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2014-GPHG-Sports

Sports Pre-Selected Watches: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

The Sports watch category has always been one of the most hotly contested prizes because these are the watches that many people actually wear.

Our pre-selected contenders in the Sports category this year are: the Bell & Ross BR126 Vintage Sport Heritage GMT Flyback, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, the Aerofusion Chronograph Pelé by Hublot, Tissot’s T-Touch Expert Solar, the Tudor Heritage Ranger, and the El Primero Lightweight by Zenith.

That’s a very strong field, but our panel does have a preference. What’s yours?

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The 2014 Atlanta Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo

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Artistic Crafts Pre-Selected Watches: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

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October 18, 2014
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