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SIHH 2017 Personal Perspectives: Greubel Forsey

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Greubel Forsey claimed one of the most complicated watches unveiled at SIHH 2017 with a grande sonnerie wristwatch, but also debuted variants of its two entry-level timepieces, the Signature 1 and Tourbillon 24 Seconde Vision.

Boasting an incline tourbillon and automatic winding for the second barrel, the Grande Sonnerie is styled in the typical Greubel Forsey manner – large and modern-looking with an expensively constructed dial and gorgeously intricate movement – the Grande Sonnerie wristwatch shows the striking mechanism on the front at 10 o’clock, while the incline tourbillon is at eight. A button at four o’clock acts as the function selector for silent, small strike or grande strike mode.

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Hands on Review: Heuer 510.500 Lemania | The Home of Vintage Heuer Collectors

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One of the reasons that I have spent time looking into the history of the Heuer and Lemania relationship recently (see here and here) was to find out more about the heritage of a watch that I’ve recently bought- a Heuer 510.500. The 510 series Heuers use the same case as the Heuer Pasadena, but with a Lemania 5100 movement in place of the Valjoux 7750. The watches were launched in 1982/ 3 off the back of the change in Heuer’s ownership. The new owners of Heuer included Nouvelle Lemania, which was seeking to ensure there were plenty of chronographs on the market using its 5100 movement.

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A Detailed Look at the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike Honey Gold

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The Zeitwerk is arguably the most distinctive wristwatch by A. Lange & Söhne, along with the Datograph; the Pour le Merite chain and fusee watches are good candidates but not all of them are easily recognisable. Already produced in a dozen different forms, the Zeitwerk line-up grew one stronger at SIHH 2017 with the new Zeitwerk Decimal Strike, a limited edition in honey gold.

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Hands-On with the Urwerk UR-T8, the Reversible Metal Beast

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Urwerk has been making remarkably avant-garde watches for two decades now, but it did not produce a reversible watch, until SIHH 2017. That’s where the watchmaker took the covers off the UR-T8, a limited edition to mark its 20th anniversary.

Made of titanium, the front and back plates of the case are covered in an engraved diamond motif that reminiscent of last year’s UR-105 T-Rex. The case is actually two parts: an inner case that’s nestled in a cradle. While relatively light, being made of titanium, the case is extremely large, measuring 60.23mm in diameter and 20.02mm thick, feeling almost unnecessarily massive.

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