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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How Greubel Forsey got to be 10 Years Old, and 5 Top Greubel Forsey Watches Hands On (Part 2)

 |  July 1st, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Yesterday, we brought you a look at how Greubel Forsey has become a true force to be reckoned with in the watch industry; you can read that here. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this brand is well worth a close-up look – so here we go. Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to go hands on with five pieces from Greubel Forsey: GMT in platinum, Double Tourbillon Technique DLC, Double Tourbillon 30° Technique bi-color in Platinum, Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain in white gold, the Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique. All of the pieces—for which I give my impressions below  — are water resistant to 100 feet, however given the rarity and value of these pieces I wouldn’t…

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It May Have NY Mets Colors, but the Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk is a Winner in Dive Watches

 |  May 6th, 2014

Girard-Perregaux introduced the new Sea Hawk 2014 recently.And I love its bold, sporty look and cool color combo. Perfect for outdoor summer activities – especially those involving water, the Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk not only looks good, but also is extremely functional. The specially developed protrusion of the case at 4:00, where a black rubber screw-down crown is positioned to protect against external impact, has become a signature look for the dive watch. (Some contend that the Sea Hawk – which has been in the line since 1940 – derived its name from an Errol Flynn pirate movie of the same title that had been released in 1940. This new Sea Hawk watch features a cobalt blue dial and rubber strap…

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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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