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Here I will share news and press releases which reached me by any means.

Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Now that Swatch slowly starts delivering their new Sistem51 watch, I was happy to get my hands on one (thanks to Bert Buysrogge) and put it to the test. Sistem51 is an automatic (self-winding) mechanical movement made from 51 components, made possible by a simplified and more efficient design. Most mechanical movements have at...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre @ the Masters of LXRY fair in Amsterdam

Jaeger-LeCoultre @ the Masters of LXRY fair in Amsterdam

Last Friday evening, on invitation by Jaeger-LeCoultre (thank you very much for that) I visited the ‘Masters of LXRY’ fair in the Amsterdam RAI complex. This fair was previously known as the ‘Millionaires Fair’ however, ironically, went bankrupt last year. This year the same fair, with the same exhibitors, was held again – with...
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Outstanding Speedy Tuesday Omega Speedmaster event

Outstanding Speedy Tuesday Omega Speedmaster event

On Tuesday October 29th 2013, an outstanding Omega Speedmaster event took place at the European Space Research and Technology Centre ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The event was organized by Fratellowatches.com in direct co-operation with Omega Benelux and Switzerland, in the line of Fratellowatches’ Speedy Tuesday‘s initiative. Besides the presence of Omega’s museum conservator,...
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Oliver Ike’s A. Manzoni & Fils project on Kickstarter

Oliver Ike’s A. Manzoni & Fils project on Kickstarter

At the time of writing it’s only 47 hours until the end of Oliver Ike’s A. Manzoni & Fils, Canopus Weekplanner Kickstarter project. So far 49 people joined the project, totaling almost $ 176.000,=. The project will only be funded (by Kickstarter) if at least $ 500.000,= is pledged by Saturday October 26th, 22:00...
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Only Watch 2013 auction results

Only Watch 2013 auction results

Below is the list of the 33 watches for auction at Only Watch 2013 with their estimate. As soon as the results are available I’ll fill them in and update this post in real-time. For pictures of all watches please have a look at: Only Watch 2013 auction catalogue. – Lot # 1: Backes...
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Only Watch 2013 hands-on preview

Only Watch 2013 hands-on preview

Only one day to the a(u)ction. I just got back from the Only Watch 2013 preview stand at the Monaco Yacht Show and was lucky enough to have the possibility to shoot hands-on pictures of the watches. I’ll select a few of the watches I took pictures of, and just quickly publish those here...
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Parmigiani, Bugatti Aerolithe

Parmigiani, Bugatti Aerolithe

Last week in Milan, Parmigiani Fleurier unveiled its new Bugatti Aerolithe, a flyback(*) chronograph. The Aerolithe chronograph is part of Bugatti’s “Lifeline Collection”. An assortment of accessories and clothing which designs are all inspired by the aerodynamic bodies of Bugatti cars. The Aerolithe chronograph is named after a legendary Bugatti car bearing the same...
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New Hautlence website

New Hautlence website

This week Hautlence informed us of the complete revamping of their hautlence.com website. It’s said to be more sophisticated, more functional, as well as lighter and more airy. What caught me most was the grid-shaped ‘bloggy’ appearance of the new site. Including a rotating slide show at the top with advertisements for new distributors,...
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The C3H5N3O9 2013 ‘Experiment ZR012’

The C3H5N3O9 2013 ‘Experiment ZR012’

C3H5N3O9, besides the molecular formula for nitroglycerine, is a developmental platform to experiment with concepts, ideas and creations free of the inherent limitations and constraints of a luxury brand. When Felix Baumgartner, Martin Frei, Maximilian Büsser and Serge Kriknoff – the main motivators behind the project – launched C3H5N3O9’s ‘Experiment ZR012’ last year, they...
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Sea-God Portorondo limited GMT, ref. 271901AN

Sea-God Portorondo limited GMT, ref. 271901AN

Today I would like to draw your attention to the Italian/Swiss brand of Sea-God. It’s one of the young under the radar brands which slowly slowly try to make their appearance in the world of luxury watches. Some succeed, some don’t… The current Sea-God collection includes two models, the Black Storm and the Portorondo,...
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Only Watch 2013 auction estimates

Only Watch 2013 auction estimates

Exactly in two weeks time the Only Watch 2013 charity auction will be held in Monaco, and it’s confirmed that I will be present to report for in2watches.com. This year there will be 33 high-end, one-off, watches up for auction, which is 7 pieces less than the last auction in 2011. A lot of...
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YORK “Fort de Lippe” Trilogy, another celebration

YORK “Fort de Lippe” Trilogy, another celebration

The spectacular “Fort de Lippe” in Elvas, Portugal was recently inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. To celebrate this occasion the elite luxury brand YORK is going to unveil the “Fort de Lippe” Trilogy watch collection at 1st of November at Munichtime 2013. The “Fort de Lippe” collection was designed by His...
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Only Watch 2013, Monaco

Only Watch 2013, Monaco

Within three weeks the biennial charity (Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies) auction Only Watch will take place in Monaco again. During the last auction in 2011, the Patek Philippe pointed out to be the star of the show. It fetched € 1.400.000,= which was 31% of the total auction result of € 4.543.500,= for...
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J.S. Reykjavik Watch co., Frisland 1941 pilot watch

J.S. Reykjavik Watch co., Frisland 1941 pilot watch

As you probably know, at in2watches.com we love small independent watch brands. And we love the inventivity with which the most idiot occasions are used to bring out a special watch or a special limited edition. So we couldn’t withstand to write about this very nice watch from Iceland, the J.S. Reykjavik Watch co’s...
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Baselworld 2013, day five

Baselworld 2013, day five

Baselworld day five was my sixth and last day at the fair (day zero was press day). It has been another year of good fun, networking and interesting watches. It has been enough as well though. Yesterday evening I ended the day having dinner with only some close friends, like Robert-Jan Broer, Bert Buysrogge,...
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