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July 2012

Do you know where the original inspiration for the A. Lange & Söhne oversized date display came from?

It came from the Five-Minute Clock (shown above), that is located above the stage of the Semper Opera House in Dresden since 1841 (outside of Semper Opera shown before). Visible from even the back row, the five-minute clock displays the hours and minutes (in 5-minute intervals) via a digital indication with Roman numerals for the hour and Arabic numerals representing the minutes. A. Lange & Söhne introduced a redesigned Grand Lange 1 at SIHH in January. The Grand Lange 1 features a new thinner single power barrel movement and, now has non-overlapping subdials like the original Lange 1, which was introduced in 1994. What has stayed the same, though, is the brand's patented big date display. Featured on multiple Lange timepieces, the signature date function is shown via dual aperture windows, which operate using two date wheels, and can be

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The New Bulgari Octo

Bulgari recently introduced an all new Octo timepiece before a group of international journalists in Rome, Italy. It was an important event, as the new Octo represents the pillar of Bulgari timepieces, and a new direction for the brand whose majority stake was acquired from the Bulgari family last March by the world's largest luxury group LVMH.

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The Batman "Dark Knight Rises" Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Christian Bale has worn a special edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso for all three of the Batman Dark Knight movies. The Reverso is Jaeger-LeCoultre's most iconic timepiece. Originally introduced in 1931, the Reverso is Jaeger-LeCoultre's most iconic watch, its rectangle shaped case reverses to protect the dial from damage. The Reverso (shown above) is the timepiece worn in the final movie of the Batman Dark Knight Trilogy - "The Dark Knight Rises." The case back is in steel and features an engraved and lacquered Dark Knight Batman logo. The Dark Knight Rises Reverso was produced specially for use in the movie. Contrary to what some websites have reported, this timepiece will not be available for sale commercially. It will, however, be displayed at the Beverly Hills Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique.

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Patek Philippe To Open First Freestanding US Boutique in Beverly Hills

On Friday, Patek Philippe and GEARYS will open the first freestanding Patek Philippe boutique in the US. The boutique is located in Beverly Hills, on Rodeo Drive. It will be owned and operated by GEARYS. "Expanding our partnership with Patek Philippe to open the first freestanding boutique in the US is an exciting opportunity for us," says Thomas J. Blumenthal, owner of GEARYS Beverly Hills. "We are extremely proud to partner with GEARYS," says Larry Pettinelli, President of Patek Philippe USA. "They have become a tremendous advocate for Patek Philippe in the southern California region, and they have a genuine understanding and respect for the Patek Philippe culture. We are confident that GEARYS will not only safeguard the brand, but also provide a wonderful environment and resource for their esteemed clientele."

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Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Double Spiral in White Gold

The Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Double Spiral, which was released in rose gold earlier this year, is now available in white gold. Like the rose gold version, the 18k white gold version be offered in a 41 mm diameter case with a slate grey colored 18k gold plate dial with a vertical satin-brushed finish. The exquisite grey gold dial was galvanized to a grey color via an electron-charged liquid bath. The hour and minute hands are in 18k white gold and are "assegai-shaped"; the seconds hand is baton-shaped. Roman numerals are 18K white gold with a hollowed small seconds dial at 6 o'clock.

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Panerai To Celebrate New U.S Boutiques with 2012 Special Edition Timepieces

Officine Panerai has just announced Special Edition watches to celebrate their newest North American boutiques in Bal Harbour, La Jolla, Palm Beach and Las Vegas. The first 2012 Boutique Special Edition piece will be the Luminor Marina - 44 mm (shown) with a unique engraved city scene case back for each respective city. "The Bal Harbour and Palm Beach case backs feature recognizable engravings of palm tree-accented avenues and skylines, and the La Jolla models showcase the city's famous rocky cove. The Las Vegas Special Edition pieces will follow later this year, featuring the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and celebrating the recently opened Las Vegas, NV boutique in The Forum Shops at Caesars." Panerai will also release a Special Edition Radiomir 10 Days GMT - 47 mm in polished steel. "The Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Oro

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Spotted: Kenny Florian Wearing Panerai PAM 292 Radiomir Black Seal Ceramic for UFC on Fuel TV

Last week, UFC fight veteran Kenny "KenFlo" Florian, who has worn Panerai on television previously, wore a Panerai Black Seal Ceramic PAM 292 as a commentator for UFC on Fuel TV Fight Night. The Panerai Black Seal Ceramic 292 comes in a 45 mm black ceramic case and is powered by a COSC certified hand wound mechanical movement that runs at 21,600 vph (3Hz) and has a power reserve of 56-hours. Functions include hours, minutes and small seconds. Steel caseback with a hard black coating. Patented removable wire loop strap attachments. Panerai leather strap with steel buckle with black treatment. Water-resistant 100 meters.

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Zenith Christophe Colomb Skeleton Boutique Edition

Zenith has introduced a special boutique edition of the Christophe Colomb wristwatch for London boutique Marcus, the Zenith Christophe Colomb Skeleton. Like the original Christophe Colomb timepiece, which was introduced back in 2010, its design is based on a marine chronometer. By housing the regulating organ and escapement in a self-regulating gyroscopic module, they can guarantee flat positioning and therefore reduce rate variations. Tourbillons fix rate variations based on the average of 4 to 6 positions, and inclined and gyrotourbillons average even more positions, but this is still not as accurate, according to Zenith. Zenith's new patented 0G system keeps the escapement in a constant horizontal position, and therefore further minimizes rate variations The movement is still the manually wound calibre Academy 8804, with 45 jewels, a frequency of 36,000 vph (5hz) and a 50-hour power reserve. The case is

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The Patek Philippe Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator

This past March, at Baselworld 2012, Patek Philippe showed off their first ever regulator timepiece, the Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator. Consisting of a central minute hand, a subsidiary seconds dial (at 6 o'clock) and a subsidiary hour hand at 12 o'clock - the regulator dial separates the different time functions. Regulator timepieces were used historically, to keep time as accurately as possible, specifically at workshops and observatories - where accurate timekeeping was paramount. Furthermore, to animate this all new functionality, Patek Philippe watchmakers created an all new manufacture movement.

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The Cartier ID Two Concept Watch

Cartier has just unveiled the ID Two Concept watch, boasting numerous chronometric innovations. Two twin-level power barrels in series, with fiberglass springs. Lubrication free, ultra lightweight differential gearing. Carbon crystal escapement and oscillator. A vacuum-sealed transparent monobloc ceramic case. Vacuum-sealed case back with no screws. 32 day power reserve.

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