Mastering Silicium: Going Into the Workshops with Patek Philippe (It Wasn’t Easy)

 |  May 22nd, 2015

Just the other day, I had the unique experience of spending an entire day at a workshop with Patek Philippe in New York. There, we experienced a very thorough presentation of the brand’s pioneering research in silicium, and the material’s evolution as a balance wheel and as a hair spring.  It is astonishing to see that in just about a decade, the brand has evolved not only the materials and technology, but also the parts for which that it utilizes Silinvar(R) and oxidized Silinvar(R). Following an enlightening training session, we were able to actually  try our hand at working with the Silinvar spring and balance wheel- trying to assemble it — complete with getting those tiny feet in place — and place…

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Introducing the World’s First Mechanical Watch Built for MotorSports: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher

 |  May 20th, 2015

It has been five years in the making. The concept was the brainchild of legendary racecar driver Michael Schumacher. Now, Audemars Piguet introduces a world’s first in mechanical timepieces: the Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher. First unveiled to the world at a press event held today at Corinna Schumacher’s CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, the near-quarter-of-a-million-dollar watch is one of the most complicated mechanical chronographs yet to be built. It is the first of its kind, and represents the first time this family-owned business built a movement at the wishes of a brand ambassador. The all-new Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher watch – a world’s first — offers consecutive lap timing with alternating flyback functions designed for continuous use.…

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Affordable Watches: The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Watch will have You Seeing Red

 |  May 20th, 2015

  Victorinox Swiss Army is a brand that’s globally known to create dependable, durable and essential products to accompany life’s everyday challenges. Specifically known for the creation of the iconic Swiss Army knife, Victorinox prides itself in creating versatile products that can last for ages. In celebration of its 130th anniversary, and to honor its Swiss Army heritage of strength and resilience, the brand has released the I.N.O.X Red. And let me tell you- this is one strong timepiece. In fact, not only does it look tough, it truly is tough. Having undergone 130 strength tests, this watch can withstand temperatures from -70°F to 160°F, stand up to a minute’s time in a 2,190°F flame, and can even be driven…

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Hamilton Jewelers’ Watch Fair Offers Trips of Lifetime

 |  May 19th, 2015

If you are a watch lover and live nearby Princeton, NJ, you want to visit  Hamilton Jewelers next week.   On Friday, May 29, and Saturday May 30, this family owned business with more than 100 years of history is bringing the best of the best in watches to its Nassau Street, Princeton, store for its annual “Time of Your Life” Watch fair. But that isn’t all: not only will there be great limited edition pieces on hand, and brand executives from top brands, but also Hamilton Jewelers is  giving away a host of incredible trip packages – offered by more than seven different watch brands. Trips of a lifetime with watch brands range from auto racing (thanks to Tudor and Tag Heuer) to aerobatic…

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Behold: This Knight in Shining Armor Slays More than Dragons: Introducing the Urwerk UR-105 TA Knight

 |  May 15th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson For those familiar with the brand, Urwerk represents an aesthetic that sits on the edge of modern wristwatch design while also pushing the technological advances of horology. They are unapologetically a brand that marches to the beat of its own drummer when it comes to design elements, while at the same time redefining how the passage of time should be displayed on a watch. The UR-105 TA (the TA is a reference to turbine automatic) AKA the Urwerk Knight is a prime example thanks to the visionary thinking of chief of design Martin Frei. The Knight has no hour, minute or second hands, measures a robust 39.50 mm by 53 mm and will not slide daintily under…

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