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September 2013

Blacked Out Rolex Daytona Created For Henry Singer

Bamford Watch Department created a custom Rolex Daytona for Canadian menswear store Henry Singer to celebrate their 75th anniversary. The Daytona features a black PVD coating, along with a special grey dial, a red tipped second hand and the number ‘75’ on the bezel is in red which represents the Henry Singer store’s 75th year of operation.

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Antiquorum Auction New York - September 18th

We previewed the 459 lots that will be auctioned at Antiquorum New York this Wednesday (September 18th, 2013). Of the hundreds of timepieces for sale, our three most wanted are the: AP Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin, Patek Philippe Platinum Perpetual Calendar and Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox in Steel. Click below for a wristshot and description for each piece. Lot 290 Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref. 875 Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref. E 875 Memovox Steel. There are many vintage Memovoxs on the market, however, this is arguably one of the better looking versions — and it’s in steel. It measures 37 mm x 13 mm, which was big for 1980 but perfect nowadays. It is rated in “Very Good” condition and is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Lot 446 Patek Philippe Platinum Perpetual Calendar Ref. 3940P. This platinum Patek Perpetual Calendar was originally sold in 2005. The 3940P comes with

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Hublot Presents Nas With Custom Timepiece

This past week, at a private dinner party hosted by Hennessy, Hublot presented Nasir Jones (aka Nas) with this custom Fusion Ultra-Thin King Gold timepiece. Nas, is an American actor and rapper who has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994 and sold over 25 million record worldwide, was celebrating his 40th birthday and so the caseback is engraved with the words “Happy 40th Nas.”

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EDITORIAL: Smart Watches vs. Analog Watches

Smartwatches work with our beloved Smartphones, they can alert you to new: emails, texts, voicemails and missed calls — without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket. In theory, they allow you to check your alerts easier, for example, while in your car, while walking, in the middle of a meeting and so on. However, realistically, do you really need to see your that you have new emails on your wrist as you walk down the street? Isn’t a vibration in your pocket, or an audible chirp from your phone enough? Moreover, can’t you just pull out your phone and read the entire email?

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Omega Ref. 2603-1 With Honeycomb Dial

We found an interesting Omega Ref. 2603-1 dress watch that is scheduled to be sold at the September 18th New York Antiquorum auction. Despite being made in the 1940s, it comes in a modern sized 38 mm diameter (10 mm thick) polished yellow gold-plated steel case. The most notable feature is the beautiful ivory colored honeycomb dial with applied yellow gold baton and dart indexes. Yellow gold feuille style hands display the hour and minutes. Subsidiary seconds are displayed at 6 o’clock.

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Nadal Wins US Open Wearing Richard Mille Tourbillon

Rafael Nadal, the #2 ranked tennis player in the world, beat #1 ranked rival Novak Djokovic in 4 sets during the finals of the US Open yesterday. As you likely already know if you read this site, Nadal is an ambassador for Richard Mille watches. He is seen wearing his ultra-light Richard Mille RM 27-1 Tourbillon (a new version of the RM 27) in the photo above. This high-tech watch is specially made so Nadal can wear it while he plays, in fact, he wears it during all his tennis matches. You too can wear one, although the availability is very limited — and the cost is over half a million dollars. Photo: Image by Getty Images

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Get Strapped, Buying Watch Straps Online

Do you need a replacement strap for your wristwatch? Or do you want to give your watch an entirely new look? Watch manufacturers make very good OEM watch straps, and in some cases they even outsource the job to leather experts such as Santoni (IWC), Fagliano (Jaeger-LeCoultre) and Hermes (Hermes, Parmigiani Fleurier) — to offer customers more options. However, if the manufacturer doesn’t have the look you are going for, or if you want something more affordable — we highly recommend buying online. A number of new stores have popped up online in recent years, making it easier than ever to get the perfect strap, without having to go to a brick and mortar store.

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Hands-On Video With HYT H2

Originally introduced at Baselworld 2012 in prototype form, this is the first production-ready HYT H2 timepiece. As a recap, the center hand indicates minutes (it jumps over the 6 o’clock hour marker in one motion every 30-minutes). Hours are indicated by a retrograde display that consists of neon-yellow fluorescent fluid that moves within the tube around the edge of the dial. The two bellows (pumps), which are visible on the lower half of the dial, pump the fluid through the hour tube. These bellows are now mounted at a 45-degree angle (as opposed to 90 degrees on the H1). The balance wheel is mounted on a bridge, visible at 12 o’clock. An operating indicator, located on the dial at 3 o’clock, shows which mode the crown is in H-time setting, N-Neutral, R-Winding. In between 9 and 10 o’clock is a

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Introducing The MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2

Today MB&F launched their second Legacy Machine. Like the Legacy Machine No. 1, the No. 2 comes in a classic round shaped case, as opposed to the brand’s Horological Machines which come in a variety of non-round cases, such as the Thunderbolt which is shaped like an airplane. The Legacy Machine No. 2 has two fully independent escapements, with two flying balance wheels floating above the dial. A planetary differential transmits the average rates of those balance wheels to a single gear train. “To produce Episode II of the Legacy series, we have teamed up once again with two of the most talented watchmakers alive: Jean-Fran├žois Mojon and his team at Chronode, and the inimitable Kari Voutilainen.” The Legacy Machine No. 2 is available in 18k red or white gold, and a limited edition of 18 pieces in platinum 950

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