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The watch is based on the newer, larger Navitimer models with Breitling's in-house made Caliber 02 automatic chronograph movement (70 hour power reserve). This is the same as the 01 movement, but with a 24 hour dial. Plus, for "historical" reasons, Breitling made the watch manually-wound. I would have preferred it to remain an automatic, but Breitling wanted it otherwise. Maybe so that you too can be just like Scott Carpenter aboard the cramped "I hope I survive this" space capsule. I would have liked to see the waivers NASA had him sign in 1962 about how they will do everything possible to keep him alive, but nothing is guaranteed. Today we look back on these monumental missions with awe and pride, but at the time it was like a really fancy backyard home-made rocket launch experiment. You expect a cool take off but after that you just hope for the best and that the brains did their work back in Houston.

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The Everest EH-1 Band black strap color compliments the gloss black face of my GMT-C and the black Ceracrom bezel. After a 10 days of wearing it, a little rubber strap cleaner from Veraet (http://www.veraet.com/collections/watch-care/products/watch-band-rubber-and-leather-care) made the Everest EH-1 Band strap a little darker and appear newer. Over time, the RubberB strap developed a little patina which was exacerbated by Veraet use, but the Everest EH-1 Band went back to looking new. It’s obvious that RubberB and Everest Horology utilize two completely different types of silicone.

Inside the Rolex Sky-Dweller is the new Rolex in-house made caliber 9001 automatic movement. The automatic movement has all of the above complications and a three-day power reserve. Rolex being known for their quality standards must have been testing the 9001 movement for a while. I have no doubts that the movement will be top notch for what it is.

That shape again is placed on the sapphire crystal over the moon phase indicator and automatic rotor. It serves as the actual indicator showing the phase of the moon with the moon faces underneath. This layout offers full views of the faces all the time, along with the phase of the moon with the indicator window.

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Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes.

The Roller Guardian Time is a very unique timepiece in the world of high-end watch making. You really need to get to know Mr. Ladoire to appreciate it and understand the lifestyle around it. With a unique shape and design, it is a special member of the world of independent horology. I first wrote about the Ladoire RGT watch here a few years ago.

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aBtR: What makes the Touch Time different than one of Phosphor's other watches, or from a conventional digital watch?
DB: It is an update on what a digital watch should be. Although Phosphor has other innovative products, this one is specifically targeted at the large audience of current digital watch buyers.

The appearance of the dial is really one of those things that either inspires you or deters you. Some days I found that I really wanted to wear the bright red dial and other days I felt it was just too bright. It did seem like an interesting piece to have around for days when it felt right for the wrist. How often those days will come are totally up to your own personality. I do have to say that the watch does get a lot of attention. Nothing like a flashy bright red watch dial to catch a person's gaze.

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On the wrist, the Pulsion watch is a tender wearer with a wrist-hugging case and comfortable rubber strap. A metal bracelet option would be stellar if it existed. Given its wide lugs, this is a big-sitting 44mm wide case that is offered in a titanium or 18k pink gold. In total, four versions of the Pulsion are offered for 2012. The rubber strap by the way is quite interesting in its design and even has alternating finishes.

As you might expect from a Vacheron Constantin piece, the detailing on the dial and case are pretty much immaculate. The hands are very well rendered and I actually love the "hidden heart" which tips the hour hand. Notice how the subsidiary seconds dial is slightly recessed and is done in a different silvered finishing. This adds an additional layer to the dial. Around the dial is a rail-road track style minute ring.

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At first I didn’t like the look of the watch even though I liked the functionality. Then I started to play with the Pilot Doublematic and I put it on my wrist… at that point I was hooked. So many functions that are actually useful, great in-house made movement. And a price that feels appropriate.

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The watch is also available in sandblasted-finish black DLC for an additional , which would give it a seriously stealthy look. I like plain titanium myself, but DLC should have excellent durability if you like black.

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With their first chronograph watch Magrette did not want to alienate its loyal followers by pricing the watch too high. At the same time the movement needed to be interesting and useful. Magrette turned to the actually quite impressive Seagull TY-2901 manually wound 30 minute chronograph movement. This is a Chinese made replica of an older movement called the Venus 175. Another watch that used this movement was the Techne Sparrow Hawk that I reviewed here. The Sparrow Hawk sold very well and I attribute that to people liking the nice mixture of interest and value in the movement.

Watch brands like to pump up their history a lot. This is especially true in Europe where with age comes legitimacy. It also helps when your history includes impressive things. A lot of today’s watch brands that bear vintage names don’t always have the most interesting histories. Much of them can be summed up as "man X did in fact make watches or clocks 150 - 200 years ago." Two of the names that do come with a really impressive history are Breguet and Jaquet Droz (both conveniently owned by the Swatch Group now).

Strap & Buckle:

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According to Maitres du Temps, Kari Voutilianen is responsible for the design of the movement in the Chapter Three watch. This includes its architecture, decoration, and also the finishing. Andreas Strehler on the other hand worked to have the movement interface with the watch case and worked on the function of the complications (such as the reveal feature). While the Maitres du Temps Chapter Three comes in a classic skin, it is nevertheless a unique product in the high-end world of independent watch making. Price of the Chapter Three Reveal is ,500 in 18k red gold and ,000 in 18k white gold.