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Dior VIII-Grand Bal "Cancan" in white ceramic

Dior’s 2015 Grand Bal VIII With Dial-Side Rotor and Scarab Beetle Elytra

It’s simple, really. An automatic watch’s oscillating weight, or rotor, is what winds it up. It does so using the motion of one’s wrist, which actuates the rotor. Which itself is weighted to easily move when the arm moves.

The movement of the rotor is what winds the mainspring. Perpetually, automatically.

In the case of many automatic watches, the rotor’s activity is clearly visible via a see-through case back. But Dior’s Inversé 11½ or Inversé 8¼ calibers were designed to appear on the dial side of the watch.

And in the case of the Dior VIII Grand Bal, this essentially functional component is transformed into a gorgeously decorated focal point of the dial.

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LM101 Frost by MB&F

LM101 Frost By MB&F: It's Surprisingly Warm

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April 16, 2015
MB&F's Legacy Machines are the avant-garde brand's take on traditional complications. With the limited-edition LM101 Frost, MB&F has added a new string to the brand's traditional bow, which until now had been strung with reinterpretations of traditional complications and mechanisms: finish.
Rolex Yacht-Master

Give Me Five! A Radiant Rolex Rainbow At Baselworld 2015

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April 15, 2015
Rolex had a very interesting Baselworld that included updates of many much-loved standards, in particular a very handsome facelift for the Yacht-Master, and – almost unbelievably – springtime coloring on the dials of the new Oyster Perpetuals. Funky colors! That’s what hit us squarely in the eye when regarding both the new Oyster Perpetual and the Datejust Pearlmaster 39 models.
The Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon on the wrist

The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon By Ulysse Nardin

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April 14, 2015
Ulysse Nardin was expected to introduce the Ulysse Anchor Escapement in a production watch. And with the Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon, the brand did not disappoint. In fact, this constant-amplitude escapement is now housed within a one-minute tourbillon for an added pinch of technical virtuosity.
Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre (unfinished prototype)

Le Garde Temps Project With Greubel Forsey And Philippe Dufour: Where It’s At And Where To Next

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April 12, 2015
The Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre project separates true lovers of watchmaking from the chaff: there is no big brand name on the dial, celebrity ambassadors, or expensive marketing campaign. It is pure watchmaking for it's own sake to perpetuate traditional crafts and skills. There is, right now, in this universe, a watch that features the names Greubel Forsey and Philippe Dufour on its dial.
Detail view of the Roger Smith Series 2’s dial

Behind The Lens: Roger Smith Series 2

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April 10, 2015
Roger Smith holds a special place in the pantheon of independent watchmaking, both on his own merits and as the man who worked most closely with the legendary George Daniels. While any Smith watch is rare, the particular Series 2 that you see photographed in this article is in fact unique: it's the only such watch in stainless steel that Smith has yet produced.
Graff_6992

Round Table: Reflections On Baselworld 2015

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April 9, 2015
Please join our Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2015 as we discuss mood, trends, and timepieces we liked and didn't like so much. The participants of this discussion are: Ian Skellern, Elizabeth Doerr, Boris Pjanic, Nancy Olson, Louis Nardin (editor-in-chief The Watches TV), and Benjamin Clymer (executive editor Hodinkee).
Logical one Black by Romain Gauthier

Quill & Pad Baselworld Awards 2015

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April 8, 2015
Welcome to the 2015 Quill & Pad Baselworld “awards,” in which we highlight a few of the watches and ancillary Baselworld potpourri that caught our eyes at the world’s largest watch exhibition. Please accept these citations in the way they are presented: generally tongue-in-cheek, sometimes serious, always fun!
Close up view of the dial side jump mechanisms of the Speake-Marin Jumping Hours

Here I Go Again: Speake-Marin Jumping Hours

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April 6, 2015
Here I get the chance to talk about something that our readers probably know I love all too well: a jump hour watch. But not just any jump hour watch, this time it’s the four-handed Speake-Marin Jumping Hours, a piece unique. I was extremely excited, not to mention anxious, to get my hands on this piece, but the wait was worth it.
Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

Photo Essay: The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

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April 5, 2015
When I first saw photos of the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière I liked the technical aspects and thought it an audacious design likely to ignite heated debate in the passionate Angelus collectors' community, but I wasn't won over by the watch itself. I liked the fact that it existed, but it wasn't really to my taste. But after I had seen and handled the U10 Tourbillon Lumière "in the metal," I got it.
Fabegé Pearl Egg open revealing the rare 12-carat grey pearl inside

Fabergé Pearl Egg For Easter: The First Imperial-Class Egg In Nearly 100 Years

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April 3, 2015
Everyone has heard of the famous Fabergé eggs. But why are they so famous? The answer surely lies in where the eggs came from (and, no, they didn’t come from the Easter bunny). Celebrating its “rebirth” at Baselworld 2015, Fabergé introduced the first egg of the new era as a unique pieceand is calling the incredible Pearl Egg “the first egg created in the ‘imperial class' since 1917.”
The Speake-Marin Dong Son Tourbillon

Give Me Five! The AHCI Celebrates 30th Anniversary At Baselworld 2015

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April 1, 2015
In 2015, the AHCI celebrates thirty years of existence. This is a genuine milestone for any organization, and is really a grand, grand accomplishment for a loose grouping of more than 30 artisans of varying nationality, background, and level of accomplishment. Here we present five beautiful watches by AHCI members we saw at Baselworld.
The Romain Jerome Batman DNA shines the bat signal at night

Lighting Up With Lume At Baselworld 2015. Warning: Sunglasses Advised!

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March 31, 2015
The bright spotlights of Baselworld 2015 lit up a plethora of eye-catching watches of every shape, color, and complication. However, it was only when the lights were turned down or off that a few of the timepieces showed that their dark sides were actually quite bright. Here are a few of the best lume-outfitted watches from Baselworld 2015 from Patek Philippe, Romain Jerome, Chopard, Valbray, Bell & Ross, Bulgari, and Glashütte Original.
Artemis Racing in action

Ulysse Nardin’s First Sponsorship: Artemis Racing, Iain Percy, And The America's Cup

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March 31, 2015
Ulysse Nardin founded his company on the precision required for marine chronometers. So supporting a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup as its official partner more than makes sense, and supporting Artemis Racing makes the most sense of all.
Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity in black PVD-treated titanium

My Trip Back To The Beginning And Watch Mecca: Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity

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March 29, 2015
The Vanguard Gravity checks all the boxes for Franck Muller awesomeness. It begins with the now-famous Cintrée Curvex case and the way that the curved case stands so proud yet feels so comfortable on the wrist, setting Franck Muller watches apart and doesn't end with its triple-axis tourbillon's amazing size.
The L.Roy Chronomètre à Tourbillon looks sensational movement side, with large balance and chain et fusée

Give Me Five! Dead Beat Seconds At Baselworld 2015

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March 27, 2015
The dead beat seconds complication was developed so that the second hand on the wristwatch would move in the same way as a high-end, precious clock might. Dead beat seconds is a fairly rare addition to a watch movement in the modern age. In fact, it is almost never seen. Nevertheless, we found five watches outfitted with dead beat seconds at Baselworld 2015.