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July 2014

Michael Bastian + HP smartwatch coming to Gilt this Fall

Fashion designer Michael Bastian has partnered with electronics manufacturer Hewlett-Packard to produce a new high-quality smart watch. It will be available exclusively at Gilt.com when it is launched in the Fall.

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Kering to acquire Ulysse Nardin

We have just received word that the Kering luxury group, which owns a large list of brands such as Gucci, Girard-Perrgaux, Bottega Veneta and JeanRichard — will be acquiring watchmaker Ulysse Nardin.

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Introducing Model 2 Horween Leather Watch Straps

Our friends over at worn&wound just launched their new Model 2 Horween leather watch straps. Available in three colors (Russet, Crimson, Black), two sizes (20mm and 22 mm) and made in the USA.

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Jason Pitsch

The real story behind Bremont's new BWC/01 movement

Jason Pitsch

Last week, Bremont launched the Wright Flyer collection, which has original material from the 1903 Wright Flyer airplane (the was built by the Wright brothers) incorporated into the timepiece’s rotor. Furthermore, the timepiece was reported to be the first Bremont watch equipped with an in-house movement. However, immediately after the launch, you could find people online calling out the veracity of the Bremont’s claims. Specifically, La Joux-Perret was being referenced as the source of the caliber, not Bremont, or Britain, as the official Bremont press release stated “…it showcases Bremont’s first ever in-house movement, the BWC/01, designed and developed in Britain.”

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A Penthouse that is perfect for the high-net worth watch collector

For the high-net worth individual with multiple international properties, and an assortment of extravagant six-figure watches, but who is not quite satisfied. We have the perfect place for you: The Clocktower Penthouse.

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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine

Originally introduced at SIHH in 2011, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is now available in platinum. The new model is essentially a platinum version of the original Traditionnelle World Time — with two notable distinctions. First, is the beautiful new hand-engraved platinum world map in the center of the dial (with a shaded area on the map to reflect day or night). Second, is that the dial now reflects the upcoming time zone change in Moscow, from three hours ahead of Geneva, to two hours ahead (effective on October 26, 2014). Apart from the changes we mentioned above, and the new platinum case, dial, hands and clasp/strap threads, everything else is the same as the original. Is has 37 world time zones — including those offset by half-hour or quarter-hour. And it is still powered by self-winding caliber 2460 WT,

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The purist Patek Philippe Calatrava in white gold

Sometimes the most basic things in life are the most beautiful. Patek Philippe’s Calatrava 5196 does not have a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, or even a date function. Yet, it exudes the same attention to detail as the most complicated timepieces in the collection. It has the understated elegance that Patek Philippe timepieces are world-renowned for, in the purist form — as a manual wind, time only wristwatch.

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Quick Look: The Breguet Classique Chronograph 5287 with black dial

In 2013, Breguet introduced the 5287 Classique Chronograph, which is available in rose or white gold, with the option of a silver or black dial. We went hands-on with the white gold/silver dial version at Baselworld 2013. However, at the time, the white gold/black dial version was not available to photograph. Today, we bring you the first photo of the white gold/black dial version — and what a photo it is.

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Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: The Alpina Alpiner Automatic

Jason Pitsch

Overview Alpina is the sport watch brand from the same group which owns Frederique Constant. Both brands are focused on producing luxury Swiss timepieces which are also affordable, and as a way to increase efficiency, they are made in the same factory in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva”

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F.P. Journe Octa Sport in Titanium

F.P. Journe has unveiled a new Octa Sport timepiece, with an aluminum movement and dial, in a titanium case. It weighs 60 grams on a rubber strap and 70 grams on a titanium bracelet.

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