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The Art of Removal

It’s called skeletonizing and it involves manually removing as much material as possible without compromising the structural integrity. For example, a colander is a skeletonized pan. In the case of watches it results in light, transparent-looking movements. Is there any point to it? No. Is it special? Definitely.


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Smartwatches

We are not afraid to claim that without watches the world would dissolve into chaos. The Swiss Horological Smartwatch by Frédérique Constant looks like an ordinary Slimline watch but, because of a collaboration with a Silicon Valley company, is also smart 2.0. Among other things it can record sleeping patterns of the wearer.


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Forged Carbon

Carbon fiber is easy to recognise from its woven block pattern. Forged carbon fiber has a totally different look. Thin carbon fibers are heated and compressed, creating a structure that is best compared to marble.


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Power Reserve

More and more watches show the power reserve. This happens to be one of the few complications that are useful in daily life. A power reserve indication shows you how much power is left. A necessary extra with hand-wound watches because you’ll know when it is time to start winding, and a nice touch with automatic winding models.
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Subtle Sizes

Year after year we’ve witnessed the seemingly limitless growth of watch diameters. Oversized watches are of course still very popular, but we’ve also noted a new, alternative trend: slimmer and sleeker cases. Watches that fit elegantly under a tailored cuff and that offer a more subtle form of displaying its proud owner’s taste and style. Classy.


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Worldtimer

The high-end brands now all have worldtimer models in their collections. The simplest models just show the time in an additional time zone, the more complicated pieces make it possible to read the time in all 24 time zones. Useful? Yes, if you are travelling a lot.


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Black

Black has never been out of fashion, but it is becoming the watch world’s favourite “colour”. At first black meant the use of ceramics (thank you for your pioneering role, Rado), but blackcoated steel (using new techniques to create an almost unscratchable finish) is very much in demand right now.
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Ultra-thin

Ultra-thin watches are getting popular again; they were fashionable in the 1960s for men and women. Modern quartz movements make ultra-thin watches possible, but most of the classic watch brands produce extra-thin mechanical movements to combine classical watchmaking with elegance.


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Chinese Signs

China has a fascinating tradition stretching over five centuries when it comes to watchmaking. Nowadays the country produces over 600 million watches per year. We like a small brand called The Chinese Timekeeper, that produces strikingly good-looking and highly original designed watches with high-end mechanical movements.


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Monopusher Chronographs

The delicacy of a monopusher chronograph is a rare treat. Starting, stopping and resetting a chronograph with just one pusher is a complicated and historical treat for every connoisseur. The monopoussoir is making a modest comeback. Longines for instance celebrated its 180th anniversary by presenting a 40mm decidedly vintage-looking monopusher chronograph.


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Gun Metal Grey

There must be over fifty shades of grey being used by brands, ranging from sandblasted finishes to the blued glow of gun metal grey. Have a look for instance at the SevenFriday P2: a modern take on the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in a distinct grey look.


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Hand-Wound Movements

Touching your watch, making sure the ‘heart’ keeps beating by wind- ing the crown creates a bond between wearer and timepiece. Take Baume & Mercier’s Clifton 1830. The La Joux-Perret 7381 move- ment makes you fall in love with this very authentic watch.


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Blue Watches

The wonderful world of watches has turned birght blue. this year with a wide variety of colorful blue watches. This Breitling for Bentley Motors T is a radiant example. And it's not just about sports watches: a variety of dress watches have also appeared with deep and dark blue dials.


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