If You Were Jumping Out of a Plane, Would You Wear a Ball Watch? A Three-Week On-the-Wrist Review of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne (live pics, prices)

 |  March 11th, 2014

By Alex Lam I just spent three weeks wearing the BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne. This Airborne is a relatively new offering from BALL, a manufacture with roots in the United States and now based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It comes as no surprise that, as Ball is known for its tool watches, the Airborne is a 42mm diameter tool watch aimed at the sort of person who might find himself hurtling towards the earth at high speeds from the doors of in-flight planes, or who is the desk jockey wishing he was the former.  On the whole, the Airborne is a solid tool watch, which, by definition, should be tough and able to handle everything you throw at it. While a…

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Loving the Platinum Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph (original pics, price)

 |  March 3rd, 2014

Made of the rarest metal on Earth, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, unveiled to the world at SIHH 2014 – steals my heart. Bold and beautiful – this complicated piece is all about robust luxury with its ceramic bezel and brushed finishing. You’ll get noticed wearing this. Additionally, like so many watch collectors know, the blue dial just draws you in – and from there you’re lost in Royal Oak Offshore bliss. Before we delve in to the aesthetic attributes of this new platinum piece (previously only offered in 18-karat pink gold), we want to remind you of the technical prowess of the 44mm watch.  That is: tourbillon with integrated column wheel chronograph. The hand-wound Audemars Piguet…

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar — How did they fit 336 parts in to a 1/3-inch case? (original pics)

 |  December 30th, 2013

Earlier this year we introduced you to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar watch as it was being unveiled in Las Vegas. Now, we take some time for a close up look at a watch that brought a new opening price point to the brand and that marked the first time Jaeger-LeCoultre combined a perpetual calendar and an ultra thin. We love the ultra-thin concept for an elegant watch. It has a sleek profile, and a classic feel to it. While some people prefer a bulkier look, the ultra-thin watch is the perfect fit under any suit jacket because of its slimness. Additionally, ultra-thin watches are challenging for a brand to create. Making a watch ultra-thin requires the top watchmakers…

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Up Close with a Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Secret Watch (original Pics, prices)

 |  November 13th, 2013

Easily one of the most beautiful and alluring category of women’s watches on the market, secret watches have roots that are centuries old. Essentially, a secret watch is a timepiece that has a cover over the dial that can be flipped open or moved aside to reveal the dial and the watch time. Says Hugues de Pins, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, North America.   “In the past it was considered rude for women to check the time, so having a piece of jewelry that let them slyly see time made sense.” Today, secret watches are all about the elegance and beauty – enabling women to wear works of art on the wrist. Vacheron Constantin, a brand with more than 250 years…

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Up Close with the Ladies’Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec Big Date

 |  October 16th, 2013

The trend toward women’s cushion-shaped watches has roots in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s when these styles were all the rage. Now savvy brands revisit the cushion-cornered square shape with sleek new looks. Such is the case with this stunning Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec BigDate watch. Crafted in 18-karat rose gold and set with 56 diamonds on the case, the watch offers its famed “BigDate” feature at 11:00. The seconds subdial at 6:00 mimes the cushion shape of the case for symmetrical beauty on the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial. The watch houses a Manufacture automatic movement with 55 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters. Bold, chic and definitively distinctive, the Patravi EvoTec BigDate Cushion watch…

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