Chopard Raises the bar on Gold Mining with its Fairmined L.U.C Tourbillon

By Isaac Wingold In today’s world, most consumers of luxury goods are aware of the measures one must take when acquiring a precious stone. Due to the popularity of the “Blood Diamond” movement, we’ve learned to avoid purchasing a stone that may fuel conflicts, but what most don’t realize is that the issue goes beyond…

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The 3C’s of Baume & Mercier: Clifton, Capeland, and Classima Watches

In the world of diamonds, the 4C’s are the ultimate standard of quality. At Baume & Mercier, its 3 C’s – Clifton, Capeland, Classima — are the epitome of quality, value and elegance. The brand, which dates back to 1830, offers one of the most comprehensive collections of affordable elegance on the market. We here at…

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Why the new Limited Edition Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Won the Petite Aiguille Prize at the GPHG

By Isaac Wingold Grand Seiko is one brand that often gets overlooked by collectors, merely for its Japanese origins. While some may hold it to a different standard for this reason, the truth of the matter is that the Japanese produce truly incredible mechanical watches, made to the same extremely high standards of their European colleagues.…

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Armin Strom Skeleton Pure — Breathtakingly Beautiful

By Gordon Henderson Located in the scenic town of Burgdorf, in the northwest part of Bern, Switzerland, Armin Strom (a brand we have written about many times before here) opened his own watchmaking shop in 1967 where he not only sold and restored watches, but also started creating pieces of his own design. The first…

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The Bell & Ross BR-X1Skeleton Chronograph Breaks Boundaries

Bell & Ross has gone upscale and radical. Recently, the brand unveiled its highly technical BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph watch. The limited edition titanium-cased watch (based on the BR1 model) is reinforced with ceramic and rubber elements. In fact, red rubber inserts make gripping the watch chronograph pushers easier, and the titanium case makes the 45mm…

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Blue Beauty: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

By Isaac Wingold Since the 1953 introduction of the now legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, the brand has become somewhat synonymous with the ocean. Now, with its alignment with, and sponsorship of, the World Ocean Summit, Blancpain unveils an all-new, limited edition piece to gain awareness of ocean exploration and preservation efforts. Known as the Ocean…

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