A. Lange and Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen: A Pre-SIHH Peak
Jan12

A. Lange and Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen: A Pre-SIHH Peak

With Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, coming up in just nine days, many watch brands are keeping all of their cool new toys under wraps until the Swiss show.  Thankfully, A. Lange & Söhne is all about giving us a little taste of what’s to come.  And, the 100 piece limited edition platinum A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen is pretty tasty.  With a gorgeous non-overlapping dial akin to that of the...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition
Oct17

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition

Audemars Piguet Brand Ambassador Michael Schumacher Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition After two years of being an official brand ambassador for Audemars Piguet, Michael Schumacher has his own limited edition watch, a watch he was instrumental in designing, no less.  The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition.  Not the most clever of names, but then they can’t all...

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Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo MacDonough: A Tourbillon for the Polo Grounds
Aug31

Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo MacDonough: A Tourbillon for the Polo Grounds

Richard Mille RM 053 Pablo McDonough Every once and a while, a watch comes along whose design has been dictated, not by the whims of fashion and fads, but by the necessities dictated by function.  The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is one such watch.  The JLC Reverso, first released in 1931, was designed to be wearable by polo players during a match, hence the protected reverse side.  Now, Richard Mille has joined the match (pun intended)...

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The 180th Anniversary Longines Telemeter & Tachymeter Chronographs
Aug03

The 180th Anniversary Longines Telemeter & Tachymeter Chronographs

It’s Longines’ 180th birthday.  And, to mark this anniversary, they’ve given me an early birthday present: The Longines Telemeter Chronograph and The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph.  Ok, they didn’t give them to me exactly, but they did release the two watches inspired by classic Longines.   The Longines Telemeter Chronograph The Longines Telemeter Chronograph The Longines Telemeter Chronograph was inspired by...

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Jaeger-LeCoultre & Batman: A Match Made in Gotham
Jul25

Jaeger-LeCoultre & Batman: A Match Made in Gotham

Dark Knight Rises Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso What do Dark Knight Rises and Batman: Forever have in common?  I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Alfred’s dry wit.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.  Google away.  Yeah, no the Batmobile in Batman: Forever was really lame, so that’s not it.  Give up?  Ok, it’s Jaeger-LeCoultre.  A Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso emblazoned with the Bat-logo to be exact.  Hmmm…a...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition: Tantalum Is Back
Jul03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition: Tantalum Is Back

Soccer elite and Audemars Piguet brand ambassador Lionel Messi finally has his own watch, or rather his own three watches.  Meet the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition, the first limited edition of the new 41 mm Royal Oak Chronograph. Presented in three case materials, steel, rose gold and platinum, each of the 1000 pieces feature a tantalum bezel.  See above for the breakout.  I really like the rose gold.  The...

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Nitroglycerine Watch Experiment: What Happens When MB&F and URWERK Join Forces?
Jun20

Nitroglycerine Watch Experiment: What Happens When MB&F and URWERK Join Forces?

C3H5N3O9 Nitroglycerine Watch is the chemical formula for nitroglycerine, by the way.  And, it’s also a watch company, sort of.  An “horological experiment” according the the madmen behind the C3H5N3O9 Experiment ZR012 watch.  I know.  That’s not the most inviting of names.  Almost as bad as McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3. Every chemistry student understands that when certain exotic components are mixed, a...

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Bremont: The Quintessential British Watch Brand
Jun04

Bremont: The Quintessential British Watch Brand

Today, across the pond, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.  Sixty years ago, she took the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Over those sixty years, the UK has made some significant impacts on the world, Lotus, the Jaguar XK-E, the McLaren F1, the Rolling Stones, Top Gear, HP Sauce, and Fish & Chips (though I think that may be older than 60) to name a few.  So, in honor of...

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2012 So Far: Year’s Best Watches
May08

2012 So Far: Year’s Best Watches

April is over, and that means 2012 is one-third complete.  A lot of cool stuff has happened this year, especially in the world watches.  With the 2012 editions of SIHH and Baselworld long since over, I though I’d run down a list of my favorite watches of 2012.  There is no particular reason they’re on this list other than they are unique, interesting, gorgeous, technologically fascinating or just plain cool.  Please let me...

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IWC’s New Manhattan Flagship Boutique
Apr23

IWC’s New Manhattan Flagship Boutique

IWC New York Boutique on 54th Street & Madison Avenue Two words: flight simulator.  Yes, flight simulator.  But, more on that later.  Last week IWC opened their long awaited New York flagship boutique on 54th and Madison.  I had the chance today to stop in and see if it was worth the wait.  It was.   Now, it seems as though every watch brand has a new or relatively new independent boutique.  57th Street alone has the Breitling,...

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