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Christophe Claret Maestro to be unveiled at SIHH

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Next week, at SIHH 2017, Swiss independent watchmaker Christophe Claret will officially unveil a new timepiece with a so-called “memo” function. Basically, a cone-shaped display made of aluminum, between 3 and 4 o’clock, which features a diamond and two natural rubies (red) or two natural sapphires (blue), depending on the version, pivots one way to remind you that you need to do a certain task each day, and the other way to show you that the task has been done. It is reset by pressing a pusher on the side of the case. The inspiration, according to Christophe Claret, comes from the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help remember something important. Additionally, there is a dual tier cone-shaped aluminum display at 5 o’clock that shows the date and is topped with a natural blue sapphire or natural

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The Notorious Watches of Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor is notorious for his trash talk, for his ability to fight and win in the UFC in multiple weight classes, and for his extravagant lifestyle including an affinity for custom made suits, luxury cars, and high-end mechanical watches. He is currently the UFC lightweight (155lb) champion, after a win by TKO against defending champion Eddie Alvarez on November 12, 2016. Upon winning that fight McGregor became the first fighter in UFC’s history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously, as he was still holding the featherweight (145lb) title at the time. Which, by the way, he earned December 12, 2015, when he KO’d José Aldo in a mere thirteen seconds and earned him the accolade of the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Notorious b.i.g balls A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Nov

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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono US Limited Edition

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The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono, which wrote about last year, was first created in 2004 in honor of the famous Monaco Historic Grand Prix racing event which Chopard has sponsored as the official timekeeper since 2002. According to Chopard, like the original, the new US limited edition model is inspired by “the power of a V12 car engine,” and “embodies Chopard’s passion for racing as well as its demanding horological standards.” The United States limited edition Monaco Historique Chronos are available in the same case as currently offered (44.5 mm x 14.10 mm), and powered by the same COSC certified automatic chronograph movement that runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 25 jewels, and a 46-hour power reserve. The crown is locking and water-resistance is 100 meters. There are 100 numbered pieces crafted in titanium/stainless steel and 25 in

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Piaget produces limited edition collection to celebrate 60 years of the Altiplano

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Piaget will launch a new ultra-thin limited edition collection later this month at the SIHH 2017 trade show in Geneva as an homage to the first Altiplano that debuted in 1957. After introducing the controversial Polo S collection this past summer, Piaget – a leader in ultra-thin timepieces, with a rich history that started in the Swiss Jura mountains in the beautiful town of La Côte-aux-Fées, in 1874 – has gone back to their origins. Piaget brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds wearing a 38 mm Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary edition The new Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Limited Edition collection will be available in two sizes: 38 mm x 6.0 mm and 43 mm x 7.65 mm. Crafted from 18K white gold, both versions feature a blue sunburst crosshair dial with white gold applied indexes and white gold baton-shaped hour and minute

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EDITORIAL: The watch industry sales climate and SIHH 2017

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While it should come as no surprise that Swiss watch sales have been heading in the wrong direction, as we editorialized on most recently in July, it appears at least in the short-term, that we are seeing “a shallower downturn.” According to Bloomberg, 2016 total Swiss watch exports are on track to reach the lowest levels since 1984, which is around the time that the Swatch Group was formed. A time marked by serious competition from quartz watches that almost destroyed the Swiss watch industry, and which is eerily similar to a new threat: smartwatches. However, contrary to the assertion made in the aforementioned Bloomberg article, a cursory analysis of the current November 2016 Swiss export numbers clearly shows that Swiss watch exports have already significantly exceeded the low of 15 million units seen in 1984. Moreover, when the December

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Extract: IWC 18K Pink Gold Dress Watch with Shark Fin Lugs

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This is an International Watch Co dress watch from 1960, featuring an elegant 36 mm diameter 18K pink gold case with unique “shark fin” lugs. The ivory colored dial is slightly curved and has applied pink gold Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, 9 – with two baton hour indices in between each numeral. The outer chapter ring features pink gold dots. Pink gold lance-shaped hour and minute hands indicate the time along with a baton-shaped central second hand. “International Watch Co.” is printed in black on the dial in a vintage cursive font at twelve. Setting the time and winding the movement is controlled by the flat, ridged, 18K pink gold crown. The caseback is solid, curved, polished, and unsigned. The in-house IWC Schaffhausen manufactured manually wound caliber 89 movement – which was used in multiple 1950s and 1960s

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Baselworld 2017: Breguet Tradition Dame 7038

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Well ahead of Baselworld 2017, which officially begins March 23rd, Swiss watchmaker Breguet has announced a new version of its Tradition Dame model. The Breguet Tradition Dame 7038 is presented in a 37 mm diameter 18K rose gold case that features a fluted caseband, a crown that is set with a watch movement ruby and welded lugs with screw bars. The entire case is polished and includes a bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds. As is the signature of the Tradition line, the haute horology movement is fully visible on the dial side. In the center, you can see the mainspring power barrel which is hand-engraved with a rosette motif. Overlapping the barrel at 12 o’clock is a natural white mother-of-pearl dial that is decorated with an engine turned “Clou de Paris” hobnailing pattern, and raised Arabic numerals. Rose gold

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Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Seiko has just announced a limited edition timepiece that pays homage to the company’s first automatic watch that was launched in 1956. The Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition has a similar look to the original Seiko Automatic, including its “curved pale ivory dial,” its retrograde power reserve indicator, and the snake “S” mark which was first seen on the Seiko Automatic in 1956. However, the “S” is emblazoned on the crown whereas the original had the mark on the dial. Through the caseback of this limited edition, you can see the automatic movement, including a special gold-plated rotor. You can also see the number of the limited edition “XXXX/1956” around the steel perimeter of the caseback. The watch is powered by modern automatic caliber 6R27 which has 29 jewels and a 45-hour power reserve. A stainless steel case

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F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu Hands-On

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Originally introduced in 2009, the Chronometre Bleu has become a best-seller at F.P. Journe. This is a time only watch that is highlighted by its mystical “chrome blue” dial, which as you can see from the images, reflects light in a way that it appears bright blue to dark blue depending on the viewing angle. The simplistic “chrome blue” dial features Journe’s signature hour and minute hands in white, along with white printed Arabic numerals, and a snailed finish small seconds counter (at 7 to 8 o’clock), with a white hand and a large open circle counterweight. The small seconds subdial has a bevelled edge and a snailed surface, and notably takes up a portion of the space where the hour markers are positioned so to accommodate this the designer made the two adjacent Arabic numerals, slightly smaller. This throws

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SIHH 2017: Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon

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Ahead of SIHH 2017, which takes place in January, Cartier has previewed three new timepieces: the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour, the Panthère Joueuse, and the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. It is the most complicated of the timepieces, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, that is the most exciting horologically. The new haute horology watch is shown in a 45 mm x 11.15 mm grade 5 titanium case, that weighs under 50 grams. It is also available in also available in two platinum variants, with diamonds. Driving the hours and minutes, the mysterious double tourbillon, and the minute repeater is Cartier’s in-house developed caliber 9407 MC, which as you can see, is fully exposed on the dial side. In the center, you see the sword-shaped hour and minute hands. At 10 o’clock

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