Christophe Claret Poker: 2014 TickTickVroom Watch of the Year
Apr13

Christophe Claret Poker: 2014 TickTickVroom Watch of the Year

Like I said on our Car of the Year page, it’s officially TickTickVroom’s Second Anniversary. In honor of our terrible twos, we’ve made the annual TickTickVroom Awards consisting of the TickTickVroom Car of the Year and TickTickVroom Watch of the Year.   In case you didn’t read the COTY post, let me explain our process… Our anniversary falls on April 13.  So any car and any watch that comes to market...

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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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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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