Can Your Watch Slay Dragons? Introducing the Urwerk UR-105M

 |  April 23rd, 2014

“An iron knight ready to conquer time.” That’s the way Urwerk is billing its new UR-105M—officially introduced to the world just a few minutes ago in Geneva.  I was lucky to be among the first to see this watch a couple of months ago before its official launch. It is a piece inspired by the Middle Ages – the era of sword duels, knights in shining armor, lances and legends, and as such claims to embrace the valor of the era with a metal-clad case of titanium with steel armor screwed on top. The bold yet gallant UR-105M holds true to the Urwerk DNA and codes of craftsmanship with satellite hours driven by bronze beryllium Geneva crosses that slowly orbit…

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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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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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How Did Jaeger-LeCoultre Reinvent its Past? A Tribute to the Geophysic

 |  April 16th, 2014

By Alex Lam The watch world is no stranger to trends, and one trend that has perhaps become most prevalent in recent years is the tribute watch.  The tribute watch is a simple concept in theory, but tricky to execute in reality.  Given this, Jaeger-LeCoultre is among the best at crafting these tribute timepieces.  Last week, the brand unveiled its latest such watch — digging into its archives to produce an updated version of its once-famed Geophysic. Dubbed the Geophysic 1958 for the International Geophysical Year and the year the original Geophysic was introduced, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s newest tribute watch possesses a simplicity and refinement that is at once both very vintage and very new. Aesthetically the new Geophysic 1958 is very…

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