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November 2010

Preview Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch

Yesterday, Ralph Lauren previewed their newest Sporting Watch, which will be officially released during the upcoming 2011 SIHH watch show, in January. This wristwatch was inspired by the design of Ralph Lauren's personal 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. The signature feature of this unique wristwatch, is the elm burl wood around the dial, which is the same type found on the dash of the Bugatti coupe. Additionally, the numerals are the same type found on the gauges in Lauren's Bugatti.

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Jason Pitsch

Interview with Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver

Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch: How important is a manufacture movement to a watch company charging $10,000 and above for their timepieces? Jean-Claude Biver: The manufacture gives to the brand an access to its own creativity which is essential. A manufacture gives independence from third party suppliers. And last but not least, a manufacture creates substance which provides value to the brand.

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Vacheron Constantin Historique Ultra-fine 1955

The Vacheron Constantin Historique Ultra-fine 1955 timepiece currently holds the title of the "world's thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch," at just 4.10 mm thick. It is powered by a the Calibre 1033, which is merely 1.64 mm thick. For 2010, Vacheron Constantin remade this model in 18k rose gold, to celebrate its 55th anniversary. The gold case is 36 mm in diameter and comes with a square-scaled alligator leather strap with an 18k rose gold buckle and polished half Maltese cross. Water-resistance is 30 meters.

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Michael Schumacher Audemars Piguet's new ambassador

Audemars Piguet held a press conference earlier today in Dusseldorf (Germany) to welcome Michael Schumacher as the brand's new Formula 1 ambassador. Schumacher is one of the greatest F1 racers of all time, and he was already retired, but he recently decided to come back to F1. Expect a limited edition Michael Schumacher watch in 2011.

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Win a Phosphor Digital E-Ink Worldtimer

We are giving away a Phosphor E-ink Worldtimer on Black Friday (Friday November, 26 2010). All you have to do to enter is sign-up for our bi-monthly newsletter or follow ProfessionalWatches on Facebook. By providing an email address and clicking "like" on Facebook, you'll automatically be qualified to win next months giveaway as well - the all new Edifice Black Label Collection 3D Chronograph w/Atomic timekeeping and tough solar - Retail $500.

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Richard Mille RM 016 OC Concept Ladies' Watch

Richard Mille has just released a ladies' version of their popular RM 016 men's watch. The case is 49.8 mm x 38 mm, and only 8.25mm thick. It features hours, minutes and a date display, but no seconds display. The dial is open worked, as you would expect on a Richard Mille timepiece. The rotor feature a variable geometry rotor, like of all RM automatic wristwatches. The power reserve is 55 hours. Water-resistance is 30 meters. A pink rubber strap matches perfectly with large pink hour numerals. Limited edition of 10 pieces.

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A. Lange & Söhne Grande Complication No 42500

A. Lange & Söhne recently released a book about their most complicated timepiece ever. The book tells how the Grand Complication No 42500 was originally brought into the Lange workshop to be evaluated for restoration. Jan Silva, head of Lange's historical watches department, gives an excellent first hand account of the restoration, which he personally conducted over a period of five years. He explains every detail of the restoration process, from breaking it down, to making new parts to replace those that couldn't be salvaged, and up until the point when the watch was in perfect working order, with its original luster. I recently finished reading the entire book and definitely recommend that you read it.

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New Classic Zenith Tourbillons

Under the direction of their new CEO, Jean-Frédéric Dufour, Zenith has focused heavily on the El Primero movement, and traditional aesthetics. Last year, at Baselworld, you could already see a new sense of excitement around the brand, and their newly developed timepieces. Especially, the hot new EL Primero Striking seconds chronograph, which was introduced prior to the start of the show. This year, the brand will introduce even more new models, and the excitement around the brand should grow even more. Zenith has already introduced the new Christophe Columb, which will be one of their halo pieces over the next few years. But instead of stopping there, they have decided to preview another upcoming model, the new Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Chronograph. It is the only tourbillon in the world to operate at the high frequency of 36,000 VPH. Constructing

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2002 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch

In 2002, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak model line, Audemars Piguet introduced a limited edition timepiece called the Royal Oak Concept Watch. I took the photograph (above) in 2009 during a tour of the Audemars Piguet Museum and Manufacture in Le Brassus, Switzerland. Only 150 pieces were made (between 2002 and 2004), so this piece is incredibly rare. The original price was around $250,000 but being such a rare and collectible timepiece, from such a respected manufacture, I would guess you would have to pay much more than that for a collector to part with one.

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TX 310 Classic Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

TX watches introduced the TX 310 Classic Retrograde Perpetual Calendar during Baselworld 2010. This all new timepiece features a round 44.5 mm stainless steel "classic" style case and a domed crystal. (Note: the K1 hardened mineral crystal has a high potential to scratched, as opposed to a sapphire which is virtually scratch proof. One of the sample pieces at the show already had a scratch on the crystal.) Even so, this is a really nice timepiece, especially considering its price. The case and dial are more classic than most of the watches in the TX collection, and I think this is a good thing. It offers something different. The look is very simple, and the dial is easy to read.

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