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Returning to the original idea in this watch review article, I find myself being in the position as a well-educated watch lover reviewing a rather niche product with an appeal which is intentionally not mainstream. Those uninitiated in the "ways of the watch" can easily dismiss or love watches like this for all the wrong reasons. One of the ways I personally define "art" is to describe it as something that while I may or may not find it aesthetically appealing is something that required a degree of imagination and skill to create. I say all this in anticipation of the people who just don't "get" what the Steampunk Chrono is all about. But I will remind you that it is in fact crazy, you just might need a lot of the right type of education to know why. If you haven't learned yet then I'll get back to playing with this toy like it was some guilty pleasure. The Romain Jerome Steampunk Chrono is limited to 2,012 pieces per model and this ref. RJ.T.CH.SP.003.01 model has a retail price of ,400.

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"GMT" stands for Greenwich Mean Time and is the "0" point on the 24 hour scale of international timezones. Greenwich is in England, and from there other timezones are plus (+) or minus (-) GMT. GMT was established so that travelers would be able to quickly to know what time it is all over the world as long as they knew what the GMT time was and what to add or subtract from that time to get the local time on another place.

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First, was my banning and un-banning from SIHH (in the same year) a few years ago. That was pretty noteworthy in the industry. Then, certain brands started to refuse to talk with me, telling their friends also to stop talking with me. It didn't really work to be honest because there was always people at those brands who wanted me to write about them, but I could see "the doors beginning to close." In watch journalism, the name of the game is "access." You need to get your hands on stuff in order to write about it. That isn't always an issue in other industries. If I was a tech writer, I could feasibly buy new stuff to review, or just visit Best Buy to check it out. That isn't really an option much of the time with timepieces. There are a lot of watches I write about that would never be accessible to me unless I was invited to see them. Just going to a store to view them would simply not be an option. Brands remain the gatekeepers for content, and without access, it would be a lot harder to offer as many reviews and hands-on articles as we do.

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The Aquaracer offers real usability for active wearers in the form of 300m water resistance, sapphire crystal, luminous hands, unidirectional bezel, and a date window. A high-end quartz movement ensures daily reliability (likely to be more accurate than your own mechanical piece). All of these components shout serious tool watch, while its good looks are derived from a petite steel case and brushed/polished bracelet which dress it up nicely.

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2013 will see a number of additions to the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 watch collection that started last year with mega 57.5mm wide Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 that included a rather amazing recreation of a competition movement. Never intended as a serious collection, the popularity of the Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 likely spurred enough noise that Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour decided to expand on the range. This new Zenith Pilot model is the most appreciated Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar, and includes the name Zenith El Primero caliber 4054 automatic movement produced in conjunction with maker designer Ludwig Oeschlin. This movement originally debuted in the Zenith Captain Winsor watch.

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I can see myself coming to the office, getting ready for the day by removing my watch and putting it in the Gyrowinder. Why? Well aside from keeping it wound and off my wrist while typing, I learned from movies that it will make my watch smarter, more capable, and possibly telekinetic. If the movie "The Lawnmower Man" is right, my watch will eventually outsmart me and plot my demise. All when I was simply just trying to help it. If all of that doesn't happen, then the worst case scenario is that my watch will simply get a headache and perhaps feel a bit nauseous after being all wound up in the Gyrowinder.

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A noted feature of the Ivresse is that the curved case contains a tourbillon, which is viewable through a window on the case back. Although, had I been more familiar with the brand, it would not have come as a surprise. As CEO, Philippe Dubois told me, the signature complication that every Badollet watch has, is a tourbillon. As a niche brand among niche brands and to project an aura of exclusivity, the decision was made at the re-launch to have a tourbillon in every Badollet watch without exception. Having the curved case and a tourbillon as the basic ingredients for the Ivresse, Badollet turned to David Candaux, a young watch-maker formerly with Jaeger-le-Coultre, to solve the technical challenge of putting it together.

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It all starts with the in-house made IWC Calibre 89802 automatic movement, which is a slight revision on the existing IWC Calibre 89800 that is found in the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month ref. 3761 (IW376107) watch. Despite sharing movements and most of the same name, these two models are very different. The Da Vinci collection sports a sort of angular tonneau-shaped case in a more traditional 18k rose gold material. This Ingenieur piece keys into the brand's new focus on motorsports in terms of design and case material, and what IWC has done with the dial is really fun.

Case:
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Slide button to open/close louvres
Exhaust ports to drain water
Dimensions: 51.5mm x 49mm x 22.5mm
Number of components: 80
Water resistance of engine container: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

It was about two years ago that Audemars Piguet announced their relationship with Schumacher - and they were damn proud. Schumacher is an excellent addition to their roster of sport champions, with Schumacher himself likely looking for a new watch brand partner at the time. While I don't know for sure, it is possible that Audemars Piguet and Hublot rivaled over the championship driver - as they have with some other people or events in the past. While not the first racer with an AP watch to their name, Michael Schumacher is likely one of the most well-known.

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On the wrist, the Ka La has a very one-of-a-kind design given the loopy lugs and the disc-based seconds hand - the case is 43mm wide. Inherently the things which make this watch different than most other three-hand timepieces are simple and basic. Having said that, playing with the design of the lugs and the seconds hand really makes the watch look like something else. Rather than have a hand, the Ka La uses a disc for the seconds indicator, and it really changes the dynamic of the dial.

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2. With IHC I'd expect a level of service that is direct with the manufacture at reasonable cost. This is key since why build in-house if you cannot repair and service in-house. Check NOMOS's Web site in service section and you'll see exact price quotes and time to repair and means for sending your watch to Germany for service. Cost is also, like their watches, rather reasonable.

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Their site has a very good animation of the mechanism that's well worth checking out. It looks to be mesmerizing.

The perforated black leather strap with the red inner lining is sexy. It almost makes me think of kinky lingerie. But I wasn't going to share that thought with Jack. It is quite a nice strap which single-handedly upgrades the entire look and feel of the watch. The watch is actually also available on a standard Carrera steel metal bracelet. While I will always recommend a bracelet, in this instance I would suggest to have either both the strap and bracelet option - and change them out as you see fit. That or get just the strap - as it is so cool and unique for a Carrera. It would be a shame to miss out on it. Interestingly enough the watch is priced the same on either the strap or bracelet.

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From formal music training and an early career in architecture to life as a renowned watch designer via an 18-month sabbatical in Senegal, Eric Giroud has certainly had an interesting and adventurous entry into the world of horology.

As part of the "wrist watch one" (WW1) collection, Bell & Ross will make two versions of this Vintage WW1 Argentium piece. The models will have either a silver or ruthenium colored dial, matched with a very pretty gray colored alligator strap. The theme is very "argent." As a metal, sterling silver looks more like 18k white gold than steel, but somewhere a bit in between I would say. My understanding is that silver is harder to keep polished than say 18k gold. Having said that, there is an alluring depth to the polished gray tone which is nice.

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