January 16, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
Many believe that no watch collection is complete without a Rolex. Admittedly, there are brands which update their collections and models more frequently – which is perhaps not saying much – but the brand is steeped in history and their watches are built to very high and exacting standards. The problem, however, is: should you get a vintage one or a modern one? On one hand, vintage Rolex watches are arguably sexier; but on the other hand, modern Rolex watches are built with the latest in watchmaking technology and are extremely reliable. While perhaps there is no one answer to this question, below we present you with some opinions with regard to this conundrum.
With 2014 over, we take the opportunity to take a closer look at some cool watches that were released last year. In the case of this round-up, these pieces are Bulgari’s amazing L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater Detent Escapement watch and Tudor’s extremely cool Heritage Black Bay Blue. Moving on, we also check out the last watch to bear the late George Daniels’ name on the dial, the George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch, designed by the master himself in collaboration with, and produced by Roger Smith, Daniels’ only apprentice.
1. Bulgari L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater Detent Escapement Watch Hands-On
Bulgari is something of a dark horse within LVMH’s stable of watches. While it has been largely overlooked thus far, I have the feeling that 2015 could be Bulgari’s year. Even though the company is more famous for its jewelry, and perhaps rightly so, it has been making significant strides in the stratospheric realm of haute horology, and its new L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater Detent Escapement watch is a sign that Bulgari should be taken seriously. Not only does it feature a detent escapement, which is notoriously difficult to manufacture and perfect, it also has a sophisticated minute repeater with four hammers.
2. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue Watch Review
Tudor is experiencing a resurgence of late, thanks to its uncanny ability to take design cues from its vintage watches and integrate them into its modern watches. The Heritage Chrono of 2010 and the Heritage Black Bay of 2012 were amongst the greatest hits from Tudor in recent years. And last year, Tudor built upon its recent success with the new Heritage Black Bay Blue. This watch is essentially the same as the Heritage Black Bay of 2012, but with a much more sombre look thanks to its dark blue bezel, black dial, and cool metal indices. If you have always yearned for a more conservative look for the original Heritage Black Bay, here it is.
3. Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 Watch Review
Mechanical worldtimers, watches that can display the time in multiple timezones, have been around since the 1940s. But for unparalleled convenience and accuracy, nothing beats a GPS watch. Citizen can be said to be the pioneer in GPS world time watches when it released its Eco-Drive Satellite Wave in 2011. The new Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 is the successor to that and features a cleaner and more legible dial, and also a high-end titanium case.
4. Top 10 Gold Watches
Some may find gold watches classy while others may them absolutely tacky. Nevertheless, almost every mainstream to high-end brand out there will have a gold watch somewhere in their catalogue. Nowadays, gold comes in all sorts of different hues and compositions – yellow gold, pink gold, and red gold are the most common. Beyond that, some brands even have their own type of gold. Rolex has Everose, Hublot has King Gold, and Omega has Sedna Gold. Here, then, is a compilation of our top 10 favorite gold watches.
5. Hands-On With The George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch By Roger Smith
Is it possible to mention the late George Daniels and not have words like “great” or “legendary” in the same sentence? We think not. George Daniels, for those of you not familiar to the name, is widely regarded as one of the greatest watchmakers in history and is the inventor of the co-axial escapement – yes, the very same used by Omega today. Now, this watch is significant because it was designed and announced in 2010 to mark the 35th anniversary of Daniels inventing the co-axial escapement. More importantly, this particular watch is also said to be the very last piece in the world which will bear Daniels’ name on the dial.
6. Kevin Rose Explains How He Got Into High-End Watches & Making The Watchville App For iOS & Android
Kevin Rose is the founder of Digg.com and is currently a partner at Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Google, and it would not be a stretch to say that he is something of an Internet and geek celebrity. So I was very interested to learn that he has, over the past couple of years, become a serious watch geek – so much so that he even built his own watch app, Watchville. Here, he shares with us his story of how he got into watches, some of his favorite brands and why he built Watchville.