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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Xeric XERISCOPE: A Watch Born from KickStarter
Dec19

Xeric XERISCOPE: A Watch Born from KickStarter

If you enjoy the occasional online perusal of the purveyors of timepieces, odds are you’ve heard of Wachismo.  And, unless you live under a rock, you’ve also probably heard of the crowd-sourcing website, KickStarter.  But, what you may not have heard of is the Xeric watch brand and they’re first timepiece, the XERISCOPE, which is on KickStarter as we speak (with about 26 hours to go).   The brothers Greenblatt,...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon [SIHH 2014]
Nov30

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon [SIHH 2014]

The first thing you might notice about the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon is that it is stark… very, very stark.  Audemars Piguet uses bright white ceramic and titanium to create a watch that is not dissimilar in appearance to a Star Wars Storm Trooper and is actually quite cool.   The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon is just the latest addition to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept...

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2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve: Complete Prize List
Nov19

2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve: Complete Prize List

Friday evening saw the awards ceremony of the 13th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the Grand Théâtre de Genève.  Frédéric Beigbeder awarded the GPHG’s fifteen prizes to the winners in front of an audience of 1,500 watch industry stakeholders, politicians and other VIPs, including Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation.   Top prize, the “Aiguille d’Or”, went to Girard-Perregaux...

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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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IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII and Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Editions Le Petit Prince
Oct19

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII and Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Editions Le Petit Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince is probably one of the most beloved children’s books ever penned.  As a matter of fact, it is the most translated French book.  There is something about that Little Prince, that golden-haired boy in a scarf, and the wonderfully childlike way he views the world (or in his case worlds) that speaks to everyone and teaches us to see snakes digesting elephants and sheep in a box.  And,...

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F.P. Journe Historical Anniversary Tourbillon: 30 Years of Watchmaking [Pricing]
Oct19

F.P. Journe Historical Anniversary Tourbillon: 30 Years of Watchmaking [Pricing]

Another 2013 Anniversary… Yes, another one.  You can add F.P. Journe to the list of anniversaries this year along with Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Rolex, Caterham, Fiat and Tag Heuer.  The first watch Francois-Paul Journe ever made was created in 1983, and the F.P. Journe Historical Anniversary Toubillon pays homage to that watch.  Seriously, did everything good happened on a year ending in “3”?  I was also born...

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Hodinkee Interviews Sir Jackie Stewart on Racing, Watches and Being Awesome
Oct18

Hodinkee Interviews Sir Jackie Stewart on Racing, Watches and Being Awesome

Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart is a legend in world of motorsports and, thanks to his long-time partnership with Rolex, in the world of watches.  The nice folks at Hodinkee spoke with Sir Jackie Stewart during the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance about racing, Rolex and being awesome.  From getting his first big break racing in the Indianapolis 500 to getting (and subsequently losing) a diamond studded Rolex...

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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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