Apple Watch Review I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers.
Aug31

Apple Watch Review I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers.

I miss my watches, and so do a lot of others, which may be troubling news for watchmakers. It’s been a week since I got my 42mm Apple Watch in stainless steel with the Bright Blue Leather Loop strap. And, I figured it might not be a bad time for an Apple Watch Review. Over the past week, I’ve learned more than just a bit of fodder for an Apple Watch Review, I’ve realized that the Apple Watch (which I still think they...

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Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?
Mar10

Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?

While a $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, But Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (Which Will Probably Come in Like a Year)? An Apple Watch… am I getting one? Yes. Yes, I am. Mostly become I’m both an Apple addict and a watch addict. But, which is the Apple Watch to get? With 38 different models in two sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and three different metals (or six if you split rose...

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Henry Graves Patek Philippe Supercomplication Gets a New Owner The World's Most Complicated Pocket Watch Sells Today at a Sotheby's Auction for a Record $24 Million.
Nov11

Henry Graves Patek Philippe Supercomplication Gets a New Owner The World's Most Complicated Pocket Watch Sells Today at a Sotheby's Auction for a Record $24 Million.

Henry Graves, Jr’s Patek Philippe Supercomplication, The World’s Most Complicated Pocket Watch Sells Today at a Sotheby’s Auction for a Record $24 Million. First question that pops into mind when looking at the Henry Graves, Jr. Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch is a practical one. $24 million price tag aside, who would ever carry a pocket watch weighing a massive 1 pound 3 ounces (aka 536 grams) and...

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Apple Watch… Should I Get One? (Price and Specs)
Sep13

Apple Watch… Should I Get One? (Price and Specs)

At the risk of sounding like an Apple fanboy… yes.  Yes you should. I want one and may very well get one when they come out in early 2015. Think of it this way, for $349 you can get what is essentially the most complicated watch of all time. It does every thing the Pebble smartwatch does plus soooooo much more.   No, it’s not as mechanically complex as an Audemars Piguet Equation of Time, but the Apple Watch does more...

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Hands-On with Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom, Stranger and other Boutique Exclusives and Novelties (EXCLUSIVE)
Jul23

Hands-On with Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom, Stranger and other Boutique Exclusives and Novelties (EXCLUSIVE)

How often do you get hands-on with amazingly rare and complicated Ulysse Nardin timepieces and chow down a great rare Kona-crusted New York strip in the process?  Yeah, not that often.  So, when I was invited to a dinner highlighting Ulysse Nardin’s latest über complications, Baselworld novelties and boutique exclusives at the Boca Raton Capital Grille, I leapt at the opportunity.  I mean… steak, champagne and...

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The Watches of the Gumball 3000
Jun07

The Watches of the Gumball 3000

In the last TickTickVroom post, I blabbered on about the starting grid of the 2014 Gumball 3000 rally, particularly about the incredible, amazing, wonderful, astonishing cars.  And, that is a very worthwhile topic.  However, wherever the wealthy gather to play with million dollar toys, some pretty great watches gather with them.  So, I thought I’d like to write a quick post on the Watches of the Gumball 3000.   In summary,...

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Cesium 133 by Bathys: First Real Atomic Watch (Video)
Apr29

Cesium 133 by Bathys: First Real Atomic Watch (Video)

Some watches are innovative due to their mechanical complexities.  Others to their unique and original designs.  But, the Bathys Hawaii Cesium 133 changes the way time is kept by bringing the accuracy of atomic clocks to your wrist.   Traditionally, “atomic watches” are basically quartz watches that set themselves based upon radio signals received from larger atomic clocks, like the ones at the National Institute of...

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Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph
Mar29

Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph

The Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph may very well be the most controversial watch coming out of Baselworld 2014… In fact, this watch is probably the most controversial and divisive Patek Philippe in a long, long time.  I’ll give you a hint as to why… in Patek Philippe-speak the “1” stands for bracelet and the “A” stands for “Acier” which is French for steel. ...

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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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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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