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Patek Philippe chose to unviel its much anticipated Chronograph Ref. 5170J at Baselworld 2010. The new classic men’s chronograph watch was developed and crafted entirely by Patek Philippe in the manufacture’s workshops. Aiming to create one of the most beautiful chronograph calibers ever made, Patek Philippe's Ref. 5170J had to outperform its predecessor, the CH 27-70 PS. The new 29-535 PS caliber movement was first introduced last November with the launch of the Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph after over five years of development. The movement is just 5.25 mm, making it the world record holder for the thinnest split-seconds chronograph movement with column-wheel control.

The Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5170 has an 18K yellow gold case that measures 39 mm in diameter and 10.90 mm thick. The silvery opaline dial and case-back are protected by a sapphire-crystal glass. The dial has white off-center subsidiary dials with circular guilloché patterns that display seconds between 8 and 9 o'clock, and a 30-minute counter between 3 and 4 o'clock. Each sub-dial has either a baton-style hand in 18K yellow gold black or a nickel-plated baton style hand in 18K yellow gold. The case is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The watch is completed by a matt brown hand-stitched alligator skin strap with rectangular scales and an 18K yellow gold fold-over clasp.

The Caliber CH 29-535 PS is a manually wound mechanical movement, column-wheel chronograph. Featuring a chronograph hand and an instantaneously jumping 30-minute counter. The movement measures 29.60 mm in diameter by 5.35 mm high. The movement is made up of 269 individual parts and 33 jewels. The movement allows for up to a 65 hours power reserve. It beats a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour. The crown has two-positions, when pushed in it will wind the watch - and when pulled out it will set the time and stop seconds. The movement has the Patek Philippe Seal.

Omega is presenting the newest addition to its Aqua Terra collection at Baselworld this year in the form of an Annual Calendar watch. The new addition uses the same Omega movement that was introduced two years ago in the DeVille Hour Vision watch. The Co-Axial calibre 8611 movement automatically adjusts itself through the year to show the correct date, with the only exception being at the transition between February and March. The Aqua Terra Annual Calendar is unique in that while its a complication watch, it retains the look of a sports watch. The variance from the norm is something that could make or break the Aqua Terra Annual Calendar Watch, but I for one believe that it will be a great success.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar timepiece will be available in a two-tone model with stainless steel and 18 carat red gold as well as in stainless steel. The dial is decorated with a teak pattern, vertical lines similar to that of hardwood decks of boats. The dial features faceted gold hands and triangular hour markers with a brushed finish and polished bevels. Each marker is treated with highly luminescent Superluminova material for great readability in even dark surroundings. The bracelets has both brushed and polished finishing and feature a premium quality link removal system with screws.

This watch displays both day and month, as well as hours, minutes and central seconds. The Omega 8601/8611 self-winding movement is Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) certified and can be viewed through the sapphire crystal exhibition window in the screw-down caseback. Unlike the long-serving Swiss lever escapement, the Omega Co-Axial Escapement ensures long term precision through superior mastery over the effects of friction.

In the 18 years since its debut as a company, Bell & Ross has truly made a name for itself in the world of luxury watches. Their biggest success thus far has been with their Instrument watches launched in 2005. Now Bell and Ross will introduce a new version of two of their most popular watches, the BR-01 and BR-03. These models will now be available with a smaller, 39 millimeter case size. While the other model are quite large this unisex size will allow Bell and Ross to tap into a new market of watch connoisseurs that may have previously stayed away from the brand, and may even attract some of the female demographic.

The new BR-01 and BR-03 watches feature a 39 millimeter matt black ceramic case in its well known square case shape. Notable is the use of a matte finish instead of a glossy polish of the previously developed models. Each case is fitted with four black steel screws. The dial also features white photo-luminescent markers and hands for great visibility under poor light conditions, displaying the functions of hours, minutes and small seconds. The watches are completed with a rubber strap. The watch is powered by the ETA.980.163 precision quartz movement.

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