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#SundayWatchRewind to my AP Royal Oak 15300 and a new pair of NMD XR1 Primeknits from @adidasoriginals ✔️❤️👌🏼 ———————————————————- #audemarspiguet #ap #royaloak #15300 #horology #hautehorology #adidas #adidasnmd #primeknit #sneakers #womw #watchesofinstagram #instawatch #instalike #instagood #dailywatch #watchmania #watchporn #wristporn #watchanish #hodinkee #thehorophile #swisswatches #luxury #style #mensstyle #watchphotography #watchfam A post shared by BZ (@bzabodyn214) on Apr 9, 2017 at 2:11pm PDT What better than the @seikowatchusa #srpb09 #BlueLagoon #Samurai for #bluewatchmonday #watchfam 👌💙 A post shared by @watchhound7777 on Apr 3, 2017 at 11:59am PDT Celebrating the release of the @christopheclaretofficial @stinghd XTREM1 at #BaselWorld last week - 📸 captured by @watchanish …quite the event thanks to @mrpinglife ☠️💨 A post shared by Sean Perelstein (@spjeweler) on Apr 3, 2017 at 9:35am PDT Essentials for today for the launch of the new #UNICEF campaign #PassItOn with #montblanc cc @montblanc_arabia #nyc

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Hands-On with the new Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

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Casio’s latest pilot watch, the G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-3A, features the most accurate timekeeping technology ever presented in a watch. Using its 3-Way Time Sync feature, the Gravitymaster automatically calibrates the time with redundant military-level precision. First, the watch automatically utilizes Bluetooth to connect to the time server via your phone. This low-energy Bluetooth connection requires the least amount of power and so that is one reason it is always the default method for calibrating the time. Second, if the Bluetooth calibration fails, multi-band 6 radio-controlled atomic timekeeping is utilized. Third, if those aforementioned two methods fail, GPS calibration is activated. Finally, if the 3-ways mentioned do not work you can manually set your watch. However, considering the redundancy of the 3 methods, you will virtually never have to manually set the watch, ever. In addition to the unprecedented timekeeping technology

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Baselworld 2017: Zenith Defy El Primero 21

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Zenith launched an all-new El Primero watch and movement under the “Defy” moniker at Baselworld 2017, and despite the fact that the aesthetics of the timepiece have been a polarizing topic of discussion amongst the watch community (due to the resemblance to Hublot), it is the horological importance of the movement that is sure to impress those that are serious about watchmaking. The Defy El Primero 21 borrows its movement architecture from its LVMH sibling TAG Heuer’s Mikrograph – which we did an in-depth review of last year – but this is not merely a shared caliber that has been aesthetically changed to fit another brand. There have been significant technical changes, which we will discuss below, and that foreshadowing what the future may hold for the venerable Le Locle-based watchmaker. Presented in either a brushed titanium or black ceramized

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Baselworld 2017: Victorinox Airboss Limited Edition

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This year at Baselworld 2017, Victorinox unveiled a new limited edition version of the Airboss mechanical watch with the military time printed under the sapphire crystal in red. Military time is a signature of all Swiss Army Victorinox timepieces and this is a new and interesting way of displaying it. The Airboss Limited Edition case measures 42 mm in diameter and is made of stainless steel. The sapphire crystal on the dial side features a tripled-coated anti-reflective coating for enhanced legibility in all conditions, as you would expect for a watch named after an aircraft carrier’s flight deck controller. A sapphire crystal caseback offers a view of the ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber, that features a “grinded” finish and which runs at 4Hz with a 38-hour power reserve. Although it is hard to tell, the dial is a dark navy color,

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Baselworld 2017: Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar

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In 1925, Patek Philippe debuted Ref. 97975, the world’s first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. For almost a century, the Swiss watchmaker has continued to build on their reputation for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, which automatically indicate months with 28, 30, and 31 days and every four years also recognizes the 29th of February as a leap day. In fact, the only adjustment will need to be made in 2100, as it is a secular year according to the Gregorian calendar, so the date display must be corrected by hand. At Baselworld 2017, Patek Philippe launched the Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, inspired by many of the predecessor models (see timeline) from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Ref. 1518 from 1941, and the Ref. 1526 from 1942. Both of these timepieces feature a double aperture for the day and

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The Omega 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions

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In 1957 Omega created the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster, and the Speedmaster. At Baselworld 2017, for the 60th-anniversary Omega has re-created all three historic timepieces, available individually, or as a trilogy. According to Omega, “A unique digital scanning technology, used by OMEGA for the first time, supplied the Swiss watchmaker with accurate representations of the original watches. These invaluable cross-sections and dimensions, along with drawings of the original models, served as design templates for the new watches, which, though slightly revised for the 21st century, remain true to the spirit of ‘57.” The details of these vintage re-editions are quite accurate with beautifully brushed and polished steel cases and black “tropical” style dials that really make you think you are looking at something from the past. Each watch is limited to 3,557 pieces and comes in a presentation box inspired

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Baselworld 2017: TAG Heuer Autavia

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About this time last year TAG Heuer announced the winner from their “Autavia Cup” where 50,000 web users voted for their favorite of the 16 first generation 1960s Autavias. The winner was the Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3, designed in 1966. It was named the “Rindt”, in honor of the celebrated Formula 1 champion Jochen Rindt, who was often seen wearing the watch. The name Autavia comes is a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion. The original watch was created in 1962. At 42 mm in diameter, this is not a literal re-edition of the 39 mm 1960s Autavia that it is based on. However, the dial practically looks like it came right from the vintage piece. And while the bezel is a little thicker on the new version, it too is very close to the original. Inside, is an entirely

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Baselworld 2017: Rolex Sea-Dweller

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Originally created in 1967 – in collaboration with the French diving company COMEX – the Sea-Dweller is a more robust version of the Submariner. While the Submariner is a professional dive watch, the Sea-Dweller is the thicker, more athletic, deeper diving brother. Rolex is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sea-Dweller this year and at Baselworld 2017 launched an all-new, larger 43 mm version that is equipped with a new movement. The Ref. 126600 replaces the existing 40 mm Sea-Dweller Ref. 116600. As a nod to the double red line text which read “SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000” on the dial of the original Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller from 1967, the new model reads “SEA-DWELLER” in red. As with the previous generation, there is no “SUBMARINER” on the dial. Like the 116600, the water-resistance rating is twice that of the original, which was

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Baselworld shortens the 2018 show by two days

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Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewelry show, typically hosts over 100,000 people, for a duration of eight days. But amid declining attendance, since the nearly half-billion dollar upgrade to the Messe Basel Fairgrounds in 2013, and at a very tumultuous time for the watch industry, to cut costs the organizers have decided to slash two days off the schedule. As a decade-long fairgoer, I agree with the change as eight days, plus press day is quite frankly too long and therefore superfluous. And crucially, switching to a six-day format will allow Baselworld organizers to charge exhibitors less. Baselworld 2018 will take place from March 22 - 27, 2018 (March 21 is press day).

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Baselworld 2017: Seiko Presage Enamel collection

This is a quick hands-on look at Seiko’s new Presage Enamel collection that was previewed before Baselworld. Three of the four references in the collection are under $1500, with the chronograph coming in under $3000. As you can see in the picture below, the movement is not finished to crazy high Swiss standards, but it is reliable, made in-house, and you will never get an oven-baked enamel dial like this on a Swiss made timepiece for anywhere near this price point. You can read the full details, including the prices, in the article that we published last month.

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