The 4N MVT01

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


With a digital style setting in a mechanical frame, the 4N-MVT01/42 easily stands out amongst the crowd.

Created by the French designer Francois Quentin, the 4N brand first took shape back in 2009, but was not fully developed until 2011. Upon the 4N’s release it quickly became known as one of the world’s most unique designs.

The 4N features a 12 hour display that changes due to Four rotating discs. Four discs indicate the hour, 5 discs indicate minutes and one disc indicates seconds. To make it easy on the eyes, a golden colored rectangle surrounds the time. This outlining is very useful because the other rotating numbers are visible on the watch and without a border showing the numbers  you could easily confuse the time.

The body of the watch is quite large, as are most unique luxury watches. However the 4N is designed in a rectangular case. Think of it as a small little widescreen TV on your wrist. Of course a TV that only shows you the time.

The case is constructed with aluminum and titanium alloys, making it a very sturdy watch.

The movement employs a jump style mechanism to move the discs. With a constant force the mechanism reduces the amount of energy needed to run the watch. The power reserve for the 4N is estimated to be about 237 hours.

Technical Information
• Jumping minutes and hours
• Digital style display by discs
• Double barrels
• Screwed balance D:9.12mm
• Breguet Overcoil balance-spring
• Cadence: 21 600 ALT/hour
• 520 parts
• 86 Jewels
• Power reserve 237 hours
• Finishing: all parts finely decorated

There will only be 16 of these watches produced, available in either 18 carat white gold or platinum. The price has not yet been revealed but with its design and its grade, the 4N will definitely be one of those watches that will come with a golden price tag.

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The Dior Chiffre Rouge M05

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


Christian Dior, the French design and apparel company recently released a new edition to its Chiffre Rouge collection. The Dior Chiffre Rouge M05 blends simplicity with luxury.

The M05 comes in all black or half red. The case is steel and coated with rubber. This edition has a geometric rotor on the dial.

There is a translucent mineral crystal on the back of the case, allowing for a full view of the mechanisms that run the watch.

The hour dial controller is actually encrusted with crystals, an extra luxury but somewhat unnecessary. But then again it is a luxury watch.

Dior has not yet released all the details for the M05. Like most newly released luxury watches the price has also not yet been released. But judging by the brands history and this particular edition the watch will definitely be high up on the price range.

The M05’s design is simple, the only thing that makes the watch stand out are the colors (black and blood red).

Everything else is quite ordinary, except for the fact that it is a Dior.

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The Hublot Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White

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


After 18 months of research and testing, Hublot, the Swiss watch maker released one of its most prized technical creations, the Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White

The 4000’s main selling point is its water resistance. The watche’s technical achievements are its ability to be taken down to a depth of 4000 meters (2.5 miles), hence the name Oceanographic 4000.

Hublot achieved this by using synthetic and extremely high quality materials.
• The case is made of grade 2 titanium
• The clock face crystal is made of a 6.5mm thick synthetic sapphire crystal
• The case is mixed in with King Gold. The reddish color of the watch is due to a mix of 18k gold with 5% of platinum.
• A 48 mm diameter case

The 4000 has been treated with a luminescent material. Its clock hands; which are enlarged, are treated with SuperLuminova, a material that emits a glowing white color, enabling visibility at a distance of 25 center meters from the eyes, even at 4000 meters below the surface of the sea.

With large dials on the right side of the body the watch can be handled even with gloves, quiet essential for divers.

Also, the 4000 comes with an extra-long wrist strap. This was due purposely to accommodate for the thickness of a divers suit.

In the end the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 king Gold White is not a watch for everybody. It was designed mainly for divers. Of course collectors will be interested as well but for the average buyer this watch is a pass.

This watch has a limited production of 100 pieces. No price has been released but it will definitely be high up on the price range.

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A History of Raymond Weil

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

All though a fairly new company, Raymond Weil has established itself as one of the world’s finest watch makers.
The company takes its name from its founder Raymond Weil.

Weil, born in 1926 in Geneva Switzerland, joined the Geneva watch company at the age of 23. By 1976 when the watch industry was on a decline, Weil started his own company.

Raymond Weil used his experience to build his company over the years. Incorporating other family members into the company like his son-in-law, Oliver Bernheim. With an increased workforce both loyal and devoted, the Weil brand re-inspired the watch industry.
Weil marketed the brand along with cultural influences. Like their Amadeus collection released in 1983 along with the famous movie.
The Weil brand continued to adapt to changes in society, creating new and unique designs for both men and women.

Timeline
1976: Raymond Weil creates the company
1982: Weil’s son in law joins the company (Oliver Bernheim).
1983: The Amadeus collection launched
1986: Othello collection released
1988: Traviata collection released
1991: Parsaifal collection released
1994: Precision Movements campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
1996: W1 collection released
1999: The Celebrate the Movement campaign consolidated with Raymond Weil
2001-03: New Othello and Parsaifal collections
2006: Weil’s grandsons join the company (Elie and Pierre Bernheim)
2009: Ladies Noemia collection
2010: Maestro collection released

The Greatest contribution to the watch world that Raymond Weil has given is itself. The founder started the company at a time when the watch industry seemed to be dying out. The company proved that if you could create luxurious watches both unique and simple then you could survive. Weil watches are neither over the top in design nor bland and unoriginal. They can be worn anytime of the day and on any occasion, both formal or informal. The brands success proves that a watch company can be succesfull even if their watches are simple in design.

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Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph Goes Where Few Chronographs Dare

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Richard Mille

Richard Mille could have very well released the Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

Chronograph at the bottom of the sea. Well, maybe not the bottom of the sea, but certainly deeper than most other chronograph diving watches are capable. To be more precise, Richard Mille boasts water-resistance to depths of up to 300 meters. This easily exceeds the depth requirements for a diving watch (as outlined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 6425). Achieving a water-resistance rating at this level of depth is an impressive feat for a chronograph watch since enough water pressure on the crown and pushers could accidentally activate the chronograph. So how did Richard Mille create a chronograph watch that has a water-resistance of up to 300 meters?

The solution Richard Mille used was to create a locking crown that prevents any effects from external pressure or any accidental manipulations by securing the pushers. This is also attains a greater water-resistance capability in the timepiece and is easily activated by turning the ring on the crown. This seems like a fairly simple design implement and will undoubtedly help more chronographs achieve depths reserved for other types of watches. An appealing feature, and the design of the watch should be just as appealing to divers and non-divers alike.

RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic ChronographThe Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph features the characteristic curve, that is in all Richard Mille models, in the design of the 50mm tripartite titanium case. The distinctive dark coloring of the design, undoubtedly from which the Dark Diver name is derived, is achieved in part by the DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the case and buckle. This coating also helps prevent scuffs and scratches so the watch is sure to maintain its structural and visual integrity for the duration of its lifespan (assuming a modicum of care is taken, of course). The black rubber strap, bezel indicators and pushers finish the distinctive black look of the watch. Actually, aside from some minor red accents, this watch is completely black and its appearance seems like it would more fittingly belong on Darth Vader’s wrist than a diver’s. But regardless of whose wrist it is on, it is still a visually stunning piece.

The Dark Diver has Superluminova elements in the hands, running indicator disk and hour markers ensure optimal visibility regardless of the light available, an ideal feature for use in the depths of the sea. The Dark Diver features a Sapphire crystal dial and case back to help protect the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement. It also has a power reserve of about 50 hours or 45 hours, if the chronograph is running. It has functions for hours, minutes, date, month, a flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, an hour counter, a running indicator and an adjustable rotor geometry.

The Richard Mille RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph is a stellar timepiece and would make anyone, fortunate enough to get their hands on one, very pleased by its functionality and unique design. Unfortunately Richard Mille has only produced 30 of these units and they are only being offered through the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California; so these pieces will be hard to come by.

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The Innovative Sound of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

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

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater

The Girard-Perragaux 1966 Minute Repeater‘s most significant feature is also its loudest. The watch’s innovative GPE09-0001 manual movement strikes a tone on the hours, quarters and even the minutes. This is sure to please watch enthusiasts as it is reminiscent of the repeating watches in the time before electricity, where the repeating watches’ chimes used to indicate the hour for functionality when light was scarce. But the most impressive and innovative feat of this watch is the sheer intensity of the sound. Where as most repeating watches are only moderately audible, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater boasts an impressive level of audibility. Girard-Perragaux (one of the oldest watch companies in the world with an origin going back to 1791)  achieves this with a striking dedication to the craftsmanship and design of this watch.

Its starts with a typical repeater construction of twin circular metal gongs coiled inside the case. There are  several aspects of the case construction that Girard-Perregaux paid special attention to which is important in a repeating watch given that case’s amplification of the gongs should be enough to achieve audibility.  The first thing Gerard-Perregaux did was to ensure that the interior diameter of the case and the diameter of the case are well balanced for peak resonance. The second thing they did was to create a curvature in the case-back to increase the volume of air between the case and movement which is supposed to greatly improve the spread of the sound. The third aspect that Girard-Perregaux paid extra attention to was case-back, which was diamond-polished to reduce acoustic interference. They also take particular care to ensure the vibrations from the gongs and hammers are tuned to create a sound as close to perfection as possible. Girard-Perregaux combines these features to help create an unparalleled level of audibility in a repeating watch.

The GPE09-0001 movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal case-back and is a stunning sight to behold withThe Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater's movement. 317 components. The balance cock, visible through the back-case, takes the form of an arrow reminiscent of the brand’s famous gold bridges. This signature part is exactingly finished by Girard-Perregaux’s craftsmen using stones, bluffs, pegwoods and diamond pastes to achieve a perfect rounding and finish. This manually winded movement also has a reported life-span of over four days.

The watch in its entirety is elegant in its simplicity with an understated sense of nobility. This is achieved with through the careful craftsmanship of every aesthetic detail, easily evident through the care taken in construction and application of the white enamel dial, the leaf shaped blue hands and the 42mm pink gold case. The black matte alligator strap with its pink gold ardillon buckle round out the stunning visual features of this watch.

While not a limited edition, Girard-Perregaux can only craft about 15-20 of these timepieces per year so they should be highly sought after by watch enthusiasts everywhere; rightly so, as the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater matches its elegant visual design with an innovative movement and construction that creates an exceptional watch to see and, possibly more importantly, hear.

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Top Ten Sports-Watches You Can Actually Use While Playing Sports

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

There are many directions one can consider when trying to form a basis for a list of the best watches to wear while playing sports. Do you put a greater emphasis on style, functionality or durability? Does price matter? Should which sport a watch applies to be relative for this consideration? With those thoughts in mind I compiled the following list of watches, in no particular order:

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich– Ebel has partnerships with many professional soccer clubs in Europe and has produced limited edition models for other clubs, like Premier League club Arsenal, but the limited edition model Ebel crafted for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich is my favorite from a visual standpoint and also figures to be the most durable. But probably the feature that appeals most to soccer fans lies in the watch’s movement, the Ebel Caliber 245 which the company claims is the first movement specifically designed for soccer. The Caliber 245 is designed to measure match-half times and even indicates extra time when needed.

Suunto X6-HRM

Suunto X6-HRM– Finnish watchmaker Suunto was probably aiming to appeal more to the outdoorsmen than the athlete (as evident by the inclusion of altimeter, clinometer, thermometer, barometer and compass) but the heart-rate monitor and the ability to record information from the watch directly to your computer is a useful aspect for any athlete. The aluminum case and black rubber bands should make this watch effectively durable for most sports, at least not the overtly physical ones.

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough– Designed in conjunction with the world’s top ranked polo player, Pablo Mac Donough, this watch was made to survive the physicality of polo matches and therefore should be more than capable of being durable enough to survive in any sport. Throw in the fact that it is a unique and elegant piece and it was a lock to make this list.

Traser H3 P6600 Type 6 Mil-G–  Any watch worn by the United States Navy SEALs and the British SAS is probably durable enough to handle any sport. This simple black watch prides itself in its readability and is more than durable enough to accommodate sports of all kinds.

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A– The Casio-owned G-Shock brand is designed to be ultra-shock resistant and this watch is no different. Which makes it a good watch for athletes in more physical sports.Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine

Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine– This limited edition watch was made to commemorate the Euro Cup 2012 soccer tournament and is one of two designs based after the host-nations, the other model being Poland. It features a 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock, the same length as a half of soccer; a feature sure to please soccer fans.Nike+ Sportswatch GPS

Nike+ Sportswatch GPS– With a TomTom powered GPS, and all of the interfacing capabilities of the Nike+ brand this is likely to be a favorite among runners but at a weight of a mere 2.33 ounces it should also appeal to athletes in different sports as well.

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth– A watch designed to master extreme conditions, like the top of Mt. Everest or the deserts of Africa, this watch could do well for any athlete, especially with its integrated shock absorber softening the blows to this ultra-durable and stylish timepiece.TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch

TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch– This stylish timepiece is exceptionally lightweight and promises to offer comfort and ease of movement; characteristics all athletes would enjoy.Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap

Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap– Definitely one of the least expensive watches on this list, this is a great watch for runners. The 30-lap Memory Recall, 99-lap counter and 24-hour countdown timer are all features sure to please runners while its durability should help it appeal to athletes in other sports as well.

Well, that completes my list and, as you can see, I decided to focus more on durability and functionality than on price or design. While I’ve included watches in a wide range of prices I think the right watch is entirely dependent on which sport it is being used for, not how expensive it is. These are just the watches I felt best fit my parameters and you’re more than welcome to disagree as long as you admit that never has there been a more motley assembly of watches on a top ten list than this one.

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The Retro-Inspired Tudor Heritage Chronograph

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Tudor

Tudor Heritage Chronograph with the fabric band.

The Tudor Heritage Chronograph watch was unveiled at BaselWorld 2010, one of the most prestigious expositions in the watchmaking community, and it features a decidedly retro look; as it should, as Tudor has dug into its own extensive history for the design of this unique watch.

The Tudor Watch Company, owned by world-renowned watchmaker Rolex, was created by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1946 to offer a more affordable option compared to the Rolex brand while still retaining the reputation for dependability that Rolex enjoyed. Tudor quickly carved out a successful niche in the watchmaking business and flourished throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Eventually, in 1970 they would release the watch that would be the inspiration for the design of the Heritage Chronograph; a watch that stood out both for its style and the technology it utilized, the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph.

Although 40 years have passed since the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph, the style it championed is present once again in its successor, the Heritage Chronograph. The watch is strikingly similar in design as to its predecessor’s; a casual glance wouldn’t be sufficient to discern the two. The dial is marked similarly and the watch movements are placed identically (small seconds at 3 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock and a 45-minute totaliser at 9 o’clock) and the color scheme is nearly identical. The Heritage Chronograph does update these features with a more contemporary design, despite its similar appearance. The lugs are beveled and polished, the watch has crown protectors, a knurled bezel and chronograph pushers as well.

The Heritage Chronograph isn’t simply a reproduction of the Oysterdate Chronograph with a new name as much as it is an evolutionary step for the design and a model in its own right. Offering the dial in either black-on-grey or grey-on-black designs, using a black eloxed aluminum disc for the bi-directional bezel, the three-linked solid steel bracelet featuring the Tudor shield logo and a new clasp as well as a seat-belt inspired black, grey and orange fabric strap are some of the more contemporary design implementations that separate the Heritage Chronograph from the Oysterdate Chronograph.

In fact, the black, grey and orange fabric strap is one of the most enticing design aspects as it helps the similarly

Tudor Heritage Chronograph in its case with both the steel and fabric straps.

Tudor Heritage Chronograph in its case with both the steel bracelet and fabric straps.

colored dial, regardless of whether you choose the black-on-grey or grey-on-black design, pop visually. The steel bracelet offers a more traditional look, in line with its contemporary, but I feel the fabric strap makes for a more visually striking timepiece, overall. Also worth noting about the straps is that they are “meticulously fashioned by a company that perpetuates an over century-old artistic craft,” according to the Tudor website (they also have a video showing the production of the straps).

The Tudor Heritage Chronograph features a self-winding movement with a boasted reserve of 42 hours. Tudor also claims the watch to be waterproof at depths of up to 150 meters. Throw in the price tag of roughly $4000 and you are offered a watch built to Rolex quality certifications but with a more palatable price tag. Unfortunately for anyone interested in the retro-inspired Tudor Heritage Chronograph, the Tudor brand as a whole isn’t offered in Great Britain or the United States, so you may have trouble getting your hands on one of these beautiful timepieces. But, I can think of worse excuses to take a trip to Europe than to get your hands on a watch like this one.

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Glasshüte Original Impresses with the Release of the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillion Timepiece

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

At a special exhibition in May 2012, German luxury watchmaker Glasshüte Original unveiled its most ambitious and complex timepiece yet, the new Grande Cosmopolite Turbillon watch.

Glasshüte Original itself describes the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon watch as being, “the most unusual and sophisticated masterpiece in [its] history,” released in a very limited edition comprised of just 25 pieces. At first glance, the appearance of the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon certainly supports the company’s statement, the watch displaying a somewhat overwhelming assortment of windows, dials and knobs on its face.

In fact, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon is as technically complex as it looks, but has been cleverly designed with usability in mind, the timepiece particularly geared toward world travelers or those whose lifestyles span multiple time zones at once. Although featuring multiple complications, they are easy to adjust, making this watch unique and aesthetically interesting, while also functional for the modern sensibility.

For years, developers of the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon had been working to find a way to harmonize the various mechanisms encompassed within this timepiece. The watch can display the time in two different zones at once, interestingly, set using the IATA or international airport codes and including all 37 time zones of the world. Those who do not have all the IATA codes memorized need not fret, as they are engraved on the watch’s platinum case-back.

Grande Cosmopolitan Tourbillion's IATA Adjustment

The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillion timepiece uses international airport codes (IATA codes) to display time zones. The IATA codes for various cities are engraved on the watch’s caseback for reference.

When setting the time including the IATA codes, the watch is able to adjust for standard time and daylight savings time, as displayed in the two windows at the bottom left region of the dial, and the time in one other zone. Further, it can be set to move backwards or forwards depending on one’s westward or eastward travel direction, respectively, utilizing a knob at the 2 o’clock position. The dial displays the month, date, and day of the week, also adjusting to time zone changes, this watch essentially requiring no work or thinking, perfectly suited for the weary world traveler.

GCT Watch Dial

The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillion is an attractive watch, its circular 48 mm dial featuring elegant Roman numeral marks set on a simple white background, pleasing blue coloring on several of its displays and incorporating a gold flying minute tourbillion as an homage to Glasshüte Original’s legendary watchmaker Alfred Helwig.

With four patents pending to protect the unique features developed specifically for this intricate timepiece, Glasshüte Original presents one of the most impressive luxury world-time watches to date with its Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillion. The release of this timepiece marks Glasshüte Original’s position as an important, forward-thinking watchmaker to look out for both in the present and into the future, even reflected in Glasshüte Original’s promise to replace the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillion’s internal IATA disc in the case that nations decide to change their time zone designations.

GCT Watch Packaging

This limited edition watch is presented in this impressive, globe-esque box.

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German Junghans Celebrates 150 Years with the Release of its Meister Handwind Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

In celebration of German watchmaker Junghans’ 150th anniversary, the company will release in July 2012 the Meister Handwind timepiece, a revamped version of the company’s 1930s era models.

Junghans Meister Handwind, or ‘Meister Handaufzeufg’ in its German moniker, is a simple and classic dress watch in both its appearance and technical aspects. The watch’s 37.7mm case is uniquely thin at just 7.3 mm, adding a hint of elegance and uniqueness to the timepiece itself.

The Meister Handwind watch features a thin, circular crown that has a simple, subtle knob coming from the right-hand side for its manual winding movement. The white dial, which is tucked under domed crystal, features long elegant lines to mark the hours and a subdial just underneath its center indicating the seconds.

This timepiece comes in three different colors, each, while not wildly different, evoking its own elegant feel. The difference between the versions can be seen in the color of the crown, matching the hands and the quarter-hour markings, with buyers having a choice of silver steel, a shiny gold, or a more bronze-gold color. Through mineral crystal on the back of the case, the watch’s movement and technical aspects can be viewed and admired.

Junghans Meister Handwind watch comes in three colors.

As a commemorative, but newly released watch, the Meister Handwind simultaneously appears modern, while making reference to the retro, perfectly combining both Junghans heritage and seeing the company’s movement into the future. Unlike many men’s dress watches, which hope to show off and draw attention, this watch holds the fine quality of being both understated and masculine, a balance that can be difficult to strike.

At a retail price ranging from 950 to 1.050 Euros (approximately $1,183 to $1,300), Junghans Meister Handwind timepiece is extremely affordable relative to other men’s dress watches. Watches similar to this one, such as Piaget’s Altiplano watch or Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Grande Ultra Thin timepiece, tend to be priced significantly higher at about $19,000 and $5,000, respectively. For the man not expecting to wear a luxury dress watch on a daily basis, the Junghans Meister Handwind timepiece presents one of the best deals available.

As one of Germany’s premier luxury watchmakers, this milestone marks a great achievement for Junghans, appropriately celebrated with the release of the Meister Handwind timepiece in July 2012. As an elegant, understated dress watch, this timepiece is slated to be a classic of Junghans collection, fit for the modern man with an appeal for the retro.

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