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February 2012

Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar for Leap Day

First introduced in 1994, the Lange 1, with its signature off-center dial, is the most iconic timepiece in the A. Lange & Sohne collection. Last month in Geneva, Lange revealed the most complicated Lange 1 timepiece ever - the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.

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A Spéciale Tonda From Parmigiani Fleurier

Parmigiani Fleurier, located in Fleurier, Switzerland - was founded by Michel Parmigiani in 1996. As a tribute to 1950, Michel's birth year, a special 60 piece numbered edition timepiece was created and revealed at SIHH 2012 - the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Edition Spéciale.

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SIHH 2012: JeanRichard Diverscope LPR

For JeanRichard's final showing at SIHH (they will be exhibiting at Baselworld beginning in 2013), the La-Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaking house introduced two new collections, the Highlands which was discussed here, and the Diverscope LPR. The Diverscope LPR is a diver's watch with a linear power reserve indicator; but unlike most power reserve indicators which display the remaining power reserve on the subdial, this one displays it inside the 12 o'clock Arabic numeral. Like a typical fuel gauge, it displays full to empty, vertically. The Diverscope Liner Power Reserve is powered by a caliber JR1010, a variant of the brand's base caliber JR1000 in-house movement, which reflects the addition of the power reserve. The self-winding movement has 26 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and a 48-hour power reserve. It features Cotes de Geneve, bevelling and perlage finishes. Functions include

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Baselworld 2012: Tissot Heritage PR 516

At Baselworld next month Tissot will unveil the Heritage PR 516, a timepiece inspired by a popular Tissot watch from the 1960s. The case is 40 mm in diameter and is available in stainless steel case or yellow gold PVD coated steel. Sapphire crystal and transparent case back. Self-winding mechanical movement. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, day and date. Dial is available in either blue, black or silver. Stainless steel bracelet with cut-out circles (shown) or leather clasp with butterfly clasp. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Retail $995

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Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma, More Than Meets The Eye

One of the more interesting timepieces revealed by Parmigiani Fleurier at SIHH this year was the Transforma Rivages Chronograph Carbon and Titanium. It is a watch that can transform from: a watch, to pocket a watch and to a table clock. Push pins on the lower lugs allow the case to be detached for use as pocket watch or table clock.

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Baselworld 2012: Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton

The Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin skeletonized 3-hand watch should help to diversify the Hublot lineup when it is officially unveiled at the upcoming Baselworld show next month. It looks good. The case is 45 mm in diameter and houses a 2.9 mm thin skeletonized movement with hours, minutes and seconds indications; it has 23 jewels, 123 components and a 90-hour power reserve. Shown in titanium (1,000 pieces), also available in 18K gold (500 pieces).

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SIHH 2012: Baume & Mercier

For 2012, Baume & Mercier further solidified their new marketing initiatives which have been underway for the past few years. This year at SIHH a few new men's references were introduced within the core Capeland chronograph collection, including the redesigned vintage inspired 44 mm flyback chrono (Ref. 10006), the 44 mm chrono with a new blue dial variation (Ref. 10065) and the 42 mm chrono which is now available with a steel bracelet (Ref. 10062).

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The Greubel Forsey Contemporain, Right On Many Levels

More than likely, you've already read about the Gruebel Forsey GMT Tourbillon and its rotating universal time globe, but chances are you haven't read about Greubel Forsey's other big SIHH introduction, the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporain.

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Girard-Perregaux Three Bridges "Blue Spinel"

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon 3 Bridges was a favorite among the attendees during the Girard-Perregaux (SIHH) US press conference last month. While the movement of the tourbillon cage, balance wheel and escapement will definitely catch your attention - surprisingly - the tourbillon is not what everyone was talking about. Instead, it seemed everyone's attention was focused on the beautiful see-through blue spinel bridges ("spinels" are gemstones). On the dial there are three bridges: one for the power barrel, one for the center pinion and one for the tourbillon mechanism. All three with a gold setting in the center and 2-flat-head screws securing them to the dial. Each mechanism exposed through a cut-out on the dial and perfectly visible through each translucent bridge. The exposed parts are polished and the surfaces are hand circular-grained. The result: a dial that is visually

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SIHH 2012: Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph GMT

At the SIHH show last month, Montblanc introduced the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Open Hometime. A new addition to the Nicolas Rieussec collection that features an in-house column-wheel chronograph, like the model originally introduced in 2008, now with a GMT function.

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