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Hublot, Eden Rock

A lot of watch brands look at their best-selling timepieces when planning extensions to lines. This makes sense because if it sold great before, a new version should also sell like hotcakes. Sometimes, though, it isn’t just about focusing on new editions, but also on lifestyles. This is an area that Swiss watch brand Hublot…

A Timely Event: Honus Wagner T206 Card at Audemars Piguet

Sports lovers and collectors – pay attention: you most likely will want to wander in to New York before March 28 and head over to the Audemars Piguet flagship watch boutique at 65 East 57th street to view the incredible Honus Wagner T206 card on display there.  The Honus Wagner cigarette card – since 1909…

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A Timely Event: Madison Avenue Watch Week

Mark your calendars – and maybe plan to visit NYC the week of April 8-13, when the third annual Madison Avenue Watch week will take place at some of the world’s premiere watch boutiques along Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th street.  The event, presented by the Wall Street Journal, is geared for connoisseurs who…

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NEWS: The Chronograph was really created first by Louis Moinet in 1816

Today, we wrote about Swiss watch history (here), but today, history is being re-written.  Heretofore it was believed that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph in 1822, but the discovery of a watch made by Louis Moinet in 1815 and 1816 – which he called the Compteur de Tierces – has been confirmed by experts as…

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Watch Education: What Makes Swiss Watches the Gold Standard? (Part 2)

Last Thursday we started the conversation about what makes Swiss watches the Gold Standard – and traced the early rise of Switzerland as the premiere country for watchmaking. Switzerland has passed that long-standing watchmaking expertise and knowledge down century after century, generation after generation. There’s no denying that history counts in establishing a standard. Switzerland’s…

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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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