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July 2010

Hands-On with the Rolex Submariner 16610

The Rolex Submariner is one of the most recognized luxury watches in the world. It originally went into production in 1953, and was first presented to the public in 1954 at the Basel watch fair. For this article, I got my hands on one of my friends recent acquisitions, a pre-owned 2007 Black Bezel Submariner. This watch is probably the most copied timepiece on the market, with many replica manufacturers copying the design.

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Burberry Swiss Made Military Timepieces

Burberry has announced two great looking new military style quartz timepieces, with cool NATO Straps (like the ones the Rolex fans love to retrofit onto their Submariners) - and they are made in Switzerland.

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A look back at Guenter Blumlein

Guenter Blumlein was the man behind Les Manufactures Horlogeres, which owned the three highly admired and very successful brands — Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Sohne and IWC — up until 2000 when the Richemont Group bought them. Blumlein was instrumental in the success of LMH, and is considered a legend in the industry. Looking back and hearing all the stories and positive remarks about him, makes me wish I would have had a chance to meet him. Unfortunately, he died in 2001, at the early age of 58. His legacy lives on though.

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Feature: Magrette Moana Pacific Diver

(Click image for gallery - 15 photos.) (This article was previously published but has now been upgraded with a more advanced photo gallery technology that works with any web browser as well as most mobile devices, such as the iPad.) New Zealand based boutique watchmaker, Magrette, recently released a new limited edition dive watch, the Moana Pacific Diver. It is capable of an impressive water resistance of 500 meters (1,650 feet) deep. For keeping track of dive time, it features a 120-click unidirectional rotating bezel. The case is stainless steel and comes in a comfortable 44 mm diameter, and features a polished top, bezel and crown, and brushed sides. It is powered by a reliable Miyota 8215 automatic mechanical movement, with 21 jewels.

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Urwerk UR-202 White Shark

Time is monochrome on the UR-202 White Shark, with its case, dial and hour satellites all in an original shimmering silver/white hue emitted by titanium, steel and ARCAP. The White Shark, is a timepiece unadorned with no makeup, its only ornament is its technicality. The White Shark, eschews colourful display to concentrate focus on l'art mécanique. The black numbers of the hours on the satellites stand out clearly against the light background; however one number of the 12 hour digits is the bright red exception to the rule that identifies the individual piece number in this limited edition of 12. The White Shark, a limited edition of 12 pieces, is available exclusively from Chronopassion (Paris), The Hour Glass (Singapore) and URWERK.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy Seals

Jaeger-LeCoultre delivers the first Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs Beverly Hills Boutique Incursion Editions at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy SEALs mini BUDs. Since the announcement of the partnership between the US Navy SEALs and Jaeger-LeCoultre with the unveiling of the Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs collection in 2008, two US Navy SEALs have been using the Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs alarm during their deployments and operations around the world, gathering performance information about the watch in an operational and tactical environment.

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Breitling Chronospace Instrument for Pilots

Breitling has issued a new version of their Chronospace quartz pilot watch. The movement, like all Breitling movements, is COSC chronometer-certified. Passing the chronometer standards that the COSC sets is actually fairly easy for a mechanical timepiece, however, for a quartz caliber, it must be much more accurate in terms of rate. The end result is a movement ten times more accurate than an ordinary quartz movement - SuperQuartz™. Ever since Breitling launched the Navitimer in the 1940s, with a navigational slide rule bezel, they have been known for their professional use pilot watches. And like the Navitimers of past and present, the Chronospace features the famous circular slide rule bezel for handling essential calculations regarding airborne navigation.

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MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt Unveiled

MB&F Horological Machine No4 is here! For the last three years I could not talk about this amazing piece of machinery, and it is truly a great day that I can finally share with all! After the 311 part Engine which was unveiled in March during Basel, here is probably the most complex case in the history of horology to protect and magnify it.

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Roger Dubuis Manufacture Tour

Overview of Roger Dubuis Manufacture Visit from June 2010 Roger Dubuis was founded in 1995, and is a true manufacture (meaning they produce some or all of their own movement calibers in-house.) Their watch designs are contemporary, however, their movements are actually more traditional, with classical complications, such as chronographs, torubillons and minute repeaters, made in-house, by hand. This is what makes Roger Dubuis a truly exceptional brand.

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Roger Dubuis Easy Diver

Roger Dubuis is well known for their complicated timepieces, specifically their tourbillons. The company also makes minute repeaters, chronographs and divers. Personally, I have always liked their flagship Skeletonized Excalibur Tourbillon, but at $250,000, it is unaccessible to most consumers. Thankfully, they do make some more affordable timepieces as well. In fact, as of 2010, they have lowered their entry level price point for men's watches. The men's Easy Diver collection now starts at just under $13K. This still may sound high, although they took about $5,000 off the previous model's price. It is all relative, and for an exclusive, limited production, in-house made movement, this price is about right. The 2010 Roger Dubuis Easy Diver RD821 caliber, which is based on an optimized RD 14 caliber. This timepiece, like all Roger Dubuis timepieces designed for 2010 and beyond, meets

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