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This Week in Watches featuring Meistersinger, Vacheron Constantin, Sinn, MB&F and Ebel

Meistersinger: USA Benjamin Franklin Limited Edition German watchmaker MeisterSinger, in collaboration with its Swiss partners, has created a fifty-piece limited edition timepiece to commemorate the brilliance of Ben Franklin. Commissioned on a diplomatic visit to England in 1770, Benjamin Franklin’s curiosity in horology piqued as he described his idea of the most original clock to English horologist James Ferguson. Meistersinger, known for its one-handed dials, has created this watch based on Franklin’s idea. In order to read the four-quadrant dial, the wearer needs to know the approximate hour. In the dial pictured here, the hand has passed the 12, 4 and 8 o’clock quadrant so we know the hour is 12 o’clock, 4 o’clock or 8 o’clock. Minutes are read from the hand directly (the time displayed here is either 12:33, 4:33 or 8:33.) Inside the 43mm steel model is a modified ETA Unitas 6498-1. Price: $4,399 (with a portion of the proceeds set for the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia.)

Vacheron Constantin: Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 A contemporary interpretation of the first water-resistant and anti-magnetic chronograph presented by Vacheron Constantin sixty years ago, this new edition is named Historiques Cornes de vache (cow horns) for its distinctive lugs. Powered by hand-wound Caliber 1142 and housed in a 38.5 mm-diameter platinum case, the watch, likely be a hot ticket for collectors, features a bi-compax layout, a tachymeter scale, blued chronograph hands and mixed Roman numerals and markers—all reminiscent of vintage Vacheron Constantin chronographs. This watch is not a limited edition and is set to debut at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong next month. $62,900.

Sinn: 103 A Sa B German watchmaker Sinn Spezialuhren is expanding its traditional 103 series with this bold 41mm pilot chronograph, a steel model is limited to 500 pieces. Its blue electroplated dial features a sunburst decoration and silver electroplated counters. Sinn, known for its serious tool models, enhances its pilot’s bezel with minute-ratcheting features. Sinn is generous with its luminous paint, placing it on the triangular main marker, all indexes and the chronograph hour, minute and seconds hands. The watch is 200-meters water resistant, shock-resistant and anti-magnetic and comes in a stylish case with a blue cowhide strap with alligator embossing and also a grey textile strap, strap-replacing tool and spare spring bars. Price: $2,230

MB&F: HM3 MegaWind Final Edition For the final twenty-five editions of this piece, originally launched in 2009, MB&F has covered the original gold case with black PVD and endowed it with extra-luminosity. The watch’s already distinctive hour and minute markers on revolving cones light up thanks to what MB&F calls the brightest, most powerful SuperLuminova on the market: GL C3 Grade A. For added kinetic fun, a characteristic of all MB&F pieces, the oversized rotor of the MegaWind Final Edition creates a stroboscopic effect when it spins, hiding and revealing a band of the same high-power SuperLuminova positioned just underneath. Price: $98,000

Ebel: Wave Lady Bronze Automatic For women in pursuit of the haute safari look, this 30mm steel model ticks all the right boxes. Its colors are in tune with the safari trend: rich browns, khakis and bronze tones. The Ebel rippling waves, the brand’s signature bracelet, here are rendered in rose gold PVD and stainless steel, while solid rose gold bezel and crown nicely accent the diamonds on the dial. The dial itself is colored by a bronze galvanic treatment highlighted by an applied Ebel symbol at noon, three applied rose-gold-plated indexes, plus eight diamond hour markers. Inside is an ETA 2671 automatic movement, which Ebel notes is in response to an increased demand for automatic timepieces among women and their growing appreciation for mechanically sophisticated watches. Price: $2,900

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