Richard Mille Believes in Total Transparency: Introducing the RM 56-02 Tourbillon and the RM011 White Ghost

 |  September 12th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson For Richard Mille 2014 as a year in which he is swinging for the fences. There have been a number of updates and limited edition variations of his most popular references released this year. Two versions of RM011 Flyback in stylized red and white color variants, a new version of the Rafael Nadal RM 35-01, an updated Bubba Watson Golfer’s Tourbillon, and the RM 30 Le Mans Classic are just a few examples. In the immortal words of Jocabim Mugatu: “Richard Mille, he’s so hot right now.” Seriously, Google Richard Mille and 2014, you will be blown away with just how many high-end pieces he has been able to produce in such a short time.  Continuing the tour…

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Watches Made from Guns: Introducing the 18-karat Gold Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle 2 Turns Turmoil into Time

 |  September 11th, 2014

By Ryan Walsh Breaking new product that also has a valuable human-asset side is not always easy. But Fonderie 47 now releases its 18-karat gold version of a very important watch. It was about five years ago, that a young company called Fonderie 47 created a watch unlike any other timepiece on the market. Like several other recently launched watch brands, Fonderie 47 has a number in its name. In this instance, though that 47 stands for something quite substantial. In fact the 47 stands for is the titan of a weapon, the AK47. Essentially, Fonderie takes AK47s from African warzones, and melts them down into watch pieces with the goal of an Africa free of fear from assault weapons.…

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Hautlence Watches: 10 Years and Counting – Introducing the Invictus Morphos Chronograph with Eric Cantona

 |  September 8th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold For quite some time, the most highly revered names in the watchmaking industry were those of brands established long ago, and with rich histories. Over the past 20 years, emerging brands have defied this notion, by showing that greatness can be obtained over a short period of time. One brand that most definitely proves this point is the young Swiss horological powerhouse that is Hautlence. With the manufacture’s 10th anniversary this year, one cannot help but look back at the astonishing technical feats achieved by Hautlence and how the brand has truly followed its creed of setting itself apart from the rest. Before we take that retrospective walk, however, let us introduce you to the newest addition…

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Tutima Watches — Born Anew in Glashutte

 |  September 5th, 2014

Since 1927, Tutima has been crafting some of the finest watches in history for military and professional sports use. By 1941, the brand was creating sophisticated Flieger Chronographs – a tradition it continues today thanks to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Tutima is a family owned and operated company based in Glashutte that has been able to rekindle its global watchmaking status. In fact, in recent years, the brand has built a totally new Manufacture in Glashutte (stie of its original pre-Berlin Wall workshops). This totally integrated venture has enabled the brand to not only create its top-notch pilots watches, but also to enter the world of haute horology watchmaking.  In typical German style, Tutima has developed its own in-house-made…

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The Epitome of German Horology: A. Lange & Sohne

 |  September 4th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson With the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the official reunification of East and West Germany in January of 1990, the reestablishment of East German business was paramount. For Walter Lange, the great grandson of Ferdinand Adolf Lange, the demise of the wall was a great opportunity to revive the German watch company originally formed by his grandfather — which had been expropriated during the communist regime. Indeed, 100 years of remarkable watchmaking ended abruptly when A. Lange & Söhne’s workshops fell victim to seizure during World War II. The hiatus of the brand that that had roots dating back to 1846 — would last more than forty years until the reunification of Germany…

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