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Pre-Baselworld: Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

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At Baselworld 2017, which takes place next month, Zenith will debut a new version of their Heritage Pilot Chronograph. We covered the launch of the Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer last year, and this is fundamentally the same watch but in a bronze case instead of stainless steel. The Pilot Extra Special Chronograph bronze-alloy case measures 45 mm x 14.25 mm, with a domed sapphire crystal, oversized onion-shaped ridged screwed-down crown, with flat ridged pushers, both designed to be used while wearing gloves. The solid caseback is titanium (which is hypo-allergenic), with an engraved Zenith flying instruments logo. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The dial has a frosted gray finish with two snailed counters and large gold-plated, facetted, luminous coated hands. Right below the Zenith logo “MONTRE D’AERONEF,” which was not on last year’s version. Naturally, the watch is powered by the

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Moritz Grossman Atum Enamel

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This month Glashutte based watchmaker Moritz Grossman announced a new time only limited edition watch that features a unique movement that has some of the brand’s proprietary technology inside and is finished to perfection, as well as a beautiful enamel dial. On the front, the two-part fire baked white enamel dial of the Atum Enamel has the scales and numerals printed in black, with the exception of the Roman numeral XII which is printed in royal blue to match the strap, and distinctive Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands (like you see from Laurent Ferrier) that are manually crafted from steel, and then annealed to a brown-violet hue. Driving the three-hands, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is a manually wound movement with the brand’s signature Grossmann winder with a pusher that allows the movement to be wound by pushing a

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Pre-Baselworld: BR03-92 Horograph and Horolum

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Bell & Ross has made a name for themselves not by selling watchmaking expertise, or a historic brand name, or innovating in any way. They don’t even come up with compelling names for their different models. The Horograph and Horolum names, for example, according to Bell & Ross, were derived from the common root “Horo”, from the Latin “Hora” (hour), followed by “Graph” (graphics) or “Lum”, from the Latin “Lumen” (light). Who the hell came up with these names? One is said to be based on airport terminal clocks, and the other on runaways. And you can see the airport terminal clock aesthetic in the design of the so-called “Horograph,” but I fail to see how the luminous material on the “Horolum” is related to the runway at an airport, at least without laughing. My point is basically when you

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The Seiko Presage Enamel Collection

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After the successful debut of the limited edition Presage Chronograph collection – with the option of a white or black enamel dial – last year at Baselworld, Japanese watchmaker Seiko has announced a new collection of four enamel dial Presage timepieces. The Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic, Chronograph, and Automatics (one in a circular-shaped case and the other in Tonneau-shaped case). Each variant comes in a stainless steel case with a white enamel dial with black transferred markings, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, a blued crescent seconds hand, a curved sapphire crystal, a crocodile strap with a three-fold clasp with push button release, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic (ref. SPB045) The Seiko Presage Multi-hand Automatic comes in a 40.5 mm x 12.8 mm case and is powered by a caliber 6R27, which is an automatic

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Pre-Baselworld: Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Limited Edition

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Last year, Chanel released their first watch with a proprietary movement, the Monsieur de Chanel, in a 40 mm diameter 18K white or so-called “beige” gold case, with ivory opaline dials, and retrograde minutes and jumping hours displays. The timepiece is a departure from previous Chanel watches because it is both aesthetically different and technically more complicated than past Chanel watches which were strictly luxury fashion watches up until Baselworld 2016 when the original watch debuted. The movement, Chanel caliber 1, was developed mostly in-house, according to Chanel, although it is known that they also used high-end watchmaker Romain Gauthier was contracted to develop some of the components. The manually wound caliber has 30 jewels and a power reserve of 72-hours. The balance wheel bridge is connected at two points which are more robust and will make the watch more

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control with new Sector Dials

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Jaeger-LeCoultre first debuted the Master Control collection in 1992 – so the Le Brassus-based watchmaker created three new variations this year for its 25th anniversary. The new models are not re-editions but rather retro editions, with open baton hands and new sector dials. The three watch models are the Master Control Date - 39 mm x 8.5 mm, the Master Control Chronograph - 40 mm x 12.1 mm, and the Master Control Geographic - 39 mm x 11.8 mm. All three versions maintain the same case diameter, are crafted in stainless steel and have the same respective movements (JLC calibers 899, 751, 939) as the models that they are based on. However, Jaeger-LeCoultre has managed to slightly reduce the case thickness on all three versions, which, of course, is a plus. The only other changes are to the dials and

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Alpina unveils its first smartwatch rated for diving

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We’ve covered the relatively young smartwatch niche since 2013, and in that short amount of time, there have been some genuine innovations and developments. Although the technology is still very new and so far innovation has come mostly in the form of evolving features on existing models. In the case of Alpina, this is their second generation of smartwatch, and it’s capable of withstanding water down to 100 meters, which is on par with the deepest diving smartwatch to date, the Nixon Mission Smartwatch. However, there are a number of caveats. One, the watch, does not feature a touchscreen, just like first generation Alpina smartwatches. And two, the case is made of fiberglass and steel as opposed to steel. Fiberglass is essentially plastic, so this is a significant downgrade compared to the Apple Watch or the TAG Heuer Connected watch,

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HM7 Aquapod

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Last month at the SIHH trade show in Geneva, MB&F unveiled one of their craziest horological creations yet: the HM7 Aquapod. It is essentially their version of a dive watch. Although as you might expect, it is like no other dive watch you’ve ever seen. The HM7 Aquapod features a unique spherical construction with a 52.8 mm x 21.3 mm case crafted from either grade 5 titanium or 18K 5N red gold, with a massively domed sapphire crystal on the top, and a less domed sapphire crystal on the bottom. Most notably, there is a circular open space in between the main dial area of the watch the rotating bezel, which MB&F has dubbed a “floating” a bezel. The profile view clearly looks like a jellyfish! The inspiration for the watch was, of course, dive watches, but also a gelatinous

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The Pocket Watch Paillonné

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At Baselworld 2016, Jaquet Droz debuted this stunning pocket watch with a Paillonné dial in red Grand Feu enamel. The Paillonné technique consists of tucking a piece of foil - a “paillon” - between two layers of enamel. The gold foil pattern underneath hence shines through in a unique way. The Pocket Watch Paillonné is presented in a rather sleek 50 mm x 12.07 mm 18K red gold case with a gold chain. At the top of the dial, the hours and minutes are displayed via blued stainless steel hands on a small silvery-opaline dial. Just below is a much larger silvery-opaline dial with a blued seconds hand that continuously sweeps the dial. Inside is hand wound caliber 2615 which is visible through the sapphire window on that caseback, and that beats at 3Hz (21,600 vph), has 20 jewels, is

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Carl F. Bucherer Timepieces Featured in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'

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If you like action movies, and you have not seen the first John Wick movie, you need to see it. But don’t take my word for it – as the 2014 neo-noir action thriller received an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie starred Keanu Reeves in his first major title role in years. And he literally and figuratively killed it. This article titled “The Guns of John Wick” breaks down the epic list of every (real) weapon used in the movie, including an analysis of all the kills made. Like the guns, the watches were real, and for his role as John Wick, Reeves wore a Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate in steel with white dial and black alligator leather strap. For the second installment, which premiered yesterday in Los Angeles, he will again be wearing his signature Manero

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