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October 2012

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 (Hands-On)

Originally introduced at SIHH 2010, the Vacheron Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 is a very basic vintage inspired timepiece with just indications for: hours and minutes. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, though, as the creation of a timepiece this thin is anything but simple. At 1.64 mm thick, the in-house manufactured caliber VC 1003 is the thinnest mechanical movement in the world. Housed inside a svelte 36 mm by 4.10 mm 18K yellow gold case, it is also the thinnest manually wound timepiece in the world.

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Pre-SIHH: Ralph Lauren Sporting World Time

As a continuation to the RL Sporting World Time collection — which is currently only available in 18K white and rose gold — Ralph Lauren will unveil a new stainless steel version at SIHH 2013 in January.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher

On October 17th Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher in Berlin, and last night, they held a small party at their flagship boutique on 57th Street in New York to celebrate the new collection.

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The Vacheron Constantin Boutique New York

In September of 2011, the world’s oldest watch manufacture, Vacheron Constantin, opened their first ever boutique in North America. The store sits on the prestigious Madison Ave (at 64th street), and acts as a flagship point of sale and service facility for the brand.

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Customized Black and Blue Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona Black and Blue is a custom black PVD version of the famous Rolex chronograph, with a bright cobalt blue dial.

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Hands-On With The Saxonia Dual Time

Originally introduced in 2011, the A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Dual Time allows its wearer to easily set the local time (2nd time zone) when traveling, without unscrewing the crown — just push the push piece at 10 o’clock (to move the gold hour hand forward) or at 8 o’clock (to move the hour hand backward). It is a feature that cannot be underestimated when you are landing and the pilot tells you the local time where you have arrived and everyone is taking their wristwatch off and unscrewing the crown to set the time, and all you would have to do is hit the pusher until it reaches the correct hour, all while leaving the time at the destination where you came from — including the minutes and seconds — unaffected.

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The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition

Originally introduced at Baselworld 2012, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar is an unprecedented solar powered quartz GPS watch. It features automatic GPS calibration of hours, minutes and seconds, including automatic and manual time zone adjustment, across all time zones (and with regards to Daylight Savings time); it also has a perpetual calendar function, correct to February 2100.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak for sale

At the Antiquorum Hong Kong Auction - October 19, 2012 - there will be a 39 mm automatic steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in very good condition for sale. It is not an A or B Series Royal Oak Jumbo from the 1970s, or the new 40th Anniversary Royal Oak model, which was revealed a SIHH 2012 — but it is very similar and has the same case diameter. Furthermore, considering that the owner probably paid $12,000 or more, and it is AP’s most collectible model, the estimates are low. If you’ve always wanted to own the iconic Royal Oak, but have never had enough funds, this could be your chance.

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The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater

Historically, Jaquet Droz was known for creating intricate, automaton timepieces and so as an homage, they have created a masterpiece called the Bird Repeater. It is a hand-painted work of art, an amazing automaton (with a scene of a family of birds feeding and one coming out of its egg) and a minute repeater all in one. Housed inside a 47 mm by 18.4 mm 18K rose gold case is an immaculate hand-finished 69-jewel manually wound Swiss movement (visible through a clear case back) with a minute repeater function. To hear the time (minutes, hours), you have to activate the slide on the left side of the case, which also activates the automaton scene of the birds feeding. Watch a video of it in action by clicking here. Available in 18K gold or 18K gold set with diamonds, each variation

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Introducing the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon

German watchmaker Glashutte Original’s new Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon comes in a relatively large 48 mm by 16 mm platinum case — at a time when the watch industry is moving towards smaller timepieces — but not without good reason. After all, it is packed with an impressive combination of complications: a world’s first combination of 37 time zones and a perpetual calendar, actually. All destination time and date changes are displayed correctly, thanks to the specially geared perpetual calendar mechanism, which registers changes in both directions, forwards and backwards in time — a function which is currently being patented. And that is not the only patent, there are actually three more. Also, as if that isn’t enough, the Cosmopolite is equipped with a flying minute tourbillon.

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