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March 2013

The Chopard L.U.C. Engine One H

Chopard introduced the vertically configured automobile engine inspired L.U.C. Engine One Tourbillon in 2010. At Baselworld 2013, they will launch the horizontally configured L.U.C. Engine One H.

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Pre-Baselworld: Senator Panorama Date and Date Moon Phase

Glashütte Original just sent us a preview of their new Senator Panorama Date and Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase, which will be launched at Baselworld next month. Glashütte Original made a number of changes to the existing Senator Panorama Date collection, that they say results in both a classic and contemporary look. The bezel size has been reduced to make room for a lacquered silver-grain dial. Printed Roman numerals mark the hours, along with a classic black railroad chapter ring. The panorama date is presented in a black and ivory, matching the color of the dial. The hands are “poire” shaped and in blued-steel.

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Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection

This is the “Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches” exhibit at The Frick Collection, which I recently previewed and photographed. The exhibit runs from January 23, 2013, through February 2, 2014 and is housed in the Portico Gallery at the Frick Collection Museum in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. If you are into historical clocks and timepieces, then this exhibit is a must see. You can visit the museum in person, or there is a virtual tour online HERE.

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Teaser: Christophe Claret Kantharos

Christophe Claret has just sent us a 46-second teaser video of their new Kantharos, a mono-pusher chronograph with constant force mechanism that will be unveiled at Baselworld 2013.

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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41

Jason Pitsch

Introduction Designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011) in 1972, the Royal Oak was the first steel luxury wristwatch. Over the past four decades, it has become the icon of the storied Swiss manufacture — Audemars Piguet. Located in the Vallée de Joux, and still in the hands of the founding families, AP sits among an elite few at the top of the Swiss watch range.

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The HYT H2 Unveiled

After successfully launching the H1 last year at Baselworld, HYT has partnered with APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi) to produce the H2. Building on the original concept of using a hybrid movement that is both mechanical and uses fluid to tell the time, the H2 represents the next step forward in liquid mechanical watchmaking.

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Kobe Bryant Hublot King Power Black Mamba Chronograph

After partnering with Nubeo in 2009 to launch a line of watches, Kobe Bryant is at it again, this time, he is working with Hublot. And instead of an entire collection built around Kobe, Hublot is producing a limited edition Kobe Bryant timepiece — the King Power Black Mamba. Kobe Bryant is one of the most successful and aggressive active NBA players, and so he has earned the nickname “Black Mamba” which is a venomous snake native to Africa — the fastest snake in the world — with a reputation for being aggressive. The King Power Black Mamba comes in a micro-blasted black ceramic case measuring 48 mm in diameter. The dial is complex with multiple layers. A silver colored snake that wraps around the counter at 9 o’clock. At 6 o’clock is the number “24” which represents Kobe’s jersey

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Introducing The Newest Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Extra-Thin

Introduced in January at SIHH, the Jules Audemars Extra-Thin now comes with a beautiful new silvered guilloché dial. The 18K pink gold case is 41 mm in diameter and a mere 6.7 mm thick with alternating brushed and polished finishes. It is an elegant time only dress watch, with just hours and minutes displayed by pink gold facetted hour markers and hands. The movement is only 2.45 mm thick — it has 36 jewels, 212 total parts a 40-hour power reserve and a frequency of 19,800 (2.75Hz). The bridges are hand finished with Côtes de Genève and the mainplate has perlage (circular graining). The oscillating weight is skeletonized in 22K rose gold, with a brushed finish.

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The Breva Génie 01 With Mechanical Altimeter and Barometer

Founded by Vincent Dupontreué in 2010, after three years of research and development, led by Jean-François Mojon of Chronode, Breva will launch their first watch — the Génie 01 — at Baselworld next month. Breva is named after ‘La Breva’ which is a warm southern wind contributing to the agreeably mild micro-climate around Lake Como. While enjoying a beautiful weekend on Lake Como, Dupontreué came up with the name and the idea of creating a mechanical timepiece that forecasts the weather.

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Introducing The Breguet Type XXII 3880 Rose Gold

The Breguet Type XXII, which was first introduced in stainless steel at Baselworld 2010, will be offered this year in 18K rose gold. Inside, is the caliber 589F, which runs at an extraordinarily high 10Hz (72,000 vph).

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