The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph
Jan09

The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph

The original Zenith Calibre 410 is a rather highly revered and sought after watch.  That’s probably due in part to the fact that it has one of the best movements in the history of watch-dom, the El Primero automatic column-wheel chronograph.  The Zenith Calibre 410 is even complete with triple-calendar and moon phase.  Or, at least it was during its 1960 to 2000 production run. Now, there’s a new one to honor the...

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Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage
Oct14

Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage

Watches can be amazing.  Some watches are tools, implements of amazing craftsmanship and mechanical wizardry by which we can track the passage of seconds, minutes, hours and days with greater and greater accuracy and technical precision.  Other watches are art, objects of extreme creativity for which the telling of time works part and parcel with its design, enhancing its beauty.  And, an extraordinary few watches are both.  They have...

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Zenith El Primero Lightweight: A Lighter Side of El Primero
Oct05

Zenith El Primero Lightweight: A Lighter Side of El Primero

I really like Zenith watches.  I’ve had a Zenith Elite for about 8 years, and it’s been great.  Whenever there is a new Zenith to take a look at, I’m always excited, especially when it is one from the famed El Primero line.  So, now that Zenith is presenting an ultra-light variation of their much-lauded El Primero Striking 10th, TickTickVroom is keen to check it out.  It’s called the Zenith El Primero...

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Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11: 1st Auto Chronograph
Feb15

Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11: 1st Auto Chronograph

I love vintage Hamiltons.  I’ve already written about the Hamilton Thin-o-Matic and the Hamilton Ventura.  This post is on the the Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11 chronograph.  The year is 1969.  And, Omega has just sent a Speedmaster Professional chronograph to the moon strapped to the wrist of some NASA astronauts.  Sadly, the Omega Moon Watch was simply a manual wind.  Had it been an automatic, Neil Armstrong’s famous...

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2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…
Jan01

2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…

So, not only did we survive December 21st, 2012, we’ve made it all the way through 2013.  HA!  Take that Mayans!  Now that it’s 2014 (2014, weird, isn’t it?), I thought I’d do the most cliché thing blog-ily possible.  This is a TickTickVroom.com 2013 Year in Review post.   2013 was a banner year for TTV… a new, fancy-schmancy website, a bunch of cool road and track tests (sooooo much fun) and some...

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2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve: Complete Prize List
Nov19

2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve: Complete Prize List

Friday evening saw the awards ceremony of the 13th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the Grand Théâtre de Genève.  Frédéric Beigbeder awarded the GPHG’s fifteen prizes to the winners in front of an audience of 1,500 watch industry stakeholders, politicians and other VIPs, including Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation.   Top prize, the “Aiguille d’Or”, went to Girard-Perregaux...

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Audemars Piguet Equation of Time: AP Goes Solar
Oct28

Audemars Piguet Equation of Time: AP Goes Solar

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Equation of Time There are a lot of perpetual calendars on the market, some more interesting than others.  But, Audemars Piguet takes the traditional perpetual calendar a step further with the Equation of Time.  So, I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Equation of Time. In addition to the usual and customary Perpetual Calendar, the...

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The Original E-Type Jaguar: Still the Best
May29

The Original E-Type Jaguar: Still the Best

Every once and a while, a model comes along that changes everything we know about cars.  The Ford Model T made the car available to the general public.  The Cadillac Type 53 was the first car to use the modern control layout.  The Chrysler Airflow brought about the use of wind tunnels during design to improve aerodynamics and performance.  The Lamborghini Miura ushered in the age of the supercar.  The McLaren F1 taught us what true...

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