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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Even if You Don’t Dive, You’ll Want to Wear this Watch: Introducing the ScubaGraff and More (Pre-BaselWorld 2014)

 |  March 24th, 2014

Here’s a brand we don’t talk about often – mostly because their timepieces are so over-the-top when it comes to diamonds. After all, Graff is one of the world’s foremost diamond houses. It also is a brand that offers superb complications in watchmaking for men of extremely discerning tastes. While this British born diamond house was formed in 1960, it didn’t unveil its first timepieces until 2008, and has steadily offered excellence and bespoke craftsmanship. This year at BaselWorld 2014, Graff unveils an all-new ScubaGraff watch in chocolate brown tones and 18-karat rose gold. Housing the self-winding Graff Caliber 2, the watch offers hours, minutes, seconds and 20 minute countdown indicator for diving. The 47mm case is chocolate DLC with…

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BaselWorld 2014 Here We Go

 |  March 23rd, 2014

It happens every year like Swiss clockwork – BaselWorld. It’s the biggest watch exhibition in the world and let me tell you – it is huge, exhausting, exhilarating and wild all at the same time. For me, having attended the fair for 30 years this year, it’s like going home. I get to see so many familiar friends from around the world that I don’t get to see often. I have the chance to have coffee, dinner, drinks with friends not only from the watch brands, but also from the global press corps. We work hard but the reward happens with each new meeting, each new “hello.” Each new meeting is like a new adventure. What will I see here,…

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Breva Watches: Fear and Awe at the Same Time (Pre-BaselWorld 2014 / Video)

 |  March 21st, 2014

I’m slightly claustrophobic. Most people don’t know this about me – now many do. However, I share this with you because it is slightly relevant to today’s post. Recently, while truly studying the Breva Genie 01 watch, I had to stave off my fears and enter a small hyperbaric chamber if I wanted to see the watch’s barometer gauge actually work. After all, the barometric watch needed to experience atmospheric pressure changes if it was going to indicate the weather change for me. Now, why else would I be there looking at this watch if I didn’t want to see it work? So, I didn’t waver when the brand execs asked if I wanted to enter the small 5-foot tall…

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Experience the Moon’s Influence on Man: The Must-Have A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

 |  February 19th, 2014

As promised yesterday, we focus on astronomy this week- with some of the most scintillating timepieces coming out of SIHH 2014 in Geneva recently. Among them—the absolute must-have A. Lange &Sohne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna.  Intriguing, alluring and complex, this watch demonstrates better than most how influential the moon’s lure is over man – once you see, touch, feel this watch – it will be on your hot list. Before we launch into the to-the-moon technical details of this watch — we want to let you know a few intriguing facts: The orbital moon display will not need a day correction for more than 40 generations (1,058 years to be exact);   The watch features a world-first cam storage…

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