One of our favorite English watchmakers Roger Smith (Roger W. Smith) just announced that he has completed a watch commissioned by the British government for Prime Minister David Cameron. Called the GREAT Britain, this is the latest in Roger Smith’s series of bespoke timepieces produced on a made-to-order basis. The watch was commissioned by the Conrad Bird, the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications in 2012.
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Something quite new from Swiss Romain Jerome, here is the Skylab. The new timepiece collection with its skeletonized dial and movement is unique but thematically related to the brand’s other “moon-themed” timepieces that began with the Moon Dust DNA collection (hands-on here). The Moon Dust DNA was Romain Jerome’s first follow-up model to the famed Titanic DNA watch (aBlogtoWatch review here).
One of the latest old names in watch making to be brought back is L. Leroy, this time under the Festina Group that also owns Perrelet as well as watch movement maker Soprod. L. Leroy was a well-regarded watchmaker from the 18th century but the name was used in pocket watches and wriswatches into the 20th century. A few years ago (I believe) it was brought back as a high-end luxury brand with some interesting models.
Cartier has made it pretty clear that the Calibre case is going to enjoy a lot of life. It has served as the base for everything from mainstream luxury to ultra-high-end Cartier models, and continues to have a promising future as Cartier currently prefers the Calibre as their premier men’s model.
Shinola has just announced (today) a new type of watch collection it calls the “Great American Series.” The first model is The Wright Brothers Limited Edition, and more on that in a moment. The purpose of the Great American Series is to celebrate American inventors, innovators, and all-around important folks.
Chopard has just announced that it will debut a new luxury watch brand under its corporate guidance and ownership in 2014 celebrating the work of historic Swiss watchmaker Ferdinand Berthoud. Technically a new and distinct company, the new brand will be located in Fleurier near Chopard in the Val-de-Travers canton of Switzerland…
For 2014 Piaget will once again hold and retain the title of “world’s thinnest watch” with the Altiplano 38mm 900P. For years now Piaget has been releasing mechanical watch after mechanical watch exclusively dedicated to the notion of being the thinnest possible of that type. This practice began long ago with lots of success. In 1957 they released the 2mm thick 9P movement and in 1960 they released the famed 12p automatic movement.
Citizen’s newest Aqualand model takes a familiar movement and concept and dresses it up in an even nicer suit. That means a fresh and upgraded skin for an existing movement. This is one of the Eco-Drive Promaster collection’s most useful timepieces, incorporating (among other features) a chronograph and depth meter into a dive watch…
2013 has been an interesting year for Chopard. On one hand they officially unveiled a new collection of Classic Racing SuperFast watches with in-house made movements, and on the other hand they have released this curious new collection of very well-priced Mille Miglia models that are purported to be a limited edition for 2013 alone. Is that the deal or is this an experiment for the future?
All-black and delightfully “mean”, the Breitling Super Avenger Military is a rare example of a 24 hour watch. In the United States we refer to 24 hour format time as military time. That is because here it is primarily the military that uses this format while civilians use a 12 hour format. We are partial to our AMs and PMs. Many who live or travel outside of the US know the the 24 hour format is used heavily all over the world for a range of purposes from television schedules to movie times.
Did you know that in a store deep in the streets of Hong Kong is a Rolex Oysterdate watch with a pot leaf dial? Whether or not it is aftermarket or authentic, it does exist. John and I are almost officially Rolex fans at this point and we discuss our current feelings about the brand. Omega gets some love as we discuss the Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss with its highly anti-magnetic movement.
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Do you know what happened to Glashutte-based watch brand Tutima over the last few years? They underwent a major corporate pivot and completely changed their entire production of watches and also replaced all the ETA movements they used to use with in-house made movements. Yea, and they did all this in a relatively short period of time. ..
Are you ready for something new and fun at aBlogtoWatch? It is a fresh type of watch giveaway contest that we think you’ll enjoy. It combines this post page on aBlogtoWatch with the image sharing social media platform Instagram. The giveaway involves two elements, and to participate you will need to have an Instagram account. Further good news is that there are THREE watches we are giving away.
It is not often that we at aBlogtoWatch write three articles on the same timepiece, but the UTTE gets that treatment. At Baselworld 2013 Arnold & Son released this watch as the world’s (current) thinnest tourbillon. We debuted the UTTE watch for you here. “UTTE” stands for “ultra thin tourbillon escapement,” and it certainly is. Arnold & Son narrowly beat Piaget to production of the thinnest tourbillon ever. Being the most thin isn’t really that important to us. What is important is that the watch is very wearable, and very attractive.
For the 2013 aBlogtoWatch holiday giveaway, the lucky winner will accompany me (Ariel Adams) on a several day trip to RGM for a unique experience at how watches are made in America. We will spend two days at the RGM manufacture learning about how they make American watches the original way…
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