Hands On with the Ulysse Nardin Proprietary Anchor Tourbillon

 |  July 22nd, 2015

While BaselWorld wrapped up four months ago in March, we are finally starting to see some of those great unveilings making their way to stores. Among them:  Ulysse Nardin’s new Anchor escapement tourbillon. Translated in French as whirlwind, the tourbillon escapement is one of the most beautiful complexities, thanks to the continually rotating components. Essentially the tourbillon escapement is a device that compensates for the errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the wrist is in different positions. It is one of the most impressive feats in haute horology today. The proprietary movement — made in house by the brand after eight years of research and development — offers the Ulysse Constant Anchor Escapement, with tourbillon, eight days of power reserve and extended…

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Introducing the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Frogman — Made in Cooperation with the Frogman Corps.

 |  July 20th, 2015

Today in Switzerland, Linde Werdelin unveiled its newest timepiece: Oktopus Frogman. For those unfamiliar, the Frogman Corps (Frømandskorpset) are a Naval Special Operations Force in the Danish Military. It is known that only the strongest, bravest, and greatest of persons complete the training to be granted the honor of being a Frogman. Their missions are important and highly dangerous, but are shrouded in mystery.The Oktopus Frogman is  a grand interpretation of a timepiece able to go the distance with that elite corps. The Frogmen are diving not only into the deepest of waters, but also the deepest of danger. They need a wristwatch that can withstand the waters while maintaining time precision; especially considering their lives may very well depend on…

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Off the Cuff: Close Up with the Clerc Hydroscaph H1

 |  July 17th, 2015

Recently I wore a watch I never really thought I would wear. I was testing out the Clerc Hydroscaph H1 C.O.S.C certified automatic chronometer. One of the reasons I never thought I would wear this watch is because it is a brute of a timepiece. I say a brute because it is a significantly sized workhorse – capable of diving to 1,650 feet below sea level. Make no mistake — I didn’t do that. I did some snorkeling with it in Florida, though and it performed beautifully in the water. I also lent it to a friend of mine who dives and took it with him on a day under the ocean. He was duly impressed. More importantly, though, this imposing…

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Affordable Watches: Swiss Legend’s Automatic Timepiece Is Surprisingly Affordable

 |  July 16th, 2015

One thing we have learned from all of our readers is that, sometimes, what is affordable to one person may not be the case for another. So, the task of finding a quality affordable watch may turn into quite a timely endeavor.  Swiss Legend, though, has managed to bridge the gap in the affordable watch market by offering precision-based, fashion-forward timepieces for under $400. The Swiss Legend brand began over a decade ago, but in 2013, the brand opted to have its watches Swiss-made. Recently, we had the opportunity to wear a Swiss Legend Abyssos Automatic 2.0 SL-10062-A-SR-03. Lets get the price tag immediately out in the open: $399. The timepiece runs off a Swiss-made, self-winding mechanical 3 hand STP1-11 movement, complete with a…

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Up Close with the Manufacture Royale 1770 Voltige – an Acrobat in Motion

 |  July 15th, 2015

Manufacture Royale –a five-year-old brand brand with roots dating back to Voltaire and the Age of Enlightenment — has been on the cutting edge of aesthetics and technology since its rebirth. We have covered the brand here before, but now we bring you the newest 1770 Voltige watch. Part of the brand’s 1770 Collection, this 1770 Voltige watch is the brand’s first timepiece not to incorporate a tourbillon. It is the first watch to be made in the affordable price range of $33,000 (for the stainless steel version) and – the best part – it is the first to feature an inside-out movement architecture. In fact, the 45mm watch displays its beating escapement (along with pallet fork and balance) above the dial–…

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