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By the mid-nineteenth century, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) had been established as the primary reference time zone for the British Empire and for much of the world. GMT is based on the line of longitude running through the Greenwich Observatory located in the suburbs of London.Alpina Worldtimer

Over time, time zones became established based on GMT as being x number of hours ahead or behind GMT. Interestingly, the clock began at noon under GMT so noon was represented by zero hours.

As more sophisticated timepieces became available, the need for a new timepiece showing world time became apparent. A world time watch lets its wearer see the time in all of the 24 zones around the world.

Alpina’s Worldtimer features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities inscribed on it. A second rotating ring has 24-hour markers. This is used to display time in different time zones. Local time is shown by a standard hour and minute hand. The Alpina Worldtimer has a mechanical automatic caliber AL-718 with 26 jewels and has a 48-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 10 ATM. The watch is finished off with a black leather crocodile strap. The front and the back of the watch are covered with sapphire crystal. Continued…

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Limited edition of 8888pcs, delivered in a special giftbox with a Cessna miniature plane

Alpina Worldtimer AL-718BReference AL-718B4S6
Case Brushed and polished stainless steel 2-piececase, diameter of 44 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back
Water-resistant to 10 ATM
Movement AL-718 Manufacture caliber, automatic with date by hand adjustable by the crown, and worldtimer function, adjustable with the crown.
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon Calibre 2260An exceptional tourbillon and the absolute purity of a round, understated case housing a complication boasting unprecedented performances: the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 beating at the heart of the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is simply unequalled. Moreover, the latest newcomer to the Patrimony Traditionnelle line is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria. All of which combines to make it a predestined collector’s item.

The pure art of watchmaking…

In offering a stunning new demonstration of the major horological complication represented by the tourbillon, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has opted for an impressive display of its skills and knowhow. The highly technical content focusing on essentials – namely performance and aesthetic appeal – is clothed in a pure, understated exterior designed to highlight this combination. Continued…

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon Calibre 2260Reference 89000/000R-9655
Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Calibre 2260, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Energy Mechanical hand-wound
Movement diameter 29.10 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Movement thickness 6.80 mm
Jewelling 31
Number of parts 231
Frequency 2.5Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
Indications Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon
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Breitling for Bentley Supersports ISRISR. Ice Speed Record. On February 18th 2011, in the north of Finland, a special version of the Bentley Continental GTC Supersports convertible set a new ice speed record at 205.46 mph (330.695 km/h). In thereby testing its fastest and most reliable car ever in such extreme conditions, Bentley once again proved its supremacy in terms of technology and engine performance. Strapped firmly to the wrist of driver Juha Kankkunen was the new Bentley Supersports Light Body. Continued…

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Montblanc Star World Time GMTTime-zone watches, which show the time in at least two zones have gained greater relevance nowadays. The new Montblanc Star World-Time GMT Automatic is a cosmopolitan instrument designed primarily for businesspeople or bankers who travel the world and at the same time want to keep a watchful eye on the opening hours of e.g. the world’s stock exchanges. This wristwatch puts two different time zones on its dial and at the same time, indicates the time in all the worlds 24 time zones. It does so by purely mechanical means. Continued…

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Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-ThinWorld’s thinnest automatic skeleton watch (5.34 mm).
18-carat white gold case
38 millimetre
Black dauphine hands

Functions: hours, minutes

Manufacture Piaget 1200S ultra-thin mechanical self-winding skeleton movement
World’s thinnest automatic skeleton movement (2.40 mm)
Movement thickness : 2.40 mm Casing dimensions : 14 1/4 inch (31.9 mm diameter)
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Pursuing its quest for essentials, the Altiplano collection developed by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is the ultimate expression of formal purity. Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin side viewThis reality is now taking on a new dimension with the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin model boasting a double world record: the world’s thinnest self-winding skeleton model (5.34 mm) houses the world’s thinnest self-winding skeleton movement (2.40 mm). It has taken no less than half a century of expertise in ultra-thin mechanical movements to reach these new peaks of achievement. Continued…

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Master watchmaker Dr. George Daniels CBE died on Friday 21 October 2011 at his home on the Isle of Man. Dr. Daniels had worked in his profession for more than sixty years and in the course of his life was presented with more honours than any other horologist.

Dr George Daniels

George Daniels was a past Master of the Clockmaker’s Company in London and past President of the Horological Institute. He was awarded the Tompion Gold Medal of the Clockmaker’s Company, the Gold Medal of the British Horological Institute, the Gold Medal of the City of London Guild and the Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers’ Guild. In 2010, he was made a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to watchmaking.

Dr. Daniels will always be remembered for his invention of the Co-Axial escapement. He was confident that the Co-Axial escapement would change mechanical watchmaking forever. In an interview in 2009 he said that he thought it unlikely that there would ever be another breakthrough as dramatic as his invention. He said, “Different materials may be used in the construction of certain parts of the movements but these won’t affect a watch’s fundamental performance in the way the Co-Axial escapement does.”

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The fourth “Pour le Mérite” timepiece presented by A. Lange & Söhne in a limited 15-watch edition is a manifestation of artisanal virtuosity at the highest level. The case in honey-coloured gold accommodates two complications – a fusée-and-chain trans-mission and a tourbillon – both designed explicitly to achieve the highest degree of precision.

It was only last January at the Watch Salon in Geneva that the Saxon manufactory showcased its Richard Lange Tourbillon with the distinction “Pour le Mérite”. So far at Lange, this hallmark has been reserved for four exceptionally complicated watches endowed with the unique fusée-and-chain transmission. The ingenious mechanism assures that the going train is driven with a constant force across the entire power reserve duration, keeping the rate accuracy of the watch stable. Continued…

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