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Introducing the Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition

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After the success of the Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition with the white and blue dial in 2016, for 2018 Omega has produced another contemporary re-interpretation of the historic 1959 CK 2998. This time the dial is of the true Panda variety, meaning black subdials against a white dial (lightly sand-blasted silvery dial), which I’m sure will excite those who voiced opinions about the 2016 color choices. In place of the blue/white minute track and blue ceramic tachymeter bezel are a black/white minute track and black pulsometer bezel. Interestingly, “The pulsometer scale, which is used to check a person’s heartbeats per minute, has particular relevance to the CK 2998. With the original models, customers were able to choose from four different versions of the timing bezel (including tachymeter, pulsometer, decimal or telemeter). Therefore, this new model remains in-line with that

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Baselworld 2018: Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition

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Glashütte Original has taken the traditional perpetual calendar complication and put it inside a contemporary designed a watch with a unique skeletonized dial and layout. The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is presented in a 42 mm x 12.8 mm white gold case, powered by in-house automatic caliber 36-02, which measures 32.2 mm x 7.35 mm, beats at 4Hz, has 49 jewels, a variable inertia balance wheel with 4 gold regulation screws, and a silicon balance spring. The power reserve is an impressive 100-hours. Through the caseback, you can see the nicely finished movement which features polished steel parts, polished/blued screws, three-quarter plate/ balance cock/rotor with Glashütte stripes, beveled edges, and a skeletonized rotor 21K gold oscillation weight. Visible in the center of the openworked dial is the back of the mainplate which has an intricate guilloche decoration, with

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

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Tudor’s Black Bay line is the company’s best seller, which explains why they have so many different variations: the Black Bay (original with red bezel), Blue, Black, Dark, Bronze, Steel, and S&G. As well as the Black Bay 32, 36, 41, Chrono, and the new GMT. With all these variations, its clear Tudor (Rolex’s affordable brand) is invested in the Black Bay line, and justifiably so, as it’s a great looking watch collection, powered by chronometer certified in-house movements, with proper modern power reserves of 70-hours, for under $4K – with the exception of the Chrono which is just under $5K on strap, and the 32, 36, 41, which are powered by ETA 2824 movements. Even with all these variations, Tudor was still getting feedback from consumers that they wanted something slightly smaller than the standard 41 mm size of

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Introducing the new Casio G-Shock MTG

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This past week at the Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland, Casio introduced the next generation version of the G-Shock MT-G. Offering a more robust construction and smaller form factor, this is the first MT-G with the Connected Engine module (Bluetooth timekeeping by connecting to smartphone app), Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping Technology (which provides accurate timekeeping virtually anywhere via radio signals from up to six different transmitters worldwide), and tough solar technology (which charges the onboard battery via light which enters the dial via discrete solar panels). This means that the watch automatically sets the time with either Bluetooth or Atomic Radio waves, is self-powered, and can be monitored via the G-Shock Connected smartphone app (for iOS and Android). Additionally, using the app you can easily set word time (selectable from 300 different cities) and alarms, on the watch. There is

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Victorinox introduces I.N.O.X. Automatic

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After launching the ultra-rugged, quartz-powered, I.N.O.X. watch collection in 2014, this year at Baselworld 2018, Victorinox has unveiled their long-awaited mechanical version. The I.N.O.X. Mechanical comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a screw-in caseback, protected screw-down crown and 200 meters water resistance. It’s available with either a blue or black dial, which has a textured pattern derived from the company’s Swiss Army knife collection. For each dial color, there is an option for a steel bracelet or wooden strap. The original I.N.O.X. that we covered in 2014, went through a plethora of durability tests, similar to a G-Shock. For example, a quartz I.N.O.X. can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, a 64-ton tank driving over the top of it, a two-hour cycle in a washing machine. It can resist -60 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 12Gs of

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Introducing the Bell & Ross Racing Bird collection

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The new Racing Bird collection by Bell & Ross features a more modern design than the BRV2 vintage themed collection introduced earlier this year while maintaining the same attractive proportions. The BRV2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph comes in a 41 mm diameter stainless steel case and is available with a blue calfskin strap ($4,400) or on stainless steel bracelet ($4,700). The stainless steel bracelet variant is limited to 999 pieces. Alongside the chronograph, there’s also the new BRV1-92 reference which has three hands and comes in a 38.5 mm steel case on a leather strap, limited to 999 pieces ($2,300). All three watches are water-resistant to 100 meters and are powered by basic off the shelf Swiss movements. They also share the same blue, orange, white color scheme as the Tudor Heritage, although I would argue in this instance the Bell

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Baselworld 2018: Casio G-Shock MR-G "Arashi-Tuchime”

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Casio’s latest collaboration – with third generation master craftsman Biho Asano – is a special edition similar to the MR-G GH2000T Hammer Tone that came out last year. Although, instead of a finish used on armor, the 2018 special edition MR-G “Arashi-Tuchime” was created with using a hammering technique that’s typically applied to the hilt guard of traditional Japanese swords. “To achieve this one-of-a-kind look, Asano individually hammered each bezel, resulting in an artistic, titanium sword guard finish on every watch. Additionally, this textured hammer tone is applied to the inner band parts and the colors featured on the bezel and band boast shades of copper and deep violet found on the handle of Japanese swords. The MRG-G2000HA uses traditional colorings inspired by the aesthetic quality of murasaki-gane(deep violet metal) and suaka copper material used in Japanese craft traditions. Murasaki-gane

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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor in Titanium

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Romain Gauthier is a small manufacture based in the famous Swiss Vallée de Joux watchmaking region. The company produces just 60 timepieces per year, and the finishes are to absolute highest standards. This means many of the components, such as the brass and German silver bridges, are straight grained and beveled by hand, the dials are frosted and enameled by hand. Basically, any and every surface is manually decorated, without a CNC machine. The Insight Micro-Rotor is not a new model, and we’ve covered it before. What’s new is the grade 5 titanium case, available with a selection of new dial variations and movement finishes. Crafted from titanium, the case dimensions are the same as with the existing Micro-Rotor models at 39.5 mm x 12.9 mm, but considering titanium is significantly lighter than gold or platinum, you can really notice

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Audemars Piguet's new "AP House" concept

Swiss luxury watchmaker, Audemars Piguet, has created a new retail sales concept in Hong Kong, called AP House, that’s actually a luxury apartment, decorated with the same sophisticated contemporary styling as one of their flagship mono-brand boutiques. Selling to high-end clientele in a more comfortable and less formal environment is not new, but it’s definitely a recent trend we expect to see more of as the retail landscape adapts to suit new consumer tastes and preferences. Material Good, which operates a sumptuous second floor retail store in Soho – selling Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, highly curated vintage timepieces, and jewelry – is one similar example. They are not using a residential apartment, but the interior design is more akin to a luxury home (or penthouse) than a typical brand boutique. Volume luxury watch brand IWC, which has a network of

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Baselworld 2018: TAG Heuer Bamford Carbon Monaco

TAG Heuer and Bamford Watch Department have worked in collaboration to produce a limited edition Monaco in a solid forged carbon case available exclusively for purchase from TAG Heuer boutiques and online boutiques in available countries. The brand new model officially unveiled at Baselworld features an all-black dial with the chronograph seconds hand, logos, minute/second chapter ring, and chronograph subdials in a light aqua blue color. With a left crown position and square 39 mm case, this is like other Monaco models, although much lighter thanks to the forged carbon case. Distinguished by the Aqua Blue accents, a dial that’s emblazoned with “BAMFORD,” and a caseback engraved with “Monaco Bamford” – you can easily tell this is not your typical Monaco.

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