Independent, Family Run Companies Offer Mega Advantages: Introducing our Collector’s Corner

 |  April 11th, 2014

When we first created ATimelyPerspective just about three years ago, we knew we wanted to put our 30-plus years of experience in the watch industry to good use (For more about this see our “About” column here.). We wanted to keep the site focused on original content that offers watch education, reviews, and insightful moments in time with celebrities, sports stars and industry executives, and more. We have done exactly that, offering you- our watch collectors and lovers – strong journalistic content day after day that brings you behind the scenes and keeps you constantly up to date. As a  family owned and operated site, we do something different here: we involve the family.   Both of my young adult children…

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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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Collectors Hooked on Swatch Watches

 |  March 6th, 2014

Just about four months ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris and Switzerland with Breguet. (You can read about that trip here, here and here.)   One particular night during that trip, I met a gentleman wearing tomato-soup-red pants and sporting a Swatch watch on his wrist. We got to talking and – turns out – the gentleman is an avid Swatch watch collector. A big collector who has hundreds of  Swatch watches. We got to talking. You see, I remember when Swatch was born in 1983. It was a top-level executive at ETA, Ernst Thomke, who led  a team of enthusiastic engineers to consider making the caseback of the watch the movement plate. The idea was to garner…

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Watches on the Red Carpet at the 86th Academy Awards

 |  March 3rd, 2014

The Oscars. The presentations, the celebs, the fanfare – all timed to the tee. Usually, it is all about what the female celebs are wearing – the dresses, the jewelry, the accessories. Well, let’s not forget the men! Last night a few super timepieces walked the Red Carpet on the wrists of some strong actors.  Among them: Jeremy Renner wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin 41 watch. This discreet timepiece  features a new  case that measures just 7.4mm thick and houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre 896 mechanical automatic movement .  In steel, it retails for about $9,000. Meanwhile,  presenter Kevin Spacey wore an IWC limited-edition blue-dialed Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Just 1,000 are made and a…

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Samsung Ditches Android for Wrist Smart Watch

 |  February 23rd, 2014

The battle has long been raging about the newest generation of smart watches and how they’re poised to take on the world. Well, Samsung has ditched its Android and now unveils two Tizen-powered smart watches that will be available for sale in April.  The wearable watches = powered by Samsung’s Tizen platform – are named Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The lightweight timepiece features a camera equipped to the main body of the Gear 2. The Gear 2 Neo has no camera. The watches are compatible with more than 24 different Samsung Galaxy smart phones.  They enable the wearer to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and provide instant notification options.  The watches make their debut just six…

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