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November 2012

Pre-SIHH 2013: IWC Ingenieur Automatic

Originally launched in the 1950s, and then redesigned by the late Gérald Génta in 1976, the Ingenieur is one of the most classic IWC timepieces. At SIHH 2013 — which begins January 21st — IWC Schaffhausen will launch a redesigned Ingenieur collection. The Ingenieur Automatic (shown) is the only model that has been previewed so far, but expect multiple new models to launch at the start of SIHH, including a chronograph.

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Pre-SIHH 2013: Baume & Mercier Clifton collection

Baume & Mercier will be launching an all new watch collection at the upcoming SIHH show in January. The Clifton collection — inspired by a vintage 1950s timepiece — is distinguished by a double-beveled case design. Available in stainless steel or 18K red gold, with alligator leather straps. The Clifton collection will retail between $2,700 - $6,300 and is expected to be available in stores by April 2013. The models being previewed all have small seconds dials, however, I’ve already seen central seconds models that will be announced as well. Stay tuned as those should be announced at SIHH (or sooner). Click below for individual descriptions and more photos.

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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500M collection

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld earlier this year Victorinox Swiss Army introduced redesigned versions of their popular dive collection: the Dive Master 500M (mechanical) and the Dive Master 500 Mid-Size (quartz).

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Pre-SIHH 2013: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph

Cartier has just released a preview of their new in-house chronograph — that will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2013 on January 21st — the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph. The collection will features Cartier’s new in-house manufactured self-winding 1904-CH MC caliber which features a column-wheel chronograph with a central vertical clutch. It has double barrels, which provides more consistent torque and a 48-hour power reserve.

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The Beginner's Guide to Buying a Watch

Introduction As the name suggests, this is a “Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Watch.” We designed this guide to help those readers that are new to watches, and need assistance in determining the basics of a watches, so as to make an informed decision when buying one.

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Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2013

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2013 starts January 21st (and runs through January 25th). We will be there bringing you live photos and reports. “In more than twenty shows, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has confirmed it is a landmark event for the Fine Watch sector. The SIHH is where brands premiere their latest watches, the result of often years of intensive research. The SIHH is also where watchmakers and designers, the representatives of an entire creative team, share their passion for watchmaking one-to-one. The SIHH is a private event for professionals who have been invited by the exhibiting brands.”

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Sinn Model 144 St Sa

Since being founded in 1961, German watchmaker Sinn has specialized in navigation clocks professional pilot watches. And while they do not produce their own movements in-house, they have developed a number of their own technologies, such as: a lubrication free escapement (DIAPAL), an anti-foggin technology (Ar-Dehumidifying) and TEGIMENT (a way of hardening steel to greatly increase scratch resistance).

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A Tour of both of Piaget's Manufactures

In the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, which is in the Neuchâtel region of Switzerland, Georges Piaget founded Piaget in 1874. Since the beginning, the company was dedicated to producing pocket watches and high-precision clock movements for prestigious brands. In 1911, Piaget began producing wristwatches, however, it was not until 1943 that they started selling watches under the Piaget name. Previously, all wristwatch movements were sold to other brands (a testament to the Piaget’s watch manufacturing capabilities). In 1957, at the Baselworld fair, Piaget introduced the world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical movement (2 mm), the caliber 9P. Then, in 1960, they introduced the thinnest automatic movement in the world (2.3 mm), the caliber 12P. In 1964, Piaget presented their first watches with dials worked in precious stones: lapis-lazuli, turquoise, onyx and tiger’s eye. Piaget then launched the iconic cuff watch, a ladies’

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Hands-On with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

The 1970s was an important decade for watch designer Gérald Genta, he designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (1972), then the Patek Philippe Nautilus (1976) and Ingenieur SL Ref. 1832 (1976). The Vacheron Constantin 222 came out in (1977) around the same period, and while a number of online sites initially reported that Genta designed the 222, and considering the similarities, it was easy to believe this to be true – it was actually Jorg Hysek who designed the 222.

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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2012

The award ceremony for the 2012 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix took place November 15 at the Geneva Grand Théâtre. It is the most important awards show in the watch industry, below are the winners: Grand Prix: TAG Heuer - Mikrogirder Men’s Watch: MB&F - Legacy Machine N°1 Innovation: HYT - H1 Titane Black DLC Ladies’ Watch: Chanel - Première Tourbillon Volant Jewelry and Artistic Crafts Watch: Chopard - Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set Best Complicated Watch: Greubel Forsey - Invention Piece 2 Sports Watch: Habring2 - Doppel 2.0 Petite Aiguille: Zenith - Pilot Big Date Special Best Watchmaker: Carole Forestier Kasapi (Cartier) Public Prize: MB&F - Legacy Machine N°1 Special Jury Prize: Société Suisse de Chronométrie (SSC)

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