To Peru and Back: A Review of the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph 2

 |  July 25th, 2014

By Alex Lam If you were to hit the trails in Peru – which I did — what watch would you take with you? Perhaps this is a somewhat inane question, but it was one that I contemplated before my trip to hike the Inca Trail. The wristwatch, first and foremost, was developed as a tool. The mechanical wristwatch as we know it today, despite all technological advances is less accurate and functional than its quartz and digital successors. And while there are some very good modern mechanical tool watches, even these more practical timepieces cannot approach the functionality and electronic accuracy of their counterparts. That said, it is interesting to recall that many of the great classic watches we…

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FIFA World Cup 2014 and Richard Mille Watches

 |  June 16th, 2014

It was a busy weekend in Rio — with several great matches, fairly predictable wins, teargas firings and more…. but, hey, it’s FIFA so who wouldn’t expect some exctitement? As we continue on our near  month-long reportage of a comprehensive look at who’s who in the watch world as it relates to international football, we bring you today’s daily FIFA World Cup 2014 post– featuring another watch brand sponsoring a top international team. Richard Mille is the Official timing partner of Manchester City Football Club. The Richard Mille international football watch:  Richard Mille Roberto Mancini 11-01, created in collaboration with championship soccer player and Manchester City team manager, Roberto Mancini as part of the brand’s official sponsorship of Manchester City…

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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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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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