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Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Hands-On

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Patek Philippe’s automatic caliber 240 is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, a new skeletonized version of the movement has been created. Already offered in skeletonized variations since 2008, a special new version of the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Squelette” was introduced at Baselworld 2017, back in March. The new timepiece features a 39 mm x 7 mm rose gold case, which is 45.8 mm long and has a 20 mm lug width. In addition, the bracelet and movement are also crafted from solid 18K rose gold. The micro-rotor, however, is made of 22K gold as an oscillating weight that is so small needs to be heavy in order to generate enough power to wind the watch. Skeletonization that leaves so little remaining is extremely difficult to produce. According to Patek “Its plate and bridges are pierced to the

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Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition

Renowned design house, Giugiaro, and Japanese watchmaker, Seiko, have collaborated many times over the years. Their latest collaboration, interestingly, is not only inspired by two very famous past watches, it’s inspired by models the companies designed together in the 1980s. Seiko Ref. 7A28-7000 re-issue, on Adam Craniotes’ wrist The so-called “Alien Seiko Chronographs,” worn by Bishop (Lance Henriksen) and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), in Aliens, reference 7A28-6000 and 7A28-7000, respectively, were in fact designed by Giugiaro Design. Seiko Aliens Ref. 7A28-6000, 1983 The new Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition blends past design cues, such as the unmistakable asymmetrical-shaped aesthetic of the Seiko Alien Chronographs, combined with an advanced solar-powered GPS Astron chronograph movement (caliber 8X82), and housed in a modern titanium case (46.3 mm x 13.3 mm). Further adding to the appeal, the entire case and bracelet are protected

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Apple Watch Nike+ straps that match VaporMax shoes

Despite continued reports being published that say the Apple Watch is not meeting expectations, we continue to see them on the wrists of more and more people each day. Further, as new collaborations continue to pop-up, including the Apple Watch NikeLab that was introduced last April. Before that, there was the original Apple Watch Nike+. Now, Apple and Nike has taken their partnership even further, with the announcement this week of four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection. The “Day to Night” collection celebrates runners whenever they choose to run – at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to – for the first time – make

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The Longines Heritage 1945

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A quick look at our Longines article archives, and you can see that virtually every timepiece we have covered from the Swiss watchmaker over the past five years has been in the heritage collection, or otherwise vintage inspired. A company with such a rich history should tap into past designs for ideas, and Longines has perpetuated this concept more than any other company. Introducing the latest retro timepiece, the Heritage 1945. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017 in March, the new watch is presented in a 40 mm stainless steel case, up from the original 38 mm. Either size would be fine I think, amongst hardcore collectors and new watch enthusiasts alike. One unique element that was maintained from the 1945 version is the vertically brushed coppery dial, which has a luxurious texture and is curved like the original. Contrasting the straight

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Bréguet Classique 7147 Hands-On

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Long renowned for producing luxurious, elegant, and highly complicated timepieces, particularly tourbillons, which the eponymous company founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, invented – the manufacture Breguet is also very capable of producing uncomplicated masterpieces. Introducing the Bréguet Classique 7147, a simplistic, time-only, wristwatch, with a “Grand Feu” enamel dial that is essentially a complication in itself. Moreover, this enamel dial is especially unique because it has an offset “dimple” that delineates the small seconds from the main display, without any marking on the dial, whatsoever. In regards to producing the “Grand Feu” dial, here is what the Breguet says about the process, “It is based on a colorless vitreous mixture – called flux – composed of silicic acid, sodium borate, nitre, and minium. The flamboyant and ageless colors of enamel are achieved by adding metallic oxides to this combination. The result is

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Instagram Highlights #7

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

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One of the most interesting introductions from Patek Philippe this year was the all-new Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, which we wrote about last month. Distinguished by its three-tiered lugs, which were inspired by historical Ref. 2405, the 5320 is powered by familiar automatic perpetual calendar movement – caliber 324 S Q. Presented in a sleek 40 mm x 11.13 mm white gold case, with 21 mm interlug width, and a total lug-to-lug length of 47.98 mm, one thing remains the same, Patek Philippe’s ability to make not only complicated watches but to do so in the most elegant way. Patek Philippe is world-renowned for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, and this furthers that reputation. Setting this watch apart from most of the company’s previous perpetual calendar wristwatches, are its Arabic numerals. The majority of historical references feature indexes, not numerals. Additionally,

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Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

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Breitling has been in the news a lot lately, with rumors of a potential sale of the company swirling around before and during Baselworld, and then subsequently culminating with the announcement late last month that the majority shares of the family owned company were acquired by Europe’s largest private equity firm. While it is unclear what product changes, if any, will take place at Breitling, at least for the short-term future, large watches are there to stay. Bringing us to the Avenger Hurricane Military, which was debuted at Baselworld and features a 50 mm x 16.95 mm case, that despite its massive dimensions, weighs just 68.90 grams without the strap. This is because the case is crafted from the company’s proprietary ultra-light Breitlight® material for the case, which is a lightweight polymer (plastic composite) that has the look of forged

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Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture Hands-On

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Frederique Constant has finally debuted a watch that we’ve been expecting ever since their sister company, Alpina, launched an in-house flyback chronograph at Baselworld 2015. Alpina, Frederique Constant, and Ateliers de Monaco are all part of the Frederique Constant Group, which is now owned by Citizen. It is worth noting, that the manufacture flyback chronograph design actually originated at Ateliers de Monaco in 2011. Fast forward to Baselworld 2017, and Frederique Constant unveiled their version of the Chronograph Flyback. And it’s a good one. Presented in a 42 mm diameter case, crafted from stainless steel or rose-gold plated stainless steel, the Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture comes in five different variations. All versions have a fully polished case, a glass box sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback, and flat chronograph pushers. The new Flyback collection comes in two primary versions: one that

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Most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction

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Yesterday, at the Geneva Watch Auction: Five, the Rolex reference 6062, aka the “Bao Dai,” broke the all-time record for a Rolex at auction. According to Phillips, “Following an eight-minute bidding war, between ten bidders in the room and three on the telephone, the iconic Rolex Reference 6062, ‘Bao Dai’ sold for CHF 5,066,000 to a phone bidder.” The Rolex Bao Dai is a triple calendar with moonphase in yellow gold and is one of only three known to exist with diamond markers. Additionally, this example is the only one to feature the diamond markers at even hours. Increasing the collectibility of this one-of-a-kind Rolex timepiece even further – and inspiring its nickname – is the fact that it originally belonged to the last emperor of Vietnam, His Majesty Bao Dai. See the official description for historic lot 93 here.

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