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Highlights from Laurent Picciotto Collection of Contemporary Watches

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At the Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: Four, which takes place on May 30th, 2017, well-known watch industry retailer, Laurent Picciotto, of Paris-based retailer Chronopassion, is liquidating his collection of 43 watches that he has accumulated over the years. Laurent first opened his Rue Saint-Honoré boutique in 1988 as an exclusive Gerald Genta store. Eventually, it turned into a high-end multi-brand boutique. And since that time, he has made a name for himself as a daring retailer, who does not follow conventional watch industry rules. His collection consists of 42 watches, from Richard Mille, Urwerk, De Bethune, MB&F, Girard-Perregaux, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, HYT, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and more. Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo states, “ Laurent Picciotto is cool, and so is his watch collection, it is a perfect mirror of his personality. There

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Breitling blue boutique editions

This week, Breitling announced two 100-piece limited editions that are available exclusively at the company’s boutiques worldwide – which includes New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Orlando. Highlighted by its blue color scheme (blue bezel, dial, strap) the Breitling Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition, is housed in a 46 mm diameter case and powered by in-house caliber B04 which features a dual time zone function. The Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition, which is presented in a 44 mm diameter case, is also accented with a blue dial and strap and features a specially engraved caseback numbered 1 to 100 and with a “Special Delivery” pin-up girl motif. Retail pricing on the Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition is $9,150. The Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition is $9,090. Learn more at Breitling.

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Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Hands-On

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Swiss watchmaker, Alpina, introduced four new timepieces within their highly affordable Startimer Automatic collection this year at Baselworld. The Startimer collection is made of basic time and date watches, chronographs, and even a manufacture worldtimer. Some of the mechanical collection are powered by in-house movements and others by Sellita movements. The timepieces we are discussing here are all powered by the latter, which crucially, is how the price is kept under $1000. Since 2011, when the entry-level Startimer Pilot Automatic collection was introduced, not a lot has changed. The dial received a slight makeover, with new steel hands (in place of white coated steel hands) and the case is still 44 mm in diameter, however, the thickness has gone from 10.2 mm to 10.7 mm. The automatic movement runs at 4Hz and has 38-hour power reserve. Water-resistance, thanks in part

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Hands-On

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Patek Philippe’s automatic caliber 240 is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, a new skeletonized version of the movement has been created. Already offered in skeletonized variations since 2008, a special new version of the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Squelette” was introduced at Baselworld 2017, back in March. The new timepiece features a 39 mm x 7 mm rose gold case, which is 45.8 mm long and has a 20 mm lug width. In addition, the bracelet and movement are also crafted from solid 18K rose gold. The micro-rotor, however, is made of 22K gold as an oscillating weight that is so small needs to be heavy in order to generate enough power to wind the watch. Skeletonization that leaves so little remaining is extremely difficult to produce. According to Patek “Its plate and bridges are pierced to the

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Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition

Renowned design house, Giugiaro, and Japanese watchmaker, Seiko, have collaborated many times over the years. Their latest collaboration, interestingly, is not only inspired by two very famous past watches, it’s inspired by models the companies designed together in the 1980s. Seiko Ref. 7A28-7000 re-issue, on Adam Craniotes’ wrist The so-called “Alien Seiko Chronographs,” worn by Bishop (Lance Henriksen) and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), in Aliens, reference 7A28-6000 and 7A28-7000, respectively, were in fact designed by Giugiaro Design. Seiko Aliens Ref. 7A28-6000, 1983 The new Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition blends past design cues, such as the unmistakable asymmetrical-shaped aesthetic of the Seiko Alien Chronographs, combined with an advanced solar-powered GPS Astron chronograph movement (caliber 8X82), and housed in a modern titanium case (46.3 mm x 13.3 mm). Further adding to the appeal, the entire case and bracelet are protected

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Apple Watch Nike+ straps that match VaporMax shoes

Despite continued reports being published that say the Apple Watch is not meeting expectations, we continue to see them on the wrists of more and more people each day. Further, as new collaborations continue to pop-up, including the Apple Watch NikeLab that was introduced last April. Before that, there was the original Apple Watch Nike+. Now, Apple and Nike has taken their partnership even further, with the announcement this week of four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection. The “Day to Night” collection celebrates runners whenever they choose to run – at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to – for the first time – make

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The Longines Heritage 1945

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A quick look at our Longines article archives, and you can see that virtually every timepiece we have covered from the Swiss watchmaker over the past five years has been in the heritage collection, or otherwise vintage inspired. A company with such a rich history should tap into past designs for ideas, and Longines has perpetuated this concept more than any other company. Introducing the latest retro timepiece, the Heritage 1945. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017 in March, the new watch is presented in a 40 mm stainless steel case, up from the original 38 mm. Either size would be fine I think, amongst hardcore collectors and new watch enthusiasts alike. One unique element that was maintained from the 1945 version is the vertically brushed coppery dial, which has a luxurious texture and is curved like the original. Contrasting the straight

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Bréguet Classique 7147 Hands-On

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Long renowned for producing luxurious, elegant, and highly complicated timepieces, particularly tourbillons, which the eponymous company founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, invented – the manufacture Breguet is also very capable of producing uncomplicated masterpieces. Introducing the Bréguet Classique 7147, a simplistic, time-only, wristwatch, with a “Grand Feu” enamel dial that is essentially a complication in itself. Moreover, this enamel dial is especially unique because it has an offset “dimple” that delineates the small seconds from the main display, without any marking on the dial, whatsoever. In regards to producing the “Grand Feu” dial, here is what the Breguet says about the process, “It is based on a colorless vitreous mixture – called flux – composed of silicic acid, sodium borate, nitre, and minium. The flamboyant and ageless colors of enamel are achieved by adding metallic oxides to this combination. The result is

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Instagram Highlights #7

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

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One of the most interesting introductions from Patek Philippe this year was the all-new Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, which we wrote about last month. Distinguished by its three-tiered lugs, which were inspired by historical Ref. 2405, the 5320 is powered by familiar automatic perpetual calendar movement – caliber 324 S Q. Presented in a sleek 40 mm x 11.13 mm white gold case, with 21 mm interlug width, and a total lug-to-lug length of 47.98 mm, one thing remains the same, Patek Philippe’s ability to make not only complicated watches but to do so in the most elegant way. Patek Philippe is world-renowned for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, and this furthers that reputation. Setting this watch apart from most of the company’s previous perpetual calendar wristwatches, are its Arabic numerals. The majority of historical references feature indexes, not numerals. Additionally,

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