Off the Cuff – Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

Mechanical watches for women – with multi-functions and complications — are being created by top watch brands more than ever before.  Typically these mechanical calibers are hand assembled and comprise hundreds of tiny parts.  It can take weeks – even months – for the most complicated of movements to be built before being fit into…

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Introducing American-Made Watches from Shinola

When I first heard of this brand and its efforts to bring full-scale production watchmaking back to American soil, I had two thoughts: What kind of name is Shinola?; How do they think they can do this in down-trodden Detroit? That was a couple of years ago. Now, with all the information disclosed and the…

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A Moment in Time with Legendary Jack Heuer

Having been in this industry nearly 30 years, I’ve had the distinct good fortune of witnessing certain brands as they grew and flourished, and of meeting some of the watch industry’s legends. TAG Heuer — and Jack Heuer, in particular — are among those. I’ve met Jack Heuer before, several times, with the first dating…

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Introducing the Ulysse Nardin “Stranger” Musical Watch

A true lover of the 1966 song “Strangers in the Night” – this watch is one I love. Of course, Ulysse Nardin could not turn out anything but a masterpiece, but this one hits home for me.  It is a musical watch for the wrist – not a repeater. In fact, the watch emulates a…

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Watch Education: What Makes Swiss Watches the Gold Standard? (Part 1)

We often are asked “Why Swiss watches are considered the best in the world?” This is no easy subject, since the rise of Switzerland as the epitome of fine watchmaking was centuries in the making. So, beginning today, and for several subsequent Thursdays, we are bringing you a series of articles that will track this…

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