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Looking Back at 2017, And Forward to 2018

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With 2017 coming to a close at midnight Sunday, we’ve prepared a list of some of our favorite posts from 2017. Looking back is, of course, important, and many of our old articles, even those that are many years old, still continue to be viewed. This is one reason that while social media has become complementary to our website, it will likely never replace it. Once an Instagram post fades away over the weeks and months, often times that is when a website article just starts being discovered. With this in mind, we look forward to the future, to 2018 and beyond. REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Moon The History of the Breguet Type XX Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Heritage 146 Hands-On Baselworld 2017:

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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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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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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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Five Reviews you may have missed

These are five Reviews that you may have missed. Also please stay tuned to our REVIEW section as we have more coming soon! REVIEW: Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP637 “Baby Tuna” REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition REVIEW: Bovet Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei designed by Pininfarina REVIEW: Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue

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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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Professional Watches Top 5 Posts of 2016

These are the top 5 new posts on PROFESSIONAL WATCHES for 2016. Please stay tuned as we have a lot of new original content coming for 2017! The new Rolex Explorer Hands-On REVIEW: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time REVIEW: Bovet Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei designed by Pininfarina REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel 116500LN Hands-On (pictured top)

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Instagram Professional Watches 2016 BestNine

Precise #taghueuer A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:28pm PDT Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech with lever bridge open @panerai A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:54am PST Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in rose gold #patekphilippe A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:15am PST The amazing Bovet Pininfarina Ottantasei 10-Day Tourbillon @bovet1822 #Baselworld A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:06pm PDT Check out our hands-on images of the @oriswatch Carl Brashear Bronze diver, and how it compares to the new Black Bay Bronze #Baselworld A photo posted by professionalwatches (@professionalwatches) on Mar 22, 2016 at 9:21am PDT The Type 3 and 5 are nice, but the Type 1 is still, arguably, the best choice @ressence_watches A photo posted

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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), starting at $290. The quality of the straps is on par with the shoes of the same name that can cost upwards of $2500. No machine stitching, everything is made by hand in Italy. Only the best leathers are used – exotic materials such as sharkskin, kudu, elephant, and horse leather are available as an option. If you prefer contrast stitching, quick release spring bars, special sizes, just ask – everything is possible. These are truly bespoke watch straps of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of affordable gift items even if not all are discounted or watch related! Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Watch Roll $595 Stefano Bemer Brogue Hole Pattern Card Wallets $168 Topo Designs Daypack $169 Frederique Constant Analytics Clip $99 The Wristwatch Handbook $85 Hestra Gloves

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Ten facts about Patek Philippe Minute Repeaters

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The name “Patek Philippe” is synonymous with minute repeaters. And while the company does not provide yearly production numbers, it is safe to say the number is very low. The demand for Patek Philippe minute repeaters far exceeds the supply. And so naturally, they are highly coveted amongst the world’s elite collectors, resulting in high prices at auction, in the rare instance that someone actually decides to sell one. 1- In Sept 1839, Patek Philippe made their first quarter repeater, which sold for 450 CHF. 2- The world’s first self-winding minute repeater wristwatch (Ref. 3979) was produced by Patek Philippe in 1989. 3- Patek Philippe minute repeaters are produced in both the Vallée de Joux and Geneva factories. 4- Patek Philippe gongs are entirely hand made. There are 21 classes which are necessary to better distinguish between high and low

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