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Swiss watch brand Tudor began its partnership with Italian motorcycle maker Ducati in 2011, and introduced its first Fastrider Black Shield watch — directly inspired by the Ducati Diavel — in 2013. With this year’s release of the new Ducati XDiavel cruiser model, Tudor once again brings out a Fastrider Black Shield using the design language of the new superbike.

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The matte black dial is punctuated by white hour markers and numerals, a white central chronograph hand, and small white hands for the chronograph subdials and small seconds subdial. A white luminescent coating is used on the hands and hour markers. The monobloc case, made of high-tech black ceramic, is water-resistant to 150 meters and virtually scratch-proof. The deliberately sculpted, angular contours of the case (which measures 42 mm in diameter and has a sleek, bead-blasted finish) are meant to evoke the streamlined bodywork of the Ducati XDiavel.

The fixed, matte-black ceramic bezel is engraved with a tachymeter scale, a useful feature for motorbike racing enthusiasts. The dial’s tricompax arrangement has chronograph subdials at 3 o’clock (30 minutes) and 6 o’clock (12 hours) and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The screw-down winding crown — which is inscribed with the Tudor logo — and chronograph pushers are in black PVD-treated steel that seamlessly matches the dark hue of the ceramic case.

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The movement in the new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is the automatic chronograph Caliber TUDOR 7753 (based on the tried-and-true ETA Valjoux 7753), which has a power reserve of approximately 46 -hours and a fast-adjustment date corrector; the date display appears on the dial in an aperture at 4:30. The matte-black calfskin leather strap, with white contrast stitching, continues the “stealth” theme of the dial and case. The watch is also available with a matching matte-black rubber strap.

Anyone interested in procuring the 2015 edition of the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield can start revving up their engines now for a trip to their Tudor authorized retailer: it’s on sale now, released to coincide with the launch of the Ducati XDiavel on November 16. It’s priced at $4,925 on both the rubber and leather strap.

Audemars Piguet released a new version of its Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in classical yellow gold.

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Like the most recent models of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, in steel and rose gold, this watch has a 41-mm case in the classical octagonal style of the Royal Oak collection and featuring a clear, glare proof sapphire case back. It has a screw-locked crown, ensuring water-resistance of 20 meters.

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The au courant blue dial is decorated with the collection’s familiar “Grande Tapisserie” pattern of subtly raised three-dimensional squares. The calendar displays are on prominent subdials at 9 o’clock (day), 12 o’clock (month and leap-year), and 3 o’clock (date). In addition, an astronomical moon-phase display appears at 6 o’clock and the week of the year is indicated on a numbered 1-52 chapter ring surrounding the dial. The applied hour markers, like the case, are in yellow gold and the hands are treated with luminous coating.

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For the 14th edition of the Opus collection, Harry Winston partnered with independent watchmakers Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin (“Frankie and Johnny!”), whose previous claim to fame is the Montblanc Metamorphosis watch.

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The huge 54.7-mm case is made of 18K white gold and is covered by a sapphire crystal cut from a single block. The signature automaton complication evokes the mechanics of a miniaturised 1950s-style jukebox. Stylish details include the local time display on the off-center subdial display at 9 o’clock, the vinyl-style finishes on the various dials, the two-toned insignia bearing the number 14, the shaded red of the retrograde minutes arc, and the blue-toned hour markers. All together, the elements call to mind classic Americana, specifically the golden age of rock ‘n roll, classic diners, and the legendary Route 66 — all aesthetic touches also on display at the launch party.

The patented, world-first miniaturised jukebox mechanism reveals four disks housed in a store, each showing a specific display: local time, GMT time, the date, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star bearing the signature of Harry Winston — a reference to the brand founder’s history as a jewellery supplier to Hollywood royalty.

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The Harry Winston Opus 14, a limited edition of 50 pieces, is composed of a staggering 1,066 components and will retail for 428,000 Swiss francs. It is the first Opus watch to be launched by Harry Winston Timepieces since its acquisition by the Swatch Group. According to Swatch Group’s Marc Hayek, who answered questions at the follow-up press conference, Opus fans can expect future editions to continue the theme of working with independent watchmakers with “crazy ideas,” but may have to wait a bit longer between them. “Not a new one every year but only when it suits, “ Hayek said. “An Opus has to be exceptional, it has to be fun, and — importantly — it needs to work!”

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Rolex have released the new Day-Date 40, a larger version of the classic 36-mm Day-Date with an all-new movement.

Fans of the original Day-Date still have plenty of options at the more modest size, including the five recently launched models: 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, or 18k Everose gold cases and available in several colourful dial-strap combos.

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The cases all measure 36 mm in diameter and are milled from a solid block of gold. These Rolex Day-Dates all have dials that match their leather straps and represent a veritable rainbow of colors. There are five combinations available: green and cognac dials and straps on the watches with yellow-gold cases; blue or cherry on the watches with white-gold cases; and chocolate on the watch with Everose gold case. (Everose gold is an exclusive, high-purity alloy made by Rolex that has a smattering of platinum in the mix.) There is also a more traditional version in Everose gold featuring a rhodium dial and black strap.

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These Rolex Day-Dates are powered by Rolex’s manufacture Caliber 3155, an automatic movement and certified COSC chronometer. The blue Parachrom hairspring (Parachrom is another Rolex-exclusive alloy) in the movement’s oscillator is built to resist the influence of magnetic fields and withstand extreme temperature variations. According to Rolex, this type of hairspring is also 10 times more shock-resistant than the traditional type. Among the movement’s other attributes are a large balance wheel with variable inertia, a Breguet overcoil, a stop-seconds function for precise time-setting, and a power reserve of around 48 hours.

Prices on the five Rolex Day-Dates range from $23,000 to $25,000.

The new Bentley GT3 is inspired by the Continental GT3 racing car. It has a 49mm black titanium case which has a rotating notched bezel housing a self-winding COSC-certified chronometer calibre.

The black carbon fibre dial is reminiscent of the car’s dashboard. The hours and minutes appear in the centre as do the chronograph seconds and minutes (up to 1 hour). The hours and minutes (exceeding 1 hour) glow green in a counter at 9 o’ clock. The green date appears at 6 and the seconds tick by at 3 o’ clock.

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