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December 2013

Retrospective: Top Ten Posts for 2013

2013 has been another amazing year for the watch industry, with huge growth for many watch groups and brands. But were there any good watches released?

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IWC Aquatimers coming at SIHH 2014

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 IWC will launch an entirely redesigned lineup of Aquatimers next month at SIHH 2014. There will be more models with in-house movements, as well as more complicated models, such as a Perpetual Calendar with Digital Date-Month (in a 49 mm case). There is a also a limited edition diver called the Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin (in a bronze case). The deep diver in the collection, the Aquatimer 2000, is capable of depths down to 2,000 meters, and comes with an in-house caliber 80110 which utilizes the same gear train as a Valjoux 7750.

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Omega Timekeeping at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup

Earlier this month, as a guest of Omega, we attended the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup, which Omega sponsors and provides the official timekeeping for. The FIBT World Championships (FIBT - Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing) which includes bobsleigh and skeleton racing events, has taken place on an annual basis in non-Winter Olympic years since 1931.

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Gift Guide: 15 Timepieces with In-House Calibers

This gift guide consists of a curated selection of 15 timepieces with in-house “manufacture” movements.

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Tissot Seastar Navigator Chronograph

Finding a vintage mechanical watch in a case that measures 38 mm or above (pretty much the starting size for a men’s modern wristwatch), is not an easy task. As you may already know, in the 1950s, 60s and 70s - men’s wristwatches were much smaller, and so finding a larger modern sized watch from that era — can be quite difficult. Especially if you want one in good working condition. Today, we found just that: a 1970s Tissot Seastar Navigator Chronograph in a 40 mm stainless steel cushion case, and in good condition. It has a silver dial, with orange and red chronograph hands. Light blue paint marks the first 5-minutes of the 30-minute chrono counter further enhancing this cool and very colorful dial. A square aperture at 6 o’clock displays the date. Inside is a manually wound Valjoux

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Breguet Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 in Platinum

Originally introduced at Baselworld 2013 in rose gold, the Breguet Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 will be unveiled at Baselworld 2014 in platinum. The Tourbillon Extra-Thin automatic features an off-center tourbillon with a carriage in titanium. The movement, caliber 581DR, uses a silicon balance spring and an escapement made of silicon and anti-magnetic steel. Thanks to a high energy barrel the maximum power reserve is an impressive 90-hours. The movement is just under 3 mm thick, allowing for a case that is just 7 mm thick. Read more HERE.

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REVIEW: Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture Worldtimer

Jason Pitsch

Introduction Frédérique Constant, which was founded by Peter and Aletta Stas in 1988, is a relative newcomer in the watch world, where it is not uncommon for a brand to be over 100 years old. But make no mistake, with 13 in-house calibers currently in production, and more coming, Frédérique Constant is as serious as any watch brand out there. At their manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, which is just outside Geneva, they currently produce almost 130,000 Frederique Constant pieces per year, along with close to 10,000 pieces for their sports watch brand Alpina. “On top of the well executed movement sits the other star of the show, the worldtime dial.” The Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture Worldtimer is a timepiece that has been designed and produced in-house and offers an incredible value when you compare it to what is available on the

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Introducing the Longines Heritage 1973

Longines just announced an all new retro style chronograph is a cool cushion-shaped case. The Longines Heritage 1973 case is stainless steel and measures 40 mm in diameter, with a choice of a silvered or black dial.

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Calibre de Cartier Diver watch in steel

SIHH 2014 - Calibre de Cartier Diver The Calibre de Cartier Diver is the first dive watch from Cartier. And while this may not be the type of watch that comes to mind, when you think of a Cartier — this is in fact a real dive watch that meets all ISO 6425 dive watch requirements. Meaning, it is water-resistant to at least 330 feet, as well as having a time controller, and comply with the standards for: readability, luminostiy, shock resistance, anti-magnetism and band solidity.

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NOMOS Glashutte Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue

Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashutte, recently announced a special edition of their popular Zürich Weltzeit world timer for prestigious retailer Wempe, who has as store in New York on 5th Avenue as well as locations around the world. This 100 piece special edition has an inscription of “New York” on the dial and “5th Avenue” on the city disc in place of the typical New York indication.

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