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September 2012

Tutima Grand Classic Power Reserve Chronograph Limited Edition

Glashütte, Germany based watch brand Tutima is celebrating 85 years since their original founding with a special limited edition timepiece, the Tutima Grand Classic Power Reserve Chronograph. Available exclusively in the US through authorized dealers, each piece comes engraved with a unique year starting at 1927 (their founding year) going up until 2012, for a total of 85 pieces.

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Hands-On With The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton

Originally unveiled at SIHH 2012, the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton boasts the thinnest mechanical skeleton movement in the world (2.40 mm). It is also the thinnest automatic skeleton watch in the world. Record breaking dimensions are, of course, nice, but does it look good? That is what really matters, and in that regard, I think the Altiplano Skeleton delivers.

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The Piaget Rectangle à l'Ancienne

The Piaget Rectangle à l'Ancienne was inspired by a Piaget timepiece from 1993. It is presented in a beautiful 31 mm x 46 mm 18K white gold rectangle shaped case with soft edges and a curved profile. This example (one of Piaget's longest tenured employee's personal watch) has transferred Roman numerals, as opposed to applied baton markers on the current models, and is no longer in production.

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Jason Pitsch

Interview with Michele Sofisti CEO of Sowind Group

Jason Pitsch

JP: What does being under the financial umbrella of the Gucci group mean to Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard going forward? MS: A very, very important move. Most important because it gives a total security of the future, total security for our partners on the industrial side, they know it will be long lasting. Also for our partners in distribution and our retailers. A company that has a bright future in front of it, this is the most important. The second important thing, we entered into a group that is run with a lot of respect from brand history, quality and heritage. This is really very important for a brand like Girard-Perregaux with 210 years of history.

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Introducing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Handerkskunst

A. Lange & Söhne introduced the world's first mechanical watch that featured a constant-force escapement to achieve a precisely jumping numerals display - the Lange Zeitwerk - three years ago. It has become one of their most popular timepieces. Since then there have been a few variations, including the Lange Zeitwerk Luminous, which you can read about here. Now, they have produced a limited edition model that features a very special dial treatment. The dial in black-rhodiumed white gold features an elaborate tremblage engraving.

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Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture in Rose Gold Plated Steel

Introduced earlier this year, this is the Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture in Rose Gold plated Steel. It boasts an in-house automatic caliber, for under three grand. The case is 42 mm diameter and is in rose gold plated (also available polished stainless steel case) with a sapphire crystal and clear case back which allows a nice view of the manufacture movement. The movement features perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration, 26 jewels and frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and a power reserve of 42-hours.

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Introducing the Edifice Black X Rose Gold Series

Edifice, the upscale brand of Casio, has introduced a new range of timepieces within the Edifice Black Label collection - the Black X Rose Gold Series. The Black X Rose Gold Series, as the name suggests consists of timepieces with black metal cases and rose gold accents. Three models have been introduced: the EQWM1100CG-1, EQS500CG-1A and EFR516PG-1AV. Each model is 100 meters water-resistant, is fitted on a soft resin strap and features a world time and chronograph function. "We are excited to unveil the Black X Rose Gold Series which builds on the rich feature set and unique design the EDIFICE Collection is known for," said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc.

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Timecrafters NYC Watch Show Gallery

The slideshow gallery above includes photographs taken at Timecrafters 2012, which took place last week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York city. To view the gallery, just click the image above and then click to the right or left of each images to move forward or backward. All images were taken by ProfessionalWatches.

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Chance to Win a Casio G-Shock

To celebrate the upcoming 2013 30th Anniversary of the G-Shock, in conjunction with ProfessionalWatches, Casio USA is giving away the Casio GW3000BB-1A G-Shock Aviation watch (shown above). Entering is simple, just "Like" the Casio G-Shock and PW Facebook pages. The G-Shock Aviation features a 50 mm by 16 mm black resin case. Analog display, solar powered Japanese quartz movement, 6-band atomic, mineral crystal, chronograph, alarm, worldtimer, 200 meter water-resistance and more. One winner will be drawn at random. Suggested retail value is $280. Winner will be selected Friday September 21st on Facebook. (Open to US residents only.)

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EDITORIAL: Silicon, Good or Bad for the Watch Industry?

Before I give my opinion on whether or not silicon is good or bad for the industry, it is important that I mention “chronometry” — the science of measuring time accurately. In the late 16th century, when Jost Bürgi invented the cross-beat escapement — which improved greatly upon its predecessor the verge escapement, and allowed for the creation of clocks that were accurate within one minute per day — it was an important feat at the time.

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