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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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Mido Multifort Datometer Limited Edition

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Presented in a 40 mm rose gold plated stainless steel case the Datometer has a silvered and sandblasted dial that has stamped dagger-shaped indices, with the exception of 12, 3, 6, and 9 which have black printed Arabic numerals. Lance-shaped rose gold plated hour and minute hands, and a varnished black baton-shaped center seconds hand tell the time. The Multifort Datometer’s signature feature is its easy to read (and set) date function that has a red varnished crescent-tipped hand which points to the date and sweeps the dial once a month. Mido automatic caliber 80 (ETA C07.611 Elaboré-grade) beats inside at 3Hz and features an 80-hour power reserve. Clear caseback. Water-resistance is 50 meters. At $1,350 this retro date by hand watch is a good bargain. There will be 1918 limited edition rose gold plated pieces, a number which represents

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Rado HyperChrome Bronze Chronograph

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Ahead of Baselworld 2018, the world’s biggest watch show, which takes place next month, Rado recently previewed a new chronograph that combines scratch resistant black ceramic and bronze. The HyperChrome Bronze Chronograph Limited Edition comes in a matte black ceramic case measuring 45 mm x 13 mm (50.3 mm lug to lug) and is contrasted by bronze chronograph pushers and side inserts. The hands and indices are a similar hue to the bronze but are actually rose gold plated. Bronze is an alloy the consists primarily of copper and is mixed with materials such as tin and aluminum. The Black Bay Bronze is made of a special mostly aluminum and copper bronze alloy that prevents patination. This bronze (CuSn8) will gain a natural patina over time as this particular alloy is not treated in a way that prevents the patination.

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Introducing the BR-V2 Steel Heritage

Introducing the Bell & Ross BR-V2 Steel Heritage collection. Four new models that are part of the third generation of Bell & Ross’ Vintage collection will officially debut at Baselworld 2018 in March. Inspired by instrument panels from 1960s aircrafts, the BR V2-92 and BR V2-94 Steel Heritage offer a retro vintage look. The cases are 41 mm in diameter which is slightly smaller than previous versions. The surfaces are polished and satin finished. Each version has crown guards with a relatively flat crown that screws-down to reinforce water-resistance (100 meters). The chronograph also adds screw-down pushers which operate the chronograph functions. The black dial has steel large hands, and large indices, with Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9, all of which are coated with a beige faux patina luminescent material. The minute/second track is printed in white

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Pre-Baselworld 2018: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat Automatic

Breguet released the Classique ultra-thin tourbillon (Ref. 5377) with a guilloche dial and power reserve indicator in 2013. This year at Baselworld 2018, they will debut a new timepiece within the same Classique collection. Instead of a guilloche dial, however, this watch features a “Grand Feu” enamel dial and no power reserve indicator. But the movement is based on a variation of the same ultra-thin manufacture caliber 581 that drives the 5377. The new Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat Automatic 5367 will be available in a 42 mm x 7.45 mm case crafted from rose gold or platinum, same as with the 5377. Looking at the dial there are Breguet Arabic numerals in black, and a black minute track outside of that, both off-center to provide focuse on the tourbillon located between 4 and 5 o’clock. The hands are open Breguet

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Raymond Weil musical themed timepieces

Perhaps associating watches with legendary musicians such as Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra is a way to attract new buyers or to satiate existing Raymond Weil watch owners with something new. Clearly, though, the target audience is consumers who have a very particular interest in music. People who are fanatical about The Beatles, for example, and there are many of them. This year Raymond Weil introduced no less than three new musical partnership timepieces including a Freelancer dedicated to the late David Bowie ($1,595), a Maestro that pays homage to The Beatles album “Abbey Road” ($1,395), and a Freelancer Chronograph inspired by the Gibson “Les Paul” guitar ($3,195).

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Rolex introduces three new gold Daytonas with Oysterflex rubber bracelets

This year at Baselworld, Rolex debuted three new gold Daytonas with Oysterflex rubber bracelets. The precious metal case options are 18K yellow, rose, or white gold. The patented Oysterflex rubber bracelet was first introduced in 2015 with the Yacht-Master. Last year, Rolex introduced steel Daytonas with Cerachrom bezel, which are currently in short supply and high demand, and so this year is more of a line extension. It does likely mean we might see the steel Daytonas being sold with the Oysterflex bracelet in the near future as well. As far as specifications, the case is still 40 mm, black monoblock Cerachrom is engraved with a tachymeter scale that is filled in with gold that matches the case. The caliber 4130 Rolex chronograph movement with 72-hours powers the watch. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Notably, the Oysterflex rubber strap is unique

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MCT Dodekal One D110 Hands-On

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Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dōdekal One D110. Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the center of the dial. According to MCT, the Dōdekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by caliber D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form. A post shared by Jason Pitsch (@professionalwatches) on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:43am PDT The coolest feature relates to the transition of the hours which takes place over a period of 2.5 seconds, which results in the appearance of a slow fade, and really makes you do a double take. Minutes are

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition

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At Baselworld, Omega introduced a watch that is unlike most others in their collection. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition is unique for a number of reasons. It has a “grand feu” fire-baked enamel dial, platinum case, a worldtimer movement, and is limited to only 87 pieces, the latter of which is maybe the most interesting as Omega typically makes their limited editions in the thousands. Like the case, which is 43 mm in diameter (21 mm interlug width), the dial is also crafted from solid platinum the has a sandblasted surface and that is contrasted by 18K yellow gold hands and indexes. The main dial chapter ring features 24 reference cities transfers and is fixed in place. In the center, is a 24-hour rotating center disc that indicates the home time (or a second time zone

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