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Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

Jason Pitsch

This year Audemars Piguet introduced a new generation Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT, which is essentially a reworked version of the previous model, now with a “flying” tourbillon, meaning it’s supported only on one side (instead of two like a standard tourbillon). AP did a really good job with this watch. The contemporary aesthetic is clearly a departure from the classical (monotonous) haute horology finishes we’ve seen over and over, and that’s, of course, a good thing. This watch is bold without being ostentatious, thanks largely to the matte finished surfaces, such as the sandblasted titanium case, the vertical satin-brushed black ceramic bezel, and a general design theme that omits almost all shininess. At 9 o’clock you can view the new flying tourbillon, with its gold balance wheel and variable inertia weights, as it oscillates to and fro at

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Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 2018 Re-Edition

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Of course, the Royal Oak, which debuted in 1972, was a game changer for Audemars Piguet. Just over two decades later, in 1993, another important timepiece came to life: the Royal Oak Offshore. Like the Royal Oak, the Offshore features a steel case, octagonal bezel, and hexagonal screws. It’s the bigger, sportier younger brother to the more sleek, refined Royal Oak if you will. This year at SIHH – 25 years later – Audemars Piguet unveiled a re-edition which takes the key elements from the original 1993 Royal Oak Offshore and offers it in a modern version (Ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01). The watch measures 42 mm x 14.4 mm and features a blue dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, blue counters, a blue inner bezel, and white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The pushers and crown are coated

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Pink Gold and Gemset Ladies' Royal Oak Self-Winding

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Accentuated by eight different shades of brilliant-cut orange sapphires, from pale to dark, the famous octagonal Royal Oak bezel is contrasted not just by its 40 gems (.96 carats) but also by its eight hexagonal screws which are in white gold. The 18K pink gold case measures 37 mm in diameter x 9.8 mm in thickness. Every surface of the case and pink gold bracelet is expertly polished or satin brushed for a subtle yet luxurious appearance. Although the gems and case are nice on the eyes, its the beautiful pink gold-toned dial – with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers, and Royal Oak hands – that really caught my eye. Even the date wheel, visible through an aperture at 3 o’clock, is pink gold toned. Underneath the dial of this feminine Royal Oak is the same motor seen

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Royal Oak Extra-Thin

Jason Pitsch

A watch that was first sold in 1972 is still the masterpiece of the brand 46 years later. Not to mention more desirable and collectible than ever on both the new and pre-owned market. With a case and bracelet designed by the late Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak is, in my opinion, visually one of the greatest watch designs of all time. The rarer A-Series models (Ref. 5402) in the best condition are naturally the most desirable vintage buy. I don’t know about you but this is one of my holy grails and has been for many years. Really any Royal Oak for that matter. I like the old ones, the new ones (Ref. 15202ST), and even the non-Jumbos (Ref. 15400). Any would do for me. No other watch is like it. The way the light reflects off the perfectly

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Breitling Navitimer 01 Matte Black Special Edition

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This is a special all matte black limited edition of the Breitling Navitimer 01 46 mm that is available at Hamilton Jewelers and a few other select U.S. watch retailers. The 46 mm x 14.50 mm stainless steel case has a completely matte black finish. Everything from the dial to the bezel to the case and caseback is all matte black. Inside, is Breitling’s 47 jewel COSC-certified in-house caliber B01 automatic movement which beats 4Hz and has a 70-hour power reserve. The chronograph has 1/4th of a second accuracy that, indicated via the red central second chronograph hand and the innermost chapter ring. The outer two rings are for the slide rule calculations. On the dial, there are triple subdials, two for the chronograph (30-minutes and 12-hours), and one for the running seconds. The date is indicated at a 45-degree

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Casio debuts GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman at CES

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This week at CES 2018, Japanese watchmaker Casio debuted two new GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman watches. We previewed the watch at the G-Shock 35th Anniversary event in November, however, CES is where Casio officially launched the new connected Rangeman. There are two new models, one with a black case and black strap and the other with a black case and green strap will be available for purchase April 2018 at G-Shock retailers, select Macy’s, jewelers, www.gshock.com, and the G-SHOCK Soho Store. The retail price will be $800. The new G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000 features the world’s first solar-assisted GPS navigation and is part of the “Master of G” series designed for use in extreme conditions. Rangeman watches feature a Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature. In addition to standard Triple Sensor, the new GPR-B1000 collects location data

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G-Steel with new Layered Carbon Bezel

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Casio recently made a really cool addition to the G-Steel line of G-Shock watches with the introduction of the G-Steel GSTB100X-1A. Boasting an all-new layered carbon bezel this steel cased watch has a distinctive high-tech look without sacrificing durability and shock resistance. The crystal is a flat sapphire that is very clear, providing excellent visibility, as well as scratch resistance compared to the plexiglass or mineral crystals used on lower priced models. In addition to the normal timekeeping functions that are shown with analog hands, this Japanese quartz watch is equipped with a Bluetooth function that allows you to connect to your smartphone at the press of a button and acquire the time from the same internet time server that calibrates your phone. This results in ultra-accurate and easy to set timekeeping. Other functions include “Tough Solar” which charges the

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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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