MMT – A Swiss Joint Venture Finally Develops A Watch That Is Smart (with Frederique Constant and Alpina)

 |  March 2nd, 2015

When you think watches, you think something that can stand up to the test of time. A personal item with an emotional attachment you can pass down from generation to generation. And when you think technology you think something that is ever-changing. An item made to be obsolete, to be replaced just months later. It seems a technologically advanced watch is counterintuitive, contradictory. Making a smartwatch is almost an oxymoron.  How can you have a timepiece rooted in tradition, beauty, precision and passion and have it also be equipped with the most up-to-date technological functions? Well, now you can. The new Swiss Horological Smartwatch Platform from Geneva-based Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) is the answer. The new Swiss Horological Smartwatch, powered by MotionX(R),…

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Pure Ingenuity – Introducing Armin Strom’s Pure Skeleton Air and Earth

 |  February 26th, 2015

The elegance of a timepiece is often hidden behind an exquisite dial sometimes leaving the inner workings of a watch largely mysterious.  However, Armin Strom’s Skeleton Pure collection reveals the mastery inside its device without losing the stylish appeal of a tasteful dial. We’ve touched on the  Skeleton Pure Fire and Water models here in the past but as we gear up for the 2015 Baselworld Fair, we’d like to reflect the ingenuity and precision that makes Armin Strom so spectacular. Plated with rhodium, one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals,  the ARM09-S calibre is displayed in a very three-dimensional manner thanks to the incredible skeletonization and coloration of the main plate via PVD.  The Skeleton Pure Air (crafted in titanium, referencing…

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Close-Up with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication – You’ll Be Star Struck

 |  February 25th, 2015

We know Jaeger-LeCoultre has a rich heritage of perfecting the technical skill and craftsmanship that makes an extraordinary timepiece. This is a brand that continually reaches for the stars in its efforts to create works of art that are truly inventive and innovative. Such is the case with the newly released 2015 edition of the  Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication.  We wrote about a diamond-studded version of this piece late last year, and you can read the nitty gritty technical details about it here. But the newest watch has us even more bedazzled. The name itself pays full respect to the complexity that lies inside. This newer version is equipped with the same great movement and technical details as the previous edition, the caliber  945.…

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Introducing the 1815 Anniversary A. Lange Limited Edition Watch from A. Lange & Sohne

 |  February 24th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Last week, A. Lange & Sohne celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, at the brand’s newly minted NYC boutique. Lange was born on February 18, 1815 and as any astute horologist should know, helped place not only the brand, but also the former East German town of Glashutte, on the horological map. You can read more about that here. A Lange & Sohne has gone to great lengths to honor the contributions of the brand’s namesake and has done so most notably through its 1815 line, named so for the founder’s birth year. Thus, it is only fitting that for the 200th birthday, A. Lange & Sohne is releasing a 200-piece limited-edition run…

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Baume & Mercier Redefines the Iconic Classima Watches Collection

 |  February 23rd, 2015

Baume & Mercier continues to surprise us with new renditions of iconic collections and of historic pieces. In fact, in January at SIHH exhibition in Geneva, I had the rare opportunity to speak at length with Baume & Mercier Senior Designer Sara Sandmeir about the newly revamped collection of iconic Classima watches being unveiled this year. The new collection offers men’s Classima watches in a smaller sized 40mm case (the previous Classima line was 42mm), and features such versions as the Classima Automatic three hands with date in steel, steel and gold and with a variety of straps. The beauty of this new piece comes through in the elegant pin striped dial design that offers chic appeal. There is also…

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