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March 2015

Jason Pitsch

Tudor debuts steel Fastrider Chrono at Baselworld

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First created in 2011, the Fastrider collection represents a partnership between Tudor and Ducati. In 2013, Tudor launched the Fastrider Black Shield which is a matte black ceramic chronograph that was designed in conjunction with a customized version of the Ducati Diavel. For 2015, Tudor has created the Fasterider Chrono which has the same dimensions, design and movement as the Black Shield, but instead of all black ceramic, the case is crafted of 316L steel with a ceramic bezel. The Fastrider Chrono was designed to coordinate with the look of various Scrambler motorcycles (originally produced in the 1960s) that were recently resurrected by Ducati. Accordingly, there are three dial variations that match the bikes: bright yellow, olive green and red. Fastrider Chronos come in 42 mm diameter cases, just like the Black Shield. And while the design and dimensions are

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Georg Jensen introduces 3 new Koppel models at Baselworld

Danish brand (and silversmithy), Georg Jensen, produces lifestyle products ranging from watches to jewelry to home products. Their first timepiece, the Vivianna Bangle watch, was launched in 1969 and used a Chopard movement. In 1977, they introduced their first men’s watch, the Koppel, which was named for the artist who designed it, Henning Koppel. We showed you one of the Koppel models with a cool hammered silver dial HERE in 2013. And now, at Baselworld 2015, the brand has launched three new Koppel models. Unfortunately, none of them have the hammered silver dials, but they do maintain the same modern, clean lines. The new models are the Koppel GMT Power Reserve, the Koppel Grande Date Annual Calendar and the Koppel Mechanical Hand Wound Small Seconds.

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Hands-On with Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment

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At Baselworld, last week, we got a hands-on look at the limited edition Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment, which we originally featured HERE. As we mentioned before, a portion of the sales from each watch going to support oceanic environmental causes. Also, each Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback will be individually numbered. In addition, each purchaser of one of these limited edition timepieces will receive a copy of Blancpain’s collectible volume entitled Fifty Fathoms The Dive and Watch History 1953-2013. The copy received by each purchaser will be hand numbered to correspond to the serial number of his watch. The case is crafted in grey satin-brushed ceramic, measuring 43.6 mm in diameter. The crown and pushers are ceramic as well. The blue sunburst finish dial features applied, lume-filled Liquidmetal indexes, combined with large luminous treated rectangle shaped hour and minute

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BASELWORLD: The Grand Seiko 62GS Hands-On

Since its creation in 1960, Grand Seiko has produced timepieces that represent the best Japan has to offer. And for 2015, they debuted a new version of their first automatic: the 62GS. The modern reinterpretation, like the original, has a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening achieved with a bezel-free construction and Grand Seiko’s unique “Zaratsu” polishing. Notably, in 1967, when the 62GS made its debut, the crown was recessed and placed at the 4 o’clock position to dramatize the fact that hand winding was not required. The 62GS also had the long and razor-edge hands that have always been part of the Grand Seiko signature. Inside, is the 35 jewel, in-house manufactured caliber 9S65 with automatic winding, with an oscillation frequency of 4Hz (or 8 beats per second). It has a mean daily rate of +5/-3, with

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NYC Premiere of "The Watchmaker's Apprentice"

The Horological Society of New York & DAM Productions present the New York City Premiere of The Watchmaker’s Apprentice, starring George Daniels and Roger Smith. Join us for an exclusive evening with one of the world’s greatest watchmakers! Reception begins at 7pm. Film begins at 8pm. Q&A with Roger Smith & Director David Armstrong immediately following the film. When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Where: Tribeca Cinemas Proceeds from this event benefit the Horological Society of New York’s education program, providing free watchmaking education to the public since 1950. The cost for admission is $85 and tickets can be purchased HERE.

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BASELWORLD: Longines Heritage Diver 1967

In Longines’ continued campaign to launch new vintage-inspired timepieces every year at Baselworld, for 2015, they debuted a very cool diving chronograph inspired by a piece from 1967. As usual, it’s powered by an ETA based caliber made for Longines. Caliber L688.2 (ETA A08.231) features a 4Hz frequency, 27 jewels, a column-wheel with horizontal clutch and a 54-hour power reserve. The dial indicates hours, minutes, small seconds, date and has a 30-minute chronograph counter. The dial is black with long white, luminous indices, with two contrasting white subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock, and a black subdial at at 6 o’clock. The date is indicated via an aperture in between 4 and 5 o’clock. The case measures 42 mm in diameter and features a maroon uni-directional dive bezel. Steel crown and pump chronograph pushers. Solid case back with engraved vintage

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Armin Strom Gumball 3000

Gumball 3000 was created in 1999 by ex-race car driver, designer, and British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper who had a vision to combine cars, music, fashion and entertainment to create a lifestyle event that takes place once per year. To commemorate this year’s Gumball 3000 rally Armin Strom, director and chief horologist, Claude Greisler, who also competes in the event, created three different limited edition timepieces. According to Armin Strom, “the annual supercar rally which sees 120 incredible cars drive a 3000-mile route around the world. After this year’s event, which travels from Stockholm to Las Vegas in just seven days, Gumball 3000 entrants can reclaim “Gumball fever” by owning a 2015 Gumball 3000 commemorative wristwatch by ARMIN STROM.” With models in 18k rose gold (Ref. RG15-GB.90 Tourbillon Gumball 3000), black PVD-coated stainless steel (Ref. ST15-GB.90 Manual Gumball 3000) and black

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The Monaco V4 Phantom

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The Monaco V4 “Phantom” comes in a cutting-edge Carbon Matrix Composite case, with carbon fiber bridges, powered by TAG Heuer’s microscopic toothed micro-belt driven movement which features a linear weight which moves on a rail and ball bearings (the famous V4 design was originally unveiled to the public in 2004 and first brought to market in 2009). An exposed dial that consists of 7 carbon fiber bridges, varing in shades of dark grey and black, are part of what make this particular timepiece so special. The indices, main plate and screws have been micro-blasted with a titanium carbide coating. Even the hands are faceted and satin-finished, with a titanium carbide coating and anthracite grey SuperLuminova. The result, is an aggressive timepiece with an all matte black timepiece that is as cutting-edge on the inside, as it looks on the outside.

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Hands-On with the Chopard L.U.C Regulator at Baselworld

We showed you a preview of the Chopard L.U.C Regulator earlier in the month, and this is how it looks in real life. Regulators were historically used to “regulate” other clocks and watches. By separating the hours, minutes and seconds, optimal readability is achieved. This is no ordinary regulator, though, it’s powered by quadruple mainsprings that offer an impressive 216 hours of power reserve, all in a mere 4.9 mm of thickness. In addition, there is a second 24-hour display that can be set by a simply pushing the semi-recessed pusher in the side of the case. There is also a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The watch has both COSC certification and the Poinçon de Genève seal. The case measures 9.78 mm thick by 43 mm in diameter. (Ref. 161971-5001) For more, read our original post.

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PHOTO REPORT: Live from Baselworld 2015 #notapplewatch

We’ve been on the ground in Basel, Switzerland since Tuesday, covering the world’s best timepieces. You know, the kind that tick #nottheapplewatch, and so far these are some of our favorites.

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