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SIHH 2018: the IWC 150th Anniversary Collection - 2018/01/18 by Dale Vito


IWC 150th Anniversary 2018 SIHH Collection

IWC celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. At SIHH 2018 the Schaffhausen-based brand launched a collection of 27 watches to mark the occasion. They’re now live on WatchBase, including prices in Euro. Links to their entries below!

IW505001 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

25 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW505002 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW505003 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW505101 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Pocket Watch Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white dial.

IW590203 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, blue lacquered dial.

IW590202 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW504501 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW503405 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Double Moon “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW371601 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW371602 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW510211 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW510212 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW516407 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

150 pieces, red gold case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516405 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516406 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW391023 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW391024 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW356518 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW356519 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW459309 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, white gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW459304 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW358103 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW358102 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW358101 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW502708 Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510503 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510504 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW377725 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

Total number of pieces: 17605.


Introducing: Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club of America - 2017/11/09 by Dale Vito


Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Grey Side of the Moon / Porsche Club of America

Introduced TODAY, the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon ‘PCA’ is a limited edition of only 99 pieces created for members of the Porsche Club of America.

Notwithstanding the small number of units produced, Omega went all-out for the Porsche Club of America and this limited edition. It’s based on the Grey Side of the Moon platform, but everything save for the mid-case seems to have been either altered or completely new.

Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Grey Side of the Moon / Porsche Club of America

 

Taking cues from ceramic disc brakes and their yellow calipers found on high-performance Porsche cars, it’s all grey and yellow. The bezel features the word Tachymeter in yellow; the hour, minute and seconds hand as well as the tip of the seconds counter are yellow too. On the [titanium!] dial the Speedmaster signature and five minute markers are done in the same bright color. To finish off the look, the #SpeedyPCA is fitted with a driver style grey calfskin strap with yellow stitching and a yellow rubber backside.

The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Porsche Club of America is only available through the PCATime shop.

Find more details including price in our database.


New: try our Datafeed API free for 30 days - 2017/04/20 by Dale Vito


Currently, the WatchBase database spans some over 15.000 watches, 2120 movements, almost 150 brands, and a little over 550 families. New watches are uploaded on a daily basis, and existing entries are enriched and refined at an equal pace.

All this watch data is available through our DataFeed API, in either XML or JSON format, to be used for your website, online watch store, auction site, watch collecting app, etc…

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Baselworld 2017: Longines Avigation Big Eye - 2017/04/01 by Dale Vito


Longines Aviagation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2
Longines Avigation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

 

One my favorite BaselWorld 2017 releases is the Longines Avigation Big Eye L2.816.4.53.2 – a column-wheel operated chronograph inspired by a 1971 watch from the Longines archives.

The Longines Avigation Big Eye has received very little attention yet – I think it was not shown to press but only presented to retailers during their sales meetings. But I’m positive this will change soon once it’s properly introduced, as Longines got it right with this one. Like, VERY right.

The Avigation Big Eye is inspired by a 1971 military / pilot’s watch from the Longines archives. The brushed stainless steel case measures a reasonable 41mm across and features oversized pushers and a historically correct closed caseback. The black dial is instrumental, with the larger 30-minute counter adding a touch of style – again inspired by the 1971 original. Inside is ticking the L688 movement, which is a self-winding, column-wheel operated chronograph. It is listed in our database as having a date, yet this function is thankfully omitted for this watch.

More info, including the price, in our database.


BaselWorld 2017: Omega DeVille Co-Axial Chronometer 50th Anniversary - 2017/02/07 by Dale Vito


Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary
Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

 

The ‘1957 Trilogy’ is not the only anniversary Omega has planned for 2017, as the DeVille, one of the brand’s most popular collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Omega created three watches to celebrate.

I’m not sure how I missed this release, but then again I can’t remember having read about them on any of the big blogs. So while everybody’s getting all excited for the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Trilogy (Seamaster, Railmaster, Speedmaster), it appears that Omega’s poor little De Ville is actually celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Omega has created three special editions sporting enamel dials and a special case back depicting the Greek god Chronos and a text commemorating the occasion of the release. They’re powered by caliber 2500.

You’ll find these in our ‘Base at;

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Yellow Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.005)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 White Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.002)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Red Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.004)


New: the 2017 TAG Heuer Autavia ‘Cup’ Heuer 02 - 2017/02/01 by Dale Vito


TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687
TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687

 

The result of the 2016 Autavia Cup, the Autavia Heuer 02 is set to become one of TAG Heuer’s hottest releases for 2017. It is now uploaded to our database with leather strap as well as on the bracelet – including prices in EURO.

In 2016 TAG Heuer organized the ‘Autavia Cup’, allowing fans of the brand to vote for their favorite source of inspiration for a reissue through a number of elimination rounds. The winner, announced in April of 2018, was a reference 2446 from the late 1960’s often nicknamed ‘Jochen Rindt’, featuring an inverted panda dial with 3 subdials, and a bezel inlay calibrated for 12 hours.

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226
TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226

 

TAG Heuer went straight to work and was able to show a protoype during its November 2016 Collectors Summit, and a final production model during the 2017 SIHH Geneva Watch Week, where I finally had the chance to handle it. And I love it. It’s by no means a perfect replica, but much rather a modern interpretation of a classic whose star is on the rise, with decisively modern dimensions and a state-of-the-art movement.

I just uploaded it, both with the stunning bracelet as well as the leather strap, to our database – including prices in EURO, all sizes, and movement info. Check them out using the links below;

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226


BaselWorld 2017 Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 - 2017/01/13 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Pre-BaselWorld 2017: Omega releases the Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial 304.32.44.51.01.001 with vintage-inspired ‘Racing’ dial!

In an early BaselWorld 2017 release, Omega just introduced the latest version of its 44.25mm co-axial Speedmaster, featuring a stainless steel case, a ceramic bezel insert with LiquidMetal tachymeter scale, and a bold ‘Racing’ dial inspired by the 1969-1975 Speedmaster Mark II Racing. It is the first Speedmaster to be equipped with caliber 9900, the Master Chronometer-certified version of caliber 9300.  Attached to it is a leather strap with orange rubber mid layer – the latter shining subtly visible through the racing-style perforations.

Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300
Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300

 

Compared to the earlier models like the 311.33.44.51.01.001, the profile is said to be slightly slimmer due to a redesign of the sapphire crystals. The size of the sub-dials is increased, enhancing readability – and perhaps even offering a more balanced look.

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Check out more details of the Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 in our database. I’ll update with pricing info as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more BaselWorld 2017 news!

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

2017 Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary: what’s in store? - 2017/01/11 by Dale Vito


2017 marks the 60th anniversary of one of my favorite watches: the Omega Speedmaster – and its Railmaster & Seamaster siblings. After yesterday’s release of the wonderful #SpeedyTuesday limited edition, this now has me wondering what’s left in store for BaselWorld…

For now, I’ve gathered the following info;

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001001 will be a limited edition of 1957 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001002 will be a limited edition of 180 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap. The difference with the -001 I’m sure will present itself in time.

Additionally, there will be the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Loyalty’ 31130423001008. Both case and bracelet are stainless steel; it is powered by caliber 1863. It looks pretty standard from the front – I guess we’ll see what the ‘Loyalty’ bit will come to mean?

I’m sorry – this is it. No pictures, nothing. Keep an eye to our database as I will upload more info as soon as possible.

 


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