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December 18, 2012updated Dec 20, 2023


By Chris Boyle


Outfitted with its own manually wound inhouse Caliber AMW11, which boasts five days of power reserve, Armin Strom’s Armin Manual Earth New Generation focuses on the individual elements of the state-of-the-art hand-wound mechanism.

The readapted gear train guarantees even higher efficiency and minimizes energy loss by improving integration of the escapement while its hand-finishing remains of the highest quality. The attractive dial with a new multilevel structure lends the 43.4mm stainless steel timepiece greater depth.

The exclusive new watch of astounding lightness by F.P. Journe weighs only 53 grams thanks to the fact that the plates and bridges within its automatic movement as well as its 42mm case are crafted from an aluminum alloy. In addition to the time, the featherlight Octa Sport displays its magnificent 120-hour power reserve, day/night indication and a large date.

The relatively new line Twenty-8-Eight by DeWitt experienced the addition of a new tourbillon at Baselworld 2012: The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon TR.TH.009. Powered by manually wound Caliber DW8028s in a skeletonized version, this 43mm timepiece available in white gold displays one of the most telling characteristics of DeWitt design: The case’s imperial columns. On this interesting wristwatch, the 48 columns may be set with a total of 96 diamonds, or if the owner so prefers, the bezel can be set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds. The flange is set with eight brilliant-cut diamonds acting as hour markers.

Celebrating its 190th anniversary in 2012, Bovet introduced the Amadeo Fleurier 7-Day Tourbillon, a seven-day manually wound timepiece showcasing Bovet’s characteristic architectural tourbillon movement and the decorative handcrafts for which this brand is so well known. Housed in the Amadeo case, it can be worn as a wristwatch, pocket watch or used as a miniature table clock. Thanks to a reversible concept featuring dials on both sides, it can even be worn back-to-front.

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