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Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch

Breitling Superocean Héritage II Hands-On

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For the 60th anniversary of the Superocean dive watch collection, Swiss watchmaker Breitling debuted a model refresh at Baselworld 2017. Originally produced in 1957 the Superocean Héritage II Diver is an evolution of the most recent collection, that takes design cues from 1950s model, and which most notably, is now powered by a new movement sourced from none other than Rolex owned competitor Tudor. Referred to as manufacture caliber B20, the new automatic movement is derived from Tudor’s caliber MT5612. Running at 4Hz, the COSC-certified, 28 jewel movement has a 70-hour power reserve and has been finished to Breitling’s standards so it is slightly different inside. Although, there is a solid caseback preventing a view into the mechanical workings. Nevertheless, (Tudor + Breitling) is an interesting partnership that is beneficial to the customer, considering the version I of the Superocean

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HM6 Alien Nation

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Originally launched in 2014, the Horological Machine No.6 (aka HM6) is one of the more eccentric watch designs, from a company that has basically defined the genre of unconventional independent high-end watchmaking. This week, Max Busser (and friends), announced the next step in the HM6 saga: the HM6 Alien Nation. With a case now made entirely of sapphire crystal, the complexity of production has been increased many times over. There will be only 4 unique pieces, and they have already been pre-sold to one collector. In order for the twelve separate sapphire crystals, which need to come together perfectly and seamlessly, the milling and polishing alone for a single case, exceeds 500 hours. Not including assembly, and the inevitable breakage. This is a space ship and so it needs lights, and in this case, a mix of Superluminova, which highlights

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L.U.C. Lunar One and Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at the Baselworld fair in March, Chopard debuted two limited edition versions of their flagship L.U.C. Perpetual timepieces cased in platinum with deep blue sunray dials. L.U.C Lunar One Originally produced in 2005, the Lunar One comes in a 43 mm x 11.47 mm case finished with vertical satin-brushed sides along with a polished bezel and lugs. Large applied Roman numerals are mirror-polished give the watch an unmistakable look while enhancing legibility. The moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock is not simply disc rotating beneath the dial but a number of components indicating the exact appearance and position of the moon as it orbits, with 122-year accuracy. Underneath the dial is automatic caliber L.U.C 96.13-L which features a 22K microtor that winds the watch up to its maximum 65-hour power reserve. Each movement is hand finished with beveled

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Patek Philippe debuts two new Aquanauts for 20th Anniversary

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s other sports watch – not to be confused with the Nautilus – the Aquanaut. As a tribute, Patek Philippe released two new versions at Baselworld, that will go on sale later this year. One represents the first men’s Aquanaut to be offered in white gold. The other is Advanced Research model that features some of the manufacture’s most advanced horological innovations. Aquanaut Ref. 5168G 20th Anniversary Edition A 42.2 mm diameter white gold case, with a night blue colored dial (constructed of brass and PVD coated with blue to black hue towards the perimeter), gives new appeal to the Aquanaut line. Patek’s caliber 324 S C movement, which is a mere 3.3 mm in height, allows for a watch that is just 8.25 mm in thickness. With a tested deviation of

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Highlights from Laurent Picciotto Collection of Contemporary Watches

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At the Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: Four, which takes place on May 30th, 2017, well-known watch industry retailer, Laurent Picciotto, of Paris-based retailer Chronopassion, is liquidating his collection of 43 watches that he has accumulated over the years. Laurent first opened his Rue Saint-Honoré boutique in 1988 as an exclusive Gerald Genta store. Eventually, it turned into a high-end multi-brand boutique. And since that time, he has made a name for himself as a daring retailer, who does not follow conventional watch industry rules. His collection consists of 42 watches, from Richard Mille, Urwerk, De Bethune, MB&F, Girard-Perregaux, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, HYT, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and more. Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo states, “ Laurent Picciotto is cool, and so is his watch collection, it is a perfect mirror of his personality. There

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Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Hands-On

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Swiss watchmaker, Alpina, introduced four new timepieces within their highly affordable Startimer Automatic collection this year at Baselworld. The Startimer collection is made of basic time and date watches, chronographs, and even a manufacture worldtimer. Some of the mechanical collection are powered by in-house movements and others by Sellita movements. The timepieces we are discussing here are all powered by the latter, which crucially, is how the price is kept under $1000. Since 2011, when the entry-level Startimer Pilot Automatic collection was introduced, not a lot has changed. The dial received a slight makeover, with new steel hands (in place of white coated steel hands) and the case is still 44 mm in diameter, however, the thickness has gone from 10.2 mm to 10.7 mm. The automatic movement runs at 4Hz and has 38-hour power reserve. Water-resistance, thanks in part

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Hands-On

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Patek Philippe’s automatic caliber 240 is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, a new skeletonized version of the movement has been created. Already offered in skeletonized variations since 2008, a special new version of the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Squelette” was introduced at Baselworld 2017, back in March. The new timepiece features a 39 mm x 7 mm rose gold case, which is 45.8 mm long and has a 20 mm lug width. In addition, the bracelet and movement are also crafted from solid 18K rose gold. The micro-rotor, however, is made of 22K gold as an oscillating weight that is so small needs to be heavy in order to generate enough power to wind the watch. Skeletonization that leaves so little remaining is extremely difficult to produce. According to Patek “Its plate and bridges are pierced to the

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The Longines Heritage 1945

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A quick look at our Longines article archives, and you can see that virtually every timepiece we have covered from the Swiss watchmaker over the past five years has been in the heritage collection, or otherwise vintage inspired. A company with such a rich history should tap into past designs for ideas, and Longines has perpetuated this concept more than any other company. Introducing the latest retro timepiece, the Heritage 1945. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017 in March, the new watch is presented in a 40 mm stainless steel case, up from the original 38 mm. Either size would be fine I think, amongst hardcore collectors and new watch enthusiasts alike. One unique element that was maintained from the 1945 version is the vertically brushed coppery dial, which has a luxurious texture and is curved like the original. Contrasting the straight

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Bréguet Classique 7147 Hands-On

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Long renowned for producing luxurious, elegant, and highly complicated timepieces, particularly tourbillons, which the eponymous company founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, invented – the manufacture Breguet is also very capable of producing uncomplicated masterpieces. Introducing the Bréguet Classique 7147, a simplistic, time-only, wristwatch, with a “Grand Feu” enamel dial that is essentially a complication in itself. Moreover, this enamel dial is especially unique because it has an offset “dimple” that delineates the small seconds from the main display, without any marking on the dial, whatsoever. In regards to producing the “Grand Feu” dial, here is what the Breguet says about the process, “It is based on a colorless vitreous mixture – called flux – composed of silicic acid, sodium borate, nitre, and minium. The flamboyant and ageless colors of enamel are achieved by adding metallic oxides to this combination. The result is

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

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One of the most interesting introductions from Patek Philippe this year was the all-new Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, which we wrote about last month. Distinguished by its three-tiered lugs, which were inspired by historical Ref. 2405, the 5320 is powered by familiar automatic perpetual calendar movement – caliber 324 S Q. Presented in a sleek 40 mm x 11.13 mm white gold case, with 21 mm interlug width, and a total lug-to-lug length of 47.98 mm, one thing remains the same, Patek Philippe’s ability to make not only complicated watches but to do so in the most elegant way. Patek Philippe is world-renowned for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, and this furthers that reputation. Setting this watch apart from most of the company’s previous perpetual calendar wristwatches, are its Arabic numerals. The majority of historical references feature indexes, not numerals. Additionally,

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