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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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Gallery: Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

Casio’s G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000 pilot watch, which we covered here earlier in the year, features a unique 3-Way Time Sync system that automatically keeps the correct time by way of a Bluetooth, Atomic Radio, and GPS signals, in that order. Plus there are a number of additional functions, including the ability to track your flights by using an app.

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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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Gallery: Casio G-Shock Mudmaster

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This summer, in early June, I took a trip to Denver to relax a little, visit some friends, and to ride at Winterpark (Trestle Bike Park) which had just opened as most of the snow had melted at the time. I brought a Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Khaki with plans to take it biking and to photograph it with the natural scenery, as the Rocky mountains are beautiful in the summer. With a good amount of biking experience, including some downhill mountain biking, I am definitely not a beginner but far from able to fully rip the pro trails. I planned to wear the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Khaki in its natural habitat, so to speak, along with the gloves, pads, special shoes, goggles, and full face helmet. But I wanted to go for a few runs first, then put the watch

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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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Gallery: Insight Micro-Rotor by Romain Gauthier

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Romain Gauthier is a Vallée de Joux based watch company, run by its namesake founder, that produces ultra limited edition timepieces with unmistakable designs and extraordinary finishes. The Insight Micro-Rotor with off-center hour, minute, and small second indications is a perfect example of the impeccable level of thought and detail that goes into each Romain Gauthier watch. You can view its micro-rotor at 9 o’clock on the dial side, along with the hour and minute dial at 12 o’clock, with the small seconds overlapping the bottom of that dial at 6 o’clock. Just below that is the regulator with a free-sprung balance wheel suspended in place by a traversing balance bridge in the signature style of Romain Gauthier. The edges are perfectly hand chamfered and polished, as are the screws, which are exclusive to the brand. Driven by a front

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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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Gallery: Patek Philippe "The Art of Watches" Grand Exhibition

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At the time when many Swiss watchmakers are struggling to maintain relevance and profitability, blue chip companies such as Patek Philippe, continue to operate business as usual. Like Rolex, Patek Philippe is one of the most coveted watch brands in existence. And so, The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017 while unprecedented in size and scale, for any watch manufacturer, is really not that much of a surprise. The Grand Exhibition, which cost the company a small fortune, was free to the public. No invite-only requirements, no $50 door fee, all you had to do was wait in a line and go through security. This is great for the watch industry as a whole, which is in serious peril right now. Patek Philippe truly stands above all others when it comes to resale values of their timepieces, and

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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: 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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