Hands-On Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 Reference 311.30.42.30.03.001

Christie's Auctions Three Rare Display Back Speedmaster Professional Watches

Some brands are fantastic at producing watches that their core consumer base wants. Others keep trying to reinvent themselves each few years and they fail most of the time. A brand is often like a person and should stick to what they are good at and known for. It isn't a rule of nature, but is a guideline for finding the path of least resistance.

And then there is the two-tone mink fur straps on a crocodile base. My first question is why two-tone? Did Fendi try the Crazy Carats watch on a single color fur strap and decide that it wasn't enough? How did they settle on a black (it is actually deep gray) and yellow along with a blue and red strap as the best options? My first thoughts are to–an actually furry–bumble bee for that black and yellow strap. For the red and blue strap I imagine something out of pure Americana–the Bomb Pop. Shaped like a rocket (and also known as the Turbo Rocket Popsicle), this frozen treat has a red and blue section flanking a middle white section. More or less an allegory for the American flag, I can easily imagine the white being the watch in the middle of this blue and red hairy creation.

The overall look of the piece is cohesive, though it is a bit jarring at first with the 6 o'clock numeral being missing (that's where the date display shows up). The handset is one that appears on other models - while a touch narrower than I'd prefer, they're well proportioned to both one another and the size of the watch. While the styling itself isn't anything earth-shattering, it's one that you won't find glaring issues with, and it's following the same lineage set out by the rest of their collection. At an asking price of 0, this looks to be another excellent US-assembled entry from the folks over at Shinola.  shinola.com

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A French Collector Tells Us About His Speedmaster Reference 105.003-65 and 145.022-69

Over the last few years who has been the most interested in "ultra-thin?" Pretty much everyone. The notion of a very thin mechanical watch has been a haute horology trend as of late. What really amused us is when for marketing purposes a lot of brands simply starting adding "ultra thin" to watches that frankly weren't any different than the year before. It seems as though someone decided that 10mm or under was "ultra-thin." Well you could stack close to three Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P watches next to a 10mm thick watch. The moral of the story is that not all "ultra thins" are created equal. So it is important to note who the major players are.

This is one of the most unique Voutilainen dials I've ever seen, and the only one that I can think of that is completely decorated in this manner. I have to respect Kari's dedication to a watch being a watch, because the Voutilainen 28 Hisui still has 18k white gold applied hour markers as well as the Voutilainen brand logo plate. Applied gold leaf is used on the periphery of the dial that melds into shades of blue and green.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH 80 Watch: Return To The 1960s Classic Watch Releases

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Wear Your Speedmaster On VELCRO® Brand

The dial design has a lovely old-world charm with vintage-effect lume, minimal dial text and a nicely contrasting seconds sub dial at nine. Both the main dial and sub dial have railway scales, a design we find on other Bremont models like the Supermarine S500 and the Codebreaker. Additionally, the seconds sub dial is signed "1903" as an additional nod to the Wright Brothers world-changing achievement.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On Hands-On

Event Recap: Blancpain Watches At Tourbillon Store In San Francisco

Event Recap: Blancpain Watches At Tourbillon Store In San Francisco

Large, properly-sized hour and minutes hands along a track of bold lume-filled hour markers complete this wonderfully instrumental, yet attractive dial design. Girard-Perregaux offers the Sea Hawk Blue on both a blue rubber strap or a steel metal bracelet. I've tried them both on and I have to say that Girard-Perregaux has more than made up for any wearability issues the Hawk collection had upon its initial debut. These wear wonderfully on my mid to small-sized wrists.

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Chronological Time

In 1944 a Swiss engineer named Hans Hilfiker designed a new system that would synchronize clocks at each station using signals that traveled via telephone cables. The system would re-sync the clock at several thousand stations every single minute. We believe the two second pause allows for each clock to be synchronized and the delay gives the clock the ability to neutralize any perceived error. Thus, the iconic two second pause each minute as seen on Swiss Railways clocks was borne. It is a unique and telling aspect of Swiss culture, and very much in line with the personality of their watch industry today.

GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto Watch As Seen In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Movie Giveaways

Most everything about the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon watch is new, including six of the eight patents protecting the movement, the shape of the case that is inspired by a pocket watch from 1907, as well as the achievement the good people at Jaeger-LeCoultre have reached in regard to minimal case thickness for a grand complication watch. Even the beautiful dauphin-style hands are new. In one fell swoop Jaeger-LeCoultre's flagship timepiece for 2014 rewrites the formula for the perfect high-end dress watch. This is the type of watch that keeps us interested in horology and is easily a new grail piece for an entire demographic of watch collectors whose hearts have just skipped a beat. Let's proceed to discussing exactly what is so special about this new ultra-thin automatic minute repeater tourbillon from one of our favorite Swiss watch brands.

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IWC Replica 8-Day Power Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required (if you've signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there). In the body of your comment mention why you'd like this watch and what jobs or careers you think most require a good watch.

There's going to be a rather interesting watch presented later this year at SalonQP 2013 in London - an atomic pocket watch called the No. 10 by Hoptroff. At first blush, you're probably thinking that it's just another atomic radio signal-syncing timepiece, albeit one that's in a different format than we're used to seeing (and even quite different from Bathys' Cesium 133 atomic clock watch creation). However, this has the potential to be something a whole lot cooler (and one you likely wouldn't want to take through airport security). The Hoptroff No. 10 is actually going to rely on an on-board atomic clock that relies on a cesium oven (which is why we're seeing this in a pocket watch case, and not on your wrist) to maintain accuracy with the same Symmetricom atomic clock ship that the Bathys Cesium 133 uses, but here in a larger and probably more logical pocket watch form.

Yes, the above words of praise are deserved because MB&F once again releases a thoughtfully designed work of wrist magic that - true to the brand's promise - exists because of a collaboration of talented people (the "friends") whose combined talents make items of desire such as this possible. One of the things I've learned about during the last few years is that it isn't inherently that hard to get a watch made if you can afford the production process. I've also learned that money alone doesn't promise a good watch. It takes a lot of work and diligent tweaking (Swiss style) that allows for designs like this to be eventually created and look fantastic. It is becoming more and more difficult for us to become impressed with high-end creations because we see the world's top creations on a regular basis. Having said that, MB&F, through its founder Max Busser and the rest of the team have an eye for design and features that strikes a very positive chord with the horologically enamored.

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary in Gold

As the official timekeeper of the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014, Tissot of course will release a slew of limited edition timepieces. In fact, there will be nine different limited edition models for the Asian Games, and each will be limited to 2,014 pieces.

Artya Makes Another Airport-Unfriendly Item: Watch Buckle With Hidden Knife Luxury Items

I was with the people who run Breguet in America a few days ago and one of them asked me, "what Breguet would you want to wear right now?" That is a tough question when it comes to a brand like Breguet. Do I go with a beautiful and simple watch from the Classique collection that is meant to remind you of Breguet's strong past? Or perhaps follow my love of sport watches and choose a Type XXI that everyone seems to love? If someone else is buying (which they clearly are in this scenario) why not go for broke and opt for a complex tourbillon in the Tradition collection? Somewhere in the middle of all this is the Ref. 7277, a newer model in the Classique collection that I find myself raving about for the second time.

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IWC Replica Watches Watch With In-House Movement

Just a couple more days to enter for a chance to win an automatic mechanical Gc-3 watch by Gc timepieces. This versatile, modern timepiece takes Gc design DNA and offers a uniquely refined package that watch lovers can enjoy. Retail price is ,295 and you can enter to win one here until the end of January 2014.

Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron Watch Available In Solid 24k Gold For ,000  Hands-On

In the pursuit of building a better mousetrap, Everest looks to enhance the Rolex wearing experience with their latest strap collection for Rolex watches. Coming September, Everest Bands will release their Everest Leather Series bringing another element of comfort and versatility to Rolex watches. This is in addition to Everest's rubber strap series for Rolex. The Everest Leather Series watchstrap combines the comfort of quality leather with the reliability of a solid 316L stainless steel end link, topped off with a replaceable 316L stainless steel tang buckle.

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Watch Collection Essentials: Luxury Strap Watches

Say hello to Clerc's first three-hand version of their popular Hydroscaph dive watch collection. Called the Hydroscaph H1, this watch is meant to be an entry-level priced way of getting into the independent watch brand who has lured a lot of watch lovers with their quality designs and impressively bold colors. Like many new watches in the Hydroscaph collection, the H1 is offered in a whole range of color styles. The one we had for review had a deep metallic blue dial accented with a lime green hand. In addition to our normal hands-on review video of the Clerc Hydroscaph H1, look for a second video showing some of the other versions of this attractive watch.

Everest Leather Straps For Rolex Watches Preview Hands-On

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Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Review

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Review
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Diver Watches for Holiday Getaways

Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan Hands-On

Event Recap: TAG Heuer "50 Years of Carrera" At The Silicon Valley Boutique Shows & Events

One way to improve isochronism is by stacking the barrels in a way that they are "coupled." The 11 mainspring barrels in the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari are "series-coupled," designed to ensure a greater degree of consistency in the power as it is released overtime. Adding a tourbillon to this arrangement isn't about increasing accuracy, but more about luxury and adding mechanical art and complexity to an already complex movement. Viewing the movement in action is quite amazing, and examining the details of the 637 piece movement is extremely satisfying.

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Introducing You To The Speedy Tuesday Magazine

The Story Behind Wryst Watches ABTW Interviews

In closing, I would like to apologize for being so linguistically sensitive to my close colleagues who work at the many watch brands we work with here at aBlogtoWatch. I am not claiming that anyone is implying that as a media source we aren't focused on consumer benefiting content. I am saying that perhaps thanking us "for our support" isn't the best way of acknowledging what we do. It is great that you like it when we cover you–we'd be just as thrilled if you covered us–but try to understand that we are really doing it all for the people who buy the products, not the people who make them. That is who aBlogtoWatch works for.

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue Watch Hands-On

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue Watch Hands-On

A very interesting – and just as seldom-seen – aspect of watchmaking is how individual components are made. Images and video footage of watchmakers assembling movements can be frequently encountered, while the actual source of the parts that he or she assembles remains unclear to a great extent. That is of course understandable once we consider the weeks or months of hard work that it takes to develop and test all these components, so brands rightfully wish to keep most details away from the prying eyes of the competition.

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