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Pre-Baselworld 2018: Villeret Quantième Complete GMT

Ahead of Baselworld, which takes place next month (March 22-27), Blancpain has released a preview of their updated Villeret Quantième Complete GMT, which is a complete calendar moonphase watch with GMT function. There are two versions of the new Quantième Complete GMT: one in red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes, and one in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes. The case measures 40 mm x 11.80 mm and features a stepped, fixed bezel, that is thin, resulting in a watch that appears bigger than the specifications suggest. With the day of the week and month in dedicated apertures at 12 o’clock and the date displayed via the outer most chapter ring and a blue serpentine handed hand, the dial design is reminiscent of the original collection that dates

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Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Capital Edition

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The new Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Capital Edition measures 42 mm x 14.6 mm and is limited to 100 pieces in steel, 25 pieces in red gold, and 5 pieces in platinum. The dials are made in-house and come in either Bourbon Gray or Dry Ice for the platinum model. The brownish-gray sunburst is different from the standard color hues typically offered by watch companies, which may appeal to some. A power indicator is subtly integrated into the running small seconds counter at 9 o’clock which is a nice touch. Finally, the movement, caliber 37 which we photographed here, is beautifully embellished, although not to quite the same level you see from Glashutte Original’s neighbor A. Lange & Sohne. Retail for the Senator Chronograph Capital Edition steel version is $14,900 which is not so bad for an in-house column-wheel equipped

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RL Automotive Skeleton Steel

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This week in Miami, at the 2018 Watches & Wonders show, Ralph Lauren unveiled an all-new steel version of the RL Automative Skeleton. Combining polished and brushed steel surfaces, along with an Amboyna burl wood bezel secured by screws, the watch measures 44.8 mm x 11.2 mm and features design cues that reference rivets that secure the chassis of a car, specifically one of Ralph Lauren’s 1950s race cars. Like the original RL Automative Skeleton, the case measures 44.8 mm by 11.2 mm, just now it is in stainless steel instead of blackened stainless steel. The hands and dial are also in slightly different finishes, but otherwise dimensionally everything is the same. The hand wound movement is also the same as the original RL Automotive Skeleton we reviewed here, with the exception of some new finishes on the components. It

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Royal Oak Extra-Thin

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A watch that was first sold in 1972 is still the masterpiece of the brand 46 years later. Not to mention more desirable and collectible than ever on both the new and pre-owned market. With a case and bracelet designed by the late Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak is, in my opinion, visually one of the greatest watch designs of all time. The rarer A-Series models (Ref. 5402) in the best condition are naturally the most desirable vintage buy. I don’t know about you but this is one of my holy grails and has been for many years. Really any Royal Oak for that matter. I like the old ones, the new ones (Ref. 15202ST), and even the non-Jumbos (Ref. 15400). Any would do for me. No other watch is like it. The way the light reflects off the perfectly

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Is it worth the Endeavour?

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When I see H. Moser & Cie introduce anything nowadays, I instantly think “what now?” From watches made of cheese to a fake frankenwatch that incorporates designs of a dozen other brands, it seems like nothing of substance ever comes from Moser anymore, just marketing hoopla. And frankly, I thought that with this watch as well. You know what they say about the boy who cried wolf. Well, after a closer look the Endeavour Flying Hours appears to have some endearing qualities, unlike any of the aforementioned nonsense. With the Endeavour Flying Hours an existing Moser movement (HMC 200) was used along with technology from their sister brand Hautlence to create a Flying Hours complication that is easier to read than it appears once you understand how it operates, and they did so in a relatively svelte 42 mm x

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar

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Parmigiani Fleurier announced a new timepiece today that features both a retrograde annual calendar and a precision moon phase. The Tonda Annual Calendar automatically adjusts for months with 30 or 31 days, but needs to be manually adjusted once in February for 3 out of every 4 years that have 28 days, as it is calibrated to 29 days (leap year). You have to move up to a more expensive perpetual calendar in order to have a calendar that sets itself every month of the year. In addition, there is a precision moonphase that only needs to be corrected every 122 years. This requires a compensation for the difference between a classic lunar cycle (29 days and 12 hours) and the actual lunar cycle (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds) It’s worth noting that the Tonda Annual

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Omega Nato Flag Straps

As the official timekeeper of the Olympics, Omega has announced a new line of nylon Nato straps that are inspired by flags of the nations competing. There are 18 countries available, plus six straps in the colors of the Olympic rings.

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Photo Report: Abraham-Louis Breguet Points of Interest

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Abraham-Louis Breguet is one of the most prolific watchmakers of all-time. Even though he was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1747, he lived in Paris, France for much of his life, which is also where he died in 1823. Breguet invented the perpetual winding rotor, the tourbillon, and many other horological innovations – at a time when CNC machines did not exist – and these inventions are still widely in use to this day. From Marie Antoinette to Napolean Breguet to Louis XIV, Abraham-Louis Breguet was the watchmaker to nobility. And once you see many of the key points of interest where Breguet left his mark, it becomes easier to understand the impact that he made on horology – and the incredible legacy he left behind. Please enjoy the 70 captioned images we created during a week long trip from

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Mido Multifort Datometer Limited Edition

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Presented in a 40 mm rose gold plated stainless steel case the Datometer has a silvered and sandblasted dial that has stamped dagger-shaped indices, with the exception of 12, 3, 6, and 9 which have black printed Arabic numerals. Lance-shaped rose gold plated hour and minute hands, and a varnished black baton-shaped center seconds hand tell the time. The Multifort Datometer’s signature feature is its easy to read (and set) date function that has a red varnished crescent-tipped hand which points to the date and sweeps the dial once a month. Mido automatic caliber 80 (ETA C07.611 Elaboré-grade) beats inside at 3Hz and features an 80-hour power reserve. Clear caseback. Water-resistance is 50 meters. At $1,350 this retro date by hand watch is a good bargain. There will be 1918 limited edition rose gold plated pieces, a number which represents

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Breitling Navitimer 01 Matte Black Special Edition

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This is a special all matte black limited edition of the Breitling Navitimer 01 46 mm that is available at Hamilton Jewelers and a few other select U.S. watch retailers. The 46 mm x 14.50 mm stainless steel case has a completely matte black finish. Everything from the dial to the bezel to the case and caseback is all matte black. Inside, is Breitling’s 47 jewel COSC-certified in-house caliber B01 automatic movement which beats 4Hz and has a 70-hour power reserve. The chronograph has 1/4th of a second accuracy that, indicated via the red central second chronograph hand and the innermost chapter ring. The outer two rings are for the slide rule calculations. On the dial, there are triple subdials, two for the chronograph (30-minutes and 12-hours), and one for the running seconds. The date is indicated at a 45-degree

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