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Masterpiece Gravity Blue

When the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity was launched at Baselworld 2014, it was the first timepiece to feature a full silicium assortment. Since 1975, Maurice Lacroix has been at the vanguard of horological creativity, embracing new technologies, depicting time using thought-provoking design and harnessing fine Swiss craftsmanship. The 43 mm Masterpiece Gravity inspires and challenges convention. It is an innovative timepiece, at the cutting-edge of progress, which does not merely convey time but emotionally engages with the wearer with creative expression. It presents its oscillator and assortment center stage on the dial side of the watch. The spectacle of seeing the oscillator beating, along with the pallet lever moving, is mesmerizing and emits an attractive force few can resist. The blue lacquered off-center hour and minutes display is paired with rhodium- plated hour and minute hands. Sitting below the hour

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Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton

Building on a rich history studded with original creations, Manufacture Girard-Perregaux constantly rethinks its horological approaches in creating bridges spanning past, present and future. A direct descendant of the original model launched in 1975, the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton features a graphically designed mechanical self-winding movement openworked in the extreme. The Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton thereby reveals the full extent to which its powerful architecture embodies the values and aspirations of an entire generation in quest of perfection. Firmly committed to anchoring its vision of traditional horology firmly in the future, Manufacture Girard-Perregaux continues to hone its new contemporary watchmaking image by offering enthusiasts a range of instruments which, like the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton look beyond the present while remaining attuned to its history that began in 1791. Revealing transparency The inherently daring Laureato, with its distinctive aesthetic accentuated

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Omega unveils new factory

Signaling the next chapter in its renowned history of innovation and manufacturing excellence, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA has officially opened its newest production building at the brand’s HQ site in Bienne, Switzerland. Honored guests for the event included the CEO of Swatch Group, Mr. Nick Hayek; the President and CEO of OMEGA, Raynald Aeschlimann; Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education & Research (EAER), Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann; and the award-winning Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban. Having first arrived on this site in 1882, the new building represents the industry’s most cutting-edge facility for watch assembly, training, and quality control. Designed by Shigeru Ban, it is an eco-friendly masterpiece built with sustainable Swiss spruce and an ingenious indoor climate and energy concept. Inside, OMEGA has used the 5 floors of space in the most effective way possible, bringing technical

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BR-X1 White Hawk and BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk

Bell & Ross, the ultimate reference in aeronautical watches, presents its BR-X1 White Hawk line. Its name in French, Faucon Blanc, evokes dreams and travels. These two models with sophisticated watchmaking finishes take inspiration from the colors of private jets. The excellence of business aircrafts is the result of innovative technologies taken from the design and manufacture processes of fighter jets. The BR-X1 and the BR-X1 Tourbillon White Hawk are totally revolutionary in their construction. These precious measuring instruments combine Bell & Ross’ extremely virile aesthetic codes with the technical refinement of its high-end watchmaking. On these models, the grade 5 titanium cases are covered with a white ceramic belt. Titanium is micro-blasted and ceramic is matte to avoid reflections caused by light. The white and grey of the case depict the colors of the most beautiful private jets. The

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Introducing the Autavia Jack Heuer Limited Edition

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Following up the Autavia re-issue that TAG Heuer launched earlier this year, to celebrate Jack Heuer’s 85th birthday which is this month, TAG Heuer, with the help of Heuer himself, has created a limited edition Autavia. “Jack Heuer created the original model back in 1962 and was present at the TAG Heuer manufacture’s workshops to share his expertise and make his “mark” on the model, which dives deep into the story of an icon,” according to TAG Heuer. The watch will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 1932 pieces which signifies Heuer’s birth year. Number 1/1932 of the limited edition will be included in the November 11th Geneva Phillips auction “Heuer Parade.” While the original model from the 1960s was 39 mm the modern version is 42 mm. It features a 12-hour graduated bezel and is powered by

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Gallery: Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

Casio’s G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000 pilot watch, which we covered here earlier in the year, features a unique 3-Way Time Sync system that automatically keeps the correct time by way of a Bluetooth, Atomic Radio, and GPS signals, in that order. Plus there are a number of additional functions, including the ability to track your flights by using an app.

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BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire

Bell & Ross has released a skeletonized tourbillon that most notably is housed inside a sapphire case. The 45 diameter signature square-shaped case is made from 5 sapphire blocks that have been carved and polished. Inside, is caliber BR-CAL.288 which is a hand wound skeletonized tourbillon which beats at 3Hz, has 20 jewels, and a 100-hour power reserve. The BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire watch displays hours, minutes, and has a 60-second flying tourbillon. The off-center display at 12 features luminous indices and metal luminous hour and minute hands. The watch is completed with a translucent rubber strap and is limited to 8 pieces. Retail price is $385,000. (Ref. BRX1-SKTB-SAPHIR) Learn more at Bell & Ross.

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Diamonds Are Booba's Best Friend

Booba doesn’t count sheep anymore…now he counts the 31 carats of diamonds on his Corum watch. The rapper received the one-of-a-kind model from Corum Marketing Director Frédéric Layani. With a thousand diamonds, it was made to be as brilliant as its new owner. This Bubble engraved D.U.C, the name of his seventh studio album, just sealed the partnership deal – a product of the artist’s true love for Corum’s exquisitely unique pieces and craftsmanship – Congrats!! Booba raps a lot about watches and diamonds, so it’s no big surprise his lyrics are on this custom-made watch. As loyal as ever, Corum followed him past the point of no return… Fist raised high, now Booba’s wrist is adorned with 1,017 diamonds and 12 baguette-cut sapphires. Diamonds set on gold and a case that houses the famous CO 055 skeleton movement, the

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Inside the Armin Strom Manufacture

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Overview Biel/Bienne, Switzerland sits at the base of the Jura mountains and is located at the boundary of the German and French-speaking parts of the country, hence the name “Biel” which is the German name and “Bienne” which is the French name. Since 2005 the official name is “Biel/Bienne.” The city has been the industrial heart of Swiss watchmaking since the 1800s. It’s home to some of the industry’s most powerful watchmaking brands, like Rolex and Omega, right alongside young independents such as Armin Strom. Originally founded by Armin Strom himself, a watchmaker with a specialty in the art of skeletonization. In 2006 Serge Michel took over the company and refocused on producing a more contemporary, unified line of timepieces – yet still to this day every movement has a hand engraved component as an homage to their heritage. By

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A pocket watch that first sold in 1809 and was purchased by Breguet at auction for almost a million dollars

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Boasting a natural escapement, double subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, stop-seconds, fusee and chain tourbillon, and an absolutely scintillating gold guilloche regulator dial – this horologically magnificent Breguet pocket watch was sold to adventurer and writer Count Potocki in 1809 for 4,600 Francs. Fast forward to 2014, and Breguet bought the No. 1176 Montre garde-temps à tourbillon pocketwatch at auction from Christie’s in Geneva with the highest bid of 812,000 Swiss Francs (over $930,000 at 2014 exchange rates), plus fees. (The pocket watch is part of the permanent display at the Breguet Museum of Paris, located at Place Vendôme 75001). This is a truly historic piece as it was Abraham-Louis Breguet’s third tourbillon. Also making it the third tourbillon ever made, and possibly the second tourbillon Breguet ever finished, according to Eric Wind of Christie’s. It’s also worth noting that

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