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Should a watch company be allowed to sell a watch with an ETA movement for five figures?

We can talk about the 42 mm Panerai re-edition of the Mare Nostrum, and how it is based on the first chronograph ever produced by Panerai, back in 1943, for the Italian Navy. It’s limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. Faux lume. Blue strap. Wooden presentation box in the shape of an Italian Navy Destroyer. You know the spiel. But honestly, all we really want to know is what you think about the movement being used in the context of the retail price which is $10,200. The movement in question is a COSC-certified ETA 2801-2 with a Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module, and some Panerai finishing. No special functionality, extended power reserve, 21K gold rotor, or anything like that. Just a very basic hand wound, 4Hz, 17 jewels, 42-hour power reserve ETA movement. A cursory search on eBay brought up a bunch of

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Instagram Highlights #8

A post shared by Doc KickToc (@kicktoc) on Jun 9, 2017 at 7:52am PDT A post shared by Jason Heaton (@jasonheaton) on Jun 9, 2017 at 9:01am PDT A post shared by @cfeuermann on Jun 9, 2017 at 7:06am PDT A post shared by BZ (@bzabodyn214) on Jun 8, 2017 at 12:09pm PDT A post shared by ⌚watch collector⌚Seiko holic (@watches_es) on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:40am PDT A post shared by Wrist Advisor (@wristadvisor) on Jun 7, 2017 at 5:20pm PDT A post shared by JY (@r88tbeer) on Jun 7, 2017 at 9:34am PDT A post shared by The Watch Crowd ⌚️️ (@watchcrowd) on Jun 8, 2017 at 4:19pm PDT A post shared by THE WATCHLOVERS 💯 (@thewatchlovers) on Jun 8, 2017 at 1:54pm PDT A post shared by Jim (@watchflair) on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:21am PDT

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Lange 1815 Chronograph introduced with a black dial

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Originally launched in 2004, the 1815 Chronograph is essentially a Datograph without a date. A model refresh in 2010 saw the 1815 Chronograph receive a new silver dial, without a pulsometer scale, with slightly larger sub-dials, and a redesigned movement that incorporated a larger power reserve of 60-hours and the company’s in-house balance spring (as opposed to a Nivarox sourced spring). Today, the company has announced an 1815 Chronograph with the latest movement, same as the 2010 model, and a new jet-black solid-silver dial, rhodium plated hands, and a pulsometer scale like the original from 2004 (and similar to this boutique edition). But with the new larger sub-dials, like on the 2010 version. The white gold case measures 39.5 mm x 11 mm, like the 2010 version, whereas the 2004 model is slightly thinner at 10.8 mm. Crafted in German

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Hands-On

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Girard-Perregaux first produced a luxury sports watch with octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet in 1975, during an era known for iconic watch designs. Just last year they relaunched the Laureato, inspired by that 70s model, with a “Clous de Paris” dial, that is akin to the Royal Oak’s “Grand Tapisserie” dial, at Baselworld 2016, in one size. For 2017, Girard-Perregaux followed that one timepiece up with an onslaught Laureato timepieces, in 4 sizes: 34 mm, 38 mm, 42 mm, 45 mm. The 34, 38, and 42 mm models are all basic three-handers with a plethora of variations within each size. The 34 mm model is targeted towards women and comes with strap or bracelet, in steel, two-tone, or rose gold, most of which come with diamonds. Next size up is a 38 mm diameter, targeted at both men and women,

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Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona coming up for sale in October

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This October, Phillips Watches will host their first ever watch auction in New York, highlighted by a timepiece that will surely garner the attention of the worldwide watch collecting community. Aurel Bacs, in association with Phillips, will be auctioning the most coveted Paul Newman Daytona, possibly of all time: Paul Newman’s actual Ref. 6239 Rolex Daytona. Worn and owned by the actor himself, this incredibly collectible Rolex Daytona was manufactured in 1963, and less than 3,000 were made in this particular combination: white dial, black subdials, red “DAYTONA” text and outer chapter ring. The back even has a special engraving from his wife. Past Rolex Daytonas have been sold by Phillips for record-breaking seven-figure sums, so the fact that this variation is rare, already means it is likely to fetch an enormous sum. Add to that the provenance of being

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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Hands-On

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For the 60th anniversary of the Superocean dive watch collection, Swiss watchmaker Breitling debuted a model refresh at Baselworld 2017. Originally produced in 1957 the Superocean Héritage II Diver is an evolution of the most recent collection, that takes design cues from 1950s model, and which most notably, is now powered by a new movement sourced from none other than Rolex owned competitor Tudor. Referred to as manufacture caliber B20, the new automatic movement is derived from Tudor’s caliber MT5612. Running at 4Hz, the COSC-certified, 28 jewel movement has a 70-hour power reserve and has been finished to Breitling’s standards so it is slightly different inside. Although, there is a solid caseback preventing a view into the mechanical workings. Nevertheless, (Tudor + Breitling) is an interesting partnership that is beneficial to the customer, considering the version I of the Superocean

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Speedmaster X-33 Regatta

In conjunction with the 35th America’s Cup and the Emirates Teams New Zealand (ETNZ), Omega has created a special sailing version of their digital-analog quartz powered X-33 Speedmaster. Worn on the wrist of ever Kiwi crew member, the Speedmaster X-33 Regatta is presented in a grade 2 brushed titanium case. It includes a Regatta function to keep track of the race from pre-start to finish. The watch has a black dial with blue rings and white transferred markings, and well as apertures for digital readings, and special red (Regatta) minute hand and red accented pusher at 10 o’clock. A ceramic/titanium bezel features a star at 60 seconds, filled with green glowing luminous material, like the hour and minute hands, and hours markers. The bezel also features stars at the 15, 30 and 45-second positions, which reference the Southern Cross on

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HM6 Alien Nation

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Originally launched in 2014, the Horological Machine No.6 (aka HM6) is one of the more eccentric watch designs, from a company that has basically defined the genre of unconventional independent high-end watchmaking. This week, Max Busser (and friends), announced the next step in the HM6 saga: the HM6 Alien Nation. With a case now made entirely of sapphire crystal, the complexity of production has been increased many times over. There will be only 4 unique pieces, and they have already been pre-sold to one collector. In order for the twelve separate sapphire crystals, which need to come together perfectly and seamlessly, the milling and polishing alone for a single case, exceeds 500 hours. Not including assembly, and the inevitable breakage. This is a space ship and so it needs lights, and in this case, a mix of Superluminova, which highlights

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L.U.C. Lunar One and Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at the Baselworld fair in March, Chopard debuted two limited edition versions of their flagship L.U.C. Perpetual timepieces cased in platinum with deep blue sunray dials. L.U.C Lunar One Originally produced in 2005, the Lunar One comes in a 43 mm x 11.47 mm case finished with vertical satin-brushed sides along with a polished bezel and lugs. Large applied Roman numerals are mirror-polished give the watch an unmistakable look while enhancing legibility. The moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock is not simply disc rotating beneath the dial but a number of components indicating the exact appearance and position of the moon as it orbits, with 122-year accuracy. Underneath the dial is automatic caliber L.U.C 96.13-L which features a 22K microtor that winds the watch up to its maximum 65-hour power reserve. Each movement is hand finished with beveled

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Patek Philippe debuts two new Aquanauts for 20th Anniversary

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s other sports watch – not to be confused with the Nautilus – the Aquanaut. As a tribute, Patek Philippe released two new versions at Baselworld, that will go on sale later this year. One represents the first men’s Aquanaut to be offered in white gold. The other is Advanced Research model that features some of the manufacture’s most advanced horological innovations. Aquanaut Ref. 5168G 20th Anniversary Edition A 42.2 mm diameter white gold case, with a night blue colored dial (constructed of brass and PVD coated with blue to black hue towards the perimeter), gives new appeal to the Aquanaut line. Patek’s caliber 324 S C movement, which is a mere 3.3 mm in height, allows for a watch that is just 8.25 mm in thickness. With a tested deviation of

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