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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones expensive but they are also one of the most comfortable and best-performing pairs of wireless headphones on the market. $349 The Watch Roll by Discommon is crafted from a unique mixture of textile and leather and has superior protection for your watches so they don’t get scratched or damaged while travelling. $310 The Tambour All Black Table Clock GMT is pricey but its Louis Vuitton and has two time zones. $1180 Glenkichie Distillers Edition is an excellent whisky that is reminiscent of Yamazaki but without as high of a price. $70 Amazon Prime is a great gift that includes expedited shipping on many items from Amazon, plus access to free streaming music, and a huge network of television shows and movies. $99 The Bergeon 8111 is virtually the same as the legendary 6111

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Piaget Altiplano 910P

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The Altiplano Ultimate 910P, which Piaget previewed this week ahead of SIHH 2018, is now the world’s thinnest automatic at a svelte 4.30 mm. Other notable record-breaking thin watches are the Piaget Altiplano 900P which is the thinnest mechanical watch at 3.65 mm, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 which has the thinnest mechanical movement at 1.64 mm, and the Bulgari Otto Finissimo which is the thinnest automatic watch with a traditional movement and case configuration at 5.15 mm. The thing is, the Piaget 910P does not have a traditional movement and case. Like the watch it’s based on, the 900P, the movement, and the case are one. And is this instance Piaget has increased the case size from 38 mm to 41 mm, to allow for a 22K peripheral rotor to oscillate discreetly around the edge of the case,

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Four "In-House" Chronographs For Around $5K

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The Speedmaster Moonwatch has a hand wound chronograph movement originally derived from a Lemania base. While it lacks automatic winding or Omega’s famous Co-Axial escapement it’s 42 mm case is one of the most iconic, plus it’s rugged, good-looking, and you might enjoy actually winding it. $5,150 Tudor took a unique approach to creating the Black Bay Chronograph; it’s actually based on a Breitling caliber B01 with some basic Tudor changes packaged in a Black Bay case. For the money, there is not much better out there. $4,725 This is a modern TAG Heuer re-issue of a Heuer Autavia with a premium chronograph a column-wheel and vertical clutch chronograph configuration. Looks great with a leather strap and is also available with a beads-of-rice bracelet for $150 extra or the limited edition with a panda dial (pictured top) for $750

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Vacheron Constantin Complete Calendar in Platinum

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Vacheron Constantin recently announced a limited edition platinum complete calendar watch that will be officially released at SIHH 2018. The Traditionnelle Complete Calendar comes in a round platinum case that measures 41 mm x 10.72 mm and features a sandblasted solid platinum dial punctuated by white gold facetted Dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, and white gold applied baton-shaped hour markers. A railway-type minute track is printed in black on the inner chapter ring for minutes and seconds, with “1-31” printed in blue on the outer chapter ring for the date, indicated with a long crescent-tipped blue center hand. One of the highlights of the gorgeous platinum dial is a moon phase disc that’s also crafted from 950 platinum. Driving the functions is a self-winding caliber 2460 QCL which beats at 4Hz, has 308 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power

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Introducing the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition

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After the success of previous editions, Seiko has released another limited edition Presage timepiece with an enamel dial. This time instead of white enamel, the dial is in my opinion, even more gorgeous, in a midnight blue hue. With only 1,500 pieces worldwide, distributed to what Seiko refers to as “elite retail partners,” such as Time+Tide in Australia, and at an incredible retail price, act fast they will be gone quickly. The inspiration for the hour markers of the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition come from Seiko’s first pocket watch that dates back to 1895. The crescent-shaped tip of the second hand is in a gold colored powder, which Seiko says, gives it a special texture that resembles the surface of the moon. According to the manufacture, “The blue enamel dial is the work of the enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa

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VIDEO: Zenith Swizz Beatz NYC Launch

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Thursday, November 30th, Swiss watchmaker Zenith held a party at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City to launch a limited edition timepiece designed by Recording Artist and Producer, Swizz Beatz. Zenith CEO, Julien Tornare, Hodinkee Editor, Jon Bues, and Swizz Beatz made the announcement before a large crowd, highlighted by a drone flying in from the 2nd floor and delivering one of the five limited edition diamond-studded Defy 21s. The special Zenith Defy was raffled off later in the night for charity.

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Bulova to release a compelling mechanical watch?

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Gotta say, compared to virtually every other offering I’ve seen from Bulova that I can recall for the past decade, none have piqued my interest until this one. As a fan of quality mechanicals from low price points all the way to the top of the line, this timepiece resonates with me. I like the direction Bulova is going. Make interesting timepieces that stand out and that are not overpriced and consumers will buy. The Bulova Oceanographer “Devil Diver” will be released at Baselworld 2018 – hopefully along with some more retro goodness. Learn more at Bulova.

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Ten Things Jaeger-LeCoultre Does Well

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The Reverso was created in 1931 out of a demand for a watch that could withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. Today the reversible rectangular-shaped watch is an absolute icon. With an area of the factory designated to enamel work and a lack of skilled artisans in this area, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s in-house enamel workshop makes them one of very few manufactures specializing in this skill. Jaeger-LeCoultre has mastered the ultra-complicated multi-axis tourbillon with watches such as the Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon and the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2. There are other dive chronographs out there but few are as well done as the Deep Sea which has an operating indicator and maintains are relatively compact size despite having a chronograph that functions underwater. In addition to insanely complicated timepieces and sports watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre is also quite apt at

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Omega announces E-Commerce plans ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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The inevitable roll-out of official online sales by luxury watchmakers continues. Just last Monday, likely in anticipation of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the entire weekend of condensed online selling, Omega announced their intentions to move into E-Commerce (exclusively in the United States at launch). Tourneau had actually made the announcement that they were selling Omega watches online a few days before. In addition to Tourneau, at least one other retailer, Manfredi Jewels, in Connecticut, already has Omega watches available for direct purchase online. And all authorized Omega retailers in the US are now allowed to sell online at their discretion. This is very similar to what TAG Heuer has already been doing for years – that is selling on their own site plus allowing authorized retailers to choose if they want to also sell online. With giants such as

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G-Steel with new Layered Carbon Bezel

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Casio recently made a really cool addition to they G-Steel line of G-Shock watches: the G-Steel GSTB100X-1A. Boasting an all-new layered carbon bezel this steel cased watch has a distinctive high-tech look without sacrificing durability and shock resistance. The crystal is a flat sapphire that is very clear, providing excellent visibility, as well as scratch resistant compared to the plexiglass or mineral crystals used on lower priced models. In addition to the normal timekeeping functions that are shown with analog hands, this Japanese quartz watch is equipped with a Bluetooth function that allows you to connect to your smartphone at the press of a button and acquire the time from the same internet time server that calibrates your phone. This results in ultra-accurate and easy to set timekeeping. Other functions include “Tough Solar” which charges the watch battery with sunlight,

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