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Returning to a place that is exciting, bold, and indeed still very new for one is always a real eye-opener – in September 2014, I had my first opportunity to visit the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and as such, for the first time as well, to discover its peerless host city. Exactly one year later, I was eager to return and to see for myself, now with a more trained and critical eye, what had changed over the last 12 months.

Welcome to the 2015 “Horology Halftime Show,” presented by hindsight. The official arrival of summer means that Baby New Year clichés are as dead as your old Synchronar 2100, and in our era of instant analysis, it’s high-time for a look back at a few of high horology’s best moments so far. Sit back, read on, and celebrate the finest plays of 2015’s first two quarters.

For the 75th Anniversary of Batman, Swiss Romain Jerome has partnered with DC Comics to produce the Batman-DNA collection of limited edition watches. There is one version of the watch and it is limited to just 75 pieces with a Batman logo on the dial and case shaped with angles on the bezel to remind of the Batmobile. It might appear as though there are two versions, but it is just a "light and darkness shot" of the watch with and without the luminant glowing. This is the first watch relationship between Romain Jerome and DC Comics, but the concept is by no means a surprise, given Romain Jerome's history of making limited edition watches in honor of pop culture icons.

While the watch world is still trying to make sense of the Apple Watch, we finally get the chance to go one-on-one with Apple's latest gadget. Find out what we think about the Apple Watch here. Apart from our comprehensive writeup of the Apple Watch, we also pay homage to A. Lange & Söhne as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Lange One and also the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Next we turn our attention to watch movement advertising and also discuss the technicalities and nuances surrounding in-house watch movements. And as for new watches, we get upclose and personal with the new Nomos Ahoi Atlantik and a very exclusive and stunning version of Hublot’s Big Bang Ferrari watch. To close, we take a look at the Hong Kong watch industry and how companies are returning to Hong Kong in a bid to revitalize it as a manufacturing hub and also analyze how the protests that are ongoing in the city will affect the watch industry on a whole.

To say that I was excited about my first visit to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair – and my first time in Asia, for what it's worth – would be a massive understatement. You see, over the years, we have written dozens of Inside The Manufacture articles, accumulating our experiences in plenty of Swiss and other manufacturers, from the tiny one-man workshop to the state of the art manufacturing facilities of industry giants like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and many others. However, it only happens ever so scarcely that we get proper insight into what basically is the engine of the world at this point: China.

This episode features Ariel Adams and ABTW Managing Editor David Bredan as guest host, as John was away. We discuss the interesting topic of how Rolex prices have increased over the years and how it relates to the industry overall. We also talk about how watch launches can fail and the importance of honest communication, as well as who might be buying Chinese tourbillons in honor of the Transformers.