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May 2015

REWIND: Top Articles from April and May

In case you missed them, here are the top 12 articles from PROFESSIONAL WATCHES in April and May. Hands-On with Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water Zurich Worldtimer “True Blue Baby I Love You” Patek Philippe Ref. 5170G-010 Chronograph Hands-On Zenith El Primero Chronograph Classic Seiko Celebrates 50 Years of Dive Watches With Two Special Prospex Marinemaster Models The new Rolex Yacht-Master in Everose Gold with Cerachrom Bezel The “disconnect” between Switzerland and smartwatches Introducing the Zenith Elite 6150 VIDEO: Consumer Reports Tests Scratch and Water Resistance of the Apple Watch Ressence Type 1 - No Hands, No Crown The Hamilton “Murph” watch from Interstellar REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue Please follow us on Instagram for exclusive content. Nomos Glashutte Zurich Worldtimer True Blue #nomosglashutte A video posted by @professionalwatches on May 25, 2015 at 7:03am PDT

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Hands-On with Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water

Armin Strom unveiled their new Skeleton Pure collection last year at Salon QP in London. And we recently got some hands-on time with the steel version, and will give your our thoughts below. The Skeleton Pure is available in either steel (Water), 18K rose gold (Fire), titanium (Air) or black PVD treated steel (Earth). Case dimensions are of the circular case are 43.40 mm diameter by 13 mm thick case, with the brand’s signature lip at six o’clock (which can be personalized with an engraving if you like). Polished to a mirror finish are the bezel, lugs and case flanks, whereas the back has a satin-brushed matte finish. An open-worked movement can be easily done wrong, but the depth of the Armin Strom caliber immediately pops out at you, especially because of contrast of blue and silver finishes. All visible

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Concorso d’Eleganza Lange "Como Edition"

On 24 May 2015, Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid presented a unique Lange 1 Timezone “Como Edition” timepiece to David Sydorick, winner of the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este jury award “Best of Show.” Sydorick’s exquisite 80 year old burgundy colored Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato was chosen as the most beautiful amongst a field of almost 60 high-end classic cars that were on exhibit at Lake Como over the weekend. The Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition,” is in white gold with a solid caseback hand-engraved with of the coat of arms of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In homage to the Venue, Como is listed as Central European time zone on the rotatable city ring.

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Jason Pitsch

Zurich Worldtimer "True Blue Baby I Love You"

Jason Pitsch

Overview The NOMOS Glashütte Zurich Worldtimer true blue is an update to the popular Zürich Weltzeit. Apart from the slightly modified movement and white dial, it’s the same watch. The true blue version, which debuted in 2014, comes with a beautiful galvanized blue dial with rhodium-plated, faceted hands that create the perfect contrast against the dark vibrant background. The caliber As far as the movement, it’s the same Xi caliber from the Zürich Weltzeit but now with the new NOMOS swing system which consists of an all new in-house made regulating assortment including the escape wheel, pallets, pallet fork, banking pins, impulse jewel, impulse roller, balance wheel, balance staff and hairspring (Editor’s note: the spring is made in Germany by a NOMOS partner). The upgraded movement, currently only available in the blue Worldtimer, is called caliber DUW 5201. NOMOS Caliber

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Armin Strom Engines Are Ready

ARMIN STROM Team 78’s engines are ready! On Sunday morning, May 24, owner Serge Michel and director Claude Greisler will start the engine on their special Tech Art Porsche Turbo as the multi-continental Gumball 3000 car rally hits the streets in Stockholm. The car is not their only big engine. Michel and Greisler will track their driving time via the new ARMIN STROM Skeleton Pure Team 78, a cool variation of their Skeleton Pure which they created especially for the rally. Both machines feature a sleek black exterior with neon lime accents. The manual-wind, Calibre ARM09-S timepiece is black PVD-coated stainless steel with an 8-day power reserve. The stitching on its carbon strap is also bright lime. Their Tech Art GP Street R Cabriolet, which is based on a Porsche 997 Turbo, is blazoned with ARMIN STROM Team 78 and

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5170G-010 Chronograph Hands-On

The original 5170 was introduced in 2010, in a yellow gold case, replacing the 5070. It was the first reference powered by Patek Philippe’s in-house caliber CH 29-535 PS. Subsequently, in 2013, Patek introduced the 5170 in white gold with a white dial (5170G-001). And now, for 2015, a new 5170 was introduced in white gold with a black dial (5170G-010). To give a little background, the 5170’s predecessor – the 5070 – came out in 1998 (in yellow gold with black dial). The 5070 measures 42 mm in diameter by 11.6 mm thick (with a stepped bezel), has a pulsometer scale and the subdials do not intersect with the chapter ring. It’s powered by a heavily reworked Lemania-based manual wind movement that runs at 18,000 vph (or 2.5Hz) and has a 60-hour power reserve. Patek Philippe 5070 in white

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Rolex Daytona Caliber 4130 Disassembled and then Reassembled

This is a video of the current Rolex Daytona caliber 4130 being disassembled and then reassembled. Presented by Watchfinder & Co.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer

Yesterday, Audemars Piguet unveiled a new Michael Schumacher Limited Edition chronograph. The last limited edition chronograph with Schumacher’s name on it was introduced in 2012 and was housed inside a Royal Oak Offshore case, powered by an existing caliber 3126/3840 chronograph movement. This time around, the watch is presented in a Royal Oak Concept case, and powered by an all new chronograph movement, with an unprecedented laptimer function, developed in conjunction with Schumacher and Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi – specifically with racing in mind. The Case The forged carbon case measures 44 mm in diameter and features a darkened titanium bezel. The dial is protected by a curved glareproofed sapphire crystal. The caseback is titanium with a flat glare proofed sapphire crystal. The screw-down crown is in brushed black ceramic with pink gold in the center. The flat pushepieces

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Center Seconds Concept

In March, H. Moser & Cie debuted a concept watch with no logo or indices. It was a test, to see if the identity of the brand was strong enough, with no visible branding. And according to H. Moser & Cie, the response so powerful that they have now decided to introduce 4 new variations under the same premise (limited to 10 pieces per model). The Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept collection comes in a choice of rose gold or white gold (measuring 40.8 mm by 10.9 mm), with either a rhodium-plated fumé dial or midnight blue fumé with a sunburst pattern dial. Functions include hours, minutes and seconds, although there are obviously no markers, so reading the dial will be more of an estimate. That is, of course, the point. It is more about the beauty of the dial, the

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Hands-On with Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition

As we reported in February, Seiko partnered with Italian automobile and industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro 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. A hard black scratch resistant coating protects the titanium case from scratches. A titanium bracelet with white ceramic insets and a separate crocodile leather strap with red leather lining and red, white and green accents that coordinate with the dial, are included. Newly-designed Arabic figures and red and green color accents highlight the sporty look of this limited model. The case back is sculpted into the shape of a sports car wheel and is marked with “Giugiaro Design Limited Edition” and the watch’s individual

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