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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire

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Last week, at the Salon QP in London, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom premiered a new complicated timepiece, called the Mirrored Force Resonance, that uses a dual regulation system designed to increase precision through a phenomenon known as resonance. Resonance is not something new, in fact, it is a phenomenon known about as early as the 17th century, when Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), inventor of the pendulum clock, first discovered that two separate pendulum clocks, when hung from a common beam, synchronized, thanks to resonance (two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other and eventually synchronize). Abraham-Louis Breguet later also explored resonance and subsequently created a double pendulum resonance clock. According to Armin Strom, there are three main benefits of resonance. First, it creates a stabilizing effect on timekeeping which improves accuracy. Second, it conserves energy. Third, it reduces the negative

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Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography

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Patek Philippe has announced the release of Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography by Nicholas Folks. The hard bound book, commissioned by Patek Philippe, is a definitive work that covers the legendary watch company’s evolution from its formation in 1839 up until the present. Philippe Stern, the Honorary President of Patek Philippe had this to say, “I am very pleased to see the history of my family’s company come to life in this excellent volume. This is the first time that the Patek Philippe archive has been accessed and brought to life in a factual and definitive work. Nicholas Foulkes has perfectly recreated the atmosphere and details of our 175-year journey.” Featuring 544-pages, filled with over 600 images, “Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography” will be available for 220 CHF beginning December 2016 on Patek.com, as well as at the Patek Philippe

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Boutique Edition

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox mechanical alarm watch first came out in 1950 – powered by a manually wound movement – followed by an automatic version in 1956. Numerous versions followed, including the highly collectible Memovox Deep Sea and Polaris, and needless to say the iconic alarm watch has remained in the collection ever since. Fast forward to 2016, and to celebrate 60 years since the original automatic Memovox was released, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a 500 piece limited edition called the Master Memovox Boutique Edition. In designing this modern Memovox, a contemporary 40 mm x 14 mm round stainless steel Master Control case was selected, with the current 4Hz automatic caliber 956 beating inside. However, in creating the dial, inspiration was drawn from the company’s 1970s Memovox Snowdrop model (pictured). Specifically, the design team borrowed the gray-blue dial aesthetic, the baton hands, and

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Stefano Bemer Bespoke Italian Shoes, Belts, and Watch Straps

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Florentine shoemaker, Stefano Bemer, started his company in 1983 “with a goal no less ambitious than creating the perfect Italian shoe.” Starting by repairing shoes, he eventually taught himself – along with workshops and shoemaking courses – the many techniques required to make fine handmade shoes, and ultimately mastered his own signature technique. After his unfortunate passing in 2012, Tommaso Melani, whose family has owned a leather handbag business, in Florence, Italy (Firenze), based in a Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950, purchased Stefano Bemer, with a goal of maintaining what the founder had built, and further expanding the business around the world. Over the summer, I had a chance to meet with Melani, at his company’s New York City flagship, located in a penthouse showroom in one of the most prestigious sections of the Upper East Side. During our

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Video: Aurel Bacs explains the provenance of Patek Philippe's mythical stainless steel Ref. 1518

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In this video, Phillips Watches auctioneer, Aurel Bacs discusses the highlights of the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, which takes place November 12th and 13th. Specifically, Bacs discusses the trilogy of Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 wristwatches that will be auctioned, including what the company refers to as the ne plus ultra watch of the 20th century – the stainless steel Patek Philippe Ref. 1518. According to Bacs, in 1941, when reference 1518 was launched, it was the most complicated wristwatch in the world – made in series – in the midst of a war. The steel watch was made in 1943, and sold in Hungary in February 1944. Watch the video to learn the full story behind this amazing piece of horological history, as well as some additional Patek Philippe highlights, including a rare Ref. 565 black dial steel watch

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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver “Blue Devil” Limited Edition

Today, Maurice Lacroix announces a limited edition diver’s watch for North America called the Pontos S Diver “Blue Devil” Limited Edition. Featuring a 43 mm stainless steel case, 600 meter water-resistance, dual screw-down crowns (one for adjusting the internal rotating dive bezel and the other for setting the time/date), screw-down steel caseback, an automatic helium escape valve (at 9 o’clock), domed sapphire crystal with double anti-glare treatment, and excellent dial legibility (including underwater thanks to luminous hands and markers) – this is a true professional dive watch. The blue and yellow color scheme was inspired by the colorful Southern Blue Devil fish which is the same shade of blue with bright yellow and white accents. The dial features a blue sun-brushed finish contrasted by rhodium-plated applied hour indexes that are filled with luminous material, as well as bright yellow dots

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Introducing the Ateliers deMonaco Saphir

Ateliers deMonaco, the high-end division of the Frederique Constant Group, which was recently purchased by Citizen Watch Company, has just unveiled a new sapphire dial timepiece with the Poinçon de Genève certification (otherwise known as the “Geneva Seal”). Available in either white or rose gold, each Saphir case is fully polished by hand and measures 40 mm x 9.2 mm. Powering the timepiece is manually wound in-house caliber dMc-708, which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has a 38-hour power reserve, and 18 jewels. As the name of the watch suggests, the dial, not just the front and rear crystals, is made of sapphire (produced synthetically). Applied directly to the sapphire dial by hand are black PVD-plated Roman numerals as well as small curved, diamond cut indices. The train track chapter ring for minutes/seconds is printed in black on the outer

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Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar Boutique Edition with new fume dial Hands-On

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Featuring an annual calendar complication, a chronograph, and a fume dial – the El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar Boutique Edition makes Zenith’s often forgot about annual calendar chronograph worth remembering. Specifically, the new brown-gold fume dial – contrasted by rhodium-plated applied Arabic hour numerals and rhodium-plated hour, minute, and second hands – transforms the watch into quite the stunner. Apart from the dial, this El Primero Annual Calendar is the same as previous models, with a 42 mm x 13.85 mm polished stainless steel case, an exhibition caseback, and powered by automatic caliber 4054. Running at 5Hz, the 30 mm x 8.3 mm El Primero movement consists of 29 jewels and 341 total components, and has a 50-hour power reserve. The annual calendar function, also called a “complete calendar” keeps the date set with only one adjustment needed per year

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Introducing the Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

Saint-Imier, Switzerland-based watchmaker Longines released a vintage re-edition today, based on a 1935 timepiece that was originally made for pilots. The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 is presented in a round fully polished 41 mm diameter stainless steel case (the original case was 51 mm in diameter). It is immediately distinguished by its white lacquer dial that has an unusual alignment at a 40° angle, to the right. This configuration places the 12 o’clock Arabic numeral where 2 o’clock is normally located on a typical watch dial. The atypical dial layout is not just to be different, that watch was actually designed to be worn on the inside of the wrist, with the unique orientation allowing the pilot to read the indices without having to release the plane’s control yoke. Moreover, the crown was designed to be easily adjusted,

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Lange 1 Timezone now in honey gold

Yesterday, A. Lange & Söhne unveiled a new honey gold version of the Lange 1 Time Zone watch. The rotating city ring features Dresden now instead Berlin (Central European Time), which is the closest city to Lange’s headquarters in Glashutte, Germany and the place where the original Lange 1 was unveiled 22 years ago. The Lange 1 Time Zone model, however, has been in production since 2005. At 41.9 mm x 11 mm case has the same dimensions as before, although this limited edition is crafted of 18K honey gold, which is proprietary to Lange, with a hue somewhere in between rose and yellow gold, and much harder than other gold alloys which help to reduce scratches. The manually wound movement – caliber L031.1, beats at 3Hz (21,600 kph), has a 72-hour power reserve, 4 screwed gold chains, 54 jewels,

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