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This time round we are checking out some of the rarest and most expensive watches from Patek Philippe and also paying a visit to Anonimo Watches in Florence, Italy. Next, we check out some new watches in the form of Antoine Martin’s Slow Runner and Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer. For those interested in American history, we also find out what watches American Presidents wore; and learn more about SIHH – its beginnings, the politics behind it and what it is actually like to be there.

1. What You Want To Know About Watch Luminant

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Without Luminescent materials such as SuperLuminova and Lumbrite, we would still be holding our watches next to lamps to tell the time at night. But have you wondered how such materials were developed? Here’s an in-depth look at the history and evolution of luminescent watch materials.

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2. The Rarest And Most Expensive Patek Philippe Watches

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For some of us, much of our fascination with super high-end timepieces comes from the ludicrous amount of money that they command. Whether the price is justifiable or not is an altogether different topic that has been well discussed and debated, but there can be no denying that Patek Philippe watches are amongst the most expensive. Here is a list of 17 of the most expensive and rare watches from Patek Philippe.

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3. Antoine Martin Slow Runner 1 Hertz Watch Hands-On

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Higher beat rates are more desirable in watches because they are often mean more accurate movements. However, the Antoine Martin Slow Runner takes a different approach and instead has a movement that beats at just 1 Hz. The reasons of doing so are purely aesthetic: the tick-tock motion of the seconds hand coupled with the large oscillating balance wheel just looks very different and that’s cool.

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4. Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer Watch Review

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Baume & Mercier has been releasing many interesting watches of late and their Capeland collection deserves a close look for anyone looking for something good-looking, dressy and relatively affordable. If you are a frequent traveler or find yourself having to monitor multiple timezones on a daily basis, the Capeland Worldtimer is a watch that you might want to consider.

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The UN-118 was a significant landmark for Ulysse Nardin since it had been developed in-house with a unique material for its escapement – DIAMonSIL. A combination of silicon and man-made diamond, the use of DIAMonSIL eliminated the need for lubrication of the escapement. In theory, this ought to help keep rate keeping stable for a much longer period. The logic is that over time, the viscosity of a conventional lubricant increases and the amount of friction using it – with DIAMonSIL that is no longer a problem. The main motivation behind the evolution of the UN-118 was supposed to decrease reliance on ETA ébauches, but the technical loopholes which Ulysse Nardin made available at this price point were definitely a welcome bonus as well.In addition, the UN-118 comes with a silicon hairspring and offers 60 hours of power reserve. Given the ‘Chronometer’ in the title, the watch comes with COSC certification as well as also the manufacturer’s own Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate. We’re told that the motion is decorated and visible through a sapphire crystal case back, but sadly, no pictures were supplied, so it’s difficult to comment on what completing will look like.As I said before, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is housed in a 42mm situation that’s offered in stainless steel or 18k rose gold and, unlike its larger sibling, has much more conventional lugs and no crown guard. The lugs are short and curve downwards quite significantly, which should assist the watch sit comfortably on most wrists. An interesting design feature of the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is that the bezel’s coin-like edge that’s reminiscent of rotating bezels with stripes for better grip. However this is a lean, fixed bezel, so the end is just to add visual interest and isn’t functional. Given the capacities of modern watchmaking methods, the marine institution of the watch and the existence of a screw-down crown, the watch offers a disappointing 50m of water resistance. This may seem like a small detail, but I feel as though they should have offered 100m.

5. Anonimo Watches: A Rebirth In Florence, Italy

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Anonimo Watches was founded by Federico Massacesi the same year Panerai relocated from Florence to Neuchatel. Panerai’s relocation left behind many watchmakers and this helped kickstart Anonimo. The brand soon developed a cult following, but it was then sold off in 2011. Since then, little was heard of the brand, but last year we were invited to visit their workshop here is what we saw.

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6. What Is SIHH? A Major Watch Industry Show & What It Means

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To some of you, SIHH is notable because it is the first major watch event of the calendar year. To others, you might know SIHH as the event where the entire Richemont group come together to show off their new watches for the year. But there is more to that, as our Contributing Editor James Lamdin will now share with you.

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