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Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400

Independent Swiss watch brand Oris dances pretty much to its own drummer. Despite being a large, globally distributed brand, the company’s executives pull out all the stops when it comes to creative designs and responsible partnerships. Recently, the brand announced that it has created an all-new in-house-made movement, Caliber 400 and today, it introduces the…

Samsung Ditches Android for Wrist Smart Watch

The battle has long been raging about the newest generation of smart watches and how they’re poised to take on the world. Well, Samsung has ditched its Android and now unveils two Tizen-powered smart watches that will be available for sale in April.  The wearable watches = powered by Samsung’s Tizen platform – are named…

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Affordable “Astronomy” – The Swatch Sistem51 is Finally Out

Back in 1983 – I remember it well — Swatch bounded in as the first Swiss fashion quartz watch and saved the world – well, the Swiss watchmaking world, that is. The country was dying a not-too-slow death in the wake of the Japanese quartz movement and the Swiss refused to embrace the concept that…

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You Have to Wait 3 Decades to See Saturn Circle the Dial of this Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication (video)

Its been an incredible week of astronomical watches, but now we bring you the piece de resistance: the enchanting Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Astronomy™ watch.   We love this timepiece and even though it could cost the price of a small house—you get the reality of the solar system on your wrist! The only thing…

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Venus- the Stuff Songs are Made Of – is the Stuff Watches are Made of, too, thanks to Chrisitaan van der Klaauw’s Venus

This week, astronomy week, showcases so many exciting new astronomical timepieces coming on the market this year. But somehow, it just doesn’t seem right to me – being a veteran in the watch industry – not covering the one brand that has been making astronomical watches for more than four decades: Christiaan van der Klaauw.…

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Experience the Moon’s Influence on Man: The Must-Have A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

As promised yesterday, we focus on astronomy this week- with some of the most scintillating timepieces coming out of SIHH 2014 in Geneva recently. Among them—the absolute must-have A. Lange &Sohne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna.  Intriguing, alluring and complex, this watch demonstrates better than most how influential the moon’s lure is over man –…

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Stripped of its Title: Pluto Was Discovered 84 Years Ago Today; A Look at Astronomy and Time via the SIHH 2014 Exhibit: Horology, a Child of Astronomy

Exactly 84 years ago today, Pluto, long believed to be the  9th planet in our solar system, was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh —although the concept of an unknown 9th planet had been first noted and searched for by Percival Lowell a decade earlier. Then-new photographic techniques…

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Vroom Vroom. Wrist Transmissions by Giuliano Mazzuoli

By Ryan Walsh Those who love cars and watches are most likely familiar with Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli – who first brought us the Manometro watch (in pressure gauge design), then the Contagin (tachometer looks) and then the more recently released Trasmissione Meccanica collection – inspired by the car’s transmission. Now, following on the heels…

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Down & Dirty: The Dual Lives of Olympian Athletes and Omega’s Role

We are watching them on the slopes and the ice – winning medals and earning cheers. We know they work hard to get to this point—some harder than others. Very few of the Olympic athletes have big sponsors that pay their way through training, equipment, global travel for competitions and more. Most work real jobs…

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Three World Records Set in Watches at SIHH 2014

Ok so let’s just get right to it. There were three world records that were set at the recent SIHH 2014. 1)      The World’s Thinnest Mechanical watch. The record breaker:  PIAGET Altiplano 900 P. The 38mm wide case with 900P movement measures an amazing 3.65mm thin. (read about it here) 2)      The World’s Thinnest Minute Repeater.…

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Steal this Watch Without Getting Arrested! Montblanc’s new Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar

When Jerome Lambert took over the helm of Montblanc last year, watch lovers who know of his magic at Jaeger-LeCoutlre were expecting big things from Montblanc’s timepiece lineup. Lambert – and Montblanc – did not disappoint. At SIHH 2014, Montblanc not only unveiled  an all new watch collection – the Meisterstuck Heritage  line – celebrating…

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