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DTZ (Dual Time Zone)

Unique central 24-hour second time zone
Fully integrated movement
Elements of surprise

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Rebellion 540 Magnum Sapphire Tourbillon

Give Me Five! Sapphire Crystal Cases At Baselworld 2016 From Hublot, 4N, Rebellion, MB&F, And Bell & Ross

Transparency is something that fascinates humankind, especially when it’s used in design.

And what better way is there to reveal the inner workings of something than to remove the covers and reveal its very soul?

At Baselworld 2016, we found five examples of the ultimate in transparency by brands as diverse as 4N, Rebellion, Hublot, MB&F, and Bell & Ross.

Maserati Levante at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Maserati Levante: A New Italian SUV Roars In The Urban Jungle

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Maserati, bearer of the mighty trident from Modena, recently introduced the very first SUV in the brand’s history with the Levante. Why? Because evolution is essential to survival. Read on to discover what makes this 4x4 so special, apart from the Maserati badge, that is.
Seiko Credor Fugaku Tourbillon
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Seiko’s Credor Fugaku Tourbillon: A Masterpiece Of Horological Art

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When most people think of Seiko, they think of the mass-produced quartz watches that dominated the world’s markets in the 1980s and thereafter. What ,most people don’t realize is that Seiko, one of only a handful of companies able to manufacture a watch from A to Z up to full-on mechanical handmade horological delicacies with fine finishing and artful embellishment. And they don't come more full-on than the Seiko Credor Fugaku Tourbillon.
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Riddle Me This: What Is The Horological Link Between A Lizard, A Depiction Of A Girl, And A Watch Movement?

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These three apparently diverse photos have (at least) one horological link in common. What do you think is the strongest common thread that links these three images and how?
Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono
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Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono: Who Do You See?

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To mark the 20th anniversary of the L.U.C. collection, Chopard has developed its first entirely in-house perpetual calendar chronograph movement. And this is where a very interesting design choice comes into focus: offset overlapping dials that created a very interesting effect for me.
Speake-Marin Face to Face tourbillon
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Give Me Five! Skulls Grinning From Behind The Crystal At Baselworld 2016 Featuring Speake-Marin, Hautlence, Edelberg, HYT, And Hublot

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Skulls are much more than a depiction of the bones that hold the human face in shape and our brains in place. Used in many types of art, they are deeply symbolic, often representing themes of mortality. Take a quick symbolic journey with us back to Baselworld 2016 and discover skull-infused functional objects by Speake-Marin, Hublot, HYT, Hautlence, and Edelberg.
saddle, books and polo stick
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Photo Caption Competition No. 16: Has Anybody Seen My Polo Pony?

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This week, for Photo Caption Competition No. 16, we have what looks like everything needed for a game of polo except the horse. What fun, funny, or sarcastic caption would you give this photo? Let us know in the comments!
Dan Spitz in a former life as a heavy metal lead guitarist
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Video: Dan Spitz Of Anthrax, Watchmaker

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Thrash metal rocker Dan Spitz has had an interesting life that has seen him go from being the co-founder of Grammy-nominated band Anthrax to becoming a noteworthy watchmaker. This three-minute video by Great Big Story really tells his story in a cool, compact way.
Samsung Gear S2 by De Grisogono
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Samsung Gear S2 By De Grisogono: Boldly Going Where No Smartwatch Has Gone Before

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Fawaz Gruosi, founder and CEO of de Grisogono's creations, has infused such strong DNA into his products that they cannot be confused for anything else but a product by de Grisogono. From his remarkable insight ability, he introduced at Baselworld 2016 a smartwatch. A luxury smartwatch powered by Samsung technology . . . and decorated with plenty of black diamonds.
Exercise in coherence: Rolex GMT Master II
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Great Rolex Experiment With The GMT Master II Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Crown

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The last time I wrote here on Quill & Pad about my relationship with the world’s greatest mass luxury brand was last year when I explained 'Why I’ve Never Owned a Rolex – And Why I Might Yet.' Well, to know me is to know that if I say I “might yet” buy something it’s likely only a matter of time. So, too, with this Rolex: the GMT Master II BLNR “Batman” with black-and-blue bezel.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
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Give Me Five! Bronze Watches At Baselworld 2016 From Hautlence, Urwerk, Bell & Ross, Tudor, And Oris

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Bronze, a copper-and-tin alloy some have described as “living” due to its beautiful way of patinating, seems to be making something of a comeback, which is certainly thanks to the beauty of the material. Is it becoming a trend? You can answer for yourself as here we show you five bronze watches we found at Baselworld 2016.
A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen
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Wavelengths And Quantum Mechanics? How The A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen Gets Its Special Shine

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The moon emanates no light of its own since it is geologically inactive and has no light-emitting materials on its surface. It does give off radiation that it has absorbed from the cosmos, which isn’t visible to the naked eye. The A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen does things quite similarly to the cosmos to provide its wearer with an incredibly unique luminous experience. There is much more science here than meets the immediate eye to create it, too. Read on to find out all about the extra-special luminous qualities of this watch.
Dilip Sivaraman and Gato
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How And Why To Build A Clock: Gato Long Clock By Dilip Sivaraman, AHCI Young Talent Finalist 2016

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Meet 38-year-old Dilip Sivaraman from India, who entered the 2016 Young Talent Competition sponsored by the AHCI, F.P. Journe, and Horotec, where he was a finalist. Sivaraman had started out wanting to fix an antique clock he had bought, but ended up making his own clock, called Gato, escapement and all.
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Photo Caption Competition No. 15: Lizard On Sundial

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For this week's Caption Competition we have what looks like a lizard speared on a sundial. What do you think he might be doing? Do put your fun, funny, or sarcastic caption ideas in the comments!
Jaquet Droz Charming Bird
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Jaquet Droz’s Magnificent Charming Bird Returns In An Exquisite Métiers d’Art Version

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In contrast to the pared-down visuals of the original Charming Bird, Jaquet Droz’s 2016 edition puts equal focus on the lovely songbird chirping away underneath the domed sapphire crystal and the beautifully artistic dial crafted in engraved and painted mother-of-pearl.
Lot 74: The salmon-dialed Rolex Reference 3330 from the Phillips Start-Stop-Reset auction of May 2016
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Phillips Stages Thematic Auction Of Stainless Steel Chronographs: A Reaction To Market Conditions?

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Phillips’ next thematic sale of wristwatches, which is scheduled to take place on May 14, 2016 in Geneva, is called Start-Stop-Reset. It is an unusual sale in that it only includes chronographs, and even more unusually, the auction exclusively comprises stainless steel chronographs

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