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• In our cover feature, “Dynamic Duo,” Jens Koch tests a recently released version of the Rolex GMT-Master II, whose unique black-and-blue bezel has earned it the nickname “Batman” among Rolex aficionados. We uncover the pros and cons of this fan-favorite Rolex sports watch, the first of this model to sport this color combo. OK-Photography provides the visuals. (You may also download this article from the WatchTime online store.)

• In “Nick Hayek At Ease,” editor-in-chief Joe Thompson profiles the outspoken and often controversial CEO of the Swatch Group, covering a wide rang of topics, including why Hayek is upbeat about the U.S. watch market, not worried about China, and hesitant to get into the smartwatch game. (For an audio outtake on how Hayek feels about Apple, smartwatches, and the Swatch brand’s first go-’round in that arena, click here.) read more

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A Look Back At Baselworld 2014: 19 Interesting New Watches We’ve Seen

Follow the links to the original articles, from WatchTime.com and on our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, to learn more about each of the replica watches. In February, Blancpain announced its elegant Villeret 2014 model, with a grand feu enamel dial.

Blancpain Villeret Collection 2014 - Ref-6630-3631-55B

Carl F. Bucherer (pictured below) and Ulysse Nardin are offering new perpetual calendar replica watches, while Britain’s Speake-Marin is adding an aviation-inspired chronograph to its Spirit collection. We covered all three.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual

Chopard’s L.U.C. 1963, inspired by vintage chronometer replica watches, will commemorate the 50th year of the Scheufele family’s ownership of Chopard. read more

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Baselworld 2015: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Limited Editions

This special edition is limited to, appropriately, 40 pieces. It comes in a case of Powerlite, Maurice Lacroix’s proprietary alloy, which was developed in 2013. Powerlite is composed of aluminum, titanium, zirconium, magnesium and ceramic, making it twice as light as steel, yet twice as hard. Powerlite is also highly susceptible to anodization, which is how it gets its anthracite coloring on the Masterpiece Gravity 40th. On this watch, the Powerlite case is 43 mm in diameter. It has a screwed caseback with a sapphire crystal; the front crystal has nonreflective coating on both sides. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters. read more

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The Eyes Have It: Testing the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S

The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S is a looker. Is the beauty more than skin deep? We find out in this in-depth watch test, with original photography by Robert Atkinson.

There’s an old saying in watch retailing that you only have to sell the dial. That may apply more often to novices than to readers of this publication, but at the end of the day, even experienced collectors can fall for a pretty face. If the retailers’ saying holds water, our test watch should be doing well, because in the crowded world of 7750-based chronographs, this one turns heads. read more

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Eyeing the Dots: The Red Dot Award-Winning Watches of 2015

The Red Dot Awards are international prizes given annually for design excellence in myriad products, from eyeglasses to cars to household appliances. The 2015 winners in the watch category have been announced. (This is the first year that the Essen, Germany-based Red Dot organization separated replica watches and jewelry into two different categories for judging.)

There were two top winners, each earning the title “Best of the Best.” One was the most famous, most highly publicized, most vigorously hyped watch in history: the Apple Watch. No need to describe it here. The other was made by a company nearly no one outside the watch world has ever heard of: MB&F, or Max Büsser & Friends. Its “Best of the Best” watch was the Horological Machine No. 6 Space Pirate. The watch has five domes: two show the time and two are for, as MB&F describes it, “twin sphered turbines that spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce wear and tear.” The center dome covers a flying tourbillon. As if the domes weren’t outré enough, the watch has another unusual detail: the tourbillon can be protected from UV rays (which speed up oxidation of lubricating oils) by a retractable shield operated by a crown on the left side of the case. read more

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