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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4 Watch Brands Inspired by FIFA World Cup in Brazil (Part 3 in Who’s Who: Watches and the FIFA World Cup)

 |  July 9th, 2014

Throughout the past month, with the World Cup in full swing, we have brought you one of the most comprehensive looks at watch brands involved in international football. Just check back to see the 20 plus posts under the FIFA 2014 search on our sight. Now, with FIFA 2014 coming to a  close in just about two weeks, it seems a good time to add to our previous comprehensive reporting of watch brands involved in soccer. Now, we bring you a look at some watches that simply are inspired by the beauty of Brazil and the concept of this year’s World Cup there. These brands have created timepieces that sport the colors of the country, or that offer other intriguing…

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How Greubel Forsey got to be 10 Years Old, and 5 Top Greubel Forsey Watches Hands On (Part 2)

 |  July 1st, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Yesterday, we brought you a look at how Greubel Forsey has become a true force to be reckoned with in the watch industry; you can read that here. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this brand is well worth a close-up look – so here we go. Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to go hands on with five pieces from Greubel Forsey: GMT in platinum, Double Tourbillon Technique DLC, Double Tourbillon 30° Technique bi-color in Platinum, Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain in white gold, the Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique. All of the pieces—for which I give my impressions below  — are water resistant to 100 feet, however given the rarity and value of these pieces I wouldn’t…

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