Close Up with the HYT Skull Watch – Liquid Time Gone Goth

 |  January 30th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Today we take a little break from the SIHH 2015 frenzy, to bring you a close-up look at what may well be one of the most advanced “skull” watches on the market. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but in the case of the latest release from Hydro Mechanical Horologist, HYT — the eyes are the windows of time. The 51mm Skull is a futuristic statement piece. As with the HYT H1 and HYT H2, The Skull continues with the brand’s signature concept of utilizing liquid to tell time. The bellows move a colored liquid through thin capillaries around the face of the watch. From there, though, the similarities with The…

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Panerai Takes Ceramic to all New Heights with the Luminor 1950 3 Day Chrono Flyback Ceramica (SIHH 2015)

 |  January 27th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson At SIHH last week, Panerai unveiled the Luminor 1950 3 Day Chrono Flyback Ceramica – a real beauty — and here is what you need to know about it: Bead blasted matte dial, black ceramic case, flyback chronograph, stunning blued steel chronograph hand, in-house movement and killer faux patina in a mass appeal 44mm case. If you are a Panerai lover, you will want to stop reading and get your order in for this one now. Still here? Want more details? Ok. The dial is laid out in a manner anyone familiar with the brand will instantly recognize. The oversized 12, 6 and 9 numerals are prominently featured. At the 3 o’clock position is the date wheel…

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Richard Mille Unveils RM 33-01 — So Technical that It Won’t Be Out Until 2016

 |  January 26th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Last week, Richard Mille caused a stir at the SIHH with new ways to relieve us of our hard-earned dollars. Unfortunately, if we want the Richard Mille RM-33-01, we will have to wait a little longer — as production has been delayed to 2016. As depressing as that is, it also gives us  time to save dollars, Euros or Yuans for this reference which happens to be a unique addition to the Mille family of watches. The sporty Mille 33-01 looks to combine styling elements from both its circular and tonneau case designs.  From the tonneau line, the case of the 33-01 borrows the ergonomic curvature of the case, which adds to its wearability,  and from the round case…

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Piaget Sets World Records — AGAIN – at SIHH 2015- Close Up with the Altiplano Chronograph

 |  January 23rd, 2015

Unveiled here at SIHH this week, the new Piaget Altiplano Chronograph sets two world-records. Mind you- we shouldn’t be surprised — Piaget is a master at setting world records, especially when it comes to the divine ultra thin movement. The new Altiplano ultra-thin hand-wound chronograph sets the record in the ultra-thin field as the thinnest hand-wound flyback movement (caliber 883P) — measuring 4.65mm, and as the thinnest hand-wound  finished watch —  measuring just 8.24 mm thick. Naturally, the entire movement was developed totally in house at the brand’s Manufacture and was quite some time in the making, as it required a total restructuring of the caliber to guarantee thinness, pair down the chronograph gear fingers and still offer 50 hours of power reserve. Essentially,…

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3 Top Watches from Cartier Unveiled at SIHH 2015

 |  January 22nd, 2015

The world’s first watch exhibition of 2015, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is bustling. With 12,000 watch retailers and watch journalists descending on Geneva for the unveiling of the newest timepieces from 16 top luxury brands – the excitement is high. As anticipated, Cartier does not disappoint us. This year, the brand releases so many special watches – from artistic masterpieces to haute horlogerie and haute Joaillerie that it is difficult to cull out the top three. But, we do so nonetheless, offering one in each design camp — and we promise more news Post-SIHH. So the three top picks from Cartier this year: Cartier’s watchmakers moved forward with daring new technical feats, unveiling the Rotonde de…

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