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Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture Hands-On

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Frederique Constant has finally debuted a watch that we’ve been expecting ever since their sister company, Alpina, launched an in-house flyback chronograph at Baselworld 2015. Alpina, Frederique Constant, and Ateliers de Monaco are all part of the Frederique Constant Group, which is now owned by Citizen. It is worth noting, that the manufacture flyback chronograph design actually originated at Ateliers de Monaco in 2011. Fast forward to Baselworld 2017, and Frederique Constant unveiled their version of the Chronograph Flyback. And it’s a good one. Presented in a 42 mm diameter case, crafted from stainless steel or rose-gold plated stainless steel, the Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture comes in five different variations. All versions have a fully polished case, a glass box sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback, and flat chronograph pushers. The new Flyback collection comes in two primary versions: one that

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Most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction

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Yesterday, at the Geneva Watch Auction: Five, the Rolex reference 6062, aka the “Bao Dai,” broke the all-time record for a Rolex at auction. According to Phillips, “Following an eight-minute bidding war, between ten bidders in the room and three on the telephone, the iconic Rolex Reference 6062, ‘Bao Dai’ sold for CHF 5,066,000 to a phone bidder.” The Rolex Bao Dai is a triple calendar with moonphase in yellow gold and is one of only three known to exist with diamond markers. Additionally, this example is the only one to feature the diamond markers at even hours. Increasing the collectibility of this one-of-a-kind Rolex timepiece even further – and inspiring its nickname – is the fact that it originally belonged to the last emperor of Vietnam, His Majesty Bao Dai. See the official description for historic lot 93 here.

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The two latest Casio G-Shock MR-G timepieces Hands-On

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In March, at Baselworld 2017, Casio introduced two new G-Shock MR-G timepieces, both presented in black PVD plated pure titanium cases. The first was the G-Shock MR-G “Aka-Zonae,” which we wrote about here. The second, was a MR-G limited edition with a very special hand hammered bezel and featuring three-way time calibration. Technically speaking, the first watch, the MR-G Aka-Zonae (Ref. MRG-G1000B-1A4), uses GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology to calibrate the precise time using signals from both GPS satellites and standard atomic time radio wave transmissions (MultiBand6) to ensure the time on your watch will be accurately calibrated anywhere on earth – indoors or out – with automatic adjustments for daylight savings time. The second, Limited Edition MR-G (Ref. MRGG2000HT-1A) goes a step further, utilizing both the aforementioned GPS and atomic timekeeping technologies, with the addition of a Bluetooth. Having

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Parmigiani Fleurier SIHH 2017 Highlights

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As you likely know if you read PROFESSIONAL WATCHES, Parmigiani Fleurier is a relatively new watch company, founded in 1996, that produces haute horology timepieces under their own name, as well as components for many premium top level watch brands. They make some of the dials for A. Lange & Sohne, for example. Needless to say, the quality of their watches, components, and particularly movements, is amongst the best in the business. With that said, earlier this week, we met with Michel Parmigiani in New York City, to photograph all of the SIHH 2017 timepieces, and below are the four new collections we have highlighted. Toric Based on the Toric Memory Time, the first watch designed by company founder, Michel Parmigiani, in 1996, the Toric Chronometre comes is a larger 40.8 mm diameter case, powered by a more modern in-house

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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Heritage 146 Hands-On

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One of the most interesting timepieces that Zenith debuted this year was the Heritage 146 Chronomaster, which comes in a 38 mm x 12.45 mm vintage style 1969 El Primero stainless steel case (as opposed to 42 mm or larger). The Heritage 146 is fundamentally the same as the Zenith X Hodinkee limited edition that was introduced in 2016. The difference is that this model has a brown or blue dial (versus slate gray), extra graduations on the small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, a different crown (the Hodinkee version is flatter), and this model has either a brown or blue perforated leather strap (whereas the limited edition came with 3 straps). Zenith watch that inspired the dial of the Heritage 146 Despite not being available in a slate gray sunray patterned dial, the Zenith Chronomaster Heritage 146 looks amazing

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Instagram Highlights #6

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Nixie Machine II

MB&F’s so-called “M.A.D.Gallery” is celebrating their 5th anniversary with the introduction of the Nixie Machine II by Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald. Like their first collaboration, with the first Nixie Machine, the clock features a metal base with glowing Nixie tubes. With its 47.24-inch long structure in Buchwald’s signature “heavy engineering” style and, the Nixie Machine II is handcrafted out of burnished steel and brushed brass. Each of its glowing six digits is displayed via modern Nixie tubes – also known as cold cathode displays – presented as three pairs for hours, minutes and seconds. It will be available in as a 12 piece limited edition available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei. The retail price is $30,000.

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Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 Hands-On

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Breguet has a well-deserved position at the highest end of the watch industry. The reputation is based on an incredible history in watchmaking, starting with one of the greatest watchmakers of all-time – Abraham-Louis Breguet over two centuries ago – and continuing to this day. Moreover, the legendary Swiss watch company has continued to show their ability to design and manufacture highly collectible haut de gamme horological complications that few other watchmakers are capable of producing. At Baselworld 2017, Breguet has further solidified their status with the debut of the Marine Équation Marchante 5887, which elegantly presents the difference between mean solar time (civil/standard time) and true solar time (the actual solar time), using two minute hands. Despite the visual simplicity of the dial, it is the utter complexity of what is underneath the dial that is the true testament

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I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition

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Introduced just three years ago, the I.N.O.X. collection is now Victorinox Swiss Army’s best selling watch line. It’s not a big surprise, as the rugged survival watch truly goes hand in hand with the knives that Karl Elsener created in 1891 and supplied to soldier’s in the Swiss Army for the first time. And just like with the knives – since the launch of I.N.O.X. timepieces in 2014 – the company has continually added utility to these professional watches. Last year, they added the compass bumper case and paracord strap. This year, the innovative Carbon I.N.O.X., which has a robust carbon fiber case, was introduced. Alongside the new carbon timepiece, Victorinox unveiled something very special, that will surely interest space fans: the I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition. This new limited edition timepiece and knife set pay homage to the

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Three New Manero Flybacks Hands-On

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Following the launch of the Manero Flyback Chronograph last year, Carl F. Bucherer has introduced three new variations for 2017. The Manero Flyback is available in a new stainless steel version with a unique matte blue-gray dial, and in red gold with either a black or champagne-colored dial. Accentuated by the new color schemes, the Manero Flyback looks the same as the inaugural model, otherwise. This means the dial has dauphine-shaped hands with cut-out center, snailed counters, dagger-shaped faceted and polished indexes, and printed scales for (tachymeter, minutes, chronograph seconds). Furthermore, prominent pump pushers allow you to operate the chronograph without applying a lot of pressure. The case bezel, lugs, and domed sapphire crystal are rounded, resulting in a distinctive look. Inside, is the same automatic caliber 1970 flyback chronograph which beats at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, and

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