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March 2011

Omega Seamster Planet Ocean Professional Dive Chronograph Liquid Metal - Baselworld 2011

Introducing the all new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Professional Dive Chronograph. Most notably, this Seamaster features an ultra hard ceramic bezel, with scaling and numbers made of an alloy called Liquidmetal® (Apple has the exclusive right to use this technology in consumer electronics, and the Swatch Group has the exclusive right to use the technology in watches). Last year Omega became the first watchmaker ever to blend ceramic and Liquidmetal®. According to Omega, the hardness of the materials means that the bezel (generally one of the most vulnerable parts on the exterior of a watch case), will maintain its appearance indefinitely. 

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Harry Winston Project Z6 Black Edition Alarm - Baselworld 2011

This is the new Harry Winston Project Z6 Black Edition Alarm. I had a chance to preview and photograph last week during Baselworld. Harry Winston is not planning to officially unveil this timepiece until later this summer, however, I have been given permission to publish it.

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Baselworld Images and Video

The images (shown above) were taken at Baselworld 2011 during "press day." The HD video (shown below) was shot during Baselworld 2010. Please check back later this week for all the latest Basel watch announcements, images, videos and more. And be sure to follow us on Facebook for even more up-to-date content from the world's largest watch and jewelry trade show - Baselworld.

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2011 Rolex Explorer II Unveiled at Baselworld

One of the most talked about pieces at this year's Baselworld show, has been the new orange handed Rolex Explorer II. Anything Rolex is always going to get tons of hype and media attention, and this is no different. What is different, is that this Explorer is 2 mm larger in diameter than it's predecessor (at 42 mm). It also has a totally new in-house Rolex movement, the caliber 3187, which features Paraflex shock absorbers and a blue Parachrom hairspring (both features are upgrades to the previous Explorer II).

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Baselworld 2011: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Today, is press day at Baselworld, and although some brands do not begin exhibiting their novelties until the official opening day, which is tomorrow, March 24, 2011 – most brands do begin revealing their novelties a day early. Patek Philippe, for example, just unveiled a beautiful 41 mm perpetual calendar chronograph timepiece.

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Baselworld 2011 Coverage Begins March 23rd

I'll be arriving in Basel, Switzerland the morning of March 23rd to attend the Baselworld Watch & Jewelry show. March 23rd is Press day, followed by Opening day March 24th and Closing day March 31. With 525,000 square feet of exhibition space, and 100,000 visitors every year, Baselworld is the world's largest watch and jewelry trade show. Retailers, international press and visitors from around the world come to see the latest offerings from brands such as: Breitling, Omega, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Breguet and many more.

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Feature: Casio Pathfinder at top of Loveland Pass

I recently had a chance to test out the newest Casio Pathfinder, which is one of the most popular rugged multi-function outdoor/sports quartz timepieces on the market. It features many useful functions, such as a digital compass, altimeter, thermometer, barometer. The analog/digital display is powered by a solar powered quartz movement. Plus, it has a 6-Band Atomic timekeeping, which automatically sets itself using the nearest atomic clock (needs to be within 1,800 miles of 1 of the world's 6 atomic clocks).

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The Tissot Couturier Michael Owen Limited Edition

Tissot just released this preview of a new special edition of the Tissot Couturier GMT Michael Owen. Its design integrates black, white and red, the home and away colours of Michael Owen's soccer team (the Manchester United Football Club) and will be made in a quantity of 4,999 pieces worldwide. It also features Michael Owens lucky number seven, framing his signature on the case back.

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Basel 2011: Tissot T-Touch Racing

This is the new Tissot Racing-Touch which will be unveiled next week at Baselworld 2011. Like all "T-Touch" watches, the Racing-Touch allows the wearer to control multiple functions via the tactile scratch-resistant sapphire crystal touchscreen. Just press the "T" button at 3 o'clock to activate the touch mode and then press the crystal above the corresponding function that you would like to utilize (11 functions available). Some of the functions include: a chronograph, lap timer, compass, tide indicator, timer and alarm.

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Baselworld 2011 Technomarine UF6 Magnum Small Second

Swiss watchmaker Technomarine has been redesigning their entire collection over the past few years, and the UF6 Magnum Small Second, is maybe their best looking new timepiece yet. It features a Swiss made Rhonda 7004B quartz and displays hours, minutes and small seconds. The 316L stainless steel case is 45 mm in diameter and features a black PVD treatment. It features black resin inserts on the sides and bezel. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating to reduce glare. Water-resistance is 200 meters (660ft). The strap is black silicone with a stainless steel buckle.

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