Around the World: Captain Bob and the Tale of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms

When Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier established the French version of the Navy Seals–“Nageur de Combat” — in the late 1940s, he ran through a mental checklist of must-have items: Diving fins? Check. Goggles? Check. Diving suits? Check. Dive watches? Wait a second, Maloubier, thought. Why didn’t this elite team of divers have watches to help…

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Weekend Sojourn: Van Cleef & Arpels Treasures at NYC Museum

Zip design can be worn as a necklace or zipped up tighter and worn as a bracelet. New York City’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, will host a Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition of more than 300 works of jewelry, timepieces and accessories from the famed Atelier that was founded in 1896.  The exhibition, “Set in…

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Video: Multi-Time Zones, with Eric Klein

The more we travel the globe, the more we appreciate today’s most alluring multi-time zone watches. Interestingly, since 1937, wristwatches have been able to display time in all of the world’s key 24 cities – known as Universal time. The making of a multi-time zone watch is complex, and takes into account calendar functions, as…

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Time Capsules: News – IWC Becomes Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012

As if IWC doesn’t have enough sailing experience behind it, this legendary watch brand has announced its partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race – sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the series that starts October 2011.  The world-class sporting competition, the Volvo series is a cutting-edge adventure story – blending endurance and precision.  It kicks off…

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A Moment in Time: Sebastien Loeb, 7-Time World Champion Rally Winner and Marvin Watch Ambassador

  Sebastien Loeb is not only the world’s only seven-time world Championship rally winner, but also he is Marvin Watch ambassador and co-designer of the brand’s newest Loeb watch. The Loeb automatic chronograph (with seven stars on the bezel to represent his seven wins) retails for approximately $2,520, while the quartz version sells for about $830. Here,…

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Watch Stops 2011: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)

For much of January you have heard us refer to the SIHH as the first trade show of the year, as the world’s premiere luxury watch show and as THE place where many of the world’s foremost brands showcase their newest inventions. Additionally, we have been bringing you pre-SIHH news and products, as well as…

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