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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Seven Super Rolex Watches for Super Bowl Sunday (slide show)

 |  February 2nd, 2014

Going out to watch the big game at a pub? Visiting friends’ houses? Having friends over? Or – best yet – going in person to the NJ stadium to watch the big game on one of the warmest winter days the state has seen thus far? In any case – a good sports day deserves a good sports watch, and that calls for a Rolex. Whether it’s a steel Submariner (and yes, Rolex uses a different, more expensive and harder-to-machine stainless steel (904L) than most other watch brands use (316L), or an 18-karat Everose Cosmograph Daytona (made of Rolex’s in-house-made non-fading 18-karat gold and an iconic high-performance watch that could be perfect for Broncos fans), or even a Deepsea (are…

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Happy Chinese New Year: Introducing Stunning Year of the Horse Watches (Slide Show)

 |  January 31st, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Horse. The Horse is one of the most powerful symbols in the Chinese zodiac. The sign is symbolic of speed and strength, are people born under it are said to be energetic and independent with a free, unbounded spirit. They also demonstrate great taste — especially if one judges by the timepieces being created in honor of this year. Yesterday and today we bring you some exceptional horse-inspired timepieces — today via a slide show. While yesterday’s Ulysse Nardin presentation showed the wild stallion in all its amazing beauty, today’s L.U.C XP Urushi special edition watch is more festive in nature. It is created using an ancestral Japanese decorative art…

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Equestrian Inspirations

 |  August 27th, 2013

Before the advent of automobiles, many of today’s luxury watchmakers were saddlers and leather goods specialists. Others simply grew up in the world where equestrian involvement was all encompassing, and they quickly recognized a need to  outfit the rider and horse lover.  Today, top watch brands embrace the equestrian world with design accents that tell their story.  Pictured above:  Hermès Arceau ($3,000) with a dial inspired by the path of horses in a manege, indicated by the sloping numerals directed toward the center.  Ralph Lauren elegant Stirrup Steel Link watch ($2,500)  crafted in a stirrup-shaped steel case a supple stainless-steel link bracelet. Fendi’s Selleria watch cases (from $850) and stainless-steel bracelet ($300) or interchangeable straps ($125) can be mixed and matched for versatility;…

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