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The Seiko Presage Enamel Collection

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After the successful debut of the limited edition Presage Chronograph collection – with the option of a white or black enamel dial – last year at Baselworld, Japanese watchmaker Seiko has announced a new collection of four enamel dial Presage timepieces. The Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic, Chronograph, and Automatics (one in a circular-shaped case and the other in Tonneau-shaped case). Each variant comes in a stainless steel case with a white enamel dial with black transferred markings, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, a blued crescent seconds hand, a curved sapphire crystal, a crocodile strap with a three-fold clasp with push button release, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic (ref. SPB045) The Seiko Presage Multi-hand Automatic comes in a 40.5 mm x 12.8 mm case and is powered by a caliber 6R27, which is an automatic

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Breitling launches second watch with proprietary Breitlight case

First introduced last year at Baselworld 2016, with the Avenger Hurricane, this week Breitling announced its second watch collection to utilize the company’s high-tech proprietary polymer case material “Breitlight.” Breitlight® is registered trademark of Breitling which the manufacture claims is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, yet significantly harder. The company also says it has “exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; anti-magnetic, anti-allergenic properties; as well as a warmer ‘touch’ than metal and a slightly mottled effect accentuating its originality.” While the case looks similar to a forged carbon fiber, which was pioneered by Audemars Piguet, however, likely due to its brittle natural the company eventually moved to ceramic which is far less susceptible to damage, as you can see with their diver from 2013 and the latest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in ceramic

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Pre-Baselworld: Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Limited Edition

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Last year, Chanel released their first watch with a proprietary movement, the Monsieur de Chanel, in a 40 mm diameter 18K white or so-called “beige” gold case, with ivory opaline dials, and retrograde minutes and jumping hours displays. The timepiece is a departure from previous Chanel watches because it is both aesthetically different and technically more complicated than past Chanel watches which were strictly luxury fashion watches up until Baselworld 2016 when the original watch debuted. The movement, Chanel caliber 1, was developed mostly in-house, according to Chanel, although it is known that they also used high-end watchmaker Romain Gauthier was contracted to develop some of the components. The manually wound caliber has 30 jewels and a power reserve of 72-hours. The balance wheel bridge is connected at two points which are more robust and will make the watch more

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Limited editions from TAG Heuer, Omega, Laurent Ferrier

Celebrating the 1-year countdown to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Omega unveiled two special countdown clocks globally in Seoul and New York along with a new limited edition commemorative Seamaster Planet Ocean timepiece! The Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition is limited to 2018 pieces and features a blue and red colorway, the same colors of the Korean flag, and a special engraving of the Olympic Winter Games logo on the sapphire crystal case back. Also, worth noting, the watch is certified Master Chronometer by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper of Manchester United soccer, and as a result of the partnership the La Chaux-de-Fonds- based watchmaker has created a pair of chronographs in black and red, and bearing the Premier League club’s logo on their dials and backs. The Carrera Heuer-01

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control with new Sector Dials

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Jaeger-LeCoultre first debuted the Master Control collection in 1992 – so the Le Brassus-based watchmaker created three new variations this year for its 25th anniversary. The new models are not re-editions but rather retro editions, with open baton hands and new sector dials. The three watch models are the Master Control Date - 39 mm x 8.5 mm, the Master Control Chronograph - 40 mm x 12.1 mm, and the Master Control Geographic - 39 mm x 11.8 mm. All three versions maintain the same case diameter, are crafted in stainless steel and have the same respective movements (JLC calibers 899, 751, 939) as the models that they are based on. However, Jaeger-LeCoultre has managed to slightly reduce the case thickness on all three versions, which, of course, is a plus. The only other changes are to the dials and

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Alpina unveils its first smartwatch rated for diving

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We’ve covered the relatively young smartwatch niche since 2013, and in that short amount of time, there have been some genuine innovations and developments. Although the technology is still very new and so far innovation has come mostly in the form of evolving features on existing models. In the case of Alpina, this is their second generation of smartwatch, and it’s capable of withstanding water down to 100 meters, which is on par with the deepest diving smartwatch to date, the Nixon Mission Smartwatch. However, there are a number of caveats. One, the watch, does not feature a touchscreen, just like first generation Alpina smartwatches. And two, the case is made of fiberglass and steel as opposed to steel. Fiberglass is essentially plastic, so this is a significant downgrade compared to the Apple Watch or the TAG Heuer Connected watch,

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Calibre 11 forum poster discovered seven vintage Heuers left behind by his grandfather who was a watchmaker

On Friday, a poster on the dedicated TAG Heuer forum, Calibre 11, with the username “Olof,” posted seven Heuer watches he found, and that he describes as “just tucked away in the basement and forgotten about.” His grandfather was a watchmaker and watch store owner, and he thinks these were leftover from his store. The total list is as follows: Heuer Solunar, Autavia 1163V, Autavia 15630, Carrera 1553N, Monaco 1533G, American Express, and Verona 361.213N. It appears he is interested in keeping them but you never know. Read the full post over at Calibre 11.

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Ulysse Nardin Innovision 2

Marking ten years since the launch of the Innovision 1 – which boasted ten horological innovations – the Innovision 2, a halo/concept timepiece, was unveiled at SIHH 2017, with ten new innovations. Dual constant escapement Following in the footsteps of the Dual Direct escapement of 2001, which set new standards in efficiency, the new Dual Constant makes an even greater leap forward. This sophisticated constant force escapement makes ingenious use of a complex silicium structure with locking elements and flexible silicium blades that are not dependent on the mainspring. This means that friction is reduced, and the small pulses of energy transmitted to the balance wheel and hairspring are equal and constant over time. The result? Mechanical accuracy that is second to none. Direct silicium bonding The InnoVision’s escapement element is made from a process in which Deep Reactive Ion

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Tom Brady wears TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch to Superbowl LI Press Conference

Tom Brady will be making history on Sunday at Superbowl LI (51) when he becomes the first player to ever appear in 7 Superbowls. He is already tied for the most appearances with 6, a feat that only one other player, Mike Lodish (defensive tackle), has ever achieved. He is also currently tied for the most Superbowl wins by a quarterback ever with 4, sharing the record with two other greats, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montanna. But if he wins this Sunday, he will have 5 Superbowl wins and become the most winningest quarterback in Superbowl history. Only one other player, Charles Haley (linebacker), has ever won 5. As one of the most dominant NFL players of all-time, he naturally has many companies wanting to sponsor him and has been a brand ambassador of Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer since 2015.

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Pre-Baselworld: Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph Collection

Glashütte Original will debut an all-new square-shaped cushion case watch collection at Baselworld next month called the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph. Consisting of five variations, all housed in 41.35 x 41.35 mm (12.6 mm thick) stainless steel cases, the Sixties Iconic Square is similar to the round shaped, time-only Sixties Iconic collection that was launched in 2015, particularly in that both have funky colored dials. The watch is powered by an automatic caliber 39-34 which measures 31.15 mm x 7.2 mm, beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 51 jewels, and a 40-hour power reserve. Visible through a clear caseback, the movement has a Glashütte three-quarter plate with Glashütte stripe decoration, along with bevelled edges, and a 21K gold oscillating weight. There are 5 dial colors as follows Graphite, Ocean, Forest, Fire, and Tangerine. And you can read about the manufacturing

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