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Gift Guide: 15 Timepieces with In-House Calibers

December 28, 2013

This is the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227. It features a solid “officer” case back, with a clear case back under that. It is shown in white gold, but available in rose and yellow gold as well. It powered by PP self-winding manufacture caliber 324 SC. ($37,300) Learn More


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This is the Zenith El Primero 36000 VPH Chronograph with a silver dial and tri-colored subsidiary dials. It is shown in a 42 mm case, however it also comes in a 38 mm case. It is powered by the famous El Primero movement, caliber 400/400b. ($8,300)


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The Rolex GMT Master II with black and blue ceramic bezel is arguably the coolest introduction from Rolex in a longtime. It comes in the brand’s 40 mm 904L steel case oyster case, and has a two color Cerachrom bezel that indicates if it day or night. It is powered by self-winding in-house caliber 3186, and is a certified chronometer. ($8,500)


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The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin has classic German style, yet with only hour and minutes it is a departure from the typical complicated pieces the Glashutte based brand is known for. Still, it has an immaculately finished nickel silver three-quarter plate hand wound caliber inside, finished to the typical Lange standards. ($25,100) Learn More


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The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 is the brand’s best selling watch. It is a basic ultra-thin dress watch, but the fact that the movement is so thin, so well decorated and has an unobstructed view thanks to the its micro-rotor, adds complication in itself. The movement, caliber PF 701, is made completely in-house. ($16,900) Learn More


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The Armin Strom Manual Earth has skeletonized dial that shows off the back side of one of the nicest looking manual movements we have seen for under twenty grand. From the expert finishing, ruthenium coated plates and bridges, to the signature hand engraved artwork — Armin Strom in-house movements are all about the details. ($10,500) Learn More


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Chopard LUC is the high end division of Chopard that features all in-house movements. This is a basic hour, minute and small seconds model, but the workmanship, is anything but basic. Everything from the case, the dial, to the movement finishing — is first rate. ($16,780) Learn More


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Breitling B01 Chronomat features Breilting’s modern pilot case design, with pilot bracelet, and full polished finish. The design has been around for quite some time now. However, this is modernized version of the original which was originally powered by an ETA movement. It is now powered by the brand’s own B01 chrono caliber. ($8,300) Learn More


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The Breguet Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Ref. 5377 features the brand’s signature guilloche-work dial, a frosted Breguet chapter ring and a tourbillon, all in a 7 mm thick case. It is powered by a new in-house movement measuring a mere 2.97 mm thick — caliber 581DR. ($149,000) Learn More


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The Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is one of Omega’s hottest new introduction for 2013. It features a proprietary monobloc black ceramic case, pushers, crown — even the dial is ceramic. And inside, is Omega in-house Co-Axial caliber 9300. ($12,000) Learn More


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NOMOS Glashutte makes accessibly priced German manufacture timepieces and the Zürich Weltzeit is one of the most innovative watches in their collection. It features a unique pusher activated world time function powered by in-house caliber Xi. ($5,760) Learn More


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The Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture Worldtimer Limited Edition is one of the most affordable Swiss mechanical world timers on the market. It has an intricate silvered dial with an embossed world map. It is powered by the brand’s own movement, caliber FC-718. ($3,800) Learn More


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This is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, presented in a 41 mm steel case. It is powered by AP caliber 3120 which is immaculately finished, and has a solid rose gold rotor, all visible through a clear case back. It is also available in a 37 mm diameter case. ($16,700) Learn More


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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chrono is a classically style sports watch in a modern sized case. Uniquely, it features both chronograph and dive capabilities, and is a true ISO 6425 certified timepiece. It is powered by manufacture caliber 758 which features 340 parts with a vertical clutch and column wheel. ($11,300) Lear More


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This is the Glashutte Original Senator Sixties in Blue. It comes in a sleek 39 by 9.4 mm polished stainless steel case with a nicely domed crystal. It is powered by German made in-house automatic caliber 39-52. ($9,200) Learn More

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