At Baselworld 2013 we sat down with CEO Patrik Hoffman of Ulysse Nardin to discuss their new watches and increasing developments to produce in-house movements for all of their watches. New for 2013 is an in-house made chronograph movement, as well as some surprisingly beautiful high-end pieces. See our video with Mr. Hoffman and look out for coverage of new Ulysse Nardin watches soon.Read more ›
What you see here is a collection of mostly 1950s era Breguet Type XX timepieces. In mostly fine condition, these watches are extremely rare and many now once again belong to Breguet. However, many of you are aware that Breguet is not the only company to have a "Type XX" watch. Dodane for example is another maker of Type XX watches and there have been others historically. So what does Type XX mean? I must admit that in writing this article I opted to supplant my own knowledge a bit by doing some research. I knew the basic history of the Breguet Type XX, but I needed to know more. The basic story is interesting, and a treat to those interested in how certain functional timepiece designs became so popular.
Power reserve: 48 hours
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I received the M18.104.22.168 which Marvin describes as being inspired by a 1950s vintage model with modern Marvin Cushion DNA. This explains why it is so appealing to me. It's very tasteful, with black dial, stick markers and a white and orange ring at the edge containing the black minute marks. The minute marks continue in white onto the black chapter ring/rehaut.
Tony W. from London, UK asks:
Say hello to the interesting Eco-Drive Proximity watch from Citizen. It is a watch that does a lot right, some things wrong, but is overall an important stepping stone in the future of the contemporary timepiece. I've said it many times and I will continue to say it until it is a reality, but the future of the mass-market wrist watch is in connectivity. The "smart watch" - as we refer to it now - is still in its infancy. Though 2013 will be a serious year of maturing for the segment. With the long-awaited release of the Pebble, and the almost obsessive rumors of the upcoming Apple iWatch, 2013 is the year the public at large begins to imagine what shape the next wave of personal electronics will take.Read more ›
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Ariel here. That is a good question Jason. I will respond that I really just decided to start blogging about watches back in 2007. The blog started as aBlogtoRead.com and later became aBlogtoWatch.com in 2012. It was my first website and my first experience blogging. I probably owned about 50 watches or so at that point as I got into watches in about 2001. I tend to not discuss my personal collection too much as we try to cover everything. I have a large range of timepieces, and there is little in terms of a theme aside from them being mostly newer sport watches. I really do this because I love watches in general as opposed to a narrow type of watch.
The timepieces are technically part of the Ernst Benz Chronoscope collection. That basically means large-sized vintage style chronographs. In this case the size of the case is 47mm wide with a sloped polished bezel and brushed case. While big, the case is quite comfy. Wonderfully bendable leather and stubby lugs make it fit on most wrists comfortably. Wearing straps like this that aren't tough as rawhide when you first wear them make me really dislike stiff straps - no matter how pretty they are. Brands, listen up; please stop offering straps that need to be thoroughly beaten before they fit in a watch that is anything over 0.Read more ›
At SIHH this past January, IWC released their new Ingenieur collection, featuring over a dozen new timepieces from the revamped line. While most press attention from the collection focused on the in-house calibers, casing materials and range of complications in the new 46mm models, I was personally won over by the smallest and simplest of the bunch – the new 40mm steel automatic “base model”, reference 3239.
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ABTW: I know you and some of your Friends travel a lot, meeting the public and the press, introducing your latest pieces. That means you get their feedback directly. I would like to find out whether you have experienced a change in the public’s perception of your work. You said that the HM1 now appears to be extremely conservative, while when you created it it was out of this world. Seeing how your opinion about it has changed I would like to hear what you feel about the public: how did they react then and how do they react now to your work?Read more ›
I was brought up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and I remember so vividly the anticipation of the new car design lineups each September when the car companies released the next year’s models. What shape would the car be?…how would the taillights look? Would the grill be redesigned? What colors would be available? What horsepower would the engines have? It was a veritable cornucopia of new head spinning stuff. In the same vein, when I became an authorized dealer for luxury watches, I couldn’t wait to go to the Las Vegas Jewelry and watch show each June and see what tasty morsels the gremlins from Switzerland had in store for us. What shape design would the watches be, how would the case back show, what color dials would be available, what would the crown look like, and how many jewels would the movement have? It was a veritable cornucopia of new head spinning stuff (again).
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Material: Surgical grade German Stainless Steel "316L"
Diameter: 42mm, height 12mm.
Surface finish: Highly polished.
Curved Sapphire Crystal with multi anti reflective coating on the inside.
See-through Sapphire Crystal back.
Water-resistance 50 meters.
2012 also had a Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph watch, and the 2013 version has some minor changes. The movement is the same, but the cermet case construction and size are different. Last year's Deep Sea Chronograph watch was 42mm wide and the 2013 Cermet version is 44mm wide. I personally prefer the larger size, but I know a lot of people who want smaller 40 or 42mm sport watches. 44mm is a good size offering a modern look with the retro-styling that the Deep Sea Chronograph is known for. As a diver, it isn't ultra deep diving, but much of that has to do with it having a chronograph function - so water resistance is 100 meters.
TAG Heuer will offer the Link Calibre 18 in both a black dialed (ref. CAT2110) model and a silvered dialed (ref. CAT2111) version. In a big way you can see these mid-range two register chronographs as being more affordable versions of TAG Heuer's ultimate two register chronograph movement, the Calibre 36, which you can find in some high-end Carrera models and is essentially a Zenith El Primero high-beat chronograph. Prices for those starts at 7,500 Swiss Francs, while you can get a Link Calibre 18 for 4,900 Swiss Francs soon. tagheuer.comRead more ›