Apple Watch Review I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers.
Aug31

Apple Watch Review I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers.

I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers. It’s been a week since I got my 42mm Apple Watch in stainless steel with the Bright Blue Leather Loop strap. And, I figured it might not be a bad time for an Apple Watch Review. Over the past week, I’ve learned more than just a bit of fodder for an Apple Watch Review, I’ve realized that the Apple Watch (which I still think they...

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Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?
Mar10

Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?

While a $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, But Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (Which Will Probably Come in Like a Year)? An Apple Watch… am I getting one? Yes. Yes, I am. Mostly become I’m both an Apple addict and a watch addict. But, which is the Apple Watch to get? With 38 different models in two sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and three different metals (or six if you split rose...

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Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur My Favorite Watch of SIHH 2015
Jan24

Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur My Favorite Watch of SIHH 2015

My Favorite Watch of SIHH 2015 Fresh from Switzerland and SIHH 2015, one might be tempted to compare the Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur to last year’s Christophe Claret Margot. Both are rather florally inclined. Both contain elaborate automaton mechanisms. Both are limited pieces from brands know for pushing the limits of traditional watchmaking, Richard Mille and Christophe Claret.   But, while the $315,000...

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Top 10 Watches Under $3,000 Just in Time for Holiday Shopping, the Our Ideas of the Best Watches for the Money
Dec17

Top 10 Watches Under $3,000 Just in Time for Holiday Shopping, the Our Ideas of the Best Watches for the Money

Just in Time for Holiday Shopping, the Our Ideas of the Best Watches for the Money… Best Watches Under $3,000, that is. Not all of us have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on watches. I know I don’t. But, less than $3,000… That’s much more doable. Watches under $500… $200… that’s downright parsimonious. As the usual suspects in terms of introduction to fine watch collecting (i.e....

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Apple Watch… Should I Get One? (Price and Specs)
Sep13

Apple Watch… Should I Get One? (Price and Specs)

At the risk of sounding like an Apple fanboy… yes.  Yes you should. I want one and may very well get one when they come out in early 2015. Think of it this way, for $349 you can get what is essentially the most complicated watch of all time. It does every thing the Pebble smartwatch does plus soooooo much more.   No, it’s not as mechanically complex as an Audemars Piguet Equation of Time, but the Apple Watch does more...

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Hands-On with Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom, Stranger and other Boutique Exclusives and Novelties (EXCLUSIVE)
Jul23

Hands-On with Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom, Stranger and other Boutique Exclusives and Novelties (EXCLUSIVE)

How often do you get hands-on with amazingly rare and complicated Ulysse Nardin timepieces and chow down a great rare Kona-crusted New York strip in the process?  Yeah, not that often.  So, when I was invited to a dinner highlighting Ulysse Nardin’s latest über complications, Baselworld novelties and boutique exclusives at the Boca Raton Capital Grille, I leapt at the opportunity.  I mean… steak, champagne and...

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The Watches of the Gumball 3000
Jun07

The Watches of the Gumball 3000

In the last TickTickVroom post, I blabbered on about the starting grid of the 2014 Gumball 3000 rally, particularly about the incredible, amazing, wonderful, astonishing cars.  And, that is a very worthwhile topic.  However, wherever the wealthy gather to play with million dollar toys, some pretty great watches gather with them.  So, I thought I’d like to write a quick post on the Watches of the Gumball 3000.   In summary,...

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Titanium Patek Philippe with Flawless Diamond Case Back to Be Sold at Sotheby’s (UPDATE: SOLD)
May22

Titanium Patek Philippe with Flawless Diamond Case Back to Be Sold at Sotheby’s (UPDATE: SOLD)

[UPDATE: The Titanium Diamond Caseback Patek Philippe sold at the Sotheby’s New York Important Watches auction for a hammer price of $737,000.] For the past 20 minutes or so, I’ve been trying to come up with an interesting way to start this post, something that speaks to the rarity and extravagance of this watch.  But, I can’t come up with anything.  So, I’ll just put it this way… During the...

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MB&F Starfleet Machine: A Star Trek Deep Space 9 Clock
Apr09

MB&F Starfleet Machine: A Star Trek Deep Space 9 Clock

The MB&F Starfleet Machine (YES, STARFLEET!!!) is by far the coolest, geekiest, most awesome clock I have ever seen.  I am a huge Trekie.  I love Star Trek, as is evidenced by my review of the De Bethune Dream Watch 5.  But, this clock… this masterful piece of nerdy goodness from MB&F and L’Epée 1839 takes Star Trek-inspired art to a whole new level.   It combines science fiction awesomeness with the...

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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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