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Baselworld 2017: TAG Heuer Autavia

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About this time last year TAG Heuer announced the winner from their “Autavia Cup” where 50,000 web users voted for their favorite of the 16 first generation 1960s Autavias. The winner was the Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3, designed in 1966. It was named the “Rindt”, in honor of the celebrated Formula 1 champion Jochen Rindt, who was often seen wearing the watch. The name Autavia comes is a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion. The original watch was created in 1962. At 42 mm in diameter, this is not a literal re-edition of the 39 mm 1960s Autavia that it is based on. However, the dial practically looks like it came right from the vintage piece. And while the bezel is a little thicker on the new version, it too is very close to the original. Inside, is an entirely

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Baselworld 2017: Rolex Sea-Dweller

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Originally created in 1967 – in collaboration with the French diving company COMEX – the Sea-Dweller is a more robust version of the Submariner. While the Submariner is a professional dive watch, the Sea-Dweller is the thicker, more athletic, deeper diving brother. Rolex is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sea-Dweller this year and at Baselworld 2017 launched an all-new, larger 43 mm version that is equipped with a new movement. The Ref. 126600 replaces the existing 40 mm Sea-Dweller Ref. 116600. As a nod to the double red line text which read “SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000” on the dial of the original Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller from 1967, the new model reads “SEA-DWELLER” in red. As with the previous generation, there is no “SUBMARINER” on the dial. Like the 116600, the water-resistance rating is twice that of the original, which was

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Baselworld shortens the 2018 show by two days

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Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewelry show, typically hosts over 100,000 people, for a duration of eight days. But amid declining attendance, since the nearly half-billion dollar upgrade to the Messe Basel Fairgrounds in 2013, and at a very tumultuous time for the watch industry, to cut costs the organizers have decided to slash two days off the schedule. As a decade-long fairgoer, I agree with the change as eight days, plus press day is quite frankly too long and therefore superfluous. And crucially, switching to a six-day format will allow Baselworld organizers to charge exhibitors less. Baselworld 2018 will take place from March 22 - 27, 2018 (March 21 is press day).

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Baselworld 2017: Seiko Presage Enamel collection

This is a quick hands-on look at Seiko’s new Presage Enamel collection that was previewed before Baselworld. Three of the four references in the collection are under $1500, with the chronograph coming in under $3000. As you can see in the picture below, the movement is not finished to crazy high Swiss standards, but it is reliable, made in-house, and you will never get an oven-baked enamel dial like this on a Swiss made timepiece for anywhere near this price point. You can read the full details, including the prices, in the article that we published last month.

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Baselworld 2017: Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic

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In 2015, Zenith debuted the all-new El Primero Chronograph Classic, which was basically the chronograph version of the Elite 6150, also launched in 2015. This year, at Baselworld 2017, Zenith has – somewhat quietly – debuted a renamed version that is now called the Elite Chronograph Classic, at a starting price a full $2200 less than the original version from 2015! Additionally, the watch is now available with a gray or brown smoked dial. The watch measures 42 mm x 11.80 mm and features leaf-shaped rhodium-plated or gold-plated hands, depending if you get the steel or rose gold version. And one of my favorite design details that were also retained from the 2015 model is the engraved hour markers, either rhodium or gold plated, depending on the case material. Inside, is the El Primero column-wheel and horizontal clutch (not vertical)

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Baselworld 2017: NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus

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This year, the German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashütte, announced a new collection targeted at consumers looking for a high-quality mechanical timepiece as a gift for graduation or an important achievement – named the Club Campus. The collection consists of two 38.5 mm models and one 36 mm version. All three timepieces come in a stainless steel case with a curved sapphire crystal and a solid screwed stainless steel back, powered by the in-house manufactured, manually wound Alpha movement. By design, the caseback is solid, so it can be engraved with a special message, which is available free of charge. Uniquely, the dials feature a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. Thanks to a coating of blue luminescent material, the timepieces are also easily legible in the dark. All three models feature the familiar, extra-robust NOMOS Club case from stainless steel with

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Photo Highlights from Baselworld 2017

Today, we’re headed back to New York to begin preparing our Baselworld 2017 reports – which will include hands-on photos along with our personal insights on the most significant debuts. And despite what you may have heard, this year had many noteworthy introductions, far more than last year, for sure. In the meantime, please enjoy this photo report, highlighting some of the coolest new timepieces we saw last week in Basel. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for additional coverage from Baselworld 2017.

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Photo Report: Live From Baselworld 2017

Baselworld 2017 is well underway and we are here meeting with some of the best mainstream and independent watchmakers to learn about and photograph the latest horological releases. Today we have prepared over twenty images “unedited” (straight-out-of-the-camera) – from an Olympus EM1/100 mm macro lens and a Fujifilm X70 – to give you a glimpse into the world’s largest watch show. Stay tuned as we will continue to provide concentrated hands-on coverage for the next two months!

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Baselworld 2017: Casio G-Shock MR-G “Aka-Zonae”

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This week at Baselworld 2017, Casio announced a very special version of their high-end titanium cased MR-G collection, which is clad with a unique deep crimson red color that pays homage to an elite warrior unit that was part of a feudal clan during Japan’s medieval Sengoku “Warring States” period. The red color was adapted from traditional Japanese armor, known as “aka-zonae” (or red-colored armor), which symbolized strength and unity. The G-Shock MR-G “Aka-Zonae” comes in a black PVD plated pure titanium case, that according to Casio, is exceptionally scratch resistant thanks to a process where the titanium is heated in a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen gas used to a 20-30µm hard layer on the material’s outer surface. Further, as part of a dual-layer hardening processing, after the titanium is hardened, DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating is applied to the

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Baselworld 2017: Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

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Launched at Baselworld 2017, Casio’s new G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-3A, is an ultra-rugged watch featuring 3-Way Time Sync, G-Shock Connected technology, and numerous additional features designed for pilots and frequent flyers alike. Highly accurate timekeeping is achieved by using three-time correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception and Bluetooth® transmission. The most appropriate system is selected automatically depending on the conditions, and the correct time is displayed for the current time zone anywhere in the world. Using the G-Shock Connected Smartphone App, which was designed exclusively for the Gravitymaster, the watch and app connect for automatic time adjustment, as well as to provide the world time for over 300 cities, and to act as a digital flight log. A three-dimensional dial layout that consists of phosphorescent 3D hour markers along with three inset dials and

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