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Pre-SIHH 2018: Reverso Duoface Tribute

Next month at SIHH 2018 Jaeger-LeCoultre will officially debut the Reverso Tribute Duoface with a strap made by bootmaker Casa Fagliano. With a strong heritage making polo boots by hand, the Casa Fagliano straps are a perfect match for the Reverso, a timepiece that was created in 1931 to withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. The front of the watch has a slate gray satin-brushed sunray finish dial with hours, minutes, and seconds. On the opposite side is a second time-zone and day/night indicator with a Clous de Paris guilloche pattern on an opaline dial. The Reverso Duoface Tribute comes in a pink gold case and is limited to 100 pieces.

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Vacheron Constantin Complete Calendar in Platinum

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Vacheron Constantin recently announced a limited edition platinum complete calendar watch that will be officially released at SIHH 2018. The Traditionnelle Complete Calendar comes in a round platinum case that measures 41 mm x 10.72 mm and features a sandblasted solid platinum dial punctuated by white gold facetted Dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, and white gold applied baton-shaped hour markers. A railway-type minute track is printed in black on the inner chapter ring for minutes and seconds, with “1-31” printed in blue on the outer chapter ring for the date, indicated with a long crescent-tipped blue center hand. One of the highlights of the gorgeous platinum dial is a moon phase disc that’s also crafted from 950 platinum. Driving the functions is a self-winding caliber 2460 QCL which beats at 4Hz, has 308 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power

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Introducing the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition

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After the success of previous editions, Seiko has released another limited edition Presage timepiece with an enamel dial. This time instead of white enamel, the dial is in my opinion, even more gorgeous, in a midnight blue hue. With only 1,500 pieces worldwide, distributed to what Seiko refers to as “elite retail partners,” such as Time+Tide in Australia, and at an incredible retail price, act fast they will be gone quickly. The inspiration for the hour markers of the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition come from Seiko’s first pocket watch that dates back to 1895. The crescent-shaped tip of the second hand is in a gold colored powder, which Seiko says, gives it a special texture that resembles the surface of the moon. According to the manufacture, “The blue enamel dial is the work of the enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa

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Pre-SIHH 2018: 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange"

To commemorate the A. Lange & Söhne honorary company founder, Walter Lange, who passed away in January 2017, the Glashutte based watchmaker will introduce a new 1815 timepiece at SIHH 2018 with a stoppable jumping seconds hand, which dates back to a 150-year-old invention conceived by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the company founder. The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” comes in three editions: 145 watches in white gold, 90 in pink gold and 27 in yellow gold. These numbers have been derived from important milestones of the Lange family’s history. From December 7, 1845, when Ferdinand Adolph Lange originally established the company, exactly 145 years elapsed until December 7, 1990, the date on which Walter Lange registered Lange Uhren GmbH. Precisely 27 years will have passed between this date and December 7, 2017. Each case measures 40.5 mm in diameter, with

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VIDEO: Zenith Swizz Beatz NYC Launch

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Thursday, November 30th, Swiss watchmaker Zenith held a party at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City to launch a limited edition timepiece designed by Recording Artist and Producer, Swizz Beatz. Zenith CEO, Julien Tornare, Hodinkee Editor, Jon Bues, and Swizz Beatz made the announcement before a large crowd, highlighted by a drone flying in from the 2nd floor and delivering one of the five limited edition diamond-studded Defy 21s. The special Zenith Defy was raffled off later in the night for charity.

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Bulova to release a compelling mechanical watch?

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Gotta say, compared to virtually every other offering I’ve seen from Bulova that I can recall for the past decade, none have piqued my interest until this one. As a fan of quality mechanicals from low price points all the way to the top of the line, this timepiece resonates with me. I like the direction Bulova is going. Make interesting timepieces that stand out and that are not overpriced and consumers will buy. The Bulova Oceanographer “Devil Diver” will be released at Baselworld 2018 – hopefully along with some more retro goodness. Learn more at Bulova.

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Pre-SIHH 2018: IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition "150 Years"

Next year IWC Schaffhausen will celebrate their 150th Anniversary by offering a special Jubilee collection at SIHH 2018, made up of 27 limited edition models from across their four primary lines – the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci. IWC is also launching the IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition “150 Years” wristwatch which is an homage wristwatch based on the original digital hours and minute display from the company’s Pallweber pocket watches that date back to 1884. This wristwatch has the same white dial and unique display configuration as the original Pallweber pocket watch on which it’s based. Although instead of enamel the dial is made with multiple layers of lacquer. Two circular apertures display the jumping hours and jumping minutes at 12 o’clock and the center of the dial, respectively, with a small seconds indication at 6 o’clock.

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Ten Things Jaeger-LeCoultre Does Well

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The Reverso was created in 1931 out of a demand for a watch that could withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. Today the reversible rectangular-shaped watch is an absolute icon. With an area of the factory designated to enamel work and a lack of skilled artisans in this area, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s in-house enamel workshop makes them one of very few manufactures specializing in this skill. Jaeger-LeCoultre has mastered the ultra-complicated multi-axis tourbillon with watches such as the Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon and the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2. There are other dive chronographs out there but few are as well done as the Deep Sea which has an operating indicator and maintains are relatively compact size despite having a chronograph that functions underwater. In addition to insanely complicated timepieces and sports watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre is also quite apt at

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A new Pro Trek smartwatch designed for cold weather

Just in time for the winter, Casio has announced the Pro Trek WSD-F20X Smart Outdoor Watch – a limited edition smartwatch specifically designed for winter sports. The new Pro Trek WSD-F20X features an interchangeable band that can be customized based on the activity, whether it is skiing, snowboarding, climbing or whatever the cold weather activity. Shown with a black resin band that articulates to your wrist, it also comes with a long cloth band can be worn over thick winter outerwear. Running on the Android Wear 2.0 operating system users can view low-power GPS and color maps, even when the watch is offline (maps downloaded ahead of time can be accessed even without a connection). Users can access Casio original Activity app to track their ski and snowboard routes and check top speeds. This timepiece is equipped with a new

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Omega announces E-Commerce plans ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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The inevitable roll-out of official online sales by luxury watchmakers continues. Just last Monday, likely in anticipation of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the entire weekend of condensed online selling, Omega announced their intentions to move into E-Commerce (exclusively in the United States at launch). Tourneau had actually made the announcement that they were selling Omega watches online a few days before. In addition to Tourneau, at least one other retailer, Manfredi Jewels, in Connecticut, already has Omega watches available for direct purchase online. And all authorized Omega retailers in the US are now allowed to sell online at their discretion. This is very similar to what TAG Heuer has already been doing for years – that is selling on their own site plus allowing authorized retailers to choose if they want to also sell online. With giants such as

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