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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Frosted Gold

Audemars Piguet has announced a new collection of Frosted Royal Oak timepieces – designed for women – that will be officially launched at the SIHH watch show in January. The line consists of two 37 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by mechanical movements; and two 33 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by quartz movements. To achieve the all-new “frosted” look each case and bracelet are hammered by hand. Otherwise, the movements and signature silver “Grande Tapisserie” dials are the same as what is offered on current Royal Oak models. Prices to be announced at SIHH 2017.

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SIHH 2017: Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic

Ahead of SIHH 2017, which takes place in Geneva beginning January 16, 2017 – Roger Dubuis previewed their newest Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic timepiece. Presented in a 45 mm x 14.02 mm titanium case, and featuring a design that includes not just a skeletonized movement but also the case, flange, lugs, and hands. In addition to reducing the total weight, the removal of materials, along with the company’s signature notched bezel, gives an aggressive and distinctive appearance that is unmistakably Roger Dubuis. The case itself features a matte black DLC treatment, while the bezel is crafted from untreated titanium with black vulcanized rubber accents, The large crown is also titanium, with a black DLC end with the barrel wrapped in bright red vulcanized rubber. Driving the red-tipped skeletonized hour and minute hands are the fully skeletonized automatic caliber RD820SQ which

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SIHH 2017: MB&F HM8 Can-Am

This the new MB&F HM8 Can-Am, with a design that correlates with Maximilian Büsser’s love of Can-Am race cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Specifically, the polished roll bars link the HM8 to Can-Am supercars. According to MB&F, “At first glance it may appear that the sapphire crystal covering the HM8 Engine is circular and positioned above the battle-axe rotor, but it’s not. The complete top of the case is one piece of sapphire crystal with sections of the crystal metallized to create a bluish border. That crystal, combined with the polished roll bars on each side, the oil sumps underneath, and the time displays created by optical prisms highlight HM8’s unrestricted horological creativity.” The roll bars are in grade 5 titanium, milled from a solid block of titanium Ti-6Al-4V, a blend of pure titanium with 6% aluminum and 4%

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SIHH 2017: Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date and Traditionelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Ahead of SIHH, which takes place January 2017, Vacheron Constantin has previewed two new timepieces: the Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date and Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon. The Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date is presented in a case measuring 42.5 mm x 9.7 mm, with a silver opaline dial, in either white or pink gold. It features hours, minutes, retrograde date, precision moon phase (one correction every 122 years), and age of the moon. Visible through the exhibition caseback automatic caliber 2460 R31L which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 275 components, 27 jewels, and a 40-hour power reserve. The retail price is $39,900. The Traditionelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon comes in a case measuring 44 mm x 12.2 mm, in either platinum with a hand-guilloché silvered opaline or slate-colored dial, or pink gold with a hand-guilloché silvered opaline dial. The watch

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Photo Report: Panerai SIHH timepieces at Madison Ave boutique

Last week, during Madison Avenue Watch Week, we stopped in to preview all of the new Panerai SIHH 2016 timepieces at the brand’s flagship New York City boutique, located at 703 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065. The photos below show off our favorite new pieces as seen during the visit. Store front at 703 Madison Avenue Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio special edition - click for previous coverage Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set - click for previous coverage Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42 mm - click for previous coverage Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio - 47 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Most of the SIHH 2016 Panerai introductions Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio - 45 mm Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT

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Josh Shanks

My current watch crush, the multi-colored Audemars Piguet Diver Chrono

Josh Shanks

Overview At this year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet released a wide variety of novelties. From haute horology minute repeaters (i.e. Grand Sonnerie), double balance wheel Royal Oaks, the return of yellow gold, and, of course, some awesome fashion forward multi-colored divers. This year’s novelties definitely got my heart beating. Honestly, as a collector of AP, I was very surprised by the diver move. In the last few years, AP has been moving away from limited editions (particularly within the Offshore range) and has instead focused their efforts on building on their heritage (Royal Oak line, Grand Comps, and Ladies’ pieces). You can imagine my delight when I saw a new sporty diver line in multiple colors (Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue). It was a surprising and innovative move for a very calculated and traditional Swiss brand. Ever since SIHH ended, I’ve

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Editor's Top 5 SIHH Picks

Parmigiani Fleurier Chronor Unveiled at SIHH, Parmigiani Fleurier’s integrated manufacture chronograph movement, represents the first in-house chronograph in the company’s 20-year history. Made from 18K rose gold, the immaculately finishing, complicated, split-seconds chronograph, which powers the new Chronor, really shows what the Fleurier-based watch brand is made of. Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Greubel Forsey watchmaker, Didier J.G. Cretin, and his team spent 6 years developing this timepiece, which has an in-house manufactured balance wheel and gold dial, and is available in a 66 piece limited edition, half of which are in steel. While is the Signature 1 does not have a tourbillon, it does adhere to the ultra-high finishing and quality standards that the brand is renowned for, all at a price that is considered entry-level in this echelon of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Double Balance Wheel Audemars

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Jason Pitsch

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

Jason Pitsch

One of the most interesting Lange debuts this year was the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds. Introduced at SIHH 2016, the watch is distinguished by its regulator dial that separates the hours, minutes, seconds on separate axises. Most importantly, the seconds hand, in particular, “jumps” in one-second intervals. At first glance, you might think it is quartz movement that powers the hands, particularly because the seconds hand on a quartz watch also jump in one-second intervals, instead of smoothly sweeping like the majority of mechanical timepieces. But this is far from quartz. Driven by a one-second constant-force escapement, the so-called “deadbeat” seconds feature, when combined with the zero-reset mechanism, makes it so you can out the crown, instantly causing the seconds hand to jump to 12 o’clock and stop, allowing you to quickly and precisely synchronize the timepiece. And thanks to

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Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions

As a follow up to the Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece that was introduced last year, Baume & Mercier launched two new variations at SIHH this past January. The new Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Editions are available in a choice of two different cases – each measuring 44 mm x 14.65 mm – crafted in either stainless steel with a steel bezel, or in ADLC treated stainless steel with a steel bezel. The latter is referred to as the “Competition.” Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Competition Visible through a sapphire caseback is a the Valjoux 7753 caliber with circular-grained bridges and mainplate and snailed black PVD oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” decoration. The 25 jewel automatic movement oscillates at 4Hz and has a 48-hour power reserve. A sunburst satin-finish black dial with two horizontal stripes Arabic numerals is punctuated by rhodium-plated

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Jason Pitsch

SIHH 2016: IWC Timezoner Chronograph

Jason Pitsch

When IWC purchased the rights to watchmaker Vogard’s intellectual property in November 2014 – production of a watch utilizing the newly acquired world time bezel patent was all but guaranteed. We even speculated, at the time, that the watchmakers in Schaffhausen might somehow use their own Aquatimer dive bezel technology in combination with the patent technology from Vogard. Fast forward to 2016 and IWC did just that – by combining their own dive bezel design with the Vogard world timer design. The result is a timepiece that allows you to change the timezone by merely pressing down on the bezel and rotating to your desired city (24 world time zones). This is an improvement over the Vogard world time zone bezel, which requires the extra step of having to a release a large lever before making time zone adjustments. Further

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