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Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT 24H

The Bell & Ross Vintage series has long been one of the more reliable sources of good-looking aviation watches made with an eye to the past. While this particular company was founded well after the original design eras its watches emulate so well, Bell & Ross has successfully captured the look and …

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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Ramps Up Retro Appeal

The Manero Flyback family is welcoming a new edition with a ramped-up retro style inspired by Carl F. Bucherer models from the 1960s and 1970s. The new model is a stylistic update to the well-received Manero Flyback we first saw two years ago from this Swiss watchmaker.<p>Now with a distinctive …

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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days

IWC’s extensive 150th anniversary collection, which we saw at SIHH this past January, includes several of my favorite watches of the year. Among these are the company’s simpler designs, including the Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 Years and the Portofino Automatic Edition 150 Years. Within the …

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Anonimo Epurato Safari

Anonimo this week spices up its new Epurato collection with new models made with a matte black case and a light brown strap. The new color combination is meant to recall a trip to Africa because the strap is both the color of sand and made with antelope leather. While the strap source is …

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Chopard Celebrates the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with Two New Watches

The 11th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique starts today, May 11, in Monte Carlo, with Chopard serving as sponsor and official timekeeper, as it has since 2002. This classic car race, held every two years, features autos from the 1930s, through the 1970s, celebrating such revered names …

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iW Interview: Laurent Dordet, Managing Director, La Montres Hermès

Laurent Dordet has been with Hermès since 1995 and has worked within many of the luxury firm’s executive offices. He was most recently general manager of the Hermès leather goods division prior to assuming the top spot at La Montre Hermès in 2015, replacing Luc Perramond, who held the position for …

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Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital

Bovet’s new Récital 22 Grand Récital tourbillon artfully miniaturizes our daily celestial dance. Within a two-sided 46mm red gold or platinum watch Bovet beautifully represents the sun, earth and moon with, respectively, a tourbillon, a hand-painted hemispherical globe and completely spherical …

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iW Interview: Patrick Pruniaux, CEO, Ulysse Nardin

<b>Earlier this year iW spoke with Patrick Pruniaux about his plans as the new CEO of Le Locle-based Ulysse Nardin. Pruniaux, who joined the watchmaker in 2017, replacing Patrik Hoffmann as CEO, had spent nine years at TAG Heuer before leaving several years ago to join Apple, where he helped launch</b> …

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT

In January at SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre focused attention on its Polaris re-boot, an impressive series of sporty watches meant to recall the original Polaris II from the mid-1960s. The launch, which offers a slimmer bezel and shorter lugs when compared to the original Polaris, includes a full range of …

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas black dial

With its already distinctive six-sided bezel, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas doesn’t need much more embellishment to attract attention. Since 1977 it has been home to this watchmaker’s only luxury steel sports collection, competing for the same wrists that fancy the steel Audemars Piguet Royal …

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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar, U.S. Edition

A. Lange & Söhne today unveils a special U.S. Limited Edition Saxonia Annual Calendar in a gesture that will undoubtedly thrill many domestic collectors. But these enthusiasts will need to act quickly because the Glashütte-based watchmaker is only making twenty-five, all of which will be found only …

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MB&F Expands Aquapod Family

When MB&F introduced its HM7 Aquapod at last year’s SIHH, the mechanical jellyfish for the wrist quickly became one of the show’s most-discussed timepieces. The 53.5mm x 20mm watch with centrally mounted flying tourbillon, especially the lighter, titanium-cased version, turned out to be …

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Ferrari On Ice

<i>Ferrari builds a performance automobile that has impressive specs and can ‘walk the walk’ in the most demanding of circumstances. We know a few watches that can make the same claim.</i><p>In <i>shocking</i> news that will come as no surprise to our readers, the world of horological marketing is filled with …

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Patek Philippe Displays Rare Handcrafts

Patek Philippe is displaying fifty of its Rare Handcrafts pieces at the Patek Philippe Salon in Geneva from April 19 to April 21. On display are incredibly beautiful one-of-a-kind dome table clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches with dials and cases that spotlight a broad selection of decorative …

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Black Edition

The symmetry of Arnold & Son’s finely skeletonized Time Pyramid placed the watch high on my list of most distinctive movement designs since its debut more than five years ago. Its sculptural presentation, an ode to old English clocks, seems to float between two sapphire crystals.<p>Arnold & Son places …

Ulysse Nardin Freaks Out

Since its birth in 2001, the Ulysse Nardin Freak has lived up to its name. It was a watch unlike anything seen previously. The revolutionary seven-day-tourbillon-carousel had no true case, crown or hands, and the wearer had to read the time as displayed directly by the baguette-shaped movement, …

Carl F. Bucherer Doubles Down

<b>Peripheral winding is not a niche technique at this Lucerne manufacturer.</b><p>The massive model of a Carl F. Bucherer CFB A1000 movement, fully fifteen-feet in diameter and complete with a rotating peripheral weight, has been a horological beacon to the technically curious since it first appeared on the …

Rose Gold

Montblanc Debuts The Meisterstück Petit Prince

One World Trade Center Observatory was the dazzling venue for last week’s launch of the Montblanc Meisterstück Petit Prince collection of pens and men’s accessories. And the guest list was as stellar as the nighttime sky over Manhattan. Hugh Jackman, Charlotte Casiraghi, Chloe Sevigny and many …

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Bronze Basel Beauties

In light of Ferdinand Berthoud joining the bronze watch club during Baselworld 2018 with a new limited edition of five FB1 R models, we deem it appropriate to review the ever-expanding number of watches we saw at the show made with the ancient metal. Watchmakers at Baselworld already offering …

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Montblanc Celebrates Minerva with New Star Legacy

Montblanc continues a yearlong celebration of its storied Minerva manufacture (now 160 years old) with two new models designed for ladies. The Star Legacy Small Second for ladies, in two sizes and numerous variations, offers diamond detailing on the dial and a handcrafted Sfumato alligator leather …

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Reservoir Supercharged & GT Tour

Many watchmakers consciously link dial and case designs to recall automobile races or cars. But Paris-based Reservoir turns all its watches into speedometers and fuel gauges for the wrist. And while you’re clocking hours and minutes rather than miles per hour, wearing a Reservoir watch still …

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Casio’s Newest Edifice is Brighter and Thinner

(Sponsored post) Casio at Baselworld 2018 debuted its newest smartphone-linked steel chronograph, the Edifice EQB900DB-2A. Connected to the Internet using Casio’s Smartphone Link, the new timepiece will automatically pair with the wearer’s smartphone after he or she presses a dedicated Bluetooth …

Gear & Gadgets

First Five Baselworld Favorites

At the end of Baselworld 2018 we noted several trends. New GMTs, bronze cases, brown dials and moderate case diameters were frequently seen from day one. And, happily, there were inklings of heightened attention to a reasonable price/value ratio.<p>If you’ve followed online coverage of the show here …

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Omega’s Latest Watches Reveal New Designs and Expanding Technology

Omega is debuting a variety of captivating watches this spring, including new Seamaster, Speedmaster and Tresor timepieces, as well as the 12th and 13th new Master Chronometer calibers. Following is a glimpse of the new Seamaster Professional Diver 300M watches. Stay tuned in coming weeks for more …

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Baselworld 2018: Maurice Lacroix’s Latest Masterpiece

Maurice Lacroix has kept gear heads enthralled for nearly eight years since the debut of its first Masterpiece Roué Carrée. The dial-side meshing of square and cloverleaf-shaped gears endlessly fascinates enthusiasts, and Maurice Lacroix has presented fans with numerous iterations of the design in …

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Mido Baroncelli 100th Anniversary Limited Editions

Mido celebrates its first century in style with a series of nicely designed and affordably priced dress watches (including the excellent Mido Multifort Datometer). The newest examples, the Baroncelli 100th Anniversary Limited Editions, exude class in two sizes (38mm and 33 mm), each a limited …

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iW Interview: Jeff Cohen, President, Citizen Watch America

Just ahead of Baselworld 2018, iW caught up with Jeff Cohen, president of Citizen Watch America, to find out more about Citizen’s newest Eco-Drive watches and its Tsuno Chrono Racer. Also, we wondered how he makes time to steer the Citizen Group’s other brands (Bulova, Frederique Constant and …

Fish

New Breitling Navitimers—Including a 38mm Model

First released in 1952, the Breitling Navitimer has captured the interest of generations of watch fans and, of course, pilots. And this year, additions to the Navitimer 1 offer models with a range of sizes and design options (including a dazzling and long-awaited 38mm model, but more on that …

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Baselworld 2018: Corum Mints an Artisan Coin Watch

For almost fifty years Corum has offered coin watches, primarily using U.S. $20 double eagle coins that the brand fits with its own manual-wind or automatic movements. This year Corum extends that history with a new coin watch, but with an arty focus and a thin automatic movement. Corum’s new …

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A Sweet Treat: The NOMOS Petit Four

Who doesn’t love a good petit four now and then to satisfy one’s cravings? NOMOS has taken inspiration from this sweet treat, introducing the Tetra Petit Four watch collection—with all the artistry and charm of its French pastry namesake and none of the guilt.<p>The watch’s architecture is purely …

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