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Some of the images you see here are of the palace exterior and a Longines dinner that took place in one of the art galleries - that was a very interesting room to dine in. Horsing is fun and all, but I was most interested in the watches, so I spent some time checking out the Longines Column Wheel Chronograph watch that was first announced in 2009. The watch includes and exclusive automatic movement and a slick vintage style dial and case.
Last are some updates for what IWC calls their Classic collection. A new Big Pilot, and Mark XVII, new chronographs, and a new World Timer. First is a new IWC Big Pilot's watch in a 46mm wide case. The image here of it has a black case and it looks like a three-hand version of the older Top Gun watch with a power reserve indicator. It still has that famous 168 hour power reserve. Then there is the most basic piece which is the 41mm wide IWC Mark XVII Pilot watch with the time and date. This will come on straps as well as a bracelet. A nice smaller sized piece option.
The signed crown has simple knurling and classic crown guards, and is well placed at four o'clock. Good thread, easy to operate and secure. The handwinding and hacking movement winds as smoothly as any ETA 2824 I've seen, and keeps excellent time.
Again the SpidoLite II has a skeletonized dial – though a bit different here compared to the original model. That of course has a lot to do with the movement used inside the new watch. For this series Linde Werdelin chose to work with Concepto and its owner the Jacquet family. Inside the SpidoLite II is the Concepto caliber 2251 automatic. Originally based on the Valjoux 7750 I believe, the 2251 is entirely made in-house by Concepto and features a subsidiary seconds, and date in addition to the time. The date is displayed on a specially design disc that matches the look of the dial and is quite attractively integrated into the dial design. For legibility and to soften the mostly monochromatic look of the watch, Linde Werdelin wisely chose blued-steel hands on the dial.