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Gallery: Casio G-Shock Mudmaster

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This summer, in early June, I took a trip to Denver to relax a little, visit some friends, and to ride at Winterpark (Trestle Bike Park) which had just opened as most of the snow had melted at the time. I brought a Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Khaki with plans to take it biking and to photograph it with the natural scenery, as the Rocky mountains are beautiful in the summer. With a good amount of biking experience, including some downhill mountain biking, I am definitely not a beginner but far from able to fully rip the pro trails. I planned to wear the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Khaki in its natural habitat, so to speak, along with the gloves, pads, special shoes, goggles, and full face helmet. But I wanted to go for a few runs first, then put the watch

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Opinion: Drop The Baume

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From watches made of cheese to those that are not even wristwatches to Instagram influencers who have nothing to do with the product being sold. The communication about and marketing of watches are at an all-time low point. Alec Monopoly is a metaphor for what’s wrong with watch marketing. And since we are talking about games, they don’t belong on watches. Yet Hautlence produced one last year (pictured top), and another this year. They’re not even watches! General Motors no longer sells Pontiac or Saturn (or Hummer or Saab), and there is a good reason for that, and a better lesson to be learned: you cannot be everything to everyone. GM lost focus, and that I believe is what’s happening at many watch companies, particularly the ones struggling to survive. One company that is maybe feeling it the most, Richemont,

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Apple Watch Series 3 Rumors

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It’s all but inevitable that Apple will launch the iPhone 8 at the company’s September 12 iPhone event. Many experts and websites are also predicting that the Apple Watch Series 3 will debut alongside the new phone. With the iPhone 8 marking the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone, and an all-new redesigned phone largely believed to be incoming, it makes a lot of sense that an all-new redesigned watch would accompany it, after all, the two devices work together. That said, one of the juiciest rumors is that the Apple Watch may no longer need the iPhone to make calls because an LTE equipped Apple Watch could be coming. This would mean that there may finally be a camera coming, which could also mean we’ll get our first Facetime equipped Apple Watch, which could be a real game changer. Why

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Lady Gaga and Tudor

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After avoiding the often inauthentic brand ambassador game for almost two decades, in an apparent change of direction, earlier this year, Tudor decided to bring David Beckham on as an official brand ambassador. Now, in an even bigger change, Tudor, who two years ago stated at a press event in Basel, Switzerland that they would always present Tudor in a masculine way in regards to advertising, has pivoted on that strategy as well. Lady Gaga is now an official Tudor brand ambassador. With women making up a larger percentage of the mechanical watch market and being more involved in the sales process, this strategy makes sense in the grand scheme of things. Moreover, with a number of watches within the Tudor collection that work well on a women’s wrist, why not, I suppose.

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Mayweather flaunting double Hublots before McGregor fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are two of the showiest and most polarizing fighters in the world. They say whatever they want, and talk trash as if it’s as important as the actual fight. They are also two of the most successful fighters in their respective sports, boxing, and MMA. And the highest paid. Naturally, along with their stylish clothing and luxury cars, they are often seen sporting high-end wristwatches. We did a post about McGregor’s wristwatches in January, and it appears he does not have an official watch company sponsoring him as he is often seen wearing different makes, such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet. Mayweather, on the other hand, is clearly sponsored by Hublot, and he’ll be wearing the company’s logo on his trunks during the fight against McGregor tonight. He is also seen doublewristing

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In The Metal: MCT Dodekal One D110

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Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dōdekal One D110. Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the center of the dial. According to MCT, the Dōdekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by caliber D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form. A post shared by Jason Pitsch (@professionalwatches) on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:43am PDT The coolest feature relates to the transition of the hours which takes place over a period of 2.5 seconds, which results in the appearance of a slow fade, and really makes you do a double take. Minutes are

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Smartwatches dominating the watch landscape?

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Hard to confirm whether smartwatches are actually dominating the watch landscape, but what is impossible to deny, at least for this writer (who is based in New York City), is that the Apple Watch is the single most predominant time telling device I see on people’s wrists in the city nowadays. And the progress and momentum of smartwatches only seem to be growing. Then there are rumors that the next Apple Watch will have LTE, although considering that one of the sources is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, I would say it is inevitable that we will be seeing LTE in the Series 3 Apple Watch, and as early as next month. Steineck CL wrist camera at the Musée des Arts et Métiers There is also a new smartwatch with a built-in camera, called the Arrow 360. While the wrist

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition

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At Baselworld, Omega introduced a watch that is unlike most others in their collection. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition is unique for a number of reasons. It has a “grand feu” fire-baked enamel dial, platinum case, a worldtimer movement, and is limited to only 87 pieces, the latter of which is maybe the most interesting as Omega typically makes their limited editions in the thousands. Like the case, which is 43 mm in diameter (21 mm interlug width), the dial is also crafted from solid platinum the has a sandblasted surface and that is contrasted by 18K yellow gold hands and indexes. The main dial chapter ring features 24 reference cities transfers and is fixed in place. In the center, is a 24-hour rotating center disc that indicates the home time (or a second time zone

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In The Metal: Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

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Breitling made a lot of news this year at Baselworld when it was simultaneously announced that they used Tudor’s movement inside their Super Ocean Heritage II dive watch and that conversely, Tudor used their in-house chronograph caliber inside the new Black Bay Chronograph. Another interesting debut at Breitling, also relating to manufacture watch movements, was the new Navitimer Rattrapante, powered by Breitling’s new caliber B03 split-second chronograph. Breitling has a strong background in the field of chronographs, such as being accredited with the invention of the first independent pushpiece at 2 o’clock (1915), the second independent pushpiece (1934), and they were also part of the team that developed one of the earliest automatic chronographs in (1969). This split-seconds chronograph has two special (patented) innovations worth highlighting. The first is a system that isolates the movement by disconnecting the split-seconds hand

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Gallery: Insight Micro-Rotor by Romain Gauthier

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Romain Gauthier is a Vallée de Joux based watch company, run by its namesake founder, that produces ultra limited edition timepieces with unmistakable designs and extraordinary finishes. The Insight Micro-Rotor with off-center hour, minute, and small second indications is a perfect example of the impeccable level of thought and detail that goes into each Romain Gauthier watch. You can view its micro-rotor at 9 o’clock on the dial side, along with the hour and minute dial at 12 o’clock, with the small seconds overlapping the bottom of that dial at 6 o’clock. Just below that is the regulator with a free-sprung balance wheel suspended in place by a traversing balance bridge in the signature style of Romain Gauthier. The edges are perfectly hand chamfered and polished, as are the screws, which are exclusive to the brand. Driven by a front

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