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July 2013

Watchmaking: A. Lange & Söhne Design Sketches

The first thing you see when you look at someone’s watch: is the dial and case. Accordingly, in the watch manufacturing process, designing the case and dial are two of the most important elements. There are many elements that differentiate one watch brand from another, but known more than the face of the watch. These are some of the initial sketches that are the beginning part of the watch creation process at A. Lange & Söhne. “From the first rough sketches to final acceptance, the design of a dial alone can take up to two years.”

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Video: The Charming Bird by Jaquet Droz

This is the world’s first singing bird automaton wrist watch. It features piston-driven bellows which enable the bird to move: the wings go up and down and the head rotates. A sapphire dial allows a view into the unique gear train and components. The case measures 47 mm. Only 28 pieces will be made at a price of approximately half a million dollars a piece.

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Can you tell what time this watch is showing?

Our focus at ProfessionalWatches.com is primarily entry level to high-end mechanical watches, however, once in a while a quartz watch catches our eye. In this case, the ZIIIRO Mercury. It is a very affordably priced quartz timepiece, yes. But more importantly, it has a unique way of telling time.

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The Breitling Emergency 2

Earlier this year Breitling introduced version two of their proprietary Emergency watch. Like the original, it has a 121.5 MHz radio function that signals emergency personal, wherever you are in the world, and so it could potentially save your life. The Emergency II has the same functionality as the original with the addition of the newer 406 MHz frequency. It is the first wristwatch with a dual frequency PLB (Personal Locator Beacon).

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2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC + IWC

Mercedes Benz has had a longstanding relationship with IWC which includes the making of special edition timepieces — like this one — that pay homage to the automaker, as well as dashboard clocks made by IWC in a number of Mercedes over the years. Today, with the announcement of the 2014 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC, IWC is inside yet another Mercedes.

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Rolex GMT Master II Black Edition

The Bamford Watch Department has taken the new black and blue bezel equipped Rolex GMT Master II, which was just introduced at Basel in May, and coated it with their signature black treatment MGT (Military Grade Titanium). In addition to the black treatment on the case and bracelet, they also made the date blue on black, as opposed to black on white like the stock version (shown below).

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NEW: Touch Enabled Slider Image Galleries

Please try out our new touch enabled image galleries. Each slider equipped gallery is fast and very easy to use on any screen size, and if you are using a mobile device — such as an iPhone or iPad — you can swipe between images. Click HERE to view the new slider galleries.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback Chronograph

This is the new Carrera Caliber 36 Flyback Chronograph. It comes in four variations: black outer ring with anthracite sunray center section on a steel bracelet or black alligator leather strap, and a silver outer ring with anthracite sunray center section on a steel bracelet or black alligator leather strap. (There is also a special all black racing model shown below. Ref. CAR2B80.FC6325). All versions are powered by the Calibre 36, which is a modified flyback version of the Zenith El Primero (a movement produced by Zenith which is also owned by LVMH. It beats at a frequency of 5Hz.

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Chris Clark

The Breguet Type XXII 3880 Rose Gold

Chris Clark

One of the new releases at Baselworld this year from Breguet is the Type XXII 3880, now available in an 18 carat rose gold case. As with all Breguet watches the case is beautifully crafted and exceptionally finished, enhanced with details like a fluted caseband and round end lugs. The case measures 44 mm in diameter with a bi-directional 60 minute scale bezel. A screw locked crown ensures water resistance to 100 meters. The brown dial compliments the rose gold very nicely and features sunken sub dials, applied rose gold arabic numerals, and printed below the Breguet script “retour en vol 10 Hz” (flyback 10 Hz in french). The brown leather strap has red and white contrast stitching which matches perfectly with the red and white minute markers on the main dial.

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Jason Pitsch

Interview with Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart

Jason Pitsch

Omega has had a pretty busy year with the launch of the revolutionary Aqua-Terra Anti-Magneti watch, the Speedmaster Bullhead and 1957 throwbacks, and of course, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. And now, the Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition. I have to say, I am quite impressed. JP: Is 2014 going to be a slow year for product launches compared to 2013? SU: No way. We have a lot in the pipeline. We say that every year. How can 2013 match 2012? Last year we had the Olympics, James Bond and the Ryder Cup. We have the Olympics next year again, in Sochi. We have some new models, some new ideas coming out next year. We also have some in advance of the Olympics.

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