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Casio MRG G-Shock G2000HT "Hammer Tone"

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Launched at Baselworld 2017, the high-tech Casio G-Shock MRG G2000HT “Kasumi-Tsuchime” Limited Edition features a 3-way automatic time sync feature that uses atomic radio waves, Bluetooth, and GPS to calibrate the time with no input needed from the wearer. The 500 piece numbered limited edition is housed in a rugged all-metal MRG G-Shock case with a unique handmade bezel decorated with a traditional kasumi-tsuchime hammering technique. 3-Way Time Sync Incredible timekeeping accuracy is achieved by three advanced time-correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi-Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception, and Bluetooth® transmission. According to Casio, the most appropriate system is selected automatically depending on the conditions, and the correct time is displayed for the current time zone anywhere in the world. Additionally, there is the MR-G Connected Smartphone App which shows worldwide for over 300 cities as well as the

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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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Rolex Cellini Moonphase Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new model within the Cellini collection, the Cellini Moonphase. The watch is presented in a 39 mm polished 18K Everose gold case and features what Rolex refers to as a double bezel, that’s domed and fluted. Rose gold applied indexes, and a printed minutes/seconds scale, along with lance-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands, and a rose gold baton shaped central seconds hand, indicate the time. A blue centrally mounted hand, with an aptly shaped crescent moon tip, points to the date around the printed out chapter ring. A blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock, which has a unique meteorite applique, indicates the current moonphase, via a, rose gold arrow at 12 o’clock on the lunar subdial. Each day, the moonphase disc follows the lunar cycle, as shown on Rolex’s website. “As each

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Breitling Superocean 44 Special

After launching the retro styled Superocean Heritage II dive watch at Baselworld earlier this year, this week Breitling debuted a modern dive watch – the Superocean 44 Special. Presented in a 44 mm x 14.20 mm case, that weighs 116.7 grams, and is crafted from steel, the contemporary diver’s watch is topped with a unique matte ceramic bezel, and features a matching matte dial, in either black or blue. In addition to the modern styling, the Superocean 44 Special is also equipped with a twin-gasket screw-locked crown and a security valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case. This is an ISO 6425 dive watch with a unidirectional dive bezel, excellent legibility even in the dark, and water-resistance to 1000 meters. The watch houses an automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement, but instead of an in-house movement, like

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Mirrored Force Resonance Hands-On

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Independent Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom debuted one of the most interesting timepieces of 2016, distinguished by its unique dual regulation system that increases precision through “resonance.” Resonance was studied in the context of watchmaking as early as the 17th century, when Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), inventor of the pendulum clock, first discovered that two separate pendulum clocks, when hung from a common beam, synchronized, thanks to resonance (two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other and eventually synchronize). Abraham-Louis Breguet later also explored resonance and subsequently created a double pendulum resonance clock. According to Armin Strom, there are three main benefits of resonance. First, it creates a stabilizing effect on timekeeping which improves accuracy. Second, it conserves energy. Third, it reduces the negative effects of timekeeping accuracy due to outside disturbances, such as shock to the balance staff, which

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Chronopassion Paris boutique renovation complete, including innovative carousel watch displays

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Chronopassion Paris, whose owner, Laurent Picciotto, was in the news lately for selling his watch collection via Phillips Watches, has been completely renovated. The watch store has been in business since 1988 and has become famous for doing things their own way. Stocked with a selection of the some of the best watch brands in the world, and presented in an innovative space with a knowledgeable staff, Chronopassion has made a name for themselves worldwide. With that in mind, it is no surprise that Picciotto and his team installed these cool carousel watch displays that rotate in the front windows, mesmerizing passersby, drawing them to the windows, and ultimately into the store. Located at 271 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France, the store continues to set trends in the industry and I am sure we will be seeing these

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Destination Moon by MB&F + L’Epée 1839

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MB&F’s latest collaboration, Destination Moon, is a table clock that looks like a rocket ship, made with the help of L’Epée 1839, and revealed last month at Baselworld. It is hard to imagine any watch collector that would not want one of these displayed on their desk or shelf, or really any of the collaboration clocks, such as the Melchior Robot Table Clock, the Arachnophobia Mechanical Clock, or the Nixie Machine by Frank Buchwald. The Destination Moon clock is 15.75” tall (40 cm) and features 237 finely finished parts within the vertically-stacked movement, which displays hours and minutes on two revolving horizontal rings. The mechanism, produced by the clock experts at L’Epée 1839 is regulated by a lateral balance wheel and escapement. It is powered by manually winding the oversized thruster (crown) at the base of the rocket, and can

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Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 surfaces on Antique Roadshow

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Last year, on the PBS television show Antique Roadshow, an army veteran brought in a rare Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 that he says he purchased in 1960 at a PX (post exchange) at a military base in Germany before coming home to the United States. The date is verified on the original papers. In fact, he saved everything – the complete kit – including all papers, box, and receipt. The bracelet had been replaced, but the owner also kept the original. Although the host did explain the bracelet, he did not mention that the dial and hands appear to have been relumed. And nothing about the rare “Bakelite” bezel. Although considering the price estimate he stated, $65K-$75K, he knew it was a Bakelite bezel but just failed to highlight that fact. This being a 1960 watch means this was

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Rolex "Celebrating Cinema"

Tonight during the 89th Academy Awards show, Rolex ran a 60-second commercial celebrating some of the most notable films, actors, and the Rolexes they wore. The film showed living actors such as Harrison Ford and Nick Nolte, as well as past legends such as Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, and Bill Paxton. As of 2017, Rolex officially supports the Academy Awards, even though as you can see, they have been a favorite of Oscar-winning celebrities for decades.

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HM7 Aquapod

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Last month at the SIHH trade show in Geneva, MB&F unveiled one of their craziest horological creations yet: the HM7 Aquapod. It is essentially their version of a dive watch. Although as you might expect, it is like no other dive watch you’ve ever seen. The HM7 Aquapod features a unique spherical construction with a 52.8 mm x 21.3 mm case crafted from either grade 5 titanium or 18K 5N red gold, with a massively domed sapphire crystal on the top, and a less domed sapphire crystal on the bottom. Most notably, there is a circular open space in between the main dial area of the watch the rotating bezel, which MB&F has dubbed a “floating” a bezel. The profile view clearly looks like a jellyfish! The inspiration for the watch was, of course, dive watches, but also a gelatinous

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