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Casio G-Shock 35th Anniversary Celebration

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Kikuo Ibe is the founding father of G-Shock and the Chief Engineer of Research and Development for Casio Computer Co. Beginning with an idea to make a more durable watch after dropping and breaking a watch his father had given him in high school, by 1983, with a degree in mechanical engineering and a job a Casio, he invented the G-Shock watch. The watch was not initially a runaway success, but as police and firemen adapted G-Shocks for professional use, largely because of its extreme durability, not to mention affordability, it eventually caught on. By the 1990s G-Shock was worn by skateboarders, backpackers, military personnel worldwide. The G-Shock was both a professional watch and a fashion accessory at the same time. Today, 35 years later, the Casio G-Shock is easily one of the most recognizable wristwatches in the world. And

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Harry Winston Midnight Precious Weaving

The Midnight Precious Weaving Automatic 42 mm has a dial created with a rare Japanese weaving technique that consists of silk gold thread and thin pieces of natural mother-of-pearl being woven together. This technique is considered an art form and was derived from “Raden,” the ancient Japanese practice of applying shells to wood and lacquer surfaces. An open caseback reveals the automatic 4Hz movement which measures 26.2 mm x 3.37 mm, has 186 components, 26 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve. There is an 18K white gold openwork rotor, and bridges have a Circular Côtes de Genève finish along with circular graining on the mainplate. Presented in an 18K polished white gold case, the watch measures 42.5 mm x 9.1 mm and has Harry Winston’s signature art deco lines cut into the lugs and around the bezel. The dial has

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Audemars Piguet to celebrate 25th anniversary of Royal Oak Offshore starting at SIHH 2018

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Next year, beginning at SIHH, Audemars Piguet will celebrate 25 years of making the sportiest version of their famous Royal Oak collection: the Offshore. So far the Le Brassus watchmaker has revealed three new versions including a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph from 1993, in stainless steel with a blue “Petite Tapisserie” dial. The other two contemporary styled Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Tourbillons, one in steel and the other in 18K pink gold. Each is limited to 50 pieces. These timepieces are inspired by previous models and feature a redesigned movement that was made exclusively to pay homage to 25 years of the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The hand wound movement, caliber 2947, beats at 3Hz (21,600 vph), measures 39.78 mm x 11.60 mm, consists of 353 parts, 30 jewels, and has a power reserve of 173-hours.

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Only Watch 2017 Charity Watch Auction Results

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Only Watch is a biennial charity auction that works very simply. A company produces a unique one-off watch to be auctioned to the highest bidder, all the proceeds go to support Muscular Dystrophy research. From a charity point of view – in the watch auction world – there is nothing else like it. This year, for the first time, some of the lots included unique experiences such as a manufacture tour, VIP tickets to an F1 race, and so on. Check the description underneath each lot on the Only Watch page at the link below for more details. Additionally, we covered a number of pieces at the NYC Christie’s preview here, here, here, here, and here. Only Watch 2017 took place at Christie’s Geneva Saturday, November 11th, 2017. The following prices include the buyer’s premium. Lot 1 - Agenhor Carpe

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2017 GPHG Prize Winners

The prize-winners of the 17th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) were revealed this Wednesday, November 8th on the stage of Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman. Watchmaking excellence, innovation, and expertise were saluted by an international jury that handed out 16 prizes and awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix to Chopard for the L.U.C Full Strike Watch. The Zenith, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Voutilainen, Ulysse Nardin, Tudor, Parmigiani, Longines, Greubel Forsey, Chanel and Bvlgari brands were also rewarded at this 17th prize-giving ceremony, presented by Edouard Baer and Lauriane Gilliéron. The 72 competing watches, including the 15 prize-winning models, are still on show at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (MAH) until November 12th, as part of an original exhibition dedicated to the contemporary art of watchmaking. The winners will also be exhibited from November 16th to 20th

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Kari Voutilainen 28S Only Watch 2017

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Only Watch 2017 takes place today at (8:30 am EST) with 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces being auctioned for charity and 99% of the proceeds going to support research into curing muscular dystrophy. All lots are unique and go for a good cause. My personal favorite timepiece is the Kari Voutilainen 28S which has a unique solid silver dial with a matte slate-gray color and a sandwich construction with white luminous material underneath the cut-outs for the hour markers. The look is completed by signature Voutilainen open-tipped Observatory hands that are blue and white with luminous tips for the hour and minutes. Crafted from titanium that has been fully polished that case measures 39 mm x 11.50 mm. This Voutilainen basic three-hand watch is anything but basic with a proprietary free sprung balance wheel with a hairspring that has a Breguet overcoil

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Two Only Watch unique timepieces powered by F.P. Journe

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F.P. Journe’s Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Only Watch (Lot 32) has been the timepiece we’ve heard the most positive comments on in the lead up to the auction. Just take one glance at the 18K rose gold split-second chronograph movement and you will know why. Interestingly, Barbier-Mueller, which is the name of a Genevan museum that was founded in 1977, has donated this timepiece which “pays homage to fine Genevan watchmaking and to the decorative arts.” The Mosaique by Barbier-Muelle – as you can see below – is also powered by an 18K rose gold movement produced at the Geneva-based watch manufacture F.P. Journe. Learn more at Only Watch.

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Defy El Primero 21 Only Watch Edition

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This is the Defy El Primero Only Watch Edition (Lot 3) that will be auctioned tomorrow – at Only Watch 2017 to support research into curing Muscular Dystrophy – along with 49 other unique timepieces. The watch is equipped with a 1/100th of second chronograph movement and presented in a 44 x 14.50 mm black DLC titanium Defy case with yellow highlights. Additionally, the winning bidder will receive a trip to the Zenith Swiss Watch Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Learn more at Only Watch. A post shared by @professionalwatches on Nov 5, 2017 at 8:29am PST

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Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch

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For Armin Strom’s contribution to Only Watch 2017, they partnered with Brooklyn-based artist, Hunt Slonem, and one of his famous rabbit paintings has been transferred to the dial of this unique timepiece. In addition to the one-of-a-kind watch, Lot 49 comes with a hand-signed original which mimics the pattern and colors from the dial in a 46 cm x 31 cm (18” x 12”) format. The Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch is presented in a brushed titanium case measuring 43.40 mm x 13 mm and housing the manually wound in-house caliber AMW11. While the dial art is awesome, the movement is equally impressive. Beating at a frequency of 2.5Hz (18,000 kph), the AMW11 has 112 components, 20 jewels, and a 5-day power reserve (120-hours). A traversing bridge secures the free-sprung balance wheel in place. Visible through

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Only Watch 2017: Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph

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As you may already know, Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces (one-off) donated by watch companies with 99% of the proceeds going to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. It takes place at Christie’s in Geneva this Saturday, at 2:30 pm Geneva time. Today we will begin previewing a select number of pieces we photographed at Christie’s in New York last week. The Only Watch 2017 Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph (Lot 17) represents the first time the Aikon – which was inspired by the brand’s “Calypso” watch from the 1990s – comes with an automatic movement. This one-of-kind timepiece comes in a 44 mm x 14 mm black and dark gray stainless steel case, with bright yellow highlights in reference to the colors of Only Watch. The surfaces have alternating matte and polished finishes. The dial and

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