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This Week in Watches: July 1, 2014

This Week in Watches: a young watch authority, a mean chopper-edition watch, and an Oris with a mechanical altimeter.

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High Watchmaking
ORIS introduces the world’s first automatic watch with a mechanical altimeter, the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter. Available September. $3,700
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Stealthy Traveler
Girard-Perregaux’s iconic world timer, the Traveller WW.TC, gets a black titanium case. The results are stealthy but not sinister. Speaking of blacked-out watches… girard-perregaux.com
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Hodinkee Horween Straps
New day, new strap. Perhaps, but we still can’t get enough of them. Make it Horween leather and we’re even more on board. Hodinkee has released a collection of Horween shell cordovan single-piece leather straps in 18mm and 20mm. We’ll take two.$135
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Finally, a Smart Watch That Looks Smart
The Withings Activité is a Swiss-made analog activity tracking watch that synchs with your phone, all while looking like a proper timepiece. Someone’s finally made a sharp, clever take on a “smart” watch. $390
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Custom Watch for Custom Choppers
RJ-Romain Jerome partnered with custom bike builder Danny Schneider to produce a HardNine Choppers edition watch…with an obligatory skull on the dial. The watch will only be sold with a bike. No poseurs allowed. romainjerome.com
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Starting Young
What were you doing when you were 14? Luke Rottman started a watch blog, and he’s quickly becoming an authority with access to top brands and industry figures as evidenced by his reviews and videos. thewatchadviser.com

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