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Romain Gauthier Logical One Black Titanium Hands-On

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Vallée de Joux watchmaker Romain Gauthier’s Logical One timepiece was awarded the well-deserved Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve men’s complicated prize in 2013. Since then, the namesake company that Gauthier founded, has introduced a number of variations to that model, which currently include natural titanium, white gold, and black titanium versions (red gold and platinum 20 piece editions are sold out), as well as a new matte variant called the Logical One Enraged, that was introduced last year. Today, we have some hands-on shots of the black titanium version, which like the rest of the Logcial One collection, measures 43 mm x 14.2 mm, with a slightly domed sapphire crystal, and a sapphire caseback. A unique feature of this haute horology masterpiece is the friction-minimizing ruby-link chain, with snail cam and sapphire-lined mainspring barrel which is wound by pushing the

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Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Hands-On

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Introduced in 2014, the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time features a unique dual time function as well as an interchangeable tourbillon module, presented in a 41.5 mm x 14.3 mm case crafted from either 18K white or red gold. There are five variations in total (red gold/gold dial, red gold/silver dial, white gold/gray dial, white gold/blue dial, white gold/white dial). The version pictured comes in white gold with a white lacquered dial, black transferred Roman numeral indexes, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and a red leaf-shaped second-time zone hand (which can be concealed by setting it to the same time as the home time hand). Uniquely, at the bottom of the dial is a one-minute tourbillon that is visible through a circular aperture, and that features an open-worked bridge, offering an impressive view of the free-sprung balance wheel, tourbillon cage,

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The Colt Skyracer in "Breitlight" Hands-On

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Breitling introduced their ultra-light proprietary Breitlight® case at Baselworld 2016 in the Avenger Hurricane. The case material is a high-tech polymer alloy that has an appearance similar to forged carbon and that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel. Not to mention, it is said to have an exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion. Plus, it’s non-magnetic and non-allergenic. While the first watch introduced in Breitlight® was an automatic, the second model that was introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Colt Skyracer, is powered by a quartz. And while a mechanical is has more of an emotional appeal, if you are going to do wear a watch with a battery, one of the best quartz movements you could have is Breitling’s thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ (Breitling caliber 74), which is ten times more accurate than a standard

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra "Railmaster" Hands-On

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Alongside the debut of the 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions, at Baselworld 2017 – including a 38 mm Railmaster model – Omega also launched the all-new Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster collection. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Railmaster” Co-Axial Master Chronometer comes in a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm x 12.65 mm with symmetrical brushing, brushed bezel, and sandblasted crown with embossed Omega horseshoe emblem. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial. The caseback is solid and features a special (patent pending “NAIAD LOCK” manufacturing technique the keeps the back oriented, which in this instance means the embossed Seahorse medallion stays upright everytime it is screwed-in. Water-resistance is 150 meters. Available in either black or stainless steel, each dial is vertically brushed and features recessed hour markers filled with “vintage” luminous material with blue emission. The hands are in brushed stainless

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Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial

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Similar to the Speedmaster Racing that Omega debuted in 2012, the new Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial is powered by in-house caliber 3300 and offered a price point under five thousand dollars. Distinguished by horizontal oval subdials and a vertical oval date display, the dial takes inspiration from several De Ville timepieces. The steel case measures 38 mm in diameter, with an 18 mm lug width, and features a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. A box-type sapphire crystal protects the dial and is surrounded by a fixed tachymeter bezel. A seahorse medallion is stamped on the screw-in solid steel caseback. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Inside, is Omega’s entry-level in-house automatic, caliber 3300 which beats at 4Hz and features a Si14 silicon balance spring, free sprung balance wheel, a column wheel, and NIVACHOC shock absorber. The 31 jewels Co-Axial movement has a

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Heritage Black Bay 41

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The new Heritage Black Bay 41 comes with a slimmer middle case and fixed polished steel bezel for a more dressy look than the standard Black Bay collection. As with all Black Bay watches, this is inspired by past divers’ watches from the 1950s and 1960s. A black lacquer dial with applied rhodium plated luminous indexes, and rhodium plated luminous hands, including the signature snowflake hand. This is a no-date model, and unlike the rest of the Black Bay collection, which is currently powered by manufacture movements, this model has been equipped with a more budget friendly ETA 2824 caliber that is good for 38-hours. To keep the lines clean and maintain the elegant look, the sapphire crystal is flush with the bezel, which along with the thinner case making it easy to slide this watch under a shirt cuff.

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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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Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Hands-On

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After setting the stage for the past five years with annual debuts of new variations to the three-hand Black Bay collection, which you can see in our archives, this year, Tudor, dropped their first Black Bay Chronograph. Presented in the same size case, that measures 41 mm in diameter, and is available in stainless steel, the new Chronograph has a thinner fixed bezel, as opposed to the standard Black Bay line which is thicker and rotates unidirectionally. Plus, it is steel, which apart from the new Black Bay Steel, is completely different from all existing Black Bay models which are steel with a colored aluminum insert. One design feature I personally like the most is the engraved tachymeter scale, which is reminiscent of a Rolex Daytona or 1970s Tudor Monte Carlo. The design feature I like the least is the

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Hands-On

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Girard-Perregaux first produced a luxury sports watch with octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet in 1975, during an era known for iconic watch designs. Just last year they relaunched the Laureato, inspired by that 70s model, with a “Clous de Paris” dial, that is akin to the Royal Oak’s “Grand Tapisserie” dial, at Baselworld 2016, in one size. For 2017, Girard-Perregaux followed that one timepiece up with an onslaught Laureato timepieces, in 4 sizes: 34 mm, 38 mm, 42 mm, 45 mm. The 34, 38, and 42 mm models are all basic three-handers with a plethora of variations within each size. The 34 mm model is targeted towards women and comes with strap or bracelet, in steel, two-tone, or rose gold, most of which come with diamonds. Next size up is a 38 mm diameter, targeted at both men and women,

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L.U.C. Lunar One and Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at the Baselworld fair in March, Chopard debuted two limited edition versions of their flagship L.U.C. Perpetual timepieces cased in platinum with deep blue sunray dials. L.U.C Lunar One Originally produced in 2005, the Lunar One comes in a 43 mm x 11.47 mm case finished with vertical satin-brushed sides along with a polished bezel and lugs. Large applied Roman numerals are mirror-polished give the watch an unmistakable look while enhancing legibility. The moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock is not simply disc rotating beneath the dial but a number of components indicating the exact appearance and position of the moon as it orbits, with 122-year accuracy. Underneath the dial is automatic caliber L.U.C 96.13-L which features a 22K microtor that winds the watch up to its maximum 65-hour power reserve. Each movement is hand finished with beveled

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