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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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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Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph [Pricing]
Nov02

Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph [Pricing]

Zagato of Milan exists in a pantheon of royalty in the world of car design.  Their custom coachwork stands at the pinnacle of automotive beauty and extreme design.  I mean, just look at the Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial.  So, when I learned that Chopard would be teaming with Zagato to create two 500-piece limited editions of their Mille Miglia Chronograph, I was excited, to say 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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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition: A Watch for King James [Video]
Sep29

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition: A Watch for King James [Video]

Audemars Piguet loves their celebrity athlete sposkespeople.  Two of the most recent AP Ambassadors to get their own Audemars Piguets, Michael Schumacher and Leo Messi, are giants in their respective fields of Formula One racing and soccer (or football to our European readers).   So it’s about time that Audemars Piguet Brand Ambassador and Miami Heat star forward LeBron James gets his own limited edition AP.  Hell, the...

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Hands On with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition
Sep13

Hands On with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition

Don’t get me wrong.  I got some pretty good birthday presents this year.  A hunter-case Elgin pocket watch from the early 1900s, an R/C helicopter and a big-honkin’ steak.  Like I said, not too shabby.  But my birthday pales in comparison to Jack Heuer’s.  He got, not one, but two limited edition Tag Heuer chronographs for his 80th, the Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer Edition 80 Years and the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre...

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My Hamilton Ventura… Finally!
Jun19

My Hamilton Ventura… Finally!

In 1957 the Hamilton Watch Co. debuted the Hamilton Electric Ventura and the Van Horn as the first two electric watches.  Both watches utilized the new caliber 500 electric movement, powered by the recently developed Button Battery, the same battery that now powers nearly every battery-powered watch in use today. The Hamilton Electric Van Horn was a conservatively designed round watch with little exterior flair.  Conversely, the...

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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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