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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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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Experience the Heart of Watchmaking: The Audemars Piguet Foundation Reforests the World

 |  April 10th, 2014

The heart and soul of watchmaking is not just about building beautiful, technically advanced machines that will last for centuries. It is also about giving back to the world that supports you – for causes that need assistance. Audemars Piguet does exactly that. With the sale of each Audemars Piguet watch, a designated amount of money goes to fund the Audemars Piguet Foundation, which, since its creation in 1992, has safeguarded forests and related environments around the world. Recently, Chairman of the Board of the Audemars Piguet Foundation, Jasmine Audemars, daughter of Jacques-Louis Audemars who started the foundation in 1992, talked exclusively with ATimelyPerspective about the foundation and its newest cause: support of a farming project in the Cerrado region…

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3 World Records Set at BaselWorld 2014 by Bulgari, Graff, TAG Heuer

 |  April 8th, 2014

A few months ago, after SIHH, we brought the three top world records set for timepieces during that Fair. Now, post-Basel, we bring you the three record-setting watches from this year’s BaselWorld 2014.  From ultra thins to ultra shimmer, it was a strong year for world premieres and records. We know you are chomping at the bit for this, so we will just get right to it. But please note– more photos of each watch are at the end of this write up. Don’t miss them. 1)      The World’s Thinnest Tourbillon Movement. Breaking the record here is Bulgari – with the new OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon – the incredibly ultra-thin watch features a tourbillon movement that measures just 1.95mm thin. What’s…

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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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