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This year Audemars Piguet has launched a number of limited edition timepieces in honor of the Las Vegas Strip. The first of which is the blackened titanium Royal Oak Offshore Limited to just 300 pieces. It comes with a beautiful presentation box with a deck of cards and a royal flush design on top. The model number for the blackened Las Vegas watch is 26186SN.00.D101CR.01 and retail is $29,200.

Audemars Piguet has also released a very special set of his and her matching diamond set Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, complete with a very impressive box with a complete set of clay poker chips. The model number for this set is 26191BC.ZZ.D002CR.01 and expected retail is $91,000. These watches will only sold as a set, with a total of 50 sets to be produced.

Vacheron Constantin has introduced the final set in the series of "Les Masques" timepieces, part of Vacheron's Metiers d'Art watch collection. The first set, introduced in 2007, bore miniature reproductions inspired by primitive arts masks from China, Alaska, the Congo and Indonesia. The second set, introduced in 2008 featured reproductions inspired by art masks from Mexico, Japan, Gabon, and Papua New Guinea. The final set released this year features reproductions inspired by masks from Indonesia, China, Mexico and Gabon. The miniature masks were created by scanning the originals to get a three-dimensional image, then that prototype was given to an engraver who meticulously carved the masks to replicate the exact look of these ancient artifacts.

Beginning in 2007 Vacheron Constantin planned to release the Les Masques collection as sets of four watches, one set released each year in a limited edition of 25 for 3 years. This years release is the final in the series that has made history for the pretigious brand. The timepieces were inspired from artwork found in the Barbier-Mueller collection - a collection of over 7,000 pieces which includes artwork from tribal, classical and other primitive civilizations from around the globe. Now that all the sets have been released, the collection consists of twelve watches each with a different mask with representatives from the continents of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania.

Each of the exquisite sets of watches utilizes each of the 4 most luxurious case materials. The China mask is produced in 18 carat yellow gold, Indonesia is 18 carat white gold, Gabon is in 18 carat pink gold and Mexico in platinum. The miniature masks appear upon a transparent sapphire crystal, and every watch is engraved with a poem by French writer Michel Butor. Each watch features the VC 2460 G4, self-winding mechanical stamped Poinçon de Genève movement. The indications and functions are displayed in 4 windows on the case rim. Each case measures 40 mm with a sapphire case-back, and is water resistant to 30 meters.

The Indonesia watch is inspired by a facial mask from the Island of Lombok and the Sasak people. This mask is made of hard wood and has traces of white pigments. The China watch is inspired by a Zangs-‘Bag facial Mask from the Tibet region, Tantric Buddhism which dates around the 16th or 17th century. It is produced from partially-gilt copper. The Mexico mask is a Pendant Mask from the State of Guerrero and is produced from basalt, a common extrusive volcanic rock. The Gabon watch is a Ngontang Mask produced by the Western Gabon, Fang people. It is a soft wood covered with white kaolin with specks of crystallization.

The newest version of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is the new chronograph create to commemorate the brand’s 2009 sponsorship of the Gstaad Classic rally. The classic rally which will feature 100 classic cars built prior to 1976 racing along three routes around the alpine village of Gstaad. The Gstaad Classic 2009 is a Limited Edition watch which will be produced in a limited number of just 50 pieces. The case is produced from titanium and measures 42 mm in diameter, the brushed titanium finish is nicely accented by the upper chronograph push-piece produced in red rubber. The engraved case-back of the Gstaad Classic Chronograph is engraved with the words "Gstaad Classic 2009".

The new Audemars Piguet watch also features the signature octagonal bezel and its distinctive hexagonal screws. The gray Mega Tapestry motif dial is highlighted by red accents and black sub-dials. The dial also features luminous Arabic hour markers, and a tachymeter scale. The baton-shaped hour and minute hands and crafted from white gold which are then coated with a luminous material for improved visibility. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters. The case is set on a perforated leather strap with contrasting red stitching. The watch also comes with an additional strap in rubber. The straps is fastened with a titanium deployant clasp in the shape of the brand’s initials, AP.

The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Gstaad Classic 2009 Limited Edition features the self-winding AP 2326/2840 caliber, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has up to a 38 hour power reserve. The movement is decorated with the Cotes-de-Geneve patterns on the bridges, finely chamfered edges, and circular-grained plates. The chronograph function includes central chronograph seconds hand, a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour hour counter. The Gstaad comes with a metal box resembling the fuel cap of a car.

This summer Vacheron Constant has launched two new models for its Overseas collection, the Overseas Automatic and the Overseas Automatic Chronograph. These two feature a monochramtic grey theme with finely brushed stainless steel cases and anthracite titanium bezels. The models are re-interpretations of previous Vacheron watches produced way back in 1933 and 1977. Both of these watches feature a large 42 mm stainless steel cases and the titanium bezel shaped as a continuation of the Maltese Cross symbol that is the hallmark of the brand. Both have slate colored dials with baton shaped hands and silver wedge-shaped hour markers treated with a luminous coating for superior legibility even in low-light conditions. The watches feature screw-down winding crowns and screw-locked engraved case-back. The supberb structure of these models allow for water resistant up to 150 meters, equivalent to 15 ATM.

The new titanium Overseas watches have an automatic movement, with the Automatic is driven by the 1226 calibre and the Automatic Chronograph by the 1137 caliber. Both are magnetically shielded. The Overseas Chronograph Caliber 1137 has a balance frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, a 40-hour power reserve, and measure independent intervals of time with 1/6th second precision. The Overseas Automatic 1226 caliber has a date display and central sweep seconds with a stop function. Both Overseas timepieces come with a grey alligator leather strap and a rubber strap. The stainless steel buckle has a triple-deployant with the Maltese Cross.

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The new PAM 341 Radiomir Egiziano is a rare watch with only 300 pieces being made which is part of the 2009 special edition lineup. The PAM 341 has a huge case size measuring 60mm produced in brushed titanium. This watch is an amazing recreation of a classic, historic and unique piece and is sure to be one of the most sought after watches for Panerai enthusiasts. Based off of the original stainless steel GPF 2/56 watch that was created for Commandos of the Egyptian Navy back in 1956, only fifty of these watches were made. The GPF 2/56 had a 16″ Angelus 8-day movement, and a rotating bezel. The signature Panerai security lever on the crown enabled the watch to be wound under water.

The Panerai PAM00341 features a hand-wound P.2002/7 calibre movement, which includes 13 3/4 lignes, 21 jewels, Glycydur balance, an 8 day power reserve, KIF Parechoc anti-shock protection, and three barrels which totals 191 components. The dial displays hours, minutes, small seconds, and seconds reset. Protected by a sapphire crystal formed of corundum, 5.8 mm thick treated with an anti-reflective coating. The watch is completed with a leather strap and a large brushed titanium sewn-in buckle. Water resistance is rated at 100 meters.

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