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February 2014

Japan's Finest: The Yamazaki + Grand Seiko

As part of our new lifestyle series, each month we will feature a collaboration between a fine timepiece and a related lifestyle product. For February, we chose two products from Japan: a Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition wristwatch in steel and The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Aged 12-Years. While Japan is well known for producing automobiles and electronics. Producing fine mechanical watches and single malt whisky is not something they are widely recognized for. Nonetheless, they do produce both, and they do so with their own unique style and with all the quality you can expect from a Swiss mechanical watch or a Scottish single malt whisky. The Yamazaki Yamazaki is Japan’s first and oldest distillery. Inspired by Scottish whisky, Suntory was founded in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii. He envisioned creating a Japanese single malt whisky that is unique compared

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Introducing the Zeitwinkel 188°

In addition to the Zeitwinkel Baselworld preview we already showed you, they have just released another teaser. The Zeitwinkel 188° is a basic dress watch which features hours, minutes, small seconds and date. It comes in a 39 mm stainless steel case that is fully polished and will be available in a rhodium, Galvanic blue, black or silver dial. Anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back.

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The Roger Dubuis Hommage collection

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage collection pays tribute to Rober Dubuis the watchmaker and the collection he first launched in 1995. The brand’s fifth line of watches will sit alongside the: Excalibur, Velvet, La Monegasque and Pulsion collections.

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Hands-on with Cartier Tank MC Chronograph in steel

The main story for Cartier this year at SIHH was their new dive watch. But there was also another very interesting men’s watch that launched at SIHH along with the diver — the Tank MC Chronograph.

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Introducing the Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse

At Baselworld next month German watchmaker Glashütte Original will launch the PanoMaticInverse, based on the manually wound PanoInverse XL that was released in 2008, but with an automatic movement and a Panoramic date instead of a retrograde power reserve indicator.

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Hands-On with Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra Thin Rose Gold

Following up the Royal Oak Openworked Extra Thin in platinum that was released in 2012 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet released an 18K rose gold version of the same watch at SIHH 2014.

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HYT H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue

HYT will introduce a new version of their liquid filled H2 timepiece at Baselworld. This time, the H2 has a new translucent blue liquid, and is presented in a titanium & white gold case. Apart from the case, liquid color and the new temperature gauge (in between 9 and 10 o’clock), which now has two stages instead of three – everything else appears unchanged from the original HYT H2. More details will follow, along with hands-on images at Baselworld.

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Hands-On with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ

Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a new limited edition skeletonized perpetual calendar called the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ. It is inspired by a Grand Complication pocket watch from 1928 (pictured below), and powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 876SQ which has previously been seen in the Eight Day Platinum Perpetual Calendar Skeleton (pictured below).

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Introducing the Zeitwinkel 273°

Pre-Baselworld 2014 Saint-Imier, Switzerland based Zeitwinkel offers timepieces with a mixture of Swiss and German styling, powered by in-house movements. The Zeitwinkel 273° features a patented large date display at 11 o’clock, a retrograde power reserve indicator in between 1 and 2 o’clock, central hour and minute hands and a small seconds display at 6 o’clock.

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Introducing the Aerowatch Renaissance "Fir Tree"

Aerowatch will launch a new openworked watch called the Renaissance “Fir Tree” at Baselworld 2014 next month. The dial and movement have been skeletonized in a contemporary style called Art Nouveau, more specifically referred to as sapien or “fir tree” style, which was first seen in watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the 19th century.

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