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Piaget produces limited edition collection to celebrate 60 years of the Altiplano

Jason Pitsch

Piaget will launch a new ultra-thin limited edition collection later this month at the SIHH 2017 trade show in Geneva as an homage to the first Altiplano that debuted in 1957. After introducing the controversial Polo S collection this past summer, Piaget – a leader in ultra-thin timepieces, with a rich history that started in the Swiss Jura mountains in the beautiful town of La Côte-aux-Fées, in 1874 – has gone back to their origins. Piaget brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds wearing a 38 mm Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary edition The new Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Limited Edition collection will be available in two sizes: 38 mm x 6.0 mm and 43 mm x 7.65 mm. Crafted from 18K white gold, both versions feature a blue sunburst crosshair dial with white gold applied indexes and white gold baton-shaped hour and minute

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Professional Watches Top 5 Posts of 2016

These are the top 5 new posts on PROFESSIONAL WATCHES for 2016. Please stay tuned as we have a lot of new original content coming for 2017! The new Rolex Explorer Hands-On REVIEW: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time REVIEW: Bovet Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei designed by Pininfarina REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel 116500LN Hands-On (pictured top)

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Instagram Professional Watches 2016 BestNine

Precise #taghueuer A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:28pm PDT Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech with lever bridge open @panerai A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:54am PST Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in rose gold #patekphilippe A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:15am PST The amazing Bovet Pininfarina Ottantasei 10-Day Tourbillon @bovet1822 #Baselworld A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:06pm PDT Check out our hands-on images of the @oriswatch Carl Brashear Bronze diver, and how it compares to the new Black Bay Bronze #Baselworld A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Mar 22, 2016 at 9:21am PDT The Type 3 and 5 are nice, but the Type 1 is still, arguably, the best choice @ressence_watches A photo posted

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Introducing the Matte Black Ceramic Heuer 01 Chronograph

TAG Heuer has just announced a matte black ceramic version of their Heuer 01 Chronograph to be released at the same time as the SIHH 2017 show next month in Geneva (although TAG Heuer is not an exhibitor at SIHH). The 45 mm diameter case, bezel, lugs and case middle are made from black ceramic, whereas steel is utilized for the inner box section of the watch, the screw-down case back, and the pushers – to enable the gaskets (crystal gasket, case back gaskets, push-piece gaskets and crown tube) to function reliably. In addition to its resistance to scratches, ceramic, is also significantly lighter than steel, and hypoallergenic. The caveat is that ceramic is also more brittle than steel, and so while it is extremely durable in many situations, enough force, such as the impact from dropping it on the

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Jason Pitsch

EDITORIAL: The watch industry sales climate and SIHH 2017

Jason Pitsch

While it should come as no surprise that Swiss watch sales have been heading in the wrong direction, as we editorialized on most recently in July, it appears at least in the short-term, that we are seeing “a shallower downturn.” According to Bloomberg, 2016 total Swiss watch exports are on track to reach the lowest levels since 1984, which is around the time that the Swatch Group was formed. A time marked by serious competition from quartz watches that almost destroyed the Swiss watch industry, and which is eerily similar to a new threat: smartwatches. However, contrary to the assertion made in the aforementioned Bloomberg article, a cursory analysis of the current November 2016 Swiss export numbers clearly shows that Swiss watch exports have already significantly exceeded the low of 15 million units seen in 1984. Moreover, when the December

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Extract: IWC 18K Pink Gold Dress Watch with Shark Fin Lugs

Jason Pitsch

This is an International Watch Co dress watch from 1960, featuring an elegant 36 mm diameter 18K pink gold case with unique “shark fin” lugs. The ivory colored dial is slightly curved and has applied pink gold Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, 9 – with two baton hour indices in between each numeral. The outer chapter ring features pink gold dots. Pink gold lance-shaped hour and minute hands indicate the time along with a baton-shaped central second hand. “International Watch Co.” is printed in black on the dial in a vintage cursive font at twelve. Setting the time and winding the movement is controlled by the flat, ridged, 18K pink gold crown. The caseback is solid, curved, polished, and unsigned. The in-house IWC Schaffhausen manufactured manually wound caliber 89 movement – which was used in multiple 1950s and 1960s

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Baselworld 2017: Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

Jason Pitsch

Well ahead of Baselworld 2017, which officially begins March 23rd, Swiss watchmaker Breguet has announced a new version of its Tradition Dame model. The Breguet Tradition Dame 7038 is presented in a 37 mm diameter 18K rose gold case that features a fluted caseband, a crown that is set with a watch movement ruby and welded lugs with screw bars. The entire case is polished and includes a bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds. As is the signature of the Tradition line, the haute horology movement is fully visible on the dial side. In the center, you can see the mainspring power barrel which is hand-engraved with a rosette motif. Overlapping the barrel at 12 o’clock is a natural white mother-of-pearl dial that is decorated with an engine turned “Clou de Paris” hobnailing pattern, and raised Arabic numerals. Rose gold

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Alex Lee

SIHH 2017: IWC Revives The Long Awaited Da Vinci

Alex Lee

Here we are once again. It’s that time of the year where watch lovers have plenty to be excited about with the New Year coming closer which simply means new and exciting watches to come. In true form, many manufacturers have already begun showing off some hardware and based on what has already been revealed, it doesn’t seem like the widespread speculation about the weakening watch industry has affected anything at least from a release standpoint, especially with IWC. For the IWC faithful, it was definitely a long time coming. In case you might haven’t the slightest idea of what I mean, I’m happy to report that Da Vinci is the focus of 2017 which was actually a last minute game time decision according to IWC insiders. Maybe it has something to do with Georges Kern stepping down as CEO

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BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph Sapphire

Sapphire crystal watch cases are not a new thing. We have covered at least four, dating back to 2012. Two from Richard Mille, here and here, and one from H. Moser & Cie and Hublot from earlier this year. Additionally, H. Moser & Cie made a similar model a few years back, and Rebellion recently produced the 540 Magnum Tourbillion in sapphire. Greubel Forsey even jumped on the bandwagon, so to speak, earlier this year. As far as who did it first, I have read that Alain Silberstein made the first sapphire crystal case equipped timepiece, although I could not find anything confirming that. Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Today, Bell & Ross has announced the BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph Sapphire, their first sapphire crystal cased timepiece, and it features a tourbillon no less. (Ref. BRX1-CHTB-SAPHIR) Much like skeleton watches, tourbillons, and

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Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

Jason Pitsch

Seiko has just announced a limited edition timepiece that pays homage to the company’s first automatic watch that was launched in 1956. The Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition has a similar look to the original Seiko Automatic, including its “curved pale ivory dial,” its retrograde power reserve indicator, and the snake “S” mark which was first seen on the Seiko Automatic in 1956. However, the “S” is emblazoned on the crown whereas the original had the mark on the dial. Through the caseback of this limited edition, you can see the automatic movement, including a special gold-plated rotor. You can also see the number of the limited edition “XXXX/1956” around the steel perimeter of the caseback. The watch is powered by modern automatic caliber 6R27 which has 29 jewels and a 45-hour power reserve. A stainless steel case

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