Apple Watch Pre-Orders Soar, But Can It Deliver?

 |  April 17th, 2015

As we wrap up our week-long look at SmartWatches from traditional watch brands, we think it is only fitting to take a look at the leader of the SmartWatch pack from the technological side: the Apple Watch. Yes, one of our contributors and a true watch lover has pre-ordered his Apple Watch, as have many tech-savvy followers of ours — demonstrating that a love of technology and traditional watches are not mutually exclusive. And, as the pre-orders for this device rise into the millions, we can’t help but wonder just what kind of impact it will have on our daily lives and on society for that matter. We will certainly see a generation more connected than ever before. With the Apple Watch, it seems…

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Fendi Timepieces Unveils Momento Bag Bug Watches — Put on Your Angry Face (BaselWorld 2015)

 |  April 10th, 2015

There were a lot of great watches at BaselWorld this year – from the high-tech, to the haute-horology and even space-age-like watches. Then there were the classics, the retros, the refined. But then – there were the fun, whimsical watches that just let you breathe in and out with a smile. Fendi Timepieces unveiled one of those. Meet the Fendi Momento Bag Bugs capsule collection of angry-eyed watches for women and men. The Bag Bug is a tiny creature that the brand created years ago as a good luck charm, and that has been used as a bag accent, a key chain and in all sorts of ways. Now Fendi brings the angry eyes of the whimsical bag bug to…

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SIHH 2015 Reveals Art for the Wrist as New Direction

 |  February 2nd, 2015

When it comes to haute horlogerie, one of the most important efforts being made to elevate time to new heights is the pursuit of finer, meters d’ arts. Indeed, at SIHH 2015, more brands were unveiling stunning artistic dials in enamel, champleve, filigree and other artistic modes for both men and women. Last week, Roberta Naas wrote about the Metiers d’ Arts of Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels on World Tempus — now we bring you a recap of that feature. As watch brands continue to pull out all the stops when it comes to creative dial designs, the consumer is graced with a bevy of timepieces that boast unbelievable skill, innovation and master artisanry. Indeed, as technology advances,…

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Breva Watches: Fear and Awe at the Same Time (Pre-BaselWorld 2014 / Video)

 |  March 21st, 2014

I’m slightly claustrophobic. Most people don’t know this about me – now many do. However, I share this with you because it is slightly relevant to today’s post. Recently, while truly studying the Breva Genie 01 watch, I had to stave off my fears and enter a small hyperbaric chamber if I wanted to see the watch’s barometer gauge actually work. After all, the barometric watch needed to experience atmospheric pressure changes if it was going to indicate the weather change for me. Now, why else would I be there looking at this watch if I didn’t want to see it work? So, I didn’t waver when the brand execs asked if I wanted to enter the small 5-foot tall…

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Centuries-Old Regulator Watches Trend Again

 |  February 5th, 2014

From the resurgence of Art Deco shapes to the increased use of rose gold, the adage “What’s old is new again” is particularly true in watchmaking today, as artisans continue to build precision timepieces with reinterpreted motifs. Such is the case with regulator-dial watches. A regulator is a timepiece whose hour and minute hands are offset separately on a dial instead of in the conventional configuration of two hands moving around the complete dial together. Generally, a regulator features a small sub-dial for the hour indications and a long minute hand that rotates around the dial, with an additional small sub-seconds indication often part of the construction. Regulators were originally conceived centuries ago in clock form to “regulate” the rate…

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