Jul 17, 2009
The history of the modern Calibre 101 mechanical movement
dates back to 1929, the year when the first movement of the kind was created.
Currently, this movement has the same name. Improved over the years, it includes up-to-date, extremely adorned interpretations.
Caliber 101 has been the smallest mechanical movement in the world since it was unveiled, meaning for 80 years.
The annual output of these tiny movements is limited to 25 pieces
only. The dimensions of the movement in question are 14 mm X 4.8 mm X 3.4mm: length, width and thickness respectively.
The movement is composed of 98 parts
meant to make up its current iteration. The latest versions of the movement are able to incorporate even more parts, while the original 1929 Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement
comprised 78 parts only. Its ultra low weight is about a gram.
The Calibre 101
is a hand-wound mechanical movement
set with 19 precious stones
- the number that seems unbelievable for such a small space. Another distinctive feature of the movement is its rich embellishment, embracing hand etching on the 18k gray gold bridges and polished finishing on all surfaces.
Thin and long in its exclusive shape, this movement is used in a series of different high-jewelry timekeeping companions for women. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101
also features extremely small blued steel screws, that seem large against its overall background.
Very hard to create, these movements are manufactured in limited series and integrated into the most luxurious watches for ladies.
Jul 17, 2009
German watch manufacture A. Lange & Sohne
has turned its name into a synonym of both exterior and interior beauty.
The extremely charming watches for ladies, produced by this watch making house, symbolize a fusion between the impeccable functionality and the irresistibly attractive appearance.
The women’s interpretation of the brand’s famous Lange 1 timepiece, the Petite Lange 1 model
features a moon phase complication and a top-quality mother of pearl dial with a choice of white or dark blue color.
Sculptured in 18k white gold
, the 36.8 mm wide case exposes the bezel set with 58 brilliant diamonds
A. Lange & Sohne
is especially famous for its in-house designed and manufactured movements, distinguished by a far richer embellishment than that of the timepiece appearance.
The Petite Lange 1 moon phase
model is equipped with a hand-wound Calibre L901.9 movement
composed of 403 parts and offering a power reserve of three days. Both hands and markers of the watch are performed in white gold.
A. Lange & Sohne
creates its supremely graceful and spectacular watches to be just as unrivalled in terms of their functionality.
Jul 15, 2009
Connoisseurs of both fine timekeeping companions and watchmaking history will be offered an exclusive opportunity to see the tools of the horological craft
, displayed for viewing sessions at a charming exhibition called "Tools of Ancient Watchmaking"
Arranged by the manufacture F.P. Journe
at 40 rue de la Synagogue,1204 Geneve, it will be held from the current date through October 30th, 2009.
The renowned haute horlogerie manufacturer’s showroom will open to view its noteworthy exhibits: one of the world’s finest collections
of conventional watchmaking tools, embracing the period of almost 300 years, from the 18th to the early 20th century.
Guests can admire more than fifty historical gems
with lathes, machines for performing common guilloche work, milling and rounding up tools as well as various kinds of watchmaker's benches among them.
The F.P. Journe "Tools Of Ancient Watchmaking"
Exhibition will be open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 6:00PM.
Jul 15, 2009
The sports line of the luxury watch manufacture Chronoswiss
, based in Munich, has been joined by the Timemaster Spring
This refreshing version of the brand’s famous Timemaster watch
is complemented by a decidedly feminine touch.
This timepiece is powered by the automatic Chronoswiss C.128 caliber
, offering a 42-hour power reserve
. Distinguished by a sweep seconds function as well as a fast adjustable date display, the Timemaster Spring model features the impeccable functionality and the matchless exactitude in terms of timekeeping.
The white dial is accentuated by the light green Superluminova compound
. The watch is accompanied by an attractive alligator leather strap, performed in deeper green. 60 Top Wesselton round dazzling diamonds
of VVSI clarity are arrayed around the bezel of the model in question.
About 6,000 items per year release, which is far less than an output of many world famous watchmaking firms, leaves no doubt as to the exclusiveness of this or any other Chronoswiss
The Timemaster Spring
model will be commercialized at a price of 9,300 dollars.
Jul 14, 2009
Rolex read more
unveiled its two novel Cosmograph Daytona luxury timekeeping companions
at Baselworld 2009
Both models’ cases, sculptured in polished 18k white gold
, boast a diameter of 40 mm. Each of them exposes two rows of diamonds
, blue enamel Arabic numerals, a dial paved with diamonds or diamonds and rubies
with a diamond-set dial.
The new Daytona’s models are animated by the in-house manufactured caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement
, which comprises 290 parts and is set with 44 jewels.
The timepieces offer a power reserve
of 72 hours. Each of the models has received a COSC certificate.
of the watches is down to 30 meters. Both versions are accompanied by a standard leather strap fitted with a clasp.
Jul 13, 2009
Baume & Mercier read more
has enlarged its Riviera Magnum sports timepiece line
by two novel models – a limited series “all black” chronograph
, offering a flyback function along with a skeletonized dial and an athletic three-pointer
and date display
Both watches are presented in a new XXL size: they boast a diameter of 45 mm. The previous interpretations’ diameter was equal to 43 mm.
The distinct features of these two innovative newcomers to the Riviera Magnum collection
include much more than just their lavish size. They are also notable for a case, one side of which resembles the shape of a car radiator grille, novel hollowed hands, a larger crown as well as a new rubber strap, which demonstrates pure lines and is fitted with an adjustable triple folding clasp.
Alongside with the novelties introduced, the new Riviera Magnum XXL
timepieces are characterized by the sporting, refined features of the iconic Riviera collection - solidly affixed to the case by four black PVD-treated screws, the twelve-sided bezel has been typical for the Riviera assemblage since 1973.
The watches also boast 200-meter water-resistance
, attainable due to the case construction with its screw-down back and crown. Another time-tested attribute of the models in question is scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystals, which guarantee optimal durability and accurate reading of the hours.
These timepieces surely retain the highest degree of excellence as well as the respect for the fine craftsmanship’s rules, which have become a perfect basis for Baume & Mercier’s
strong international reputation.
An unrivalled blend of refined technology, up-to-date aesthetic and unparalleled functionally, the innovative Riviera Magnum XXL
timepieces are undoubtedly intended for action and performance.
Jul 10, 2009
In 2003, the legendary football club of Juventus FC
entered into a new Turin-based partnership
The close cooperation between JeanRichard SA and Juventus Football Club SpA was born to implement the idea of uniting the style and history of a renowned football club with the exquisite and unique design of a prestigious Swiss watchmaker
JeanRichard’s associating the exceptional design of its models with the world famous image of Juventus was aimed at representing its personality to a fastidious and well- informed customers.
Due to its numerous victories Juventus has gained a strong reputation of one of the best football clubs and deserved the support of millions of “tifosi” all over the world.
The Bressel classic chronograph “For Juventus”, ref. 32112-13-128, is animated by an automatic mechanical Calibre 11 1/2’’’movement JR 32
, set with 57 jewels.
The watch offers a 42-hour minimum power reserve
and an oscillation of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It also provides 30-meter water-resistance
Jul 09, 2009
Pierre DeRoche read more
has recently unveiled the SplitRock MDA Full-Black Chronograph
at Baselworld 2009.
The model in question exposes a long rectangle stainless steel case, sized 46 x 31.6mm and treated with PVD coating
, which ensures avoiding any risk of scratching. The finish performed in black is polished and brushed.
The dial demonstrates a superb black guilloche pattern, black steel hands and black hour markers. A few red accents
- the medium date, chronograph hour and minutes hands - are added to the dial to contrast against its black background.
The hands and hour markers demonstrate black Superluminova application
The chronograph located at 6 o’clock has one counter only. It comprises three concentric hands: a chronograph hour, minute and seconds hands.
The main dial features no seconds hand, meaning that the seconds should be read off the small seconds display which constitutes a part of the chronograph counter. By starting the chronograph, you temporarily turn off the small seconds function to be able to use the hand for counting chronograph seconds.
The chronograph push-pieces
– another extraordinary element of this watch’s design – are placed on both left and right sides of the case, contrary to the conventional 2 and 4 o'clock positions.
The date is visible through the medium date exhibition window located at 12 o'clock. The watch houses a unique automatic winding Dubois Depraz calibre
, distinguished by impressive embellishment and an etched cut-out oscillating weight. The timepiece provides 30-meter water-resistance. The black crocodile leather strap fitted with steel folding clasp demonstrates red contrast stitching
Jul 09, 2009
The close partnership of Richard Mille
and Felipe Massa
was marked by the release of two innovative limited series models - the Felipe Massa RM 004-V2
(restricted to 40 items) and the Felipe Massa RM 008-V2
(restricted to 10 items).
Both interpretations’ flanges demonstrate the colors of the Brazilian flag and their crowns expose red collars.
In 2004, it was quite venturesome of Felipe Massa
to drive a Grand Prix race
, wearing a Richard Mille tourbillon on his wrist, the RM 006 FM
. This model, absolutely novel, was the first to use a plate manufactured from nanofibers in an extremely durable isotropic composite material
The RM 006
watch was developed to resist the violent accelerations and vibrations, a Formula One race generously provides its participants with. The success of this model initiated a series of timepieces, produced in line with the Formula One high technological world’s requirements.
After launching the RM 006, RM 009
with a weight of 29 grams without bracelet, RM 011 LMC
, limited series of the RM 004-V2
and the RM 008-V2
, Richard Mille
has gained a strong foothold in the world motor sport.
Jul 08, 2009
Concord read more
has recently introduced a double retrograde complication
, combining the date and the day of the week. The C1 Biretrograde
model, animated by a Concord C101 self-winding movement
, is crafted in either platinum or rose-gold.
Protected by a 3.3 mm thick sapphire crystal, the skeletonized dial exposes a high-tech multi-layered design. A chapter ring is located below, somewhat off-center to ensure space for two retrograde displays, the Concord Bi-Retrograde comprises. The first display indicates the date and the second one shows the day.
Not that innovative, able, however, to present an exotic appearance, both "bi-retrograde" and "tri-retrograde" displays
have become very fashionable lately. The lower left of the dial showcases an arc with the days of the week displayed. In the lower right of the dial there is an arc with the dates of the week listed.
The case measures 44mm in diameter and 14.6 mm in depth and it is a 50-meter submersible.
Similar to most timepieces, the hours and minutes in this model are placed in the center of the dial. The seconds function, however, is no longer available. The markers and hands demonstrate bold applications of Superluminova compound for robust low-light visibility.
The watch is accompanied by the black vulcanized rubber strap fitted with a folding clasp crafted in 18k gold
The movement embellishment is another special feature that moves this timepiece to the front of the grid. The transparent dial opens to view the Cotes de Geneve, circular graining and black PVD coatings
Jul 08, 2009
Inspired by Chinese traditional astrology
introduces a chic and clean collection, composed of twelve special designs. Each of them represents one of the twelve Chinese zodiac symbols
, performed in pink gold and paved with white diamonds.
The black onyx dials of the line in question, housed in a blackened titanium case with 18K gold
bezel and case back, are adorned with each of the twelve zodiac signs.
These watches, hand manufactured upon order, comprise diamond and baguette bezel settings, performed in white and pink gold.
To come with the timepiece, the line also embraces a pair of titanium and gold cufflinks
. They are festooned with matching zodiac symbols, which accomplish the feel of bold confidence.
Produced in limited series of 88 items
, this exclusive assemblage is intended for watch fans with a passion for bold statements and self-assertiveness
Jul 07, 2009
The major watch specialists at Daniel Roth
have developed a novel watch equipped with a new, equally beautiful and accurate, moon-phase mechanism. The Athys collection
will not demand any adjustment for another 125 years, since it was dubbed Athys Moon 2134
. It happens to be a symbolic creation, perfect to mark the International Year of Astronomy.
This year celebrates the 20th birthday of the brand as well as the 400th anniversary the world’s first telescope invented by Galileo. In commemoration of this event that proved to be a turning point in the history of mankind, the United Nations Organization has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.
The Daniel Roth outstanding watchmakers decided to improve the existing moon-phase displays, often demonstrating their inaccuracy. In traditional mechanisms the disc, exposing two moons, includes 59 teeth. Activated by a one-notch rotation every 24 hours, it accomplishes a half-turn in 28 days and 12 hours.
Taking into account that the real lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds, the display thus demonstrates the error amounting to +44 minutes per lunar cycle, that is +8.81 hours per year.
The advanced astronomical moon-phase mechanism
of the Athys Moon 2134 incorporates three wheel-and-pinion sets. The first accomplishes a full rotation in 24 hours, activating the second one in 7 days, which animates then the 135-tooth moon disc.
The last one completes a half-turn in 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. It means that the relative inaccuracy constitutes just -0.02 hours or 12 minutes per year. Due to such high degree of accuracy the mechanism requires adjustment just once every 125 years!
The Athys Moon 2134 is powered by a supremely beautiful mechanical manual winding calibre
(DR2300) created on a Frederic Piguet 151 base movement.
Manufactured in accordance with the best watch making traditions, embracing refined Haute Horlogerie finishing and the original design for pocket timepieces, this advanced 16-lignes Lepine type movement is powered by the brand’s conventional three-arm seconds hand. Aligned with the crown, it makes an integral part of the main gear train.
The sophisticated and graceful Athys Moon 2134
is also characterized by large Roman numerals, blued steel hands, a “railtrack” minute circle with Arabic numerals and a three-arm seconds hand at 9 o’clock. A date display at 4 o’clock and a raised depiction of the moon between 12 and 4 o’clock, performed in the same color as the case, are the other special features this model includes.
The push-pieces on this very watch serve as correctors. They are designed to make setting operations easier and avoid any risk of scratching.
Jul 06, 2009
Independent Watch read more
, the Japanese subsidiary of Citizen
as well as the inspirer of retro-futuristic-horological-cool, offers these new summer styles.
The model Zozotown ITA21-5156
has been launched as limited series of 200 pieces, reflecting the theme of "The coolest man in pink
", which happens to be the color trend of this summer. It demonstrates a PVD treated steel case
The total weight of the model Shutter ITX21-5131
is 149 grams and its thickness is equal to 14.8mm. The watch features PVD-treated steel as well as spherical glass. It is distinguished by a shutter function.
What is a shutter function
? Under the dial, telling the analog time there is a digital dial located. Pressing the button at 9 reveals the third of the digital movement in the vertical center of the dial, while pressing the button at 3 reveals it all.
Jul 06, 2009
Along with the other world famous watchmakers, unveiling their exclusive watches for the Only Watch 2009 charity auction
, Bell & Ross
has introduced an exceptional singular model of its novel BR 01 Airborne timepiece, formally bestowed with the Airborne ONE name.
The exceptional skull & crossbones theme of the BR 01 Airborne
pays homage to the heroic Allied paratroopers of World War II
. A spectacular alteration of black and white brilliant-cut diamonds against the carbon-blackened square case made of stainless steel decorates this very interpretation.
To be made totally exclusive, this model is complemented by a strap
manufactured from galuchat leather
The Only Watch 2009 auction
, planned to take place in Monte Carlo on September 24th and to be run for the third time, will present an assemblage of excellent luxury watches. The auction in question is aimed at obtaining funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
, a severe form of muscular dystrophy that mainly affects male children.
According to Bell & Ross, the novel BR 01 Airborne watch
, which is a homage to the courage shown under the war conditions, perfectly symbolizes people’s daily fighting with this debilitating genetic disorder.
Only Watch 2009 is scheduled to be held in Monte Carlo on September 24th, in concert with the Monaco Yacht Show. The Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne ONE watch, alongside with the pieces unveiled by thirty-three other renowned watch brands, will be auctioned without a reserve.
All funds raised will be donated to an organization, involved in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research project.
Prior to the auction the timepieces will go on a world tour under the auspices of Osvaldo Patrizzi of Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers
. The items will be exhibited for admiring sessions in Shanghai, Geneva, London, New York, and Milan.
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Jul 06, 2009
To mark the brand’s 125th anniversary, Breitling
has launched a limited edition of the great classic, the Superocean Heritage
Similar to the original model, the Superocean Heritage Chronographe
exposes the historic Breitling insignia with a stylized letter B, sculptured in 18 carat gold on its top. It also features the same luminescent triangular hands, which ensure effortless comprehension of the hours in the dark environment of the deep sea.
Another exceptional feature of this watch is the area with two sub dials, located horizontally at 9 am and 3 hours, performed in black Volcano, Silver or Gun Stratus Blue and manufactured in limited series of 1000 pieces per hue.
The type of the bracelet
opted for, is just as special. It is the twisted steel Ocean Classic
, whose exclusive design recalls the original bracelet or the Ocean Racer rubber of extremely sporty style.
The only thing that can be compared to the authenticity in the Superocean Heritage Chronographe’s design is its high technical functionality
The impressive case
of the watch measures 46 mm in diameter, boasts a 200-meter water-resistance
and accommodates Breitling Caliber 23
. As all other Breitling movements, this durable chronometer distinguished by high exactitude has received an official certificate from the COSC.
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Jul 03, 2009
After creating the magnificent and technically innovative Chapter One watch
in 2008, the new high-end luxury watchmaking house of Maitres du Temps
kept many watch enthusiasts and collectors excited about upcoming surprises Chapter Two would offer.
At Baselworld 2009, Maitres du Temps unveiled Chapter Two
, which proved to be a more restrained, but just as a spectacular model, revealing its own technical secrets.
Similar to its more complex predecessor, the second “Chapter” has been evolved as a result of the world famous watchmakers’ close collaboration. It features the signature complex tonneau-shaped case
tempered with exclusive roller calendar indications.
With the dimensions of 45mm x 32mm and nine millimeters in overall height, the complex tonneau case sculptured in 18-karat red gold, immediately identifies the Chapter Two model as a product of Maitres du Temps.
Composed of 30 individual parts
, the case features six sapphire crystals
, with an octagonal one intended for the case-back display among them, as well as elongated rectangular pieces on both sides meant for the roller calendar indications.
A charming layout of compound-curve surfaces coupled with alternating satin and polished sections are an eloquent evidence of the huge efforts involved in the watch’s manufacturing. The same can be referred to the curved dial
Made of silver, the dial demonstrates a circular grained satin peripheral area for numerals and a gorgeous engine-turned "sunray" guilloche pattern located at the center. Equally complex and harmonious design of the dial is complimented by faceted sword-shaped hands performed in polished red gold.
The Chapter Two also demonstrates an impressive extent of watchmaking refinement. The most remarkable in this regard are the cylindrical rolling calendar indications
for the month and the day. They can be visible through their own sapphire crystals, located above and below the dial itself. They function together with the instantly switching large date indicator to provide a clear and technically innovative version of the iconic triple calendar complication.
is set by means of a very discreet pusher, located directly above the winding crown.
The back side of the Chapter Two timepiece presents many other surprises with delicately integrated and supremely intuitive corrector buttons
for the day and month rollers among them.
The model is animated by the SHC01 automatic movement
. Demonstrating hand-embellished bridges with a spectacular sunray Cotes de Geneve pattern, along with chamfered edges, SHC01 embraces 382 individual parts and it is set with 32 jewels. The movement features a balance wheel moving back and forth at 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.
The Chapter Two
is also distinguished by the richly etched 22K gold goblet-shaped winding rotor
, which adds to the watch’s sophisticated beauty and symbolism.
Jul 03, 2009
BERTOLUCCI read more
, the most Italian of all the Swiss timepiece brands, has opted for its own creations as a muse, to convey to the world the exclusiveness of its perfect designs.
Since its debut in 1987, this watch brand has always manufactured innovative and exceptional products inspired by its origins, Tuscany and the elements, feelings and impressions the beaches of the Italian Riviera generously provided it with.
The strengths of its Mediterranean influence and the world famous exactitude and excellence in the Swiss craftsmanship meet and unite, turning the name BERTOLUCCI into a synonym of a watch brand, always composing something novel, something distinctive and something exclusive.
An exceptional selection of luxury watches is founded on its philosophy of the 4“Cs”
, that is Creativity, Curves, Comfort and Construction
The new BERTOLUCCI advertising campaign
is totally dedicated to the timekeeping companion, standing on a golden wave, encouraged by the reflections of the Mediterranean Sea and embraced by a golden aura, and demonstrating its exquisite finishing.
For the moment, the “Standing” idea
is represented by three visuals: two new ones will make their appearance later this year.
The marketing supports, such as Internet website and general catalogues, will duplicate this innovative visual authenticity, which will be a welcome newcomer to the various markets, certifying an unrivalled brand image, acclaimed all over the world.
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Jul 02, 2009
The technically outstanding Repetition Minutes Souveraine
timekeeping companion from the celebrated watch manufacture F.P. Journe
has been presented Robb Report's Best of the Best 2009 accolade
Every year Robb Report bestows its Best of the Best awards on luxury goods and services distinguished by their unrivalled top quality.
Both watch lovers and experts in the field of horology have appreciated the F.P. Journe Repetition Minutes Souveraine model’s exceptional gracefulness and mechanical design since its original appearance in 2008.
The renowned complexity of the minute repeater
coordinates well with an accentuated user-friendliness, operational reliability, as well as optimal acoustic performance for the gongs.
In the tradition of all FP Journe
timepieces, the mechanical movement
is a unique in-house manufactured device and it demonstrates bridges rendered in 18-karat pink gold.
Jul 02, 2009
Patented technology applied in the Sea-Touch watch
, manufactured by Tissot
, guarantees perfect functioning of this model intended for divers, both above and below the sea level.
When going down to a depth of 200 meters, the owner of this innovative diving timepiece has the advanced technology right at his fingertips.
Along with its ability to tell the time in two time zones and denote the depth of the current dive, this watch incorporates a digital chronograph, thermometer, alarm, perpetual calendar date, compass and divers’ logbook - all of these functions are driven by touching the glass.
The SEA-Touch watch meets all of the European Norm EN13319 envisaged criteria
as to diver’s accessories, such as luminosity, shock resistance, anti-magnetism, band solidity and the incorporation of a time control device. When the diver goes underwater to a minimum depth of 1 m 40, the hands move to 9 o’ clock.
Then, the minute hand indicates the depth of the dive on the scale located around the bezel, while the hour hand shows the diver’s speed expressed in meters per minute on the dial. A supremely luminescent material, as well as an effective backlight, ensure perfect visibility
The SEA-Touch timepiece uses the technology patented by Tissot SA, which provides the rubber-protected pushers with double protection
, enabling their excellent functionality underwater.
Tissot assures the SEA-Touch watch’s appearance
is as breathtaking as the underwater environment the diver finds himself in. A stainless steel bracelet and case are joined to a stylish black and white bezel, offering a selection of a black, a white or an orange dial
The silver dial features silver-colored indices, its black counterpart demonstrates contrasting black and white markings and the dial performed in orange has orange indices. The metal base of the rubber-capped pushers picks up the strongly angular case of the timepiece.
No matter how avid the diver is, he certainly spends much time on land. Here, above the water, the diver can also use his Tissot SEA-Touch watch
, which will add a sporty touch to his style or will remind of previous dives by means of tactile logbook.
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Jul 01, 2009
At the time when Formula One
is in the middle of changing its face, Oris has developed its latest motor sports model. The motor sport’s most thrilling category welcomes new rules for 2009 and Oris is all new season-oriented.
Formula One competition is planned to be more open, with clearer chances for overtaking. Car design will be found much cleaner.
The Oris Williams F1 Team Skeleton Engine Date
, lightweight and pared down in appearance, is a very timely newcomer to the right place and it will definitely stand out as soon as the season starts.
The movement of the timepiece is fully visible through the high quality sapphire glass. The date ring is revealed to the elements and can be seen in detail. The current date is indicated by the special red arrow pointer at six o’clock.
The activity of both the innovative Kinetic Energy Recovery System
(KERS) created for cars participating in the 2009 Formula One season and the renowned Oris red rotor is based on the same principle - energy stored through movement can be used when necessary
But some things have established a strong foothold. The flexible lugs
of the Oris watch
that secure the strap to the case made of stainless steel remain unchangeable. They always ensure a perfect fit on the wearer’s wrist.
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