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Jason Pitsch

Photo Report: Oris at the beach

Jason Pitsch

An Oris Divers 65 is my go to watch for wearing with short sleeves, going to pool parties or the beach. I really like vintage Tudor and Rolex Submariners but with old watches, you always worry about water entering the case. Not to mention, they are often in need of costly overhauls and repairs and are really not optimal in regards to durability like a modern Tudor or Rolex. Plus, they cost quite a bit more, especially in good condition. The Oris 65 solves the problem with modern wearability, durability, and they are more affordable to own (retail with the rubber strap is $1850). I continue to put the Oris through the paces. While I am not a diver, I do like to swim with my watch on, play football at the beach with the watch on my wrist, and

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Visconti Abyssus Scuba Urban Camo Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Since 1988, Florence-based penmaker Visconti has been producing high-quality writing instruments. And after over 25 years crafting writing instruments in Florence, at Baselworld 2014, the company launched a timepiece collection to complement their assortment of fountain pens, rollers, and ball-pens. The Abyssus professional dive watch collection was the first collection, and according to the company they have, “won the approval of such professional experts as the CNS, Italy’s National Diver Centre, forging close professional ties with the centre in the development of its monobloc Scuba Abissus 3.000 mt. watch, with two patents currently pending.” We visited Visconti’s at Baselworld 2016 for the first time, and from a technical perspective, their 3000 meter dive watches were the most interesting. The Abyssus Scuba Urban Camo collection, in particular, stood out due to its rugged military aesthetic, and unique professional locking dive crown

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Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time Hands-On

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The Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time, unveiled at Baselworld 2016, is the first Seiko, other than the Astron, to utilize Seiko’s unique GPS Solar timekeeping technology. Crafted in corrosion resistant titanium, the Marinemaster case and bracelet feature a super-hard coating to protect against impacts. The case measures 48.5 mm x 14.7 mm and is topped by a highly durable fixed ceramic bezel. The two-tone bezel is bright white on the top (with the numeric UTC codes in blue), and bright blue on the flange (with the 40 world time cities engraved in white). The bracelet has a three-fold clasp with push button release, with a secure lock and slide adjuster. A screw-down crown and caseback ensure a water-resistance of 200 meters. The crown features white ceramic crown guards. The sapphire crystal has been coated inside and out with a super-clear

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Patek Philippe introduces 'Flamme' Diamond Set Calatrava

Jason Pitsch

Introduced this year at Baselworld, the Calatrava Ref. 7200/200R ladies watch features a new gem-setting technique that utilizes staggered rows of diamonds to amplify their sparkle and brilliance. The technique called “Flamme,” has been officially registered as a trademark by Patek Philippe for the horological industry. The unique gem-setting technique is complex and requires the skilled hand of a master jeweler. Furthermore, as with all jewelry pieces, only superb, flawless Top Wessleton brilliant-cut diamonds are used, in accordance with Patek Philippe’s rigorous standards as stipulated by the Patek Philippe Seal. The 18K rose gold Calatrava bezel is set with 142 diamonds, in two staggered rows. Each stone is placed inside a drilled slot. The gem-setter then manually sculpts a small prong for each setting and then bends it over the diamond to secure it on one side from above. Then,

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Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

This is a quick hands-on look at the recently introduced Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition. Limited to 100 pieces, the Porsche 919 Hybrid racecar inspired timepiece comes in a 45 mm x 15.15 mm blackened titanium case, with design elements taken directly from the 919 race car. The one shown, at Chopard’s Madison Avenue boutique in New York City, was already purchased by a customer, and considering there are only 100 worldwide it is safe to say they will not last long. This is a boutique exclusive timepiece with a retail price of $14,370. See the full details here.

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The Rolex Cellini Date Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Rolex introduced the redesigned Cellini dress watch collection at Baselworld 2014. This year, they followed up by adding one new variation for each of the three styles of Cellini; the 3-hander, date, and dual time models – respectively. This article focuses on just one, the Cellini Date, which now comes in a blue guilloche dial version. However, while the Cellini Date was is available in a black or silver guilloche dial, in either white or rose gold, the new blue dial is available exclusively in white gold. Measuring 39 mm in diameter, the case features a polished finish with a double bezel that is domed and fluted. The crown is flared and fluted to match the bezel. The look of the bezel and crown carries all the way to the “Rayon flammé de la gloire” guilloche pattern on the dial,

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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Hands-On

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Launched at Baselworld 2016, and inspired by the Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph, the new El Primero 36’000 VpH has a similar aesthetic, for considerably lower price. The El Primero 36’000 VpH features a stainless steel case instead of carbon fiber, and the movement is not as complicated as the lightweight striking 10th version, but the watch does feature the same sporty tri-color theme, an open-worked dial, and a high-beat El Primero Chronograph movement with 1/10th of a second accuracy. Measuring 45 mm in diameter, with sapphire crystals on both sides of the dial, this is a bold timepiece the flaunts its 5Hz mechanical engine. The dial is unique within the 36’000 VPH collection, thanks to its date disc that features stencil-type numeral with a bright red background at 6 o’clock. A partially skeletonized dial reveals the mechanics beneath, as well

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5396G Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe introduced two new versions of the Ref. 5396 Annual Calendar – which was previously only available with baton-shaped applied hour markers – with two new versions replacing the indexes with Breguet-style Arabic applied numerals. One version is in rose gold with a silvery opaline dial (Ref. 5396R-012), and the other in white gold with a gray dial (Ref. 5396G-014). The case has stayed the same at 38.5 mm in diameter and with a fully polished exterior, clear caseback, and 30 meters water-resistance. The automatic movement, caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/303 movement, is also unchanged. It runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), measures 33.3 mm/5.78mm, has 10 bridge, 34 jewels, 347 total parts, and a 45-hour maximum power reserve. The bridges are chamfered and polished, the mainplate is decorated with a perlage finish, and the

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The Charming Bird Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Originally announced is 2013, the Charming Bird is a half million dollar Jaquet Droz timepiece that features the world’s first singing bird automaton in a wristwatch. Basically, there are two mechanical movements that control the time and automaton functions, respectively. First, is the movement which controls the time, caliber JD 615, beats a 3Hz (21,600 vph) and features automatic winding via a platinum oscillating weight. It powers the hours and minutes display located at 12 o’clock and is controlled by the crown just above that. The movement is in-house made and features 29 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve via a single barrel. Second, is the singing bird automation movement is controlled by a hand-winding mechanical movement, with a crown and push-button at 2 o’clock. You have to manually wind the crown, which in turn compresses the air to activate

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Chopard Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono

Jason Pitsch

Seen here on the wrist of the President of Chopard USA, is the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono. The watch features a 44.50 mm x 14.10 mm case, constructed out of titanium for the case middle, pushers, and crown. With a stainless steel bezel and caseback. This timepiece was introduced in 2014 and pays homage to Chopard’s status as the official timekeeper on the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, dating back to 2002. Said to be inspired by the classic single-seaters sports cars from the 1970s, the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono has a snailed gray dial and a yellow flange with graduations for the chronograph. Matching the ring are yellow chronograph hands for seconds (central hand), 30-minutes (12 o’clock), and 12-hours (6 o’clock). A small seconds subdial sits at 9 o’clock, and there is a date aperture at 3

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