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May 2016

Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: Bovet Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei designed by Pininfarina

Jason Pitsch

Overview Dating back to 2010, with the launch of the Ottan Tourbillon, Bovet has partnered with famous Italian car design firm, Pininfarina S.p.A., to create a collection of timepieces called “Bovet by Pininfarina.” The most recent timepiece to be added to this prestigious line of watches is the Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei. Boasting a flying tourbillon, and sapphire crystals on the front, rear, and left and right case flanks, light pours in from all angles when viewing the timepiece. This, is, of course, exemplified by the completely skeletonized, three dimensional, hand decorated Swiss manufacture movement. The dial The dials of the Ottantasei, which are placed symmetrically at 10 and 2 o’clock, indicate the power reserve and hours/minutes, respectively. The chapter rings are thin, with a white lacquer surface, and stamped with blue numerals and graduations. The hands have been blued and

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Introducing the LM1 Silberstein

French designer, Alain Silberstein, and MB&F recently announced a new collaboration which combines the MB&F LM1, with styling from Silberstein. The result is a colorful limited edition of the LM1. Highlights of the new design include a new sapphire crystal balance bridge, concave subdials, and of course, Silberstein’s signature yellow, red, and blue accents throughout. The LM1 Silberstein is available in three variations: grade 5 titanium, black PVD titanium, 18K red gold – each a limited edition of only 12 pieces.

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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Alpiner Heritage Manufacture KM-710

Jason Pitsch

Today, Alpina announced a new retro timepiece, similar to the throwback diver’s watch they launched this year at Baselworld, which is also based very closely on a historic model. As you can see from the image above (the vintage timepiece on the left and the new version on the right), they made a larger, modern version with a dial that closely resembles the military service watches they produced for Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. The Alpina Alpiner Heritage Manufacture KM-710 comes in virtually the same 41.5 mm stainless steel case as the Alpiner AL-710, that we covered here, and the Alpina Alpiner we reviewed here. However, the case on the Heritage model is slightly thicker, at 13 mm versus 10.8 mm. A silver colored dial with black printed Arabic hour numerals and beige colored luminous coated indexes pays homage

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Jason Pitsch

Citizen to acquire the Frederique Constant Group

Jason Pitsch

Today, in Tokyo, Japan, Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Frederique Constant Holding SA. The Frederique Constant Group consists of Frederique Constant, Alpina, and DeMonaco – which maybe most importantly has over a dozen manufacture calibers available to use at these three brands, and now, presumably to use within the Citizen group of brands, which includes Swiss brands La Joux-Perret (manufacture), Arnold & Son, and Angelus. Although we had not heard anything about this in advance, it is not that much of a surprise, as it has become common practice for acquisitions to occur during the industry down times (and right now the industry as a whole is down in terms of sales). And so, we expect more acquisitions to follow. Moreover, the Frederique Constant group, with a large Swiss-based production infrastructure

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Jason Pitsch

Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

We recently sat down with Parmigiani Fleurier, for a hands-on look at their incredible Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph. Initially launched in 2009, this updated 2013 model’s dial features some aesthetic upgrades, and the case now has pump pushers instead of the standard pushers from the previous version. Underneath the dial, the hand-wound tourbillon chronograph movement, caliber PF 354, has stayed the same. Beating at 3Hz (21,600 vph), the movement has 295 components, 29 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve. Every component is hand finished to perfection, from the hand bevelled and polished main plate and bridges, to the blackened screws, the polished tourbillon bridges. Function include hours, minutes, small seconds (at 9 o’clock), a crescent-shaped power reserve indicator (at 12 o’clock), and a 1/4 second chronograph (large central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock). The rose gold case measures 43 mm

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Jason Pitsch

Photo Report: Caffeine & Carburetors May 2016

Jason Pitsch

This past Sunday, Josh and I drove out to Caffeine & Carburetors, a car meet-up that happens four times a year in Connecticut (Waveny Park). Everything from vintage cars to muscle cars to modern classics and even a few super cars were in attendance. It was a bit overcast and there was a light drizzle, but the turnout was still quite impressive with hundreds of people walking around the wide variety of cars (probably 100 or so). The show stopper had to be the seven-figure Pagani Huayra, a carbon fiber clad supercar beast. Being that cars and watches go together, we, of course, did a little watch spotting as well. The next Caffeine & Carburetors takes place September 11, at Pine and Elm St in Conneticut.

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Josh Shanks

A day on the water with Bremont watches

Josh Shanks

Overview The Americas Cup sailing yacht race came to NYC earlier this month and I had the privilege of attending the race on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The New York event was a qualifying race in a series of preliminary events, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. These preliminary races are part of the 2015-16 America’s Cup season. America’s Cup is running these qualifying races throughout the world. Events in Portsmouth, Sweden, Bermuda, and Oman have already occurred. Races in Chicago, Portsmouth and Toulon will occur later this year. The final race for the America’s Cup trophy will take place in the summer of 2017 in Bermuda. History (portions via americascup.com) For those of you unaware of the history of the Americas Cup, let’s take a quick look back to 1851 when a schooner sailed past

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Josh Shanks

Hamilton Jeweler’s Watch Fair in Princeton, NJ

Josh Shanks

Since their founding in 1912, Hamilton Jewelers has been selling the finest jewelry and timepieces to clients from all walks of life. Their main store in Princeton, New Jersey is a local landmark, steps away from the esteemed halls of Princeton. Hamilton started their watch fairs over a decade ago in an effort to open their doors to casual and serious watch collectors. The fair at their Princeton location is an experience that you don’t want to miss. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the watch fair at their Princeton location. Hamilton rolled out the red carpet (literally) for our group of collectors and social media influencers. We spent the day talking to brand representatives from around the world that flew in to work alongside Hamilton’s sales staff. Hamilton provided refreshments and special financing for the many people

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Jason Pitsch

Frederique Constant Slimline Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

Jason Pitsch

Earlier this year, at Baselworld 2016, Frederique Constant unveiled a new in-house manufactured perpetual calendar timepiece, created by Manuel Da Silva Matos (R&D director) and Pim Koeslag (Technical director). Coming from a brand known for accessibility, it should be no surprise that this is one of the most affordable mechanical perpetual calendar timepieces on the market. The Slimline Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is powered by the new 4Hz (28,800 kph) automatic movement (caliber FC-775), which drives hours, minutes, moonphase, and perpetual calendar functions. The movement measures just 6.7 mm thick, and the components are rhodium plated, with chamfered edges. The main bridge features circular Geneva stripes, and the mainplate has a perlage decoration. Furthermore, the rotor is gold plated, with a straight grained finish, and a relief engraving. In total, the movement consists of 191 components, 78 of which are for

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Jason Pitsch

Panerai unveils new Luminor Due collection

Jason Pitsch

This week Panerai unveiled a new, thinner version of their iconic Luminor timepiece. Four models were introduced, with up to a 40% reduction in case thickness, making for a lighter, more comfortable wearing experience. Let’s face it, the proportions of a watch make a significant difference in how it wears. Everything from length, width, thickness, case shape, and weight, factor into the timepieces comfort on the wrist. And so, Officine Panerai, the king of oversized watches, decided to make their Luminor timepieces a bit more comfortable, while maintaining the signature Panerai features, such as the crown lever bridge, cushion case, and sandwich dial. For the debut, Panerai introduced two models, the Luminor Due 3 Days - 42 mm and the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic - 45 mm, both in steel or red gold. With a thickness of 10.5 mm,

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