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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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A pocket watch that first sold in 1809 and was purchased by Breguet at auction for almost a million dollars

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Boasting a natural escapement, double subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, stop-seconds, fusee and chain tourbillon, and an absolutely scintillating gold guilloche regulator dial – this horologically magnificent Breguet pocket watch was sold to adventurer and writer Count Potocki in 1809 for 4,600 Francs. Fast forward to 2014, and Breguet bought the No. 1176 Montre garde-temps à tourbillon pocketwatch at auction from Christie’s in Geneva with the highest bid of 812,000 Swiss Francs (over $930,000 at 2014 exchange rates), plus fees. (The pocket watch is part of the permanent display at the Breguet Museum of Paris, located at Place Vendôme 75001). This is a truly historic piece as it was Abraham-Louis Breguet’s third tourbillon. Also making it the third tourbillon ever made, and possibly the second tourbillon Breguet ever finished, according to Eric Wind of Christie’s. It’s also worth noting that

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Introducing the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 1.3

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Ferdinand Berthoud is a new high-end watch brand within the Chopard Group that launched in 2015 and which sits atop of Chopard and L.U.C. Chopard. In the 18th century, Ferdinand Berthoud built marine chronometers that served as reliable scientific instruments and was appointed clockmaker of the French King and the French Navy. This company is a contemporary interpretation of that horological ideology with a pure focus on chronometric perfection. The Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3 has the same aesthetic and technical features of the previous versions that were respectively crafted in 18K white gold (FB 1.1) and 18K rose gold (FB 1.2). The case This new timepiece is presented in a 44 mm x 13 mm bimetallic platinum octagonal case with a domed and arched vintage style sapphire crystal with glare-proofing. Worth noting is that the case construction comprises two

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Demonstration of Omega's Anti-Magnetic Technology (Video)

Originally filmed in 2013, at the official worldwide announcement in New York City (initially published on our Vimeo account) this is a demonstration of Omega’s Anti-Magnetic Watch Technology Demonstration which is resistant up to 15,000 gauss and which ultimately became the technology they refer to as Co-Axial Master Chronometer” as seen on the Railmaster (pictured above) that was announced at Baselworld 2017. Please note, that going forward all of our videos will be available on youtube.com/prowatches.

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Video: L’Epée 1839 and MB&F Octopod

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MB&F and L’Epée 1839 have collaborated on numerous futuristic table clocks, and thus far, in this writer’s opinion, all are so good. This time, they may have outdone themselves with one of their most badass table clocks yet: the Octopod. “Think octopus, cephalopods and other eight-limbed creatures. Think marine compass – and the bathysphere from the 1989 classic The Abyss… Put that all together, with 468 fine-finished components, and you get Octopod: blending contemporary design with kinetic sculpture and a transparent bubble filled with traditional horology,” according to MB&F. Designed by MB&F and made in Switzerland by L’Epée 1839, the Octopod can be positioned to stand or crotch thanks to eight articulated legs. A transparent sphere connects the legs houses an eight-day hand-wound movement including a rotating escapement located on the minute hand. Time is read by looking down

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Casio MRG G-Shock G2000HT "Hammer Tone"

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Launched at Baselworld 2017, the high-tech Casio G-Shock MRG G2000HT “Kasumi-Tsuchime” Limited Edition features a 3-way automatic time sync feature that uses atomic radio waves, Bluetooth, and GPS to calibrate the time with no input needed from the wearer. The 500 piece numbered limited edition is housed in a rugged all-metal MRG G-Shock case with a unique handmade bezel decorated with a traditional kasumi-tsuchime hammering technique. 3-Way Time Sync Incredible timekeeping accuracy is achieved by three advanced time-correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi-Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception, and Bluetooth® transmission. According to Casio, the most appropriate system is selected automatically depending on the conditions, and the correct time is displayed for the current time zone anywhere in the world. Additionally, there is the MR-G Connected Smartphone App which shows worldwide for over 300 cities as well as the

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Zenith Defy Lab

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Today, in Le Locle, Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith debuted the all-new high-tech Zenith Defy Lab timepiece – presented in a 44 mm diameter case made of Aeronith which they claim to be the world’s lightest aluminum composite material. The real story, however, is what’s inside the case: an all-new mechanical movement that beats at an astounding 15Hz and uses a new one piece oscillator made of monocrystalline silicon which replaces the traditional “sprung balance” design used in virtually all mechanical watches. According to Zenith “The 30 or so components of a standard regulating organ (which requires assembly, adjustment, timing, testing, and lubrication) are thus replaced by a single element measuring just 0.5 mm thick (compared with the usual 5 mm). This breathtaking development beats at the incredible frequency of 15 Hertz, with an amplitude of +/- 6 degrees, and is

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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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Why "The Wristwatch Handbook" Succeeds?

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When Ryan Schmidt first started promoting his book The Wristwatch Handbook A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches on social media before it hit shelves last year, I noticed and it really piqued my interest. I wondered if it would be a true “Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches.” And now that I have read it cover-to-cover, I can undoubtedly say that it is. I love watches and have always enjoyed breaking down basic movements and putting them back together, as well as completing a number of watchmaking workshops, but I don’t purport to be a watchmaker. In a similar context, this book is written by an excellent writer, but not a watchmaker. He clearly worked with many watchmakers, though, in creating the 470 pages of images, illustrations, and encyclopedia style explanations of the complex inner workings of mechanical watches. Ultimately, unlike

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Laurent Ferrier x Urwerk Arpal One for Only Watch

Two well-known watch companies – Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk – have to come together to create a one-off timepiece to be sold at Only Watch 2017, with all proceeds going to aid in fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The case design was created from sketches by Laurent Ferrier who said this about the watch, “It’s a cleanly cut watch. My friends know my love of cars, a predilection expressed in this watch. This new creation is like streamlined coachwork, fluid and without any affront to the eye.” This case is an alloy made from ARPAL+, which is a special material made by Cendres+Métaux in Biel, specifically designed for this unique timepiece. Originally developed for the electronics industry, ARPAL+ consists of 75% precious metals and resists wear and scratches better than white gold or steel. Its color never fades, nor does it

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