Off The Cuff: Ritmo Mundo’s Quantum II- A Fashionably Versatile Timepiece.

 |  March 30th, 2015

  I love football, or as we Americans call it, soccer. Since I’ve most recently relocated to the greater Los Angeles area, I was really excited to get my hands on some hardware from an official partner of the 2014 MLS Championship team, the LA Galaxy. I was fortunate enough to sport Ritmo Mundo’s blue Quantum II piece which has a mixture of elements that make it very unique in terms function, but more notably fashion. Let’s tackle function. The Quantum II is powered by a Swiss Ronda 3540.D Chronograph movement. It contains a multifaceted dial equipped with the date, and chronograph totalizer sub dials. One at 9 o’clock recording up to 30 minutes and another at 12 o’clock accurately…

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Off The Cuff – The Devon Tread 2 – Why this Watch Will Fascinate You And Increase Your Productivity? (Video)

 |  March 9th, 2015

Swiss and top German watch companies tend to be credited as the more innovative and original brands on the market when it comes to watches. However, the Los Angeles-based Devon Works challenges that notion entirely. “Made in the USA” or perhaps more specifically “Made in California” is now something to be proud of, especially if you’re wearing a Devon watch on your wrist. Scott Devon, the brand’s founder and creative director (and designer of the  Devon GTX supercar) has developed products that embody the American spirit of innovation and freedom. We’ve had the pleasure in the past to delve into this amazing brand and explore their Tread 1 (which you can read about here) and other  patented, very inventive engineered-technology watches. Now, we bring…

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Off the Cuff: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

 |  September 22nd, 2014

Everyone once in a while we wear a watch that just makes us stop and think about the watchmaking industry as a whole – about history and about legends. This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph is one such watch. It is an icon in time. It was in the early 1970s – when Swiss watch brands were struggling against Japan’s quartz watch sales – that Audemars Piguet turned to the now-legendary Gerald Genta to design a unique new luxury timepiece in steel. That was the start of the Royal Oak and its hold on time. You can read much more about the Royal Oak’s start here and here. Today, the Royal Oak Chronograph and its sibling, the Royal Oak Offshore…

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Affordable Watch Wednesday: Fine Watchmaking Meets Functionality: Up-Close with the Fortis Flieger Chronograph Pilot’s Watch

 |  September 17th, 2014

By: Marc Shaffer Fortis has been producing watches for over 100 years. With an exceptional history that covers inventing the first automatic mechanical watch to surpassing 100,000 orbits of planet earth, Fortis watches have a history few can emulate. You can read more about the Fortis story here. My review is on the Fortis 597.20.71 M “Flieger” Stainless Steel Automatic Watch, a Fortis pilot’s watch, which I recently purchased. The Fortis 597.20.71 M Flieger gives off an impression as one sweet pilot’s watch right out of the box. The watch just hits you with the quality of the fit and finish. I couldn’t wait to get it on my wrist. The packaging is about what you would expect from a…

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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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