Orbital satellite indications

Targa-style open/close cover

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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

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Penmaker to Blancpain

360° view of the rotating globe

Universal time display

Tourbillon 24 Seconds

Exclusive edition of 60 movements

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

Hennessy Paradis Imperial Cognac: Ethereal, With Great Length And Complexity, Yet Balanced

Top-shelf Cognac: perhaps no more divisive drink exists. However, by any measure, Hennessy Paradis Imperial is a superb Cognac with finely balanced flavors and magnificently packaged. It is definitely worth the search.

The Superbia Humanitatis watch created by Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, and Paul Gerber (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)
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The Ongoing Saga Of The ‘Superbia Humanitatis’, The World's Most Complicated Wristwatch, By Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, And Paul Gerber (With Video Of It Striking Time)

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The 'Superbia Humanitatis' Louis-Elysée Piguet/Franck Muller/Paul Gerber super complication is one of the most legendary watches of our time. And what a story! And here it is in its entirety: from 1892 when Piguet made the movement through 1992 when Franck Muller altered it, all the way through the present day when Paul Gerber altered it three more times to make it the most complicated wristwatch in the world.
The NAWCC (National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors) in Pennsylvania runs regular courses on how to service a watch
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Reduction In Wait Times For Watch Servicing Repair And The Disturbing Reality Of What It Means For You

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It’s no secret that customers are frustrated with the time it takes to get things done in the watch industry and are making a lot of noise. But be careful what you wish for because the watch industry seems to be listening, with companies employing procedures to drastically reduce service delays. But there's a dirty downside to it, which Ashton Tracy uncovers here.
Assembling a hemispherical indicator of the Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon
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Bovet Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon: The World At Your Fingertips

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Having the world at your fingertips is one thing, but what if it really was just the world underneath your fingertips as a simple representation of a thing so large and complicated no single person could comprehend it all? Bovet Fleurier has a perfect answer: the Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph in white gold
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Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph: The Day Everything Changed (Archive)

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Joshua had found himself at a bit of a crossroads, horologically anyway, as he was having trouble with a new discovery he had made. You see, he had been slapped across the face by something entirely unexpected, and he needed to come to terms with the fact that he may have been wrong if this new development was to be accepted as reality. It turned out he was completely wrong about the Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph, and here he tells you why.
You don’t need a garage: a selection of chronographs from GaryG’s collection
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Collecting Watches And Cars: What’s The Same And What’s Different?

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Cars and watches, watches and cars: they do seem to go together! Scratch almost any watch lover and you’re going to find a car lover just under the surface. GaryG talks with his pal "Enzo" in this interesting discussion about the similarities and dissimilarities of car and watch collecting.
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You Are There: Video Tour Through The Armin Strom Factory

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Armin Strom is one of the smallest complete watch manufactures in Switzerland and for nearly 10 years has introduced about one new movement per year, including a tourbillon in 2012 and the most recent highlight, the Mirrored Force Resonance, a true technical tour de force. Take a video tour through the factory right here.
TVR Griffith 2018
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TVR Is Back From The Brink Of Death And Racing Towards Le Mans With Rebellion

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Some car brands are so quintessentially English that they can only be developed in the United Kingdom. TVR is a prime example of this, however despite more than its share of dark times, the company is on a roll again, having recently launched a new Griffith - and a new partner for World Endurance Racing in Rebellion.
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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost And Rare Whisky: Hype Or No Hype?

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To many, big must be bad. How often have we heard Johnnie Walker demeaned? Quite why is hard to fathom. Johnnie Walker Blue is a very fine whisky, and now we have something even more special: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare. But is this expensive bottle overhyped or that good?
Longines Heritage Military (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)
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Fauxtina: A Faux Vintage Faux Pas

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Ashton likes vintage watches so much that his prized possession is a 1978 Rolex Submariner Reference 1680. Why does he love this watch so much? Not because it looks like it’s from 1978, but because is from 1978. So, he asks, is the current vintage trend something we should all be wholeheartedly embracing?
Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon in red gold set with diamonds
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Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon: Elegant Style And Serious Substance

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Both Martin and Ian named the Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon as their "best of show" in the Quill & Pad Baselworld 2018 round table. So why did two guys who usually don’t cast as much as a second glance at women’s watches come to decide that an overtly diamond-set timepiece was the best thing they saw at Baselworld? You'll have to see it to find out. And it's worth seeing!
Eric Singer wearing the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition that he helped design
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Kiss Drummer And Passionate Watch Collector Eric Singer’s Baselworld 2018 Top 10

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Elizabeth caught up with Kiss drummer Eric Singer as Baselworld 2018 was drawing to a close, and he shared his personal list of the top ten watches he saw at the fair.
Vault V1+ in blue
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Vault V1/V1+: An Intensely Personal Relationship With Time

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The Vault V1 is a rather unique timepiece, and due to a curious feature it becomes even more unique after the wearer adjusts the time even once. It's worth checking out the first watch by this new independent brand!
Rain or coffee?
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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee: "Effective" Marketing Doesn't Have To Mean "Expensive" Marketing

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On a recent trip to Bordeaux to check if they were still making decent plonk (yes, job done), I noticed a small coffee shop near my hotel doing a roaring trade day and night despite being tucked away on a small side street. I decided this had to do with its street advertising, and it made me think that watch marketing managers could wake up, smell the coffee, and make us smile more!
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition with light dial
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Kiss Drummer Eric Singer Co-Designs Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition

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While Zodiac isn’t an obvious brand for us to feature on Quill & Pad, when I spoke to Kiss drummer Eric Singer at Baselworld and he excitedly told me that he had co-designed the new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition, I was intrigued. Singer has a great eye when it comes to all that is good (and not so good) about watches, both modern and vintage, and why certain designs work or don’t work.
Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon on display at the "Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology" exhibition at Maxxi, Rome
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You Are There: 'Watchmakers: The Masters Of Art Horology' At The Maxxi Gallery, Rome

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I had the good fortune to visit Rome on Thursday for the opening of 'Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology' at the Maxxi Gallery in Rome, and if you have a few minutes I'd like to share the evening with you and let you know where you might be able to see the exhibition in the near future.

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