but only one was the most talked about piece of the fair. The Richard Mille Tourbillon Split Seconds RM 056 Felipe Masse Sapphire. The RM Sapphire features the typical high-tech, skeletonized Richard Mille movement, but with a never before seen sapphire crystal watch case.

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SIHH 2012: Officine Panerai PAM 438 "Tuttonero" GMT Ceramic

This week at SIHH 2012 Officine Panerai introduced their first timepiece with a ceramic bracelet, the PAM 438 Tuttonero Ceramic. The Tuttonero, features a Luminor 1950 case and bracelet in matte black ceramic. It is also available in a leather strap (PAM 441), however, the ceramic bracelet version is a unique option; there are not too many watches currently on the market with a ceramic bracelet. Ceramic cases and bracelets are very durable and virtually scratch proof, making this a great looking and ultra rugged timepiece. The case is 44 mm in diameter and is powered by a 29-jewel Panerai P.9001/B in-house automatic movement (a black galvanized version of P.9001). Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date and a second time zone. Power reserve is 72-hours. Water-resistance is 300 meters. The retail price is $11,445.

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SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte

Introducing the tonneau-shaped Malte collection from, Vacheron Constantin. At SIHH 2012, four models were presented within the Malte collection, three of which meet the new Geneva Seal certification, which not only has a high level of aesthetic requirements, it now also requires the movement to be tested for accuracy. Furthermore, the movement must be tested fully cased up, which is an even more stringent than the industry standard COSC-chronometer test (which requires only that the movement be tested).

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SIHH 2012: Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Chronograph Sporting

Today was opening day of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2012) in Geneva, and so today we begin with exclusive coverage of the important pieces from the show. At the Ralph Lauren booth, the timepiece that is getting the most buzz, is the new Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Sporting Chronograph.

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