The 180th Anniversary Longines Telemeter & Tachymeter Chronographs
Aug03

The 180th Anniversary Longines Telemeter & Tachymeter Chronographs

It’s Longines’ 180th birthday.  And, to mark this anniversary, they’ve given me an early birthday present: The Longines Telemeter Chronograph and The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph.  Ok, they didn’t give them to me exactly, but they did release the two watches inspired by classic Longines.   The Longines Telemeter Chronograph The Longines Telemeter Chronograph The Longines Telemeter Chronograph was inspired by...

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Jaeger-LeCoultre & Batman: A Match Made in Gotham
Jul25

Jaeger-LeCoultre & Batman: A Match Made in Gotham

Dark Knight Rises Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso What do Dark Knight Rises and Batman: Forever have in common?  I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Alfred’s dry wit.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.  Google away.  Yeah, no the Batmobile in Batman: Forever was really lame, so that’s not it.  Give up?  Ok, it’s Jaeger-LeCoultre.  A Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso emblazoned with the Bat-logo to be exact.  Hmmm…a...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition: Tantalum Is Back
Jul03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition: Tantalum Is Back

Soccer elite and Audemars Piguet brand ambassador Lionel Messi finally has his own watch, or rather his own three watches.  Meet the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition, the first limited edition of the new 41 mm Royal Oak Chronograph. Presented in three case materials, steel, rose gold and platinum, each of the 1000 pieces feature a tantalum bezel.  See above for the breakout.  I really like the rose gold.  The...

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Nitroglycerine Watch Experiment: What Happens When MB&F and URWERK Join Forces?
Jun20

Nitroglycerine Watch Experiment: What Happens When MB&F and URWERK Join Forces?

C3H5N3O9 Nitroglycerine Watch is the chemical formula for nitroglycerine, by the way.  And, it’s also a watch company, sort of.  An “horological experiment” according the the madmen behind the C3H5N3O9 Experiment ZR012 watch.  I know.  That’s not the most inviting of names.  Almost as bad as McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3. Every chemistry student understands that when certain exotic components are mixed, a...

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Jaeger-LeCoultre & the Diamond Jubilee
Jun04

Jaeger-LeCoultre & the Diamond Jubilee

Jaeger-LeCoultre Diamond Jubilee Calibre 101 It’s good to be the Queen; especially, when Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Official Timekeeper of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, decides to give you a diamond encrusted Calibre 101 as an anniversary gift.  When Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, sixteen months after she took the throne, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 graced her wrist.  So, as an homage to that Calibre 101 and to celebrate...

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Bremont: The Quintessential British Watch Brand
Jun04

Bremont: The Quintessential British Watch Brand

Today, across the pond, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.  Sixty years ago, she took the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Over those sixty years, the UK has made some significant impacts on the world, Lotus, the Jaguar XK-E, the McLaren F1, the Rolling Stones, Top Gear, HP Sauce, and Fish & Chips (though I think that may be older than 60) to name a few.  So, in honor of...

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SDW Hyperbar: Water Resistant to a Depth of 39,600 Feet
May28

SDW Hyperbar: Water Resistant to a Depth of 39,600 Feet

I like weird watches.  A watch that has some sort of extreme feature or function that sets it apart from the rest is fun.  But, in the ever proliferating interest manufacturers have in giving their timepieces unique complications, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a watch that is truly one-of-a-kind.  Thankfully, a company in Zürich, Switzerland called Chronotime AG makes the SDW Hyperbar.     The Hyperbar...

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Nordschleife Racetrack 85th Anniversary Watch
May28

Nordschleife Racetrack 85th Anniversary Watch

As evidenced by my fondness for the Girard-Perregaux Ferrari watches, I love it when the timepiece industry and the auto industry team up.  Cars and watches are a match made in heaven.  The two of them together are like steak and lobster, torque and horsepower, gin and vermouth.  So when a new car-watch duo comes to market, I am suitably excited.  This time is not different.  This pairing involves what is perhaps the most iconic...

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Francois-Henry Bennahmias named as Audemars Piguet global General Manager ad Interim

Philippe Merk, the current Chief Executive Officer and the board of directors of Audemars Piguet Holding SA are parting ways due to “differences in company strategy.”  The AP board has named current Audemars Piguet (North America Inc.) CEO, Francois-Henry Bennahmias as the General Manager ad interim. Mr. Bennahmias has been with AP since 1996 and has been CEO of APNA since 1999.  I can think of no one better to take the...

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Vintage Hamilton Thin-o-Matic
May22

Vintage Hamilton Thin-o-Matic

With the rising popularity of styles from the 1960’s championed in the media by shows like Mad Men and the ill-fated Pan Am, it’s not surprising that the watch industry is bringing back updated versions of popular Don Draper-esque ’60s watches.  Vulcain Watches with their famous Cricket Alarm watch are making a comback.  Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Extra-Thin and Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 line...

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