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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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REVIEW: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Special Edition

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The first watch capable of measuring 1/100th of a second Invented by Charles-Auguste Heuer in 1916, the Mikrograph stopwatch (not designed to tell the time) was the first watch to measure elapsed time with 1/100th of a second precision, thanks to a chronograph mechanism that beats at 360,000 vibrations per hour (50Hz). Almost 90 years later, the modern version of the legendary Mikrograph was resurrected by TAG Heuer, based on the same idea of using a 360,000 vph chronograph mechanism, but this time combined with the ability to indicate the time as well. This represented the first of the 1/100th of second chronographs to use the dual balance movement design which separates the timekeeping regulation (28,8000 vph - 4Hz), power, and transmission – from the chronograph regulation (360,000 vph - 50Hz), mainspring, and transmission. And in 2005, when the Carrera

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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Ceramic

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Thomas Mudge produced the oldest known perpetual calendar in 1762. Patek Philippe followed in 1925 with a perpetual calendar wristwatch based on a ladies’ pendant watch. Breguet created the first perpetual watch with a true wristwatch movement in 1929. However, it was not until 1955 that the leap year indication was brought to a wristwatch by Audemars Piguet in the reference 5516. Prior to that, all perpetual calendar mechanical wristwatches had the day, date, and month indications – not the leap year. Having said that, Audemars Piguet is clearly recognized as a leader and innovator in the Perpetual Chronograph field, however, it is not the perpetual calendar equipped caliber 5134 movement that is new. Although, it was in 2015, when the larger 41 mm perpetual calendars in steel and pink gold models were introduced, with the enlarged movement (based on

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SIHH 2017: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

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After launching the most complicated pocket watch ever made in 2015, Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin is at it again. Well, in this case, they have been at it for the past five years, which is the amount of time it took to develop their most complicated wristwatch ever – the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 – that debuted today at SIHH. Incredibly, the renowned Swiss manufacture was able to fit 23 functions inside a 36 mm x 8.7 mm movement, ultimately resulting in a case measuring just 45 mm x 13.6 mm. And best of all, thanks to the unique twin-dial configuration, where the front and back both act as dials, the legibility of all the distinctive functions is quite good. Furthermore, to put it in context, caliber 3600 has 514 total components, 64 jewels, 6 power barrels,

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Video: Aurel Bacs explains the provenance of Patek Philippe's mythical stainless steel Ref. 1518

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In this video, Phillips Watches auctioneer, Aurel Bacs discusses the highlights of the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, which takes place November 12th and 13th. Specifically, Bacs discusses the trilogy of Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 wristwatches that will be auctioned, including what the company refers to as the ne plus ultra watch of the 20th century – the stainless steel Patek Philippe Ref. 1518. According to Bacs, in 1941, when reference 1518 was launched, it was the most complicated wristwatch in the world – made in series – in the midst of a war. The steel watch was made in 1943, and sold in Hungary in February 1944. Watch the video to learn the full story behind this amazing piece of horological history, as well as some additional Patek Philippe highlights, including a rare Ref. 565 black dial steel watch

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DeWitt Academia Skeleton with Bi-Retrograde Seconds

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Swiss watchmaker, DeWitt, is set to unveil a new timepiece called the Academia Skeleton, which features a unique bi-retrograde seconds function, at the SalonQP show next week. The Academia Skeleton is presented in 42.5 mm diameter rose gold case, which has a fully polished finish on most surfaces, except the hollowed lugs, which have a frosted matte finish. Conversely, the dial and movement are predominantly matte finished. The chapter ring has a circular brushed finish and is darkened, as are the movement bridges and mainplate. Contrasting the dial are the sword-shaped skeletonized hour, minute and second hands that are in polished rose gold. The applied indices on the chapter ring, are also in rose gold. Uniquely, the indices are shaped almost like a wedge of cheese or a doorstop, which produces a three-dimensional effect. The watch is powered by a

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover

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Yesterday, Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith and British car manufacturer Land Rover announced a long-term partnership commitment, beginning with a limited edition El Primero Chronograph that features design cues that pay homage to the iconic Range Rover. Why did Zenith and Land Rover form a brand partnership? First, the two company’s most famous product lines, respectively, the El Primero and Range Rover, were created the same year: 1969. Furthermore, three years after, according to Zenith, “explorer John Blashford-Snell crossed the Darién Gap – an inhospitable marshland and virgin forest area on the border between Colombia and Panama – at the wheel of an early Range Rover and with an El Primero chronograph on his wrist.” Second, both companies have a similar clientele, and therefore, they decided it was a good strategic investment, especially considering that automobiles and wristwatches are two products

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Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time Hands-On

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The Prospex Marinemaster GPS Solar Dual-Time, unveiled at Baselworld 2016, is the first Seiko, other than the Astron, to utilize Seiko’s unique GPS Solar timekeeping technology. Crafted in corrosion resistant titanium, the Marinemaster case and bracelet feature a super-hard coating to protect against impacts. The case measures 48.5 mm x 14.7 mm and is topped by a highly durable fixed ceramic bezel. The two-tone bezel is bright white on the top (with the numeric UTC codes in blue), and bright blue on the flange (with the 40 world time cities engraved in white). The bracelet has a three-fold clasp with push button release, with a secure lock and slide adjuster. A screw-down crown and caseback ensure a water-resistance of 200 meters. The crown features white ceramic crown guards. The sapphire crystal has been coated inside and out with a super-clear

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Patek Philippe introduces 'Flamme' Diamond Set Calatrava

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Introduced this year at Baselworld, the Calatrava Ref. 7200/200R ladies watch features a new gem-setting technique that utilizes staggered rows of diamonds to amplify their sparkle and brilliance. The technique called “Flamme,” has been officially registered as a trademark by Patek Philippe for the horological industry. The unique gem-setting technique is complex and requires the skilled hand of a master jeweler. Furthermore, as with all jewelry pieces, only superb, flawless Top Wessleton brilliant-cut diamonds are used, in accordance with Patek Philippe’s rigorous standards as stipulated by the Patek Philippe Seal. The 18K rose gold Calatrava bezel is set with 142 diamonds, in two staggered rows. Each stone is placed inside a drilled slot. The gem-setter then manually sculpts a small prong for each setting and then bends it over the diamond to secure it on one side from above. Then,

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