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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). What do you think about having your favorite band or guitar name on the dial of your watch?

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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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In The Metal: MCT Dodekal One D110

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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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In The Metal: Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

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Breitling made a lot of news this year at Baselworld when it was simultaneously announced that they used Tudor’s movement inside their Super Ocean Heritage II dive watch and that conversely, Tudor used their in-house chronograph caliber inside the new Black Bay Chronograph. Another interesting debut at Breitling, also relating to manufacture watch movements, was the new Navitimer Rattrapante, powered by Breitling’s new caliber B03 split-second chronograph. Breitling has a strong background in the field of chronographs, such as being accredited with the invention of the first independent pushpiece at 2 o’clock (1915), the second independent pushpiece (1934), and they were also part of the team that developed one of the earliest automatic chronographs in (1969). This split-seconds chronograph has two special (patented) innovations worth highlighting. The first is a system that isolates the movement by disconnecting the split-seconds hand

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In The Metal: Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel with Dark Rhodium dial and Jubilee bracelet

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One of the more interesting watches to come from Rolex this year was the Rolex Datejust 41 in steel with a Dark Rhodium dial and Jubilee five-piece link bracelet. With a larger case size (41 mm in diameter), a smooth (not fluted) bezel, and 18K white gold indexes on top of a real rhodium plated dial, Rolex has made a watch that is aesthetically much more pleasing to my eye. The Datejust, quite frankly, has never appealed to me, until now. Rolex Datejust 41 in steel with white gold fluted bezel (Ref. 126334) Surely, many will disagree as the Datejust is one of Rolex’s many icons, with a huge following. Nevertheless, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this new, modern, Datejust, ticks many of the boxes for me personally. The dark rhodium dial, in particular, or even

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Rolex Cellini Moonphase Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new model within the Cellini collection, the Cellini Moonphase. The watch is presented in a 39 mm polished 18K Everose gold case and features what Rolex refers to as a double bezel, that’s domed and fluted. Rose gold applied indexes, and a printed minutes/seconds scale, along with lance-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands, and a rose gold baton shaped central seconds hand, indicate the time. A blue centrally mounted hand, with an aptly shaped crescent moon tip, points to the date around the printed out chapter ring. A blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock, which has a unique meteorite applique, indicates the current moonphase, via a, rose gold arrow at 12 o’clock on the lunar subdial. Each day, the moonphase disc follows the lunar cycle, as shown on Rolex’s website. “As each

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Gallery: Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari and Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph

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Taken on location at the Hublot booth during Baselworld 2017, this gallery features the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Aperta watch, an actual LaFerrari Aperta Ferrari, and the new Hublot Ferrari Techframe Tourbillon Chronograph. The latter of which comes in a unique minimalist frame – designed by Ferrari – along with an awesome single pusher chronograph, and available in titanium, king gold, or carbon. Learn more about the Techframe, the Hublot LaFerrari Aperta, or the LaFerrari Aperta.

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon

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This past March, at Baselworld 2017, the Swiss watchmaker, Jaquet Droz, introduced the Grande Second Moon, which comes in stainless steel with a silvery dial, stainless steel with an onyx dial, and red gold with an ivory enamel dial. The watch measures 43 mm in diameter and is powered by in-house Jaquet Droz caliber 2660QL3, which is a 30 jewel automatic movement with a 68-hour power reserve. It is equipped with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, and a skeletonized oscillating weight. As is the signature of jacket Droz, the dial features off-center indications. Hour and minutes are displayed in the smaller subdial at 12 o’clock with printed Roman numeral hour markers (except on the onyx version). The larger subdial below has a running second display on the peripheral ring, with a date by hand just inside

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The Colt Skyracer in "Breitlight" Hands-On

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Breitling introduced their ultra-light proprietary Breitlight® case at Baselworld 2016 in the Avenger Hurricane. The case material is a high-tech polymer alloy that has an appearance similar to forged carbon and that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel. Not to mention, it is said to have an exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion. Plus, it’s non-magnetic and non-allergenic. While the first watch introduced in Breitlight® was an automatic, the second model that was introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Colt Skyracer, is powered by a quartz. And while a mechanical is has more of an emotional appeal, if you are going to do wear a watch with a battery, one of the best quartz movements you could have is Breitling’s thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ (Breitling caliber 74), which is ten times more accurate than a standard

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