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New Watch Brand – EZTEEM

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bigdate_cognac_big.jpgEZTEEM is a new Swedish watch brand with watches made in Switzerland. Looks like standard ETA fare with MSRPs hitting $550 for quartz and $990 for automatics.

New watch brand from Sweden and “Swiss Made” [WatchUseek Watch Forums]

Watch Rating Formula

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Oh, Velociphile! Behave!

Chances of me being impressed by a new watch coming out at Basel or SIHH is equal to:

(vph^2 X balance wheel inertia X power reserve)

divided by

(watch diameter X daily rate) ^2

Velociphile’s Journey into Watches: Finally! A Formula for Rating Watches

Hublot Black Magic Big Bang

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Hokey smokes! It’s breeding!

The case, in polished and brushed black ceramic, measures 44.5mm. It features H-shaped titanium screws, Kevlar lateral inserts, double AR coated sapphire crystals and a titanium back. The crown and push-buttons have rubber inserts and it is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the automatic HUB44 caliber developed with LaJoux-Perret (the old Jaquet Baume). It has 252 parts, a rhodium-plated sandblasted mainplate, polished bevelled satin-brushed bridges a Tungsten oscillating weight (dimpled surface with black PVD coating) and a 42 hour power reserve.

The dial is black, done in a sunray motiff, with applied hour-markers and Superluminova hands. The strap is black rubber with a black PVD folding clasp.

TimeZone: Industry News: N E W M o d e l – Hublot Black Magic Big Bang [TimeZone]

Marketplace

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New Orsa Limited Edition

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Orsa just released a new model – a dark, massive diver in the Sea Angler range – and there are only 30 left of this limited-edition series. I’m going to say “hotness” and suggest you get over there right now.

Product Page [Orsa]

What is the First Watch You Would Buy?

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My imagination sometimes get the better of me and I can easily while away hours daydreaming. Today, my thoughts turned to those eight meat processing workers who split at $365 million powerball jackpot recently. From there, I jumped to the Mega Millions lottery, which today, stands at $42 million for the next drawing on Tuesday. From there, amid images of rolling around in cash, naturally my thoughts went to watches.

If you suddenly came into millions of dollars, what would be the first watch you would purchase? The lotto check has just cleared and you’re ready to spend. Tell me, what would be your first choice?

I think I would go with something a little odd, a little unusual. Something that I wouldn’t normally buy. For example, it’s conceivable that some day I’ll save up enough tips from my job as a Chippendale dancer and I’ll buy a Rolex or a Panerai. And although I would certainly purchase those timepieces with my lottery earnings, I still think my very first puchase would be something different. I’m leaning towards the Graham Chronofighter. Unusual, off-beat, yet still timeless and classy. I’m sure I could come up with tons more alternatives, and certainly more expensive ones, but that’s the first off the top of my head.

Let’s hear your lotto dreams… what’s the first watch you would buy with your winnings?

Is the Horological Tank Full?

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Robert Jan over at the always informative Fratellow Watches featured an interesting new Dunhill timepiece. The Wheel Watch is inspired by old motors and the crown is hidden by the bezel.

Very intriguing piece. Learn more about it at the A. Dunhill LTD Timepieces website

Top 10 Geek Watches

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The informative Productdose explains that James Bond was the model for someone who could turn “dorky into dapper at the flick of a wrist.” And although his watch gadgets were decidedly deadly, they unfortunately remained fictional instruments. But channeling the spirit of 007, the website chose The Top 10 Geek Watches

In addition to the always enjoyable Equalizer High Frequency LED watch from TokyoFlash, I think my favorite was the tape-a-licious Vestal Microdat timepiece.

Review: Reveal Watch

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Writing about a watch like the Reveal is like writing about music. You can make a few educated statements, but it all comes down to taste. Hopefully, I’m tapping into the general WWR feeling towards this piece when I say it’s a fascinating watch and very cool even if it’s a bit to austere for my complication-happy taste.

Seiko Bluetooth Watch

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It may be ugly, but it kind of shows where we’re all headed. This watch reacts to your phone like a Bluetooth headset. It vibrates on calls, tells you who’s calling, and allows you to set phone configurations from your wrist. It’s also huge.

Seiko Shows Cellphone-Friendly Bluetooth Watch [Gizmodo]