Watches Of The Month: March 2017

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\nHorological Machine No. 7 – Aquapod

\nMB&F's Horological machine turns the traditional dive watch on its head. For the Aquapod, Maximillian Büsser was inspired by the anatomy of a jellyfish – with a ceramic dive bezel encircling the outer perimeter of the case.
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\nMaster Memovox Boutique Edition

\nIn the 1950s, the race was on to create a watch with a fully mechanical alarm function. In 1951, Jaeger-LeCoultre threw its hat in the ring with the first, now-legendary, Memovox. Five years later, the original calibre was replaced with the Calibre 815 – the first fully-automatic alarm watch in the world.\nA TRIBUTE
\nRather than reproduce the original, this watch pays tribute to the evolution of Memovox as a whole. The alarm function of the 956 movement is a direct descendant of the 1950s version but uses a brass gong to create louder, more impressive sound.\nEASY USE
\nTo set the alarm, there are two crowns on the Memovox. The crown at the 4 o'clock position is used to wind the movement and set the time, and the one at 2 o'clock is used to set the alarm. It's as simple as lifting the crown and turning it to whatever hour you require.\nLOOKING GOOD
\nThe case and dial draw inspiration from the rare 1970s Memovox Snowdrop, complete with baton hands, rail-track minute circle and sunray-finish blue inner disk. It comes with a deep blue Trieste cotton strap.
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\n1858 Automatic Dual Time

\nBronze has become the darling metal of the watch world, and now no watch collection is complete without at least one crafted out of the material. Why? Because as time passes, the copper alloy gently patinates to create a timepiece unique to its wearer. This year has seen an array bronze cases appear, but the first appearance of 2017 comes from Montblanc. With a 1930s military flavour, both new models (an Automatic Dual tTime along with a Tachymeter Limited Edition 100) call on all the design codes and watchmaking mastery that Montblanc's Villeret manufacture excels in. The watch comes with a cognac-coloured calfskin strap, with vintage-inspired beige stitching made in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.
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Hermes Cape Cod Anniversary Edition

\nHermes style icon is celebrating a quarter century, as the Cape Cod turns 25. Hermes has chosen to celebrate by adding, even more, glitz to the range, including three different steel cases (23, 29 and 33mm) and includes dials in mother-of-pearl, onyx or lapis lazuli.
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Baume & Mercier Clifton Perpetual Calendar

\nBaume's latest will not only tell you the time but give you the day of the week, the month and even the phases of the moon – and all in a stunning red-gold case. This Perpetual Calendar showcases a fascinating complication at a reasonable price.
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Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument de Marine

\nWhile the brand is more commonly linked to aviation, the BR 01 looks to the first sea-faring clocks for inspiration. The BR 01 features a square-cased 46mm base and features Indian rosewood and bronze for the movement. Titanium has also been used on the edges of the case back.
Thu 30 Mar 2017 01:13 PM GST
By Thomas Shambler