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December 2017

Professional Watches #BestNine 2017

Pictured (top) is our most liked Instagram post of the year. It’s a Breguet tourbillon and pen photographed handheld in the Zurich Breguet boutique December 2016 and shared on June 26th, 2017 (which is tourbillon day - the day Abraham-Louis Breguet created the tourbillon - June 26th, 1801). Please check us out on Instagram.

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Looking Back at 2017, And Forward to 2018

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With 2017 coming to a close at midnight Sunday, we’ve prepared a list of some of our favorite posts from 2017. Looking back is, of course, important, and many of our old articles, even those that are many years old, still continue to be viewed. This is one reason that while social media has become complementary to our website, it will likely never replace it. Once an Instagram post fades away over the weeks and months, often times that is when a website article just starts being discovered. With this in mind, we look forward to the future, to 2018 and beyond. REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Moon The History of the Breguet Type XX Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Heritage 146 Hands-On Baselworld 2017:

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Armin Strom X Kari Voutilainen Mirrored Force Resonance

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Armin Strom has added a new customization option to their Mirrored Force Resonance watch: guilloché dials made by none other than master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen. Available in multiple colors (blue, black, anthracite, red or bicolor), and in several different pattern options (sun-ray, concentric waves or barleycorn), each piece will have the unmistakable look of a Voutilainen combined with the high-tech resonance system. Each dial is manufactured in Voutilainen’s Môtiers-based workshop, on vintage engine-turning lathes, which are operated by hand. The intricate patterns, obtained by chiseling a smooth metallic plate with extreme precision and care, are true pieces of art, reflective of the craftsmen’s skills and virtuosity. The retail price is CHF 59,000 (CHF 5,000 more than the standard steel Mirrored Force Resonance). Learn more at Armin Strom.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones expensive but they are also one of the most comfortable and best-performing pairs of wireless headphones on the market. $349 The Watch Roll by Discommon is crafted from a unique mixture of textile and leather and has superior protection for your watches so they don’t get scratched or damaged while travelling. $310 The Tambour All Black Table Clock GMT is pricey but its Louis Vuitton and has two time zones. $1180 Glenkichie Distillers Edition is an excellent whisky that is reminiscent of Yamazaki but without as high of a price. $70 Amazon Prime is a great gift that includes expedited shipping on many items from Amazon, plus access to free streaming music, and a huge network of television shows and movies. $99 The Bergeon 8111 is virtually the same as the legendary 6111

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Piaget Altiplano 910P

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The Altiplano Ultimate 910P, which Piaget previewed this week ahead of SIHH 2018, is now the world’s thinnest automatic at a svelte 4.30 mm. Other notable record-breaking thin watches are the Piaget Altiplano 900P which is the thinnest mechanical watch at 3.65 mm, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 which has the thinnest mechanical movement at 1.64 mm, and the Bulgari Otto Finissimo which is the thinnest automatic watch with a traditional movement and case configuration at 5.15 mm. The thing is, the Piaget 910P does not have a traditional movement and case. Like the watch it’s based on, the 900P, the movement, and the case are one. And is this instance Piaget has increased the case size from 38 mm to 41 mm, to allow for a 22K peripheral rotor to oscillate discreetly around the edge of the case,

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Tonda 1950 Galaxy

Aventurine glass, also known as goldstone or sandstone contains tiny crystals of metallic copper that give it a shimmering effect like gold. The dial of the Tonda 1950 Galaxy, is made of the sparkly material, surrounded by a bezel embedded with 84 diamonds (0.6460 carats), and presented in a fully polished 18K rose gold case and bracelet. This is all finished off with a milky white opal on the end of the 4.3 mm crown. The dial has 18K rose gold applied indices and Delta-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands with a luminescent treatment. This feminine watch measures 39 mm x 8.4 mm and is powered by automatic caliber PF702 which runs at 3Hz, has 160 components, 29 jewels, and a 48-hour power reserve. The immaculately finished micro-rotor movement features Geneva stripes and beveled edges, all visible through a

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IWC Opens Pilot's Bar "Les Aviateurs" in Geneva

Earlier this month, IWC opened the Les Aviateurs bar next to its newly opened (summer 2017) boutique on Rue du Rhône in Geneva. The decor has been designed to look like what IWC refers to as an “exclusive gentlemen’s club” with the same Pilot theme seen around the world at the Schaffhausen-based watchamker’s boutiques. The bar features IWC Pilot’s watch themed cocktails created by high-end department store Globus that has partnered with IWC for this unique retail/bar concept. “The bar was designed by IWC and gastronomy partner Globus in the hopes that it will become established as a meeting place for style-conscious gourmets from around the world. Characterized by dark wood and leather, the interior is reminiscent of the legendary gentlemen’s clubs from the 1920s and 1930s, where pilots spoke of their experiences in the air. The carefully designed furnishings

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Four "In-House" Chronographs For Around $5K

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The Speedmaster Moonwatch has a hand wound chronograph movement originally derived from a Lemania base. While it lacks automatic winding or Omega’s famous Co-Axial escapement it’s 42 mm case is one of the most iconic, plus it’s rugged, good-looking, and you might enjoy actually winding it. $5,150 Tudor took a unique approach to creating the Black Bay Chronograph; it’s actually based on a Breitling caliber B01 with some basic Tudor changes packaged in a Black Bay case. For the money, there is not much better out there. $4,725 This is a modern TAG Heuer re-issue of a Heuer Autavia with a premium chronograph a column-wheel and vertical clutch chronograph configuration. Looks great with a leather strap and is also available with a beads-of-rice bracelet for $150 extra or the limited edition with a panda dial (pictured top) for $750

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Reverso Duoface Tribute

Next month at SIHH 2018 Jaeger-LeCoultre will officially debut the Reverso Tribute Duoface with a strap made by bootmaker Casa Fagliano. With a strong heritage making polo boots by hand, the Casa Fagliano straps are a perfect match for the Reverso, a timepiece that was created in 1931 to withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. The front of the watch has a slate gray satin-brushed sunray finish dial with hours, minutes, and seconds. On the opposite side is a second time-zone and day/night indicator with a Clous de Paris guilloche pattern on an opaline dial. The Reverso Duoface Tribute comes in a pink gold case and is limited to 100 pieces.

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Vacheron Constantin Complete Calendar in Platinum

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Vacheron Constantin recently announced a limited edition platinum complete calendar watch that will be officially released at SIHH 2018. The Traditionnelle Complete Calendar comes in a round platinum case that measures 41 mm x 10.72 mm and features a sandblasted solid platinum dial punctuated by white gold facetted Dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, and white gold applied baton-shaped hour markers. A railway-type minute track is printed in black on the inner chapter ring for minutes and seconds, with “1-31” printed in blue on the outer chapter ring for the date, indicated with a long crescent-tipped blue center hand. One of the highlights of the gorgeous platinum dial is a moon phase disc that’s also crafted from 950 platinum. Driving the functions is a self-winding caliber 2460 QCL which beats at 4Hz, has 308 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power

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