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VIDEO REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 "Turtle" Diver

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Last year I reviewed the Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver, and this week after wearing that watch for almost a year, I did a quick video review. There is really not much bad to say, it’s one of the best professional mechanical dive watches you can buy for the money, bar none.

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Two Historiques Triple Calendars from Vacheron Constantin

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This week Vacheron Constantin debuted two new Historiques models based on 1940s archival timepieces that feature a complete calendar (day of the week, month, date), one of which also has a moon phase indicator. The Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and Triple Calendar 1948 have a vintage aesthetic and are distinguished by a triple calendar, round case with triple gadroons, two-tone dial, and “claw-type” lugs. Each case is larger than its predecessor but still ideal by modern standards at 40 mm x 10.35 mm, as you would expect from Vacheron Constantin. The first is crafted in stainless steel and the second in 18K pink gold. A box-type sapphire crystal protects the dial and blends in with the ultra-thin bezel. Water-resistance is 30 meters and there is a screw-in sapphire caseback that offers an unobstructed view of the hand applied Geneva striped

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VIDEO REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Mysterious Second Revelation

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The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Mysterious Second Revelation (Ref. MP6558) comes in a steel case that measures 43 mm x 17 mm, is 51 mm in length, has a 21 mm interlug width, and weighs 113.6 grams. It is powered by hand wound in-house caliber ML215. Please watch the video for the full details. (Available in 4K resolution on compatible browsers/screens.)

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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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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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Armin Strom Manual "Hunt Slonem" Edition for Only Watch

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Only Watch is a biennial charity event where watch companies, big and small, donate a one-off timepiece that is auctioned off to the highest bidder – with all proceeds (approximately 98%) going to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Biel/Bienne based watchmaker Armin Strom has again chosen to participate in this noble charity event and their submission is a timepiece with the work of Brooklyn artist Hunt Slonem on the dial. The Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch 2017 comes in a titanium case with a diameter of 43.4 mm and is powered by a manually wound AMW11 caliber that is manufactured in-house and has an off-center time display and seconds subdial. The watch runs for 5-days when fully wound. The mainplate and bridges are decorated and hand-engraved. (Here is a standard version of the Armin Strom

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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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Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport and GranLusso

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The Octo case is distinctive and the finishes look good, particularly the textured dial on the GrandSport and the sunburst dial on the GrandLusso. However, with a starting price of $12,800 for the steel GranSport model and climbing to $30,700 for the 18K pink gold GranLusso, I wonder who would pay this for a wristwatch that at first glance appears to be missing half the hours. In reality, the hours are displayed via a circular cut-out at 3 o’clock via a jumping hour mechanism. And the minutes are indicated on the retrograde scale, on the left, which goes from 0-60 and then instantly snaps back to zero upon reaching the end, just as the Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleur does. What makes the dial confusing is that there are applied Arabic numerals from 0-6, marked with a (MIN X 10),

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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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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked x Material Good

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Audemars Piguet has just released a new pair of Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked timepieces in collaboration with SoHo luxury retailer Material Good. The design “was conceived out of a creative dialogue between Audemars Piguet and SoHo luxury retailer, Material Good,” according to the manufacture. Driving the tourbillon, chronograph, hours, minutes, and small seconds functions is manual wind caliber 2936 which runs at 3Hz, has 299 components, 28 jewels, and a power reserve of 72-hours. Both versions feature pink gold luminescent markers applied to the sapphire crystal dial, with a ruthenium-toned outer minute/seconds ring, and ruthenium counters. Through the sapphire dial, you can admire the completely openworked bridges and components. And while the tourbillon bridge at 6 o’clock creates a visual show as the balance wheel oscillates to and fro beneath it perhaps the most striking element is the mainspring

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