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Photo Report: Panerai SIHH timepieces at Madison Ave boutique

Last week, during Madison Avenue Watch Week, we stopped in to preview all of the new Panerai SIHH 2016 timepieces at the brand’s flagship New York City boutique, located at 703 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065. The photos below show off our favorite new pieces as seen during the visit. Store front at 703 Madison Avenue Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio special edition - click for previous coverage Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set - click for previous coverage Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42 mm - click for previous coverage Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio - 47 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Most of the SIHH 2016 Panerai introductions Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT

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Highlights from Madison Ave Watch Week on Instagram

Madison Avenue Watch Week 2016 took place from April 13-20th on the famed, Madison Avenue, specifically in the shopping district located in between approximately 53rd in Midtown, and 72nd in the Upper East Side. Madison Avenue, and Fifth Avenue (which runs parallel) have arguably the best watch luxury watch selection in the country, all within an area the can be covered relatively easily on foot. Check out our destination guide to watch stores on Madison and 5th Avenues. Below are a few highlights Instagram highlights from #MadisonAvenueWatchWeek. Did someone say #tourbillontuesday ? The new @alangesoehne Datograph perpetual tourbillon chronograph. Just stunning. #madisonavenuewatchweek A photo posted by @horologyandtechnology on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:27am PDT No pressure… (@jaegerlecoultre President, Philippe Bonay, is standing just to the right of me, addressing the rabble. 😉) #jaegerlecoultre #madisonavenuewatchweek #redbarcrew #redbargroup A photo posted by

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Big Bang Sang Bleu

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On April 20th, at the Robert, located on top floor of New York City’s Museum of Art & Design – overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle – Jean-Francois Sberro, Managing Director Hublot of America, and Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Büchi, presented a new limited edition collaboration Hublot timepiece called the Big Bang Sang Bleu. To give a little background, Maxime Buchi founded Sang Bleu magazine in 2006 – merging art, fashion, literature, sociology, and tattooing. Eventually, that led to the formation of Sang Bleu London Tattoo Studio in 2014, which consists of a dozen A-list tattooists. Notably, Buchi’s most famous clients include Kanye West and Adam Lambert. The Big Bang Sang Bleu is presented in a 45 mm titanium case which has a unique engraved geometric motif in the center, drawn by Buchi in the same way he would design

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Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black Hands-On

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Since 1988, Chopard has been the official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia endurance race – which features more than 400 classic cars competing on a thousand-mile course between Brescia and Rome. Referred to by Enzo Ferrari as the “world’s most beautiful race”, it inspired an eponymous watch collection created by Chopard, which as of last year are now equipped with manufacture movements. Following the launch of the Mille Miglia GTS collection in 2015, at Baselworld 2016 Chopard debuted the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black. Presented in a 43 mm x 11.43 mm matte black DLC-treated steel case, the watch features bold red “Rossa Corsa” accents and oversized numerals recalling 1950’s dashboards. Additionally, it has engine-style finishing and a strap with a vintage 1960s Dunlop racing tire tread motif. The dial is matte black, with a red lacquered sweep

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The "Rindt" Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3

Ahead of the Baselworld show in March, and before the launch of the retro version of the Monza, TAG Heuer announced that it would produce a re-edition of the Autavia, in 2017. And crucially, that fans would pick which Autavia. This week, after thousands of votes were cast, during two rounds of voting, TAG Heuer announced that the winner is the “Rindt” Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3. First produced in 1966, the “Mark 3” Autavia has a narrower bezel than the original model. The dial has applied steel markers with small luminous plots, and baton-shaped steel hands that are polished and feature luminescent inserts. This version is known as the Rindt, because is was worn by the Austrian Formula One World Champion, Jochen Rindt.

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Breguet Type XXI 3817 Hands-On

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Abraham-Louis Breguet is well known for inventing the tourbillon, amongst many other watchmaking technologies. Less known, however, is that his great-great grandson, Louis Charles Breguet, carried on his family’s history of innovation, in not just watchmaking, but also in aviation. Louis Charles Breguet developed the gyroplane, the forerunner of the helicopter. He also developed the Breguet XIV plane in 1916. And according to Breguet, “between 1917 and 1926, around 8,000 of these legendary aircraft were acquired by an estimated fifteen countries. Other models followed, such as the Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck).” In conjunction with the activities of Louis Charles Breguet and his aeronautical firm, the Breguet watch company developed chronograph mechanisms fitted on cockpit instrument panels and later began producing pilot’s watches. In 1935, Breguet developed their first wrist chronographs. By 1954, Breguet launched the

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Carl F. Bucher Manero Peripheral Hands-On

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At Baselworld last month, Swiss watchmaker, Carl F. Bucherer, which is owned by the Lucerne-based retailer, Bucherer, launched a timepiece that effectively changes the direction of the company in a few ways. First, the dial now reads “Lucerne 1888,” which I am told is part of a new re-branding strategy that focuses on the roots of the company. Second, the manufacture has added a few conservatively sized, retro-style watch collections to their line-up. With plans for more in the future, presumably. Basically, with the Manero Peripheral, they have created a new version of their awesome in-house made peripheral rotor movement and built it into a simple, classic timepiece. Clearly a departure from recent designs, drawing on their rich origins. The new caliber CFB A2050, features a patented peripheral rotor, that as the name suggests, sits on the peripheral area of

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The new Rolex Explorer Hands-On

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For years, Rolex has been known to primarily introduce updates to existing watch models at Baselworld, as opposed to focusing on brand new models. And this year was no different. Today, we’ll cover the newly updated Explorer (Ref. 214270), which it is worth noting, carries the same reference number as the model it replaces. Ever since 2010, the Rolex Explorer has featured a larger 39 mm case (up from 36 mm prior to that). That modern design stays mostly the same. In fact, the case is identical, the caliber 3132 movement is identical, and at first glance, even the dial appears to be the same. However, it is the dial, which differentiates the new Explorer from the previous version. First, the hour and minute hands are broader and have been lengthened for better legibility. The material, white gold, stays the

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TAG Heuer Monza Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, TAG Heuer debuted a Monza reissue, heavily inspired by the original 1976 Heuer model. To give a little background, Monza is a legendary race track known for being the fastest in racing, and the home of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. “TAG Heuer’s link to the legendary track goes back to a warm day in September 1975 when Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni took first place at Monza, and his teammate, Niki Lauda, took third, which was enough for him to win the Formula One World Championship for Ferrari. Both Ferrari cars had the name “HEUER” emblazoned on their chassis — the brand had been the team’s official timekeeper since 1971. To honor the result, Jack Heuer reworked an existing coussin-shaped 1930’s model in a special limited series. Equipped with a high-speed Calibre 15 movement, the

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REVIEW: Grand Seiko GMT

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Overview Dating back to 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker. Grand Seiko, which was founded in 1960, is the company’s high-end watch line. There is even a higher line called Credor, but those pieces are significantly pricier and very rare. Grand Seiko is amongst a very elite group of mechanical watch manufactures (including Rolex) that can produce an entire mechanical timepiece – meaning the case, hands, dial, movement, fully in-house – from start to finish. And like the aforementioned brand, Grand Seiko is able to use their absolute control over production, as well as their watchmaking know-how, which dates back to the late 19th century, to produce superb timepieces. Every detail of a Grand Seiko exudes high-quality craftsmanship. The dial The dial of this Grand Seiko GMT (Ref. SBGM023) is silvered, but in certain light, it looks almost cream colored.

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