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November 2011

SIHH 2012: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Retrograde Annual Calendar

At SIHH 2012, which begins January 16th, Parmigiani Fleurier will unveil their first annual calendar. The Fleurier manufacture developed this new complication based on their PF 331 automatic caliber, with the addition of a new module, creating the PF 339 Annual Calendar caliber. An annual calendar automatically adjusts for the variation in the number of days each month, as opposed to having to manually adjust like on most timepieces. It does, however, need to be manually adjusted once each year (for the month of February in non-leap years). In a leap year, which coincidentally is coming up in 2012, the date will display February 29 and will automatically move to March 1 the following day.

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Exclusive: Skywatch Chronograph

This is the Skywatch Chronograph, a good looking Swiss quartz chrono, for under four hundred bucks. Skywatch offers their chronograph in one size, 44 mm, made for both men and women. They also offer a 3-hand timepiece, in two sizes, 38 mm and 44 mm.

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Vangarde Tempo Théorie Skeleton w/Off-Center hands

This is the Vangarde Tempo Théorie, a new limited edition timepiece with a Swiss made 7750 based skeleton movement. Perhaps the coolest elements of this timepiece, aside from the openworked movement, are the hands. Machined from solid alloy in aluminum, magnesium and silicon (and featuring Superluminova inserts), the hands are skeletonized and uniquely shaped. They are off-center mounted, resulting in a very distinct way of telling the time (you have to watch the video to fully understand). "The hour and minute hands are opposed, overlap, intersect, are juxtaposed, while the counter hands complete this design even more complex kinetic whole. All these combinations are an architectural structure similar to a polymorphic array in motion, moved by the mechanical energy of a spring. The visual is confusing and encourages curiosity, while remaining perfectly legible."

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Grande Reverso 976 Guillermo Ceniceros Special Edition

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre invited renowned Mexican painter, muralist, and engraver Guillermo Ceniceros to create personalized editions of the Reverso. The result of this collaboration is the Grande Reverso 976 Guillermo Ceniceros Special Edition. Two editions were created, stainless steel and rose gold, both with original art work engraved on their respective case backs.

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De Bethune DB28 wins Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

Yesterday, at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, De Bethune's DB28 was awarded the top prize, the "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix. De Bethune was founded by David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet in 2002. "The pure contemporary aesthetic of De Bethune mechanical timepieces combines cutting-edge technological innovations with the horological know-how of the Manufacture which is inspired and nurtured by several centuries of history." The DB28 features a large dial opening that allows a view into the heart of the movement as it oscillates. A platinum and blued-steel 3D moon phase rotates on its own axis at 6 o'clock. Functions include hours, minutes, moon phases, a power reserve indicator and a performance indicator. The manufacture movement, caliber DB 2115, is a mechanical hand-wound movement with 276 components. Hand decorated with circular-grained, snailed, chamfered and polished steel parts, Côtes De Bethune, self-regulating twin

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Aquadive Vintage NOS Diver

Aquadive has recently assembled a collection of very cool classic 60s vintage diver watches. The Aquadive Vintage NOS Diver is limited edition, with new old stock cases, heslite domed crystals and a classic aluminum bezel inserts. "The cases were found fully assembled with a heslite domed crystal in the old Aquadive inventory." When Aquadive assembled these NOS divers, they used new gaskets, new modern self-winding ETA movements and new Aquadive dial with applied superluminova markers.

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Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia III Handaufzug

The new Teutonia III Handaufzug features the first hand-wound movement from German watchmaker Mühle-Glashütte. The classically styled grooved bezel, Breguet-shape hands, minute track and Arabic numerals are reminiscent of traditional Glashütte pocket watches. And the purist dial and case with its volute-shaped lugs are genuine Teutonia.

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Rolex Daytona Paul Newman with rare champagne dial crushes estimates at auction

This rare Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Chronograph with champagne dial crushed the estimates at the Christie's November 14, 2011, Geneva watch auction. It was expected to bring between ($88,641-$132,962) but ended up bringing in $182,822. This Rolex Daytona Paul Newman (ref. 6264/6241 | case no. 2'357'421) was manufactured in 1970. It is powered by Cal. 727, a 17 jewel nickel-finished lever movement. The 18k gold case is 37 mm in diameter. Champagne dial, applied gold square numerals, black chapter ring, luminous accents, and hands, the outer gilt fifth of second divisions, engine -turned black subdials for small seconds, 30-minute chronograph counter and 12-hour chronograph counter. Black bezel, screw back, screw down crown and brown alligator strap with gilt Rolex buckle. According to the Christie's catalog, "Reference 6264 with the champagne-coloured "Paul Newman," dial takes a prominent position in the family

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Rolex Chronograph worn in James Bond "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

This is a 1960s stainless steel "Pre-Daytona"Rolex Chronograph (ref. 6238) that was worn by George Lazenby in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It features 35 mm diameter case, a brushed silvered dial with applied baton indexes and luminous steel hands.

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph and new Geneva Seal requirements

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Geneva Seal, Roger Dubuis presents the limited edition Excalibur Flying Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph.This timepiece will be the first Roger Dubuis timepiece to meet the recently unveiled changes to the Geneva Seal requirements.

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