Off the Cuff: Close Up with the Clerc Hydroscaph H1

 |  July 17th, 2015

Recently I wore a watch I never really thought I would wear. I was testing out the Clerc Hydroscaph H1 C.O.S.C certified automatic chronometer. One of the reasons I never thought I would wear this watch is because it is a brute of a timepiece. I say a brute because it is a significantly sized workhorse – capable of diving to 1,650 feet below sea level. Make no mistake — I didn’t do that. I did some snorkeling with it in Florida, though and it performed beautifully in the water. I also lent it to a friend of mine who dives and took it with him on a day under the ocean. He was duly impressed. More importantly, though, this imposing…

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Up Close with the Manufacture Royale 1770 Voltige – an Acrobat in Motion

 |  July 15th, 2015

Manufacture Royale –a five-year-old brand brand with roots dating back to Voltaire and the Age of Enlightenment — has been on the cutting edge of aesthetics and technology since its rebirth. We have covered the brand here before, but now we bring you the newest 1770 Voltige watch. Part of the brand’s 1770 Collection, this 1770 Voltige watch is the brand’s first timepiece not to incorporate a tourbillon. It is the first watch to be made in the affordable price range of $33,000 (for the stainless steel version) and – the best part – it is the first to feature an inside-out movement architecture. In fact, the 45mm watch displays its beating escapement (along with pallet fork and balance) above the dial–…

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Hands On with the Arnold & Son Constant Force Tourbillon

 |  July 6th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Horology, at its core, is all about the pursuit of accuracy through mechanical timepieces. In that pursuit, the development of systems that eliminate any stimuli that detract from precision is paramount. In one of its newest feats, Arnold & Son has combined two complications that play as a horological version of Batman & Robin against the more nefarious elements of the accuracy underworld. We are referring, of course, to the effects of gravity and subsequent loss of accuracy when a watch is unable to maintain a consistent energy output. As part of the Royal Collection Line, Arnold & Son’s Constant Force Tourbillon is a tour d’ force. As constant force watches have been garnering a lot of…

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Up Close with Ralph Lauren RL67 Safari Chronometers … On Safari in Zambia

 |  June 25th, 2015

For the thousands of readers who follow ATimelyPerspective, you already know from our many Facebook and Instagram posts that we just returned from Zambia, Africa, where we went exploring the Kagem Emerald mines in Kitwe with Gemfields (we will bring more about that trip soon). What you may not have known is that during that trip, I wore (switching on and off between two) the newest Ralph Lauren RL67 Safari Chronometers that were unveiled earlier this year at the SIHH in Geneva by Ralph Lauren Watches and Jewelry .   This series was first unveiled as part of the Sporting Collection back in 2013, and in 2014, the Safari Tourbillon joined the mix – creating quite a stir in the watch world thanks to it black…

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SEIKO’ s Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Is A Logical Choice With Luxurious Taste

 |  June 17th, 2015

Affordable Watch Wednesdays have become a continuous theme here at ATimelyPerspective to highlight the logical side of luxurious timepieces. We’ve recently had the opportunity to wear SEIKO’s Astron GPS Solar Chronograph 8x series, model SSE017. In short, it was a very satisfying experience. There’s a range in quality and an overall feel of an “affordable” watch. It’s quite easy to tell, even while still in the box, the Astron GPS Solar is at the top end of the spectrum when it comes to timepieces within this price range.  For one, the 45mm black ceramic bezel and black ion finish provides the sleek slate for the bright orange indicators and hands to create a modern looking and feeling piece. This watch…

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