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February 2018

Jason Pitsch

REVIEW: TAG Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer Limited Edition

Jason Pitsch

Overview Heuer, the company that preceded TAG Heuer, manufactured their first dash counter for racing cars and aircraft in 1933, calling it “Autavia” which is a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion. By 1962, the CEO, Jack Heuer, decided to start making Autavia wristwatches, which like the dash counters were designed for racing. They became so popular they remained in the collection until 1986. Naturally, those Autavias wristwatches and dash clocks, which have achieved vintage status, are all highly collectible now. Fast forward to Baselworld 2017, and TAG Heuer launched a close re-interpretation of the 1966 Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3 Rindt, which was named after famous F1 driver Jochen Rindt. That model comes with a reverse Panda dial (black dial with white counters) and a slightly larger 42 mm case, as opposed to the 39 mm case of the

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Mark XVIII “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Edition

In conjunction with the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, IWC has announced the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.” The watch comes in a 41 mm x 11 mm polished black ceramic case with dark blue sunburst dial and black Alpha-shaped hour and minute hands (with white lume), along with a black red-tipped baton-shaped central seconds hand. A special titanium caseback is engraved with features a Laureus engraving and the individual limited edition number XXXX/1500. Inside is caliber 35111 which is automatic, beats at 4Hz, and has a 42-hour power reserve. The blue dial has become the signature trademark of IWC’s special editions for Laureus. This is the 12th edition. “Like every Laureus special edition, the timepiece features an engraving of the winning entry of the drawing competition that IWC organizes each year within

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Breitling Navitimer 8 Launch

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Last night, at the Duggal Greenhouse, located in the Brooklyn Naval Yard, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Breitling officially unveiled their new Navitimer 8 watch collection to the US market. This launch also served as a de facto introduction of longtime IWC CEO, Georges Kern, to Breitling. Kern took over as the head of Breitling in July 2017, and the Navitimer 8, which so far has received mixed reviews from press and consumers alike, largely due to its departure from the design language Breitling has been known for in recent years, is the first totally new product since his arrival in Grenchen, Switzerland (Breitling’s headquarters). That said, Kern surely knows how to throw a party and make a grand entrance. During the event, which I would estimate had close to 200 guests, Olivia Munn (pictured) and astronauts Scott

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Introducing the Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

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Last night in New York City, Frederique Constant unveiled a timepiece that they dubbed as a “revolution” in the Swiss watch industry. Personally, I think “unprecedented” is a more apt description. Basically, the Swiss-based company has taken one of their signature 42 mm steel cases, with a traditional analog watch dial, and one of their in-house automatic mechanical calibers, and merged it with an electronic assortment that consists of an electronic step motor, printed circuit board, Bluetooth antenna, accelerometer, analytics module, and a 3V rechargeable battery. The result is a mechanical timepiece that has smartwatch type functions such as activity and sleep tracking, which are viewable via a smartphone using the custom-built app. Interestingly, in addition to past traditional watches with smart functions that the company has launched, thanks to the analytics module, the watch can also measure the beat

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TAG Heuer Museum in Motion

Starting earlier this month in Miami, TAG Heuer began the first leg of their “Museum in Motion” tour which will travel to 8 cities with important historical timepieces from the company’s museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and some on loan from collectors’ personal collections. “Key timepieces include an original 1965 Carrera, made specifically for drivers and sports enthusiasts alike and the 1970 Calibre 12 Carrera featuring a bead-of-rice steel bracelet. Other notable pieces include the 1968, 1970 and 1974 Autavia models, the 1968 Camaro, the 1970 and 1975 Monaco, the 1977 Manhattan and the 1974 Calculator, among many more. Special editions include a 1979 Kentucky, which features a horseshoe-shaped case designed as a tribute to the Kentucky Derby, a 1972 Montreal, which was named as a tribute to the Formula 1 Montreal circuit, and a 1968 ‘Easy Rider’ also known

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Construction Underway on 10,000 Year Clock

Conceived in 1989 by Danny Hillis, a polymath inventor, computer engineer, and designer – the idea for the 10,000 year clock was first published in Wired in 1995. At the time, many people thought Hillis’ idea was crazy but more almost three decades later the full-scale 10,000 Year Clock is finally coming to fruition. With the help of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, $42 million has been invested to make the project a reality. Construction of the 10,000 Year Clock is currently underway in a remote West Texas mountain, along with huge clock parts being machined offsite. Getting to the clock requires a lot of effort as the nearest airport is several hours away by car, and the trip to the mountain requires a long hike over rugged terrain. Designed as a symbol for long-term thinking, the mechanical Clock mechanism will

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Pre-Baselworld 2018: Villeret Quantième Complete GMT

Ahead of Baselworld, which takes place next month (March 22-27), Blancpain has released a preview of their updated Villeret Quantième Complete GMT, which is a complete calendar moonphase watch with GMT function. There are two versions of the new Quantième Complete GMT: one in red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes, and one in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes. The case measures 40 mm x 11.80 mm and features a stepped, fixed bezel, that is thin, resulting in a watch that appears bigger than the specifications suggest. With the day of the week and month in dedicated apertures at 12 o’clock and the date displayed via the outer most chapter ring and a blue serpentine handed hand, the dial design is reminiscent of the original collection that dates

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Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Capital Edition

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The new Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Capital Edition measures 42 mm x 14.6 mm and is limited to 100 pieces in steel, 25 pieces in red gold, and 5 pieces in platinum. The dials are made in-house and come in either Bourbon Gray or Dry Ice for the platinum model. The brownish-gray sunburst is different from the standard color hues typically offered by watch companies, which may appeal to some. A power indicator is subtly integrated into the running small seconds counter at 9 o’clock which is a nice touch. Finally, the movement, caliber 37 which we photographed here, is beautifully embellished, although not to quite the same level you see from Glashutte Original’s neighbor A. Lange & Sohne. Retail for the Senator Chronograph Capital Edition steel version is $14,900 which is not so bad for an in-house column-wheel equipped

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RL Automotive Skeleton Steel

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This week in Miami, at the 2018 Watches & Wonders show, Ralph Lauren unveiled an all-new steel version of the RL Automative Skeleton. Combining polished and brushed steel surfaces, along with an Amboyna burl wood bezel secured by screws, the watch measures 44.8 mm x 11.2 mm and features design cues that reference rivets that secure the chassis of a car, specifically one of Ralph Lauren’s 1950s race cars. Like the original RL Automative Skeleton, the case measures 44.8 mm by 11.2 mm, just now it is in stainless steel instead of blackened stainless steel. The hands and dial are also in slightly different finishes, but otherwise dimensionally everything is the same. The hand wound movement is also the same as the original RL Automotive Skeleton we reviewed here, with the exception of some new finishes on the components. It

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Royal Oak Extra-Thin

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A watch that was first sold in 1972 is still the masterpiece of the brand 46 years later. Not to mention more desirable and collectible than ever on both the new and pre-owned market. With a case and bracelet designed by the late Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak is, in my opinion, visually one of the greatest watch designs of all time. The rarer A-Series models (Ref. 5402) in the best condition are naturally the most desirable vintage buy. I don’t know about you but this is one of my holy grails and has been for many years. Really any Royal Oak for that matter. I like the old ones, the new ones (Ref. 15202ST), and even the non-Jumbos (Ref. 15400). Any would do for me. No other watch is like it. The way the light reflects off the perfectly

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