Watches Of The Month: January

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PANERAI
\nVERY VINTAGE
\nRadiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato

\nPanerai has been making dive watches since the beginning of man's mid-century race to the bottom of the sea and has some extremely rare vintage editions to prove it. One example is the original Radiomir with a 12-sided bezel, which Panerai used as inspiration for its new PAM685/687 watches.
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BELL & ROSS
\nTO SPACE AND BACK
\nBR-X1 Hyperstellar

\nLIFT OFF
\nThe newest version of Bell & Ross' aviation-themed BR-X1 is a mechanical chronograph designed for astronauts. The aptly-named Hyperstellar has been engineered to withstand the rigours of outer space missions.

\nBORN SURVIVOR
\nAny wristwatch suited for space exploration must adhere to a number of specifications, including resistance to extreme temperatures, corrosion, impacts, acceleration, pressure and vibrations. That's why Bell & Ross has built the 45mm watch out of a solid block of grade 5 titanium.

\nCOOL BLUE
\nThe combination of colours are meant to be symbolic of space exploration: Blue for the Earth and grey for the moon. The case is made of micro-blasted and polished titanium, while aluminium is used to protect the bezel. A jumper made of titanium and rubber acts as a further protective shell.

\nTIME FLIES
\nThe skeletonized automatic movement beneath the grey-tinted sapphire dial (BR-CAL.313) has an X-shaped upper bridge treated with Diamond-Like Carbon, as well as a chronograph function that uses an aluminium disk reminiscent of jet turbine blades.
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TUDOR
\nLEFT-HANDED LEGEND
\nPelagos LHD

\nLeft-handed timepieces are something of a rarity, especially among high-end watchmakers. Not so for Tudor, which just launched an update to its signature diver's watch with a crown on the left side of the case. This isn't the first time Tudor has made these types of watches; it produced customised 'lefty' watches for the French Navy in the 1960s. The 42mm titanium-and-steel case has a satin finish, and black dial – a stark contrast for the distinctive calendar disk. The even numbers on the calendar are displayed in red, while the odds are black (this has led to it being dubbed 'roulette' by collectors). There are beige luminescent coating on the titanium unidirectional rotating bezel, which matches the same markings on the dial. The signature name 'Pelagos' appears in red at six o'clock.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night&Day

\nJaeger-LeCoultre has been making that case that women's watches deserve proper high-end complications, minus the apparent bulk that might detract from the watches' allure. The Night&Day has a self-winding automatic movement, with 204 moving parts and day/night indicator.
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Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Water

\nThe eponymous founder of Armin Strom was a master at producing skeleton watches the old-fashioned way – entirely by hand. The same is true today, and the Tourbillon Skeleton Water (complete with blue hues) is a fine example that incorporates contemporary shapes with old-school production.
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Arnold & Son Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement Skeleton

\nThis seriously impressive update to Arnold & Son's Ultra-thin range is the thinnest skeleton tourbillon in the world. Completely redesigned and re-engineered, it now fits a tourbillon movement with two barrels and a power reserve of 90 hours in a body just 3.3mm thin.
Wed 25 Jan 2017 09:38 AM GST
Last Updated: Sun 05 Feb 2017 02:23 PM GST
By Thomas Shambler