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April 2012

Vintage Inspired Longines Heritage 1940

Longines unveiled a number of interesting new vintage inspired timepieces at Baselworld 2012. We already showed you the Longines Heritage 1942 last week, and here is the Longines Heritage 1940. As its name suggests - it is based on a model from 1940. The round steel case is 38.5 mm in diameter with a lacquered dial (available in white or black) that features a railway-track minute ring and 11 Arabic numerals. The hands are of blued steel in the white-dial version and rhodium-plated in the black version.

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IWC Opens Boutique in New York City

IWC Schaffhausen recently opened their first New York City boutique, an exquisitely designed 3,000 square foot retail store located at 535 Madison Avenue. IWC has created a very unique space that displays each collection within its own distinct atmosphere. (IWC also has a small brand boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.)

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The Longines Heritage 1942 Chronograph

At Baselworld 2012, Longines revealed the vintage inspired Heritage 1942 chronograph collection. The 40 mm diameter circular steel case houses a self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement. Vintage style round pushers are consistent with timepieces from the 1940s. The lacquered dial, available in white or black, features 9 Arabic numerals, a railway-track minute ring and a tachometric scale around the rim of the dial (white markings on the black dial and black on the white dial). The white-dial version has blued steel hands; the black dial version has rhodium-plated hands.

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International Traveler, Edifice Atomic Worldtimer Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Edifice recently introduced a new version of their flagship multi-band atomic timepiece. The Edifice Atomic Worldtimer features Casio's best quartz movement technology, packaged in a premium black IP steel case. Above all, this is one of the most precise, easy to set and maintenance free timepieces on the market.

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Habring² Doppel 2.0 Split-Seconds Chronograph

Austrian watch company Habring², the same guys who made this foudryante and dead seconds timepiece, recently introduced a new split-seconds chronograph – the Habring² Doppel 2.0. Twenty years ago, under the tutelage Günter Blümlein, Richard Habring played a major role in the development of a split-seconds complication, but instead of using a column-wheel based movement, his idea utilized a more affordable and easier to service cam and lever based design. The rear-mounted split-seconds wheel design was granted a patent (DE4209580A). The patent held by Habring's former employer IWC has now expired, and so Habring has produced a timepiece that utilizes the movement design under his own brand name.

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Atelier Maurice de Mauriac Zurich

During my last trip to Switzerland, I visited my favorite Zurich watch boutique, Maurice de Mauriac. Founded by Daniel Dreifuss over a decade ago, Maurice de Mauriac is a watchmaker, which operates out of a combined atelier (assembly workshop) and retail store. This unconventional format, offers customers a unique bespoke purchase experience.

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The Breguet Tradition 7047BR with Tourbillon Fusee and Chain

One of our favorite new timepieces unveiled at Baselworld 2012, was the Breguet Tradition 7047BR. The Tradition collection, originally introduced in 2005, is very unique in that the movement mechanics are on the dial side of the mainplate. This configuration allows the wearer, or any lucky onlookers, to admire the timepiece's finely hand decorated components, in action, without having to take the watch off. The Tradition 7047BR comes in a 41 mm 18k rose gold case, fully polished with Breguet's signature finely fluted caseband. A tall domed sapphire crystal helps ensure an excellent view of the mechanics up front. The dial is in black-coated engine-turned 18k gold, off-centred at 7 o'clock. Breguet hour and minute hands. A 60-second tourbillon sits at 1 o'clock. The hand wound manufacture movement, caliber 569, is anthracite coated and features a tourbillon and a constant

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Timecrafters Watch Show Returns to NYC September 2012

The second annual Timecrafters Watch Show will be held September 13-15th at the Park Avenue Armory. "A private reception will be held on September 13th at 7:00 PM before the exhibition opens to the public for two days, September 14th-15th." Timecrafters is a museum-like show that will include brands such as: A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Bulgari, Girard-Perregaux, Harry Winston, Parmigiani, Richard Mille, and Zenith (full exhibitor list coming soon). Additionally, master enamelers, engravers, gem setters and watchmakers will be demonstrating their trade, so attendees can witness the depth of craftsmanship that goes into the making of every detail of a luxury timepiece. "The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH will present an interactive traveling exhibition entitled Think Time - Think Swiss Excellence. The exhibition will provide insight into the multi-faceted nature of the

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Vintage Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806

The Navitimer is Breitling's most recognizable timepiece, a highly collectible model that was originally introduced in the early 1950s. The piece shown above is a Navitimer Ref. 806 (circa 1967), which is powered by a manual wind Venus 178 column wheel chronograph equipped mechanical movement. The case is 40 mm in diameter and is 18k yellow gold filled. It comes with a domed plexiglass crystal, a stainless steel caseback and Breitling's famous notched rotating slide-rule bezel.

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Chopard reveals a new high frequency wristwatch at Baselworld

Chopard introduced an experimental high frequency timepiece at Baselworld this year — the L.U.C. 8HF. The new timepiece was developed in Chopard's manufacture in Fleurier, Switzerland and as its name suggests it runs at a frequency of 8Hz. While not the fastest mechanical watch movement on the market, it still is quite fast. The most common modern automatic movement frequency is (4Hz or 28,800 vph), or half of what the L.U.C 01.06-L runs at (8Hz or 57,600 vph). By comparison, the famous high frequency Zenith El Primero movement runs at (5Hz or 36,000 vph).

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