Arnold & Son Instrument CTB: First Dead-Beat Seconds Chronograph
Mar26

Arnold & Son Instrument CTB: First Dead-Beat Seconds Chronograph

It’s Baselworld 2014, ladies and gentlemen.  That means the best and the brightest of the watch world are exhibiting their latest and greatest innovations in the art of time-keeping.  It seems this year there is a fare amount of modern takes on brands’ old models… a rehashing and updating of manufactures’ past standard-bearers (more on that in a later post).  Arnold & Son, on the other hand, has created...

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Spirit Seafire: The First Speake-Marin Chronograph (UPDATE: Price)
Feb27

Spirit Seafire: The First Speake-Marin Chronograph (UPDATE: Price)

Peter Speake-Marin has some pretty stunning watches under his belt… some great complications, too.  But as of recently, the mainstay of the independent watch manufacture scene, Speake-Marin, had yet to produce a chronograph.  Thankfully, with Baselworld 2014 just around the corner, the brand has announced the Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire, the first-ever Speake-Marin chronograph.  And, it’s lovely.   In case you...

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Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P: Thinnest Mechanical Watch (Price) [SIHH]
Jan23

Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P: Thinnest Mechanical Watch (Price) [SIHH]

On display at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and built in celebration of the brand’s 140th birthday, the Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P is the thinnest mechanical watch… in the world.  And, at an astonishing thickness (or should I say thin-ness) of 3.65 mm the Altiplano 900P beats out the previous champ, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee, by a nearly-infinitesimal 0.4 mm. Jenny Craig...

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Christophe Claret Poker: Ante Up (Video, Price) [SIHH]
Jan21

Christophe Claret Poker: Ante Up (Video, Price) [SIHH]

I think Christophe Claret has a gambling problem.  The Swiss watchmaker seems to be obsessed with cards.  First there were the Baccara and 21 Blackjack watches, both awesome in their own right.  But, now… Now at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, there is a new gaming automaton watch, the third (and probably final) installment.  It’s called the Christophe Claret Poker.  And, Christophe...

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De Bethune Dream Watch 5: A Starfleet Watch? (Specs and Pricing) [SIHH]
Jan20

De Bethune Dream Watch 5: A Starfleet Watch? (Specs and Pricing) [SIHH]

Picture this… A Starfleet ship, the USS TickTickVroom, is accidentally sent back to the year 2014 through a freak tear in space-time caused by an anti-matter explosion too close to a quantum filament.  The only way to acquire the supplies needed to alter a stable Einstein Rosen Bridge to open a path back to the 27th century is to beam down to Earth and scavenge organic diodes from LG OLED TVs and cycle-olefin polymers from iPad...

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Here Is the New IWC Aquatimer Collection
Jan08

Here Is the New IWC Aquatimer Collection

IWC has been big on updates and renovations over the past few years.  The Aquatimer collection was rejiggered in 2009, Ingenieur in 2012 and IWC’s line of Pilot’s watches got its facelift just last year.  I guess for 2014, it’s the IWC Aquatimer collection’s turn again. As far as details are concerned, we’ll have to wait for the official debut at SIHH later this month.  But, here’s what we know so...

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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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MB&F HM5 RT: On the Road Again [Video]
Dec20

MB&F HM5 RT: On the Road Again [Video]

Max Büsser doesn’t do normal.  His MB&F Horological Machines continuously push the limits of what we consider a wristwatch with each new model.  The MB&F HM5 RT continues to the limit-pushing, but this time in the direction of automotive design… the Lamborghini Miura, to be precise.   When you look at the MB&F HM5 RT, it’s easy to see the inspiration of the Miura in the louvers on the back of the...

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Xeric XERISCOPE: A Watch Born from KickStarter
Dec19

Xeric XERISCOPE: A Watch Born from KickStarter

If you enjoy the occasional online perusal of the purveyors of timepieces, odds are you’ve heard of Wachismo.  And, unless you live under a rock, you’ve also probably heard of the crowd-sourcing website, KickStarter.  But, what you may not have heard of is the Xeric watch brand and they’re first timepiece, the XERISCOPE, which is on KickStarter as we speak (with about 26 hours to go).   The brothers Greenblatt,...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon [SIHH 2014]
Nov30

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon [SIHH 2014]

The first thing you might notice about the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon is that it is stark… very, very stark.  Audemars Piguet uses bright white ceramic and titanium to create a watch that is not dissimilar in appearance to a Star Wars Storm Trooper and is actually quite cool.   The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon is just the latest addition to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept...

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