INDUSTRY NEW: Fortis Changes Ownership and Executive Management

After the very sad news in 2017 that Fortis was filing for bankruptcy protection, some good news is now on the horizon. As of 09/01/18, Fortis is now under the new ownership of Jupp Philipp and his newly appointed CEO, watch industry veteran Lorenz Aebischer. Hopefully, this will bring about positive results soon. Are you familiar with Fortis? Did you know that they partnered with the inventor of the self-winding automatic watch and presented the very first one at the Baselworld watch show in 1926? Did you know that they are one of the very few watch brands to officially make it to outer space? We have all the info you need here, please do check it out!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono “Panda”

Some very light reading for you this holiday Monday (as there is very little out on this timepiece right now). But, the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono "Panda" pays homage to the earlier Hamilton Chronograph A from 1968. The most distinctive feature (at least visually) is the black and white "panda" colored dial. Also a standout is the Hamilton H-31 automatic chronograph movement that uses the Valjoux 7753 as a base. We have all the info available. Please check it out.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: MB&F L’Epee 1839 Grant Robotic Clock

For those that know MB&F, they are known for their crazy and innovative timepiece creations. And, when it comes to L'Epee 1839, they are always a MUST see booth at the Baselworld shows in Switzerland. Their clockmaking productions are just stunning in their creativity. When they partner to produce clocks, the results are just fascinating. The new "Grant" creation joins his brothers Melchior, Balthazar and Sherman in this totally unique and innovative collection. We have all the info you need and more!

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Sturmanskie Russian Made Open Space Automatic – Part II

This is an absolute steal on a Russian built automatic, and we mean the movement as well as the watch! The 42mm x 13mm 316L steel case houses a 31 JEWEL Vostok 2416 Russian built automatic movement! The classic dial is both textured and subtly grained finished, supporting applied polished markers, with date window at the 3 position. Blade style hands are also polished, with the ensemble protected by a scratch resistant mineral crystal.

Presented on 20mm 8.5” strap, the finished work is tested to 5 ATM water resistance. Listing for 759.00, reserve your choice of a beautiful genuine Russian automatic through TAW for just 389.00, with full original packaging and factory warranty, shipping included! PLEASE NOTE: All three (3) timepieces qualify for 6 months interest free via Paypal Credit!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Oris 55th Reno Air Races Limited Edition

Oris has long held a strong reputation for the pilot and aviation inspired timepieces. This is exemplified in their new 55th Reno Air Races Limited Edition automatic. Produced as a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 550 pieces. Oris is the Official Timepiece Sponsor of the Reno Air Races. We have all of the information that you need to know on the watch and Oris itself. Enjoy!

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Sturmanskie Russian Made Open Space Automatic Limited Edition

This is an absolute steal on a Russian built automatic, and we mean the movement as well as the watch! The 42mm x 13mm 316L steel case houses a 31 JEWEL Vostok 2416 Russian built automatic movement! The classic dial is both textured and subtly grained finished, supporting applied polished markers, with date window at the 3 position. Blade style hands are also polished, with the ensemble protected by a scratch resistant mineral crystal. Presented on 20mm 8.5” strap, the finished work is tested to 5 ATM water resistance. Listing for 759.00, reserve your choice of a beautiful genuine Russian automatic through TAW for just 389.00, with full original packaging and factory warranty, shipping included! PLEASE NOTE: All three (3) timepieces qualify for six (6) months intrest free via Paypal Credit!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon Limited Edition

The Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon Limited Edition is the latest edition in the BR-X2 "Experimental" collection that was released last year. The showcase here is the BR-CAL 381 micro-rotor automatic flying tourbillon (developed in conjunction with MHC Manufacture Haute Complication). The main design concept behing the BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon is to do away with the traditional three (3) part case configuration and instead have the case and movement form a single element. Bell & Ross has done this beautifully. We have all of the information you need here.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Grand Seiko GMT 9F86 Limited Edition

To help celebate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Caliber 9F movement, the first ever Grand Seikp 9F quartz GMT has been announced. A total of three (3) models will be available. The Reference SBGN001 (yellow) as a Numbered Limited Edition of 800 and two (2) permanent additions to the Grand Seikp Sport Collection (Refernce SBGN003 and SBGN005, black and blue respectively). We have all of the information that you need here!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Swiss Commission Will Not Investigate Swatch Group And Others Over Spare Parts

On January 1, 2016, the Swatch Group began limiting the access of spare parts to watches and movements produced and owned by them. This cuts out the vast majority of independent watchmakers and repair/service centers. Shortly after this, the Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO) began to receive official complaints and was considering opening an official inquiry into the situation. They have made their official ruling and it's not good for the independents out there and, potentially, anyone making a new watch purchase going forward.

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