To Peru and Back: A Review of the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph 2

 |  July 25th, 2014

By Alex Lam If you were to hit the trails in Peru – which I did — what watch would you take with you? Perhaps this is a somewhat inane question, but it was one that I contemplated before my trip to hike the Inca Trail. The wristwatch, first and foremost, was developed as a tool. The mechanical wristwatch as we know it today, despite all technological advances is less accurate and functional than its quartz and digital successors. And while there are some very good modern mechanical tool watches, even these more practical timepieces cannot approach the functionality and electronic accuracy of their counterparts. That said, it is interesting to recall that many of the great classic watches we…

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Moon Accuracy for 122 Years … Introducing the White Gold L.U.C Lunar Big Date from Chopard

 |  July 23rd, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Originally launched in 2009, the Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date watch housed the L.U.C 96.20-L, with a moon phase accuracy of 122 years! Coming from a mechanical piece, made in-house by Chopard, this is a big deal because if the watch never stops running, you won’t have to adjust the moonphase in your lifetime. Now, Chopard takes that same movement and introduces the watch in an 18-karat white gold version with an updated design aesthetic. Before I delve into the details of this watch, I should start off by saying that I have a personal bias towards lunar complications. As such, if there is some editorial sensationalism don’t be surprised. The dial on this watch is absolutely…

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5 Watch Brands Involved in Space Exploration: Breitling, Fortis, Bell & Ross, TAG Heuer, Zenith

 |  July 21st, 2014

This past Friday, in anticipation of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20, 1969) and subsequent first steps on the moon (July 21, 1969) , we brought you the entire story here – complete with the introduction of the new Omega Apollo 11 Limited Edition 45th Anniversary watch. In addition to Omega — other watch brands have been involved in space exploration and adventures. Today — on the exact anniversary of the first walk on the moon — we take a look at five more brands involved in precision timing and space exploration. In 1959, NASA selected seven astronauts, now known as the Mercury Seven, for its first missions. Among those astronauts was Malcolm Scott Carpenter,…

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Omega Unveils Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 LE watch to honor the 45th Anniversary of Man’s First Step on the Moon – Which I recall Perfectly …

 |  July 18th, 2014

I may be giving away too much information here, but, why not? I remember watching the televised landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module in 1969, and the next day’s adventurous steps as two astronauts descended the ladder of the module and stepped foot on the moon’s surface. I was a kid, on vacation with my family at a lakeside resort in Vermont. The resort set up hundreds of chairs out on the long wooden porch under the late night sky and a huge television set … remember- this was 1969 – so that all by itself was a big deal! From those chairs, under the starry sky, we watched the incredible breakthrough man made. I was a kid. Maybe…

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Close Up With the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Triple Tourbillon (video)

 |  July 16th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Girard-Perregaux is a brand with the wind at its sails. The brand’s Constant Force Escapement was unveiled a year ago and took home top honors in the 2013 Grand Prixe d’Horologerie Genève. Since then, the watch world has been asking how Girard-Perregaux will follow up on that year’s success. The answer: the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Triple Tourbillon. Long known for its stellar work with tourbillons (after all, the Three Bridges Tourbillon is legendary), Girard-Perregaux took the tourbillon to new heights with its first triple-axis tourbillon.  What exactly is a triple axis tourbillon? At its heart is a traditional tourbillon (if there is such a thing as a traditional tourbillon).  The cage in which the tourbillon is housed completes…

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