Would You Wear a Blue/Green Rolex? Introducing the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue Z (video)

 |  April 18th, 2014

This watch is a winner. Now some may say that the blue and green combination is a bit odd, but we think it is a perfect color to take this already easily identifiable, much-loved watch to even new heights.  The new Rolex Oyster Milgauss Blue Z features an amazing green sapphire crystal combined with a bold electric blue dial for dramatic appeal. The blue dial, seen through the green crystal, is powerfully attractive, offering a slightly different hue from every angle. While incredibly forward thinking, the watch takes a lot of its inspiration from some emblematic Rolex heritage. For instance the green sapphire crystal marked a first in watchmaking when it was originally introduced on the Milgauss in 2007. The…

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Is the Creed “Rigorous Simplicity” for a Watch Brand Realistic Today? Ochs Und Junior Says Yes

 |  April 17th, 2014

This is one rare breed of watch.  Ochs und Junior is a brand created by two smart minds and focused squarely on simplifying the complexity of watchmaking.  With a philosophy of “Rigorous Simplicity,” its watches are – well — simply interesting. Devoid of a brand name on the dial, and of most other dial clutter, these watches are striking. That may well be because Ochs und Junior timepieces are designed by  famed watch-world award winner Ludwig Oechslin (who designed many a winner for Ulysse Nardin over the years, including Moonstruck, Freak, and more), who believes in the ultimate simplification of  mechanical watch functions. Instead of starting with a caliber and adding module after module of levers, springs, and more, Oechslin…

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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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Marc A. Hayek Takes a Moment in Time to Discuss Breguet’s High-Tech yet Traditional Watchmaking at BaselWorld 2014 (Video)

 |  April 14th, 2014

At BaselWorld 2014 Breguet introduced, among other models, the final  rendition of the Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique (5377). Our close colleagues at International Watch talked with Marc A. Hayek, President & CEO of Breguet, Blancpain and Jaquet Droz,  during the fair about how the ultra-thin platinum watch’s unusual peripheral rotor, silicon components and long, 90-hour power reserve were tested over the past year (in the atelier and on Mr. Hayek’s wrist) before it was released at this year’s show. They asked him, among other question, “Is it difficult to reconcile the classical profile, dials and cases of today’s Breguet with the high-tech caliber inside?”  Not at all, Hayek says. “Breguet himself would likely have done similar high-tech research to develop…

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Outdoor Gear for Weekend Sojourns: Folding and Fixed-Blade Knife Review

 |  April 13th, 2014

By Ryan Walsh Once in a while it’s nice to see a designer style knife, beautifully decorated to catch your eyes. Though most outdoorsmen won’t gravitate to them as a “functional” knife, they are much like a piece of working art:  they can just as easily hang on a wall, as accompany someone out into nature.  Personally, being the kind of guy who loves the outdoors, from  hunting, to fishing,  or range shooting,  I like the most bang for the buck and the most use out of something, with the least amount of luxury (because in service, luxury serves no purpose other than offer beauty).  Knives come in millions of styles — all of them define the purpose they were…

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