Meet the Baume & Mercier Clifton Perpetual Calendar and Learn Why the Brand Pushes the Complicated Envelope

 |  October 13th, 2016

If you ask anyone in the watch industry to name a good, solid Swiss watch brand with keen design and affordable pricing generally in the under $8,000 range, you are likely to hear the name Baume & Mercier.   While this brand is known, and has been known for more than a century and a half, for offering top-quality at value prices, it is also known – in the past few years – for complicated watches that go the distance.   The new Clifton Perpetual Calendar watch is a prime example of Baume & Mercier’s relentless quest to push the envelope and demonstrate its savoir-faire. For half a decade now, the brand has surprised us with specialty pieces that prove its watchmaking…

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On the Wrist Review: IWC Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery

 |  September 8th, 2016

Can you see that? The smile on my face? Ear to ear baby! Such is the excitement I felt after having spent a little over a week of quality time  with the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine De Saint Exupery’ watch on my wrist. The pictures do not quite capture the intricacies of this piece, but wearing it was an absolute blast, and in this watch review, I will tell you why. First, a little bit of background on the limited edition Big Pilot from IWC. As stated in the title, the piece is a tribute to the poet, writer, humanitarian, and pioneering aviator Antoine De Saint Exupery. He is best known for his literary works, including writing the famed Le…

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Introducing the $150,000 Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Chrono Perpetual Calendar

 |  September 6th, 2016

In its unyielding quest for performance and precision, Vacheron Constantin regularly unveils new movements and new timepieces with coveted functions. Today, the brand releases the all-new Traditionnelle Chrono Perpetual Calendar watch, with new in-house-made 1142 QP caliber. The watch holds the Hallmark of Geneva certification. Retailing for $150,000, the 43mm platinum watch deftly blends the perpetual calendar and chronograph complications. The high-tech movement is entirely designed and developed in house and offers date, days, months, leap years and moon phases, as well as a direct-drive seconds hand and 30-minute counter for the column-wheel chronograph. The small seconds are located at 9:00 on the dial (opposite the 30-minute counter) for harmonious balance. The calendar will need no adjustment until March 1,…

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Leap Year — Why We Have It and Watches that Can Help You Track It

 |  February 29th, 2016

  Today is February 29th—a day that comes around only once every four years. Called Leap Year, the year with the extra day in it has a special meaning. While to some it may be reverse day (women, you can ask that man to marry you today), and to others it may be an extra day to just celebrate life, the reality is that the extra day only happens so that we can be more in keeping with the true solar time. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. But the Gregorian calendar – created to offer trackable days of equal length…

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Hands On with the MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar Watch

 |  December 29th, 2015

What can we say about MB&F that we haven’t already said? Different, edgy, unique, incredible and — well — an all-around great team of people, as well. Now, MB&F brings us the newest round Legacy Machine — the Perpetual Calendar. The watch strikes a chord with us for a number of different reasons.  To begin with, Legacy is a round watch — the only round watch in the MB&F line — and this is the brand’s first true complication — so what better, more traditional way to unveil a complication than in a round watch? The thing is, the complication itself — the perpetual calendar — is incredibly unique in it s function — making the watch a blend of…

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