Arnold & Son Watches and the Patented CTB (Central True Beat) Watch

 |  May 19th, 2014

We’ve written about Arnold & Son time and again here, as this is a brand we truly respect. Here, we reflect on what Arnold & Son has achieved this year with its newest introductions, watches that are just starting to hit the markets this summer. These complexities created with superb craftsmanship celebrate the brand’s 250th anniversary. The world premiere CTB. Part of the brand’s Instrument collection, the CTB (Central True Beat) Chronograph houses a proprietary in-house manufactured movement and represents a World’s First in a wrist watch: a chronograph with a central true beat seconds hand. Achieved by incorporating a central true beat seconds hand and a central chronograph seconds hand — both on the same axis but with different…

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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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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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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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