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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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Only Watch 2017: Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph

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As you may already know, Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces (one-off) donated by watch companies with 99% of the proceeds going to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. It takes place at Christie’s in Geneva this Saturday, at 2:30 pm Geneva time. Today we will begin previewing a select number of pieces we photographed at Christie’s in New York last week. The Only Watch 2017 Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph (Lot 17) represents the first time the Aikon – which was inspired by the brand’s “Calypso” watch from the 1990s – comes with an automatic movement. This one-of-kind timepiece comes in a 44 mm x 14 mm black and dark gray stainless steel case, with bright yellow highlights in reference to the colors of Only Watch. The surfaces have alternating matte and polished finishes. The dial and

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In The Metal: MCT Dodekal One D110

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Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dōdekal One D110. Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the center of the dial. According to MCT, the Dōdekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by caliber D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form. A post shared by Jason Pitsch (@professionalwatches) on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:43am PDT The coolest feature relates to the transition of the hours which takes place over a period of 2.5 seconds, which results in the appearance of a slow fade, and really makes you do a double take. Minutes are

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition

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At Baselworld, Omega introduced a watch that is unlike most others in their collection. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition is unique for a number of reasons. It has a “grand feu” fire-baked enamel dial, platinum case, a worldtimer movement, and is limited to only 87 pieces, the latter of which is maybe the most interesting as Omega typically makes their limited editions in the thousands. Like the case, which is 43 mm in diameter (21 mm interlug width), the dial is also crafted from solid platinum the has a sandblasted surface and that is contrasted by 18K yellow gold hands and indexes. The main dial chapter ring features 24 reference cities transfers and is fixed in place. In the center, is a 24-hour rotating center disc that indicates the home time (or a second time zone

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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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In The Metal: Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel with Dark Rhodium dial and Jubilee bracelet

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One of the more interesting watches to come from Rolex this year was the Rolex Datejust 41 in steel with a Dark Rhodium dial and Jubilee five-piece link bracelet. With a larger case size (41 mm in diameter), a smooth (not fluted) bezel, and 18K white gold indexes on top of a real rhodium plated dial, Rolex has made a watch that is aesthetically much more pleasing to my eye. The Datejust, quite frankly, has never appealed to me, until now. Rolex Datejust 41 in steel with white gold fluted bezel (Ref. 126334) Surely, many will disagree as the Datejust is one of Rolex’s many icons, with a huge following. Nevertheless, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this new, modern, Datejust, ticks many of the boxes for me personally. The dark rhodium dial, in particular, or even

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Rolex Cellini Moonphase Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new model within the Cellini collection, the Cellini Moonphase. The watch is presented in a 39 mm polished 18K Everose gold case and features what Rolex refers to as a double bezel, that’s domed and fluted. Rose gold applied indexes, and a printed minutes/seconds scale, along with lance-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands, and a rose gold baton shaped central seconds hand, indicate the time. A blue centrally mounted hand, with an aptly shaped crescent moon tip, points to the date around the printed out chapter ring. A blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock, which has a unique meteorite applique, indicates the current moonphase, via a, rose gold arrow at 12 o’clock on the lunar subdial. Each day, the moonphase disc follows the lunar cycle, as shown on Rolex’s website. “As each

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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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