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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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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Rolex Opens a Boutique in Miami’s Design District
Jan17

Rolex Opens a Boutique in Miami’s Design District

Last night, Rolex opened a new stand-alone boutique owned by partner Luxury Swiss, LLC in Miami’s trendy Design District, the first in Miami.  Rolex USA president and CEO Stewart Wicht and head of Luxury Swiss, LLC, Seymour Holtzman, were joined by Rolex and Luxury Swiss, LLC execs, to celebrate the boutique’s grand opening.   Last night’s grand opening party saw about 250 guests including Miami celebs Raúl De...

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The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph
Jan09

The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph

The original Zenith Calibre 410 is a rather highly revered and sought after watch.  That’s probably due in part to the fact that it has one of the best movements in the history of watch-dom, the El Primero automatic column-wheel chronograph.  The Zenith Calibre 410 is even complete with triple-calendar and moon phase.  Or, at least it was during its 1960 to 2000 production run. Now, there’s a new one to honor the...

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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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