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SIHH 2018: Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton

Ahead of SIHH 2018, Girard-Perregaux released a preview of one of their complication new timepieces: the Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton. Presented in a titanium case measuring 45 mm in diameter, and 15.85 mm thick, the case has no bezel, just a domed sapphire covering the entire dial side. This plus the box-type sapphire crystal caseback offer excellent visibility of all the immaculately finished components, regardless of what side you are viewing. The three bridges are crafted in titanium and treated with a dark PVD finish which contrasts with the other non-darkened components. Despite the appearance of being a hand wound movement, this is actually an automatic, wound by a white gold micro-rotor which is located behind the mainspring barrel that is located at 12 o’clock. The power reserve is 60-hours. In addition to the case and bridges, the

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Casio debuts GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman at CES

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This week at CES 2018, Japanese watchmaker Casio debuted two new GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman watches. We previewed the watch at the G-Shock 35th Anniversary event in November, however, CES is where Casio officially launched the new connected Rangeman. There are two new models, one with a black case and black strap and the other with a black case and green strap will be available for purchase April 2018 at G-Shock retailers, select Macy’s, jewelers, www.gshock.com, and the G-SHOCK Soho Store. The retail price will be $800. The new G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000 features the world’s first solar-assisted GPS navigation and is part of the “Master of G” series designed for use in extreme conditions. Rangeman watches feature a Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature. In addition to standard Triple Sensor, the new GPR-B1000 collects location data

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SIHH 2018: Ressence Type 2 e-Crown

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Ressence has just debuted a self-setting mechanical watch called the Type 2 e-Crown Concept. This is similar to technology already being used in watches such as the Casio Gravitmaster GPW2000 but with a key difference being that Type 2 e-Crown is based on a mechanical watch movement, not a quartz. Basically, Ressence has added an additional e-Crown system to their existing design which couples a Swiss base movement with a custom ROCS module that displays the time via unique discs that rotate around the dial. The system, developed by Ressence, allows the wearer to have the watch set itself via a Bluetooth connection to its smartphone app. The e-Crown requires electronic energy which is generated by kinetic movement (first) or photovoltaic energy (second) taken via 10 micro-shutters that open up on the dial when needed. The result, when combined with

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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Lady

Ahead of SIHH 2018, which begins next week, Swiss watch manufacture Romain Gauthier has announced their first ladies’ timepiece: the Insight Micro-Rotor Lady. The Insight Micro-Rotor Lady comes in an 18K red gold case measuring 39.5mm x 12.9mm. Like the Micro-Rotor for men, this has off-center hours and minutes, central small seconds. The movement boasts an 80-hour power reserve, thanks to double mainspring barrels. The hands are made of 18K red gold and the bidirectional micro-rotor is in 22K red gold set with approximately 45 brilliant, round VVS to VS diamonds of varying sizes (0.1 carat). There are two versions: one featuring Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial and the other featuring Australian extra white mother-of-pearl dial. Each is limited to 10 pieces. The retail price is approximately $83,000. Learn more at Romain Gauthier.

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Ball Engineer M Challenger

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Introducing the Engineer M Challenger, Ball watch company’s first timepiece powered by a manufacture movement. The Engineer Challenger M is available in stainless steel in either a 40 mm x 13.4 mm case that comes with a black, blue or gray dial, and the option for a leather strap or steel bracelet, or a 43 mm x 13.4 mm case that comes with a black dial and steel bracelet. The entire collection is available on pre-order right now and will be produced in limited numbers. The variants with leather strap are available at a pre-order price of $1,699 (retail $2,899), and the steel bracelet models are $1,799 (retail $2,999). There is also an optional, and very pricey, $85 Nato strap available as an add-on. Although it’s hard to imagine consumers wanting to pay this price for a basic nylon strap.

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Introducing the Schaffen Reference 65 Collection with Customizable Rotors

Yesterday Singapore-based watch company, Schaffen, launched a Kickstarter campaign to boost the sales of their new Reference 65 watch collection. In addition to being able to customize the automatic winding rotor, consumers are able to add personalized text to the dial. There are two watch models available within the Reference 65 collection: the A65 Dress Watch and the S65 Sport Watch. The A65 Dress Watch comes with either a silver, blue or gray dial and a two-toned dial with a vertically brushed center and matte outer ring. The S65 Sport Watch comes with either a white, blue or gray dial and a horizontally-ridged dial texture. Each timepiece is powered by a Swiss made 26 jewel Sellita caliber SW200-1 automatic movement (Élaboré grade with blued screws). The movement beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has a 38-hour power reserve, and is comparable

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Pre-Baselworld 2018: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat Automatic

Breguet released the Classique ultra-thin tourbillon (Ref. 5377) with a guilloche dial and power reserve indicator in 2013. This year at Baselworld 2018, they will debut a new timepiece within the same Classique collection. Instead of a guilloche dial, however, this watch features a “Grand Feu” enamel dial and no power reserve indicator. But the movement is based on a variation of the same ultra-thin manufacture caliber 581 that drives the 5377. The new Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat Automatic 5367 will be available in a 42 mm x 7.45 mm case crafted from rose gold or platinum, same as with the 5377. Looking at the dial there are Breguet Arabic numerals in black, and a black minute track outside of that, both off-center to provide focuse on the tourbillon located between 4 and 5 o’clock. The hands are open Breguet

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Mido Commander Big Date

Mido is one of the more accessibly priced Swiss watch brands owned by the Swatch Group, which also owns prestigious names such as Omega, Breguet, Longines, and is positioned above the group’s entry-level volume watch brand Tissot. In 2018, to celebrate the anniversary of the company’s origination (1918), Mido has launched the Commander Big Date collection which is available now. The Commander Big Date is available with a steel bracelet and silver or gray sunburst dial, or in two-tone rose gold plated steel with a silver dial and matching bracelet, or a rose gold plated steel case with black leather strap. The watches measure 42 mm x 11.97 mm and are powered by a version of the company’s 80-hour power reserve movement that originally debuted in a Tissot in 2013. The Commander Big Date is available in four variations starting

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Under the influence of Orion

The Orion safe line introduced a true constellation of bright stars into the BUBEN&ZORWEG safe range, where the Galaxy collection had been already a success story. Orion is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky and, according to Greek mythology, was named after a great hunter that was the son of Poseidon, one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon. The credo at BUBEN&ZORWEG is that a safe doesn‘t necessarily have to look like a strongbox. True for the Galaxy safe range, the Orion is the latest compelling example of this creative philosophy where shape and materials come together to produce a remarkable creation that enables men to savor and safeguard their most treasured possessions. The exterior of finest Nappa leather, elegantly stitched and featuring ornamental seams, surrounds state of the art security technology.

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Seiko Prospex Black Series

Seiko recently released info on a new limited collection of black PVD plated steel watches called The Black Series. Within the collection are two solar quartz powered watches and one automatic model. The Seiko Automatic Black Series (SRPC49K1) comes in a 45 mm diameter Turtle case and is expected to cost approximatey $550. The Seiko Solar Black Series (SNE493) is a three hand solar powered quartz dive watch and the (SSC673P1) is a solar powered quartz chronograph. Both come in a 43.5 mm stainless steel case with a black PVD coating and should retail for under $500. Learn more at Seiko.

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