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Jason Pitsch

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Baselworld 2017: NOMOS Glashutte Club Campus

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This year, the German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashütte, announced a new collection targeted at consumers looking for a high-quality mechanical timepiece as a gift for graduation or an important achievement – named the Club Campus. The collection consists of two 38.5 mm models and one 36 mm version. All three timepieces come in a stainless steel case with a curved sapphire crystal and a solid screwed stainless steel back, powered by the in-house manufactured, manually wound Alpha movement. By design, the caseback is solid, so it can be engraved with a special message, which is available free of charge. Uniquely, the dials feature a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. Thanks to a coating of blue luminescent material, the timepieces are also easily legible in the dark. All three models feature the familiar, extra-robust NOMOS Club case from stainless steel with

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Baselworld 2017: Casio G-Shock MR-G “Aka-Zonae”

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This week at Baselworld 2017, Casio announced a very special version of their high-end titanium cased MR-G collection, which is clad with a unique deep crimson red color that pays homage to an elite warrior unit that was part of a feudal clan during Japan’s medieval Sengoku “Warring States” period. The red color was adapted from traditional Japanese armor, known as “aka-zonae” (or red-colored armor), which symbolized strength and unity. The G-Shock MR-G “Aka-Zonae” comes in a black PVD plated pure titanium case, that according to Casio, is exceptionally scratch resistant thanks to a process where the titanium is heated in a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen gas used to a 20-30µm hard layer on the material’s outer surface. Further, as part of a dual-layer hardening processing, after the titanium is hardened, DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating is applied to the

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Baselworld 2017: Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

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Launched at Baselworld 2017, Casio’s new G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-3A, is an ultra-rugged watch featuring 3-Way Time Sync, G-Shock Connected technology, and numerous additional features designed for pilots and frequent flyers alike. Highly accurate timekeeping is achieved by using three-time correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception and Bluetooth® transmission. 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. Using the G-Shock Connected Smartphone App, which was designed exclusively for the Gravitymaster, the watch and app connect for automatic time adjustment, as well as to provide the world time for over 300 cities, and to act as a digital flight log. A three-dimensional dial layout that consists of phosphorescent 3D hour markers along with three inset dials and

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Armin Strom Online Watch Configurator

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Based in Biel/Bienne, which is home to companies such as Rolex, ETA, and Omega – Armin Strom is an independent watchmaker, and a true watch manufacture, with the ability to produce calibers fully in-house, and has already been offering customized features by special request for a long time. Over the years they have gotten very proficient at the process, and today, they are debuting a new interactive online personalization service called the “Watch Configurator,” which is similar to the customization options [TAG Heuer launched earlier this month] (https://professionalwatches.com/2017/03/hands-on-with-the-tag-heuer-connected-modular-45.html) with their Connected watch. However, these are purely mechanical watches, not smartwatches. Using the Watch Configurator, you can select from multiple options, in real-time, such as movement/watch type, which can be a hand-wound, skeleton, tourbillon – basically anything from the Armin Strom. From there you can then choose different colors for bridges

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Baselworld: Tudor Black Bay Steel

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The Heritage Black Bay is Tudor’s best selling watch collection – which is a modern re-interpretation of the Tudor Submariner – based on a combination the company’s dive watch references from the 1950s and 1970s. Beginning in 2012, with the original Black Bay Heritage Ref. 7930R, which features a Red bezel, Tudor has continually rolled out new editions, including the Black Bay Blue, Black, Dark, and Bronze editions. Today, that tradition continues with the launch of the Black Bay Steel, which comes with a circular satin-brushed matte stainless steel uni-directional rotating bezel inside the same 41 mm diameter case that is seen on existing models, with the exception of the Black Bay Bronze which has a larger case. In conjunction with the launch last year of the Black Bay Dark and Bronze, Tudor announced that all Black Bays will be

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REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Moon

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Overview Founded in 1975, the relatively young Swiss watchmaker, Maurice Lacroix, is headquartered in Biel/Bienne and has a watch manufacture in Saignelégier. However, the company we know today originally started with Desco von Schulthess, which began as a Zurich-based silk trading company, that after many years of exporting got involved in watch distribution, in 1946. They eventually did so well in the watch business that they acquired the Saignelégier-based watch assembler, Tiara, in 1961. The success continued to the point that Desco decided to create the brand Maurice Lacroix, in 1975. Maurice Lacroix went on to acquire case maker Queloz S.A. in 1989, also based in Saignelégier. And today, Maurice Lacroix produces many of their own movements, thanks to the combination of vertically integrated manufacturing elements that were purchased over the years by Desco von Schulthess. The dial Beginning with

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Photo Report: Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

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The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is in Zurich’s most prestigious shopping district, located at Bahnhofstrasse 31 – in the basement of Beyer watch boutique. The exhibition includes 300 pieces from all fields of horology. According to Beyer Chronometrie AG, “The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day. The exhibition comprises rare and precious exhibits such as shadow sticks, sundials, oil-lamp clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches and scientific instruments for timekeeping and marine navigation. Historical masterpieces that are rarely set running because of their fragile mechanics come to life in enthralling video clips. The exhibition is constantly being expanded and is widely regarded as one of the most important horological collections in the

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Pre-Baselworld: Hamilton Intra-Matic 68

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Hamilton is making a new version of their famous Insta-Matic chronograph, with a reverse “panda dial,” this year, although despite the name, it combines elements of the later Chrono-Matic as well as the original Intra-Matic. At the top is a 1970s Chrono-Matic, aka “Caliber 11,” with a panda dial. Photo by Chris Clark. The original Intra-Matic, from 1968, is powered by a hand-wound movement, and features a 36 mm case, with the crown on the right. Its predecessor, the Chronomatic, from 1969 and later, is powered by an automatic movement, and has a 37 mm case, with the crown on the left. Both come in panda dial and reverse panda dial variants. 36 mm Intra-Matic Chronograph B 1968 (left) vs. 42 mm Intra-Matic 68 2017 (right) Photo by Mentawatches At Baselworld 2017, Hamilton will officially unveil the new Insta-Matic 68

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Hands-On with the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

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Today, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer launched its second generation of Connected watch, with its partners Intel and Google, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco (as well as in Switzerland). The version two TAG Heuer smartwatch referred to as the Connected Modular 45, comes with a plethora of new functionality, as well as multiple customization options, two mechanical module options, and other additional enhancements over the original. Visually speaking, the watch case has been streamlined ever so slightly with sleeker lugs, as well as a reduction in case diameter down to 45 mm (from 46 mm). The result is a watch the is, even more, wearable. Look at the cover image, for example, and you can see how well it wears on a female wrist. In addition, the case is now truly water-resistant with a rating a 50

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REVIEW: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral

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Overview Originally founded by Carl Friedrich Bucherer in 1888, in Lucern, Switzerland, Bucherer started out as a watch retailer and jewelry store, selling a selection of the best brand name timepieces. In addition to their prominent chain of European retail stores, in 2001, the Bucherer Group created the luxury watch company Carl F. Bucherer, named after the company’s founder. In 2007, Carl F. Bucherer acquired Téchniques Horlogères Appliquées, giving them the ability to manufacture movements in-house, starting with the original CFB A1000 caliber, that debuted at Baselworld 2009. The A1000 caliber represented the first reliably functioning peripherally mounted rotor wound movement, which is even more impressive considering a few well-known watch companies tried to produce a reliable peripheral rotor watch movement but were unsuccessful. Introduction With the launch of the of the new caliber CFB A2000 – which powers the

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