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Monday, March 29, 2010

Vannen Watches x ZeroFriends NYC Exclusive

Vannen Watches and ZeroFriends come together to bring us the limited edition ‘Mono Escape’ wristwatch designed by San Francisco’s Alex Pardee. Only 40 watches have been created and they will be unveiled at exclusive launch at the ZeroFriends boutique located in New York City; where Alex will be on hand for an in-store signing.

This launch also marks the introduction of Vannen’s newest packaging designs that it will subsequently use on upcoming limited edition releases and brand crossovers. The new paper-and-plastic based packaging is stylish, compact and serves as a display case when the watch is not in use.

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Chanel J12 Marine Diver

Chanel is adding a diver to its fashionable J12 collection which uses the brand's signature ceramic cases in either a black or white (after the jump) colorway. Alongside the ceramic bracelet the watches will also come with an additional caoutchouc rubber strap.  

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Porsche Design P'6780 Diver

The P'6780 perfectly evokes the brand's signature aesthetic with minimalist, industrial design that also encompasses a serious diving tool that can reach depths of up to 1000M/3,280ft. The watch also features a unique case design that allows the watch to be raised (see it in action after the jump) in order to set the time. While it sounds more like a cool party trick, the design is actually a functional one. When the watch face is rested within the "titanium bridge" it keeps the crown from being accidentally turned and also helps secure the watch from damage.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Glashutte Original PanoMatic Counter XL Watch

Totally unique watch complications were not exactly common this year, but Glashutte Original had a few, the most useful of which is the counter in the Glashutte Original PanoMatic Counter XL watch. Similar to the golf counter complication, this "multi purpose" counter is able to count up to 99. The left side of the 44mm wide steel case has an additional three buttons that control the digit counter window on the left of the case with the red numerals. One button is for counting up, the other is for counting back down, and the third button is to reset back to zero. The Counter complication sits quietly next to the rest of the watch.

You have the PanoMatic XL watch with the time, "Panorama Date" (big date), and a prominent 12 hour chronograph. The chronograph orientation is cool using overlapping rings. With the crown, the watch appears to have many "projectiles" coming out of it, but is actually a very simple watch to operate.

Really beautifully finished in typical Glashutte Original fashion, the piece contains the in-house made automatic Caliber 96 movement that is beautifully decorated and looks amazing (as is the Glashutte Original way...). Even though emphasis on the dial is not the time, the watch face itself is not hard to read thanks to the design of the dial. The watch has a sapphire crystal on the front and back, and is water resistant to 50 meters.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Concept : TAG Heuer Pendulum


Since the creation of the Galileo-inspired hairspring by Christiaan Huygens in 1675, the regulating organ of all mechanical watches has been based on a balance wheel and spiral-shaped torsion hairspring system. With the challenge of temperature diminished by Guillaume’s alloys, the spiral hairspring regulation system came to dominate mechanical movement design. In the TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept, the traditional hairspring is replaced by an “invisible” or virtual spring derived from magnets. TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept, the world’s first oscillator in a mechanical movement without hairspring, beats at 43,200/hour (6 Hertz) — making it a superlative representative of TAG Heuer’s unique mastery of high frequencies and ultimate precision.

With the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Concept Watch, TAG Heuer substituted the traditional pinion and gear transmission with a belt-driven mechanical transmission. Now, to mark its 150th anniversary, TAG Heuer proudly introduces the TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept, the first-ever mechanical movement without hairspring.

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Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 & 126 Carbon

The watches feature 41mm stainless steel carbon black cases, automatic ETA 2895 movement, and luminescent sand-colored indexes.

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Opus 5

In the collaborative effort between then Harry Winston head Max Büsser and Urwerk, they bring the limited edition Opus 5 to be included in haute horology. Produced in a limited edition of 100 units, the Opus 5 is built in platinum to be offered via Antiquorum with a pre-sale estimate of only $140,000-$200,000.

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Tag Heuer celebrates 150th anniversary

As Tag Heuer marks its 150th anniversary, the Swiss luxury watchmaker will be launching a limited-edition chest containing a limited-edition Tag Heuer watch, the Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS2 Chronograph, and the company’s first branded phone, the Meridiist.

Designed by French master craftsman Fred Pinel, this celebratory gift box will be unveiled at the Baselworld 2010 in Switzerland. Priced at $20,000, the coffer will be limited to just 150 units, each for the number of years the company has existed.

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Casio G-Shock - Shocking Colors G-8100 Series

A new series of watches have been launched from Casio G-Shock called the G-8100 series. First line of items from this series is the Shocking Colors that consist of three colorways. Unlike most of the G-Shock designs, this series are square and contain linear elements that give a new look for the G-Shock. It does however keep many elements such as the shock resist technology, LED illumination button on the center bottom and multi display face.

The retro future look is definitely not for everyone and it comes in black, purple or yellow colors with various high light colors adding a pop aesthetic. Of course this watch comes with all the standard function that is featured on all of the G-Shock watches.

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Tudor Heritage Chrono

One of the big showstoppers at the Baseworld Watch Expo in Switzerland comes via Rolex stablemate, Tudor, with a modern rendition of their Monte Carlo. Some subtle differences from the original include a larger 42mm case, knurled details on the crown, pushers, and bezel edge, and 3D applique hour markers versus the printed markers on the original. The watch will house a 7734 Valjoux movement and will be available with a steel bracelet or NATO strap option.

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Breitling 2010 Superocean

Breitling's new Superocean goes modern with big, blocky, and aggressive hour makers and a rubber molded bezel. The watches feature a rubber or steel bracelet options, Breitling's Caliber 17 self-winding movement, and water resistance up to 5000ft/1500m.


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Chanel J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse

The J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse is an incredible combination of 5 complications: a tourbillon, digital minutes display, retrograde minutes hand, 10 day power reserve, and a retractable vertical crown. Most interesting is the retrograde complication which goes to work when the minute hand reaches the vertical crown and then proceeds to move backwards until it reaches the other side.

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Rolex EXplorer 2010

The Rolex Explorer has gotten a new face lift for 2010. The new design was featured at Basel World, a timepiece trade show. With the swing towards bigger faces in the watch world, Rolex announced that the Explorer has an extra 3mm in diameter to bring the overall size to 39mm all while incorporating a new polished finish to the dial’s numbers.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Yves Behar x Issey Miyake: Vue Watch

'Vue' is a timepiece designed by Yves Behar / Fuse Project with Japanese Fashion Designer
Issey Miyake. the concept behind the watch is to have the wearer experience the mystery
of time, hour by hour.

'Vue' presents the appearance and disappearance of time,by only showing the current hour, while the last hour and future hour subtly fade in and out,through the rotation of an inner circle.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cabestan Nostromo watch

The Cabestan Nostromo watch that buys its inspiration from the Alien spaceship has just revived our decades-old fascination to explore the unknown. Designed by Jean-François Ruchonnet for Cabestan, the Nostromo watch blends the futuristic design with traditional watch making in black PVD coated titanium case.

Priced at a whopping $141,400, the Nostromo features a power reserve indicator (50 hours) and three engraved rotary drums along with Calibre CAB PG 160 manually wound movement.

Via: Gizmodo/Engadget/A Blog to Read

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LUMINOX - 3051 Blackout Edition

With the advancement of night vision optics, armed forces around the world, especially operators within the special operation branches, have adopted a new military doctrine – whoever owns the night, wins the war. For this reason and the visually appealing aspect of it, timepiece maker LUMINOX designed the Blackout Edition.

A distant relative of the 3000 Original Navy SEAL Dive Series, the Blackout, coded as 3051 Edition, features the same carbon reinforced polymer casing, scratch resistant mineral glass face, and precise quartz crystal Swiss-movement. The difference is in the watch’s appearance, a “blackout” dial face, bezel and numerals; all makes it an exceptional design. Like all LUMINOX, the Blackout Edition includes the brand’s signature self-powered illumination technology along the hands and numerials.

The LUMINOX Blackout Edition is currently available at selected LUMINOX and fine watch dealers worldwide, including nano universe of Japan.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Concept : Tokyoflash E-ink Watch

The E Clock can tell the time using normal numbers, or through patterns of dashes and lines that you have to decipher. That’s not all. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and will alert you via vibration to tell you when you’ve got incoming calls or text messages.

The band is made from flexible stainless steel, which forms a neat-looking bracelet. If this design gets enough votes, TokyoFlash will actually produce this thing. Now that’s cool.

So head on over there to vote for it!

[TokyoFlash via DVice]

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