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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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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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic
Jan25

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic

Audemars Piguet is huge into developing and using new materials in their watchmaking.  Tantalum, forged carbon, ceramic… AP has used some fascinating metals and composites.  But, if the 42 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic (reference number 15707CB.OO.A010CA.01) is any indication, it seems like 2014 is Audemars Piguet’s year of white ceramic, or as should I say Super Ceramic (it’s a real...

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