February 12, 2016
by Kenny Yeo
1. Why every guy absolutely needs to wear a watch every single day
I understand that I am speaking to the converted here, but this is one of the most concise and succinct posts that talks about the virtues of wearing a watch that I have come across recently. I thought it would be nice to share it with our readers so that they may in turn show it to spouses, family, and friends, who might make snide remarks about our interest in watches and our love of watch collecting.
Source: Business Insider
2. Angelo Bonati speaks about one of Panerai’s greatest innovations yet
Watchmaking isn’t solely concerned with new complications and movements, technical innovation in the field of materials is just as important and fascinating. For 2016, one of Panerai’s most important new watches is Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio. The movement is spectacular, of course, as is the titanium Luminor 1950 case. But what’s really unique about the watch is its extensive use of titanium in constructing the movement. Here, Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati shares the inspiration behind this idea and how the company set out to achieve it.
3. Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece 8 Decimal Repeater
A decimal minute repeater chimes the hours, tens of minutes, and minutes. This is different from most traditional minute repeaters that chime the hours, quarters, and minutes. As you can probably guess, it’s much easier to tell the time with a decimal minute repeater because you don’t have to deal with quarters of hours. However, despite this advantage, decimal minute repeaters are rare. In fact, the first watch to feature a decimal minute repeater only came about in 2004, and it was the Masterpiece 6 by Kari Voutilainen. It was then followed up by the Masterpiece 7 and Masterpiece 8. Here is a close look at the Masterpiece 8, complete with a wonderful video showing the amazing sound of the watch.
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4. SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Montblanc
If you are looking for value, one of the brands to look to now is Montblanc. Ever since the brilliant Jerome Lambert took over, Montblanc has been on a roll and is one of the most exciting brands to keeps tabs on. The key philosophy at Montblanc, it seems, is to offer compelling pieces and complications at affordable prices. And the results of this can be seen in the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum watch from last year, as well as the Heritage Chronométrie Collection Chronograph Annual Calendar and the Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar. Check out what’s new from Montblanc this year in this post that handily summarizes the brand’s latest offerings from SIHH 2016.
Source: Watches by SJX
5. Aldo Magada Reveals Zenith’s New Number One Market, And Explains The El Primero’s Role In Keeping The Brand Afloat
Zenith is, without a doubt, one of the most storied brands in watchmaking. It is one of the first brands to come up with an automatic chronograph movement, and even today, it is still one of the few brands to be producing high-beat 36,000 bph movements on a mass scale. It’s not an understatement to say that the El Primero movement and name is Zenith’s most important asset. But that poses a problem too as some feel that Zenith is too reliant on the El Primero. Zenith CEO Aldo Magada shares his thoughts on the El Primero, its role in the brand, and how the brand plans to grow in these difficult times.