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Max Chilton Edition Edge Double Barrel launched at Firestone 600

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Independent Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom has partnered this year with up-and-coming IndyCar driver Max Chilton to create a timepiece that pays homage to the racer and his team (Chip Ganassi Racing). Launched at the Firestone 600, which was held a few weeks ago, in Fort Worth, Texas – the new Max Chilton Edition Edge Double Barrel was designed with input from Chilton. “I love a heavier and larger watch on my wrist that still has a sporty feel to it,” says Chilton. Chilton’s number “8” appears on the dial in the small seconds display and the blue on his turbocharged Chevrolet racecar matches the hour numerals on the dial. The limited edition piece is, of course, appealing to a fan. And watching Max race in person, would have been nice. But unfortunately the rainy conditions earlier in the day could

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REVIEW: Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton

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Overview Launched in 2015, and inspired by Ralph Lauren’s own 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, the Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton is the flagship of the collection and the company’s first open-worked timepiece. Automotive details extend throughout the timepiece, from the amboyna burl wood bezel to the black alligator strap that is reminiscent of the rich interior of Mr. Lauren’s Bugatti. Even the Arabic numerals emulate those found on the car’s iconic gauges. Dial Prominently located at 12 o’clock is a matte black galvanized subdial, with an azurage patten with a luminescent RL logo, stamped on top. At six o’clock is a decentralized seconds subdial with white Arabic numerals and an azurage pattern. Hours and minutes are indicated by matte black oxidized sword-shaped hands, which are coated with a beige luminescent treatment for increased low-light visibility. Underneath the dial, the

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Introducing the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition

Geneva-based watch manufacturer, Chopard, has been the official timing partner of Porsche Motorsport since their return to the “24 Hours of Le Mans” in 2014. After winning a first and second place at last year – Porsche Motorsport is naturally one of the favorites for 2016. On the occasion of the 84th edition of the famous Le Mans endurance race (which started this morning at 9 am EST and tomorrow), Chopard has aptly unveiled a new timepiece inspired by the new 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid racecar. Introducing the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition. The 100 piece limited series is presented in a 45 mm x 15.15 mm blackened titanium case that features designed cues taken directly from the renowned Porsche Motorsport 919 Hybrid race car (pictured below), and a sporty red, white and black color scheme. Equipped with

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Two new Alpina Heritage timepieces, and the vintage watches that inspired them

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A trend in recent years has been for watchmakers to produce timepieces heavily inspired by past designs from within their archives. Longines has an entire collection of modern timepieces influenced by their past models, including, most recently, the Heritage Military COSD, and the Longines Heritage Diver 1967. Oris too, has started recreating past models, starting with the Sixty Five Diver, which looks practically the same as the original model from which is was designed, and it has been so success that they have already created additional variations, such as the Deauville blue version. Tudor, who has essentially relaunched their brand around the best selling Black Bay range, used inspiration from multiple past models to create a look the harkens back to models from the 1950s and 1960s. This year, Alpina has followed suit, starting with the launch of the Seastrong

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Introducing the Omega Planet Ocean Deep Black collection

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In New York City on Monday, Omega unveiled an all new ceramic diver’s watch collection called the Planet Ocean Deep Black. Similar to the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, each of the four models features a black ceramic mono block case, bezel, and dial. The new ceramic watch case measures 45.5 mm in diameter by a thickness of 18.87 mm, which is understandably even larger than the Dark Side of the Moon, which measures 44.25 mm in diameter by 16 mm thick, as this is a professional diver’s watch. That said, if you are looking for a diver’s watch to wear with your suit, this is probably not the one to go with as it is quite large. But if you are looking for a highly water resistant sports watch to wear with short sleeves, this is a great

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Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, Chopard introduced one of their most complicated timepieces ever. Produced in-house by their higher-end manufacture (L.U.C.), the L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono boasts a vertical coupling-clutch column-wheel flyback chronograph with a perpetual calendar, along with an impeccably finished haute horology dial, movement, and case. Intricate details of the dial include a gray ruthenium-toned sunburst satin-brushed and hand-guilloché gold dial, with beams radiating from the prominent twin-aperture date window at 12. White or rose gold rhodium plated Roman numerals (depending on the case material) are applied by hand to the dial, surrounded by a snailed silver-toned inner bezel ring – with red and black transfers. Rhodium plated Dauphine-shaped hands, in white or rose gold, are used to indicate hours, minutes, small seconds, day, month, chronograph (seconds, minutes, hours - designed with red tips), and phases of the moon. There

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Hands-On

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After launching the all-new Overseas collection in January at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin recently unveiled the latest addition to the collection, the Overseas World Time. The new World Time is presented in a stainless steel case measuring 43.5 mm x 12.6 mm, equipped with a soft iron casing ring that protects against magnetic fields, and with a screwed-down crown, resulting in a sporty world time wristwatch that is water resistant to 150 meters. The exact same movement that powers the dressy Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time (caliber 2460 WT), powers the new sports watch. A 22K gold oscillating weight – with wind rose, adorned with sandblasted, polished, and finely grained finishing – automatically winds the 4Hz caliber, up to a maximum 40-hour power reserve. The main plate features a perlage decoration, with Geneva strips on the bridges, as well as chamfered

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H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Hands-On

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Back in January, H. Moser & Cie received announced their Swiss mechanical watch that was inspired by the Apple Watch, which not surprisingly, received a lot of press. At the time, our Contributing Editor, Josh Shanks, wrote about it from the perspective of a tech guy and watch collector. In March, at Baselworld, Moser had a working prototype (pictured), which I got to see up close. The first thing I thought was that it does have the exact dimensions of an Apple Watch. However, after looking up the dimensions, the Moser watch is actually taller and wider than both the 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch. Interestingly, the Moser Swiss Alp watch is 2/10ths of a millimeter thinner, for those of you counting. So, it is not exactly the same dimensions, but overall, the look and proportions are very

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Ochs and Junior Annual Calendar LIGHT

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Lucerne-based watchmaker, Ochs and Junior, has unveiled a lighter version of their Annual Calendar. Significantly lighter. The new Annual Calendar LIGHT weighs just 39.97 grams for the 39 mm version and 42.94 grams for the 42 mm model. Compared to 61.99 grams and 70.83 grams, for the previous Annual Calendars, this represents a decrease of -43.2% and -42.02%, respectively. Like its predecessor, the case is still made in lightweight grade 5 titanium. The weight reduction was thus achieved, not by a new case material, but by three specific measures. 1- Every gram of material not necessary for the strength and stability of the case is milled away. 2- The dial, calendar function, and hands are manufactured out of the light-weight aluminum alloy Al Mg Si 1. 3- A newly-designed kevlar strap and carbon fiber buckle. The result is a watch

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel 116500LN Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, by far, the most talked about watch release has been the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 116500LN (which replaces Ref. 116520 that was first introduced in 2000). Over the 16 year period, a number of incremental changes have been made to the Daytona Chronograph. The caliber 4130 automatic movement was enhanced with a blue Parachrom hairspring, which improves rate accuracy thanks to its anti-magnetic properties. The previously green Superluminova material was changed to Rolex’s proprietary Chromalight material, which notably lights up blue. A modern spring loaded clasp was added along the way. While the original flange had no writing, the word “ROLEX” is repeated, as seen in all current Rolex timepieces. Also, the new outer chapter ring (for minutes and seconds), is now marked with 5 graduations in between each hour index as opposed to twenty-five. And

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