Armin Strom Offers Personalized Watch Engraving

 |  December 19th, 2014

Just to be clear, you won’t be able to have this in time for the holidays, but — wow — what a gift — or even a self-purchase. Armin Stom, whom we have written about here many times before, now offers customers the chance to personalize his or her own watch. Just beneath the 6:00 mark on the bezel, the brand’s top-notch engraver will add the owner’s initials or special design to the piece — creating a distinctive  personal mark.   The price of the Gravity Water watch, shown above is $14,200. Once you purchase it, it is sent by the retailer to Switzerland for the engraving process, which starts with a drawing. You get to approve the drawing and…

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Games on the Wrist — Ritmo Mundo Puzzle Watch Offers Serious Fun

 |  December 17th, 2014

This holiday season, if you are looking for a cool mix of serious and fun – not to mention a timeless gift – take a close look at the Ritmo Mundo Puzzle watch.  The puzzle reverses the role of the traditional watch. Whereas, the objective of most watches is to see the time at a glance, the idea behind the Puzzle is to hide the time and offer the wearer a bit of whimsy. The dial isn’t seen until the wearer slides the puzzle top to the side to reveal the time. T he puzzle is based on a child’s small toy, wherein square tiles move from side to side and up and down to put them in a certain order.…

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Holiday Shopping for Affordable Watches: Mondaine Watches Unveils Helvetica Collection

 |  December 15th, 2014

By Ryan Walsh Easily one of the most recognizable watch dials in the world, Mondaine watches are styled after the classic railway clocks found all over Switzerland. In fact more than 3,000 original clocks still grace Swiss train stations. ( It was in 1944 that Hans Hilfiker (engineer, designer and employee of the Federal Swiss Railways) created an easily readable clock that fast became the Official Swiss Railways Clock.) The iconic look has been the blueprint for Mondaine’s watches since 1986. Now, Swiss watch brand Mondaine takes the iconic look a step further – unveiling an all new Swiss inspired watch line that is bound to also intrigue purists, typographers, journalists and a host of artistic types with its legendary…

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PRE-SIHH: Jaeger-LeCoultre Unveils Master Calendar Watches with Meteorite Dials (with prices)

 |  December 9th, 2014

There has been a lot of talk lately about the use of meteorites as dials in watches – something certain brands were doing decades ago. Today, there are just a handful of luxury watch brands that procure meteorites and transform them into ultra-thin slabs for use as a watch dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre is one such brand. In its newest Master Calendar watches being released officially at SIHH in January in Geneva, the brand turns to these celestial fragments from space to continue its astral theme that encompasses astronomical watches, starry celestial watches and more. First we want to make a distinction here, the Master Calendar complete calendar watch is not new for 2015 – only the use of meteorite for the…

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Seeking Affordable Watches as Holiday Gifts? Look at the Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT

 |  December 8th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson With a strong focus on precision and function, Ball Watch Company has been a leader in certain important categories—including pilot watches. Now, the brand revisits its Engineer Master Pilot watch and makes a few   changes to it in an effort to pay tribute to aviation heroes. The new 43.5 mm stainless steel Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT combines vintage elements with modern styling. In fact, the watch is all about luminosity and readability—two very important factors in the world of pilot watches. The indexes and hands are filled with luminescent micro tubes of H3 gas, which requires no external light to be charged (this differs from most luminous materials in the industry that have to be…

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