When you think of luxury diving watches, other brands might compete for attention, but the mere mention of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is enough to end all discussion on which is the most important diving watch in history. Which other watch can claim to have laid down the blueprint of what we know as the essential aspects of a diving watch?
About Adi SoonAdi is a photographer and writer, who lately discovered that his hidden obsession about watches would actually be useful to other people. Currently living in London, he calls Malaysia his true home. He is also interested in other artistic things.
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My experience with the SLYDE watch last year was an instructive one. While I will readily profess the religion of the mechanical watch to anyone who will listen, I was surprised to discover that during the time I spent with a SLYDE on my wrist, I felt a tinge of the future, and possibly of watch-making itself.
What do you do when your brand philosophy limits the kinds of things you can do with your watches? That is the question I asked myself when I pondered Meistersinger’s position as the flag-bearer of the single hand concept in the world of watches. Aside from creating more single-hand watches, what can you do to evolve the concept further ?
Being the “brand of the carrousel”, Blancpain’s use of this close cousin to the tourbillon must someday find its way into anything they produce. Then again, they did recently produce the Carrousel Tourbillon watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on) that featured both complication in order to help distinguish them.
I had to time my visit to when the watches were available and completed for me to have a really good look at them. Luckily for me, I arrived in Oldenzaal in the Netherlands at their workshop at a time when preparations for Basel 2013 were in full swing. I was able to see three pieces…
When the first Chinese tourbillons came out in 2007 there was a collective gasp in the watch community. For the first time ever, one could, at an accessible price, buy and own a tourbillon without the huge price tag of a Swiss one.
The Blancpain Tourbillon Carrousel presented at Baselworld 2013 showcases the difference between the well-known (among watch people) tourbillon and its lesser-known cousin, the carrousel. Each uses very similar methods for attempting to compensate for gravity in a balance wheel. Just a smidgen of background.
For the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s coronation this year, Meistersinger will release a limited edition single hand watch based on the clock at Westminster Abbey in London. Now before I carry on, I believe that need to make some clarify something for you, our international audience.
The trend of buying vintage watches has exploded in recent years with record prices realized for many vintage pieces. Yet buying and collecting vintage watches can be intimidating to novices. Rolex especially, has performed very well, and really it’s quite easy to hazard a guess as to why this has been the case…
It is no surprise that the Baume & Mercier Clifton collection has garnered universal praise. The essential ingredients of this line of watches are restrained classical looks, combined with an understated elegance. While the trend of making funky watches with unusual time telling displays continues unabated, sometimes, all we want is a stylish and timeless design that just feels right.
The Royal KonTiki Two Time Zones by Eterna is a handsome watch, but watch industry pundits will no doubt consider the bigger story being the first appearance of the new Calibre 39 in a production watch. It couldn’t have happened soon enough. When the Calibre 39 was announced this year, its appearance seemed to embody […]
The Technomarine Steel Evo Carbon is the first quartz watch that I’ve picked up in a long time. Being the watch snob that I am, one of the first filters that I apply to a watch to decide if it will merit my interest is whether its a quartz or a mechanical. Therefore, for me to even consider a quartz watch to purchase or review, it has to have something really cool about it above and beyond its battery driven heart…
It is not often that one gets to handle and spend time with a watch of such horological importance. In my recent visit to the Isle of Man with Roger Smith (that you can read about here), Roger asked me if I wanted to see something special. I did not know what he had in mind, being that I thought that everything he produced at his studio was special already.
The Swiss National Council approved by way of a 124 against 67 majority vote that the minimum share of Swiss value for industrial products has been raised to 60%, up from about 50%.
Living in the UK and speaking to watch-lovers and people connected to the watch industry, conversations inevitably veer towards the phenomenon that is Bremont. Of note of course is the seemingly meteoric rise of the brand out of nowhere, and now, in its twelfth year in 2013, it has five main collections, a number of sold out limited editions, and legions of fans among celebrities and watch-lovers alike.
The TAG Heuer MikroPendulumS has just been announced and it looks to be a technical tour-de-force. Finally TAG Heuer has been able to perfect their pendulum magnetic escapement concept enough to put it into a production timepiece…
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