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May 2013

The Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Launched at Baselworld in April, the Omega Speedmaster ‘57 Co-Axial Chronograph collection pays homage to the original Speedmaster which came out in 1957. Presented in a 41.5 mm diameter case, the Speedmaster ‘57 has straight lugs as a nod to the first Speedmaster. Additionally, the dial and movement side are both protected by retro box shaped sapphire crystals.

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Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100th with Perpetual Calendar

For 2013, Victorinox has produced a complicated version of their best selling timepiece, the Chrono Classic. According to Alexander Bennouna, the CEO of the Victorinox Timepiece Division, the Chrono Classic 1/100th Perpetual Calendar is the result of a collaboration between movement manufacture Soprod and Victorinox. They worked closely together to produce a very cool technical piece.

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Introducing The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377

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One of the most notable introductions from Breguet at Baselworld this year was the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377. Available in a 42 mm diameter 18K rose gold or platinum case that measures a mere 7 mm thick. The 5377 Extra-Thin is currently the world’s thinnest tourbillon. The dial is in 18K gold and is silvered as well as engine turned in four different patterns. The tourbillon, which rotates once every minute and displays small seconds, sits off-center at 5 o’clock. Positioned asymmetrically, the frosted chapter ring has Roman numeral hour markers, with minute dots on the outermost part of the ring. The hour and minute hands are open tipped Breguet style in polished stainless steel which has been blued. A power reserve indicator, which indicates from 0-90 hours via a straight blued hand, is located in between 8 and

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Interview: Victorinox Timepiece Division CEO Alexander Bennouna

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JP: What is your background, how long have you been with Victorinox? AB: Since 2004, so almost 10 years, and 20 years in the watch industry. Prior to that I had brief experience in the jewelry business.

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Arnold & Son Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement

With the help of their new parent company, La Joux Perret, watchmaker Arnold & Son released a slew of awesome new timepieces equipped with manufacture movements this year at Baselworld. We already covered the Time Pyramid HERE, and will cover another one of their watches soon, but today we will discuss the UTTE. The Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement has the world’s smallest tourbillon movement. Well, to be precise, it is tied with the Breguet Classique Grandes Complications 5377BR Ultra Thin (which we will cover later this week) for the world’s smallest tourbillon movement. At 2.97 mm it is the same thickness as the Breguet, however, the Breguet timepiece is housed in a case that is only 7 mm thick compared to the 8.34 mm thickness of the Arnold & Son.

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Victorinox CEO Introduces Us To The Chrono Classic 1/100th

Victorinox CEO Alexander Bennouna shows how to operate the new Chrono Classic 1/100th Perpetual at Baselworld.

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Ralph Lauren presents the RL67 Safari timepiece collection at Madison Avenue Flagship

Last Thursday, at the Ralph Lauren flagship store located at 888 Madison Avenue, Ralph Lauren himself hosted a champagne reception to highlight the new RL67 Safari timepiece collection. He stated “The romance of safari is a dream that I have returned to many times. It is an adventure, a world of refinement set against a rugged and powerful landscape.”

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The Victorinox Airboss Automatic Titanium Limited Editions (Hands-On)

These are the new Victorinox Airboss Automatic Titanium Limited Editions. One is a three hand model, the other is a chronograph. They were shown at Baselworld but will not be available until November 2013, so details are limited. We do know that they both come in sandblasted matte titanium cases that measure 42 mm in diameter and are powered by ETA movements. Military time is imprinted in red on the inside of the sapphire crystal, above the dial. The three-hand model has a horizontal panoramic date at 6 o’clock, while the chronograph has a vertical panoramic date at 3 o’clock. Both models feature large sword-shaped luminescent hour and minute hands. Matte black applied luminescent Arabic numerals and markers indicate the hours. The dial is diamond cut and has a smooth sandblasted finish. The crowns (and pushers for the chronograph) are

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The Harry Winston Opus XIII

In the thirteenth year the Opus Series, Harry Winston’s Opus design team collaborated with independent watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard to create a complicated timepiece, like nothing you’ve ever seen. Opus XIII is one of the more wearable of the Opus Series timepieces, and its jewel-like dial is perfectly fitting for Harry Winston, who is known more for their jewelry than their watches. The Opus XIII is presented inside a 44.25 mm in diameter by 13.6 mm white gold case, and powered by caliber HW4101. The manually wound movement has 364 components, 242 of which are jewels. The most functional jewels ever used in a watch. It features a 35-hour power reserve and is powered by 2 separate barrels which are armed by a rocking pinion. Winding the crown in one direction winds one of the barrels and winding it in the

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Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Type 20 40 mm

As a tribute to Zenith’s aviation history, this year at Baselworld they launched four Pilot watches. Three of the watches comes in a 48 mm case, one in a 40 mm case, which is pictured. Considering that 48 mm is huge on most people’s wrists, the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 40 mm is the more wearable of the new Pilot watches.

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