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Casio G-Shock 35th Anniversary Celebration

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Kikuo Ibe is the founding father of G-Shock and the Chief Engineer of Research and Development for Casio Computer Co. Beginning with an idea to make a more durable watch after dropping and breaking a watch his father had given him in high school, by 1983, with a degree in mechanical engineering and a job a Casio, he invented the G-Shock watch. The watch was not initially a runaway success, but as police and firemen adapted G-Shocks for professional use, largely because of its extreme durability, not to mention affordability, it eventually caught on. By the 1990s G-Shock was worn by skateboarders, backpackers, military personnel worldwide. The G-Shock was both a professional watch and a fashion accessory at the same time. Today, 35 years later, the Casio G-Shock is easily one of the most recognizable wristwatches in the world. And

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Only Watch 2017 Charity Watch Auction Results

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Only Watch is a biennial charity auction that works very simply. A company produces a unique one-off watch to be auctioned to the highest bidder, all the proceeds go to support Muscular Dystrophy research. From a charity point of view – in the watch auction world – there is nothing else like it. This year, for the first time, some of the lots included unique experiences such as a manufacture tour, VIP tickets to an F1 race, and so on. Check the description underneath each lot on the Only Watch page at the link below for more details. Additionally, we covered a number of pieces at the NYC Christie’s preview here, here, here, here, and here. Only Watch 2017 took place at Christie’s Geneva Saturday, November 11th, 2017. The following prices include the buyer’s premium. Lot 1 - Agenhor Carpe

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Kari Voutilainen 28S Only Watch 2017

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Only Watch 2017 takes place today at (8:30 am EST) with 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces being auctioned for charity and 99% of the proceeds going to support research into curing muscular dystrophy. All lots are unique and go for a good cause. My personal favorite timepiece is the Kari Voutilainen 28S which has a unique solid silver dial with a matte slate-gray color and a sandwich construction with white luminous material underneath the cut-outs for the hour markers. The look is completed by signature Voutilainen open-tipped Observatory hands that are blue and white with luminous tips for the hour and minutes. Crafted from titanium that has been fully polished that case measures 39 mm x 11.50 mm. This Voutilainen basic three-hand watch is anything but basic with a proprietary free sprung balance wheel with a hairspring that has a Breguet overcoil

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Two Only Watch unique timepieces powered by F.P. Journe

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F.P. Journe’s Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Only Watch (Lot 32) has been the timepiece we’ve heard the most positive comments on in the lead up to the auction. Just take one glance at the 18K rose gold split-second chronograph movement and you will know why. Interestingly, Barbier-Mueller, which is the name of a Genevan museum that was founded in 1977, has donated this timepiece which “pays homage to fine Genevan watchmaking and to the decorative arts.” The Mosaique by Barbier-Muelle – as you can see below – is also powered by an 18K rose gold movement produced at the Geneva-based watch manufacture F.P. Journe. Learn more at Only Watch.

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Defy El Primero 21 Only Watch Edition

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This is the Defy El Primero Only Watch Edition (Lot 3) that will be auctioned tomorrow – at Only Watch 2017 to support research into curing Muscular Dystrophy – along with 49 other unique timepieces. The watch is equipped with a 1/100th of second chronograph movement and presented in a 44 x 14.50 mm black DLC titanium Defy case with yellow highlights. Additionally, the winning bidder will receive a trip to the Zenith Swiss Watch Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Learn more at Only Watch. A post shared by @professionalwatches on Nov 5, 2017 at 8:29am PST

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Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch

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For Armin Strom’s contribution to Only Watch 2017, they partnered with Brooklyn-based artist, Hunt Slonem, and one of his famous rabbit paintings has been transferred to the dial of this unique timepiece. In addition to the one-of-a-kind watch, Lot 49 comes with a hand-signed original which mimics the pattern and colors from the dial in a 46 cm x 31 cm (18” x 12”) format. The Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch is presented in a brushed titanium case measuring 43.40 mm x 13 mm and housing the manually wound in-house caliber AMW11. While the dial art is awesome, the movement is equally impressive. Beating at a frequency of 2.5Hz (18,000 kph), the AMW11 has 112 components, 20 jewels, and a 5-day power reserve (120-hours). A traversing bridge secures the free-sprung balance wheel in place. Visible through

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Inside the Armin Strom Manufacture

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Overview Biel/Bienne, Switzerland sits at the base of the Jura mountains and is located at the boundary of the German and French-speaking parts of the country, hence the name “Biel” which is the German name and “Bienne” which is the French name. Since 2005 the official name is “Biel/Bienne.” The city has been the industrial heart of Swiss watchmaking since the 1800s. It’s home to some of the industry’s most powerful watchmaking brands, like Rolex and Omega, right alongside young independents such as Armin Strom. Originally founded by Armin Strom himself, a watchmaker with a specialty in the art of skeletonization. In 2006 Serge Michel took over the company and refocused on producing a more contemporary, unified line of timepieces – yet still to this day every movement has a hand engraved component as an homage to their heritage. By

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VIDEO: Romain Gauthier demonstrates the Logical One

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Romain Gauthier, the man behind the eponymously named watch brand, a true manufacture based in the heart of the presigious Swiss watchmaking region known as the Vallée de Joux, explains his award-winning Logical One timepiece for Professional Watches during a recent visit to NYC. Gauthier is the founder and creator of multiple patented horological inventions, including push-button winding on a mechanical watch, which is used in the Logical One.

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Casio MRG G-Shock G2000HT "Hammer Tone"

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Launched at Baselworld 2017, the high-tech Casio G-Shock MRG G2000HT “Kasumi-Tsuchime” Limited Edition features a 3-way automatic time sync feature that uses atomic radio waves, Bluetooth, and GPS to calibrate the time with no input needed from the wearer. The 500 piece numbered limited edition is housed in a rugged all-metal MRG G-Shock case with a unique handmade bezel decorated with a traditional kasumi-tsuchime hammering technique. 3-Way Time Sync Incredible timekeeping accuracy is achieved by three advanced time-correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi-Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception, and Bluetooth® transmission. According to Casio, the most appropriate system is selected automatically depending on the conditions, and the correct time is displayed for the current time zone anywhere in the world. Additionally, there is the MR-G Connected Smartphone App which shows worldwide for over 300 cities as well as the

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Five Reviews you may have missed

These are five Reviews that you may have missed. Also please stay tuned to our REVIEW section as we have more coming soon! REVIEW: Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP637 “Baby Tuna” REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition REVIEW: Bovet Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei designed by Pininfarina REVIEW: Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue

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