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Grönefeld x Voutilainen 1941 Remontoire

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The Grönefeld brothers, Tim and Bart, have been friends with Kari Voutilainen since the early 1990s. According to Grönefeld, the two companies would often share booths at important watch fairs around the globe. And now they are officially collaborating together, by way of Voutilainen producing bespoke engine turned (guilloché) dials – two of which are shown here – for a limited number of Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire timepieces. Grönefeld is able to offer a wide array of color and pattern options for the dial, all featuring guilloché-work. And there is even an option to add enameling on top of the guilloché motif as well. The dials are made on a very old rose-engine that requires the expert skill of someone like Voutilainen, who is world renowned for producing this type of dial. Each dial can take up to two days to

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Introducing the Omega Speedmaster Automatic with Master Chronometer certification

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This morning, after a very busy week for Omega, we received a preview of yet another new Speedmaster. Introducing the new Speedmaster Automatic with Master Chronometer certification. At first glance, you immediately notice the distinctive minute-track inspired by a 1968 Speedmaster model. The dial is matte black with orange marketing and bevelled 18K white gold arrowhead indexes that filled with white luminous material. The case is 44.25 mm in diameter, and according to Omega, thinner than previous versions – something we and others have been critical of in the past – thanks to work done on the sapphire crystal. The bezel is polished ceramic with a brushed Liquidmetal® tachymeter scale with orange text that reads “TACHYMETER” and that matches the color scheme which includes an orange varnished hour and minute hands, an orange tipped seconds hand, and orange squares marking

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Hermès Slim d'Hermès Quantième Perpétuel in Platinum

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As a follow-up to the previously released rose gold case/silver dial version of the Hermès Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel, it will now be available in platinum with a metallic blue dial, following its official debut at Baselworld 2017 in March. Reading online you see a lot of talk about the typography used on the dial – that was created by Philippe Apeloig – because it is quite unique in an industry where duplicating other companies’ designs is more common than creating something original. That said, the movement inside, automatic caliber H1950, is manufactured by Vaucher for Hermès (Hermès has a 25% stake in Vaucher, which is majority owned by Parimigiani Fleurier). The perpetual calendar module is produced by Agenhor. While we have not seen this watch in person, in photos the new platinum model looks quite striking with its silvered

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Omega Speedy Tuesday Anniversary Limited Edition Speedmaster

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The Speedmaster is Omega’s most iconic timepiece, best known as “The Moonwatch” for being on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin during the first NASA lunar landing in 1969. The model he wore, and numerous subsequent Speedmaster models, have garnered a huge fanatical following over the years. Five years ago in 2012, this following essentially got its own hashtag, #SpeedyTuesday, a term coined by Robert-Jan Broer, the founder of Fratellowatches, for use on social media sites such as Instagram. Fast forward to 2017, on the five-year anniversary of #SpeedyTuesday, Omega announced a limited edition Speedmaster Professional – based on the Alaska Project III that was created for NASA in 1978 – that pays tribute to the hashtag, and the followers who use it. And they responded with their checkbooks, so to speak, as you will read below. Defined by large radial

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Christophe Claret Maestro to be unveiled at SIHH

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Next week, at SIHH 2017, Swiss independent watchmaker Christophe Claret will officially unveil a new timepiece with a so-called “memo” function. Basically, a cone-shaped display made of aluminum, between 3 and 4 o’clock, which features a diamond and two natural rubies (red) or two natural sapphires (blue), depending on the version, pivots one way to remind you that you need to do a certain task each day, and the other way to show you that the task has been done. It is reset by pressing a pusher on the side of the case. The inspiration, according to Christophe Claret, comes from the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help remember something important. Additionally, there is a dual tier cone-shaped aluminum display at 5 o’clock that shows the date and is topped with a natural blue sapphire or natural

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Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017 Exhibitors List

For the 27th annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, otherwise known as SIHH 2017, there will be a total of 30 exhibitors. This is the most exhibitors the show has ever had. Last year, the SIHH show added the Carré des Horlogers, which consisted of nine high-end independent watchmakers – Hautlence, HYT, Kari Voutilainen, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Christophe Claret, Urwerk, De Bethune and H. Moser & Cie. This year, five more independent watchmakers were added – Romain Jerome, MCT, Speake-Marin, Gronefeld, and Ressence. And notably, De Bethune has decided not to show at SIHH 2017. The increase in the number of independent exhibitors is a good sign and surely helps the show by providing that many more products to see, which is especially important for the final day of the show when the general public will be able to

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Bubble Skull 47 Flying Tourbillon

After purchasing La-Chaux-de-Fonds-based watchmaker Corum in 2013, Haldian Holdings Limited – who also notably purchased Swiss watchmaker Eterna in 2011 – wasted no time in resurrecting Corum’s iconic Coin and Bubble watches. The latest Bubble watch, called the Skull 47 Flying Tourbillon, is a piece unique presented in a 47 mm x 18.55 mm fully polished red gold case, with a highly domed sapphire crystal. The skull that makes up the dial is made of brass and plated with 18K red gold, with a vertical satin-brushed finish. At the mouth is a 60-minute flying tourbillon. The caseback is sapphire offering a view of the 3Hz, 29 jewel tourbillon regulated time-only movement. Automatic Swiss caliber CO016 has a 72-hour power reserve and is wound by a micro-rotor which features applied 18K red gold Corum key logo. Interlug width is 24 mm.

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The Notorious Watches of Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor is notorious for his trash talk, for his ability to fight and win in the UFC in multiple weight classes, and for his extravagant lifestyle including an affinity for custom made suits, luxury cars, and high-end mechanical watches. He is currently the UFC lightweight (155lb) champion, after a win by TKO against defending champion Eddie Alvarez on November 12, 2016. Upon winning that fight McGregor became the first fighter in UFC’s history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously, as he was still holding the featherweight (145lb) title at the time. Which, by the way, he earned December 12, 2015, when he KO’d José Aldo in a mere thirteen seconds and earned him the accolade of the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Notorious b.i.g balls A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Nov

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A sneak peek of three new Seiko Prospex divers

On January 1st, 2017 Seiko revealed a sneak peek of two upcoming Prospex Divers, the SRPB11 “Turtle” (pictured below - left), and the SRPBO9 ( pictured below - right), on Facebook. Both divers have a 200 meter water-resistance rating and feature limited edition engraved caseback and special packaging. Then today they published yet another sneak peek to their Facebook page, showing the image (pictured top) which is the Prospex x PADI Special Edition SRPA83 and that features a stainless steel and ceramic case with a silicone strap. This is coming in early March.

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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono US Limited Edition

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The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono, which wrote about last year, was first created in 2004 in honor of the famous Monaco Historic Grand Prix racing event which Chopard has sponsored as the official timekeeper since 2002. According to Chopard, like the original, the new US limited edition model is inspired by “the power of a V12 car engine,” and “embodies Chopard’s passion for racing as well as its demanding horological standards.” The United States limited edition Monaco Historique Chronos are available in the same case as currently offered (44.5 mm x 14.10 mm), and powered by the same COSC certified automatic chronograph movement that runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 25 jewels, and a 46-hour power reserve. The crown is locking and water-resistance is 100 meters. There are 100 numbered pieces crafted in titanium/stainless steel and 25 in

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