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MCT Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack

In collaboration with the artist, Anish Kapoor, MCT created a Vantablack version of their signature Sequential One timepiece. Vantablack is a substance that is made of carbon nanotubes, and which absorbs up to 99.965% of visible light. It is considered the blackest substance ever produced by man. Initially developed for the military and aerospace industry, Vantablack soon caught the interest of Anish Kapoor. As the artist explains, “it’s the blackest material in the universe, after a black hole; a physical object that is impossible to see”. The Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack has the same 45 mm x 45 mm x 15.5 mm case design as previous versions of the Sequential One S110 Evo. And in this particular instance, is crafted from grade 5 titanium with a dark DLC treatment. It also uses the existing caliber MCT-S1.0 – which powers

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Tudor introduces a Pelagos designed for Left-Handed Divers

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In 2015, Tudor slightly redesigned their professional diver’s watch – the Pelagos – with a new dial that features five lines of text at 6 o’clock instead of two lines like its predecessor. However, the biggest change was the addition of a new in-house automatic movement, caliber MT 5621, in place of the ETA 2824 which powered the original Pelagos, and which beats at 4Hz, has 26 jewels and boasts a 70-hour power reserve. The movement uses a silicon balance spring and has a variable inertia balance wheel, with a traversing balance bridge which makes the regulator assortment, and it is a COSC-certified movement. Now, Tudor introduces a left-hand version of the Pelagos diving watch for the first time (the crown is on the left instead of the traditional location on the right side of the case, and is therefore

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Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike

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Following the 2006 launch of the L.U.C. Strike One model which chimes the hour, Chopard Manufacture has unveiled an in-house minute repeater that chimes the minutes, quarter hours, and hours. Technically speaking, the all-new L.U.C. Full Strike features one of the most innovative minute repeater designs on the market. A design that took 6 years to develop and produce, and is the subject of 3 pending patents. The most notable feature of this unprecedented minute repeater wristwatch is the specially manufactured monoblock sapphire crystal which acts both as a traditional crystal that protects the dial side of the watch and as the gongs. The use of transparent gongs that are an integral part of the front sapphire crystal, allowed Chopard to craft a case that is small relative to other minute repeaters (42.5 mm x 11.55 mm). Moreover, according to

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Patek Philippe 1518 in steel breaks all-time watch auction record

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Over the past weekend, at the Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, Phillips watch auction house sold a “trilogy” of Patek Philippe 1518s, including a 1 of 4 stainless steel version, which achieved a higher result than any other single watch at auction ever. The numbers speak for themselves and put in perspective the level of rarity (and demand) there is for a steel Patek Philippe, particularly a reference 1518 in steel. The yellow gold 1518 achieved $603,980 (lot 100), which is impressive. Even more impressive, were the results for the pink gold 1518 (lot 196), which earned more than double what the yellow gold piece brought in, at $1,488,740. And, of course (lot 38) – the ultra-rare stainless steel 1518 – beat the former two by a mile, with a record-breaking price of $11,112,020 (lot 38). This sale perfectly demonstrates how

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Doctor Strange wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual in steel

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Marvel’s newest movie blockbuster Doctor Strange, is a story of a world-famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life is changed by a horrific car accident that takes away the use of his hands. The night of his car accident, Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual, a timepiece that is part of his journey, and that keeps him connected with time – past, present, and future – featuring a love message from actress Rachel McAdams, who plays Christine Palmer, on the caseback that reads “Time will tell you how much I love you ~ Christine.” The timepiece is (pictured in the top photo, in the middle), and is the stainless steel version of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual (with rhodium-plated steel hands and indices, which was launched in 2013, and that we covered

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Japan's first automatic mechanical watch

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The origins of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in Tokyo’s Ginza district. A little over a decade after opening the shop, in 1892, Hattori started manufacturing clocks under the “Seikosha” name, which roughly translates to “the house of exquisite workmanship.” The Laurel, produced in 1913, was the company’s first watch, and also the first wristwatch made in Japan. However, it was not until 1924 that the first watches produced under the Seiko name were introduced. The Laurel was the first Japanese wristwatch, created in 1913 before the brand Seiko was used In 1956, Seiko introduced its first watch with a movement that was designed fully in-house. The Seiko Marvel incorporated Seiko’s “Diashock” shock absorption system – and that was just the beginning of many years of innovations to come from Japan’s oldest

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concepts

This week H. Moser & Cie announced three new timepieces: the Endeavor Dual Time Concept in two variations and the Endeavor Cosmic Green Concept. The former two are available in either rose gold with a brown/gold fume dial or platinum with a blue fume dial, and the latter is available in white gold with a green fume dial. The Cosmic Green comes in a slightly thinner 40.8 mm x 10.9 mm case and is a time only watch (also called the Endeavour Center Seconds Concept), while the other two feature a second time zone and are presented in 40.8 mm x 11 mm cases. The more basic time only Cosmic Green watch retails for $26,500; and the Dual Time Concept watches retail for $32,000 and $42,000, in gold and platinum, respectively.

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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Frosted Gold

Audemars Piguet has announced a new collection of Frosted Royal Oak timepieces – designed for women – that will be officially launched at the SIHH watch show in January. The line consists of two 37 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by mechanical movements; and two 33 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by quartz movements. To achieve the all-new “frosted” look each case and bracelet are hammered by hand. Otherwise, the movements and signature silver “Grande Tapisserie” dials are the same as what is offered on current Royal Oak models. Prices to be announced at SIHH 2017.

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How to Submit a Press Release

In the year 2016, submitting a multi-media consumer product press release can be delivered digitally – with ease – via a single email. Let me show you how by simply comparing two email press release submissions to ProfessionalWatches from earlier this week. Both are related to product launches, are interesting, and relevant, but one will receive coverage because it was done in a way that saves time for all parties, and the other will not because it adds unnecessary steps that waste time for all parties involved. Efficient way to submit press release: Why it is more effective? All the text and images can be accessed with the single email. No additional emails are needed to request images. Inefficient way to submit a press release: Why is it less effective? Not all pertinent information is included. Additional unnecessary email(s) are

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SIHH 2017: Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic

Ahead of SIHH 2017, which takes place in Geneva beginning January 16, 2017 – Roger Dubuis previewed their newest Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic timepiece. Presented in a 45 mm x 14.02 mm titanium case, and featuring a design that includes not just a skeletonized movement but also the case, flange, lugs, and hands. In addition to reducing the total weight, the removal of materials, along with the company’s signature notched bezel, gives an aggressive and distinctive appearance that is unmistakably Roger Dubuis. The case itself features a matte black DLC treatment, while the bezel is crafted from untreated titanium with black vulcanized rubber accents, The large crown is also titanium, with a black DLC end with the barrel wrapped in bright red vulcanized rubber. Driving the red-tipped skeletonized hour and minute hands are the fully skeletonized automatic caliber RD820SQ which

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