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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This two part series of the strange and wonderful watch designs that The Watch Spy loves starts with four bold manufacturers that use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions.

Let us start with the first four of our favourite designs….enjoy

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HYT’s H1 does away with the hour hand, instead indicating the hour by means of a green liquid that flows through a tube along the edge of the dial. This unconventional watch is famous for being powered by a system of bellows used to pump the liquid forward. For more info visit HYT

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Christophe Claret’s X-TREM-1 features a tourbillon and uses magnetic fields to create the illusion of hour and minute indicators floating through the air. Two small steel spheres – hollowed to make them lighter – are encased within two sapphire tubes placed to the right and left of the caseband and controlled by precision magnetic fields generated by two miniature magnets moved by cables. The position of each sphere indicates the hour and minute. For more info visit Christophe Claret

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Ulysse Nardin’s Freak Diavolo tells the time via “hands” which are really parts of the watch’s movement, with a flying tourbillon indicating the seconds. To set the time, one has to rotate the bezel rather than setting the “hands” via a crown. For more info visit Ulysse Nardin

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As expected form Urwerk, the unconventional brand’s UR-210 “Maltese Falcon,” eschews traditional hands for a set of rotating “satellites” to indicate the time. The watch also contains an “efficiency indicator,” which indicates winding efficiency. For more info visit Urwerk

Stay tuned for PART TWO, where we will show you even more ways to stand out from the crowd.

Stainless steel pre-owned 2007 automatic gentleman’s Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (Ref 2200.50.00), black dial with lume batons, seconds hand with orange point and lume, date aperture positioned at three o’clock, dial bordered by a minute track, directional black bezel with minute markers going to 15 minutes and pearl lume, domed sapphire crystal, Omega branded crown, Helium escape valve outside at 10 o’clock, Stainless steel case fitted with Glycine silicone diver’s strap. The original Omega stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp and diver’s extension is also supplied with the watch.

  • Case width 45.5mm (excluding crown)
  • Black Dial with Date
  • Calibre 2500 Automatic Movement (Co-axial)
  • Rotating Black Bezel
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Glycine Diver’s Strap
  • Original Omega Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Continuous Seconds Hand
  • Sealed Seahorse Case (screw-down)
  • Condition 9.5/10
  • Original Omega box, Pictogram Card, Chronometer Certificate and International Warranty Card
  • Omega Instruction Book
  • Omega warranty until January 2016

This watch is on sale at £2995 including an Omega warranty

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A stainless steel pre-owned gentleman’s 2003 Rolex Sea Dweller Submariner 16600 automatic wrist watch, black dial with luminescent hourly dot, baton and chevron markers, date aperture to three o’clock, black rotating bezel, tonneau-shaped case fitted to a brushed stainless steel finish Oyster bracelet with flip-lock clasp.

  • Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
  • Black Dial
  • Helium Valve
  • Screw-down Crown
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Automatic Movement
  • Black Rotating Bezel
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
  • Flip-lock Clasp
  • Condition 9.5/10
  • Supplied with Rolex box (inner and outer), instruction books, tags, leather wallet, anchor and original Rolex certificate

This watch is now SOLD!

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A stainless steel pre-owned gentleman’s 2011 Rolex Submariner 116610 LN automatic wrist watch, black dial with luminescent hourly dot, baton and chevron markers, date aperture to three o’clock, green ceramic rotating bezel, tonneau-shaped case fitted to a brushed finish stainless steel Oyster bracelet with Glidelock clasp.

  • Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
  • Black ‘Maxi’ Dial
  • Chromalight Display
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Automatic Movement
  • Black Ceramic Rotating Bezel
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Screw-down Crown
  • Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
  • Glidelock Clasp
  • Condition 9.5/10
  • Supplied with original Rolex box, instructions and original Rolex warranty card

This watch is on sale at £5250 including a 12 month warranty

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Stainless steel pre-owned 2010 automatic gentleman’s Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Chronograph, Ref  321.12.42.50.01.001, black dial with hourly applied silvered batons, ‘broad arrow’ hour and minute hands, date aperture positioned to six o’clock, bordered by a minute track, tachymetre, tonneau shaped case, fitted to a steel link bracelet with folding clasp. Also includes a brand new authentic, unworn Omega brown leather strap.

  • Case width 42mm (excluding crown)
  • Black Dial with Date
  • Calibre 3313 Automatic Movement (Co-axial)
  • Tachymetre Scale
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Original Omega Brown Leather Strap
  • Continuous Small Seconds Hands
  • 30-minute Recorder
  • 12-hour Recorder
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Transparent Case Back
  • Condition 9.5/10
  • Original Omega box, Pictogram Card, Chronometer Certificate and Warranty Card
  • Omega Instruction Book
  • Spare Links

This watch is now SOLD!

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Stainless steel automatic UK-supplied 2012 pre-owned gentleman’s IWC Portuguese IWC371438 Chronograph, black dial with two sub-dials displaying 30-minute and 60-second counters, Arabic numeral hour markers, silver-tone chronograph hand, dial bordered with minute markers at outer rim, stopwatch function, stainless steel case, black IWC alligator leather strap with pin buckle.

  • Case width 40.9mm (excluding crown)
  • Case height 12.3 mm
  • Black dial with two Sub-dials
  • 60-second Counter
  • 30-minute Counter
  • Stopwatch Function
  • Two Stainless Steel Pushers
  • Fixed stainless steel Bezel
  • Calibre 79350 Automatic Movement
  • 44 hour Power Reserve
  • Sapphire Crystal (convex, anti-reflective both sides))
  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Original IWC Black Alligator Leather Strap
  • Condition 9.5/10
  • Supplied with Original IWC Box, International Warranty Card and Instruction Booklet

This watch is now SOLD!

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