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October 2015

Visconti Opera collection and matching accessories

Italian penmaker, Visconti, recently launched a line of watches with Swiss movements, called the Opera collection. Fittingly, available alongside the watches are matching pens and cufflinks. The watches come in three variations: the Speed Boat, Silver Shadow and Roadster (available in 2 versions). Each Opera timepiece is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter by 17.10 mm thick. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds (at 3 o’clock), chronograph seconds (center), 30-minute chronograph counter (9 o’clock), 12-hour counter (6 o’clock), large visible date disc via opening at 12 o’clock. The automatic Swiss Movement beats at 4Hz has 57 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve. Watch comes on a water-resistant leather strap. Water resistance is 100 meters.

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Parmigiani Opens Miami Design District Boutique

Yesterday, Swiss Haute Horology brand, Parmigiani Fleurier, officially christened their new US Flagship in Miami’s Design District. According to Parmigiani Fleurier, “Miami was the perfect location for their first US stand-alone store – both because of the Design District serving as the new industry shopping destination and because Miami also serves as a crossroads of continents. The grand opening of the boutique coincided with the launch of the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon collection (pictured). Parmigiani Fleurier Miami Design District 140 N.E. 39th Street Miami, FL 33137

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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GHPG) Winners

Aiguille d’Or - Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision (Greubel Forsey’s entry-level tourbillon) Special Jury Prize - Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus, Jean-Luc Perrin and the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 Men’s Watch - Voutilainen GMR Chronograph - Piaget Altiplano Chronograph (The thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph in the world in terms of the ultra-thin caliber and the case.) Ladies Mechanical Watch - Faberge Lady Peacock Ladies Watch - Hublot Big Bang Broderie Tourbillon - Ulysse-Nardin Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon Calendar - Hermes Slim d’Hermes Perpetual Calendar Striking Watch - Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon Mechanical Exception - Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird Sports Watch Prize - Tudor Pelagos (An updated version of the Pelagos, now with an in-house movement.) Petite Aiguille - Habring2 Felix Jewellery Watch - Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk Innovation Watch and Public Prize - Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons Revival -

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Recap of WatchTime New York 2015

Jason Pitsch

The first annual WatchTime New York watch fair took place this past weekend at Gotham Hall, a prestigious venue that was the perfect setting for luxury watch brands to show off their timepieces to a highly active New York watch enthusiast and collector audience. RedBar Crew repping NYC Exhibitors included A. Lange & Söhne, Armin Strom, Ball, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Emmanuel Bouchet, F.P. Journe, Grand Seiko, MeisterSinger, Moritz Grossmann, Mühle, Nomos Glashutte, Pierre DeRoche, Porsche Design, RGM, Seiko, Tutima, Ulysse Nardin, and Visconti. Seiko’s high-end Grand Seiko line on display During the two-day event, there were a number of lectures and discussions, from notable figures in the watch world, such as Jeff Kingston (WatchTime), Joe Thompson (Editor-in-Chief of WatchTime) and Anish Bhatt (Founder of WatchAnish). There were also cocktails and whisky tastings, which added to

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Introducing the Harry Winston Opus 14

Yesterday in Germany, Harry Winston debuted Opus 14, which is the result of a collaboration between independent watchmakers, Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin. For those of you who don’t know, Harry Winston started creating unique collectible limited edition timepieces once a year in 2001, dubbed “Opus.” A new piece was unveiled every year until 2013, the same year the Swatch Group purchased Harry Winston. In 2014, under the new direction of the Swatch Group, Opus was put on hold. The journalist and collector favorite has always been original creation, made by indpendent watchmakers, with an interesting never before seen function. And thankfully, after a short hiatus – Opus is back. For the fourteenth Opus, the theme is a jukebox. More specifically, the unqiue function is an automaton that functions like a jukebox, but instead of vinyl records, there are three

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Video: Harry Winston Opus 14

Harry Winston Opus 14 was just unveiled in Geneva. The watch has a unique automaton that allows the wearer to change discs on demand similar to how it is done inside a jukebox. Except, instead of audio records, the discs represent different functions. Full article to follow.

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Photo Report: Wind-Up New York City Watch Fair

The first annual Wind-Up New York City Watch Fair took place this past weekend at 101 Wooster in SoHo’s Fashion District. Focused on accessible timepieces and straps, the 3-day event included well-known brands such as Oris and Stowa, along with newcomers such at Saliber, Horage, and Brew Watches. Moreover, there was an excellent selection of leather, textile and Nato straps from brands such as Worn & Wound (who organized the event), Crown & Buckle, and Astor & Banks. Overall, the show went well and was a great place to meet fellow watch enthusiasts and collectors, as well as to browse, and ultimately buy timepieces and straps.

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Bulova moon watch sells for $1.3 million

Jason Pitsch

According to Ben Clymer, of Hodinkee, the Bulova Apollo 15 Lunar Surface Chronograph we wrote about a few weeks back, sold yesterday for $1.3 million. We knew it would easily sell for the $50K starting price, but to see it sell for well over a million – $1.625 million including the buyer’s commission to be precise – is astonishing.

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The Longines Heritage Military COSD

Longines has unveiled a new timepiece called the Heritage Military COSD which is inspired by a 1940s timepiece from their archives. According to Longines, the original timepiece was created for British Special Forces. It was designated for use by the Combined Operations Command (COSD) created by the British War Office during the Second World War. The 1940s timepiece which inspired the Heritage Miliatary COSD The stainless steel case measures 40 mm in diameter and is powered by caliber L619.2, which is a modified ETA movement. Either a cream or black dial is available, and you can choose between a military khaki-green NATO strap, or black leather. An oversized crown controls hours, minutes, seconds and date – and is big enough to operate even with gloves on. The dial has a military-style display with a 24-hour scale printed in read on

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Hands-On with the Girard-Perregaux 1966 in stainless steel

Jason Pitsch

Earlier this week, we told you about the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 in stainless steel, which is available in stores now for $7,500 on alligator strap and $8,200 on steel bracelet. And today, we have photos of the new 1966 in the metal.

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