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Breitling Chronoworks Performance Labs

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Chronoworks Performance Labs refers to the advanced research and development department at Breitling’s headquarters in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Simply put, the team develops and tests new technologies that can be utilized to enhance series-production watches. The Superocean Heritage Chronoworks is the first timepiece to utilize the chronometric enhancements developed by Chronoworks. These enhancements represent five key areas that start with the existing caliber B01 – Breitling’s first in-house mechanical movement – and result in a reworked caliber that outperforms the existing movement in many ways. Breitling caliber B01 Chronoworks Silicon wheels A watch movement is at halt 95% of the time, and each time it restarts there is a loss of energy. To offset this, the movement’s center wheel, third wheel, and fourth wheel have been manufactured with silicon which reduces weight by about half – making the restarting, and

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Robert Downey Jr. shows off his watch collection to GQ Style

GQ Style, a newly launched lifestyle publication that is part of GQ/Conde Naste, recently sat down with Robert Downey Jr. to look at his wristwatch collection. He owns a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712, a vintage Baume & Mercier his father gave him, a few Rolexes including a Rolex GMT customized by Bamford Watch Department, a Bell & Ross, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT that he wore in Ironman 2.

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Video: Audemars Piguet making the most famous dial in the business

This video shows the making of the famous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dial with tapisserie pattern. Since 1972, they have been manufactured traditionally without any help from modern or CNC technology.

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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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Video: TAG Heuer Connected Watch

At the LVMH tower penthouse in New York City earlier today, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer debuted their new “Connected” watch. TAG Heuer’s first foray into connected watches comes in a 46 mm grade 2 titanium case (the case resembles a TAG Heuer Carrera), with a variety of sporty perforated rubber straps to choose from. As you would expect, it has an alarm, timer, stopwatch and numerous other functions built-in. There is a wide variety of watch face designs to select from, including chronographs, 3-handers, and more. The TAG Heuer Connected watch is compatible with both Android and iOS phones. Battery life is estimated at about 18-20 hours per charge. You have the option of trading it in for a mechanical watch after 2-years (there is an additional fee). The TAG Heuer Connected Watch is available starting today in the United

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Introducing the Legacy Machine Perpetual

Early this week MB&F debuted a new Legacy Machine with a fully integrated perpetual calendar. Developed for MB&F by Irish watchmaker, Stephen McDonnell, the movement features a 14 mm dial-side balance wheel, like the other Legacy Machines, which offers a perfect central view as it oscillates to-and-fro. Unique to this LM model is a perpetual calendar that does a few things different than a traditional perpetual. According to MB&F, “The default month has gone from 31 days to 28, and the central “grand levier” has been replaced by an innovative, patent-pending “mechanical processor” – solving a very frustrating issue with conventional calendars: they break easily due to faulty manipulations. This new Legacy Machine is fool-proof! Just as important, we’ve traded the standard “sandwich” construction – base movement + calendar module + display – for a spectacular, fully integrated architecture, offering

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Video: Harry Winston Opus 14

Harry Winston Opus 14 was just unveiled in Geneva. The watch has a unique automaton that allows the wearer to change discs on demand similar to how it is done inside a jukebox. Except, instead of audio records, the discs represent different functions. Full article to follow.

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Introducing the clock with an ever-changing liquid display

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In recent years, we’ve covered some notably cool clocks from a basic Nixie clock to MB&F’s stunning Nixie Machine by Frank Buchwald. And, of course, numerous clocks from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos line HERE and HERE. As well as a few more from MB&F HERE and HERE. However, while those clocks arguably beat the Rhei in looks, mechanical purity, and finishing – this new horological invention might be more of a technical breakthrough. The Rhein is an electro-mechanical clock that displays the time via a black liquid that is constantly changing shape. Furthermore, according to the manufacturer, you will never see the same shape twice. Watch the video and you be the judge. According to Rhei, “Never before has a liquid substance been unveiled in its pure, unrefined form and controlled in a manner which allows it to display tangible shapes.

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Video of The World's Most Complicated Watch

Vacheron Constantin debuts the world’s most complicated watch, Ref. 57260, which was created by 3 master watchmakers over the course of 8 years. The ultra-complicated 2,800 component timepiece has a record-breaking 57 complications.

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Apple Gold Watch Edition Crushed by Magnets

The guys at TechRax purchased a $10,000 Apple Watch Edition in yellow gold and then used two powerful neodymium magnets to produce 650 pounds of force – with the Apple Watch in between – ultimately crushing the watch for our entertainment.

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