Can Your Watch Slay Dragons? Introducing the Urwerk UR-105M

 |  April 23rd, 2014

“An iron knight ready to conquer time.” That’s the way Urwerk is billing its new UR-105M—officially introduced to the world just a few minutes ago in Geneva.  I was lucky to be among the first to see this watch a couple of months ago before its official launch. It is a piece inspired by the Middle Ages – the era of sword duels, knights in shining armor, lances and legends, and as such claims to embrace the valor of the era with a metal-clad case of titanium with steel armor screwed on top. The bold yet gallant UR-105M holds true to the Urwerk DNA and codes of craftsmanship with satellite hours driven by bronze beryllium Geneva crosses that slowly orbit…

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Some People Just Don’t Understand Watch-Collecting Addicts

 |  April 22nd, 2014

By David Dadian, watch collector, NJ “So, what is your favorite watch?” My friend asks knowing I have many. He sees the IWC catalog in my office and just shakes his head. “Why would anyone wear a watch that costs as much or more than a car?”  As he flips through a watch magazine, he comes across a Blancpain Le Brassus Tourbillion and exclaims, “Really? A $5 million watch! More than a house, more than a few houses! Who would wear this?”  I sit back in my chair listening to his rant, then say: “Anyone acquiring one most certainly has a hell of a lot more than $ 5mil in the bank. “ He responds with:  “So this person would…

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Watch Collectors Voice Opinions, Wish Lists and More

 |  April 22nd, 2014

You may recall that just about a week ago, we announced here  that we would be launching a new section: Watch Collectors’ Corner. Rather than have one single perspective from an in-house resident watch lover, we opt for breadth.  Beginning this month – in fact starting today – we begin our monthly Collectors’ Corner, wherein readers share their thoughts on a variety of watches, watch collecting and other issues in the watch world that keep them pondering.  The first such contributions actually began in January as a quiet launch  as watch lover Alex Lam  talked about his love affair with watches here. We are excited about having our collector readers on board monthly to voice their opinions and offer their…

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A Moment in Time with Actress Susan Sarandon, IWC Friend of the Brand

 |  April 21st, 2014

 Recently, thanks to our friends at IWC, we got the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of their friends of the brand — actress and political and charitable activist — Susan Sarandon. Here she shares some thoughts on how time plays a role in her life. How does time play a role in your life?                          “I  think time is arbitrary and we have to make our own time. If you see the great athletes when they are in the zone- they make time count, they are in the moment. It would be great if, as ordinary people, we could do the same thing as an athlete does, be really in the zone, present and make time our own…

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Ok Guys, Think Mother’s Day: Pearls Reign Supreme

 |  April 20th, 2014

By Nancy Pier Sindt But wait, guys. Mother’s Day is around the corner –yes only three weeks away — so you may want to read on. China has rapidly become a major player in the jewelry and watch market. In fact, according to government figures, total jewelry exports from China totaled $7.2 billion US dollars in 2013, up 6.5% from the year before. Over the past decade, hundreds of factories have sprung up just across the border from Hong Kong (where most jewelry production was done in the past) and into the mainland of China. Today, it’s not unusual for a single factory to employ hundreds — even thousands — of workers, turning out millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry…

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