BaselWorld 2015: Taming the Beast

 |  March 31st, 2015

We are officially back.Easily the biggest watch exhibition of the year, BaselWorld is a beast waiting to be tamed.This year we worked eight days straight from 8 am to 10 pm to cover the show. In fact, over the course of the eight days there, we saw nearly 100 watch brands — and saw dozens of timepieces from each brand. With visions of thousands of watches dancing in our heads, we endeavor to makes a little sense of it all and highlight some of the key trends and the key announcements. Trends: We saw jaw-dropping watches, innovative new technology and — best of all — friends and colleagues. There were some notable trends this year that included refreshingly affordable prices. Yes, there  were…

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Off The Cuff: Ritmo Mundo’s Quantum II- A Fashionably Versatile Timepiece.

 |  March 30th, 2015

  I love football, or as we Americans call it, soccer. Since I’ve most recently relocated to the greater Los Angeles area, I was really excited to get my hands on some hardware from an official partner of the 2014 MLS Championship team, the LA Galaxy. I was fortunate enough to sport Ritmo Mundo’s blue Quantum II piece which has a mixture of elements that make it very unique in terms function, but more notably fashion. Let’s tackle function. The Quantum II is powered by a Swiss Ronda 3540.D Chronograph movement. It contains a multifaceted dial equipped with the date, and chronograph totalizer sub dials. One at 9 o’clock recording up to 30 minutes and another at 12 o’clock accurately…

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Storage Wars: BaselWorld 2015 Winning USBs

 |  March 29th, 2015

Every year we poke a little fun at the seriousness of BaselWorld by deciding which watch brand gave us the coolest looking USB sticks that contain the brand’s press releases and images.  These powerful sticks, in fact, hold the keys of information close to the vest. So, who won this year? MB&F with the Melchior robot USB that emulates the brand’s very cool new clock (we will bring you more about that clock here this week). Runners up come from some brands that know how to make a splash: Fendi, with the tiny little “Karl Lagerfeld” USB that emulates the brand’s whimsical Lagerfeld keychain; Gc with its feather and snakeskin ensemble that can be removed from the USB and clipped…

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Baselworld 2015: The Bell & Ross BR03-92 Military Type Pays Tribute to the Military Profession

 |  March 26th, 2015

  As a brand that originated as a team of aircraft control specialists and designers, it should be no surprise that Bell & Ross brings us the all new BR03-92 Military Type, a practical watch for professional use. We’ve seen the BR03 before and this exceptional swiss brand has developed 38 different models. Each distinguished in its own unique way, the BR03-92 Military Type follows suit as it pays tribute to the military profession. In true Bell & Ross fashion, the this watch reflects the four pillars that make B&R a noteworthy brand: readability, performance, precision and water-resistance. For precision purposes, the BR03-92 Military Type is powered by the automatic mechanical movement BR.CAL.302 and is housed inside the military fashioned,…

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Liquid Time: Introducing the HYT H3 Linear Watch (BaselWorld 2015)

 |  March 25th, 2015

We were among the first to introduce the world to the concept of liquid watches back in 2011 when Vincent Perriard, Founder of HYT (Hydro-Mechanical Timepieces) shared with us his concepts of using liquid for the time indication of a watch. He launched his brand in 2012 at BaselWorld and now, three years later, unveils the third evolution. (You can read about other HYT evolutions here, here and here.) The new HYT H3 takes the idea of liquid time indications to new heights with this watch that – for the first time – is rectangular instead of round in shape. The two-tiered case design features an all-new movement and a linear indication of time, as opposed to a circular around-the-dial…

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