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October 2013

Hands-On with the Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph

Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chrono We told you about the new limited edition Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph last month. Yesterday, we had our first opportunity to see it in the flesh. What you notice right away when you pick it up is how light it is. From the titanium components used both on the case and in the movement — to the high-tech case with its ceramized aluminum core and carbon fiber shell — the watch weighs in at only about 45 grams.

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Memosail Regatta Timer from the 1970s

If you are into regatta timers, then one watch you have to see is this vintage 1970s Memosail Regatta Timer. Produced by Memotime in the 1970s, the Memosail Regatta Timer features an easy to read regatta countdown timer (or yacht timer) that is displayed via a disc (see image below) that is visible through an aperture between 12 and 4 o’clock on the outer perimeter of the dial. Once you press the start button (located at 2 o’clock), the countdown disc starts a counter clockwise rotation that goes from 10-9-8-7-6 (black on yellow) to 5-4-3-2-1 (white on red) and finally to S-T-A-R-T (green on white). If the countdown is for 10-minutes, then the race starts once the disc crosses over to the green and white letter S. If the countdown is for 15-minutes, then the race starts once the full

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Tudor Blue "Snowflake" Submariner

The Tudor Ref. 94110 Blue Snowflake Submariner is arguably one the coolest of all vintage Tudors. Why? Because it is basically a Rolex Submariner minus the in-house Rolex movement — with a Tudor dial and unique snowflake shaped hands. The case, bracelet and overall design come directly from Rolex (Tudor’s parent company). The caseback is stamped “Original Oyster Case By Rolex Geneva.” The bracelet is a Rolex Oyster Bracelet (9315 with 380B end links). The acrylic crystal has a cyclops date magnifier, just like on date versions of the Submariner. Even the crown uses Rolex’s Trip-Lock seal technology. This 1970s Ref 94110 Tudor Blue Snowflake Submariner has the original dial and snowflake hands, with good even patina. The bezel dot is missing and the case has slight signs of wear, but there a no major dings and overall the condition

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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: Chopard L.U.C. XPS 18K White Gold

Jason Pitsch

Introduction L.U.C. is the top of the line “haute horlogerie” collection within Chopard. L.U.C. watches are designed and manufactured in Geneva and Fleurier, separate from standard Chopard wristwatches, furthermore — all L.U.C. timepiece are made with in-house movements inside. L.U.C. is an acronym that represents the brand’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard (1836-1915).

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F.P. Journe Historical Anniversary Tourbillon

To celebrate the first pocket watch created by master watchmaker François-Paul Journe 30 years ago, Journe has created a new interpretation of the original pocket watch in the form of a wristwatch. It is limited to 99 pieces and will retail for $99,000. Journe will continue the celebration with a visit to the brand’s New York flagship Madison Avenue boutique next month. More details to follow after the event.

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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: The Armin Strom Manual Earth

Jason Pitsch

Introduction In 1967, Armin Strom started a workshop in the town of Burgdorf which is northwest of Bern. In addition to selling and restoring watches, he subsequently began making hand-engraved and skeletonized timepieces under the “Armin Strom” moniker. Due to his incredible attention to detail and skill with his hands, he earned a very good reputation for hand engraving, a reputation the company still has today.

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Hands-On Video With Chopard L.U.C. XPS

This is a video overview of the Chopard LUC XPS in white gold. Read the full written REVIEW with photos HERE.

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Watchmaking: NTPT - North Thin Ply Technology

Later this year, Richard Mille will launch a new version of their RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph in a new case material: NTPT® carbon. NTPT® (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon was originally developed for the sails of racing yachts, and has since been used in Formula 1 chassis, with plans to use it in aeronautics as well. And now, Richard Mille will be the first to use this high-tech material in watchmaking.

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Hands-On Video With The Armin Strom Manual Earth

This is a video overview of the Armin Strom Manual Earth. Read the full written Review with pictures HERE.

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Rolex Submariner "Panama Canal" Limited Edition

At the upcoming Antiquorum auction, which takes place in Hong Kong October 26th, we found only one interesting Rolex lot: a limited edition circa 1999 Ref. 16610 Submariner Panama Canal. The estimates are pretty high for a Submariner 16610, which is fairly common. However, the fact that this one was produced in a limited edition of 75 pieces makes it considerably more rare, and therefore more valuable than a typical 16610. Not to mention the fact that it is mint condition.

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