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SIHH 2017: Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days

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Created by Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee, the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days features a carbon fiber composite case, a completely new deep black dial, and a movement needing no lubrication for 50 years. The 49 mm carbon fiber case, referred to as Carbotech, has already been in use on previous models, such as the Luminor Submersible 1959 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic that we reviewed in 2015. The 49 mm Luminor 1950 case has the same dense, uneven black surface, which is composed of very thin sheets of carbon fibre are pressed together at a controlled temperature under very high pressure. What is all new, is the dial which is covered in carbon nanotubes, and the movement which works perfectly without any lubrication for 50 years, according to Panerai. The dial has Panerai’s the classic sandwich construction, with a generous

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SIHH 2017: Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon

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Ahead of SIHH 2017, which takes place in January, Cartier has previewed three new timepieces: the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour, the Panthère Joueuse, and the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. It is the most complicated of the timepieces, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, that is the most exciting horologically. The new haute horology watch is shown in a 45 mm x 11.15 mm grade 5 titanium case, that weighs under 50 grams. It is also available in also available in two platinum variants, with diamonds. Driving the hours and minutes, the mysterious double tourbillon, and the minute repeater is Cartier’s in-house developed caliber 9407 MC, which as you can see, is fully exposed on the dial side. In the center, you see the sword-shaped hour and minute hands. At 10 o’clock

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Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike

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Following the 2006 launch of the L.U.C. Strike One model which chimes the hour, Chopard Manufacture has unveiled an in-house minute repeater that chimes the minutes, quarter hours, and hours. Technically speaking, the all-new L.U.C. Full Strike features one of the most innovative minute repeater designs on the market. A design that took 6 years to develop and produce, and is the subject of 3 pending patents. The most notable feature of this unprecedented minute repeater wristwatch is the specially manufactured monoblock sapphire crystal which acts both as a traditional crystal that protects the dial side of the watch and as the gongs. The use of transparent gongs that are an integral part of the front sapphire crystal, allowed Chopard to craft a case that is small relative to other minute repeaters (42.5 mm x 11.55 mm). Moreover, according to

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Japan's first automatic mechanical watch

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The origins of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in Tokyo’s Ginza district. A little over a decade after opening the shop, in 1892, Hattori started manufacturing clocks under the “Seikosha” name, which roughly translates to “the house of exquisite workmanship.” The Laurel, produced in 1913, was the company’s first watch, and also the first wristwatch made in Japan. However, it was not until 1924 that the first watches produced under the Seiko name were introduced. The Laurel was the first Japanese wristwatch, created in 1913 before the brand Seiko was used In 1956, Seiko introduced its first watch with a movement that was designed fully in-house. The Seiko Marvel incorporated Seiko’s “Diashock” shock absorption system – and that was just the beginning of many years of innovations to come from Japan’s oldest

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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire

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Last week, at the Salon QP in London, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom premiered a new complicated timepiece, called the Mirrored Force Resonance, that uses a dual regulation system designed to increase precision through a phenomenon known as resonance. Resonance is not something new, in fact, it is a phenomenon known about 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

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Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography

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Patek Philippe has announced the release of Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography by Nicholas Folks. The hard bound book, commissioned by Patek Philippe, is a definitive work that covers the legendary watch company’s evolution from its formation in 1839 up until the present. Philippe Stern, the Honorary President of Patek Philippe had this to say, “I am very pleased to see the history of my family’s company come to life in this excellent volume. This is the first time that the Patek Philippe archive has been accessed and brought to life in a factual and definitive work. Nicholas Foulkes has perfectly recreated the atmosphere and details of our 175-year journey.” Featuring 544-pages, filled with over 600 images, “Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography” will be available for 220 CHF beginning December 2016 on Patek.com, as well as at the Patek Philippe

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The infamous TAG Heuer caliber CH80 returns

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TAG Heuer’s second chronograph movement, an in-house designed integrated column-wheel chrono with a premium vertical-clutch system, known as caliber 1969, was originally announced in November 2013. Following that, the so-called caliber “1969” movement debuted inside the Carrera CH80 Chronograph, at Baselworld 2014, with the new name caliber “CH80,” and with intentions of being delivered to retailers later that year. Further, during the annual Baselworld trade show, TAG Heuer explicitly told us that the Carrera CH80 Chronograph was available for sale at the wholesale level. And that they were taking orders from retailers during the show with deliveries tentatively expected to begin by Fall 2014. This is the typical procedure for most watch brands: announce at Baselworld or SIHH watch shows during Q1/Q2, and deliver those new timepieces Q3/Q4, the same year. However, that never happened. Instead, the then LVMH Watch

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Five images of Big Ben Clocktower from five different photographers

London’s “Elizabeth Tower” is the most famous clocktower in the world. Inside, it houses the clock mechanism for four clock faces and five chiming bells. An interesting fact that most people do not know is that technically it is the largest bell, not the tower itself, that is called “Big Ben.” However, more commonly, the entire tower, clock mechanism, and bells are referred to as Big Ben. Learn more about its history HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. We have previously shown the clocktower being cleaned and reported that it will begin being renovated in 2017. In the meantime, please enjoy these five images of the famous clocktower taken by five independent photographers. Photo (top): Tamara Menzi Photo: Ming Jun Tan Photo: Samuel Zeller Photo: Jethro Stebbings Photo: Sapan Patel

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Five important watch manufactures we've toured

The crème de la crème watchmakers, whether they are Swiss, German, or Japenese, have their own factories, often referred to in the industry by the French usage manufacture, which is a noun that basically means a manufacturer or factory that can produce at least one full mechanical watch movement completely inside their own factory. And below are four of the best in the world, which we have toured and photographed, just click the link for each to visit the original article. Located in Le Sentier, in the famed Vallée de Joux, a valley located in the Jura Mountains, is Jaeger-LeCoultre, which we toured in 2010 (pictured at top). In between the Jura mountains and the Alps, in Geneva, in the Roger Dubuis manufacture, which we toured in 2010. Piaget has two manufactures, their historical home in La Côte-aux-Fées (pictured above)

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Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time Hands-On

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The Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time, unveiled at Baselworld 2016, is the first Seiko, other than the Astron, to utilize Seiko’s unique GPS Solar timekeeping technology. Crafted in corrosion resistant titanium, the Marinemaster case and bracelet feature a super-hard coating to protect against impacts. The case measures 48.5 mm x 14.7 mm and is topped by a highly durable fixed ceramic bezel. The two-tone bezel is bright white on the top (with the numeric UTC codes in blue), and bright blue on the flange (with the 40 world time cities engraved in white). The bracelet has a three-fold clasp with push button release, with a secure lock and slide adjuster. A screw-down crown and caseback ensure a water-resistance of 200 meters. The crown features white ceramic crown guards. The sapphire crystal has been coated inside and out with a super-clear

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