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February 2015

Seiko Astron GPS Chronograph by Giugiaro Design

Seiko has partnered with Italian automobile and industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro – who has designed everything from the DeLorean DMC-12 to the Nikon D4 to the Beretta CX4 Storm – to create a limited edition of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar. This 5,000 piece limited edition model is presented in the same 44.6 mm diameter lightweight titanium case as the standard production 8X models, but with unique styling by Giugiaro Design. The watch is powered by caliber 8X82, Seiko’s latest solar-powered GPS quartz movement (introduced at Baselworld 2014). One-touch time zone adjustment allows you to switch timezones using ultra precise GPS satellites based timekeeping. And in the rare case that the signal cannot be received, the watch falls back to its precise quartz timekeeping which is accurate to +/- 15 seconds per mont (without receiving a time signal). Functionally, the

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New versions of the PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve

Glashütte Original recently previewed some updates to their PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve models. There are four new models in total. Two PanoMaticLunar versions, one in red gold with a matte black dial, and that other in polished/satin brushed stainless steel with a a dark blue dial. The PanoReserve also has two new references, with the exact same dial/case combinations. The PanoMaticLunar case measures 40 mm by 12.7 mm and is powered by the in-house automatic winding caliber 90-02 that runs at 4Hz, has 47 jewels, a free sprung balance and a 42-hour power reserve. Features: hours and minutes (off-center), small second (off-center), second stop, Panorama Date, moon phase display; exquisitely finished movement, bevelled/polished edges, polished and brushed steel parts, blued screws, hand engraved balance bridge, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, duplex swan-neck fine adjustment, off-centre skeletonized rotor with 21-carat gold

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Jason Pitsch

Rolex Submariner 1680 X Horween Strap

Jason Pitsch

For this hands-on review, we paired a vintage Rolex Submariner and a locally made Horween leather strap, resulting in a dinstinctive aesthetic that is as handsome as any Submariner with a steel bracelet. Most people that buy a Submariner, wear it with the included steel bracelet, and that is not a bad thing, but if you want something a little different – go with an extra leather strap (or two) for when you want a style that is more unique, or to perfectly match your outfit. This Rolex Submariner (Ref. 1680) was produced in 1978 and features an original matte dial, with nicely patinated original markers and hands. There is not much to say that you probably do not already know: matte dial, pierced lugs, cyclops date (this was the first Submariner to feature a date), open 6s and 9s,

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Three new timepieces from Christophe Claret

X-Trem 1 First presented in 2012 (which we covered here), the X-TREM-1 uses two tiny stainless steel spheres that are isolated in sapphire tubes, and suspended by magnets to display hours and minutes. For 2015, the XTREM-1 is now available in a special white gold and grade 5 titanium case that is treated with slate blue PVD, and presented with a matching marine blue alligator strap. Limited to 8 pieces. Aventicum Christophe Claret, the founder of Christophe Claret the watch brand, has always been intrigued by the history of Aventicum, which was the capital of Roman Helvetia for more than 300 years and the ruins of which are near the modern day Swiss town of Avenches. According to Christophe Claret, “Among the excavated objects was a priceless finding: a solid gold bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which was found in

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Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

The Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2, which was originally launched in 2010, is now available in a new blue accented version. The new model (Ref. Q203T541) is virtually the same as the original, except on the dial instead of red accents, they have been changed to blue. Also, the ceramic bezel is smooth instead of ridged. And the fast strap-change system now has a new double pin buckle provides unprecedented length adjustment ensuring a perfect fit on the wrist. The crown-integrated function selector, patented digital counter to indicate chronograph jumping minutes, manual stop seconds device, radial power indication, GMT function are powered by caliber 780 and housed in a 46.8 mm by 16.5 mm TiVan15 titanium alloy case. The dial is openworked dial with black PVD-coated bridges. The idea behind the function selector according to Jaeger-LeCoutre is that it is,

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Breva Génie 03 Speedometer

Breva, the independent watch company that has focused on weather-centric wristwatches up to this point – has moved into new territory with the creation of the world’s first-ever wristwatch with a functional speedometer. The Génie 03 is fitted with a patented “instant speed” scientific measurement mechanism – located between 1 and 5 o’clock on the dial – that pops up at the push of a button to take a speed reading. The mechanism consists of 45 parts and extends 6 mm. Using Robison Hemispherical cups (in titanium), similar to an anemometer which measures wind speed, the devices can calculate speeds of 10 to 125 mph. The Génie 03 is water resistant to 30 meters at all times, with speedometer open or closed (and dust resistant even with the speedometer active). According to Breva, “When worn on the wrist of a

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Pre-Basel 2015: Voutilainen GMR

Independent watchmaker, Kari Voutilainen, has released a preview of his latest timepiece – featuring a GMT function and retrograde power reserve indicator – that he will be debuting at Baselworld next month. Apart from the hairspring and 28 jewels, all of the 250 movement parts are developed, fabricated, manufactured or crafted by hand, and then assembled in Voutilainen’s workshops, located in Môtiers. The movement plates and bridges made in rhodium-plated German silver, with Côtes de Genève and hand-chamfering finishes. The manually wound movement is based on the caliber which powers the Vingt-8 GMT. However, instead of adding a module for the power reserve, the function has been integrated into a new movement (which is better than an add-on module). The balance is free sprung (with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 2.5Hz). The balance wheel is large

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Jason Pitsch

VIDEO: US Naval Observatory Master Clock

Jason Pitsch

In this video, Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO’s Time Services at the US Naval Observatory (located in Washington DC), explains in detail how the US Naval Observatory Master Clock works, including how the time gets communicated to your phone. All forms of digital communication – military operations, banking systems, the internet, cell phone networks – depend on the Observatory’s precise time. Over 100 atomic clocks are used to compute the time. There are three types of timekeeping used: Cesium clocks, laser based clocks and atomic fountains (which use lasers as well). These technologies are combined together to provide a time that is accurate to 16 decimal points. In other words, together, they will not lose or gain 1 second in 300 million years. “It is the most accurate measuring device ever created by mankind,” says Matsakis. Time is

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The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange”

Ferdinand Adolph Lange established a watch factory in Glashutte in 1845, laying the ground work for Saxon watchmaking. To celebrate 200 years since his birthdate, a limited edition of the 1815 timepiece has been produced. The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” is presented in a platinum case measuring 40 mm by 8.9 mm (not available in the 38.5 mm version), with a black solid silver dial. The lance-shaped hour and minute hands are in rhodiumed white gold. The small second hand is also in rhodiumed white gold. The out chapter ring is printed with a while minute track. The hours are marked by white, printed Arabic numerals. Inside is the caliber L051.1, a 23 jewel manually wound movement with 188 parts, 5 screwed gold chatons and a 55-hour power reserve. It features untreated German silver plates and bridges, is

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Breitling introduces new Chronoliner aviation watch

Today, Breitling announced a new chronograph with a second time zone display, made for pilots. The Chronoliner features a base Swiss movement that has a chronograph and a 24-hour second time zone display. The movement is housed in a large 46 mm diameter steel case with a black ceramic bi-directional rotating bezel. The chronograph can count with 1/4th second accuracy and has 30-minute and 12-hour counters. The 2nd time zone is indicated by an additional center hand that is distinguished by a red tip. (Editor’s note: You can also track a 3rd time zone by using the 24-hour bezel.) The sapphire crystal is convex and glare proofed on both sides. Water-resistance is 100 meters and in comes on either a steel mesh (shown) or a Navitimer bracelet.

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