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Pre-Baselworld: Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

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At Baselworld 2017, which takes place next month, Zenith will debut a new version of their Heritage Pilot Chronograph. We covered the launch of the Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer last year, and this is fundamentally the same watch but in a bronze case instead of stainless steel. The Pilot Extra Special Chronograph bronze-alloy case measures 45 mm x 14.25 mm, with a domed sapphire crystal, oversized onion-shaped ridged screwed-down crown, with flat ridged pushers, both designed to be used while wearing gloves. The solid caseback is titanium (which is hypo-allergenic), with an engraved Zenith flying instruments logo. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The dial has a frosted gray finish with two snailed counters and large gold-plated, facetted, luminous coated hands. Right below the Zenith logo “MONTRE D’AERONEF,” which was not on last year’s version. Naturally, the watch is powered by the

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Instagram Watch Highlights #1

Heuer Carrera ref 2447 nst … A post shared by [email protected] (@patricepi) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:18am PST #StrapSaturday with part of the family 👪👫. When 4 divers meet an old chronograph and they are all happy, building bridges & increasing alliances 🌉😘 Can you name them all? A post shared by Pedro Aguiar (@paguiarneto) on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:12am PST #lacowatches #lacoflieger #flieger A post shared by Drew (@_aboen) on Feb 17, 2017 at 12:38pm PST The 2016 Rolex Daytona 🔥 Photo by @rolex.brasil A post shared by Daily Watch ⌚️ (@dailywatch) on Feb 18, 2017 at 9:48pm PST #audemarspiguet concept #tourbillon A post shared by [email protected] (@watchpics) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:02pm PST New limited edition of 1500 watches IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sports edition released at #sihh2017 reserve yours before they're sold

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Moritz Grossman Atum Enamel

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This month Glashutte based watchmaker Moritz Grossman announced a new time only limited edition watch that features a unique movement that has some of the brand’s proprietary technology inside and is finished to perfection, as well as a beautiful enamel dial. On the front, the two-part fire baked white enamel dial of the Atum Enamel has the scales and numerals printed in black, with the exception of the Roman numeral XII which is printed in royal blue to match the strap, and distinctive Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands (like you see from Laurent Ferrier) that are manually crafted from steel, and then annealed to a brown-violet hue. Driving the three-hands, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is a manually wound movement with the brand’s signature Grossmann winder with a pusher that allows the movement to be wound by pushing a

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Pre-Baselworld: BR03-92 Horograph and Horolum

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Bell & Ross has made a name for themselves not by selling watchmaking expertise, or a historic brand name, or innovating in any way. They don’t even come up with compelling names for their different models. The Horograph and Horolum names, for example, according to Bell & Ross, were derived from the common root “Horo”, from the Latin “Hora” (hour), followed by “Graph” (graphics) or “Lum”, from the Latin “Lumen” (light). Who the hell came up with these names? One is said to be based on airport terminal clocks, and the other on runaways. And you can see the airport terminal clock aesthetic in the design of the so-called “Horograph,” but I fail to see how the luminous material on the “Horolum” is related to the runway at an airport, at least without laughing. My point is basically when you

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Pre-Baseworld: Avenue Classic Cherry Blossom

Ahead of Baselworld 2017, which takes place next month in Basel, Switzerland, Harry Winston has previewed a new diamond studded rectangular-shaped ladies’ timepiece called the Avenue Classic Cherry Blossom. Inspired by the architecture Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon in New York the case is set with 29 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.21 carats). The push-in crown is also set with a diamond. The case measures 21.15 mm x 36.1 mm x 6.68 mm and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The green mother-of-pearl dial features 29 white gold applied brilliant cut pink sapphires (approx. 0.04 carats) and 39 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.08 carats). The symbolic branches of a cherry blossom tree are crafted in white gold and hand-applied to the to dial. Placed on the dial at 12 o’clock, the letters HW are housed in an octagonal frame, a shape inspired

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Breitling Navitimer Heritage Special Edition

In October 2016, Breitling announced a special edition of their most famous model – the Navitimer – which first came out in 1952. Over the years there have been numerous re-editions, including here and here, however, for 2016, they came out with a slightly smaller 42 mm diameter model with a bit more vintage flair. The Navitimer Heritage “Edition Speciale” has a noticeably different subdial configuration (12, 6, 9 instead of 3, 6, 9 o’clock) and that is due to the fact that the ETA based Breitling caliber 13 powers this watch whereas the in-house Breitling caliber 01 powers some of the most recent Navitimers. The Navitimer Heritage is available in a black or blue dial with a matching rubber strap with an aircraft tire tread motif. It is also available on a steel bracelet or leather strap. The matte

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The Seiko Presage Enamel Collection

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After the successful debut of the limited edition Presage Chronograph collection – with the option of a white or black enamel dial – last year at Baselworld, Japanese watchmaker Seiko has announced a new collection of four enamel dial Presage timepieces. The Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic, Chronograph, and Automatics (one in a circular-shaped case and the other in Tonneau-shaped case). Each variant comes in a stainless steel case with a white enamel dial with black transferred markings, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, a blued crescent seconds hand, a curved sapphire crystal, a crocodile strap with a three-fold clasp with push button release, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic (ref. SPB045) The Seiko Presage Multi-hand Automatic comes in a 40.5 mm x 12.8 mm case and is powered by a caliber 6R27, which is an automatic

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Breitling launches second watch with proprietary Breitlight case

First introduced last year at Baselworld 2016, with the Avenger Hurricane, this week Breitling announced its second watch collection to utilize the company’s high-tech proprietary polymer case material “Breitlight.” Breitlight® is registered trademark of Breitling which the manufacture claims is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, yet significantly harder. The company also says it has “exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; anti-magnetic, anti-allergenic properties; as well as a warmer ‘touch’ than metal and a slightly mottled effect accentuating its originality.” While the case looks similar to a forged carbon fiber, which was pioneered by Audemars Piguet, however, likely due to its brittle natural the company eventually moved to ceramic which is far less susceptible to damage, as you can see with their diver from 2013 and the latest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in ceramic

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Pre-Baselworld: Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Limited Edition

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Last year, Chanel released their first watch with a proprietary movement, the Monsieur de Chanel, in a 40 mm diameter 18K white or so-called “beige” gold case, with ivory opaline dials, and retrograde minutes and jumping hours displays. The timepiece is a departure from previous Chanel watches because it is both aesthetically different and technically more complicated than past Chanel watches which were strictly luxury fashion watches up until Baselworld 2016 when the original watch debuted. The movement, Chanel caliber 1, was developed mostly in-house, according to Chanel, although it is known that they also used high-end watchmaker Romain Gauthier was contracted to develop some of the components. The manually wound caliber has 30 jewels and a power reserve of 72-hours. The balance wheel bridge is connected at two points which are more robust and will make the watch more

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Limited editions from TAG Heuer, Omega, Laurent Ferrier

Celebrating the 1-year countdown to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Omega unveiled two special countdown clocks globally in Seoul and New York along with a new limited edition commemorative Seamaster Planet Ocean timepiece! The Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition is limited to 2018 pieces and features a blue and red colorway, the same colors of the Korean flag, and a special engraving of the Olympic Winter Games logo on the sapphire crystal case back. Also, worth noting, the watch is certified Master Chronometer by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper of Manchester United soccer, and as a result of the partnership the La Chaux-de-Fonds- based watchmaker has created a pair of chronographs in black and red, and bearing the Premier League club’s logo on their dials and backs. The Carrera Heuer-01

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