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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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Josh Shanks

My current watch crush, the multi-colored Audemars Piguet Diver Chrono

Josh Shanks

Overview At this year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet released a wide variety of novelties. From haute horology minute repeaters (i.e. Grand Sonnerie), double balance wheel Royal Oaks, the return of yellow gold, and, of course, some awesome fashion forward multi-colored divers. This year’s novelties definitely got my heart beating. Honestly, as a collector of AP, I was very surprised by the diver move. In the last few years, AP has been moving away from limited editions (particularly within the Offshore range) and has instead focused their efforts on building on their heritage (Royal Oak line, Grand Comps, and Ladies’ pieces). You can imagine my delight when I saw a new sporty diver line in multiple colors (Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue). It was a surprising and innovative move for a very calculated and traditional Swiss brand. Ever since SIHH ended, I’ve

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Editor's Top 5 SIHH Picks

Parmigiani Fleurier Chronor Unveiled at SIHH, Parmigiani Fleurier’s integrated manufacture chronograph movement, represents the first in-house chronograph in the company’s 20-year history. Made from 18K rose gold, the immaculately finishing, complicated, split-seconds chronograph, which powers the new Chronor, really shows what the Fleurier-based watch brand is made of. Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Greubel Forsey watchmaker, Didier J.G. Cretin, and his team spent 6 years developing this timepiece, which has an in-house manufactured balance wheel and gold dial, and is available in a 66 piece limited edition, half of which are in steel. While is the Signature 1 does not have a tourbillon, it does adhere to the ultra-high finishing and quality standards that the brand is renowned for, all at a price that is considered entry-level in this echelon of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Double Balance Wheel Audemars

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Jason Pitsch

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

Jason Pitsch

One of the most interesting Lange debuts this year was the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds. Introduced at SIHH 2016, the watch is distinguished by its regulator dial that separates the hours, minutes, seconds on separate axises. Most importantly, the seconds hand, in particular, “jumps” in one-second intervals. At first glance, you might think it is quartz movement that powers the hands, particularly because the seconds hand on a quartz watch also jump in one-second intervals, instead of smoothly sweeping like the majority of mechanical timepieces. But this is far from quartz. Driven by a one-second constant-force escapement, the so-called “deadbeat” seconds feature, when combined with the zero-reset mechanism, makes it so you can out the crown, instantly causing the seconds hand to jump to 12 o’clock and stop, allowing you to quickly and precisely synchronize the timepiece. And thanks to

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Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions

As a follow up to the Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece that was introduced last year, Baume & Mercier launched two new variations at SIHH this past January. The new Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions are available in a choice of two different cases – each measuring 44 mm x 14.65 mm – crafted in either stainless steel with a steel bezel, or in ADLC treated stainless steel with a steel bezel. The latter is referred to as the “Competition.” Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Competition Visible through a sapphire caseback is a the Valjoux 7753 caliber with circular-grained bridges and mainplate and snailed black PVD oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” decoration. The 25 jewel automatic movement oscillates at 4Hz and has a 48-hour power reserve. A sunburst satin-finish black dial with two horizontal stripes Arabic numerals is punctuated by rhodium-plated

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Jason Pitsch

SIHH 2016: IWC Timezoner Chronograph

Jason Pitsch

When IWC purchased the rights to watchmaker Vogard’s intellectual property in November 2014 – production of a watch utilizing the newly acquired world time bezel patent was all but guaranteed. We even speculated, at the time, that the watchmakers in Schaffhausen might somehow use their own Aquatimer dive bezel technology in combination with the patent technology from Vogard. Fast forward to 2016 and IWC did just that – by combining their own dive bezel design with the Vogard world timer design. The result is a timepiece that allows you to change the timezone by merely pressing down on the bezel and rotating to your desired city (24 world time zones). This is an improvement over the Vogard world time zone bezel, which requires the extra step of having to a release a large lever before making time zone adjustments. Further

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Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon explained by Anthony de Haas

In this video, Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development, at German-based watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne, demonstrates the complicated Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon that was launched at the Geneva watch show (SIHH) in January. At 10 minutes, this video is not short, but considering every technical feature of this incredible flagship Datrograph is precisely explained by the person in charge of its development – it is well worth the watch.

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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Cartier Drive Watch Collection

Jason Pitsch

Cartier debuted an all new automotive-inspired watch collection, called the Drive de Cartier, last week in Geneva. The automotive inspired design is distinguished by a cushion-shaped case, crafted in steel or pink gold – with a choice of a black, grey, or white dial. Satin textured flanks contrast against the fully polished surfaces on the top and bottom of the case, highlighting its elegant curves. Each dial, is punctuated by large Roman numeral hour markers, intricate guilloché motifs, and sword-shaped hands (blued steel or pink gold). Cartier Drive in pink gold with grey dial There are three models within the Drive collection, starting with a three-hand and date model, then a retrograde dual time with day/night indication, and a complicated flying tourbillon model at the top of the line. Cartier caliber 1904-PS MC The first is powered by caliber 1904-PS

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SIHH 2016: Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set

At the annual Geneva Watch Show (SIHH) last week, Officine Panerai debuted a new set of watches inspired by two pre-Vendôme era references, from the early days when Panerai was acquired by Vendôme, part of the Richemont Group, in 1997. According to Officine Panerai, “in 1996 Panerai made a few small series of watches commissioned by Sylvester Stallone. The new Luminor 8 Days Set takes two models originally created for he American actor: a Luminor Black Seal, here presented for the first time in a left-handed version, and a Luminor Daylight with an original, extremely rare white dial with blue markers and numerals. The two watches are supplied in a box inspired by those used for vintage Luminor watches, made of pear wood with a teak base and containing a model of the human torpedo (Siluro a Lenta Corsa –

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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Greubel Forsey Signature 1

Jason Pitsch

One of the highlights of the SIHH 2016 watch trade show that took place in Geneva last week, was the Signature 1 – watchmaker Greubel Forsey’s first-time-only watch. To design this so-called “entry-level” timepiece – with the usual immaculate execution of a Greubel Forsey – it took Didier J.G. Cretin, a long-time watchmaker at the company, and his team, 6 years to develop. Notably, the balance wheel and gold dial were all developed in-house. In regards to finishing, the hands, which are gold or steel, depending on the case – were countersunk and finished by hand. The oversized balance wheel (which measures 12.6 mm) features an expertly applied black polish, as does the bridge which supports it. Geneva stripes surround the diamond bevelled gold dial. The nickel silver bridges are frosted, as is the main plate. However instead of a

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