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Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M

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For 2018, Omega has debuted a redesigned Seamaster Professional Diver 300M collection. Originally dating to 1993, the quirky 1990s styling has mostly remained intact. However, everything from the dial to the bezel to the movement has been completely revamped. Starting with a slightly larger 42 mm x 13.56 mm case (up from 41 mm), Omega has installed an updated ceramic bezel insert which now has a more durable diving scale in Ceragold or white enamel (the latter which reduces color fading). Like the bezel inserts, the dials are also made from polished ceramic and are available in a black, blue or PVD chrome color. Interestingly, Omega has reintroduced the original wavy pattern (which is now laser-engraved into the ceramic dial). The luminous indexes have been raised. The oversized skeleton hands (rhodium-plated, 18K gold, or blued) have been subtly reshaped. Even

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Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44

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This year, along with redesigns for numerous models, Breitling introduced two new versions of the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44. Apart from the pushers, crown, and tabs on the bezel, everything is completely satin-brushed, for a more understated look. And there are two new dial color combinations: blackeye blue and blackeye gray. The case measures 44 mm x 16.95 mm, feature a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel, a screwed caseback, and screw-down crown. The water-resistance rating is an impressive 500 meters. Inside is the automatic Breitling B01 caliber which beats at 4Hz, measures 30 mm x 7.2 mm, has 346 components, 47 jewels, a 70-hour power reserve, and is a COSC-certified chronometer. There is a not a whole lot new here, but I personally like the black on blue dial, and the satin-brushed matte finish is a nice change, for a company

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Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

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Unlike previous Dark Side of the Moon models, which have been powered by Omega’s advanced CO-Axial 9300 series movement, this watch houses a specially decorated version of Omega’s manually wound caliber 1861. Despite being an older design, based on Lemania (which Omega purchased), caliber 1861 is still being used in a number of important Speedmaster Moonwatch models. For this implementation in the Dark Side of the Moon, the movement has been visually enhanced to look like the moon’s surface, resulting in the new caliber 1869 designation. Laser ablation has been used to precisely decorate the bridges and main plate of the blackened movement, producing realistic imagery of the lunar surface. The movement also has blackened or matte screws, and a dark nickel coating on the wheels and balance wheel. Additionally, like the movement, the dial, which has been skeletonized,

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Zenith Defy Zero-G

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Zenith’s new Defy Zero-G features a redesigned version of the company’s patented gyroscopic “Gravity Control” mechanism, and beats at high-rate of 5Hz, hence the “El Primero” designation. The Defy Zero-G is a relatively small watch at 44 mm x 14.85 mm, thanks to the miniaturization of the gyroscopic regulator, which has been reduced by 30% in size compared to previous iterations. Similar to how a marine chronometer works, this gyroscopic system ensures the regulating organs (balance wheel, balance spring, escapement) are always in the optimal horizontal position. Ideally, this should increase chronometric performance, much like a tourbillon is designed to do. This is a 5Hz high-beat El Primero movement, which allows for 1/10th of a second accuracy. However, while displaying the time with this level of precision is technically possible, this particular watch has a small seconds display at

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Breitling adds to the Superocean Heritage II collection

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Breitling launched the redesigned Superocean Heritage II collection last year on the 60th anniversary of the original dive watch from 1957. For 2018 the line has been extended with three new 44 mm caliber B01 in-house powered chronographs (black/white, white/black, blue/white), two new 44 mm Tudor designed caliber B20 powered three-hand models (black and red gold, blue), and one new 42 mm B20 equipped three-hander in steel with a black dial and red gold bezel with black insert. There were also three new 44 mm ETA powered Superocean chronographs released this year. According to Breitling, “The unusual shape of the hands (triangular for the hours and lozenge-like for the minutes), along with the slightly cone-shaped hour markers, reinforces the ties today’s design has with its 1957 ancestor while ensuring optimal legibility, enhanced by luminescent markers.” The new steel and gold

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Introducing the Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition

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After the success of the Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition with the white and blue dial in 2016, for 2018 Omega has produced another contemporary re-interpretation of the historic 1959 CK 2998. This time the dial is of the true Panda variety, meaning black subdials against a white dial (lightly sand-blasted silvery dial), which I’m sure will excite those who voiced opinions about the 2016 color choices. In place of the blue/white minute track and blue ceramic tachymeter bezel are a black/white minute track and black pulsometer bezel. Interestingly, “The pulsometer scale, which is used to check a person’s heartbeats per minute, has particular relevance to the CK 2998. With the original models, customers were able to choose from four different versions of the timing bezel (including tachymeter, pulsometer, decimal or telemeter). Therefore, this new model remains in-line with that

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Baselworld 2018: Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition

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Glashütte Original has taken the traditional perpetual calendar complication and put it inside a contemporary designed a watch with a unique skeletonized dial and layout. The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is presented in a 42 mm x 12.8 mm white gold case, powered by in-house automatic caliber 36-02, which measures 32.2 mm x 7.35 mm, beats at 4Hz, has 49 jewels, a variable inertia balance wheel with 4 gold regulation screws, and a silicon balance spring. The power reserve is an impressive 100-hours. Through the caseback, you can see the nicely finished movement which features polished steel parts, polished/blued screws, three-quarter plate/ balance cock/rotor with Glashütte stripes, beveled edges, and a skeletonized rotor 21K gold oscillation weight. Visible in the center of the openworked dial is the back of the mainplate which has an intricate guilloche decoration, with

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

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Tudor’s Black Bay line is the company’s best seller, which explains why they have so many different variations: the Black Bay (original with red bezel), Blue, Black, Dark, Bronze, Steel, and S&G. As well as the Black Bay 32, 36, 41, Chrono, and the new GMT. With all these variations, its clear Tudor (Rolex’s affordable brand) is invested in the Black Bay line, and justifiably so, as it’s a great looking watch collection, powered by chronometer certified in-house movements, with proper modern power reserves of 70-hours, for under $4K – with the exception of the Chrono which is just under $5K on strap, and the 32, 36, 41, which are powered by ETA 2824 movements. Even with all these variations, Tudor was still getting feedback from consumers that they wanted something slightly smaller than the standard 41 mm size of

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Introducing the new Casio G-Shock MTG

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This past week at the Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland, Casio introduced the next generation version of the G-Shock MT-G. Offering a more robust construction and smaller form factor, this is the first MT-G with the Connected Engine module (Bluetooth timekeeping by connecting to smartphone app), Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping Technology (which provides accurate timekeeping virtually anywhere via radio signals from up to six different transmitters worldwide), and tough solar technology (which charges the onboard battery via light which enters the dial via discrete solar panels). This means that the watch automatically sets the time with either Bluetooth or Atomic Radio waves, is self-powered, and can be monitored via the G-Shock Connected smartphone app (for iOS and Android). Additionally, using the app you can easily set word time (selectable from 300 different cities) and alarms, on the watch. There is

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Victorinox introduces I.N.O.X. Automatic

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After launching the ultra-rugged, quartz-powered, I.N.O.X. watch collection in 2014, this year at Baselworld 2018, Victorinox has unveiled their long-awaited mechanical version. The I.N.O.X. Mechanical comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a screw-in caseback, protected screw-down crown and 200 meters water resistance. It’s available with either a blue or black dial, which has a textured pattern derived from the company’s Swiss Army knife collection. For each dial color, there is an option for a steel bracelet or wooden strap. The original I.N.O.X. that we covered in 2014, went through a plethora of durability tests, similar to a G-Shock. For example, a quartz I.N.O.X. can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, a 64-ton tank driving over the top of it, a two-hour cycle in a washing machine. It can resist -60 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 12Gs of

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