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SIHH 2018: Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa collection

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This year Parmigiani Fleurier debuted a new, more refined version of their Kalpa. The tonneau-shaped watch collection has been a signature of the company since its introduction in 2001. For SIHH 2018, the Fleurier-based watchmaker launched three models: the Kalpa Chronor, Kalpagraphe Chronomètre, and Kalpa Hebdomadaire. All pieces are highlighted by shaped movements designed just for the proportions of the case. And as you would expect if you know about Parmigiani, each movement features exquisite finishing seen only on the very best timepieces. From the 22K gold oscillating weight (in the automatic models) that is adorned with Parmigiani Fleurier’s signature barley grain motif, to the perfectly chamfered and polished bridges, to the polished jewel sinks, the movements are about as luscious as you can get. The tonneau case with its tear-shaped lugs has been reshaped resulting in better ergonomics and

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Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection

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When I think of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the first thing that comes to mind is the Reverso, their most well-known collection. Then I think about their movement production capabilities, which have earned them the nickname “the Grand Maison,” or their magnificent Atmos clock line which uses changes in atmospheric pressure for power. But as far as wristwatches no single Jaeger collection truly stands out – in my opinion – other than the Reverso. The much loved Le Sentier based manufacture is clearly aiming to change that with the introduction of the all-new Polaris that takes one of their most iconic watches – the Memovox Polaris from 1968 – and builds an entire collection, including a new case and dial design, around it. The resulting Polaris collection comprises five models: a three-hand automatic, a chronograph, a chronograph world time, an automatic date, and

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SIHH 2018: Royal Oak "Jumbo" in Titanium and Platinum

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Audemars Piguet is at a point where they don’t really need to sell newness in the way many of their competitors do. Their iconic Gerald Genta designed A-Series Royal Oak “Jumbo” from 1972 is so well designed that they’ve left it alone for the most part. Today, however, they’ve done something exciting, without really doing a whole lot. They have taken their current 15202ST line (the stainless steel Jumbo), which has the same dimensions as the original at 39 mm x 8.01 mm and produced it in a titanium case and bracelet with a polished platinum bezel and bracelet links. Plus, they created a stunning new smoked blue “Petite Tapisserie” pattern dial, which is a mixture of dark blue and black hues, combined with white gold applied hour-markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands. Driving the hours, minutes, and date is

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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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Casio debuts GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman at CES

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This week at CES 2018, Japanese watchmaker Casio debuted two new GPS equipped G-Shock Rangeman watches. We previewed the watch at the G-Shock 35th Anniversary event in November, however, CES is where Casio officially launched the new connected Rangeman. There are two new models, one with a black case and black strap and the other with a black case and green strap will be available for purchase April 2018 at G-Shock retailers, select Macy’s, jewelers, www.gshock.com, and the G-SHOCK Soho Store. The retail price will be $800. The new G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000 features the world’s first solar-assisted GPS navigation and is part of the “Master of G” series designed for use in extreme conditions. Rangeman watches feature a Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature. In addition to standard Triple Sensor, the new GPR-B1000 collects location data

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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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Looking Back at 2017, And Forward to 2018

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With 2017 coming to a close at midnight Sunday, we’ve prepared a list of some of our favorite posts from 2017. Looking back is, of course, important, and many of our old articles, even those that are many years old, still continue to be viewed. This is one reason that while social media has become complementary to our website, it will likely never replace it. Once an Instagram post fades away over the weeks and months, often times that is when a website article just starts being discovered. With this in mind, we look forward to the future, to 2018 and beyond. REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Moon The History of the Breguet Type XX Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Heritage 146 Hands-On Baselworld 2017:

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Armin Strom X Kari Voutilainen Mirrored Force Resonance

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Armin Strom has added a new customization option to their Mirrored Force Resonance watch: guilloché dials made by none other than master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen. Available in multiple colors (blue, black, anthracite, red or bicolor), and in several different pattern options (sun-ray, concentric waves or barleycorn), each piece will have the unmistakable look of a Voutilainen combined with the high-tech resonance system. Each dial is manufactured in Voutilainen’s Môtiers-based workshop, on vintage engine-turning lathes, which are operated by hand. The intricate patterns, obtained by chiseling a smooth metallic plate with extreme precision and care, are true pieces of art, reflective of the craftsmen’s skills and virtuosity. The retail price is CHF 59,000 (CHF 5,000 more than the standard steel Mirrored Force Resonance). Learn more at Armin Strom.

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