Some People Just Don’t Understand Watch-Collecting Addicts

 |  April 22nd, 2014

By David Dadian, watch collector, NJ “So, what is your favorite watch?” My friend asks knowing I have many. He sees the IWC catalog in my office and just shakes his head. “Why would anyone wear a watch that costs as much or more than a car?”  As he flips through a watch magazine, he comes across a Blancpain Le Brassus Tourbillion and exclaims, “Really? A $5 million watch! More than a house, more than a few houses! Who would wear this?”  I sit back in my chair listening to his rant, then say: “Anyone acquiring one most certainly has a hell of a lot more than $ 5mil in the bank. “ He responds with:  “So this person would…

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Watch Collectors Voice Opinions, Wish Lists and More

 |  April 22nd, 2014

You may recall that just about a week ago, we announced here  that we would be launching a new section: Watch Collectors’ Corner. Rather than have one single perspective from an in-house resident watch lover, we opt for breadth.  Beginning this month – in fact starting today – we begin our monthly Collectors’ Corner, wherein readers share their thoughts on a variety of watches, watch collecting and other issues in the watch world that keep them pondering.  The first such contributions actually began in January as a quiet launch  as watch lover Alex Lam  talked about his love affair with watches here. We are excited about having our collector readers on board monthly to voice their opinions and offer their…

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A Moment in Time with Actress Susan Sarandon, IWC Friend of the Brand

 |  April 21st, 2014

 Recently, thanks to our friends at IWC, we got the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of their friends of the brand — actress and political and charitable activist — Susan Sarandon. Here she shares some thoughts on how time plays a role in her life. How does time play a role in your life?                          “I  think time is arbitrary and we have to make our own time. If you see the great athletes when they are in the zone- they make time count, they are in the moment. It would be great if, as ordinary people, we could do the same thing as an athlete does, be really in the zone, present and make time our own…

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Would You Wear a Blue/Green Rolex? Introducing the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue Z (video)

 |  April 18th, 2014

This watch is a winner. Now some may say that the blue and green combination is a bit odd, but we think it is a perfect color to take this already easily identifiable, much-loved watch to even new heights.  The new Rolex Oyster Milgauss Blue Z features an amazing green sapphire crystal combined with a bold electric blue dial for dramatic appeal. The blue dial, seen through the green crystal, is powerfully attractive, offering a slightly different hue from every angle. While incredibly forward thinking, the watch takes a lot of its inspiration from some emblematic Rolex heritage. For instance the green sapphire crystal marked a first in watchmaking when it was originally introduced on the Milgauss in 2007. The…

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Is the Creed “Rigorous Simplicity” for a Watch Brand Realistic Today? Ochs Und Junior Says Yes

 |  April 17th, 2014

This is one rare breed of watch.  Ochs und Junior is a brand created by two smart minds and focused squarely on simplifying the complexity of watchmaking.  With a philosophy of “Rigorous Simplicity,” its watches are – well — simply interesting. Devoid of a brand name on the dial, and of most other dial clutter, these watches are striking. That may well be because Ochs und Junior timepieces are designed by  famed watch-world award winner Ludwig Oechslin (who designed many a winner for Ulysse Nardin over the years, including Moonstruck, Freak, and more), who believes in the ultimate simplification of  mechanical watch functions. Instead of starting with a caliber and adding module after module of levers, springs, and more, Oechslin…

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