The 3C’s of Baume & Mercier: Clifton, Capeland, and Classima Watches

 |  November 26th, 2014

In the world of diamonds, the 3C’s are the ultimate standard of quality. At Baume & Mercier, its 3 C’s – Clifton, Capeland, Classima — are the epitome of quality, value and elegance. The brand, which dates back to 1830, offers one of the most comprehensive collections of affordable elegance on the market. We here at ATimelyPerspective are particularly fond of the Clifton Collection. This series – based on a 1950’s watch — offers true vintage appeal, with a variety of dial colors (including stunning blue) and simple complexities. The calendar watch is a personal favorite because of the symmetrical balance and harmony of the dial, as well as the useful information. Other versions include moonphase calendars, chronographs and simple three-hands…

Continue Reading →

Why the new Limited Edition Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Won the Petite Aiguille Prize at the GPHG

 |  November 24th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Grand Seiko is one brand that often gets overlooked by collectors, merely for its Japanese origins. While some may hold it to a different standard for this reason, the truth of the matter is that the Japanese produce truly incredible mechanical watches, made to the same extremely high standards of their European colleagues. Back at this past year’s Baselworld fair, Seiko unveiled a new creation, dubbed Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT, and if you weren’t already convinced of the brand’s incredible watchmaking abilities, the GPHG just made that decision for you. The brand’s newest offering was awarded the Petite Aiguille prize at the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, due to the extreme value in relation to mechanical…

Continue Reading →

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure — Breathtakingly Beautiful

 |  November 21st, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Located in the scenic town of Burgdorf, in the northwest part of Bern, Switzerland, Armin Strom (a brand we have written about many times before here) opened his own watchmaking shop in 1967 where he not only sold and restored watches, but also started creating pieces of his own design. The first creation was a gold pocket watch that featured a hand engraved dial and polished blue lapis lazuli. As he continued to hone his craft, Armin found his true passion and point of specialization, the art of skeletonization. The first pieces were only available in his shop. However, in 1984 he made his first appearance at Basel World and the rest is history. Today, Armin Strom…

Continue Reading →

The Bell & Ross BR-X1Skeleton Chronograph Breaks Boundaries

 |  November 19th, 2014

Bell & Ross has gone upscale and radical. Recently, the brand unveiled its highly technical BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph watch. The limited edition titanium-cased watch (based on the BR1 model) is reinforced with ceramic and rubber elements. In fact, red rubber inserts make gripping the watch chronograph pushers easier, and the titanium case makes the 45mm timepiece lightweight and comfortable. An exclusive skeletonized chronograph movement powers the BR-X1. The movement was developed in conjunction with Dubois Depraz, and features black DLC bridges in the form of an X. The watch garnered its name from the aircraft, the Bell X-1, which Chuck Yeager flew when he became the first pilot to break the speed of sound. The watch – created in a…

Continue Reading →

Blue Beauty: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

 |  November 17th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Since the 1953 introduction of the now legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, the brand has become somewhat synonymous with the ocean. Now, with its alignment with, and sponsorship of, the World Ocean Summit, Blancpain unveils an all-new, limited edition piece to gain awareness of ocean exploration and preservation efforts. Known as the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, the bold dive watch underscores Blancpain’s watchmaking prowess and its dedication to conservation. Blancpain’s involvement in ocean exploration and preservation goes back more than 60 years. Over recent years, the brand has supported and sponsored expeditions like National Geographic’s Pristine Sea’s Expeditions, and Laurent Ballesta’s Projet Gombessa. The brand hopes to gain knowledge of and protect the great sea creatures that…

Continue Reading →