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February 2017

Jason Pitsch

Pre-Baselworld: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity

Jason Pitsch

Schaffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, will introduce incredibly minimalistic perpetual calendar timepiece at Baselworld next month. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity comes in a 42 mm x 11.9 mm white gold case and is powered by caliber HMC 800. The manually wound movement measures 34.0 mm x 6.3 mm, beats 2.5Hz (18,000 vph), has 32 jewels, and a power reserve of 7 days (double barrels). Highlighted by a beautiful midnight-blue fumé dial with sunburst pattern, and protected by a curved sapphire crystal, the face of the watch is marked with just two double indexes, at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The look is very elegant, however, reading the time via the central hour and minute hands, and the perpetual calendar month, via an ultra-compact central hand, will be difficult for sure. The date is displayed in an oversized aperture

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Seiko Chariot "Steve Jobs" Re-Edition

Jason Pitsch

Seiko has announced that they are making a special re-edition of the 1984 Chariot timepiece that was famously worn by late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, in an iconic black-and-white portrait (taken by Norma Seeff) where he posed with the first generation of Macintosh, which made the cover of Time magazine. The original Seiko Chariot that Jobs wore was 33 mm, with a quartz movement and white dial and was sold at auction in February 2016 for $42,500. Seiko is making 1982 limited numbered editions in both the original 33 mm size with white dial, and a more modern 37.5 mm white dial version. These are just for the Japanese market. There will be a second model with a black dial, also available in 33 mm and 37.5 mm variants, limited to 300 pieces made exclusively for Japanese retailer Nano Universe.

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Instagram Watch Highlights #2

Deep ⚫️ #watch #watches #timepiece #horology #omega #seamaster #planetocean #deepblack #ceramic #coaxial #masterchronometer #caliber8906 #gmt #antimagnetic #heliumescapevalve #600m #loupesystem A post shared by WWKOO (@wwkoo) on Feb 22, 2017 at 7:36pm PST Rainy #MacroMonday here in Texas… ☔️ Rolex GMT Master 16750 ain't scared to get wet 😜 ——————————————————- #rolexwatch #rolexaholics #vintagerolex #rolex #gmt #gmtmaster #vintage #patina #watcheswithpatina #fadedbezel #wet #rain #macro #watchesofinstagram #instawatch #instalike #instagood #dailywatch #instadaily #watchmania #watchporn #wristporn #watchanish #hodinkee #swisswatches #womw #watchphotography #macrophotography A post shared by BZ (@bzabodyn214) on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:40am PST Saturday with IWC Pilot Double Chronograph " Edition St Exupéry " , Love❤ this dial 🍫 #b_original #pilotwatch #watchporn #watchlover #doublechronograph #iwcwatches #instawatches #santoni #luxurylifestyle #dailywatch #hodinkee #wristi #iwcshaffhausen #iwcgirl #watchoftheday #picoftheday #gqbrasil #style #timepiece #pilotwatch #watchporn #reloj #watchesofinstagram #stexupery A post shared by IWC GIRL (@iwcgirl) on Feb

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Rolex "Celebrating Cinema"

Tonight during the 89th Academy Awards show, Rolex ran a 60-second commercial celebrating some of the most notable films, actors, and the Rolexes they wore. The film showed living actors such as Harrison Ford and Nick Nolte, as well as past legends such as Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, and Bill Paxton. As of 2017, Rolex officially supports the Academy Awards, even though as you can see, they have been a favorite of Oscar-winning celebrities for decades.

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The History of the Breguet Type XX

Jason Pitsch

Overview Wristwatches have a rich history in aviation, and by the time World War II started (1939), soldiers and aviators used wristwatches – more than pocket watches – to calculate everything from flight time to artillery distances to longitude to troop movements. B-uhr, Navitimer & GMT Master In (1941), Lange & Sohne, who was the primary supplier of wristwatches to German combat pilots, could not deliver enough watches to fill the demand. So, the German government demanded five manufacturers to build B-uhr (“Beobachtungs-uhr” or “Pilot”) watches which were anti-magnetic, highly legible, and able to be chronometer certified. The five companies who produced the original pilot watches are IWC, Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe, and Stowa. 1911 Breguet biplane aeroplane Type R.U1 No.40. located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris Over a decade later, Breitling launched the Navitimer in

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Pre-Baselworld: TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43 mm

TAG Heuer debuted the Heuer-01 Carrera Skeleton Chronograph in a 45 mm diameter case in 2015, followed by a tourbillon model at Baselworld 2016, and most recently a matte black ceramic model. Today, they a slightly smaller 43 mm diameter version of the Heuer-01 Skeleton Chronograph – to be launched at Baselworld 2017 – in intense black, deep navy blue, and cognac brown, with either a matching rubber/alligator strap or steel bracelet. Like the 45 mm version, the watch features a skeleton dial, in-house automatic chronograph movement, and a price tag under $5000.

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Pre-Baselworld: Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

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At Baselworld 2017, which takes place next month, Zenith will debut a new version of their Heritage Pilot Chronograph. We covered the launch of the Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer last year, and this is fundamentally the same watch but in a bronze case instead of stainless steel. The Pilot Extra Special Chronograph bronze-alloy case measures 45 mm x 14.25 mm, with a domed sapphire crystal, oversized onion-shaped ridged screwed-down crown, with flat ridged pushers, both designed to be used while wearing gloves. The solid caseback is titanium (which is hypo-allergenic), with an engraved Zenith flying instruments logo. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The dial has a frosted gray finish with two snailed counters and large gold-plated, facetted, luminous coated hands. Right below the Zenith logo “MONTRE D’AERONEF,” which was not on last year’s version. Naturally, the watch is powered by the

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Instagram Watch Highlights #1

Heuer Carrera ref 2447 nst … A post shared by [email protected] (@patricepi) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:18am PST #StrapSaturday with part of the family 👪👫. When 4 divers meet an old chronograph and they are all happy, building bridges & increasing alliances 🌉😘 Can you name them all? A post shared by Pedro Aguiar (@paguiarneto) on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:12am PST #lacowatches #lacoflieger #flieger A post shared by Drew (@_aboen) on Feb 17, 2017 at 12:38pm PST The 2016 Rolex Daytona 🔥 Photo by @rolex.brasil A post shared by Daily Watch ⌚️ (@dailywatch) on Feb 18, 2017 at 9:48pm PST #audemarspiguet concept #tourbillon A post shared by [email protected] (@watchpics) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:02pm PST New limited edition of 1500 watches IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sports edition released at #sihh2017 reserve yours before they're sold

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Moritz Grossman Atum Enamel

Jason Pitsch

This month Glashutte based watchmaker Moritz Grossman announced a new time only limited edition watch that features a unique movement that has some of the brand’s proprietary technology inside and is finished to perfection, as well as a beautiful enamel dial. On the front, the two-part fire baked white enamel dial of the Atum Enamel has the scales and numerals printed in black, with the exception of the Roman numeral XII which is printed in royal blue to match the strap, and distinctive Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands (like you see from Laurent Ferrier) that are manually crafted from steel, and then annealed to a brown-violet hue. Driving the three-hands, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is a manually wound movement with the brand’s signature Grossmann winder with a pusher that allows the movement to be wound by pushing a

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Pre-Baselworld: BR03-92 Horograph and Horolum

Jason Pitsch

Bell & Ross has made a name for themselves not by selling watchmaking expertise, or a historic brand name, or innovating in any way. They don’t even come up with compelling names for their different models. The Horograph and Horolum names, for example, according to Bell & Ross, were derived from the common root “Horo”, from the Latin “Hora” (hour), followed by “Graph” (graphics) or “Lum”, from the Latin “Lumen” (light). Who the hell came up with these names? One is said to be based on airport terminal clocks, and the other on runaways. And you can see the airport terminal clock aesthetic in the design of the so-called “Horograph,” but I fail to see how the luminous material on the “Horolum” is related to the runway at an airport, at least without laughing. My point is basically when you

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