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Basel 2014: Not Your Usual Omega Speedmaster

April 7, 2014

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There’s a very short list when it comes to famous chronographs: Universal’s Compax, Zenith’s El Primero, Rolex’s Daytona (also powered, previously, by El Primero) and Cosmograph, Heuer’s Carrera (before TAG acquisition) and Breitling’s Navitimer BUT head above them all, resting before on the moon itself is one chronograph- the Omega Speedmaster Professional. After exhaustive tests […]

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 […]

The Individualist: Bamford Watch Department SE Submariner California

May 17, 2012

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A while back, when I was writing for a certain men’s magazine, I was called and instructed by Rolex to pull a story; as an independent media owner writer now, I have no such restrictions and this is a story I find important enough to talk about: Customised Rolex Watches. For the last few issues I’ve […]

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 […]

MB&F Thunderbolt Given New Life: HM4 Razzle Dazzle Watch

February 20, 2012

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I was talking about watches for Top Guns not too long ago. And then someone like Maximilian Busser & Friends comes along and outright builds a watch that is a “Top Gun” itself rather than just worn by one. If the original MB&F number four didn’t steal (and own) your gaze this one will. Cold […]

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 […]

Guide to Homage Watches: Breguet Classique Vs. Raymond Weil Maestro

January 23, 2012

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Homages. They’re often a point of contention; to a watch snob- there’s a thin (mostly non existent) line between a homage watch and a cheap fake (some might be expensive but seriously, they’re all cheap copies); to others and dependent on where you fall on the watch connoisseur spectrum, you’re either a collector who appreciates […]

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