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Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 Hands-On

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Breguet has a well-deserved position at the highest end of the watch industry. The reputation is based on an incredible history in watchmaking, starting with one of the greatest watchmakers of all-time – Abraham-Louis Breguet over two centuries ago – and continuing to this day. Moreover, the legendary Swiss watch company has continued to show their ability to design and manufacture highly collectible haut de gamme horological complications that few other watchmakers are capable of producing. At Baselworld 2017, Breguet has further solidified their status with the debut of the Marine Équation Marchante 5887, which elegantly presents the difference between mean solar time (civil/standard time) and true solar time (the actual solar time), using two minute hands. Despite the visual simplicity of the dial, it is the utter complexity of what is underneath the dial that is the true testament

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I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition

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Introduced just three years ago, the I.N.O.X. collection is now Victorinox Swiss Army’s best selling watch line. It’s not a big surprise, as the rugged survival watch truly goes hand in hand with the knives that Karl Elsener created in 1891 and supplied to soldier’s in the Swiss Army for the first time. And just like with the knives – since the launch of I.N.O.X. timepieces in 2014 – the company has continually added utility to these professional watches. Last year, they added the compass bumper case and paracord strap. This year, the innovative Carbon I.N.O.X., which has a robust carbon fiber case, was introduced. Alongside the new carbon timepiece, Victorinox unveiled something very special, that will surely interest space fans: the I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition. This new limited edition timepiece and knife set pay homage to the

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Three New Manero Flybacks Hands-On

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Following the launch of the Manero Flyback Chronograph last year, Carl F. Bucherer has introduced three new variations for 2017. The Manero Flyback is available in a new stainless steel version with a unique matte blue-gray dial, and in red gold with either a black or champagne-colored dial. Accentuated by the new color schemes, the Manero Flyback looks the same as the inaugural model, otherwise. This means the dial has dauphine-shaped hands with cut-out center, snailed counters, dagger-shaped faceted and polished indexes, and printed scales for (tachymeter, minutes, chronograph seconds). Furthermore, prominent pump pushers allow you to operate the chronograph without applying a lot of pressure. The case bezel, lugs, and domed sapphire crystal are rounded, resulting in a distinctive look. Inside, is the same automatic caliber 1970 flyback chronograph which beats at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, and

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Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

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Blancpain has a storied history with the Fifty Fathoms line of diving watches dating back to 1953, the same year the Rolex Submariner came out, backed up by an impressive archive of timepieces. However, unlike the Submariner, the original Fifty Fathoms models have been largely replaced by contemporary Bathyscaphe versions. The continuity of the original line has mostly been lost but for 2017, thankfully, Blancpain has returned to the vault to create something with a more classic look. The Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC comes in a 40.30 mm x 13.23 mm stainless steel case and is equipped with in-house caliber 1151, which consists of 210 components including 28 jewels, a silicon balance spring, and two series-coupled mainspring barrels good for four days of power reserve (96-hours). The movement measures 27.40 mm x 3.25 mm and is fully visible through

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Breitling majority stake acquired by private equity firm

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Today, following widespread speculation that Breitling SA was for sale, beginning in November of last year, we now know the rumors were true and an agreement to sell an 80% majority stake in Breitling – to CVC, one of the world’s leading private equity firms – has been made. CVC Capital Partners specializes in this type of acquisition, although a cursory check of their current portfolio shows that they have no current investments that compare to this one, as the watch industry is a very particular, and is facing a very tough business climate right now. Nevertheless, Theodore Schneider, the current majority owner of Breitling will reportedly still maintain a 20% share of the company, so at least there will be some continuity. “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level,” said Théodore

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LM1 Final Edition Hands-On

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Six years after the launch of the Legacy Machine N°1 (LM1), MB&F has announced the LM1 Final Edition. Consisting of round cases, white lacquer dials, Roman numerals, and traditional finishing – the Legacy Machines contrast the signature eccentric designs of MB&F’s Horological Machines. The LM1, produced with the help of Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen, represented three world firsts: a suspended flying balance wheel, fully independent dual time displays, and a vertical power reserve indicator, according to MB&F. Over the six years since the initial LM1, approximately 435 LM1s have been manufactured, in gold, platinum, and titanium; with dials in blue, gray, and green. And now, MB&F presents the final LM1 in stainless steel, a first (and last) for the LM1. Additionally, the dial color, brown, is new. Moreover, the LM1 Final Edition has a new balance bridge, cambered and

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Bao Dai: The Most Expensive Rolex Ever?

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Next month – at the Geneva Watch Auction: Five – one watch is poised to break the all-time high Rolex auction record. The Bao Dai, otherwise known as reference 6062, has a presale estimate set by Phillips Auction house at $1.5 million. This Rolex triple display calendar with moonphase is one of only three yellow gold with black dial versions with diamond markers known to exist. Moreover, of the three, the Bao Dai, is the only example to feature diamond markers at the even hours. The provenance is, of course, further enhanced by having belonged to His Majesty Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam. “Born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, His Majesty Bao Dai was the 13th and last emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty, and it was not until he ascended the throne in 1925 at age 12 that he

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Another Ulysse Nardin that does not resemble the Nebuchadnezzar

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Named after Ulysse Nardin’s son, Paul David, who took control of the company after his death in 1876, the new Classico Paul David Nardin is based on a 1945 timepiece from the company’s archives. Fittingly, it measures 39 mm in diameter, is made of stainless steel, has baton hands, Arabic numerals, along with a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. All specifications that give it a classic appearance. In fact, the design is akin to the 1964 retro Ulysse Nardin timepiece that we covered last week. It even has the same automatic caliber UN-320 in-house movement and the logo featuring the brand name in flat black print with a raised, silvered anchor motif applied directly to the dial. Most importantly, it does not look like the Nebuchadnezzar spaceship from the movie the Matrix. Why is that important? Well, considering how

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Seiko recreates their first diver's watch

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Seiko is a name that has been synonymous with diving watches, ever since they produced their first diver’s watch – the 62MAS – in 1965. Water-resistant watches were not abundant in the 1960s the way they are today, and so the 150 meters water-resistant 62MAS (pictured above), which was also Japan’s first diver’s watch, made a significant impact that is still apparent today. “The watch was designed for maximum reliability and legibility in the harshest conditions and was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969,” according to Seiko. And this, of course, led to a numerous diver’s watches, including the Turtle, Tuna, Monster, and others. Seiko 2017 62MAS re-edition (Ref. SLA017) The new Seiko 62MAS Prospex re-edition is aesthetically faithful to the original (39.9 mm x 14.1 mm). For instance, the case is virtually identical, with

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Diver Le Locle

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In a departure from the unconventional or “freakish” modern watch designs that have been coming from Ulysse Nardin for as long as I can remember, as of late, the Le Locle manufacture has released numerous vintage inspired timepieces. And the Diver Le Locle may be their best yet. Originally released in 1964 – in a 38 mm case – the new version is 42 mm and features modern in-house automatic caliber UN-320, which is equipped with a silicon escapement and hairspring, and a 48-hour power reserve. The dial is matte black with large round and rectangular luminescent (tan) indexes and large baton-shaped luminescent hour and minute hands. Small seconds are displayed in the subdial at 6 o’clock, which has a cross hair marking and an Alpha shaped luminescent hand. A magnified date display, that can be quickly set both forwards

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