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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Blue Beauty: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

 |  November 17th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Since the 1953 introduction of the now legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, the brand has become somewhat synonymous with the ocean. Now, with its alignment with, and sponsorship of, the World Ocean Summit, Blancpain unveils an all-new, limited edition piece to gain awareness of ocean exploration and preservation efforts. Known as the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, the bold dive watch underscores Blancpain’s watchmaking prowess and its dedication to conservation. Blancpain’s involvement in ocean exploration and preservation goes back more than 60 years. Over recent years, the brand has supported and sponsored expeditions like National Geographic’s Pristine Sea’s Expeditions, and Laurent Ballesta’s Projet Gombessa. The brand hopes to gain knowledge of and protect the great sea creatures that…

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Video: Sir Nick Faldo Tells All in Audemars Piguet Defining Moments

 |  November 13th, 2014

I remember back in the late 1980’s visiting the Audemars Piguet offices in New York and seeing huge posters up of Nick Faldo. Turns out he was the brand’s first ever brand ambassador. In the video below, Sir Nick Faldo discusses “Defining Moments” of his career in the sixth video of the Defining Moments series with Audemars Piguet brand ambassadors. One of the world’s legendary golfers, he shares the turning point in his professional and personal life. At 13 years old, Nick was inspired to play golf while watching the 1971 Masters on television. Thanks to his hard work and passion for the game, he won one tournament every year from 1977 to 1982. In the ensuing coupleof years, disappointed…

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A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition Grand Complication

 |  November 12th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson There is no denying that Jaeger-LeCoultre is a master of high complications. This brand has unveiled record-breaking watches time and again. Earlier this year, the brand unveiled — as part of its Haute Joaillerie line — the  Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication. A blend of craftsmanship, elegance and innovation, the watch  features three major complications: a minute repeater, a flying Tourbillon and an elaborate zodiac calendar. Each complication is an achievement in its own right and bringing all three features into one watch is an phenomenal accomplishment. As if that weren’t enough, Jaeger-LeCoultre has ensconced this technical mastery with 294 baguette cut diamonds. This piece is guaranteed to appeal to horological purists, as well as everyone’s inner precious-stone-loving…

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