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A Baume with a 120-Hour Power Reserve?

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The launch of the new Baumatic caliber BM12-1975A reminds me of when the Tissot debuted the Powermatic 80 in 2013. At the time 80-hours was a huge power reserve, especially for a watch costing under $1,000. Five years later, while the price is higher, the Baumatic comes with a 50% larger power reserve (120-hours), higher accuracy (COSC chronometer level -4/+6), higher quality components, a more advanced free-sprung balance wheel, silicon hairspring, significantly better finishing, and so on. The caliber beats at a modern rate of 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 21 jewels, is anti-magnetic to 1500 gauss, and has a design similar to an ETA 2824, although the Baume caliber is a bit wider and thinner than the ETA. Naturally, Baume can design future movements with added functionality around this ValFleurier manufactured 5-day movement. Not to mention, since ValFleurier is owned

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SIHH 2018: Armin Strom Pure Resonance

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Armin Strom has taken their innovative Mirrored Force Resonance technology and created a second movement presented in a new watch collection called: Pure Resonance. Previously available in a case measuring 43.4 mm x 13 mm, the new Pure Resonance has been reduced in size to 42 mm x 12 mm, which was achieved mostly by reducing the bezel and case band thickness. The result is a watch with almost no bezel. The dial now has two subdials, one for hours and minutes, and the other is a true small seconds subdial. The main hours and minutes dial has silver or gold Lance-shaped hands with silver or gold printed Roman numerals with a white railroad minute track, on either a blue or black sunburst dial. The small seconds display feature a snailed dial in blue or black, with a baton hand

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SIHH 2018: Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch

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At an unbelievably thin (2 mm), the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. And while it is only a concept, the design features will be commercialized for use in future production models. Piaget already announced the world’s thinnest automatic watch (4.30 mm), which is undoubtedly impressive, last month. But this watch is less than half that at a mind-blowing (2 mm) which is only a hair thicker than a nickel which is (1.95 mm). To give some additional perspective, the watch is not much thicker than the leather strap attached to it (1.1 mm). Of course, when you make a thin watch, the weight typically goes down too, and in this instance, the 41 mm diameter case is crafted from a cobalt-based alloy that weighs a total of 21 grams. Comparatively, most mechanical watches weight around

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SIHH 2018: Ressence Type 2 e-Crown

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Ressence has just debuted a self-setting mechanical watch called the Type 2 e-Crown Concept. This is similar to technology already being used in watches such as the Casio Gravitmaster GPW2000 but with a key difference being that Type 2 e-Crown is based on a mechanical watch movement, not a quartz. Basically, Ressence has added an additional e-Crown system to their existing design which couples a Swiss base movement with a custom ROCS module that displays the time via unique discs that rotate around the dial. The system, developed by Ressence, allows the wearer to have the watch set itself via a Bluetooth connection to its smartphone app. The e-Crown requires electronic energy which is generated by kinetic movement (first) or photovoltaic energy (second) taken via 10 micro-shutters that open up on the dial when needed. The result, when combined with

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Ball Engineer M Challenger

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Introducing the Engineer M Challenger, Ball watch company’s first timepiece powered by a manufacture movement. The Engineer Challenger M is available in stainless steel in either a 40 mm x 13.4 mm case that comes with a black, blue or gray dial, and the option for a leather strap or steel bracelet, or a 43 mm x 13.4 mm case that comes with a black dial and steel bracelet. The entire collection is available on pre-order right now and will be produced in limited numbers. The variants with leather strap are available at a pre-order price of $1,699 (retail $2,899), and the steel bracelet models are $1,799 (retail $2,999). There is also an optional, and very pricey, $85 Nato strap available as an add-on. Although it’s hard to imagine consumers wanting to pay this price for a basic nylon strap.

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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.

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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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