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April 2013

Baselworld: HYT H2 and NEW HYT H1 Hands-On

Last week at Baselworld HYT officially launched the second generation of their liquid mechanical timepiece. In conjunction with Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi, HYT essentially reinvented the H1 — by changing the bellows which pump the fluid into the tube which displays the hour — into a “V” pattern thereby improving the timepiece’s form and function. The new configuration offers a more complicated visually appearance and offers better integration between the interface which connects the watch mechanisms with the fluidic system.

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Introducing The Grand Seiko 44GS 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Hands-On

Seiko has been making watches since 1913, and to mark their 100th anniversary they have re-introduced a limited edition version of the first Grand Seiko — the Grand Seiko 44GS from 1967. Named after the caliber 4420 which originally powered this model, it was the first model produced by Daini Seikosha (whom the company is named after).

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Introducing The Omega Speedmaster Black Ceramic "Dark Side of the Moon" (Hands-On)

This is a hands-on look at one of the hottest pieces introduced at Baselworld this year, the Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon.” It is the first time Omega has offered the Speedmaster in a black case. According to Omega, many years back they considered producing a case with a black PVD treatment, but with even the slightest chance that it might scratch, that just wasn’t good enough. And so instead, they eventually decided to develop their own in-house black ceramic case. A solution far superior to coating steel or titanium with a hard black coating such as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) or Diamond Like Carbon (DLC). The result, is the most technically advanced ceramic case on the market.

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Christophe Claret Kantharos Video

Introducing the new Christophe Claret Kantharos, featuring a monopusher chronograph that has a striking on cathedral gong, a constant force mechanism and a fully integrated automatic movement. Each time the single chronograph pusher is depressed for start/stop/reset functions, the cathedral gong sounds once. The 75 jewel haute horology movement is housed in a 45 mm diameter case, in either gold or titanium, and is visible through the open case back. Additionally, the constant force mechanism is visible at 6 o’clock under a sapphire bridge. Power reserve is 48-hours. Retail is CHF 96,000 to 118,000.

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Hands-On with Antoine Martin Slow Runner

This is the new Antoine Martin Slow Runner (aka the slowest watch in the world). We first discussed it HERE back in March. And today, we saw it for the first time. Click through to watch a 10-second clip of the mesmerizing 24 mm balance wheel in action as it oscillates at 1Hz (or 7,200 vibrations per hour). It almost looks like it is slow motion. As far as complicated timepieces, this is the best one we have seen at Baselworld so far.

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The Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227

Patek Philippe has just unveiled a new version of their iconic Calatrava Ref. 5227. The new timepiece features a solid dust cover protecting its clear case back. This “hunter” or “officer’s” case back is unique on the market in that is has invisible hinges. Furthermore, the solid case back, on top of the sapphire caseback, adds barely anything to the very thin timepiece, which measures 39 mm in diameter by only 9.24 mm thick, assuring the wearer the comfort and elegance that the Calatrava is known for. The perfectly integrated dust cover was designed and conceived in-house.

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Rolex Unveils 50th Anniversary Daytona in Platinum

At Baselworld yesterday Rolex unveiled a new black and blue GMT Master II and a 50th Anniversary Platinum Daytona. We have seen both pieces up close. The GMT Master II looks good and stays in line with the rest of the Rolex design DNA. This particular Rolex Daytona design, though, seems really out of place.

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Hands-On with Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

The affordable brand of Rolex, Tudor, has been selling watches for many years — but they have not been doing business in the US for quite some time. That all changed when they announced their intent to bring the brand to the US just last month. And now, with Baselworld 2013 in full swing we can report that they will be bringing not only their existing line, which is already quite impressive, but also a number of very well executed new models. Overall, the brand will be entering the US with a strong selection of timepieces; timepieces with quality that is hard to compete against considering the manufacturing prowess of Tudor and its parent company Rolex. The new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is a collection that exemplifies these capabilities — particularly with its monobloc matte black ceramic case.

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REVIEW: IWC Ingenieur Automatic Ref. 3239

Jason Pitsch

The Ingenieur is undeniably one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most iconic designs. And so, without a major redesign in a number of years, it came as no surprise to us earlier this year when they launched multiple new versions at SIHH. In fact, the collection was their main focus for this year. And of all the Ingenieurs introduced, this is the one that excited us the most.

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Video Teaser: New Omega Speedmaster

Baselworld, the world’s largest watch show, starts tomorrow. We are on the way there now, so stay tuned for updates on the best new watches from the show. Below is a teaser video Omega just released which previews one of the soon to be released new Speedmasters.

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