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June 2012

Valbray Oculus V.01 Chrono Argentique

The Valbray V.01 is a double-display timepiece, with a diaphragm mechanism fitted on a rotating bezel. This innovation allows the wearer, by manually rotating the bezel, to easily switch between a basic 3-hand watch and a more complicated chronograph. The main innovation is the "rotator," which is a 16-blade (diaphragm) that opens and closes on the dial by turning the bezel clockwise or counter-clock wise. The "rotator" uses ceramic ball bearings that do not require lubrication and with arms that allow radial shock absorption.

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Hands-On With Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Mechanical

Introducing the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Mechanical. Unveiled earlier this year at Baselworld 2012, the Infantry Mechanical is presented in a 40 mm x 10 mm fully polished stainless steel military inspired case.

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Video: 4N Contemporary High Watchmaking

The watch 4N-MVT01 is an exceptional mechanical watch with digital jumping hour and minute display. The digital disc display changes every minute and hour. This is the first timepiece from the 4N brand; it was made in conjunction with manufacture Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi. The movement runs at 21,000 vph (3Hz), 520 components, 87 rubies, 237-hour power reserve with a double barrel movement with simultaneous transmission stop-work. All parts are hand decorated. Breguet spring with screw balance. Case dimensions are 52.0 x 36.0 mm, and 16 mm thick.

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Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Revealed

At Baselworld 2012, Maîtres du Temps introduced their first round timepiece - the Chapter Three Reveal. As with all Maîtres du Temps (Master of Time) timepieces, this creation is the result of the collaboration between some of the industry's best master watchmakers - in this case, Kari Voutilainen and Andreas Strehler.

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Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

There have been a number of skull watches introduced recently. The Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull watch, introduced at SIHH 2012, is the most complicated to date. The four bridges that connect the movement to the case, and act as the dial, are arranged in a "skull-and-crossbones" pattern inspired by flags from pirate ships. The upper and lower "jaws" hold the ruby of the tourbillon cage, and the back of the skull is also the movement's center bridge. Functions includes hours minutes and tourbillon seconds. Skeletonized hour and minute hands. Luminous treatment on hour hand, minute hand and indexes.

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Edifice Black Label Atomic Solar Chronograph EQW-T720DC

This is the new Edifice Black Label Multi-Band Atomic Solar timepiece. Available in a 45 mm by 14 mm black IP plated stainless steel case. Japanese solar powered quartz movement with 6-band atomic timekeeping (auto calibration up to 6 times per day, +/- 15 seconds per month accuracy without signal calibration). Black/grey dial with luminous hands and markers. Mineral crystal, solid case back. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, auto-calendar, 12/24 display, 29 city + UTC world time, 1/100th second stopwatch, alarm, 60-minute countdown timer and battery level indicator. Screw-in Black IP stainless steel bracelet with "Edifice" engraved folding clasp. Water-resistance is 100 meters.

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The Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Introducing the Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture, presented in a 44 mm diameter brushed and polished stainless steel case, and powered by an in-house made automatic movement. The Worldtimer Manufacture features the brand's new AL-718 caliber. It features 26 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and a 42-hour power reserve. The dial is black and white with a city disc that displays 24 cities. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date (subdial at 6 o'clock), day night indicator disc and 24 city worldtimer. Convex sapphire crystal. Black dial with luminous indexes and numerals white luminous hands. See-through case back allows a view into the movement which has perlage & circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement and a PVD Black coated Alpina rotor.

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Elvis Presely's Omega Sells for 5X Estimate

At the Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction on June 12, 2012 - an Omega Constellation owned by Elvis Presely - lot 192 - sold for a record breaking $52,500. That is five times the pre-sale estimate. It is rare that a piece sells for such a significant amount above the estimate, but considering how famous the original owner is, it makes sense.

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Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture

Frederique Constant recently announced the Classics Manufacture, with an in-house equipped Frederique Constant caliber FC-710 automatic movement. The case is 42 mm diameter and is in polished stainless steel (also available in rose gold plated case) with a sapphire crystal and clear case back which allows a nice view of the manufacture movement. The movement features perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration, 26 jewels and frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and a power reserve of 42-hours. The dial is silver with a central "guilloché" decoration and polished black oxidized hands. Functions include hours, minutes, central seconds and a date subdial at 6 o'clock. Large onion shaped crown. Black crococalf strap with water-resistant lining and stainless steel folding buckle. Water-resistance is 50 meters. This truly is a phenomenal value when you consider the beautiful fit and finish and the fact

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Introducing The Experiment ZR012 By C3H5N3O9

Introducing the Experiment ZR012 by C3H5N3O9, with a Wankel rotary engine inspired design. A rotary engine runs smoother than a typical piston engine, with a linear power delivery similar to an electric motor. In the RX-8 for example, the motor can rev to a ridiculously high 8,500+ rpms, without damaging the engine. The trade off for the refined, high-revving smoothness of rotary car engine - is that it does consume a significant amount of oil in comparison to a traditional car engine. It would be interesting to know if the ZR012 movement runs any smoother, requires extra lubricant and if it has a more consistent power delivery than a typical high-end Swiss mechanical movement - or is the rotary inspiration mostly aesthetic?

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