Franck Muller presents the Vanguard Long Island

Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller announced the launch of the Vanguard Long Island.

The new timepiece is deeply inspired by Art Deco, the visual art design style which has been touching the art of Franck Muller ever since.

The Vanguard Long Island - a reinterpretation of the iconic Long Island line - features delicate curves, modern design, and feminine details.

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Senfine: the concept watch with a 70-day power reserve

Parmigiani Fleurier has announced the creation of Senfine, an innovative concept watch that features an impressive autonomy of 70 days.

The new timepiece was based on an invention by Pierre Genequand, a physicist at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology. Parmigiani Fleurier developed a mechanical watch that eliminates the energy-consuming elements found in a traditional regulator.

As a result, the Senfine reduces the energy consumption to a fraction thanks to a system of flexible, frictionless joints in silicon commonly found in the aerospace technology.

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James Bond's Omega Seamaster 300 wrist watch sold for £92,500

The Omega Seamaster 300 wrist watch worn by James Bond in "Spectre" was sold for  at a Christie's charity auction, in London.

Prototype one of eight Omega Seamaster 300 timepieces used by Daniel Craig had an estimated price of between £15,000 and £20,000, but the new owner paid nearly five times more for it.

The Omega Seamaster 300 is the only gadget given to James Bond by Q in "Spectre"; the wrist watch helps save 007 in the Moroccan lair scene. The limited commercial edition of 7007 units was tagged at €5,500.

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Smartwatch sales outshine Swiss wrist watches

The global sales of smart watches have outpaced Swiss watches in the fourth quarter of 2015. Are there winds of change blowing in the watch industry?

According to the market researcher Strategy Analytics, it is the first time ever that high-tech timepieces overtake the classic, "organic" watches made in Switzerland.

In the last four months of 2015, there were 8.1 million smart watch shipments (316 percent more than in Q4 2014), compared with 7.9 million Swiss wrist watch shipments (5 percent than in Q4 2014).

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Harry Winston is on a "Countdown to a Cure"

American jeweler and watchmaker Harry Winston launched the "Countdown to a Cure," a timepiece honoring the brand's partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

The "Countdown to a Cure" is a limited edition of 20 women's and 20 men's watch models. They will be sold exclusively at Harry Winston stores, with 20 percent of the retail sales price from each timepiece being donated to amfAR.

Each model is produced in white gold and was designed to showcase the campaign colors that symbolize the fade of the disease from crisis to cure. The "Countdown to a Cure Timepiece" is part of Harry Winston's Midnight Collection.

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