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Pre-Owned Heads and Tails with Govberg watches

Josh Shanks

Many people know Govberg Jewelers, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the East Coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll bring you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Textures In horology, textures can come in many different forms. Perhaps it’s the texture of a dial, a supple rubber strap, the feel of an exotic leather strap, or simply, the feel of a sharp crown. After a working our way through Govberg’s pre-owned inventory of nearly 1,000+ watches, here are some of my favorites: Texture: Rubber This

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Victorinox introduces compass bumper and paracord strap

This year Victorinox added a paracord strap and compass bumper option to the rugged Inox watch line. The paracord strap was already available at Victorinox, but now it can be purchased as an accessory. Developed in partnership with Swedish brand Naimakka, the hand-woven nylon cord was originally used for parachute suspension lines. The military spec nylon strands can be unraveled in a survival situation to replace shoelaces, build a shelter or raft, to sew with, make a fishing net, or to make a fire. The paracord strap is available with an exclusive Swiss Army knife that features a special blade for attaching the strap to the watch case. Colors are camo, black, red or sand. As for the removable compass bumper, it was designed to protect the Inox watch from scratching and damage, allowing it to worn in extreme situations

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Baselworld 2016: Longines RailRoad

Inspired by a timepiece from the 1960s, the Longines RailRoad, is the newest addition to the brand’s retro-styled Heritage collection. A stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter, looks practically identical to its predecessor, with the exception of a larger case, modern automatic movement (versus a hand wound), and a slightly different dial. Longines Heritage 1920s model The case is satin-finished with a polished bezel. A domed off-white polished dial features 24 black painted Arabic numerals, just like the original. Where is differs is the designation “R. R. 280” now reads “R.R. 888 Automatic”, reflecting the newer automatic caliber number. Shiny black lance-shaped hour and minute hands, along with a baton second hand, remain virtually unchanged from the original. Inside, is caliber L888.2 which is an ETA A31.L01 made exclusively for Longines by ETA. It beats at 3.5Hz (25,200

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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the record-setting Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

Jason Pitsch

Bulgari introduced the world’s thinnest tourbillon wristwatch in 2014. Two years later, they have debuted another record-setting timepiece called the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, which is currently the thinnest minute repeater in the world. To achieve such a feat, with a minute-repeater no less, a tremendous amount of research and design was required as this type of complication is one of the most difficult to produce. And to fit a minute-repeater movement inside a 6.85 mm thick case was, of course, an incredible challenge for the watchmakers in Le Sentier. At 3.12 mm in thickness, the movement is thinner than two-quarters stacked on top of each other. Which again, we have to call out, considering this is a chiming watch. To achieve the desired level of sound quality, in such a small area, the use of titanium was required for

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Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon

Not long after the introduction of the Ref. 57260, the most complicated watch made to date, Vacheron Constantin has unveiled yet another ultra-complicated one-off timepiece: the Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon. Borrowing the armillary tourbillon and the double retrograde functions from the aforementioned 57260 superwatch, this contemporary timepiece has a “high-precision” manually wound movement, housed inside a (45.7 mm x 20.06 mm) white gold case. Notably, the Maître Cabinotier’s caliber 1990 movement is the subject of four patent applications in regards to 1- the instantaneous retrograde system, 2- the balance spring collet, 3- the multi-carriage tourbillon, 4- the escapement lever. One of the coolest features of this watch, both technically and visually, is the retrograde hours and minutes that fly back to zero so fast, that the use of titanium was required because of its strength and lightness. Basically, the

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Jason Pitsch

Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160

Jason Pitsch

Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 is a modern replica of the famous, so-called Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160, commissioned by Nicolas G. Hayek – the late co-founder of the Swatch Group – in 2005. The masterpiece took 4 years to create, based only on pictures and descriptions of the original No. 160 pocket watch which at the time was lost, and eventually recovered in 2007. In 2008, two years before Hayek’s passing, it was completed and has naturally become a permanent part of Breguet’s museum collection ever since. Pocket watch No. 160/1160 is still amongst the most complicated in the world, which is incredible considering the time period in which it was designed and produced (ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, No. 1160, like the original No. 160, is a perpétuelle, or self-winding timepiece, which

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Jason Pitsch

Baselworld 2016: Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe debuted a new World Time watch (Ref. 5230), available in white or rose gold, replacing all previous models. The new timepiece has a number of subtle changes, including a new time zone dial, a slightly redesigned case, and new hands. Dubai now supplants Riyadh and Brisbane replaces Noumea. Another change involves Moscow, which switched from UTC+4 to UTC+3. In addition, Patek Philippe has updated the case with winglet-style lugs and the narrower polished bezel. A new pierced gold hour hand replaces the former ring-shaped hand and shows the contours of the “Southern Cross” constellation. And the minute hand is now lozenge-shaped. Notably, the dial features a new dark grey hand-guilloched center, featuring a basket weave pattern. Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230 is powered by automatic caliber 240 HU, which features an off-center 22K

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Jason Pitsch

Porsche Design debuts '1919 Collection' at Baselworld

Jason Pitsch

After many years of having watches produced by Eterna under a licensing agreement, in 2014, the Porsche Design Group founded Porsche Design Timepieces AG, in Solothurn, Switzerland. By the end of 2014, the newly formed Porsche Design timepieces, made in close cooperation with their Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria – had brought the first timepiece created under the new management to market. Fast forward to Baselworld 2016, and for the first time, Porsche Design Timepieces exhibited at their own booth (after many years exhibiting alongside Eterna). And with good reason, as the result of the new initiative is starting to show in the form of a new line of watches called the 1919 Collection, which debuted at Baselworld. Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity The new collection consists of 9 references in total, including (4) 1919 Chronometers, (4) 1919

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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Armin Strom debuted an all-new timepiece, called the Edge Double Barrel, which preserves the brand’s signature off-center dial configuration and gains a new movement and case. The Edge Double Barrel caliber ARM16 is built in-house, like all of the movements coming from Armin Strom. Most notably, the grey ruthenium treated main plate and bridges have an unconventional “cross-grinding” finish, completed with hand bevelled edges, all visible on both the dial and caseback sides of the watch. Hours and minute are displayed by large polished steel hands, which have a generous amount of luminous treatment. These are the same hands used across the entire breadth of the Armin Strom collection. What is new, is the large Arabic numerals printed in silver on the black azurage inner chapter ring for each hour, except 9 o’clock. White minute graduations

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Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition

Jason Pitsch

The Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition, announced at Baselworld 2016, represents the combined work of four of Seiko’s most experienced craftsmen. Moreover, the new movement, caliber 6830, is the first tourbillon ever produced by Seiko. The caliber is just 3.98 mm thick, and is made and assembled by master watchmaker Satoshi Hiraga. Engraving is done by Kiyoshi Terui. The overall design, including the integration of the tourbillon, metal engraving, and lacquer work, is done Nobuhiro Kosugi. Urushi expert Isshu Tamura produces the lacquer finish. Together, these experts have created a three-dimensional tourbillon with engraving and lacquer work inspired by the art of the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868). The watch is presented in a 43.1 mm x 8.8 mm platinum case, that also utilizes yellow and white gold along with 48 blue sapphires (for a total of 3.22 carats, including

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