The Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Tides Late Clube de Santos

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

Since 1993 Corum the Swiss watchmaker has developed Admirals Cup 48 Tide watches with such precision that they have become the name for such designs.

In 2012 Corum released a new edition of the 48 Tides collection. The Seafender 48 was released earlier this year in limited edition, Corum done this to mark its re-entry into the Brazilian market.  The watch is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Brazil’s most important nautical institution, the late Clube de Santos.

The Seafender 48’s main features include nautical information displays used by ship crew members and admirals during sailing and especially during uncertain weather conditions.

Types of nautical information

  1. The Strength of Tide
  2. The Estimation of water levels
  3. The Strength of the currents
  4. The time of the tide

The watch comes in two versions

  1. A titanium sporty edition-colors are blue, yellow and black
  2. A red gold urban edition-colors are rose gold, grey and brown

Both editions have the same features expect that the red gold edition is only water resistant down to 50 meters where as the titanium sporty edition can be taken down to 300 meters.

The mechanisms and specs of the watch are as follows

  • The watch is erupted with a caliber CO277 giving the mechanisms a power reserve of roughly 42 hours.
  • The shape of the watch is in a dodecagonal, meaning it has 12 sides.
  • The dimensions are 48mm wide  by 17.35mm thick

The case is made of grade 5 titanium or 5N 18k red gold. The bezels are made of vulcanized rubber. The crystal is sapphire with an anti reflective coating.

The hands on the clock are treated with SuperLuminova which allows for visibility in low light environments. All the numbers on the clock face are developed to provide for accurate and quick nautical information. To an untrained eye the watch seems hectic and clustered but for those used to such numbers and measurements the watch is extremely useful.  The Seafender can also be used as a backup in case on board systems on a ship fails and shuts down.

The Seafender 48 is limited to 65 pieces. The price has not yet been revealed. You would have to contact Corum to get a quote, which is usually the case with most limited edition luxury watches.  As 2012 will eventually end so will this limited edition Admiral watch. Although targeting the Brazilian market, the watch can be bought by those outside Brazil.

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The Ulysse Nardin Classico Luna

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands, Women's Watches

Using the Moon as inspiration, Ulysse Nardin designed a new watch to represent the phases of the moon in a watch the looks like a classic timepiece.

The Classico Luna watch does not seem like a special watch from a distance. In fact even from up-close it looks like an ordinary watch. One would think its only value and selling point is that it was designed by a high end luxury watchmaker.

However the main selling point of the Luna watch comes from its inspiration not any over the top appearance.

The Classico Luna watch features a moon phase disc that rotates around the center of the clock face every 12 hours. As it moves around the clock face the moon disc changes colors to show the phases of the moon following the moons 29.5 day cycle.

If course somehow the disc representing the moon is off by a fraction or by a day, you can easily adjust it by the correctors located in-between 5 and 6’ o’clock.

The slim design of the Luna watch compliments it perfectly. While most other watches feature thick cases and over the top mechanisms, the Luna not only emphasizes its main feature (the moon disc), but the simple classic design does not distract you from that main feature.

The men’s clock face features Roman Numerals. The date is shown in a circle at 6 o’clock. The clock hands are a slim line. However the hour hands head is shaped like a water droplet. A nice feature on the hour hand is that it features a detailed engraving of the Sun on it. A very appealing detail I must say, perfectly complimenting the rotating moon disc on the watch.

The Luna has been designed for both men and women. The men’s version comes in roman numerals as mentioned above. The women’s version comes with diamond indices instead of roman numerals.

Luna Men’s Version
• 40mm case
• Roman Numeral indices
• Silver and black dial design
• Stainless steel or 18k Gold
• Optional deployment clasp
• $8,500-$45,000 (price varies due to extra features such as a rose gold bracelet and diamond bezels/lugs.)

Luna Women’s Version
• 35mm case
• Diamond bezel/lugs and mother of pearl dial.
• Stainless steel or 18k Gold
• $8,900-$17,800 (depending on extra features)

The Classico Luna’s simple design makes it both quiet affordable and wearable. You can wear it both on formal and informal occasions. It is neither over the top luxurious nor cheap looking. The Luna is a truly versatile watch.

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The New Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

What happens when you bring together Swiss and Italian watchmakers?

You get the Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch. A watch unique to both companies yet designed to show each company’s style.

The Cambano watch was designed along the lines of Bovet’s Amadeo case style. What is unique about the Amadeo cases is that you can detach the straps on the watch and turn it into a pocket watch or pendant watch using a chain that can be bought along with the watch.

The watch is made of steel and is 45mm wide. The case is circular with the thickness giving the watch an appearance of a small can. The backside of the watch has a clear crystal so you can see the gears involved in running the watch.

The clock hands are triangular in design and the second hand has a unique snake like serpentine design. The hour indices are not marked by numbers, instead they are noted by black lines. All of the hands are treated with a luminescent material making them visible in low light conditions.

The crystals on the clock face and back are a very high quality AR coated sapphire crystal. The crystal is so clear that you often forget that there is a crystal there. You get the urge to stick your finger into the watch to play with the dials only to have your fingers press against the super clear crystal.

The movement system is based on the Valjoux 7750 system. However Bovet and Pininfarina added their own unique parts to the system, changing the style of the set up. Nevertheless the main driving mechanism is based on the trusted Valjoux 7750 so you can be assured that the watch is not completely running on a newly designed system, which might break down on you.

The Cambiano is, like nearly all high end luxury watches, limited edition. There will only be a certain number produced and as new sets of Bovet and Pininfarina watches come out each year, the supply inevitably depends on the demand.

The price of the Cambano is roughly $24,200. Although the price is very high it is as expected for a high end collaboration between two luxury watch makers. What is laughable about this edition is that the chain used to turn the watch into a pocket watch is sold separately. You would think that the chain would come with the watch since you’re paying more than 24 thousand for it. But I don’t think those who can afford this watch would be bothered by any additional purchases.

Here is a video review of the Cambiano.

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The Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands


Tissot the luxury Swiss watchmaker recently released the Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux. Fusing design with technology the Seastar 1000 allows for action packed adventures as well as calm and relaxed occasions.

The design of the Seastar 1000 was based around the concept of a diver. The Seastar’s main selling point is its ability to go down to a pressure of 30 bars. That’s around 1,000ft below sea level, more than enough for professional divers.

The 1000 features a divers buckle and extension making it easy for divers to handle the watch. The indexes as well as the clock hands are coated with SupeLuminova allowing for visibility deep under the surface of the sea.

A unique feature of the Seastar 1000 family is that the watches come with their own helium valve which automatically depressurizes the watch, a lifesaving feature. What could be worse for a diver than diving deep down into the sea and thinking your good on time only to find out that the pressure has damaged your watch and you won’t have enough time to go back up.

The case of the 1000 is made of stainless steel .The clock face is a sapphire crystal coated with anti reflective material. The bracelet is rubber and can extend to adjust to the users wrist size. The back of the watch has a clear sapphire crystal that allows the user to view the mechanisms that drive the watch. A total of 25 jewels make up the gears that run the watch.

The watch has two push down buttons on the left side to control the timers. The indexes representing the time and the seconds are engraved on. The craftsmanship shows up through such small details on the watch.

An automatic movement system drives the 1000. The movement is based on the Valjoux 7750 Chronograph, a highly proven and dependable mechanism used by most luxury watches and watchmakers.

Dimensions and Weight
• Width= 49mm
• Height=49mm
• Thickness= 18.37mm
• Weight=167g

There will only be 1000 pieces of the Seastar sold. Each will go for about $2250. The price is quite high but then again the watch was made for professional divers.

Overall the Seastar 1000 is a well-made watch for professional divers. Built with the highest grade materials and the famous Valjoux 7750, the 1000 provides everything necessary for you to go down into the sea and explore without the worry of a watch that might break on you or give you incorrect information.

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The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition watch.

Written by Debbie. Posted in Girard-Perregaux, Men's Watches

Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with the boutique Zegg & Cerlati, has recently released a new limited edition version of the brand’s iconic WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) collection, the aptly named Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition.

Girard-Perregaux launched the WW.TC collection in 2000 and it quickly became a mainstay of the Swiss brand, a company that dates back to 1791. With over two centuries of history, it comes as no surprise that they elected to produce this limited edition watch for Zegg & Cerlati, one of the world’s pemier watch and jewelry boutiques.

The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg and Cerlati Edition.

Protected by a 43mm bead blasted steel case and sapphire crystal, the dial is a design of a black and steel, partial world view encompassing much of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and parts of North America and Asia, with Zegg & Cerlati’s base of operations, Monaco, as the center. Besides the standard hours, minutes and seconds hands in the center of the dial, there is a small 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, a small 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Surrounding this is a world-time with day/night indicator. Finally, on the outer ring is a list of the major cities representing the 24 time zones with the exception of the Zegg & Cerlati logo at 12 o’clock representing the Eastern European Time Zone, in which Zegg & Cerlati’s principality of Monaco resides. This feature is to show the global stock market times, a feature aimed at the probable concerns of anyone fortunate enough to afford one. Features all available on the WW.TC Financial, the model this watch most closely resembles in terms of functions.

Girard-Perregaux is one company that has been designing and constructing their own movements in-house for some

The GP033C0 Movement.

time now, and this watch is definitely a beneficiary of that. Like the WW.TC Financial, this watch uses the automatic GP033C0 movement, which claims a power reserve of 46-hours. It is this movement that allows for the exceptional functionality of this watch.

The black rubber strap, in conjunction with the black and steel colored map design of the dial and the steel case contrasts nicely and makes this piece very attractive but its the functions that put this piece over the top. The Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Zegg & Cerlati Edition is an ideal watch for the financial guru, especially one who also desires exclusivity, as this watch is a limited run of only 15 pieces that will be available only through Zegg & Cerlati boutiques.

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Kees Engelbarts’ Newest Piece Unique is Certainly Unique

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

Swiss-based watch craftsman Kees Engelbarts has recently unveiled his newest “Piece Unique,” the term he uses to describe his watch creations, and this timepiece is most certainly “Unique” from a visual standpoint.

Engelbarts started his career as a hand-engraver for various Swiss-watchmaking companies, engraving dials, cases,

The front of Kees Engelbarts newest “Piece Unique.”

movements, etc., until 1997 when he decided to begin creating his own watches. Engelbarts has spent the years since  hand-crafting watches and one of the techniques he employs in his watch creation is a 17th century Japanese engraving technique known as Mokume-gane. Mokume-gane is a technique used to imitate wood grain patterns in metal laminae by bonding two different colored metals or alloys that are compatible in their malleability and ductility without the use of flux or solder. Mokum-gane is certainly a principal design element that lends the term “Unique” to this piece.

Engelbarts’ latest “Piece Unique” features a dial made of oxidized Damast steel that can appear blue, violet and even yellow. The blue hour and minute hands contrast nicely with the skeleton-ised dial, which leaves much of the movement below exposed from the front. Several gears are visible as are the two main spring barrels, the balance wheel and parts of the bridges and main plate. The crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides ensures that these features are all easily visible. There is also a crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides on the backside of the piece, rendering the equally impressive sculpting on the backside, as well as more of the movement, visible.

The backside of Kees Engelbarts’ New “Piece Unique.”

The movement itself is actually a Technotime caliber 718. The Technotime caliber 718 is a manually winded movement and features a 120-hr power reserve. The complications and the finishes of the Technotime 718 are completely customizable and, besides its impressive five-day power reserve, it is reasonable to assume that is why Engelbarts would select this movement for this very detailed piece.

The movement and dial are both housed in a handcrafted, platinum case that measures 42mm in diameter with a height of 11mm. Kees Engelbarts has inscribed his full name on the outside of the case but other than that there are no other letters, numerals or symbols visible on the front of the case, which could lead to some difficulty getting an accurate reading of the time. The strap is made from black crocodile leather with a platinum clasp to round out the aesthetic features.

Despite featuring a quality movement in the Technotime 718, this timepiece is quite impractical as a time-indicator and is more of an artistic creation than anything. Still, Kees Engelbarts’ newest “Piece Unique” is an interesting and creative watch that continues Engelbarts’ history of unique timepieces and is sure to leave watch enthusiasts anticipating his next creation.

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Vulcain Nautical Heritage: Re-edition of the Classic Cricket

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Vulcain Nautical Heritage: Re-edition of the Classic Cricket

Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch

Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch

Swiss watch brand Vulcain, founded in 1858, was the first watch manufacturer to input an alarm feature into its wristwatches. Vulcain is reissuing the first timepiece that featured the alarm clock, the 1961 Nautical Cricket. The re-edition of the original, the Vulcain Nautical Heritage Alarm Watch, promises to be as admired as the first.

The innovation of adding an alarm clock has made Vulcain watches popular with American presidents. Harry S. Truman was the first president to wear a Vulcain watch, and every president after him has owned one. This tradition has helped Vulcain watches become a recognized and respected brand.

The re-edition of the original Nautical Cricket from 1961 is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic model. Only 1,961 pieces will be made for purchase.

The original Nautical Cricket was created to compete with JLC’s 1959 Deep Sea Alarm watch. The two competing watches were very similar in design and features, but Vulcain’s growing reputation over the years has proved that their product is supreme.

The Vulcain Nautical Heritage was designed with divers in mind. With a water resistance up to 300 meters, or 990 feet, the alarm function can still be used under water. Its inner-rotating bezel will indicate the decompression stages the farther down the diver descends in water, and the alarm can still be heard clearly up to 220 meters. The Legendary Cricket V-10 alarm has 12-lignes in its mechanical hand-wound movement, an inner-rotating bezel, 17 rubies, and 157 parts with a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. An exactomatic system and 42 hour power reserve lend to its impressive features. Along with expected features such as hours, minutes, and seconds, it has the mechanical alarm feature accompanied by a chiming clock lasting 15 to 20 seconds and luminescent numerals and hands.

The casing of the Vulcain Nautical Heritage is a 42 mm supercompressor steel and sapphire glass laid over a black dial with a 16-hole triple steel case-backing. It is not widely known that Vulcain was the first to implement the 16-hole case back, which boosts audibility of the alarm.

There are three choices of straps: alligator leather strap, black rubber tropic strap, or steel bracelet. A double folding steel buckle and engravings of the Swiss and U.S. patent numbers on the case back complete the look. Retail price is $5,975. View the Nautical Heritage watch at Vulcain’s official website.

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Roger Federer’s Rolex Watch Collection

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

Roger Federer’s Rolex Watch Collection

Roger Federer, Swiss tennis star, has good reason to be a Rolex enthusiast. With their established chronomatic precision, classic designs, and sport-friendly features such as water resistance, athletes cannot help but love them. Federer has been an avid Rolex collector and endorser for several years, and he has acquired a few very special Rolex watches: the Day Date, Datejust, and a vintage Daytona from 1981.

Roger Federer's Collection of Rolex Watches

Roger Federer’s Collection of Rolex Watches

Rolex has been the leading name in luxury watches since the early 20th century when Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the Rolex brand, created precise and elegant watches made from Swiss parts. In 1910, Rolex received the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, the first watch to receive that honor that was not a marine chronometer. The award earned Rolex a reputation of precision, yet they have always maintained their elegant style.

Although Roger Federer is number 4 on the Forbes list “Top 50 highest-paid athletes” in 2011, not one cent of his earnings is spent on his growing Rolex collection. The only condition of his endorsement for Rolex is that he exclusively wears Rolex watches. Who would complain?

All of Federer’s Rolex watches have some kind of sentimental value. Most of his watches have an engraving to mark a special occasion, such as a birthday or an important win. Federer has three Rolexes that he chose to share via interview:

  • Day Date Watch – The Day Date watch is Federer’s first choice for night events and while on the tennis court due to its light-weight design. This watch was the first to spell out the day in its entirety on the dial.
  • Datejust – Federer received his Rolex Datejust at the Wimbledon trophy ceremony when he achieved his 15th Grand Slam tournament victory. His Datejust features a fluted bezel.
  • Vintage Daytona 6263 – This watch might be the most precious to Federer. Issued in his birth year of 1981, his wife tracked down this vintage piece for his, and the watch’s, 30th birthday.

Roger Federer prefers that his Rolex watches be made of stainless steel. He prefers stainless steel because they are light enough for him to wear them while playing tennis.

Roger Federer says “every Rolex tells a story.” Watch this video of his interview with Vijay Amritraj, in which he tells his own personal stories of his Rolex collection.

 

 

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IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

 

Portuguese Automatic

IWC Portuguese Automatic

The Portuguese Automatic Watch, from International Watch Company Schaffhausen, embodies the timeless style the company is known for. This reputation sets the Portuguese Automatic Watch high above the rest. Pure Swiss craftsmanship and elegant appeal are evident from the moment this watch is seen. International Watch Company has stuck by its traditional design with this exquisitely made watch.

International Watch Company Schaffhausen is known for its collections, or families, of watches. The Portuguese collection is one of the earliest to be created, with the first being released in 1939 when two Portuguese businessman ordered stainless steel watches with technical precision from IWC. The manufacturer delivered with a watch that would become iconic for its precision and complexity. The Portuguese Automatic Watch is only one of several Portuguese watches within the collection from IWC.

The Portuguese Automatic watch comes in steel, platinum and pink gold 42 mm casing with a see-through sapphire-glass back that allows for viewing of the mechanics within the watch. With its Arab numeral figures and a “railway” minute display, the watch is easy to read, as well as extremely accurate. The Pellaton winding system, which has been used in all IWC watches since the 1950’s, and the Caliber 51011, the largest winding automatic movement available in the world, make the Portuguese Automatic perfectly precise. The watch also has a balance wheel that is screwed down with adjusted cams on the arms and a Breguet spiral that lend to its flawless precision. A seven day power reserve allows for extended use, but the gearing will shut off before all power has been exhausted (this can cause tension on the spring, which means diminished precision).

Because every watch in the Portuguese collection is an Automatic, there are many beautiful watches to choose from when shopping for an IWC Portuguese time piece. Ranging from silver to black to blue dials and a matching alligator leather strap, personalization is an added luxury to an elegant Portuguese. The available styles and combinations are:

  • 18-carat white gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and ardoise dial – $23,700
  • 18-carat red gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $21,600
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with blue alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and black dial – $12,400

The price tag on the Portuguese Automatic is as customized as the different designs. Prices can range anywhere from $12,400 to $23,700, according to the International Watch Company’s official website. The pricing is as serious as the designers who have crafted the Portuguese Automatic. Visit the official website of the Portuguese Automatic here to compare prices and models.


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Five Celebrities and Their Favorite Watches

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Five Celebrities and Their Favorite Watches

One sign of a celebrity’s fame is the kind of watch they wear. Rolex or Christian Dior on a celebrity’s wrist means they’ve made it to the “million dollar club.” Timex means they haven’t. Most celebs have a favorite luxury watch that they love to wear or endorse, gaining publicity for themselves and the watch brand.

Here is a list of five celebrities and the watches that they love to wear and endorse:

 

Diane Kruger Jaeger LeCoultre Rendezvous

Diane Kruger is brand ambassador for Jaeger LeCoultre

Diane Kruger – Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendezvouz Ladies Watch

Diane Kruger has been brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Jauger-LeCoultre since 2009. She wears the Rendezvous ladies watch. Available in pink-gold or stainless steel, the watch exudes a feminine elegance that was inspired by Diane Kruger. Says the brand on its official website: “Her innate grace, her cosmopolitan spirit and her choices inspired the feminine world of Jaeger-LeCoultre.” This watch is truly beautiful, with a diamond-set illuminated bezel, 1930s Art Deco inspired numerals set upon a guilloché dial, and a sapphire crystal case-back.

 

Jennifer Aniston's Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust

Jennifer Aniston loves her yellow gold Rolex Datejust

 

Jennifer Aniston – Rolex Datejust

It is well known in Hollywood that Jennifer Aniston is a “Rolex-only” kind of girl. There are hundreds of pictures of her out on the town with a Rolex on her wrist. Although she has been photographed wearing a black Rolex Daytona, it is clear that her yellow gold Rolex Datejust is her favorite. Her Rolex Day-Date is an 18-carat yellow gold piece with a fluted bezel and a champagne colored dial.


 

 

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio wearing TAG Heuer

Leonardo DiCaprio is brand ambassador for TAG Heuer

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio – TAG Heuer Carrera

Brand Ambassador for “Swiss avant-garde” watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, Leonardo DiCaprio loves to sport the TAG Heuer Carrera timepiece. With a Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph powering the watch, it’s a perfect match for motor racing and other fast-paced sports. Both DiCaprio and TAG Heuer share a common goal of environmental sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlize Theron wears Christion Dior VII

Charlize Theron wears Christian Dior VII watch

 

 

Charlize Theron – Christian Dior VII

Charlize Theron has moved from the ads of Christian Dior’s “J’adore” perfume to the Christian Dior VII watch. This watch is extravagant to the extreme. With a white ceramic and steel casing and diamonds set into an opaline and silver dial, it’s hard to decide which is more beautiful – the watch or Charlize Theron.

 

 

 

 

Kate Winslet wears Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet is brand ambassador for Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet – Longines Dolcevita

Kate Winslet has Longines “ambassadress of Elegance” since 2010.  Swiss watch brand Longines, established in 1832, has had many celebrity ambassadors including tennis player Andre Agassi, Australian actor Simon Baker, and Indian Beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but it could be argued that Kate Winslet is the most elegant face to wear their watches. She wears the Longines Dolcevita, an elegantly designed timepiece that was inspired by the easy-going Italian way of life – la dolce vita. Everything about this watch has femininity to it: its rectangular stainless steel and pink gold case and bracelet, its tear drop hour markers, and pink hour and minute hands.

 

 

 

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