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Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

We recently sat down with Parmigiani Fleurier, for a hands-on look at their incredible Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph. Initially launched in 2009, this updated 2013 model’s dial features some aesthetic upgrades, and the case now has pump pushers instead of the standard pushers from the previous version. Underneath the dial, the hand-wound tourbillon chronograph movement, caliber PF 354, has stayed the same. Beating at 3Hz (21,600 vph), the movement has 295 components, 29 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve. Every component is hand finished to perfection, from the hand bevelled and polished main plate and bridges, to the blackened screws, the polished tourbillon bridges. Function include hours, minutes, small seconds (at 9 o’clock), a crescent-shaped power reserve indicator (at 12 o’clock), and a 1/4 second chronograph (large central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock). The rose gold case measures 43 mm

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Josh Shanks

A day on the water with Bremont watches

Josh Shanks

Overview The Americas Cup sailing yacht race came to NYC earlier this month and I had the privilege of attending the race on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The New York event was a qualifying race in a series of preliminary events, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. These preliminary races are part of the 2015-16 America’s Cup season. America’s Cup is running these qualifying races throughout the world. Events in Portsmouth, Sweden, Bermuda, and Oman have already occurred. Races in Chicago, Portsmouth and Toulon will occur later this year. The final race for the America’s Cup trophy will take place in the summer of 2017 in Bermuda. History (portions via americascup.com) For those of you unaware of the history of the Americas Cup, let’s take a quick look back to 1851 when a schooner sailed past

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Ludwig Neomatik Champagner Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

After launching the Neomatik line last year, in 2016, NOMOS Glashutte introduced a series of twelve watches with the new DUW 3001 movement, which is now equipped with the new in-house regulation system. The models included are the Minimatik, Tangente, Metro, Orion, and Ludwig, which continue to be available with white silver-plated or champagne-colored dials. Also, the Tetra line is now available with an automatic movement. The Neomatik series (which is the brand’s automatic collection of watches) is powered by the 3.2 mm thick DUW 3001, which allows for slim, elegant timepieces. Despite the thinness, each movement is capable of achieving chronometer accuracy. According to the manufacture, “This high rate accuracy can now be achieved more simply and quickly in DUW 3001, as this caliber is equipped with NOMOS’ own DUW regulatory system. It replaces the Triovis system and allows

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Like the Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment that debuted in 2014, this year Blancpain launched a plasma grey ceramic version of the three-hand Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, with the same deep blue dial and bezel. Distinguished by the matte grey plasma ceramic case – that measures 43.60 mm x 13.83 mm – the new Bathyscaphe is a truly contemporary dive watch, despite its rich diving heritage dating back to the 1950s. Like the case, the unidirectional rotating dive bezel is crafted in matte grey ceramic, that has been satin-brushed, along with a polished blue ceramic insert, dive scale, and a single lume-filled Liquidmetal marker at 12 o’clock. Matching the bezel is a stunning, deep blue sunburst pattern dial, punctuated by polished Liquidmetal hour makers, and rectangular-shaped grey hour and minute hands, along with a baton-shaped central seconds sweep hand with a

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Grande Seconde Deadbeat Onyx Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Last month at Baselworld, Jaquet Droz debuted a timepiece, with a deadbeat seconds function, and a unique dial made from black onyx called the Grande Seconde Deadbeat Onyx. Onyx is a mineral crystal (gemstone), formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors, according to Wikipedia. “It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of the silica minerals quartz and moganite. Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates.” For each Grande Second Deadbeat Onyx dial, a piece of onyx is cut and then polished to a glossy finish, resulting in a look that is quite striking, especially when contrasted by the 18K white gold monoblock applied chapter ring. The hours and minutes are indicated by polished white gold Lance-shaped hands in the upper dial. And a long centrally-mounted baton-shaped hand,

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Orion 1989 Special Edition Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Launched a few years ago, the Orion 1989 Special edition timepiece, from German watchmaker NOMOS Glashutte, pays homage to fall of the Berlin Wall, which happened in 1989. The timepiece comes in a three-part stainless steel case measuring 38 mm x 8.86 mm, with slightly curved sapphire crystals protecting the dial and the caseback. These dimensions result in a perfectly proportioned dress watch that wears very comfortably. An anthracite dial with stamped gold indexes, and silver printed minutes and seconds graduations make for an attractive aesthetic. Baton-shaped steel hands are gold-plated, further adding to the elegance of the look. Inside, is NOMOS’s Alpha caliber, which is their first manufacture movement, and most popular. Understandably so as it is a mere 2.6 mm in thickness, yet has all the decorations we have come to expect from this beloved German watchmaker: rhodium

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Tudor Black Bay Dark Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

The Heritage Black Bay, first launched in 2012, is Tudor’s best-selling collection. Based on the first 1954 Tudor Submariner (Ref. 7922), along with design elements borrowed from multiple subsequent Submariners, the Black Bay is not a re-edition, instead, it is a contemporary re-interpretation of the original. Building on the success of the core model, last month a day before Press Day at Baselworld, in addition to debuting the Black Bay Bronze, Tudor launched the Black Bay Dark, which like the Bronze, is somewhat of a departure from the rest of the Black Bay collection. Scenes from the launch which took place just ahead of Baselworld 2016 Unlike the larger 43 mm diameter bronze-alloy case from the Bronze model, the Black Bay Dark is in stainless steel and has the same dimensions (41 mm x 12.75 mm) as the Black Bay

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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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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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Breguet Type XXI 3817 Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

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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