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Behind-the-scenes at the Breitling Chronométrie

John Travolta is not the only Breitling pilot – CEO Jean-Paul Girardin also feels very much at home in a cockpit, and preferably the cockpit of his own helicopter, which he uses to commute to work. During an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to Breitling Chronométrie in La Chaux-de-Fonds we found out that Girardin is also an excellent tour guide.
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Interviews

Cycling with IWC ambassador Fabian Cancellara

A time trial cyclist is chased by time. During his 16-year career Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara (35) was so dominant in this taxing part of the sport that it appeared time couldn't get a grip on him. This year he concluded his career with a second Olympic gold medal. “This is a stand-alone victory that can't be compared to anything else”, says the cycling legend during an exclusive bike ride around his native city of Bern.
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The new Monsieur de Chanel is quite the gentleman

Monsieur de Chanel is the latest men’s watch from the iconic French house of Chanel. The sophisticated new addition is subtle, restrained and refined; it simply drips savoir faire. But before ‘monsieur’ received its accoutrements it took five long years of working on its skeleton and beating heart. The Calibre 1 with jumping hours and retrograde minutes is a ‘first’ with an exceptional exterior and interior.
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Visiting Panerai’s new manufacture in Neuchatel

The Panerai production headquarter is no longer located in the former police station near the lake, but has since 2014 been located up a bit further in the hilly Pierre-á-Bout area. The building is not a former this or that but instead a 10.000 square meters state of the art manufacture build specifically to Panerai offering a fantastic workplace for approximately 250 employees. Our reporter Kristian Haagen flew over for a visit and came back with facts and photos.
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater: complicated grooves & sounds

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater by A. Lange & Söhne is a watch with ‘soul’. Everything about the watch is idiosyncratic and that results in a unique rhythm and sound. The brain behind this ultra-complicated creation is Tony de Haas. Apart from being the Director of Product Development at Lange the Dutchman is also a passionate drummer. Together with Tony we hit the studio for a unique, rhythmic and rocking report.
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Visiting the Rolex headquarters: report from the Oyster

It's a lot easier to obtain a visa for North Korea than to book a fully organised trip to the head office and production facilities of Rolex. Even more, you can't actually organise this trip yourself; only when it pleases Rolex will the gates be opened and outsiders admitted. Rolex was recently disposed to invite 0024 for a revealing look at the tightly closed world of the Oyster.
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Bell & Ross and the art of patina

BR X1 Red Boutique Edition BR 03-92 DesertType BR Vintage BR 03 Rafale BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Titanium BR 03-94 Heritage Ceramic BR-01 Airborne Bronze BR-X1 Carbon Forge
Shoe polishing, the love of patina and a tight relationship with Chanel has made Bell & Ross a global household name among watch lovers. Will the young French watch brand grow into an auction darling as well? Like my father, I love shoes and the way they age. And when I was a kid my father would pay me a five franc silver coin every time I polished his shoes. I think this is why I love patina”, Carlos Rosillo tells me while visiting the Bell & Ross headquarters in Paris and going through a large book on patina. Certainly not your everyday read – unless you are Carlos Rosillo and Bruno Belamich.
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