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The Notorious Watches of Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor is notorious for his trash talk, for his ability to fight and win in the UFC in multiple weight classes, and for his extravagant lifestyle including an affinity for custom made suits, luxury cars, and high-end mechanical watches. He is currently the UFC lightweight (155lb) champion, after a win by TKO against defending champion Eddie Alvarez on November 12, 2016. Upon winning that fight McGregor became the first fighter in UFC’s history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously, as he was still holding the featherweight (145lb) title at the time. Which, by the way, he earned December 12, 2015, when he KO’d José Aldo in a mere thirteen seconds and earned him the accolade of the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Notorious b.i.g balls A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Nov

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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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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), are available HERE starting at $290. The quality of the straps is on par with the shoes of the same name that can cost upwards of $2500. No machine stitching, everything is made by hand in Italy. Only the best leathers are used – exotic materials such as sharkskin, kudu, elephant, and horse leather are available as an option. If you prefer contrast stitching, quick release spring bars, special sizes, just ask – everything is possible. These are truly bespoke watch straps of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of affordable gift items even if not all are discounted or watch related! Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Watch Roll $595 Stefano Bemer Brogue Hole Pattern Card Wallets $168 Topo Designs Daypack $169 Frederique Constant Analytics Clip $99 The Wristwatch Handbook

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Stefano Bemer Bespoke Italian Shoes, Belts, and Watch Straps

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Florentine shoemaker, Stefano Bemer, started his company in 1983 “with a goal no less ambitious than creating the perfect Italian shoe.” Starting by repairing shoes, he eventually taught himself – along with workshops and shoemaking courses – the many techniques required to make fine handmade shoes, and ultimately mastered his own signature technique. After his unfortunate passing in 2012, Tommaso Melani, whose family has owned a leather handbag business, in Florence, Italy (Firenze), based in a Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950, purchased Stefano Bemer, with a goal of maintaining what the founder had built, and further expanding the business around the world. Over the summer, I had a chance to meet with Melani, at his company’s New York City flagship, located in a penthouse showroom in one of the most prestigious sections of the Upper East Side. During our

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Video: Aurel Bacs explains the provenance of Patek Philippe's mythical stainless steel Ref. 1518

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In this video, Phillips Watches auctioneer, Aurel Bacs discusses the highlights of the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, which takes place November 12th and 13th. Specifically, Bacs discusses the trilogy of Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 wristwatches that will be auctioned, including what the company refers to as the ne plus ultra watch of the 20th century – the stainless steel Patek Philippe Ref. 1518. According to Bacs, in 1941, when reference 1518 was launched, it was the most complicated wristwatch in the world – made in series – in the midst of a war. The steel watch was made in 1943, and sold in Hungary in February 1944. Watch the video to learn the full story behind this amazing piece of horological history, as well as some additional Patek Philippe highlights, including a rare Ref. 565 black dial steel watch

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Wempe expands 5th Avenue flagship boutique

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Following a two-year, eight-million-dollar renovation Wempe recently reopened their New York City Flagship boutique, located at the corner of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue. Expanding from 2,500 to 5,500 square feet provides more space for and comfort for customers, a larger service area, and room for additional watches. Wempe Jewelers has been located on Fifth Avenue since 1980 when the German-based watch and jewelry retailer decided to expand to the US. It has been located in the famous Penisula building, across the street from the original location, since 1990. Interestingly, the store has load bearing pillars from the Penisula hotel, that are part of its architecture. According to Wempe, “The new interior concept was motivated by the desire to provide more open space for Wempe customers. Fine materials such as granite from the quarries around Verona have been used for

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Cartier's newly renovated 653 Fifth Avenue Mansion

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Cartier’s three premiere worldwide flagships boutiques are in Paris, London, and New York, respectively. Following a massive storewide renovation that required closing the New York flagship 653 Fifth Avenue location, which began in 2014 – as of September 7th, 2016 – the Cartier Mansion is now open for business again. To put it in further perspective, during the renovation, Cartier built-out a temporary store at 767 5th Avenue (just behind the 5th Avenue Apple Store) to sustain sales and service their elite clientele during the renovation. Interestingly, that store did so well, that they are keeping it open, along with the flagship Mansion, even though the locations are only 7 blocks apart. After almost a century at 653 Fifth Avenue, Cartier will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Below are interior shots, provided by Cartier, of each of the unique

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The story behind the historic Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion

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Cartier was founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. In over a century of operation, the company has acquired a long list of famous clients, from celebrities to royal families, many with interesting back stories. However, the sale of a pearl necklace to a businessman named Morton F. Plant in 1917 is one of the most important in the company’s history. Pierre Cartier 1910 In 1912, Pierre Cartier, the grandson of the Cartier founder, began searching for a location in New York City on par with Cartier’s rue de la Paix flagship in Paris and New Bond Street in London. He spent five years searching, and finally, in 1917 he found a neo-Renaissance style mansion situated in a prime Manhattan location that was exactly what he had envisioned. At the time, according to Cartier, “Pierre proposed the legendary

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover Hands-On

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Last Thursday, Zenith announced a special edition co-branded timepiece with Range Rover, available in two versions, one with a beige strap and the other with a dark blue strap, which we reported on here. And this past Monday, Jean-Claude Biver, (who is the Head of LVMH’s watch division, the interim-CEO of TAG Heuer, and an LVMH board member), travelled from Switzerland, along with Land Rover head of design, Gerry McGovern, to officially launch the new timepiece to New York press. As part of the event, which took place at the New York Edition Hotel, artist, Carlito Dalceggio, painted a number of Range Rover body parts that had been flown in from the London. Gerry McGovern and Jean-Claude Biver unveiling the new El Primero Range Rover Special Edition During the unveiling, Biver and McGovern, made it clear that this is a

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