This Week in Watches: April 12, 2016

A limited-edition Montblanc, a $6,200 G-Shock, OMEGA’s president retires and more.

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A limited-edition Montblanc, a $6,200 G-Shock, OMEGA’s president retires and more.

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Reads and New Gear


Montblanc Celebrates 110 Years with a Tourbillon and a Snake

To celebrate its 110th anniversary, Montblanc created the Villeret Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique, a massive 52mm red-gold watch featuring an in-house hand-wound movement with a prominent tourbillon cage. Most notably, the watch face is adorned with a highly detailed snake (according to Hodinkee, each scale has been engraved by hand). While a bit off-putting, it harkens back to the famous Montblanc “Rouge et Noir” collection, the brand’s first fountain pen collection that debuted in 1909 and featured a snake motif. Only three examples will be built and sold.

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OMEGA’s President Retires

Stephen Urquhart is retiring from his position as OMEGA’s president after 17 years of service. He will be replaced by OMEGA’s vice president of sales, Raynald Aeschlimann.

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Brace Yourself for a $6,200 G-Shock

Casio is celebrating 20 years of its high-end G-Shock MR-G series with the new “Hammer Tone.” It’s made with DLC-coated titanium and features bracelet links, and its bezel was made from a Japanese silver-copper alloy meticulously shaped through a traditional metalworking technique called “tsuiki.”

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The Race to Be Reissued

TAG Heuer’s voter-driven tournament to select the design for the new Autavia reissue has reached its second round. The field has been narrowed down from the original 16 designs to just eight. Voting will continue until April 13th, when those eight will be narrowed down to four, with one winner being picked on April 18th. In short, if you want your say, now is the time to vote.

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Reviews and Buying Guides


Advice from the Crew


10 Great Watches for Under $500

For under $500, you can afford a chronograph, a GMT, a super-thin Bauhaus or a military style dive watch. Take your pick of our favorites. Read the Story

Looking Ahead


What We’re Testing Now


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