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The Watch News You Missed This Week


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The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: mysterious watches from Cartier, skeletons from Zenith, Breitling’s potential sale and more.

A Groovy Mystery

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Ahead of SIHH 2017, Cartier has unveiled three new watches — the Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, the Skeleton Mysterious Hour and the Panthère Joueuse. The two Mysterious watches set moving parts in sapphire glass to look suspended in mid-air without giving showing how the hands are driven (hence the mystery). The former has a minute repeater complication and “double tourbillon” — a rotating tourbillon cage set inside another rotating sapphire disk, while the former has the hour and minute hands suspended in a stationary disk, with the rest of the movement partially exposed. The Panthère Joueuse, however, eschews traditional hands altogether, in favor of a diamond panther paw (indicating the minutes) chasing a diamond ball (indicating the hours).

El Primero Exposed

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Zenith — continuing to churn out various versions of the high-beat El Primero — has unveiled two skeleton versions of the Standard El Primero ($10,600) and the El Primero Tourbillon ($47,600). Both movements are housed in 46mm ceramic cases, affixed to a perforated rubber strap and a carbon fiber finished rubber strap for the Skeleton and Skeleton Tourbillon, respectively.

Breitling to Lose Indie Status?

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Bloomberg reports Swiss watchmaker Breitling is considering a sale to a larger company, according to sources familiar with the matter. Breitling is one of the few large Swiss watchmakers to remain wholly independent; the majority are owned by luxury watch groups like SWATCH and Richemont.

‘Going Beyond Time’

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The New York Times reports on the growing trend of Swiss watchmakers introducing limited-edition timepieces that benefit charitable causes like environmental conservation efforts and youth programs.

Left Handed? These Watches Are for You

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Tudor’s latest timepiece was designed specifically for southpaws, making it one of just a handful you can buy today.

Breitling Datora Chronograph

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While the Navitimer is the icon in Breitling’s lineup, the company has a long history of fantastic chronographs. Take, for instance, this Datora Chronograph from the 1940s, which features a 35.5mm 18k gold case, a Valjoux 72 movement and large date windows — an elegant execution from a brand known for its decidedly more rugged rugged pilot’s watches.