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March 2010

Baselworld 2010: Breitling Blackbird Blacksteel DLC Chronograph

The Breitling Blackbird Chronograph Limited Edition Blacksteel is one of the my favorite introductions by Breitling this year. It features a stainless steel case that has a high-tech Diamond Like Carbon coating. The bezel is DLC with a matte finish. Everything else, the case, the crown and the pushers are polished DLC. The shiny stealth grey finish almost reminds me of a pearl grey paint job on an Audi. The finish looks really good, and it's extremely scratch resistant.

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TX 650 GT Flyback Chronograph

Earlier this month, in Basel, I had a chance to sit down with some of the executives at the TX Watch company. They had quite a few new timepieces to introduce in Basel this year. For now, though, I will focus on their new top end model, the TX 650 GT Flyback Chronograph. The new 650 GT is powered by a 600 Series four-hour fly-back chronograph movement with one-fifth of a second accuracy. The first thing I noticed when I saw the new 650 GT in person, was how refined it looks. The finishes have always been good on TX watches, but now they are even a nicer. The dial looks very luxurious, and even more upscale. The dial still features signature TX elements such as an orange seconds hand and accents. However, new layered elements, such as the screwed

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Feature: Maurice de Mauriac Customized Swiss Timepieces

Maurice de Mauriac Storefront in Zurich Financial District During my annual trip to Switzerland, to attend the Baselworld show, I like to visit some of the important Swiss watchmakers who do not exhibit in Basel. I started doing this last year, when I toured the renowned Vallée de Joux manufacture Audemars Piguet, in Le Brassus. This year I actually setup two separate watchmaker trips, one to another famous Vallée de Joux manufacture, Jaeger-LeCoultre, in La Sentier (photos coming soon). The other, to Zurich's only watchmaker - Maurice de Mauriac.

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Baselworld 2010 drives the Industry

BASELWORLD 2010 closed its doors today after eight outstandingly successful days. With 100,700 industry professionals from all over the world, the show received extremely high attendance (+7% up compared to last year). At the close of the event, the exhibitors were delighted with the pace of business. The World Watch and Jewellery Show proved a real inspiration for the industry.

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Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL Stainless Steel

First introduced at Baselworld 2008, the Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL is now available in a stainless steel case. The dial features an off-center display with hours, minutes and seconds, along with a beautifully hand engraved duplex swan-neck balance bridge and exposed balance. The hour and minute display, sits off center on the left of the dial with a small seconds dimply at 6 o'clock. A retrograde power indicator sits at 2 o'clock. The other highlight is without a doubt the uninhibited view of the artfully hand-engraved balance bridge and its duplex swan-neck fine adjustment. The PanoInverse XL is powered by hand-wound manufacture caliber 66.

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Rolex Green Ceramic Bezel Submariner

Introduced at Baselworld 2010 last week, this is the new Rolex Submariner Date with a green Ceramic (Cerachron bezel). The bezel is made from extremely hard ceramic material, it is corrosion resistant, its color is unaffected by ultraviolet rays and it is virtually scratch-proof.

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Raymond Weil Nabucco Pensiero

In recent years, Geneva-based watchmaker Raymond Weil has significantly changed their image and overall quality. They have gone more upscale, without overly inflating their prices. The new Nabucco Pensiero, unveiled at Baselworld last week is the perfect example. It is a great looking chronograph powered by the new Valjoux 7753 movement, housed in a cool sand-blasted 46mm titanium case, all for under five grand. The watch is very masculine, without being gigantic and uncomfortable on the wrist. The gray dial, titanium case and bezel all work together really well. The dark gray alligator strap is very comfortable and adds a nice contrast to the light colored gray on the rest of the watch. The new look is a refreshing change from the all black model introduced last year. Although, last year's model is quite attractive as well. The 2010

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Lange introduces new Double Split and Datograph Perpetual chronographs

Lange's Double Split, a unique double-rattrapante chronograph, and the two-complication Datograph Perpetual, which unites a flyback chronograph and a perpetual calendar, are now also available with the classic combination of a pink gold case and a lustrous argenté dial. When it was first presented in 2004, it marked the dawn of a new era in chronographs: the DOUBLE SPLIT by A. Lange & Söhne. Its double-rattrapante mechanism not only drives a rattrapante hand on the 60-seconds scale but also has a jumping minute counter. It was the first mechanical chronograph that allowed comparative measurements of events lasting as long as 30 minutes.

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Armin Strom One Week Earth Baselworld Preview

Housing an exclusive movement - the very first made entirely in the Armin Strom workshop and boasting a 7-day power reserve - the One Week collection embodies the brand's high level of excellence. The movement is partially engraved, chamfered and hand-polished in the purest Armin Strom tradition to highlight the richness of its mechanism. The visible crown wheels and hand-setting mechanism, the main elements of the three-part dial, give this highly recognizable timepiece its technical and innovative style. The series is available in four versions - Earth, Water, Air and Fire - and limited to 100 of each.

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Baselworld Preview Urwerk UR-103T Mexican Fireleg

The 103 collection is celebrating its 7th and final anniversary as Urwerk will be shutting down its production at the end of the year. As Martin Frei says, "Our 103 collection is entering its seventh year. It has reached its maturity and fullness. It was Urwerk's first masterpiece, one of audacity and challenge. In my opinion, it is the one that symbolises to this day the perfect balance between elegance and technicity. A fragile balance, but one which we have succeeded in preserving. This emblematic model deserves an end commensurate with its life." The "Tarantula" is back in a final attack that takes the form of the "Mexican Fireleg". This is a UR-103T that has returned to the animal stage - aggressive and venomous - and that is racy with its orange luminescent markers. It comes in a limited

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