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August 2014

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

At the upcoming Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong, which takes place from September 29th to October 2nd, Audemars Piguet will officially unveil a new limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph that has a peripheral oscillating weight that’s visible through the dial. This limited edition version of the Royal Oak Offshore comes in a 44 x 14 mm case that features a forged carbon case middle, titanium and ceramic for the push pieces and a ceramic bezel. Inside, is caliber 2897 which has a tourbillon and a column-wheel chronograph, along with an S-shaped coupling yoke which ensures smoothness of the chronograph when it starts. The coupling has been designed to eliminate the jerkiness typically seen on less refined chronographs. The movement beats at 3Hz, has 335 components and a 65-hour power reserve. A variable inertia balance wheel with

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New Blancpain boutique on 5th Avenue

Earlier this month Blancpain opened a new flagship boutique on 5th Avenue. While it is not their first boutique in New York City — they previously operated a boutique at 781 Madison Avenue — it is the biggest on US soil. At 1722 square feet, it is much more spacious than their previous 781 Madison location, which was approximately 1000 square feet.

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Jason Pitsch

Historic Breguet Timepieces Owned by Russian Nobility in the 1800s

Jason Pitsch

We recently visited Breguet’s flagship boutique in New York City at 711 Fifth Avenue to check out three important pieces that were on loan from the Collection Montres Breguet S.A. First, is the Breguet #4821 owned by Prince A. Demidov in 1842. It is referred to as a “small simple medallion watch” with a case of pietre dure inlay on gold mount, dial of pietre dure inlay with off-center chapter ring, and ruby cylinder escapement. 37mm diameter. Second, is the Breguet #3825 owned by Tsar Alexander I in 1822. It is called the “military metronome” (it is a pedometer) for regulating the march of troops. Silver case, silver engine-turned dial, adjustment from 60 to 125 beats per minute, seconds subdial, and detent escapement. 69mm diameter. Last, is Breguet #5038 owned by Count A. Demidov in 1832. It is named “tiny

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Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic

Frederique Constant, which has been the title sponsor for the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance since 2010, unveiled two limited edition pieces at the 42nd annual wooden boat show on August 8th in Lake Tahoe, CA. The event featured nearly 100 vintage and classic boat entries including runabouts, racers, utility boats and custom build wooden yachts. Chris Crafts, Gar Woods and Rivas are three names seen most, with the latter being the most legendary.

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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001

Early this year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe introduced the ref. 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel, which as of this year, replaces the production of all ref. 5960s in gold and platinum.

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Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Today, Longines announced yet another Heritage timepiece, this one inspired by one of its pilot watches dating from the 1950s. They have introduced a number of pieces to the Heritage collection this year, which we talked about here, here and here.

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Cleaning London's "Big Ben"

Big Ben is the nickname for the clock and clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Technically, “Big Ben” refers to the 13.5 ton bell that chimes every hour, and the tower is officially called “Elizabeth Tower,” but most people know London’s greatest icon, simply as “Big Ben.” Completed in 1858, the tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.

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Jason Pitsch

Meet Breva CEO Vincent Dupontreué

Jason Pitsch

On a recent Friday in New York City, I sat down for lunch with Breva founder and designer, Vincent Dupontreué. We ate at the Wayfarer restaurant, located in the Quin Hotel at Central Park South, and discussed his background, as well as the new Breva Genie G02 Air. Afterwards, we did a shoot on the streets of NYC. Vincent then had to catch a plane from JFK back to Geneva to rest for a day, before flying out to another city the following week. The best watch brand CEOs are always on the move, constantly promoting and selling their products around the world. Vincent Dupontreué’s background and what inspired him to found a luxury watch brand Vincent was born in 1977, just outside of Paris in Corsica. At the young age of 11 Dupontreué was making and selling bracelets

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Bremont X Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

On Thursday, alongside the new Jaguar Lightweight E-type launch at Pebble Beach, Bremont debuted a six piece limited edition wristwatch that features a dial based on the E-types RPM gauge. The 43 mm watch also has a bespoke rotor that looks just like the alloy-spoked steering wheel on the car, right down to the authentic wooden rim. To further solidify the collaboration, the chassis number of the matching Lightweight E-type car is printed at the six o’clock position on each respective watch. Additionally, each watch carries engine number of the car it is paired with. Moreover, aluminum saved from Lightweight E-type construction used in white gold cases. As if that is not enough, the winding crown is engraved with the pattern of the period-correct Dunlop racing tires that are fitted to the E-Type Lightweight. The watch is powered by Bremont’s

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Toyota shows off graphite FT-1 at Pebble Beach

Toyota showed off a new graphite colored version of their FT-1 concept car in Monterey, California Wednesday night. A red version of the car debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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