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Mirrored Force Resonance Hands-On

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Independent Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom debuted one of the most interesting timepieces of 2016, distinguished by its unique dual regulation system that increases precision through “resonance.” Resonance was studied in the context of watchmaking as early as the 17th century, when Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), inventor of the pendulum clock, first discovered that two separate pendulum clocks, when hung from a common beam, synchronized, thanks to resonance (two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other and eventually synchronize). Abraham-Louis Breguet later also explored resonance and subsequently created a double pendulum resonance clock. According to Armin Strom, there are three main benefits of resonance. First, it creates a stabilizing effect on timekeeping which improves accuracy. Second, it conserves energy. Third, it reduces the negative effects of timekeeping accuracy due to outside disturbances, such as shock to the balance staff, which

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Photo Report: Live From Baselworld 2017

Baselworld 2017 is well underway and we are here meeting with some of the best mainstream and independent watchmakers to learn about and photograph the latest horological releases. Today we have prepared over twenty images “unedited” (straight-out-of-the-camera) – from an Olympus EM1/100 mm macro lens and a Fujifilm X70 – to give you a glimpse into the world’s largest watch show. Stay tuned as we will continue to provide concentrated hands-on coverage for the next two months!

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Photo Report: Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

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The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is in Zurich’s most prestigious shopping district, located at Bahnhofstrasse 31 – in the basement of Beyer watch boutique. The exhibition includes 300 pieces from all fields of horology. According to Beyer Chronometrie AG, “The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day. The exhibition comprises rare and precious exhibits such as shadow sticks, sundials, oil-lamp clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches and scientific instruments for timekeeping and marine navigation. Historical masterpieces that are rarely set running because of their fragile mechanics come to life in enthralling video clips. The exhibition is constantly being expanded and is widely regarded as one of the most important horological collections in the

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The History of the Breguet Type XX

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Overview Wristwatches have a rich history in aviation, and by the time World War II started (1939), soldiers and aviators used wristwatches – more than pocket watches – to calculate everything from flight time to artillery distances to longitude to troop movements. B-uhr, Navitimer & GMT Master In (1941), Lange & Sohne, who was the primary supplier of wristwatches to German combat pilots, could not deliver enough watches to fill the demand. So, the German government demanded five manufacturers to build B-uhr (“Beobachtungs-uhr” or “Pilot”) watches which were anti-magnetic, highly legible, and able to be chronometer certified. The five companies who produced the original pilot watches are IWC, Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe, and Stowa. 1911 Breguet biplane aeroplane Type R.U1 No.40. located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris Over a decade later, Breitling launched the Navitimer in

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Carl F. Bucherer Timepieces Featured in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'

Jason Pitsch

If you like action movies, and you have not seen the first John Wick movie, you need to see it. But don’t take my word for it – as the 2014 neo-noir action thriller received an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie starred Keanu Reeves in his first major title role in years. And he literally and figuratively killed it. This article titled “The Guns of John Wick” breaks down the epic list of every (real) weapon used in the movie, including an analysis of all the kills made. Like the guns, the watches were real, and for his role as John Wick, Reeves wore a Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate in steel with white dial and black alligator leather strap. For the second installment, which premiered yesterday in Los Angeles, he will again be wearing his signature Manero

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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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