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All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHH

So far, my favorite watches for 2007 include DeBethune, Sarpaneva, HD3, Hautlence, Greubel Forsey, and the Opus 7. Nevertheless, here are some other noteworthy new releases from Basel/SIHH;

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHGlashütte Original - PanoTourbillon XL

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHVianney Halter 'Janvier Classique Lune et Soleil'
Solar Time & Moonphase-->Link

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHFP Journe 'Centigraph' -->Link

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHJaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab
First lubricant-free watch-->Link

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHA.Lange & Sohne 31
First 31 Day Power Reserve-->Link
(Wind once, runs for a month!)

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHConcord C1-->Link

All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHHBell & Ross BR01 Instrument
Blue, Orange & all black Phantom-->Link

Related new-release posts;
DeBethune-->Link
Greubel Forsey-->Link
Opus 7-->Link
Sarpaneva Supernova-->Link
Hautlence-->Link
HD3 Vulcania-->Link
Bell & Ross Tourbillon-->Link


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1974 Waltham Jump Hour Chronograph

Rarely do you find a digital jumping hour chronograph, but this rare 1974 Waltham 1376 TDBK (also found by brands Tenor Dorly, Kelek, Sandoz, Elgin, and Precimax) is a rare bird by any name. Likely a face only a mother could love but I'd find myself willing to breast feed this one.


A direct reading chrono with no hands other than the stopwatch and seconds. A digital jump hour display for hours, minutes and date.One of a few 1970s bell-bottom chronographs that will be featured in my upcoming QP Magazine column, 'Watchismo's Timewarp'.

Related posts;
Jump Hour Watches-->Link
Chronographs-->Link

Watches To Score With

Watches To Score WithThese quad-register timepieces are not monster chronos, they are scorekeepers for a variety of sports. All with mechanically hand-wound movements. Above is the Players Sport Watch, available at Joseph-Watches.

Watches To Score WithA really cool looking model by Tenor Dorly (n/a)

Watches To Score WithLikely a tennis scorekeeping watch-->Link


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New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFThe latest of the Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF series. Can't afford a $250,000 Richard Mille? You might consider this $2900 wristular dashboard chronograph complete with an arching direct jump hour display powered by a modified Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFPreviously featured Azimuth Gauge Mecha

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAlso just unveiled, the Azimuth Round 1 Bi-Retrograde. The top arc indicates the minutes while the bottom arc displays the hours with hands that snap back to their starting positions after reaching the ends of their respective cycles via a modified ETA 2836-2 mechanical movement


New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAzimuth is also annoucing their new SP-1 Mechanique concept watch. Nicknamed the ‘spaceship watch’ with a rendition of Earth, a globular decorative feature that makes one rotation every 60 seconds. A jumping hour display powered by a Unitas 6497 movement finely finished in Cotes de Geneve stripes, a rotating disc, framed by the short end of the 3-dimensional minute hand, is a jumping hour complication. The broad minute hand comes finished with a skeletonized outline that resembles a space shuttle hurtling across the universe. Link

Related posts;
Richard Mille
Mecha-lomaniacal

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Max Bill Chronoscope for Junghans

Max Bill Chronoscope for JunghansIn 1962 Swiss artist Max Bill (1908-1994) created a few mechanical watches for the German company Junghans. Reissued in recent years, this rare Chronoscope model has a certain-something, its minimalism is just plain-attractive. Apparently this particular version isn't sold anymore and the only one I could find was at-->Link

Max Bill Chronoscope for Junghans

A product of the Bauhaus generation, Max Bill was pupil Walter Gropius and kindred spirit of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe – was a virtuoso designer and creative artist, as his diverse activities as a painter, architect, sculptor, teacher and designer amply demonstrate. His work is characterised by a clarity of design and precise proportions.

Junghans-->Link



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Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariAn early unveiling of Gerald Genta's Gefica Safari - updated from the original 1988 Gefica hunting watch, born of a conversation between chums Geoffroy, Fissore and Canali (GeFiCa) on a big game hunt in Africa. The case is built from bronze and titanium, the movement is the Biretro Chrono (Originally featured here-->Link).

The Purists discuss the history of the Gefica --> Link

Update! Additional Gefica images below...

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari
Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari
Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariMore photos shown at ThePurists Gerald Genta forum --> Link

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariThe Arena Biretro


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Top Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand Complication

Top Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand Complication
Only shown as a big question mark on the Bell & Ross homepage with a countdown for its Basel World unveiling. The new BR01 Grand Complication features a Tourbillon and what appears to be a 'Thrust' indicator? I can maybe assume this watch measures G-Forces (previously featured G-Force watch --> Link). Makes sense, the BR01 Instrument series are designed to look like aeronautical gauges anyway...

via Professional Watches

UPDATE: Thanks to Alex of QP Magazine for not only seeing the gauge says (oddly) 'Trust' rather than Thrust and both him and Stepan Sarpaneva for pointing out the likelihood of it being a Dynamographe-style Mainspring Torque Indicator as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon shown below;


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Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016
Not slated for public viewing until late March, here is a leaked peek of the Richard Mille RM011 Flyback Chronograph. Vaucher base with a Dubois Dépraz module, an "annual calendar-flyback-chrono" with an extra 60 minute countdown at nine o'clock. The month indicator is at 4 o'clock. The price will range between 50 to 60 thousand euros. (The lower end of their price range!)

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016
Click here for close-up of watch. As usual, great dimensional use of negative space

Via KronosBlog & ThePurists

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016And a preview of their new extra flat automatic 'RM016', an entirely new form from Richard Mille

Advance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016

via Horomundi's Richard Mille Forum & ThePurists
Tech Spec PDF



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Zenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth Chronograph


Black is the new black with the solid black titanium limited edition (100 models) Zenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth Chronographs. An El Primero, the latest caliber 4021SX automatic movement from their brand-defining engines. Appearing to have high-speed fan blades for chronograph registers, the Stealth version ends up more dangerous looking than the original Defy Xtreme Citius, Altius and Fortius


Rectangular Grande Port-Royal Tourbillon Chronograph with El Primero 4007. Inspired by martial arts and New York City bridges according to Thierry Nataf, CEO and Artistic Director of Zenith.

See the evolution with some of the original Vintage Zenith El Primero Chronographs --> Link


Vintage Zenith El Primero Chronographs


The El Primero by Zenith, a famously advanced automatic movement developed in the 1969 and later used to power the Rolex Daytona. 

And the tonneau cased vintage Zenith El Primero below with burgundy-to-red gradation dial & overlapping registers.




All Wound Up - 2007 Baselworld & SIHH1974 Waltham Jump Hour ChronographWatches To Score WithNew Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFMax Bill Chronoscope for JunghansSneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariTop Secret Design Revealed! The Bell & Ross BR 01 Grand ComplicationAdvance look of the Richard Mille RM011 & RM016Zenith Defy Xtreme Open Stealth ChronographVintage Zenith El Primero Chronographs

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