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February 2010

Zenith El Primero Chronograph Foudroyante to be unveiled at Baselworld 2010

Last year, Zenith unveiled the vintage El Primero collection during the Basel show. Which was, by far, my favorite of their new collections. They had some other nice timepieces as well, but in general, the majority of their designs were not well received. Too many of their designs were so off from the original Zenith look, that the company had begun to lose its following over the past five years. Fast forward to 2010, under the new direction of Jean-Frédéric Dufour, who previously worked for Chopard, Ulysse Nardin and the Swatch Group. As part of his turnaround strategy, he has begun to reduce the number of references and bring the company back to basics. To start, the company will be introducing an exciting new El Primero Chronograph model, very much like Vintage 1969 El Primero Chronograph they introduced last

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U-Boat 1001 Diver Baselworld Preview

This is a preview of one of the three new watches that will be presented by U-Boat at Baselworld next month. The 1001, before its unusual features are unveiled, will be presented to the public in an aluminium technological casket, visible only through a riveted port hole, reminiscent of a deep abyss. On opening the box, the unusual nature of the 1001 will be immediately apparent, starting with the 55-millimetre diameter grade 2 natural titanium box, with the distinctive position of the rim protection on the left, helium valve and titanium plate bearing the serial number. The face is easy to read because it has hours, minutes, seconds and the date at 4 o'clock. There are supernova pigments with beige, orange or blue, which make the white U1001 writing in relief stand out.

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Baselworld 2010 Preview Tissot Sailing Touch

By simply touching the dial, sailors will now be able to confront any weather with style. The Sailing Touch is a useful instrument for checking the weather conditions with its integrated histogram of the six previous hours and a function for measuring relative air pressure. It is also equipped with a calculator that indicates the tides in the port of destination. But that is not all! This formidable tactile instrument is indispensible for regattas, with its countdown function for those crucial ten minutes preceding the start of the race, signaled by both beeps and a digital display. The impressive range of functions also includes a mechanism for measuring speed over a given distance, a compass, two alarms, two time-zones, a perpetual calendar and back-lighting.

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Introducing the Tissot Visodate 1957 Automatic

Launched in 1953 to celebrate Tissot's 100th anniversary, the Visodate drew on a rich history of innovation. At the time, the integration of a date display into an automatic movement was a feat of virtuosity, which Tissot has brilliantly recaptured in this very beautiful contemporary version. While today's model benefits from cutting-edge technology and materials, its vintage spirit has been preserved with the Tissot date and logo from 1953.

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Baselworld 2010 Preview Porsche Design Heritage P'6530

Thirty years ago, Porsche Design created a small revolution in the watch world by launching the first chronograph in titanium. It has now reproduced this legendary model. Faithful to the original, the new Heritage P'6530, constructed entirely in shot-blasted titanium, has the same positive characteristics as its illustrious predecessor: pure, clear lines and integrated pushpieces. Only the diameter of the case has changed: to reflect modern trends, it has been increased to a generous 44 mm.

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Aspen One Black Piste by Aspen Watch and Jewelry

The Black Piste, an Aspen One Special Edition. (Aspen, Colorado, USA) - A new design titled The Black Piste has been added to the Aspen One timepiece collection. This new model has already been dubbed "The Understatement Watch." Aspen One is the first luxury timepiece introduced by the Swiss-based company Aspen Jewelry and Watches. Aspen One is a limited edition, Swiss-made timepiece, and is a tribute to Aspen and its crown jewel, Aspen Mountain.

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2010 Baselworld Preview Pierre DeRoche Grandcliff TNT Penta

Both technical and entertaining, the GrandCliff TNT Penta chronograph reveals a composition of five resolutely high-tech disks. The two date discs come together at 12 o'clock, while the three others, made of eloxided aluminium, indicate the 60 minutes and 12 hours of the flyback chronograph, as well as the permanent seconds. Limited edition of 201 pieces.

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Baselworld 2010 Preview Gucci Classic Watch

This is one of our favorite models in the Gucci Classic collection. It features a 44 mm black PVD steel case with a olive green rubber strap (black rubber strap optional). The movement is a quartz. Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph and tachometer.

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Baselworld 2010 Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel

The most remarkable feature of the Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel, its magnetic pushpiece system, is hidden inside its case. With this exclusive, patented device, the watch can be activated through the metal case without any direct mechanical contact. As such, unlike most chronographs, which cannot be used when diving, this can be operated underwater. The Avenger Seawolf Chrono is the only chronograph of its kind, that is totally water-resistant and functional to a record depth of 1,000 meters. Inside is a SuperQuartz TM movement - another exclusive Breitling creation - which guarantees a precision ten times greater than ordinary quartz movements; it measures times to 1/10 of a second and indicates intermediary times. Limited series of 2,000.

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Baselworld 2010 Preview Rebellion Predator

In its two years of existence, Rebellion has built a solid reputation with exceptional timepieces - chronographs, regulators and tourbillions - inspired by the world of automobile racing. Conceived in collaboration with the designer Eric Giroud, the Predator also borrows many of its features from racing cars: the brake discs and the pedals, the five-layer dial with its honeycomb base, and the push rod shaped bridges connecting the chronograph counters to the dial. Not to mention the formidable technical mastery of the double sectorial seconds hand at 9 o'clock: the shorter hand indicates 0 to 30 seconds, with the longer one taking over for 30 to 60 seconds. The case is constructed in a sandwich of superimposed layers available in various materials, so there are many ways to personalise the timepiece. Technical Specifications Movement Automatic, RE-1 calibre, 28,800 vib/h, 50-hour

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