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FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 1st July, 2016 – the finance edition

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Happy new (fin) year everyone! Hope you’re all hard at work preparing your tax returns right now (only allowing for brief breaks to read updates from your favourite watch site). In other news it’s very cold in Melbourne right now. So cold in fact that we don’t need to refrigerate our wind down beers, we just leave them in the back room and nature does the rest. What happened Before we get into the dollars and cents, allow us to share one of the most impressive new releases of the week – the ochs & junior perpetual calendar. We featured the moonphase in our list of minimal watches the other week, and this one is definitely cut from the same cloth. Aside from its spartan good looks, the movement manages to use a mere nine additional parts (and three modified parts) to display the calendar. Compare that to 182 parts in the Patek Philippe Ref. 5204. What really mattered The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH has released its statistics for May 2016, showing the downward trend continuing, with an 11.8% drop in the value of exports compared to May last year. There was a significant drop of around 23% in the export of watches…

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‘My Connection to the Sea’ – a Time+Tide production with Lindy Klim for Omega

One of the interesting things about a watch, is how quickly – in fact instantaneously – we can judge whether it suits its wearer. When I meet Lindy Klim for the first time it’s just before dawn. We are standing on a windswept beach within sight of Australia’s fabled Great Ocean Road. Two impressions are cast that I’ve never quite shaken. The first is her poise. She is the daughter of Indonesian royalty and it shows in everything she does. In her speech, her movements, her quiet intelligence. The second is her watch. A steel and red gold Omega Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial with a mother-of-pearl dial. I can’t help myself. I point it out right away. “The way it shimmers and reflects – it’s so beautiful,” she says, drawing it closer to us. “And I love that it comes from the ocean.” The watch, she says, is her constant connection to the element that sustains her most: the sea. You could hardly have chosen a model more appropriate for Lindy, who lives within walking distance of the shore in Bali. It’s also an appropriate watch for our setting. This rugged stretch of sand, sea and rock. If either of us…

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Lightning fast – the Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon

Franck Muller makes statement watches par excellence, as exemplified by the Thunderbolt Tourbillon. The first thing you notice is, of course, the case. The big gold curvex shape certainly makes an impression on the wrist, and shows the hand-finished, skeletonised movement in the best possible light. The manually wound movement has a mighty four barrels, allowing for eight days of power reserve. That said, the real star of the show is the tourbillon. When you’re playing at this level of horology, tourbillons are par for the course, but Franck Muller’s master watchmaker Pierre-Michel Golay has taken the Thunderbolt’s to the next level. Most tourbillons make a full revolution every 60 seconds – this one does it in five, not only making it the fastest tourbillon in the world, but also one of the most mesmerising. Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon pricing The Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon, 238,000 CHF, is a limited production piece.

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01.07.2016  |  Felix Scholz

MY WATCH STORY: Felix’s Nomos Club Automat

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This watch story is a little different from most because, well, I’m talking about one of my own watches. It’s one that, since I bought it just over 18 months ago has come to dominate my wrist (in between review watches of course) – a Nomos Club that has become quite special to me. Why this one? I’ve been a big fan of Nomos for a long time, obviously because its watches look good, but also because it has such great integrity as a company. Initially I was drawn to the dressy looks of the Orion, but once I had the opportunity to review it back when I was writing for Hodinkee, I came to realise it wasn’t the watch for me –  too small for my wrist. Which led me to this. The Club is one of their older models and, until they released the Ahoi, it was also their sportiest. I knew from my experience with the Orion that the 36mm manual version would be too petite, and I prefer the cleaner no-date look, so that left the 40mm automatic version. What makes it special? Well, I picked this up from a Spanish seller, and didn’t realise until I received it that…

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