On the Track at Sebring International Raceway during the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final (slideshow – 30 original images)

 |  November 27th, 2015

I just have to say it: there may be nothing as exhilarating as driving at high speeds in a Lamborghini Huracan on one of America’s most historic race tracks, Sebring International. Last weekend, I had the chance not only to accompany a racecar driver around the track for hot laps (top speed 155), but also to drive the track myself in a Lamborghini (top speed 134 – but only because I had some drivers behind me trying to pass and the very short straightaway got shorter faster). The incredible experience was all part of a weekend trip with Blancpain to witness the   2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final – where 66 Lamborghinis from around the world competed for the…

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon 60 Seconds: The World’s “Thinnest” and “Lightest” Tourbillon

 |  November 20th, 2015

By Samantha Walsh For such a young brand, Parmigiani Fleurier has been conquering the watchmaking world this year, with its remarkable timepieces — including the recently released Tonda 1950 Tourbillon 60 Seconds. The result of two years of research and development, the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is a complication that masters two world firsts: the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon and the world’s lightest tourbillon cage. At 3.4 mm the Tonda 1950 features the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon with micro-rotor. The micro-rotor, made  of 950 platinum, is directly integrated into the main plate without adding the thickness of another layer — thus determining the thinness of the entire PF517 movement. This reduction in size poses a challenge in creation. The limited space had to…

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Taking a Look at the HYT H4 Metropolis Watch that Indicates Time with Liquid

 |  November 19th, 2015

“Be water my friend.” The famous quote comes from Bruce Lee and is meant to drive home the importance of taking on the adaptable properties of liquid as it is able to flow into any shape. This is the first thing I think of whenever we have an opportunity to review a piece by Hydro Mechanical Horologists, HYT. The brand is famous for its work with mechanical timepieces and the incorporation of liquid to help track the passage of time. For those unfamiliar with the brand, HYT uses two billows to move liquid around the face of the watch. A colored liquid is used to indicate the hours and the distance between each hour marker is used to approximate the minutes.…

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A Close-Up Look at the Award-Winning Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon Watch

 |  November 18th, 2015

Last year, for the brand’s tenth anniversary, Louis Moinet released the Vertalor, which is a watch that features a tourbillon in a cage hung beneath a three armed gold cage. What the innovation means for watchmaking, horology and the efficacy of this piece to standout against the crowded  backdrop of haute horology watches featuring a tourbillon movement wouldn’t be answered until a year later. Well, it’s been a year —  and the Vertalor has just won the International Chronometry Competition. The competition is the watch equivalent of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but this version is a four month marathon without a single pit stop. Winning the award is a real boon for the brand as it helps validate the talent…

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Taking a Closer Look at the Chopard Sister Brand Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 Chronometer

 |  November 17th, 2015

Recently, Chopard unveiled its sister (or brother) brand: Ferdinand Berthoud. The first watch in the brand’s collection, the FB1 Chronometer, was a long time in the making. Before we delve into the technical aspects of this incredible watch, we want to bring you a little background on the brand itself. Back in 2006 Chopard acquired the name Ferdinand Berthoud to help revive the ancestral tradition of Swiss watchmaking by incorporating contemporary interpretations of heritage pieces and pioneers of chronometric precision. Ferdinand Berthoud was known for his contribution to maritime horological innovation and chronometers. He was appointed as ‘Horloger-Mecanicien du Roi et de la Marine’ and Horlogiest-Mechanic by appointment of the King to the Navy. Berthoud left behind a rich legacy…

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