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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The Power of the Press: Meet the Rolex Pepsi (original pics, prices)

 |  April 9th, 2014

It happened before the BaselWorld Fair even opened to the public. Just a couple of days before, a few members of the watch press got the first look at the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II watch. A world’s first, this timepiece features a Cerachrom bezel created in blue and red. Suddenly, the timepiece had a nickname: Pepsi. The reason for the moniker is evident with just one look at the timepiece. The press-given title also has roots in the original pieces made in the 1950s for Pan Am – they were nicknamed accordingly because of the red and  black aluminum inserts of the day. The new watch,  mind you, this is one expensive Pepsi at $38,250. In fact,…

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3 World Records Set at BaselWorld 2014 by Bulgari, Graff, TAG Heuer

 |  April 8th, 2014

A few months ago, after SIHH, we brought the three top world records set for timepieces during that Fair. Now, post-Basel, we bring you the three record-setting watches from this year’s BaselWorld 2014.  From ultra thins to ultra shimmer, it was a strong year for world premieres and records. We know you are chomping at the bit for this, so we will just get right to it. But please note– more photos of each watch are at the end of this write up. Don’t miss them. 1)      The World’s Thinnest Tourbillon Movement. Breaking the record here is Bulgari – with the new OCTO Finissimo Tourbillon – the incredibly ultra-thin watch features a tourbillon movement that measures just 1.95mm thin. What’s…

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