With the 2013 movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby book being released shortly, we wanted to take a look at some of the best wrist watches from the roaring 20s. The 1920s, in a sense, was the first real decade of the wrist watch. It was when both men and women started to adapt wrist watches over pocket watches. Some of the best brands that make watches today were around back then…
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We recently featured an exclusive hands-on look at the new for 2013 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual calendar watch. We were excited both by the price and aesthetics of that sexy and slim perpetual calendar with its classic design. That watch represented one of the three pillars which we consider to be the strengths of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand.
To read the reports from SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horologerie) or the latest auction headlines, you would think that watch collecting is the preserve of the super-rich. Prices with four, five or even six zeros seem to be the norm and those non-millionaires amongst us can feel reduced to observer status only.
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to look at a rare collection of vintage Breguet aviator watches and was treated to an uncommonly good time with old timepieces. While vintage watch love is deep amongst this (watch enthusiasts) crowd, it is the rare historic and interesting timepiece that really excites me on a tactile basis.
Someday I’d like to hear the real story of Franck Muller’s history as a watch brand. As a timepiece maker it is a fascinating company that has done a lot and gained a laudable amount of popularity for a high-end exclusive watch maker.
Sponsored Post 1973 was the year that Omega’s marketing department realized that the brand name contained the word ‘Mega’. The Basel fair of that year saw the launch of both the ‘Megasonic’ and the ‘Megaquartz’- an example of each watch is pictured above. The MegaSonic 720Hz is a movement unique to Omega and at the [...]
…this is the great looking Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph – and you already know how I feel about the name. Therefore, I am going to remove the “Vintage” part of the name for the rest of this article. It isn’t actually “XXL” in size either either, but I don’t feel like going on another rant. I am however OK with the “Chronograph” part of that name.
I am very much a “watch guy”. If you’re reading aBlogtoWatch, then chances are high that you’d consider yourself to be a member of the same club. But it’s worth noting that within our niche group of horologically inclined individuals, there are several sub-categories of watch enthusiasts.
According to Girard-Perregaux, the brand’s beginnings started in the late 18th century. I believe the Girard-Perregaux name began being used during the 19th century. Clearly one of the older watch brands, Girard-Perregaux has an interesting history and collection of vintage pieces with its name on them.
Longines will soon release these two vintage inspired watches that are lovely and affordable examples of classic sport timing timepieces. The watches are the Telemeter Chronograph and Tachymeter Chronograph.
This is the Bell & Ross 126 Sport and it is one of the most important watches currently sold by the sometimes polarizing Swiss brand. Bell & Ross is a recognizable luxury brand thanks to their line of instrument-style watches like the BR 01 and its many iterations.
eBay’s Fashion Vault is holding a dedicated high-end watch sale called the “Luxury Timepiece Event” which is going on now for a few more days. It features mostly (but not all) Rolex watches.
German Sinn timepieces are really hard for us tool watch lovers to resist. Often stalwart in their new products, over the last few years they have been a bit more trendy and playful. While I don’t know first hand, I have a feeling that the Bell & Ross success was a major eye-opener for them. [...]
Watch brands like to pump up their history a lot. This is especially true in Europe where with age comes legitimacy. It also helps when your history includes impressive things. A lot of today’s watch brands that bear vintage names don’t always have the most interesting histories. Much of them can be summed up as [...]
When I wrote my Baselworld 2012 recap, I pointed to this watch as being one of my top picks from the show. There is nothing inherently novel or innovative about it. Nor does it represent a new design direction for Bell & Ross. Still, the piece is extremely appealing and well-done from a design perspective. [...]
Fortis nods to itself and the 1970s with this limited edition dive watch with a cool look and generic name that is reminiscent of the era of cool looks and generic names. The Marinemaster Vintage Limited Edition watch reminds us of what it was like when mechanical watches were still king and quartz was a [...]
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