The Art of Marquetry by Parmigiani Fleurier

February 19, 2013 | Parmigiani Fleurier, SIHH

The Art of Marquetry by Parmigiani Fleurier

This year at SIHH Parmigiani Fleurier introduced three musical themed timepieces with intricately decorated marquetry dials. “Marquetry work” is ancient process that involves cutting out and assembling veneers — wooden veneers in this case — on a flat surface. The result is unique wooden veneer dial, with rich colors and a look that compliments the musical theme perfectly.


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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication

February 18, 2013 | Audemars Piguet, SIHH

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication

The highlight at Audemars Piguet during SIHH was the Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication — which features minute repeater, split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar complications. To exemplify their know-how in the area of highly complicated timepieces, AP exhibited 16 Grand Complication pieces from their museum in Le Brassus (pictured below).


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REVIEW: What Rolex Submariner should I buy? New or Pre-owned.

February 16, 2013 | By Jason Pitsch | Hands-On, REVIEWS, Rolex

REVIEW: What Rolex Submariner should I buy? New or Pre-owned.

The Rolex Submariner is arguably the most iconic sport/dive watch ever made. And after wearing this one for a week, I’d have to say it is one of the best looking and most comfortable vintage watches I’ve worn. The dimensions are just right.


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Audemars Piguet Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph SIHH 2013

February 14, 2013 | Audemars Piguet, Hands-On, SIHH

Audemars Piguet Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph SIHH 2013

Audemars Piguet introduced a very interesting triple complication watch at SIHH 2013, the Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph, which combines a Minute Repeater, Tourbillon and Chronograph. It is presented in a polished titanium cushion shaped case, measuring 47 mm by 12.30 mm, with an 18K brushed white gold bezel. Inside is caliber 2874, a hand wound manufacture movement that runs at 21,600 vph (3Hz), with 38 jewels, 504 components and a power reserve of 48-hours.


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Introducing the Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige

February 13, 2013 | Vacheron Constantin

Introducing the Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige

This week Vacheron Constantin introduced two new men’s versions of their unique asymmetrical dress watch, the 1972 Prestige. Both models come in 18K white gold and measure 25 mm x 47 mm. Inside is the world’s slimmest manual wind movement: caliber 1003 made in yellow gold and only 1.64mm thick. The first version has a grey dial with a herringbone guilloche motif and rose gold hands. The second has a sliver dial with geometrical guilloche pattern and is limited to 40 pieces.


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Watchmaking: The ETA C07.111 an evolution of the ETA 2824

February 13, 2013 | Watchmaking

Watchmaking: The ETA C07.111 an evolution of the ETA 2824

The all new ETA C07.111 movement makes its debut in the Tissot Powermatic 80.

With a power reserve of 80-hours, it can last nearly twice as long as a comparable movement, such as the 23-jewel ETA 2824 on which it is based. To achieve this level of power reserve, ETA (Swatch Group’s movement production arm) made a number of improvements. The engineers were able to save energy with the C07.111 by reducing the operating frequency from 4 to 3Hz (28,800 vph to 21,600 vph). Additionally, the use of a high-performance synthetic material (likely silicon) for the escapement also allows friction to be reduced, thus wasting less power. Furthermore, a reduction of the diameter of the barrel-arbor’s core made it possible to lengthen the mainspring, thereby allowing for an increased power reserve.