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ETA 2893 GMT movement, respectful hat-tip to the Rolex GMT master that's not a copy, lovely design and CW's usual attention to detail. Why oh why does Rolex refuse to use anti-reflective coatings, for example, on their crystals? So very foolish of them when brands like CW are there to innovate in their place. A steal at 5 non-EC.

Wait a minute, de GRISOGONO is thinking along those lines already! Look at that oddly placed gold plate on the dial at 7 o'clock. Engraved right on there in power cursive is "Power Breaker." Screw the lighting letters, they already have the text done for you! de GRISOGONO really does think of everything.

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Strap: Black rolled-edge alcantara with red seam indicating the continuity of the longitude of the Principality of Monaco.

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Finishing: all parts finely decorated; mainplate circular-grained; bridges rhodiumed, bevelled, snailed and adorned with Côtes de Genève. Diamond-polished jewel sinks; diamond-polished countersinks and bevelled wheel spokes; bevelled screw rims

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This is the Tsovet SVT-AT76, one of those rare pieces that manages to be functional as well as fashionable. Measuring 47.8mm by 14.3mm and weighing 140g, it's sizable yet seems even larger due to the squared-off case and vertical sides. The high-contrast dial can be read across the room, though if you're like me the '0' instead of '10' might cause a double take. I've seen some dials that used zero-prefixed numerals for double digits all the way around; this is the first I've seen to abbreviate the ten.

Chronoswiss seems to suggest that the layout of the dial on the movement is meant to evoke an image of a butterfly. I guess that is the case but I don't believe that the butterfly analogy is necessary to justify its looks - it is quite nice enough on its own. The watch dial is solid silver which has been richly engraved with a number of textures and patterns. The look is not overdone at all and the dial is still very legible. You know what else I like? That Chronoswiss made sure to include both the name of the brand and the model on the dial. How many watches can you think of that even have the name of the model included on it anywhere?

Mr. Biver is a major watch collector. He can't discuss it much, as he must stay partial to his own brand, but with wide (and high-end) interests his passion pushed his own brand to create some amazing things. I think this is one of the reasons he was so keen on having Hublot become a manufacturer of movements. One of the more recent high-end Hublot watches I got to play with is the King Power F1 Tourbillon. I discussed it in more detail here at Centurion. Why write about it again? For the pictures, of course - and, I suppose, to gush a bit more.

The watch on his wrist is another Patek Philippe. This time it is (I believe) a very rare vintage reference 2438/1 watch that was made from 1952 through the early 1960s. Not only is the pretty watch extremely rare, but it is very valuable. One just like it, at a Christie's auction in 2009 sold for 7,612. The watch is 37mm wide in gold and contains a Patek Philippe made manually wound annual calendar "triple date" layout movement. There are windows for the day and month indicators, with a moonphase and date dial below them. The main dial has the time and seconds. Love those dauphine hands. One very interesting fact about this watch was that it was water resistant. By the way, another possibility is that the watch is a Patek Philippe ref. 2497 J. The differences between the two are extremely slight. There were both made around the same time and look almost identical. The only real difference (there might be proportional changes) is the placement of some lume on the hands. If it is the 2497 J, then it would only be worth closer to 0,000.

Distinctive features: 5N red gilded or white gold coated applied indexes

The case is 41.5mm wide, done in a satin finish (very tool-like look) with a matching rotating bezel. The crown is placed at 4 o'clock as is the date dial in effort to preserve the placement of the Arabic numerals located at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. I like the rounded crown guard and feel it adds a softer look to the case. At 12mm thick, the case should feel rather reasonable on the wrist.

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You'll be surprised to learn that in addition to the time, date, and 1/1000 of a second chronograph, the watch has a world time function and alarm. The world time function is neat, because it uses the upper left subdial to show you the reference time. In fact, you can choose to have the reference time on the main dial, and the second time zone on the little subdial. Again, consult the manual for this. Easily the neatest part about operating the watch is the 1/1000th of a second chronograph. When operating the hands are all flying about rapidly. It is an intense little feat of engineering, and relies of five different small motors. Though reading the measured time isn't that easy as it uses all the dials to measure the time, and you need to know how to read them. You also need pretty good vision to see all the little numbers. Seeing the miniature ballet of hands moving around never seems to get old.

The disk moves around the dial once each 12 hours - slowest animation ever! The watches are each 40mm wide in steel "time gallery" style Angular Momentum cases. In addition to Little Devil, there is the Memento Mori watch - which translates into the uplifting message of "remember you will die." In an almost satirical manner, the names of each of the watches is inscribed in cursive on the black reserve painted sapphire crystal dials. The Breguet style font for the hour numerals completes the classy nightmare look. I want to get one of these Phenakistoscope watches to any prospective parents I know out there. Existing parents should likely opt for the Memento Mori pieces - for obvious reasons. Happy Halloween.



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