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Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Hands-On

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Introduced in 2014, the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time features a unique dual time function as well as an interchangeable tourbillon module, presented in a 41.5 mm x 14.3 mm case crafted from either 18K white or red gold. There are five variations in total (red gold/gold dial, red gold/silver dial, white gold/gray dial, white gold/blue dial, white gold/white dial). The version pictured comes in white gold with a white lacquered dial, black transferred Roman numeral indexes, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and a red leaf-shaped second-time zone hand (which can be concealed by setting it to the same time as the home time hand). Uniquely, at the bottom of the dial is a one-minute tourbillon that is visible through a circular aperture, and that features an open-worked bridge, offering an impressive view of the free-sprung balance wheel, tourbillon cage,

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Robert Downey Jr. wears Urwerk watch as Tony Stark in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Just received an email from Urwerk that says Robert Downey Jr., is wearing an Urwerk UR-110 in rose gold (which retails for $115K), as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie which debuts in theaters today. (Robert Downery Jr. is pictured above at the movie premiere with English actor, Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man.) According to an email sent from Urwerk earlier today, “Sony Pictures contacted us in late 2016. They told us a major character of their Spiderman Homecoming production wanted to see and maybe wear one of our watches. Could this be the latest scam?… We do not have any Ambassador and were/are not keen to pay for one so we declined politely. But they contacted us again, insisting it was a personal request and drop the name… So I flew all the way to Atlanta to meet

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Introducing the Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited Edition

Yesterday in London, Omega unveiled a new Bond Seamaster dubbed the “Commander’s Watch” which features the British Royal Navy colors and pays homage to the watch that has been on the wrist of 007 actors, in every Bond movie, since 1995. The watch comes in a 41 mm stainless steel case, with a blue ceramic bezel including a Liquidmetal® diving scale and red rubber covering the first 15 minutes. For this new limited edition, Seamaster Omega chose a polished white ceramic dial with 12 blue indexes, blue skeleton hour and minute hands, and blue writing on the dial, except for “Seamaster” which is in red. A 007 gun logo counterweight on the varnished red center seconds hand, as well as a red number “7” on the date wheel further distinguish this James Bond 007. There is a sapphire caseback which

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Only Watch 2017

Only Watch, the biennial charity auction of unique timepieces donated by watch companies for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be back again this November. As of today, Only Watch 2017 will consist of 49 one-off models that will go on a world tour, starting on 27 September in Monaco, and then back to Geneva in November to be auctioned. “The Monaco Yacht Show will launch the journey by exhibiting the watches from 27 to 30 September within the show venue. The collection will then be flown to Bangkok (02-03 October/Christie’s), Singapore (05-06 October/The Hour Glass), Dubai (October 09-11/Christie’s & Seddiqi), Hong Kong (23-24 October/Christie’s), Taipei (26-27 October/Christie’s), New-York (October 29-30/Christie’s), Los Angeles (1-2 November/Westime), and finally Geneva (9-11 November/Christie’s),” according to Only Watch. This year donatations will come from these 49 companies: Andersen Genève, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son,

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TAG Heuer Unveils Exclusive Watch for Kingsman Movie

Last week, in London, during a preview of footage from the upcoming spy movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” a special edition of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 was unveiled by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Group Watch Division, alongside Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director, Writer and Producer Matthew Vaughn and Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER. According to TAG Heuer, “The TAG Heuer Connected watch was personally chosen by Matthew to be the timepiece of choice for his Kingsman agents.” Matthew Vaughn said, “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a connected watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Watch

From the one millionth 911 to the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series – Porsche has been in the headlines a lot lately. The latest buzz has been around what the company calls their most powerful 911 ever – the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS – which has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six producing 700 horsepower and a very aggressive aerodynamics package. This pertains to watches in that Porsche Design created a flyback chronograph with a dial and strap that match the interior and exterior of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, and even a winding rotor that matches the center locks wheels, Porsche shield and all – available exclusively to future owners of the car. Yesterday, Jalopnik published leaked images of the 2018 911 GT2 RS, which will likely be officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, that takes

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IWC Tribute to Mark XI

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Following the launch of the redesigned Mark XVIII collection last year at SIHH 2016, this year, IWC has released a follow-up to that collection in the form of a Tribute to the Mark XI, based on the company’s famous Pilot’s watch the debuted in 1948 (which was also produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre). The original Mark 11s, which comes in a 36 mm case, can still be found, and based on a cursory search the prices are around $6000-$8000. Originally designated for military use in the late 1940s, the Mark XI is arguably IWC’s most collectible timepiece. As with many of the classic watches from the 1940s to 1970s, the current trend is to remake these models so modern day collectors and enthusiasts can enjoy the timeless designs that still have appeal today. Like the Mark XVIII collection launched last year, this

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The Colt Skyracer in "Breitlight" Hands-On

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Breitling introduced their ultra-light proprietary Breitlight® case at Baselworld 2016 in the Avenger Hurricane. The case material is a high-tech polymer alloy that has an appearance similar to forged carbon and that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel. Not to mention, it is said to have an exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion. Plus, it’s non-magnetic and non-allergenic. While the first watch introduced in Breitlight® was an automatic, the second model that was introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Colt Skyracer, is powered by a quartz. And while a mechanical is has more of an emotional appeal, if you are going to do wear a watch with a battery, one of the best quartz movements you could have is Breitling’s thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ (Breitling caliber 74), which is ten times more accurate than a standard

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra "Railmaster" Hands-On

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Alongside the debut of the 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions, at Baselworld 2017 – including a 38 mm Railmaster model – Omega also launched the all-new Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster collection. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Railmaster” Co-Axial Master Chronometer comes in a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm x 12.65 mm with symmetrical brushing, brushed bezel, and sandblasted crown with embossed Omega horseshoe emblem. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial. The caseback is solid and features a special (patent pending “NAIAD LOCK” manufacturing technique the keeps the back oriented, which in this instance means the embossed Seahorse medallion stays upright everytime it is screwed-in. Water-resistance is 150 meters. Available in either black or stainless steel, each dial is vertically brushed and features recessed hour markers filled with “vintage” luminous material with blue emission. The hands are in brushed stainless

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Breitling Superocean 44 Special

After launching the retro styled Superocean Heritage II dive watch at Baselworld earlier this year, this week Breitling debuted a modern dive watch – the Superocean 44 Special. Presented in a 44 mm x 14.20 mm case, that weighs 116.7 grams, and is crafted from steel, the contemporary diver’s watch is topped with a unique matte ceramic bezel, and features a matching matte dial, in either black or blue. In addition to the modern styling, the Superocean 44 Special is also equipped with a twin-gasket screw-locked crown and a security valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case. This is an ISO 6425 dive watch with a unidirectional dive bezel, excellent legibility even in the dark, and water-resistance to 1000 meters. The watch houses an automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement, but instead of an in-house movement, like

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