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January 2010

Baselworld 2010 Preview Breitling Colt GMT

This is a teaser shot showing off one of Breitling's new watches, the Colt GMT, which will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2010. The Colt GMT comes in a 41.3 mm stainless steel case. It is powered by selfwinding Breitling Calibre 32, which has been certified by the COSC. It features 21 jewels and runs at 28,800 vph. An extra central hand (with a red tip) displays a 24-hour 2nd timezone time (GMT).

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IWC Introduces Portuguese collection at SIHH 2010

IWC introduced numerous Portuguese watches at SIHH 2010 last week. This is IWC's longest standing watch collection is far ranging with: a Grand Complication, two Tourbillons, two Perpetual Calendars, two chronographs, an Automatic, a Hand-wound, and a Minute Repeater. The Perpetual Calendar with Midnight Blue dial and 18-carat white gold case.

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SIHH 2010: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox

Last week at SIHH 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced two new Memovox automatic alarm watches. The Master Memovox and Master Memovox International. In 1956, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the first automatic alarm movement, powered by Calibre 815. The latest generation of JLC's automatic alarm movement , Calibre 956, is based on this famous movement. The latest generation movement, however, is more accurate, reliable and robust. It now has a large free-sprung balance and a winding rotor on ceramic ball bearings that need no lubrication or maintenance. Its gear wheels have a new kind of tooth profile that ensures smoother transmission. Calibre 956 has a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours. Finally, it is equipped with a rapid date-change mechanism.

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SIHH 2010: Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Clocks

Marc Newson discussing design in the Jaeger-LeCoultre atmos atelier Marc Menant of JLC says, "The Atmos clock is intimately bound up with time itself. First of all, through its mechanism which is driven by infinitely small successive changes in temperature. And secondly through its style, which has brought it majestically and serenely through the decades for over 80 years. Only the oscillations of its annular balance and the regular dance of its hands serve as subtle reminders that the time is still turning. Two new creations sublimate the spirit of a collection with an almost perpetual mechanism that remains an impressive technical feat to this day. One is a re-edition of a 1930s clock, and the other a contemporary piece in Baccarat crystal designed by Marc Newson. Both express the language of time through a pure design that exalts its

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SIHH 2010: IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic

This week, at SIHH 2010, IWC unveiled a new tonneau shaped chronograph, the Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic. IWC says, "that in 1986 they introduced the world's first case made from the extremely hard, scratch-resistant and impact-resistant ceramic, zirconium oxide. This milestone in case engineering also bore the name Da Vinci." Most of the 44 x 52.8 x 15.1 mm case is made of ceramic, however, the bezel and caseback are made of grade 5 titanium.

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SIHH 2010: Lange Saxonia Annual Calendar

A. Lange & Sohne has introduced a new Saxonia at SIHH 2010, the Saxonia Annual Calendar. They have already offered a Perpetual Calendar function (which corrects for a period of many years) in the past, but now for the first time, they are offering an Annual Calendar function (only needs to be corrected once per year) in one of their timepieces. Offered first by Patek Philippe, in 1996, the Annual Calendar complication is now widely regarded as an important function in high-end watches. The new Saxonia Annual Calendar also offers a moon phase indicator and Lange's iconic outsize date window.

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SIHH 2010: Vacheron Constantin Ultra-Thin Heritage

Vacheron Constantin has reissued its "Historiques" collection with two new timepieces, the Historique Ultra-fine 1955 (round case) and the Historique Ultra-fine 1968 (square case). Both are ultra-thin watches, which is not considered a horological complication. However, according to Vacheron Constantin, ultra-thin mechanical watches require the highest level of expertise, in not only their production, but also when adjustments are needed. The Calibre 1003 movement, which powers the Historique Ultra-fine 1955, is a mere 1.64mm thick, and is the thinnest mechanical movement in the world. Housed inside a round 36mm 18-carat pink gold case, the 1955 is also the world's thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch.

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SIHH: Reverso Squadra Chronograph GMT Palermo Open

Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled a new version of their iconic Reverso model, the Squadra Chronograph GMT Palermo. Inside the new timepiece is the famous Calibre 754 automatic movement. For this watch, however, what is inside is not necessarily the biggest story. Instead, the highlight is the vulcanized rubber case. Creating a case from vulcanized rubber was not easy to engineer and, of course, took countless hours to perfect. The end result, though, is a robust rubber and stainless case. Custom tailored for the rugged world of Polo.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB2 Unveiled at SIHH 2010

At SIHH 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled the new Master Compressor Extreme LAB2. This watch is sure to be the star of the JLC booth. The design, colors and layout are very sporty and appealing. It is available in a titanium alloy called TiVan 15 or rose gold, the case (46.8 x 16.5mm). Both models have black zirconium-ceramic bezels and crowns. The skeleton dial design has a lot of information, but it is still very easy to read, especially with the mechanical digital chronograph minutes indicator at 12 o'clock. Inside, is either a JLC in-house Caliber 780 or 781. Both versions feature a 60-hour power reserve and run at 28,800 vph, but the 781 also features an advanced antimagnetic silicon escapement. An oscillating weight (automatic-rotor) is mounted on high-tech lubricant free ball bearings. The chronograph displays 1/8th of a second accuracy.

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Piaget Debuts Super Thin Altiplano Watch at SIHH 2010

Debuting at the Salon International de la Haute Horologerie (SIHH 2010), in Geneva is Piaget's thinnest mechanical watch. In fact, Piaget says that the new Altiplano watch is the thinnest self-winding mechanical watch in the world. Piaget has always been know for their expertise with ultra-thin movements, now they have solidified their spot as the leader in this field.

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