Browsing All posts tagged under »haute horlogerie«

Is Hublot a Serious Watchmaker?

January 5, 2016

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“It’s a slick, heavily marketed brand!” echos the common refrain from the novice collector looking to impress his veteran betters. Perhaps for a time, it might even have been considered true; But if there was any doubt whether Hublot was a serious watchmaker, the question was definitively answered in 2010. And the answer was, “Yes.” The […]

Watchmaking: Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8R

April 19, 2013

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 years since independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen created a manufacture movement that revolutionised watching by using two escape wheels to engage the balance thereby reducing wear and energy consumption versus the usual lever escapement. Thus it came to pass in 2011 that the calibre 28 movement would find a […]

The Monsieur Buyers’ Guide: Stylish Automatic Dress Watches For Any Budget

May 30, 2012

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Whether you’re a first time shopper or veteran watch collector, shopping for automatic dress watches is never easy (well, it IS easy if you have an unlimited budget). Buying a watch is really a cost benefit style analysis and often a true watch aficionado will compare the value of the movements to the price tag […]

Classic Elegance: Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Heure Sautante

March 15, 2012

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Many have often written off Bell & Ross as an overpriced 46mm square “aviation-inspired” watch brand with stock ETA movements. Others (like myself) have waited in quiet reverence for the day to finally arrive- The Vintage WW1 Heure Sautante from Bell & Ross. A grand complication with the simplest of dials, B&R’s latest collection stands proudly, […]

Monsieur Jean Dujardin: A Return to Hollywood’s Golden Age Glamour

February 28, 2012

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In case any of you were wondering, no I was not watching the Oscars in support of any film or celebrity and lest I expose my dishonesty by rambling on about The Artist and its titular lead actor, I must admit that prior to catching up on entertainment news my only interest in the Oscars lay […]

Cartier Watches: A Luxe Investment? Calibre de Cartier Astrotourbillon Says Yes.

February 21, 2012

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I’m not being snobbish when I tell you that I’ve never considered Cartier as a watch manufacture. In fact, I believe that you would be hard pressed to find watch enthusiasts who would classify Cartier timepieces as haute horlogerie; and while aficionados will be spitballing premiere marquee names like Patek Philippe (the inventor of the […]

Danger Zone: SIHH 2012 IWC Collection for Top Guns

February 5, 2012

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To those of you born in my era, I can almost hear the collective grown at the obvious “Danger Zone” pun. To you I say- HUSH. I’m referring to the Danger Zone only in terms of how close I am to spend money set aside for the mortgage on one of the new IWC Pilot […]

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