Why the new Limited Edition Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Won the Petite Aiguille Prize at the GPHG

 |  November 24th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Grand Seiko is one brand that often gets overlooked by collectors, merely for its Japanese origins. While some may hold it to a different standard for this reason, the truth of the matter is that the Japanese produce truly incredible mechanical watches, made to the same extremely high standards of their European colleagues. Back at this past year’s Baselworld fair, Seiko unveiled a new creation, dubbed Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT, and if you weren’t already convinced of the brand’s incredible watchmaking abilities, the GPHG just made that decision for you. The brand’s newest offering was awarded the Petite Aiguille prize at the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, due to the extreme value in relation to mechanical…

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Armin Strom Skeleton Pure — Breathtakingly Beautiful

 |  November 21st, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Located in the scenic town of Burgdorf, in the northwest part of Bern, Switzerland, Armin Strom (a brand we have written about many times before here) opened his own watchmaking shop in 1967 where he not only sold and restored watches, but also started creating pieces of his own design. The first creation was a gold pocket watch that featured a hand engraved dial and polished blue lapis lazuli. As he continued to hone his craft, Armin found his true passion and point of specialization, the art of skeletonization. The first pieces were only available in his shop. However, in 1984 he made his first appearance at Basel World and the rest is history. Today, Armin Strom…

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The Bell & Ross BR-X1Skeleton Chronograph Breaks Boundaries

 |  November 19th, 2014

Bell & Ross has gone upscale and radical. Recently, the brand unveiled its highly technical BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph watch. The limited edition titanium-cased watch (based on the BR1 model) is reinforced with ceramic and rubber elements. In fact, red rubber inserts make gripping the watch chronograph pushers easier, and the titanium case makes the 45mm timepiece lightweight and comfortable. An exclusive skeletonized chronograph movement powers the BR-X1. The movement was developed in conjunction with Dubois Depraz, and features black DLC bridges in the form of an X. The watch garnered its name from the aircraft, the Bell X-1, which Chuck Yeager flew when he became the first pilot to break the speed of sound. The watch – created in a…

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Exhibition of Cartier Jewelry, Watches and More Finally Comes to America

 |  November 14th, 2014

Beginning this Sunday, November 16, and running until march 15, 2015, the Denver Art Museum will be the sole worldwide venue for 250 dazzling jewels and watches of Cartier in an exhibition entitled: Brilliant, Cartier in the 20th Century. The exhibition features jewelry, timepieces and precious objects produced between 1900 and 1975, and depicts Cartier’s rise to preeminence in the midst of historical events that include the era of the Czars of Russia, to the Roaring Twenties in America and more — as the transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in luxury goods. The exhibition includes a special section focused on items made exclusively for men, including the modern wristwatch. In 1900, Paris-based jewelry firm, Cartier,…

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Hamilton and Hollywood: Watches Go Interstellar

 |  November 7th, 2014

Hamilton Watch brand has long been known for its leading role in Hollywood – with more than 60 years on the screen. It started with the 1951 O Oscar-nominated movie, The Frogmen, wherein the brand equipped the naval divers in the movies with Hamilton watches – much as it had during World War II. Since then Hamilton watches have appeared in more than 400 movies, including Blue Hawaii, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Men in Black, A Good Day to Die Hard and more. Now, Hamilton announces that two watches star in the new Christopher Nolan Film, Interstellar – out in movies now. Interstellar by Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. is an epic adventure, wherein Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) is…

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