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Independents: Your "preferred dial" would also be my choice

While Kari Voutilainen's guilloché dials are very attractive on their own, I always thought the bold lines of the "standard" dial design to be Grönefeld's signature design. It matches not only the bold design of the movement bridges but carries on the superb lines combining modern design with tradit
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By: BjoernM21
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: I beg to differ...

... since the map on the Duomètre Unique Travel Time is not used to indicate world time but is rather a setting help for the second zone time. The map thus turns not continually (by connection to the movement) but only by actioning the pushers on the LH side of the case. The numerals circumventing t
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By: BjoernM21
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Automotive: Here we are talking about a Fissore built steel body on a TVR chassis

The quality (particularly for a prototype car) is absolutely amazing. For example, the doors close with a sound as experienced with real quality cars. In comparison, I was recently shocked about the tinny sound of a Bentley Turbo R door assaulting me when I closed it. But prejudices rule the world;
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By: BjoernM21
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Automotive: ... and TVR should have made the Trevor Fiore designed 'Trident' a series model in 1965

but unfortunately they went bankrupt and had nothing of the excellent publicity the car got at the Geneva Motor Show (on the stand of Fissore). Fiore had already then created a revolutionary style, with enough detailing and subtle curves to avoid a slab-sided look. It is a pity that his work is almo
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By: BjoernM21
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: There was an additional 'Geographic' model, the 'Master World Geographic'...

... which is my favourite. In addition to the second time zone (called "privileged time zone" by JLC with this model), a real world time display was offered. To the regular models in stainless steel (152 84 20) and pink gold (152 24 20), many limited boutique and AD variants were offered. Below, on
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By: BjoernM21
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Automotive: With a penchant for off-the-beaten-track life, I loved the square cut Beaufighter with its Zagato body

As a youth I also visited the showroom in London. Despite arriving by bus, I got a warm welcome by Tony Crook. But then I had the advantage that he awaited a potential customer with a doctor title, and he was not quick enough to change his behaviour towards me when I had to disappoint him. My reason
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By: BjoernM21
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Rolex: Micro Laser Welding can help enthusiasts not enjoying a mangled case

I had the same problem with a Svend Andersen Worldtime Chronograph. The deep scar on a lug was "inherited" when I bought the watch. This damage did not deter me because I knew that local repairs by laser welding are easy when a specialist handles it. This welding is possible with most materials (gol
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By: BjoernM21
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Chopard: Chopard's worldtimer is indeed an enjoyable watch

Unfortunately, the brand seems still very much underrated. The quality, though, is excellent. I particularly like how they could make a virtue out of the typical busyness of worldtimer dials. All the graphics gel into a nice design for me with the Chopard Traveler One. Side by side, the well-known w
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By: BjoernM21
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Independents: Great, informative post! Many thanks.

With the "Frodshams" being so selective regarding the journalistic coverage of the watches, it is superb to have such detailed information supported by excellent photos here. The additional bonus when enthusiasts are reporting is the personal part of the story, as so nicely presented as an introduct
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By: BjoernM21
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Independents: Thanks for this great and comprehensive reporting

I admire particularly the quality of the photos considering the usually difficult light situation at such exhibition venues. The remark about the Independents being shuffled into "corners" when part of a main stream watch show is so appropriate. Looking back at this year's SIHH and Baselworld shows,
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By: BjoernM21
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