Bovet Ottanta Tourbillon for Pininfarina

The folks at Hodinkee turn us to a special timepiece from Turin-based design house Pininfarina. For their 80th anniversary, they commissioned watchmaker Bovet to craft the Ottanta Tourbillon, a watch that exudes elegance and delivers much versatility when it comes...

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Bell & Ross: The Vintage Original and Heritage Lines

Bell & Ross: The Vintage Original and Heritage Lines

Bell & Ross pay homage to the aviators of the 1940’s with the release of their Vintage Original and Vintage Heritage lines. With the choice of two Swiss movements — automatic hours, minutes and seconds version (BR 123) and a chronograph version (BR 126) — how can you go wrong? The Vintage Original line pulls from watches worn by aviators in the 1940’s and is available in a black or beige dial variety.

The Vintage Heritage line will surely be the one turning our heads as the natural leather strap works well with the matte-black case. The beige-colored hands prove Bell & Ross’s ability to deliver with such great attention to detail.

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MB&F Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt [HM4]

MB&F Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt [HM4]

The good folks at Hodinkee turn us to MB&F‘s latest creation, the Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt, a wondrous beauty that looks to alter our views on future watch design. So how’s it all work, you ask? “The watch consists of two dials that sit side-by-side. One displays the hours and minutes (read as a plane’s speedometer), and the other displays the engine’s power reserve (aka the plane’s fuel levels).” The construction is unique as both dials are displayed at the end of a turbine like pod, opposite individual crowns, which means one crown’s for setting the time and the other is for winding the engine.

The HM4’s engine is three years in the making, with 311 parts and converts power from a horizontal dual mainspring barrel to two vertically oriented gear trains to display on the dials. The 5 pieces of sapphire glass used on the HM4 cost more than the entire HM2, so needless to say this timepiece is raising the bar.

The pricetag’s been upped as well, to $158,000, so look for it to release later this year. Until then, head to Hodinkee for tech specs and more details.

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Marvin Watch Company: The M108 ORIGIN [Swiss Made]

Marvin Watch Company: The M108 Origin [Swiss Made]

For a company that was established back in 1850, Marvin Watch Co. is certainly experiencing a rebirth at the present moment which combines the Swiss watchmaker’s longstanding heritage with some new school tactics. Jerome Pineau, Marvin’s International Community Manager, has utilized social media and some outstanding customer service to deliver the brand’s timeless products. We personally had the opportunity to check out the M108, an automatic movement beauty that’s self winding and offers a power reserve of 38 hours.

While running through Marvin’s extensive lineup of timepieces, the M108 in a charcoal finish was the one to immediately standout. It draws much inspiration from earlier classic styles (hence the ORIGIN Series label) and also happens to be the only automatic movement piece with a rubber bracelet. The all-black design really is unique and the overall aesthete delivers a balance between elegance and sportiness. What’s more interesting is the attention to detail the Marvin team puts into delivering this specific watch series. All M108s are fitted with butterfly clasps and the rubber bracelets actually have to be cut to fit before they’re sent off to their new owner which means you better keep your wrist size handy. All M108s have open window case back, which is not something new, but it’s still wonderful seeing the Swiss Sellita SW200 movement work its magic on demand.

The Project X Rolex Explorer II [Orange Hand]

The good folks over at Hodinkee are celebrating their second birthday but don't think it's all fun and no work right now. They're still delivering some great news atop a handful of giveaways. They recently turned us to this custom...

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Timex Oversize Camper Watch

This military-inspired watch from Timex was on display at this year's Basel, and now the good folks at GQ tell us it's coming to a retailer near you in July. "It has the kind of functionality and affordability you've come...

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Baselworld: Tudor Monte Carlo Chronograph

Baselworld: Tudor Monte Carlo Chronograph

With Baselworld 2010 now in full swing in Switzerland, it’s good to see our good friend Ben from Hodinkee is enjoying himself and dishing out the news in the process. The team turns us to Tudor‘s rejuvenated line of Monte Carlo chronos. “Good movement, Rolex finish, and unbelievably great looks. It is (very) affectionately known as the Poor Man’s Paul Newman Daytona.  However, in this case, the poor man is still far more wealthy than most people in the world, as they fetch around $10,000 to this day.” Yikes. Well, the heritage line is set to start at about $3,800 which isn’t so discouraging if these timepieces start making their way to the US.

The pics (after the jump) don’t do the beauties justice but take note of the amenities — rotating bezel and a NATO strap to grab our attention.

Baselworld: Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Diver Watch

Baselworld: Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Diver Watch

Among all the fine timepieces being unveiled at Baselworld this year, we think this one from Omega is still a standout. The Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Diver watch with white dial and strap gives the iconic Ploprof a new look with all the features you’ve come to expect from Omega. Included amenities include the, “White bi-directional locking bezel with chrome-coated Arabic numerals, an automatic helium escape valve and water resistance to 1200 metres (4000 feet, 120 bar). The watch, with its timeless white bezel and dial, is presented with either a white rubber strap or a brushed mesh ‘Sharkproof’ bracelet… The Ploprof’s case cannot be mistaken for that of any other watch: the screwed-in crown is located at 9 o’clock under a protective buffer. Its unique positioning allows freer wrist movement and prevents any inadvertent manipulation.”

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Ermenegildo Zegna Centennial Limited Edition Watch

Ermenegildo Zegna Centennial Limited Edition Watch

Our friends over at Perpetuelle turn us to this limited edition piece from Ermenegildo Zegna in celebration of their 100th anniversary. Manufactured by Girard-Perregaux, this watch is a, “Perfect representation of my perception of both brands – timeless, luxurious, high quality. Angelo Zegna, the father of the founder Ermenegildo, was a watchmaker by trade.  In keeping with Zegna’s Centennial celebration, only 100 pieces will be made.  The watch has a rose gold case and is 40mm in diameter, with date, small seconds, and month functions. ”

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Bell & Ross Online Boutique

Watchmaker Bell & Ross has taken its entire collection online for the European market (for now). Selectism explains that, "Rather than offering a small selection online, they have dropped more than 300 models for purchase. CEO Carlos A. Rosillo described...

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Cartier ID One Concept Watch

Cartier ID One Concept Watch

The “Cartier ID One Concept” watch is a piece of luxurious art. Intended to never undergo any repairing and regulation after it’s been manufactured, the Cartier ID is beautifully housed in a Ballon Bleu case that measures 46mm. It is made of Niobium-Titanium, an alloy that looks great and is highly wear resistant and has its own unique shock absorption properties that are unmatched by other materials like steel. We look forward to seeing this concept become reality in the near future.

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