Super Bowl 50 Watch: 4 Great Super Bowl 50 Watches that Show Your Colors

 |  February 6th, 2016

With Super Bowl 50 here – it’s time to think about some rugged sport watches. Let’s face it; if you look up NFL watches, most of them are about $250 quartz watches that just don’t seem to pack a punch. Conversely, if you Google Super Watches on the internet and check out the images, you get a bunch of pretty super high-end watches – images ranging from HYT to Breitling, Hysek and Parmigiani Fleurier. Since none of these seem fitting of the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos – we thought it would be fun to pick a couple of great watches to wear on Super Bowl Sunday– two each for the men and the women (though the women’s choices…

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Early Spring: The True Story Behind Groundhog Day, and Why the Groundhog Cares about Time

 |  February 2nd, 2016

Today, February 2, is officially “Groundhog” day. This is the day when the groundhog  emerges from his burrow to determine whether or not spring is in the air. As folklore has it, if the groundhog can’t see his shadow because of the clouds, spring will come soon. But, if it is sunny and the creature sees his shadow he retreats to his underground home to hibernate for another six weeks of winter. Ok, so we all know the story, including the fact that every year on Groundhog Day, thousands of people trek to what has become the largest celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil — the groundhog who has  found the fountain of youth — makes his rightful appearances as the…

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Storage Wars: SIHH 2016 Innovative USB Keys

 |  January 28th, 2016

Welcome to the first edition of Storage Wars 2016 — based on the SIHH exhibition and a few independent brands exhibiting in Geneva. Every year we embark on trips to find the most exciting timepieces on the market — and we come home with a wealth of information and images. All of that info is stored,  brand by brand, in a single place. Typically, that places is a USB key. As such, many watch brands go to the trouble of making creative USBs. We’ve covered this subject here before, but now we bring you the Innovative USB winners of SIHH 2016. These are the brands that gave us fun, cool or interesting powerful thumb drives. And this year’s winners are: MB&F,…

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Quality Determines Staying Power During Difficult Times –Especially in the Watch World

 |  January 11th, 2016

Today, I read with interest the editorial letter from Paul O’Neil, editor in chief of World Tempus, a highly regarded industry publication for which I write. O’Neil suggested  that quality over quantity will prevail. I agree. Says O’Neil in his letter “I found some interesting articles in the first issue of the Observer in 2016, among which there was, rather appropriately, one about quality in the media world, citing the staying power of such legendary publications as the Economist …  in an era where news is available instantly, free of charge, anywhere. The article was keen to stress that quality content still has a price and in the case of the Economist that price was a cool £469 million for a 50% holding…

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Ulysse Nardin Unveils Year of the Monkey Classico Watch with Comic Likeness

 |  January 8th, 2016

Ulysse Nardin takes the playful spirit of the monkey to new heights in its rendition of the Year of  the Monkey Classico watch. In this design, the artisans at Ulysse Nardin depict the monkey in what it refers to as “comic strip” style, alert, lively and impish as it emerges from palm fronds. The monkey and the leaves are created via champleve enamel work, wherein cells are carved with a chisel directly on to the dial and then filled with enamel. In this case, the enamel colors are generated from metallic oxides — producing a gold monkey and shimmering fronts.  The superb dial is created in-house at the brand’s Donze’ Cadrans dial making workshops. Just 88 pieces in 18-karat rose…

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