MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon

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One of the most unique watches on the planet gets a new color, but not just any color. MB&F gave their hugely complex HM5 a new black tint, but this is no traditional DLC or PVD black coating. They wanted a material that was solid black and as hard as stainless steel, but no material of that kind exists, but MB&F isn't one to give up on a challenge.

They developed their own material with a the help of a specialist that took 18 months to develop. This material is aclled CarbonMacrolon, a dense polycarbonate resin that's further strengthened with carbon nanotubes. The material meets all their criteria for a solid black material with the hardness of steel and it's solid black all the way through. The watch will be limited to 66 pieces with the same internals as the original HM5, but with new details such as an iridescent purple rotor and matching purple accents on the time display.

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Weiss Special Issue Field Watches

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Proving independent American watchmaking is still alive and well, LA-based Weiss has been crafting some serious timepieces and is now launching two special editions based on their timeless Field Watch designs.

The two new special edition styles include a "latte" and "carbon" dial which are machined from naval brass and both feature steel skeletonized hour and minute hands. The cases are sized at 42mm and are made from 316L stainless steel and houses their manually-wound movement that is assembled from 100 Swiss parts and are hand-finished at their Los Angeles workshop.

$1250, Weiss

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H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Dual Time Special Edition Hong Kong

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Our favorite types of watches are the styles that don't need make it overwhelmingly obvious about what it can do. H. Moser & Cie.'s Endeavour Dual Time is one of those watches. It's an elegant, but also confident in its subtlety and behind it all lies one serious timepiece.

The watch is encased in grade five titanium that has been DLC coated in a black finish and surrounds a curved sapphire face. The back also has a sapphire window that gives you a look at the brand's in-house HMC 346 movement that has a power reserve of up to three days. The dial is a matte anthracite that is hand finished and features a small seconds sub-register and a red hand that displays a second time zone. This is edition is limited to 20 watches and is exclusive to Hong Kong.

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Breitling Cockpit B50

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Breitling's Cockpit B50 is a genuine aviation tool, their new pilot-specific watch that features an electronic multifunction chronograph with an "in-house" analog and digital display movement housed in a lightweight, carbon-coated case.

The movement inside the B50 is a SuperQuartz that is ten times more accurate than a regular quartz movement and is also COSC-certified. Alongside the chrono the watch features a flyback, split-time, secondary time-zone, a perpetual calendar, countdown timer, and dual alarms.

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Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara

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Giuliano Mazzuoli's Carrara switches it up from the usual steel, gold, or even titanium watch cases, they've encased their watch in Italian Marble sourced from the Apuan Alps in Carrara, Italy. This is the very same place where artist Michelangelo got his marble to create the famous Statue of David.

The cases are handmade by Italian marble workers and due to the nature of marble, every case will be unique. The cases are sized at 44mm and are complemented by an inner ring of metal to aid in the structural integrity of the marble case. The three hand dial models will have a ETA 2824-2 inside and the chronographs will feature a La Joux-Perrett 7771.

$4,900-$7,900, Giuliano Mazzuoli (Via Perpetuelle)

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Loupe System for HODINKEE

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Nothing beats a good loupe to get a nice and close look at watches. Hodinkee has teamed up with one of the best, Loupe System, who's loupe offers a crystal clear 40mm field-of-view with 6x magnification.

The barrel has a rugged aluminum chassis, a five-element lens, and a silicon housing to protect the Loupe. It's compact size will make it an essential when need to get a close look at potential vintage watch purchases or taking some time to just examine your own.

$565, Hodinkee

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Apple Watch

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What has got to be the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone, Apple has officially unveiled the Apple Watch, its very first wearable and a whole new product category for the Cupertino-based giant.

The watch is what you would expect an Apple Watch to be, a premium timepiece with an Apple twist. Available in two sizes, the watch is a comprehensive fitness tracker with photosensors and LEDs that reads your heart rate. They've designed a new UI that can be controlled via their digital crown and the sapphire covered touchscreen. Apple Watch will also support third party apps and if you want one soon, you're going to have to wait, the watch is set to launch in 2015.

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Bell & Ross BR 126 Sport Heritage GMT & Flyback

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With the Vintage BR collection becoming as expansive as the BR 01, it's getting harder and harder to choose styles and it doesn't help that Bell & Ross does a fantastic job with every release.

The newest member of the BR 126 family is one of their most sophisticated and most elegant. The BR 126 Sport Heritage has a classic, old world elegance to it with its gold accents that rest beautifully against the black dial. The watch also has a flyback complication and a 24-hr GMT subregister for the travel set.

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Breitling Transocean 38

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Those of you hoping for Breitling to move towards much smaller case sizes will have a new option with the Transocean 38. The watch shrinks down to 38mm from the standard 43mm sizing giving it a more elegant design.

The Transocean 38 will have a seconds subregister, Breitling 16 automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve, and a convex sapphire crystal that has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. As for strap options you will be able to choose from a leather strap, air racer bracelet, or the mesh Ocean Classic (above).

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Detroit Watch Company

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Looks like Shinola isn't the only game in town. The Detroit Watch Company is the brainchild from Patrick and Amy Ayoub, a husband and wife team who are launching the company out of Birmingham, Michigan.

The collection will launch with two styles: One is called the Pride of Detroit Aviator (above) inspired by Detroit's own Edward F. Schlee, an oil millionaire and pilot. The other watch is based on the founder of Detroit, Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac and both feature automatic Japanese Miyota movements and 44mm stainless steel cases.

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