How Did Jaeger-LeCoultre Reinvent its Past? A Tribute to the Geophysic

 |  April 16th, 2014

By Alex Lam The watch world is no stranger to trends, and one trend that has perhaps become most prevalent in recent years is the tribute watch.  The tribute watch is a simple concept in theory, but tricky to execute in reality.  Given this, Jaeger-LeCoultre is among the best at crafting these tribute timepieces.  Last week, the brand unveiled its latest such watch — digging into its archives to produce an updated version of its once-famed Geophysic. Dubbed the Geophysic 1958 for the International Geophysical Year and the year the original Geophysic was introduced, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s newest tribute watch possesses a simplicity and refinement that is at once both very vintage and very new. Aesthetically the new Geophysic 1958 is very…

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Introducing the Limited Edition IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph “Tribeca Film Festival 2014

 |  April 15th, 2014

With the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival upon us, IWC announces its impressive role for the second year in a row as the Official Festival-Time Partner. The brand has even created a limited edition watch in honor of its partnership with this grand NY event.  The IWC Pilot Watch Spitfire Chronograph “Tribeca Film Festival 2014” – created in a limited edition of just 100 pieces. It is being launched this week at the IWC For the Love of Cinema event that supports filmmaking and celebrates the brand’s involvement. It will showcase the winner of this year’s IWC Filmmaker Award, which grants $25,000 to that winner and offers a year-round mentoring program from Tribeca Film Institute. The watch will be sold exclusively…

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Marc A. Hayek Takes a Moment in Time to Discuss Breguet’s High-Tech yet Traditional Watchmaking at BaselWorld 2014 (Video)

 |  April 14th, 2014

At BaselWorld 2014 Breguet introduced, among other models, the final  rendition of the Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique (5377). Our close colleagues at International Watch talked with Marc A. Hayek, President & CEO of Breguet, Blancpain and Jaquet Droz,  during the fair about how the ultra-thin platinum watch’s unusual peripheral rotor, silicon components and long, 90-hour power reserve were tested over the past year (in the atelier and on Mr. Hayek’s wrist) before it was released at this year’s show. They asked him, among other question, “Is it difficult to reconcile the classical profile, dials and cases of today’s Breguet with the high-tech caliber inside?”  Not at all, Hayek says. “Breguet himself would likely have done similar high-tech research to develop…

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Outdoor Gear for Weekend Sojourns: Folding and Fixed-Blade Knife Review

 |  April 13th, 2014

By Ryan Walsh Once in a while it’s nice to see a designer style knife, beautifully decorated to catch your eyes. Though most outdoorsmen won’t gravitate to them as a “functional” knife, they are much like a piece of working art:  they can just as easily hang on a wall, as accompany someone out into nature.  Personally, being the kind of guy who loves the outdoors, from  hunting, to fishing,  or range shooting,  I like the most bang for the buck and the most use out of something, with the least amount of luxury (because in service, luxury serves no purpose other than offer beauty).  Knives come in millions of styles — all of them define the purpose they were…

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Explore the Vallee de Joux with photographer Dan Holdsworth and Audemars Piguet (Video)

 |  April 12th, 2014

Audemars Piguet – well known for its long history and the fact that it is the oldest luxury watch firm still privately owned by the founding family – takes a great interest in the environment – as we mentioned in a post here recently.  Much of the brand’s inspiration for saving the forests and reconstituting land is influenced by the stunning Vallee de Joux that surrounds the Manufacture.  Here, if you take just two-and-half minutes to sit back and indulge, the brand brings a video of the magical region that is the cradle of Swiss watchmaking.   This fifth video in its intimate conversation series is with  British photographer Dan Holdsworth, whose passion for remote locations and the weather defines his work. Sometimes…

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