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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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Limited edition of 30 pieces

bgblack-2000

360° view of the rotating globe

Universal time display

Tourbillon 24 Seconds

Exclusive edition of 60 movements

POLARIS MEMOVOX

POLARIS CHRONOGRAPH

POLARIS DATE

POLARIS MEMOVOX

Series 4

Solid titanium with carbon fibre inlays

18ct red gold clip and band

18ct red gold nib

Available exclusively from Blancpain boutiques

Series 5

Solid titanium

Linear-brushed carbon fibre barrel and cap

Fountain pen and rollerball

Available exclusively from Blancpain boutiques

Prix Gaïa trophy

The 2018 Gaïa Awards: MB&F’s Maximilian Büsser, Reinhard Meis, And Bovet’s Paul Clementi Honored

Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year, the 2018 Gaïa Award adds something new in the form of an incentive grant called the Horizon Gaïa, which aims to encourage new talent in the fields of craftsmanship/creation, history/research, and entrepreneurship. The winners of this years awards are: Maximilian Büsser, Reinhard Meis, And Paul Clementi.

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Dubai Watch Week And Christies Take The Horology Forum To London, Where It Looked Very Much At Home (Lots Of Photos + Videos)

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Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s partnered to bring the first International Horology Forum to London on September 11-12, 2018 with panels and discussions held at Christie’s King Street location in the heart of the St. James area of London. The panels, livestreamed on Facebook And IGTV (Instagram TV), brought thoughts and opinions from industry leaders to the greater watch world. You can watch all the action right here.
E. Howard and Co pocket watch (photo courtesy Derek Weinberg)
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Modern Horological Times And Practices Are Likely Much Worse Than You Think: A Reflection

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In the society we live in, a society of technology-driven mass production and digital revolution, Derek Weinberg reflects on how a mechanical timepiece has evolved from a functional object serving as a faithful companion in a busy life to a collectible object satisfying its owner from behind a pane of glass.
Men's category pre-selected watches for the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, clockwise from top left: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain, De Bethune Steel Wheels, H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Flying Hours, MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendrier 1842, and Kari Voutilainen 217QRS
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Our Predictions For Best Men’s Watch At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (Hint: Spoilt For Choice)

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The finalists in the Men's category are: the Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain, De Bethune Steel Wheels, H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Flying Hours, MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendrier 1942, and Kari Voutilainen's 217QRS. And the panel seems to have a preference!
This side view highlights the incredible three-dimensionality of the dial of Emmanuel Bouchet's Complication 1. Note the distinctive pointy cones supporting the bridges
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Complication One By Emmanuel Bouchet Featuring A Giant Swiss Lever Escapement - With Video (Archive)

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Emmanuel Bouchet first came to our attention with the incredibly animated Opus 12 for Harry Winston. He has now launched his own brand with Complication 1, which pays homage to the ubiquitous Swiss lever escapement with his own extremely slow-beating, giant Swiss lever escapement placed dial-side. And that's just the beginning!
Charles Clavem champagne
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Charles Clavem Champagne: The Bottle Deserves As Much (Or More) Attention As The Wine

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Even in the exclusive world of champagnes, there are tiers. While the birthplace of any champagne makes it special, all champagnes are not created equal. Charles Clavem, inspired by the story of a leather craftsman from a Champagne town called Les Riceys, offers bespoke bottles decorated with precious gems and noble metals. And, oh, the taste!
Rhapsody in stainless steel: Patek Philippe Reference 5950A-001
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Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph (Archive)

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Given GaryG's musings on these pages about the relative roles of rarity and complication in driving the value of a watch, he thinks it appropriate to dedicate this “Behind the Lens” entry to a piece that is both complicated and limited in production: Patek Philippe’s Reference 5950A. What’s so special about this watch? Well, first of all it’s a split-seconds chronograph. What else?
Steve McQueen Rolex Submariner at Phillips auctions
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Phillips Pulls Steve McQueen Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 From Fall 2018 Auction

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In June 2018 Phillips auction house in conjunction with Bacs and Russo announced it would be auctioning a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 given to stuntman Loren James by actor Steve McQueen. Following Quill & Pad's Nick Gould highlighting a few serious anomalies regarding the details of this Rolex's provenance, Phillips now releases a statement announcing the removal of it from the fall 2018 auction.
All about that bass: rear view, Singer Dynamics and Lightweighting Study
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You Are There: Monterey Car Weekend 2018 With Singer Reimagined

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There’s a big overlap between the populations of watch and car enthusiasts, so it should come as no surprise that some of GaryG's watch (and car) buddies leapt at the chance to attend the annual Singer Reimagined Monterey event this year and then took advantage of being in the area to sample other events over the weekend as well.
The Superbia Humanitatis watch created by Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, and Paul Gerber (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)
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Paul Gerber: Renaissance Man And Creator Of World's Most Complicated Watch And Smallest Wooden Clock

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A world-class micro-engineer, industrial designer, metalwork artist and accountant walk into a bar, and the barman asks . . . yes, Marton Radkai is talking about independent watchmaker Paul Gerber. Find out more about this genius right here!
Ladies category pre-selected watches for the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
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Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Ladies Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The finalists in the Ladies category are: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton, Chaumet Laurier, Bulgari Lucea Tubogas Skeleton, Piaget Possession Lapis Lazuli, Bovet 1822 Amadeo Fleurier 39 Fan, and Moritz Grossmann's Tefnut Twist Classic. Our panel had a clear favorite.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM0001 A Series owned by Robin Williams in Sothebys' auction October 2018
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44 Of Robin Williams’ Watches To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s In October 2018

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On October 4, 2018 in New York, Sotheby’s will auction a vast collection of items from Robin Williams and his second wife Marsha Williams, including artworks, film memorabilia . . . and 44 wristwatches belonging to Williams, including Panerai, Ikepod, Doxa, and Franck Muller models. Nick Gould highlights a few that caught his eye from a variety of watch genres.
Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage and Bandit on the wrist
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Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage, Bandit, And Drift: Racing Forward

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In just two years Gorilla Watches has launched seven relatively affordable models that have steadily increased in coolness and complexity, with only the last three seeing any price increase for reasons Joshua Munchow explains. Here is how he thinks that Gorilla manages to avoiding plateauing in its designs yet continue with the cool.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 for Only Watch
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Here’s Why: The Chronograph Is The New Tourbillon (Archive)

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Based on the most popular releases of 2017, it is possible that the almighty tourbillon may about to be usurped by something new and rather old at the same time: the chronograph. In this installment of Joshua Munchow's “Here’s Why” series, he explores why the chronograph is the new tourbillon.
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5 Intriguing Moon Phase Watches Lighting Up The Horological Sky In 2018

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For moon-struck astronomy fans looking for a fix until the next lunar eclipse takes place on January 20 in 2019, here are five beautiful haute horlogerie moon phases watches, all powered by manufacture calibers.
The Olympic Australis, at $2,500,000 it's the world's most valuable opal
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Shrouded In Mystery And Fire: Opals In Jaquet Droz And Piaget Timepieces (Archive)

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Alexander Doerr hadn't really paid much attention to opals before, but upon closer inspection realized that this gemstone is extraordinary – they are shrouded in mystery and well worth learning more about. Looking at an opal is like looking at fireworks or even looking into a galaxy. And two Swiss watch brands specialize in using the fiery gemstone in watches are Jaquet Droz and Piaget.

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