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June 2013

Hands-On With The Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287

The Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 was introduced earlier this year in either an 18K rose or white gold case measuring 42.5 mm in diameter. It is shown with an 18K gold silvered dial with four engine turned patterns (also available in a black dial). Inside is a manually wound caliber (previously called 2310) designed in the 1940s by Albert Piguet at Lémania, where it was called caliber CH 27. At the time, it gained a reputation for its endurance and reliability. And now, Breguet decided to introduce the reference 5287 to honor the legendary Lémania based movement. The modern version, called caliber 533.3, has received a redesign, visible through the clear case back. Needless to say, the finishing of the movement is superb.

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Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition Launch in San Francisco

On Wednesday, June 26th, Omega launched a new limited edition timepiece to commemorate the running of the 34th America’s Cup, and to celebrate Omega’s sponsorship of Emirates Team New Zealand. The Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition will be offered in a 2,013 piece numbered edition. It is equipped with a caliber 3330 Co-Axial movement and features a matte black dial and a matte black unidirectional ceramic bezel. The case is steel and measures 44 mm in diameter by 14.90 mm thick, with a slightly domed sapphire on the front and a solid case back engraved with the ETNZ logo.

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Hands-On With The Vulcain Nautical Steel

This is the Vulcain Nautical Steel timepiece which we shot earlier this year at Baselworld. It comes in a 42 mm diameter steel case with a tall vintage style box crystal on the front and a triple steel case back. It is powered by a Cricket Caliber V-10 alarm movement. Functions includes hours, minute, seconds, alarm and a rotating decompression table which is controlled by a screw-locked crown at 4 o’clock. The alarm can be used underwater and is audible down to the timepiece’s maximum depth rating of 300 meters.

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Victorinox Original and Original Chronograph LE

Victorinox Swiss Army, the maker of the original Swiss Army knife, introduced their first watch collection, the Original, in 1989. To pay homage to this model, they launched two new timepieces at Baselworld: the Original and Original Chronograph LE version. Each model comes in a 40 mm dark grey nylon case with a dark grey fixed aluminum bezel, mineral glass and stainless steel screwed-in case back. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The Original has a dark grey dial with hours, minutes, seconds, date and military time indications. The Original Limited Edition Chronograph comes with a dark grey dial with hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph. The hour and minute hands for each model are skeletonized and have luminescent material. The hour markers are cut-out and feature luminescent material. “In both versions, the natural leather strap can be worn in the traditional

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Hands-On With New Omega Seamaster "Bullhead"

We have already covered three important Omega timepiece launches this year: the Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss, the Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Speedmaster ‘57. But that’s not it, today we are bringing you exclusive images of a fourth new Omega — the Seamaster Bullhead. The first Omega Seamaster Bullhead was introduced in 1969, and while you can find them on the pre-owned market, they are very hard to come by. And if you do find one, you will likely pay over ten grand. Enter the new Bullhead — with a look that is very similar to the original but with modern improvements. The Bullhead’s stainless steel case, which measures 43 mm x 45 mm, is almost identical to the original 1969 model. The stacked 2-register dial configuration is basically the same. There are still two crowns,

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The Longines Heritage Military 1938 collection

Longines recently launched a new collection based on designs from military watches produced in the 1930s. The Longines Military Heritage 1938 collection consists of three watches — the 3 Hand, 24-Hour and Chronograph model — which all have a simple layout with large white Arabic numerals and a minute track that contrasts the matte black dial, and is very easy to read. Moreover, the hour and minute hands, as well as the indices, have been coated with luminous material, for excellent legibility even in low light.

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Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph

This is the newest version of the Richard Mille RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph “Felipe Massa.” It is now available in an ultra-light carbon composite case. It is powered be a caliber RM 011-S skeletonized automatic movement with adjustable rotor geometry. The functions include hours, minutes seconds, flyback chronograph, 60-minute countdown timer and annual calendar with date and month. The case measures 50 mm x 40 mm x 16.5 mm.

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Frédérique Constant Slim Line Moonphase Manufacture

Frédérique Constant, a brand that has only been around since 1988, has quickly gained a reputation for offering some of the most affordable in-house mechanical movement equipped Swiss watches on the market. And this year at Baselworld, they added another watch to the list: the Frédérique Constant Slim Line Moonphase Manufacture.

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Angus Davies

In-Depth: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Angus Davies

Reinterpreting a historical reference for a new audience Tudor has a rich catalog of superbly designed timepieces. They have crafted many watches which have gone on to become sought after by collectors, with prices reaching new highs at notable auction houses.

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Introducing the Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe

This is the new Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe with special telescopic hands that extend and retract as they sweep the oval shaped dial. “The hands are based on the pantograph - the instrument from which they take their name - and use the same principle of multiplying a length by a given factor to obtain movement on a larger or smaller scale.”

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