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April 2015

VIDEO: Consumer Reports Tests Scratch and Water Resistance of the Apple Watch

In this video, Consumers Reports conducts multiple scratch tests on the Apple Watch, as well as testing its water resistance.

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Ressence Type 1 - No Hands, No Crown

Founded in 2009 by Belgian industrial designer, Benoit Mintiens, Ressence is watch company that has not just invented a new complication – but an entirely new way of displaying the time on your wrist. The name is a combination of renaissance and essence, which is an apt name for a company bringing about serious innovation in watchmaking while maintaining the simple essence of timekeeping. Instead of traditional watch hands, the Type 1 uses spherical discs with engraved indications that act as the hands. Each disc has a separate function, just like a traditional regulator watch. For the Type 1, there are discs for hours, minutes, seconds and the day of the week. These discs revolve and point to their respective engraved ring (the numbers on the outer chapter ring are printed), indicating the current time and day. The discs are

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VIDEO: Rolex Caliber 3135 Disassembled and then Reassembled

Watchfinder & Co.’s head watchmaker Tony Williams demonstrates the Rolex caliber 3135 being disassembled and then reassembled.

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PHOTO REPORT: Louis Moinet Memoris Chronograph

This is a hands-on photo report, shot on location at Baselworld, of the Louis Moinet Memoris Chronograph we reported on HERE. We also included a short video to show the openworked mono-pusher chronograph in action.

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Teardown of the Apple Watch

Apple began shipping their new wearable yesterday. And so, naturally, the internet is flooded with first takes, reviews, unboxing videos and so on. After reading through countless posts, the article that we thought was the most interesting so far is from the team at iFixit, described on their about page as, “a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything.” They did a thorough teardown of the new Apple watch, with tons of images and a step-by-step video, giving a good idea of just how easy it will be to repair the watch. Unfortunately, for those who thought they might be able to easily replace the insides as technology improves, it does not look good. Then again, at $349, you can just buy the next version. Something Apple hopes you will do.

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The Hamilton "Murph" watch from Interstellar

Jason Pitsch

The movie Interstellar features two watches from Hamilton, one that is straight out of their regular catalog, and another that was made custom for the movie. The former is a regular production Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date, worn by Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) throughout the movie. However it’s the latter watch that’s the most interesting watch of the two, and from Hamilton in general. And not just because it was in the movie, which I’ll explain below. The custom “Murph” watch is worn by the character Murph, who is played by three different actresses: Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn and Mackenzie Foy. The watch is an integral part of the movie plot, but we will not spoil that for you. According to Hamilton representative we spoke with, the Murph watch is a combination of several different Hamilton watches. And upon further

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Introducing the Zenith Elite 6150

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Zenith launched a new model called the Elite 6150 – powered by a new in-house movement. Zenith says that the “movement is the contemporary version of the famous Elite base movement developed in the early 1990s – an ultra-thin calibre that earned the title ‘Best Movement of the Year’ when presented at the Basel Fair in 1994.” The new caliber 6150 was enhanced with a 100-hour power reserve by way of an additional mainspring (twin barrels). It was also upsized to 30 mm in diameter to better fit modern sized watches. In this case, a 42 mm diameter watch. Thankfully, the caliber is only 3.92 mm thick, allowing for a case just 10 mm thick. Definitely not “ultra-thin” (even though Zenith thinks so) – but thin, nonetheless. The polished stainless steel case features a curved bezel

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URWERK debuts the UR-105TA

Just yesterday URWERK debuted an all new collection called the UR-105TA. It features the brand’s Knight-shaped bezel, powered by a turbine automatic movement and offered in four different variations. All versions are presented in a black coated titanium case measuring (39.50 mm x 53 mm x 16.80 mm). And a black steel bezel is fitted to all but the RG (red gold) model. The Black Lemon and Black Orange feature bright (yellow or orange) lacquered hour satellites, minute track and caseback accents. The rose gold model has a black satellites and minute track, and rose gold accents on the caseback. The all black model, is as its name suggests: all black. The UR 5.02 movement’s automatic winding is regulated by dual air turbines (visible on the caseback), and controlled via a winding rate control lever on the back. The movement

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Blancpain les Métiers d’Art Shakudō

On one end of its product spectrum Blancpain makes sports watches, like the Bathyscaphe Chronograph we showed you last month, on the other end of the spectrum is the classical Villeret collection. Both are made to very high standards and powered by movements designed and manufactured in the Vallée de Joux. And while PROFESSIONAL WATCHES is typically focused more on the former than the latter – these Villeret pieces are so good we had to show you. Enter the Blancpain les Métiers d’Art Shakudō, which combines the skills of engraving and Damascening, with the art of shakudō. Shakudō, which originates from Japan, is an alloy composed mostly of copper and gold, which acquires a dark patina between blue and black, according to variations in its composition and texture. According to Blancpain, “The black patina is obtained following a process called

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Christian Redl free dives with Edox at the North Pole

Overview On April 14th, world champion free diver Christian Redl – and Edox ambassador – completed the first ever free-dive (without breathing gear) at the North Pole. In March, Redl explained to PROFESSIONAL WATCHES that the main purpose of his upcoming North Pole expedition and dive was to raise awareness about global warming, and how it causes the Polar ice to melt away each year, which affects the habitat of Polar bears, making it harder for them to survive. Polar bears are not an endangered species, but they are classified as “vulnerable” right now and it will only get worse if something is not done to affect the climate change. Christian Redl wearing a Hydro-Sub (at Baselworld 2015) While the South Pole lies on a land mass, the North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. The

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