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August 2012

The New Blue Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

For 2012, Vacheron Constantin released a new Overseas Chronograph with a beautiful blue lacquered dial. The Overseas Chronograph comes in the same 42 mm case as before. The same Vacehron Constantin caliber 1137 in-house self-winding column-wheel movement (with 37 jewels, 183 components and a frequency of 3Hz). The same stainless steel bracelet with super polished and satin-finishes, and the brand's signature half Maltese cross links. The only new detail, is the dial, and what a dial it is. Adorned with blue snailed counters with rhodiumized diamond-polished filets; hands and hour markers in 18K white gold (with luminescent material). And of course, the shiny blue lacquered dial. It is amazing how such a minute detail can make such an impact on the overall look.

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Parmigiani Fleurier Introduces Two New Versions of their Supercar Inspired Bugatti Super Sport Timepiece

As a follow-up to the Bugatti Type 370 that was introduced in 2007, Parmigiani Fleurier introduced the Bugatti Super Sport in white gold three years later. Now, for 2012, the Fleurier based manufacture has launched two new variations of their popular Bugatti Super Sport: one in rose gold (shown above) and one in titanium (shown below). See close-ups of the Bugatti Super Sport in white gold here. Click here to read about the launch, which took place at Pebble Beach earlier this month. Here is a link to an original photo gallery of the White Gold Pargmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport taken in 2011.

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IWC Mark XI Pilot's Watch

This is a vintage Mark XI IWC Pilot watch, the most coveted of IWC's Pilot watches. Produced beginning in 1948, the IWC Mark XI uses a hand wound caliber 89 movement. According to IWC "It was one of the very first watches to meet the demanding requirements of a professional pilot's watch. Its movement was enclosed in a soft-iron inner case in order to shield the mechanism from magnetic fields."

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Casio Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with Limited Edition G-Shocks

The first G-Shock, the DW-5000C-1A, designed by Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe, was released in April of 1983. The G-Shock design has mostly stayed the same over the years, which considering its unmistakable look, is a good thing. G-Shocks have long been known for their digital display and sporty shock resistance design, and although in recent years they have introduced upgrades and innovations such as solar power, atomic timekeeping, analog displays and even an electronic crown - they are still best known for their distinctive large shock resistance resin cases and digital displays. To celebrate G-Shock's upcoming 30th Anniversary (2013), Casio has released limited edition models of the best selling styles, all with red gloss or matte red finishes. Each piece features a special case back engraved with a "30th Anniversary" logo designed by graffiti artist Eric Haze. Of the

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The Victorinox Alliance, Swiss Made for under Five Hundred

Introduced in 2011, the Victorinox Alliance is a great watch for those looking for a Swiss made quartz watch on a budget. Presented in a fully polished 40 mm stainless steel case with a black dial contrasting polished applied hour markers, and polished hands - this is a sharp looking watch. The sapphire crystal is flat and features a triple interior coated anti-reflective treatment that reduces glare, and unlike some exterior treatments, is resistant to scratching (because the entire coating on the inside of the crystal). Functions include hours, minutes and seconds, with a date display at 6 o'clock. The luminous material has been applied to the hour and minute hands, as well as to the dots around the slanted outer minute ring. Swiss Army's signature 24-hour military scale is painted in the center for reading military time at a

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Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronograph, To Be Sold Without Reserve

A grade A 1973 Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronograph Ref. 176.007 will be up for grabs at the Antiquorum watch auction Saturday, August 25th. Estimates are low, and it will be sold without reserve, so if you want a cheap Seamaster that doesn't look like every other one out there - pre-register and bid online. Presented in a cushion shaped stainless steel case that is both polished and brushed, this Seamaster measures 38 x 42 mm, and is 15 mm thick. Screwed down case back inscribed with the Seamaster logo. Powered by caliber 1040, a self-winding mechanical movement with 22 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber and self-compensating balance spring. The dial is bi-color satin silver and blue with steel baton indexes and luminous dots. Luminous black baton hands. Functions include hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, date, 24-hour day/night

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Richard Mille RM053 Pablo MacDonough, No Need To Reverse

Last year, Richard Mille signed renowned Argentinean polo player Pablo MacDonough who wears a customized Richard Mille timepiece while competing. When MacDonough was first signed as a Richard Mille ambassador in 2011, he wore an RM10 on the polo fields. By 2012, Richard Mille watchmakers had developed a polo specific timepiece for him. The RM053 Pablo MacDonough was conceived as a solution to the same problem that the now famous Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was created to combat back in 1931 - to withstand the extreme conditions of playing polo. Unlike the Reverso, the RM053 was designed with the benefit of significant technological advancements, such as computer aided design and titanium carbide to name a few. Nevertheless, the RM053 successfully solves the same problem the Reverso did 80 years ago and takes it one step further. By angling the dials 30 degrees

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Rolex Ref. 6538 James Bond Submariner Big Crown Gilt Tropical Dial to be Auctioned at Antiquorum Hong Kong

This is a Rolex Ref. 6538 James Bond Submariner Big Crown Gilt Tropical Dial, that according to Antiquorum's grading system, is in exceptional condition, their highest ranking. It will be auctioned in Hong Kong on Saturday August 25th, 2012. The estimate range varies by fifteen grand, no small sum. This is because tropical dials can command a large a premium.

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Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6087 "Cow Horns"

Vacheron Constantin posted this image of a Ref 6087 Chronograph on their Facebook page as a prelude to an article they published about the history of Vacheron Constantin chronographs at The Hour Lounge. Vacheron Constantin Ref 6087 was made for a 10 year period starting in 1956. Less than 40 pieces were ever produced, making it rare and sought after by collectors. This exquisite vintage timepiece is distinguished by its amazing lugs that are often referred to as "cow horns."

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Jeremy Renner wears IWC in "The Bourne Legacy"

Actor, Jeremy Renner, wore an IWC Top Gun wristwatch in "The Bourne Legacy" which premieres in theaters this Friday. Specifically, Renner's character, Aaron Cross, wore the IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN Ref. IW 379901 (shown above). The watch measures 46 mm and is made of black ceramic with titanium pushers, crown and case back. At the time of publication, this watch had already been discontinued.

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