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Andrew McUtchen
Andrew is the man who fell into watches and has never managed to quite get himself out. His career in horological journalism has spanned watch editor at GQ and The Weekly Review. Andrew gets asked every day if an online magazine about watches could really be a full time job. He enjoys saying it is in fact, a full time business. The growth of the team to incorporate talented writers, videographers and editors, whose work drives Time+Tide's reputation as a watch magazine with a difference, amounts to a career highlight for Andrew. Andrew finds watches fabulously interesting for the mere fact that the 17th Century technology still exists and thrives in a thoroughly, and excitingly, digital age.

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15.12.2017

VIDEO: Exploring one of the most accessible COSC-certified collections on the market, the new Longines Record range

Accuracy used to be a big deal in watchmaking. There were competitions to test the accuracy of wristwatches. There were complications — additional functions — and engineering improvements designed to assist the watch in keeping true time. There was a space race of sorts to be the most accurate watchmaker in the world. The exploding popularity of the quartz movement in the late ’70s and early ’80s — that uses an electronic oscillator regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time — ended most of that. It was cheap, it was battery powered, and worst of all for mechanical watches, it was so accurate it…

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07.12.2017

ANNOUNCING: The Time+Tide Shop, launching with the Ltd Edn Seiko Presage SPB069 ‘Moonlit Night’, premium straps and more

We’re very proud to announce that the Time+Tide  shop is officially open for business. The decision to launch a shop isn’t one we made lightly, or quickly. But it was made, and today we launch with a capsule collection of handmade straps and premium accessories, as well as the frankly stunning Seiko Presage SPB069 Moonlit Night. The reason we’ve decided to enter the heady waters of e-commerce at this point in time is simple. Australia is a long, long way from the rest of the world. To get our hands on the best straps in the world currently means hefty shipping fees and…

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06.12.2017

ANNOUNCING: Seiko release stunning blue enamel dial Seiko Presage SPB069 ‘Moonlit Night’

The name of this watch gives much away about its romantic, dare we even say, poetic roots. Seiko do not usually name their watches. This makes them very difficult to tell your friends about. Unless, of course, you have a beautiful mind, and can rattle off Seiko references. Which describes no one in the Time+Tide team. So, long before we saw any images, when we heard the ‘SPB069’ was going to be named the ‘Moonlit Night’ our interest was piqued. It is inspired, the press release says, by the night sky and “Japan’s fascination with the moon”. It combines “mechanical…

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29.11.2017

VIDEO: “We didn’t have it in the museum.” The President of Longines says collector brought GPHG winner to them

It’s the kind of story you could easily gloss over, or embellish, as the president of a large watch company. A collector contacts you with a rare piece. You confirm that it’s original, share the images around the business, get feedback from the heritage team that it might be a good piece to reissue, then conveniently forget — when the accolades roll in — where the story started.   That’s not Walter von Känel’s way. He admits in this interview that the Longines’ GPHG Winner of the ‘Revival Watch Prize’ the Avigation BigEye is, indeed, collector, rather than museum-contributed. “What is interesting is…

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24.11.2017

VIDEO: Disassembling a Heuer 01 chronograph movement

There is something inherently fascinating about seeing a watch movement emerge from its case. After however many years of seeing this great reveal, I never get over it. Regardless of the model, or the brand, I am somehow always struck by the same thing: its diminutive size, its delicacy, its complexity when separated from its exoskeleton. The very same thing happened when TAG Heuer master watchmaker Shalen Gokoolparsadh loosened the screws on the clear caseback of the Heuer 01 a few seconds into this disassembly video, revealing a tiny, circular micro-city of details to explore. And, over the course of…

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23.11.2017

VIDEO: A flashback through a year of Longines stories, and one last hurrah in Beijing to launch an aggressively priced new COSC-certified collection

Many brands and many people have taken a chance on Time+Tide since we launched, way back in 2014. One of the greater leaps of faith was earlier this year, when Longines gave us permission to spend time in their archives, and extended a standing invitation to several international events. The aim was to create a year’s worth of stories to celebrate the brand’s 185th anniversary. Well, what feels like only weeks later, I’m dismayed to say that the year has passed. But not without a frankly alarming amount of stories created. In the time since that first phone call we’ve…

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23.11.2017

VIDEO: Chris Hemsworth wants to be remembered as a dad “who didn’t have his head stuck in his phone” (like Matt Damon here), and he wears his Heuer-01 surfing

Living the dream is a phrase overused to a point of meaninglessness. But make no mistake about it, Chris Hemsworth is living the dream. We meet on a yacht in Port Hercules, Monaco, hosted by TAG Heuer. It is to be our home for the next few nights as the Monaco Formula 1 takes place on the streets of Monaco which pass right by the boat. When qualifying begins, the scene on deck is an odd mix of Dunkirk – with high-octane engines whining around the boat like a swarm of Spitfires – and Ocean’s 11, taking into account the…

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18.11.2017

EVENT: Longines celebrate their 185th anniversary deep in the heart of their biggest market

On Thursday night, Longines celebrated their 185th anniversary in Beijing, China, with a party in the Forbidden City that wrought the brand’s legacy deeply with the history of the Chinese people, taking guests into extraordinary places and spaces. The Forbidden City dates back to the 15th century when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China. It has been a museum since the 1920s and, from now until Sunday, it also plays host to Longines’ 185-year-old history, with an exhibition displaying extremely rare and epochal watches and items that usually reside in the brand’s museum in…

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06.11.2017

EVENT: Ferrari celebrates 70th birthday with best possible party wingman, Hublot – week-long bash ensues

Usually, an event recap refers to one single event. This one, however, details a week-long bash during Melbourne’s Motorclassica that saw the town literally painted red when the Royal Exhibition Building was lit up in a bold Italian red, with Hublot and Ferrari logos stamping the iconic site. It also included the largest ever convoy of Ferraris ever assembled in Australia, and a hell of a party to reveal the new LaFerrari Aperta in the Melbourne Docklands. Last, but certainly not least, was a new watch co-designed by Ferrari and Hublot, the extremely limited Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph.…

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04.11.2017

WHY I BOUGHT: The 2017 Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 126600

Andy Zhang is among Australia’s most high-profile collectors — and highly active on social media. His pieces tend to inhabit the top end of town, and statements such as “I thought I’d wear Richard Mille for life” should not surprise. There are some horological heavyweights appearing on his Instagram account, daily. Which was where we noticed the 2017 Sea-Dweller. Andy explains how and why he’s fallen under the spell of a watch he initially thought was “average”. When did you first see the 2017 Sea-Dweller in the metal? I first saw it in Sydney on the wrist of a friend. It looked…

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17.10.2017

EVENT: Never mind the bollards, this is the Bremont ‘English Tour’ of America

Bremont have relied on old-fashioned techniques to build their business. Firstly, they made a pretty great product. Anyone who’s held a Bremont in their hands will attest to that. They put their watch in a movie. They make watches for the military. And when it came to spreading the word in America, co-founders of Bremont, Nick and Giles English, literally hit the road on an ‘English Tour’ of the country. Starting on the 12th September this year, Nick drove a 1970 E-Type Series 2 Jaguar, restored by their late father, while Giles was at the wheel of a 1973 Porsche 911T, over 5300km from New…

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15.10.2017

MY WEEK WITH: The Rolex Cellini Time

When the Rolex Cellini range was relaunched by Rolex in 2014 – including the Cellini Time – the General Manager of Rolex Australia, Patrick Boutellier, chose a line of poetry to announce the news: “The sleeping Prince has been awoken,” he said, or words to that effect, as Felix and I pored over the new range, not quite sure what to think. We were certainly intrigued by these classic, luxurious faces amongst other more colourful offerings, such as the white gold ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master II and the new Milgauss. The light embroidery of poetry and classicism in Patrick’s description somehow attached…

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13.10.2017

VIDEO: Seeing how the ‘other’ Rolex wearers live, with the Rolex Cellini Time

The Rolex Cellini Time is arguably Rolex’s most conservative model within its most conservative collection, but what we found in our time with the wider Cellini range is that it leaves its flourishes and flair as almost a secret pact between the watch and its wearer. We suspected this might be the case. We’d only ever experienced the model in Rolex presentations at Baselworld, most notably in 2014 when the ‘sleeping Prince’ was awoken and relaunched. It is indeed a more subtle brand of charm that it exudes, and the affection grew as days together elapsed. An example of one detail that…

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12.10.2017

WATCHSPOTTING: This black and white beast is Eminem’s choice of watch for viral car park rants

Eminem is currently going viral with a rant against Donald Trump delivered in a Detroit car park as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards. You’ve more than likely seen it, or at least snippets, but the full video is at the bottom of the post. The 44-year-old rapper finishes his rant with a message to any of his Trump-supporting fans, saying, “I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against.” In it, Slim Shady wears a 35th anniversary G-Shock which is Casio’s seventh collaboration watch with artist and graphic designer Eric Haze. The limited edition GA700EH-1A model has a black and white colour scheme…

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10.10.2017

VIDEO: Step aside Patrimony and Calatrava, the Rolex Cellini Date is here to take you to your next function

The Rolex Cellini range could be described as ‘the Rolex you wear when you don’t want to (be seen to) wear a Rolex’. It is bereft of practically all of the Rolex design codes that make their watches among the easiest in the game to spot at 20 paces. There is no iconic Oyster or Jubilee bracelet to give it away – the Cellini has so far only been released on leather bands – and nor is there a brazenly fluted bezel in glittering precious metal to seal the deal. While the latter forms a part of the watch, it is toned down and…

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01.10.2017

LIST: 10 actors wearing the hell out the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

I’m no prop master, but I know when I’d reach for a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso to dress a character’s wrist. It would be when they had a scene in a suit. It would be at a point in their character trajectory where they were at peak confidence, when their outward style is tapping into the classic, the iconic, the timeless. And also when the brand of badass they’re seeking to project is more brains than brawn. You suspect this was precisely the thought process of the art directors and prop masters that did just that with these kings of the screen.…

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29.09.2017

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 29th September, 2017 – the ‘Don’t Argue’ Edition, inc. all the arguments we started this week

In Australian rules football (AFL) there is a particular type of defensive move called the ‘don’t argue’. It involves fending off an opponent with an outstretched arm, usually at full pace. This image pretty much sums up the move, but if you need a 9-second tutorial, check this out. It’s brutal if you’re on the receiving end of one, and it’s exhilarating when you’re the instigator. The undisputed king of the ‘don’t argue’ is Dustin ‘Dusty’ Martin, pictured. What he lacks as a wordsmith, he makes up for in neck tattoos. A good percentage of Australian readers will know that…

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26.09.2017

VIDEO: In the Adventurers & Explorers room at the Longines Museum, with a focus on the Lindbergh voyage

The Longines Time Machine, which has been our vehicle of choice for exploring the brand’s long and incredibly varied history in its 185th year, lands here on a story-rich piece of ground. This episode is all about Longines’ efforts to assist some of the great moments in history, including Charles Lindbergh’s first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe in 1927, where we lay our scene. The voyage has been commemorated by Longines with an (insanely) limited-edition piece, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary, which we reviewed here. Buckle up, this is a good…

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21.09.2017

NEWS: We review Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a tale of TAG Heuer hedging their bets on the future of watches

Last night the Kingsman returned in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with a new head tailor to the fore and a new watch on his wrist, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Kingsman special edition. The success of the first movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was unprecedented, and not just because it was a British spy movie that challenged Bond – many critics commented that, in fact, it out-Bonded Bond on just about every level. It was groundbreaking in the clever way that it integrated products, fashion and watches into entertainment in a manner that involved the audience in a knowing way, neatly avoiding any sour advertorial…

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19.09.2017

EVENT: 3 reasons to visit the Heuer Globetrotter exhibition, now showing at TAG Heuer Westfield, Sydney

Australia is a sports-mad country, so it makes sense that the current Heuer Globetrotter exhibition has seen an allocation of sports-related Heuer models take the place of new stock on the floor of the world’s most profitable TAG Heuer boutique per square metre, in Sydney’s CBD. The exhibition is at the TAG Heuer boutique, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney, until September 30. The concept of Heuer Globetrotter, which has spread 400 of the rarest Heuer watches across 10 cities and 10 boutiques, all open to the public at no charge, is a master stroke from TAG Heuer for several reasons: It has…

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08.09.2017

MY WEEK WITH: The Piaget Altiplano 40mm Ultra-Thin date pink gold

This week on the wrist is borne almost purely out of curiosity. I have tried on Piaget Altiplano watches over the years and found them unusually comfortable to wear. In interviews and conversations with Altiplano owners, there’s always a resounding refrain of “it’s hard to go back to heavier/larger/thicker watches once you get used to it”. So, when given the chance to have an extended period of time with the Ultra-Thin date in rose gold, I jumped at it. My first impression was… That it’s a clean, deeply stylish statement, and that I might need a new wardrobe. A watch this…

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01.09.2017

RECOMMENDED READING: 4 facts about Paul Newman’s Daytona that will melt your heart and blow your mind

The New York Times has published a story about the upcoming auction of Paul Newman’s Daytona and revealed new facts about the whereabouts of the watch. Until recently it was considered one of the world’s great “lost watches”. But all that time its owner, James Cox, knew exactly where it was. On his wrist. Soon, it will be auctioned for a sum that may exceed $US10 million. These quotes sum up the incredible story. And lastly, write a note for yourself: help someone fix a treehouse this weekend. Despite the fact that it was a gift from his wife of 50 years,…

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30.08.2017

VIDEO: Which TAG Heuer Monaco is right for you? The Calibre 11 (CAW211P) vs the Calibre 12 (CAW2111)

At some point on my watch journey, I made a resolution to resist all the shiny new things that get paraded in front of us daily and just start collecting the icons. The classics. The unquestioned cornerstones of modern watchmaking. Watches whose aesthetic, technological and for-the-good-of-humankind breakthroughs still resonate today. How’s that working out for me? Hmmm, there have been occasional slip-ups, and some redefinitions of what is “iconic” (Nomos makes modern classics, right?) but acquiring a TAG Heuer Monaco was to be a satisfying tick of the square-watch box. The only problem was, when I went to pull the…

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28.08.2017

MY 6 MONTHS WITH: The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 (ref. CAW211P)

When I go to the pinpoint the exact moment in time I decided that I wanted a particular watch, there’s almost always a common denominator: it’s seeing it on someone else’s wrist. My Monaco story starts this way. My business partner in Time+Tide is a pretty big Heuer and TAG Heuer fan. He is the founder of Calibre 11 – the home of TAG Heuer and vintage Heuer collectors – and has, at times, been among the most pre-eminent Heuer collectors in the world. It goes without saying that his wrist has been a showcase for pretty much every style of…

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27.08.2017

EDITOR’S PICK: We asked the Bulgari barman to match watches to whisky, and he absolutely nailed it

Editor’s Note: Look, it’s not the first time anyone has thought of combining watches with whisky. It is, however, surely the first time an Italian barman in Ginza, Tokyo did the matching. It was the kind of performance the hashtag #nailedit was created for. Consider for a moment that two Aussie guys dropped in to the Bulgari Tower out of nowhere, set him a bizarre task in front of some Bulgari top brass, and started rolling the tape. If you watch one watch-related video today, make it this one. We can’t get over it, or Pietro, and it’s been two…

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24.08.2017

INTERVIEW: Why people love working for Bremont (and how their watches won the London Boutique Manager over)

Editor’s Note: We’ve done over 1400 posts at Time+Tide, but I reckon I could count on one hand the number of stories that have featured employees whose title doesn’t start with Chief, Head, President or Vice. After speaking to Paul Gray, Boutique Manager of Bremont’s flagship store in Royal Exchange London, for a lazy afternoon at our HQ, I realised what we’ve been missing all this time. It’s the view of a company from within. The comments on culture, internal leadership and founder mythology that actually make for very interesting listening.     When Paul Gray first picked up a Bremont watch in 2009, he was…

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22.08.2017

WIN: An Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II and help fight motor neurone disease

Anyone that’s been touched by motor neurone disease, in any way, is likely to want to help the world find a cure. It’s a brutal and dehumanising disease. The one Australian that’s done the most to raise the profile of sufferers, by creating the  ‘Fight MND’ organisation, is Australian Football League legend, Neale Daniher. He calls the insidious disease ‘the beast’. Neale has MND, and he’s bravely taking it on in the hopes that increased awareness may lead to not only better care for those afflicted, but also to increased funding for vital research into finding a cure. ‘Cool Kids for…

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18.08.2017

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 18th August, 2017 – the watches you chose for the end of the world, inc. Seiko, Rolex, UTS and Citizen

Like many story ideas we brainstorm together on a Monday morning, ‘end-of-the-world watches’ seemed to be a winner at the time. But now that we’re at the end-of-the-week, that mushroom cloud image makes us cringe. It’s all just become a tad too real. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought a lot about our Guam followers this week. And, for that matter, our Seoul buddies, not to mention the northern reaches of Australia that could also be affected by nuclear fallout. Not comedic at all, really. The good news story though is that while about 10 percent of commenters on the question –what would you…

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17.08.2017

VIDEO: Access all areas in the Franck Muller Tourbillon Department

There have been big changes at the Franck Muller manufacture over the last couple of years. The once homely property on a hillside looking out over Lake Geneva has been thoroughly expanded and modernised – Baroque and Romanesque flourishes inside and out have been updated to the more spacious proportions created by exposed beams and vaulted ceilings, all befitting of a luxurious ski lodge. Somewhere in a light-filled room appointed with watchmaker’s benches in this village of multi-storey buildings is the Franck Muller ‘Tourbillon Department’. The warmest thing in this room, no matter the time of year, is Patrice Couston’s…

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14.08.2017

EVENT: The ‘re-tooled’ Montblanc TimeWalker gets the most Australian launch imaginable

Last week, with Sydney turning on weather that thawed the cold, cold hearts of all Melbourne people present, Montblanc hosted a lunch at Quay Restaurant to launch the new ‘re-tooled’ TimeWalker. The intimate event combined fine dining, fun storytelling, and a wide range of watches – from accessible new TimeWalker models to the extremely limited Rally Timer. The entirely hand-fashioned Minerva movement, visible through the caseback, drew audible gasps from the watch-aware in the audience, and looks of curiosity from those to whom the intricate movement architecture just looked pretty. It all took place in a location that is about as…

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04.08.2017

VIDEO: Longines and ski timekeeping, a match made in the mountains a very long time ago…

When you visit the heart and home of Longines, at Saint Imier in the Switzerland’s Jura valley, the brand’s link with skiing is immediately demystified. This is a skiers paradise, and in the early days of the sport’s timekeeping in the 1920s, the Longines watchmakers would not have had to travel far to test their latest custom-built mechanical chronometre. What I also discovered at the Longines museum was that their involvement in sport has spanned more than just equestrian and Alpine skiing related events. The list of innovations in the pursuit of timekeeping precision is impressive and pretty cool to witness…

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26.07.2017

WATCHSPOTTING: The story behind the Omega watch that plays a pivotal role in Dunkirk on the wrist of Tom Hardy

*Minor spoiler alert* It’s not unusual for a watch to play a starring role in a movie. Often it’s the prop that shows a countdown in a race against time, or it’s a sentimental object, or an indicator of personal style.  In the rather stupendous Christopher Nolan mega-production that is Dunkirk (I’m still a little woozy on my feet a day after watching it on an IMAX screen), it’s very much the former. Without giving too much away, Tom Hardy’s character, a Spitfire pilot in the Royal Air Force, must use his watch to calculate the amount of fuel he has left…

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22.07.2017

WATCHSPOTTING: New French Montana song feat. The Weeknd is iced out Patek Philippe lovefest with a twist

I imagine there’d be some decent perks that would go along with being a bud of The Weeknd. You’d probably get to meet Daft Punk. You probably wouldn’t get to meet Justin Bieber. And maybe he’d pick you up to go bowling in a sweet ride with a panther in his passenger seat. Pretty great perks. But the real value of working with, and befriending Abel Makkonen Tesfaye seems to kick in around birthday time. Just ask French Montana, who received an iced out Patek Philippe Nautilus in November last year from The Weeknd, successfully present-shaming the whole world in the process. Now, it seems…

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17.07.2017

VIDEO: Two couples explain why they wear Panerai, you can too at #MyPanerai

You’re never quite sure how a film shoot is going to turn out. On paper, things can be obvious. Both of the couples that are featured here had professed to us an enduring love for Panerai. But it was only when we started exploring that attachment, and asking more detailed questions about it, that things took an interesting turn. How did we even get here, though? The thought process from our side was to address this notion of the Panerai ‘tribe’ – the deeper than average connection many Panerai wearers seem to have to their watches, and to the Panerai story…

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04.07.2017

VIDEO: A just-for-fun comic inspired by the IWC Portugieser

Editor’s Note: You think you know someone. When Felix had the idea to tell a story about a fictional IWC Portugieser wearer through the visual medium of a comic book strip I was intrigued. He worked with illustrator William Webb to bring a vignette to life entirely of his own imagination – a guy living the dream facing an event most of us would quickly want to wake up from. I was impressed at his hidden talents. It’s short, sharp and purely for fun. Enjoy!  If you want a closer look at the art, it’s in three parts here, here and here. 

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17.06.2017

VIDEO: Longines is auctioning 3 Flagship Heritage watches online – bid, win and Kate Winslet will personally give it to you

Money can’t buy experiences are so-called for a reason. They’re more about connections than cash. But Longines is offering three people an impossibly rare watch along with the chance to be treated (and to travel) like royalty when they receive it at an event somewhere in the world from none other than Kate Winslet, whose foundation to help autistic children will receive all of the proceeds. Not a portion, the entire amount. The three winners will even get to take a friend or partner. In addition to this trip, the winner +1 will also be gifted another international trip to…

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16.06.2017

EVENT: 5 ways Tudor’s collection launch at Dark Mofo was actually daring

With a great tagline comes great responsibility, and last night Tudor lived up to theirs by daring to launch their 2017 collection in the midst of Australia’s most controversial art festival, Dark Mofo, in Hobart. Talk about being #borntodare – this was a night with far fewer boundaries than usual for a luxury watch event. The guests tumbled from a fine dining experience at Franklin restaurant down a rabbit hole of scenes and settings that were, in as few words as possible, a David Lynch movie come to life. Whole buildings were converted into experiential art spaces that might include nude…

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12.06.2017

VIDEO: Montblanc release new Orbis Terrarum models as part of UNICEF collection

There are two reasons it is worth your while to watch this short video about Montblanc’s support of UNICEF. The first is purely selfish and very much in our/your wheelhouse. The watches in this year’s UNICEF collection are limited versions of the Orbis Terrarum, a watch ex-CEO Jérôme Lambert thought was the embodiment of the ‘new’ Montblanc. You know, the Montblanc that is a ‘contender brand’ in the watch world, with an increasingly visible presence at all price points, from high horology to compelling value propositions. The ‘Latin’ version, one of two – the other in Chinese characters – is as colourful,…

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08.06.2017

MY WATCH STORY: Will’s Perrelet Dual Time Skeleton Chronograph

A lot of watch conversation happens in high places. So it should come as no surprise that our recent trip to Monaco, where we spent a good four days standing at bars and in VIP lodges with celebrities and billionaires, yielded a ‘My Watch Story’. The subject is Will, and he manages a raft of high profile bands and actors. His choice of wrist wear for this day, and every day, is a Perrelet. Your name: Will Ward, ROAR Management Your watch: Perrelet Dual Time Skeleton Chronograph What’s the story behind it? Last summer I went to see one of…

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06.06.2017

VIDEO: Is there a risk the TAG Heuer Carrera takes over the collection and becomes less special? Biver fires up, again

Not so long ago, the TAG Heuer Carrera was one of the watch world’s most easily recognised chronographs. Now, it’s every kind of watch imaginable. It’s time-only, it’s a Connected watch, it’s a tourbillon; you name it, there’s a Carrera variant. Hell, I’m wearing a Carrera today and it’s a removable time-only module that I’ve fitted onto a pair of – themselves interchangeable – titanium lugs and a leather bracelet that more often carries the Connected Modular 45 around. No matter where you stand on the rapid recent evolution, the name does not mean what it used to. And the modern Carrera vehicle, if…

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31.05.2017

VIDEO: ABOUT TIME with Andre Agassi

Watching Andre Agassi play changed my tennis game, but reading his biography, Open, changed my life. I love tennis. And I was impressed, of course, by Andre’s second coming, when, in 1998, he rose from a ranking of 110 to number 6 in one calendar year. It was a quantum rankings leap that remains a record. But putting the whole context of professional tennis aside, I’ve never read a biography so excoriatingly honest. It is a self-examination few would have the mettle to undertake. “I’ve never been scared to admit my weaknesses because I’ve always needed to as a tennis…

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28.05.2017

VIDEO: The heavy metal hardware that is the brand new TAG Heuer Senna Heuer 01 with Link bracelet

TAG Heuer is not a brand to waste an occasion, and with Chris Hemsworth, his mate Matt Damon and a cast of VIPs all staying in a super-yacht in Port Hercules on the eve of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, there was always going to be a watch announcement. But this one was particularly poignant. It was, in fact, 30 years ago that Ayrton Senna won his first Monaco Grand Prix. The three new Senna commemorative watches – two Formula 1 models, one time-only, one a chronograph as well as a Carrera Heuer 01 – are bold and sporty with high-contrast red, black…

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28.05.2017

VIDEO: Why Mark Richards, Australia’s most famous sailor, loves his Rolex Yacht-Master

Editor’s Note: Picture 10 pristine new Rolex boxes stacked neatly in your cupboard or, more likely, your safe. For me, this is immediately challenging because this would mean a bigger safe. What would be a dream for many of us is a reality for one man, Mark Richards. We published his watch story as part of a bigger feature video about his life. You can watch that here.  Mark is the most successful skipper in the gruelling Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race’s 71-year history, and his mighty waterborne steed, current race record holder Wild Oats XI, is the most successful yacht.…

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27.05.2017

EXCLUSIVE: First live pics of new limited edition Senna watches including the Heuer 01 Senna

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first Monaco Grand Prix victory in 1987, TAG Heuer is releasing three new limited edition watches in tribute to the driver. We all want a good nickname, and “Magic Senna” certainly had one. He is considered by his peers to be one of the greatest drivers of all time: three world championship titles (1988, 1990 and 1991), 65 pole positions, and 41 Grand Prix victories. Like TAG Heuer’s brand ambassador Chris Hemsworth, the Heuer-01 is a movement that is most impressive with minimal clothing. Most notably, this is the first time TAG…

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18.05.2017

EDITOR’S PICK: Watchspotting in Better Call Saul – help needed

Editor’s Note: We’re not ashamed to say that pretty much all of us at Time+Tide are on board with the weekly chicanery of one James ‘Jimmy’ McGill in Better Call Saul, now in its third season. The morning after each episode we get a coffee and debrief. One of the bones of contention lately has been Jimmy’s unusual gold watch, which is cushion-cased and appears to have an LED display. Much harder to trace than the gold watches in episode four, which we covered here. If you have any information about Jimmy’s current wrist ride please let us know.    WATCHSPOTTING: BETTER CALL SAUL It seems…

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18.04.2017

VIDEO: The 5 standout watches from the 2017 Bell & Ross collection

When Bell & Ross launched their Instrument collection in 2005, they achieved what every new watch brand sets out to: they created an icon. This distinctive range of watches took the cockpit instruments of aeroplanes as their inspiration and suddenly there was a new player in the watch world that you could spot on the wrist at 100 paces. No mean feat when you consider the history and the hype you’re up against. So it turned out the Swiss watch industry, like John Mayer, has found room for squares. But all things must change, and the collection presented at Baselworld 2017…

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18.04.2017

EXCLUSIVE: “We stretched into fields where we are not necessarily legitimate.” 5 brutally honest quotes about Cartier’s recent releases

The Cartier ‘Drive de Cartier’ was about as close to a number one hit as you can get in the watch industry. From the minute it was released, it was popular with journalists the world over – us wholeheartedly included. It appealed to round and small watch markets like Asia as well as tastemakers in other markets, and it was smartly priced. In a refreshingly frank interview, Cartier’s International Marketing and Communication Director, Arnaud Carrez, details how, after a wayward period where brands “tried to be everything and everywhere”, the Drive is powering Cartier to new heights. 1 – The Drive refocused…

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16.04.2017

VIDEO: Have you noticed this guy on Australian TV (or Netflix) wearing Tudor watches?

Editor’s Pick: Last year we received a tip-off that popular Australian actor Rodger Corser has a Tudor story to tell. Not only does he wear a Black Bay on his latest show, Doctor Doctor (he’s also in zombie series Glitch if you’re OS and also thinking he looks familiar), it turns out the vintage model he sported in ‘Doctor Blake’ was also a Tudor. And not just any Tudor… I first noticed it for a split-second in Channel 9’s new show Doctor Doctor. Pause. Rewind. Yep, there was no mistaking the black bezel and dial on the wrist of Hugh Knight (the titular doctor)…

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13.04.2017

INTERVIEW: “Safe queens are the worst.” Actor James Marsden explains just what kind of watch geek he is, and we are feeling him

One of the last people I saw before I left Australia for SIHH in January was James Marsden. He was on television, in dusty dungarees, with a vest, boots and a cowboy hat. His face was etched with pain. He’d just been shot by Ed Harris. Again. The television show is Westworld, the character is Teddy, and my wife and I remain obsessed with both. We’d binged our way through the first season in a matter of days, and then, a 27-hour flight and a broken night of sleep later, there I was with that very same character (Teddy) in real life. Reassuringly…

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11.04.2017

VIDEO: 3 of the best new watches from Bulgari, including that one you’re secretly into…

We knew it, as soon as we tried it on. You guys knew it too, judging by the comments, which have usually gone something like, “I’d never been that interested in Bulgari before, but….” And naturally Bulgari knew it, which is why their booth at Baselworld dedicated its grandest display space to tell the story: the Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium is the most refined mens piece ever for the brand in the ‘accessible’ category. By ‘accessible’ – around $18k – we’re not talking entry level, but it certainly is a newly affordable price point for a barely there piece that holds…

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10.04.2017

EDITOR’S PICK: Our video review of the Montblanc 1858 Small Second with blue dial

Editor’s Note: The 1858 collection has quickly become a mainstay of Montblanc’s watch landscape, with new versions offered in 2017 in bi-material bronze and steel and also with a Dual-Time complication that you can get a glimpse of in this video. Before these welcome developments came a dressy blue dial variant offered in 2016, on an excellent blue strap. It started with the 1858, which – in an insanely busy year for Montblanc – dropped out of the big blue sky. We were excited. We were titillated. We were a little flummoxed to be honest. Thoroughly embracing the spirit of the Manufacture Minerva…

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09.04.2017

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with Longines and the owners of Winx, who just won her 17th straight race

The ‘Longines Time Machine’ is a series of videos exploring the Swiss watchmaker’s 185-year-old history. The Longines Time Machine has also proven itself to be quite erratic, because in Episode 2, we find ourselves landed in the present year; January 2017 to be exact, in London, at the World’s Best Racehorse Awards. Everybody knows that Longines and equestrian events go together like a horse and stirrups. But what we learned at Claridge’s in central London earlier this year is that the connection runs far deeper than television rights and branding. Longines are in fact key sponsors of the industry, as well as the public-facing…

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08.04.2017

VIDEO: The top 11 watches from Baselworld 2017, live on our wrists

There is definitely a case to be made for letting the dust settle on the wrist before throwing out definitive lists like, for example, a top 11 from Baselworld 2017 actually recorded at Baselworld about five days through the six day fair. However, I would raise two points in our defence. 1. For us to film a list at Baselworld, capturing some of the energy of what was happening around us, we had to shoot it during the fair, while it was buzzing. Which meant that it was hotter off the press than ever. Do you really want us presenting this…

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04.04.2017

VIDEO: Australian entrepreneur Mark Bouris tells us why he loves his watch. But really, what is there not to love?

Some people’s love of their timepiece is intensely personal, to a point where it’s hard to fathom for an outsider. Others are entirely easy to understand. Aussie entrepreneur Mark Bouris, who you might know from as the TV face of the local version of The Apprentice and its celebrity offshoot. When he’s not busy being a financial guru he has a lot of love for his IWC Perpetual Calendar, that he refers to – with sweet emotion – as his ‘Double Moon’. It’s a love that knows itself. Here, he lists just how accurate the moon phase is, in detail. It’s also…

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03.04.2017

HOW TO: Wear a gold watch (without looking like you’re trying too hard)

On some matters you can trust us unreservedly. Like on the topic of watches, for example. But when things get tricky, and we verge into how to wear them, and what to wear them with, we tend to consult the experts. We were lucky enough to have the ex-Editor of GQ on staff for some time, which neatly covered the area off. And, on a trip to Florence in May last year, we had someone whose life revolves around sartorial choices: Chris Edwards, co-founder of Australian tailors, Oscar Hunt with us. Because you need backup at a gig like Pitti…

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02.04.2017

EDITOR’S PICK: The most popular Bell & Ross vintage model yet, the glittering BR 126 Aeronavale

Editor’s Note: Bell & Ross released a toned down vintage model this year, the first in their ‘3rd Generation’ vintage armada, with a flatter case and a smaller diameter. It’s a strong piece, with notable improvements to quality like screw-down chronograph pushers, but it’s in a monochromatic rather than colourful mood. Which made us think of last year’s blue-tiful BR126 Aeronavale. Judging by the reaction on social media and the site, it was a watch that changed hearts and minds about B&R’s ability to do interesting things in the vintage field, with a fanatical attention to detail (those brushed applied indices, sigh…)…

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31.03.2017

HANDS-ON: The Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook, a cheeky ’60s reissue that swings both ways

Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy and he is credited as being the first European to make contact with the eastern coastline of Australia. Considering the number of Europeans that make contact with the east coast these days – especially the bit between Sydney and Cairns – he definitely started a route that started the whole of Europe tanning. In more interesting news, to have a ‘Captain Cook’ in Australian (possibly Cockney) rhyming slang is to have a look at something. Yes, really. With those local references, how could we not be drawn to this reissue of…

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29.03.2017

VIDEO: The 3 Longines watches that had people talking at Baselworld 2017

It’s Longines’ 185th anniversary this year, as you might have seen so it’s no surprise that the key heritage pieces were very strong at Baselworld. As we’d hoped, the new Lindbergh Hour Angle model – which I developed strong feelings for after a visit to the Longines headquarters in Saint Imier earlier this year – did drop early, ahead of the 90th Anniversary of the pioneering aviator’s famous New York to Paris crossing. If the watch was somewhat expected, the style was not; it has has a surprisingly contemporary feel. Hello there black PVD bezel, for example. And the Longines Heritage 1945,…

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28.03.2017

MY WATCH STORY: Running into last year’s crush in Hall 1, Jared’s Breguet Type XXI 3817

There are watches you see that have an immediate impact, but then the feeling fades. You see the same watch some years later and you can remember thinking it was amazing, but sometimes the desire to own it is gone. The opposite happened when I spotted Jared’s Breguet Type XXI 3817, which was released at Baselworld last year. It remains one of the finest pilot’s chronographs available, and one of the best value in terms of materials, quality and finishing with pricing at $17,800. And that’s without mentioning its looks. My mancrush on this perfectly chiselled piece is more intense than ever.…

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24.03.2017

VIDEO: The Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’ is “one of the most interesting” in Omega’s new collection, says CEO

According to the CEO of Omega, Raynald Aeschlimann, the Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’ Co-Axial Master Chronometer is “one of the most interesting” watches to be launched by Omega at Baselworld 2017. It represents, he says, a “continuation of Omega’s technological advances, a full ceramic blue Seamaster Planet Ocean, which is coming as a very nice surprise, following the Deep Black and following the whole evolution in ceramic that Omega has been doing for three years.” We should warn you though, this is more of a dip than a deep dive as we’re scheduled to meet the wider Omega school of 2017, including…

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24.03.2017

VIDEO: Unboxing the Omega box set most watch lovers would die for

The Omega box set celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Railmaster, Seamaster and Speedmaster has been one of the talking points of Baselworld 2017, and not just because of the watches. The box itself is a work of craftsmanship in itself. It isn’t just like an Omega box from the 50s, it has been made to be exactly the same, with corduroy and gold foil lettering and all. We have the pricing, the live images and the (included) travel pouch all in this two-minute video.

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24.03.2017

HANDS-ON: The large, and very, very limited Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

This post is served with an almighty fist pump, because just like our crystal ball ‘predicted’, Longines has announced a 90th Anniversary version of the Lindbergh Hour Angle, a few months ahead of the anniversary celebration. Longines has still managed to pull out a major surprise though. The steel and titanium watch will be limited to just 90 pieces. The hour referenced in the name of the model will be about as long as it takes for the model to sell out. The original ‘hour angle’ watch was designed in a partnership between Charles Lindbergh and Longines following his 33-hour flight…

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23.03.2017

VIDEO: The 4 Rolex watches that burned down the house on day 1 of Baselworld 2017

If Rolex as a brand has mastered any single art – apart from watchmaking in practically all of its forms – it is to both meet and exceed expectations at every single Baselworld watch fair. Granted, this can be a baby step, like last year, when they singlehandedly turned Baselworld into Bezelworld. Or it can be a complete break from tradition, like the bizarre, possibly brilliant Air-King from the same year. Today we have learned once again that the Big Crown delights in the devilishly unpredictable. While the leadup saw speculation reach a fever pitch on the topic of Sea-Dweller anniversaries and…

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22.03.2017

BREAKING: The Speedmaster “Apollo XVII” Limited Edition released at Baselworld 2017

First vision of the just announced new Speedy: Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann announces the Speedmaster “Apollo XVII” Limited Edition released at Baselworld 2017. It is dedicated to the last man on the moon, astronaut Gene Cernan.  

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22.03.2017

BREAKING: Video of Omega’s key releases, including an incredible Speedmaster, Railmaster, Seamaster box set

When Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann recently visited Australia he brought more than just one of the world’s most glamorous women with him. He also gave us an exclusive preview of the Omega 2017 releases. The new boss needed only one take to deliver the news straight down the barrel of the camera, albeit in a hushed voice while Cindy was being interviewed upstairs. A serious professional. While we’ll leave the detail to Raynald, let’s just say that there are new Aqua Terra models, a bold new Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’, a Speedmaster ‘Apollo XVII’ limited edition, and last but definitely not least, there…

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22.03.2017

BREAKING: 5 photos that will help you decide where you stand on the new Tudor Black Bay Chrono

The new Tudor Black Bay Chrono has just dropped and there have been a lot of feels expressed in the nine hours since it was released. The hashtag is simple, just little old #bbchrono – which almost sounds like one of the greatest blues guitar players ever – but the response has been quite the opposite. It’s stirred up a lot of emotion. People are ecstatic. People are upset. People are confused. Could the BB Chrono be the 2016 Air-King, the most divisive watch of Basel? In this time of controversy we wanted to help you make up your mind where you stand, for…

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19.03.2017

VIDEO: Our Basel 2017 predictions Part 2, including Seiko, Grand Seiko and Rolex

And here we go for Part 2, in which we share our infinite wisdom (and more often our wild guesses) about what might be coming in the next week of watch releases. What, you missed Part 1 of our predictions? Here you go.

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19.03.2017

VIDEO: Our Basel 2017 predictions for Rolex, Hublot, Tudor, Patek Philippe and more…

It’s very easy to say, on day two of Baselworld, “oh yes, I saw that one coming”. It’s much harder to get it right two days before the big dance. Which is what we’re attempting to do in these two, probably ill-fated videos. Part one features Omega, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, and Longines. In part two, we consult our crystal ball for new releases by Seiko, Tudor, Hublot and Rolex. Our decision to make this video already seems questionable. Because I swear my notes included a prediction Patek would release a casual sports steel chronograph, I swear!

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18.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 3 days to go. The watches of 2016 that nearly brought two Aussies to blows

BASEL BUILDUP: It’s happy families at Time+Tide most of the time. We have our likes, dislikes. But it’s horses for courses, and it’s cool. That said, if there’s any setting that causes a bit of healthy conflict, it’s the Baselworld experience. And by about day four it’s a pressure cooker. This is about when we wrote this story last year, and no doubt we’ll write something similar in 2017. Picture Felix and I lacing up the gloves as we speak. You can decide who’s the guy in white and who’s the roo….  Mummy and daddy are fighting again. But sometimes…

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18.03.2017

COMPETITION: Win a duffel bag packed full of rare, interesting and valuable watch-related items

One of the perks of what we do is the almost constant flow of extraordinary promotional gifts that come with the territory. These high-quality items are rarely, if ever, available to the public. Until now. We have chosen the best and the brightest from this year’s fairs and carefully packed them into a stylish duffel bag, making sure to include some very delicious, very limited, Bollinger Champagne, as well as a metal Time+Tide T-shirt we’ve made for staff and friends only. Winning the competition is easy. Subscribe to YouTube, turn on notifications and join our mailing list and you’re in with…

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17.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 4 days to go. The best watches of Baselworld 2016 paired with perfect outfits

BASEL BUILDUP: To celebrate the sartorial whirlwind who sadly departs Time+Tide today on maternity leave, we couldn’t resist revisiting our Content Director Ceri David’s genius idea from Baselworld 2016, which was to basically ‘live pair’ all the new releases with creative wardrobe choices. It was a huge hit with readers, and – looking at the list a year later – we can see why. It’s still devastatingly on point. We’ll miss you this year, Ceri! And, by the way, what will we wear with everything? We’ll have to go it alone in 2017, gang…   The Basel Lookbook, in which our friend and…

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16.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 5 days to go. The appeal of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGD001’s diamond dust is forever…

BASEL BUILDUP:  Seiko’s impact at Baselworld last year was measurable on the Richter scale. If it wasn’t the aftershocks of the Seiko Presage Chronograph 60th Anniversary Limited Edition it was watches like the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGD001. Hard model name to remember. Easy watch to be wooed by. The dial doesn’t quite sparkle in these pictures like it does in real life, so if you ever get the chance to see one, do yourself a favour.  The first thing you notice about this Grand Seiko when you look at it is the dial. It’s a fresh as virgin snow on a crisp winter’s morning…

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15.03.2017

HANDS-ON: The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

If you’ve ever looked down at your smart watch and thought, ‘If only I could change that case out for a real mechanical watch by a recognisable Swiss luxury watch brand,’ boy are you in luck because that’s exactly what TAG Heuer’s new Connected Modular 45 allows you to do. Going one step further than just a strap hack, the watch also has a tiny masterstroke in that you can change the lugs too, which can have the effect of changing the whole appearance of the watch. All in all, it does the equivalent of unleashing the Swiss hounds on Silicon Valley,…

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15.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 6 days to go. This year is the Omega Speedmaster’s 60th anniversary, so watch this video about the 1957 original

BASEL BUILDUP: The first Omega Speedmaster was released in 1957, so the iconic model is celebrating its 60th this year. We’re pretty confident this means we’ll be seeing an anniversary edition at Baselworld in a few days, which led us to speculate (fairly intensely) about what it might look like. As with all things involving ‘vintage’ and ‘Speedmaster’, our journey led back to Petros Protopapas, Brand Heritage Manager of Omega, who told us some great stories about the model at an event we held back in 2014, called ‘The Night of Omega Firsts’. We decided to take a close look at what he said about…

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14.03.2017

BREAKING: The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 – a smart watch, a mechanical watch and a tourbillon, all in one

TAG Heuer has just announced the “first luxury connected watch bearing the Swiss made label” and a new concept that allows you to change the smart watch module (the whole case, in other words) for a mechanical module; either a time-only automatic Calibre 5 or a COSC-certified chronograph Tourbillon Heuer 02-T. The concept of modularity also extends to the lugs, strap and buckle, all of which can be interchanged with a simple click. Engineered in collaboration with Intel, the Connected Modular 45 is water-resistant to 50m, features GPS, an NFC sensor for payments, and a high definition AMOLED screen, as well as a…

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14.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 7 days to go. Will the bronze age continue through 2017?

BASEL BUILDUP: The Bronze Age that typified many Baselworld 2016 releases – including this Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze – continued apace at the first major watch fair of 2017, SIHH in Geneva. Montblanc released a bronze augmented new take on the 1858 automatic, a Chronograph Tachymeter and a spectacular Dual Time that worked the material masterfully into a broader vintage theme. Meanwhile over at Panerai, the wrist born beast, the Bronzo, resurfaced with a blue dial. The trend, it seems, is far from over. Will it continue at Baselworld 2017? Only time – seven days to be precise –…

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13.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 8 days to go. Remembering the Rolex that blew up Baselworld 2016…

BASEL BUILDUP: Will it happen again? Will Rolex put a ceramic bezel on an existing watch and break Baselworld? Rumours abound we may see just that on the ‘Coke’ GMT-Master II, which has been mocked up here by those resourceful Rolex rumourmongers at Monochrome. Though, for ours, a gradated green dial on a Sea-Dweller would be far more exciting. Some years, it’s giant leaps for mankind that steal the limelight, and others it’s, well, increments on a (slightly redesigned) tachymeter.  

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12.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 9 days to go. Enjoy what may be the last filmed interview with then-Omega president Stephen Urquhart

BASEL BUILDUP: One of the great things about Basel is the interviews. All the key players are in one place, and to use sporting parlance, when the doors open and the cameras roll, it is game on. We didn’t know it at the time, but this interview with then-President of Omega Stephen Urquhart at Baselworld 2016 was to be one of his last. A couple of weeks later, in April, he announced his retirement, a story we were also involved in breaking. This casts the interview in a different light – and it might also explain why he more freely…

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11.03.2017

BASEL BUILDUP: 10 days to go, so here’s our top 10 from last year, featuring the whole damn team

BASEL BUILDUP: We’re counting down, NASA-style, to Baselworld 2017, the world’s biggest watch fair. It’s 10 days until we launch from Australia on Etihad Airways flight 463 and for the first Basel Buildup post we’re revisiting the Time+Tide team’s top 10 picks from last year’s fair. Read on for Breguet, Nomos, Bell & Ross, TAG Heuer and more.  Basel is over, let the lists begin! Not really (spare us) but the memories are still fresh, the passions linger and, frankly, we want to get this done before we board the plane back to Melbourne, leaving this afternoon. Who knows what…

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10.03.2017

LIST: The 9 best Patek Philippe photos we have ever taken

When you really fall for someone, there’s a point where you just can’t get close enough. It’s the same with Patek Philippe. Over the years, we’ve photographed a wide range of their models, and the closer the shot, the tighter the macro, it’s almost always a case of the more magnified the wonder. These are our favourite nine. Choosing was hard, but that’s love, we guess. The first line from the review of the Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph Ref. 5370P: The new Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph (Ref.5370P to its friends) is the new must have über-Patek.  The second line from the review of the Patek…

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07.03.2017

VIDEO: “Why should you sell a watch for $1000 more because it’s your own movement?” Jean-Claude Biver takes aim at in-house

Last year we were privileged to get two passionate TAG Heuer experts in a room together to talk openly about some of the most controversial topics in the game today. One of those men was TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver, and the other was founder of Calibre 11 and co-founder of Time+Tide, David Chalmers. In this video David simply asks why people should pay a premium to buy an in-house movement over a generic Swiss movement. Mr Biver does not hold back… “The Swiss have created their own problems. Why have they started to make a difference between in-house movement and not…

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05.03.2017

MY WATCH STORY: Sebastian’s Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (ref. 5524G)

If you like pilot’s watches, you need to head to the nearest airshow immediately. Irrespective of whether your eyeline lifts up to the craft in the air, or stays firmly on wrists, an airshow will give you more of a chance to spot aviation related watches than just about any other place. This setting – Avalon airshow, on the outskirts of Geelong – is where I spotted this dashing Patek Philippe 5524G, AKA the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. It’s a watch that Felix and I hotly debated when it was released a couple of years ago. To recap, the topline quote was this:…

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03.03.2017

EXCLUSIVE: Get excited, Longines to work with Time+Tide on year-long access-all-areas video project called The Longines Time Machine!

Dust off your fedora Indiana, we’re going into the archives… Longines is a brand whose history the Time+Tide team has delved into before – pretty much every time they release an often best-in-show heritage reissue –  and frankly, we haven’t been able to get enough. That’s because, while Longines has one of the most impressive archives of watches in existence, as well as countless accolades for timekeeping achievements, the brand has always kept relatively quiet about it. That all changed in January with the announcement of the ‘On This Day’ campaign over at longines.com – which was around the same time we…

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27.02.2017

VIDEO: Want Omega’s CEO to give you a private tour of their biggest boutique, featuring Cindy Crawford? Of course you do

Omega’s Sydney flagship is their biggest boutique in the world, and it’s in a prominent position, at 20 Martin Place, right in the heart of town. When Chief Executive Raynald Aeschlimann travelled to Australia to officially open it earlier this month, he brought a friend of the brand who, a decade earlier, also opened the Castlereagh Street boutique, just around the corner. Yes, we’re talking about the incredible Cindy Crawford. Raynald extended Time+Tide a private invitation to come and explore the space with Cindy, where we learned that history is more alive than ever for Omega, thanks to the unveiling of the ‘Her Time’ exhibition,…

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26.02.2017

VIDEO: The Bulgari CEO brought $750k of watches into our office and for a day we had two bodyguards

‘Like a boss’ is a phrase we’re attempting to permanently retire at Time+Tide. It’s done. But there’s no other way to describe the way the CEO of Bulgari visited our offices. He did it breezily – the leadup was one or two emails, a request to book a place for lunch – but completely like the boss of an Italian luxury powerhouse that he is. In addition to his own presence, augmented always by perfect, perfect suiting, he brought some wonderfully complicated and impressive watches to showcase Bulgari’s latest gains in high horology. And, with the mechanical treasures came muscle, in the form of…

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19.02.2017

VIDEO: A chef, his watch (a Hublot Big Bang) and his love of stir fry

It gets boring waiting in lines, especially when you’re hungry. So if by chance this finds you outside Chin Chin (Australia’s top-ranked restaurant, located in Flinders Lane, Melbourne which has a wait-time of around the average romantic comedy in length), you’re in luck, because we’re going to help you kill at least two minutes. And if you watch it 45 times, you are golden, you’ll be up. Fact is, you could probably do both – start with Must Love Dogs and finish with this, because it will get you in the mood for Chin Chin’s patented blast of freshness, flavour and…

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14.02.2017

VIDEO: “We need to talk” – a Valentine’s Day letter to Swiss watches

Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, for the downer. What are the words people use when a relationship starts to break down? American songwriter Ryan Adams suggests, “We need to talk.” “I’m confused.” “Maybe later, you can come over?” Elise, our French intern, may be searching for similar phrases right now, because her so-called ‘love letter’ to Swiss watches ends up in some, uh, different places…

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13.02.2017

VIDEO: Apples to Apples episode 3, Breitling vs IWC – a dogfight in the sky!

Of all the Apples to Apples battles so far, this is pound for pound the closest fight. Today our airborne aces are the Breitling Navitimer 01 (46mm) and the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph. Both watches have histories – and credibility – written in the skies, both are priced at about the same price point, and both are worn with passion by real pilots. So, with a lot of curiosity and anticipation we’re sending this video down the runway. If you’d like to vote, hit up Facebook or comment on YouTube. We reckon this one will go down to the wire. Hope you enjoy the…

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13.02.2017

EVENT: 7 short quotes that sum up why the event in Sydney last Friday night was a pretty big deal for Omega

Watch events come and watch events go, but last Friday night’s star-studded extravaganza that started at the new Omega boutique in Sydney’s Martin Place, and carried on to a straight-out-of-a-movie private harbourside manor will not be forgotten quickly. Here are seven quotes from the night that speak volumes about the significance of what took place. “This is the biggest Omega boutique in the world.” – Omega President, Raynald Aeschlimann, on the two-storey Sydney boutique, which is as much a gallery and hang space as it is a traditional store. Check it out. “You kept your promise.” – Omega GM Megan Parker to Aeschlimann about…

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13.02.2017

EDITOR’S PICK: One of Australia’s most successful sailors ever talks timing, Rolex and making your own luck

This is a video we keep coming back to. It’s one of our most cinematic and visually beautiful videos to date, and it captures the skipper of Wild Oats XI, Mark Richards, in the lead up to the 2016 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It finds him in a reflective, but taut frame of mind – this was hardly a casual, breezy time for a chit chat, but Mark was focused and minced no words addressing questions about the art of competitive sailing and his love for a brand that’s been on his wrist for much of the journey; both as a tool…

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12.02.2017

VIDEO: How not to screw up buying your partner a Valentine’s Day watch, a 90-second refresher

It’s a couple of sleeps until Valentine’s Day, which means the window for buying your beloved a watch is rapidly closing. If you’re thinking of pulling the trigger, congratulations, may the wind be at your back and the watch you want in stock. But before you buy, watch this 90-second refresher featuring someone you can trust. Her name is Brooke, her life revolves around creating unique and beautiful weddings over at farewell fiancé, and her message is short and sweet. What’s the mistake you’re most likely to make? How can you avoid it? Over to you, Brooke… P.S. – If…

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10.02.2017

VIDEO: What’s Baselworld really like? Drink three coffees, watch this, you are there dude…

Felix and I are taking deep breaths. We’re getting plenty of exercise. Plenty of sun. And we’re changing our coffee order from latté to long-black, and – at least psychologically – replacing the contents of the water cooler with Cristal. Yes, Baselworld is only weeks away. For those that don’t know, the old B-W is the world’s biggest watch fair, held in Basel, Switzerland in March every year. We thought now would be the perfect time to post a caffeine-fuelled, EDM-powered flashback to begin to wind up for the big dance. What is Basel really like? Like this. If this post has…

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07.02.2017

VIDEO: IWC 2017 collection overview and our 4 favourites

The buzzword is ‘pivot’. And at this year’s first major watch fair, SIHH in Geneva in January, IWC ‘pivoted’ in a big way with just about everything they did. The booth was fitted out to emulate a vast Florentine dome, the watches were Engineered for Women and, rather than safe sport-watch territory, the controls were very much set to ‘dress’. And in this single, boldly different territory, they did impress. These are the four watches that Felix and I couldn’t get out of our heads, now with extra-smoking fire effects and dance moves. Prepare yourself for Da Vinci (and some dramatic Felix…

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04.02.2017

VIDEO: 9 of the watches the CEO of Ferrari Australasia wears the most, including AP, Richard Mille and Bell & Ross…

Gentlemen, start your envy… Spoiler alert, but it’s comforting that the CEO of Ferrari Australasia, Herbert Appleroth, has a watch collection befitting his station in life. And let me just say, his ‘watch box’ was the best we’ve ever seen. We’d discussed him coming in to share some of his more notable timepieces, but we weren’t fully prepared for the ‘watch box on wheels’ that he rolled up in. You’ll see what we mean, as well as what was inside – and honestly some of his watches are surprising, this is not just the usual suspects for your A-list CEO…

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31.01.2017

VIDEO: Apples to Apples episode 2, Panerai vs Cartier – the big guns

In the first episode of Apples to Apples, I brought the proverbial boys to the yard by surprising Felix with a milkshake in the form of two very similar looking worldtimer watches by Frederique Constant and Baume & Mercier. To be completely honest, I thought Felix out-argued me. I thought he won. The results of the social media poll, where we opened the floor to you, told a very different story. And so, the scene is set for the series to play out. We flip. We make our cases. We hand over to you to be the final judge. In episode two,…

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25.01.2017

MY WEEKEND WITH: the RADO Hyperchrome Ultra Light Limited Edition Automatic XL

When I opened the box in the hotel room, after arriving in Queensland for the Rado-sponsored Brisbane International tennis tournament, I was taken aback. This was not the watch I was expecting. Perhaps years of indoctrination and the current advertising campaign – with a ball bouncing around in a 3D model of a Match Point dial – made me assume it would be a Hyperchrome chrono of some kind, but nevertheless it was a pleasant surprise. Considering the program includes actually playing tennis and that my suitcase was full of laid-back summer clothing, a simple, ultra-light (the name does not lie) three…

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23.01.2017

VIDEO: People’s choice votes are in after the first episode of Apples to Apples, and it’s a whitewash…

Just over a week ago we broadcast the first ever episode of Apples to Apples, where Felix and I pick two similar watches, flip a Swiss franc to decide which one we’re going in to battle for, and then argue for a couple of minutes. This is part A of the process. Part B is where you come in – because we invite all viewers to vote with their hearts, their thumbs or their comments as to which they prefer of the two watches. For the first episode, we pitted the Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer against the Frederique Constant Manufacture…

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21.01.2017

VIDEO: Our top 10 watches from SIHH 2017 – featuring some *seriously* hot shots

There’s a case for letting the dust settle before you start writing lists after a watch fair. You know, the fullness of time, emotions recollected in tranquility, all that. Or, you could just ride the wave of enthusiasm/delirium while it’s still surging and put it out there, on the spot, from the ‘backstage area’ of one of the booths. Which is precisely what we did on the final day of SIHH 2017 after some frantic notebook scribbling and hurried discussion. We ended up not agreeing enough to do a team list just yet (after all, we’re different people). So we stuck to five…

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20.01.2017

LIST: The 6 defining moments of SIHH 2017* (AKA the Friday Wind Down) *Product does not contain doom or gloom

SIHH 2017 is a wrap. It’s done. After months of anticipation and speculation (along with regret for us Aussies leaving behind summer for subzero temperatures) the first watch fair of the year is behind us, the next one not too far away. But before we even think about the ‘B(asel)’ word, Felix and I want to share the moments that defined SIHH 2017 for us. You’ve seen some of the watches, you’ve probably had glimpses behind the scenes on Instagram and you’ve hopefully got the sense from us that the fair hasn’t been quite the doom and gloom many expected. Things are slowly, safely…

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19.01.2017

VIDEO: 5 Things you probably didn’t know about Ryan Reynolds and his watches

You never know who you’re going to bump into in the halls of a watch fair like SIHH. Apart from when you get a tipoff in your schedule that a celebrity will be at a booth at a certain time, and you get there early with your cameraman to make sure you make something happen. Unfortunately in this case the chat was off camera, but the quotes were real. Here are five things you almost certainly (apart from you crazy Ryan and Deadpool fans) didn’t know about Ryan Reynolds on the subject of watches. 5 things you probably didn’t know about Ryan…

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18.01.2017

VIDEO: What’s the world’s second biggest watch fair really like? We walked around SIHH so you don’t have to…

SIHH is as common an abbreviation to us as YMCA. It doesn’t have dance moves, it’s not the Nutbush City Limits, but it does involve the team covering some serious mileage early in the year, every year. The question is, what happens at SIHH? What is it actually like? We made a video, to complete our two-part series revealing the truth about watch fairs (part one is here).

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17.01.2017

EXCLUSIVE: “Actor guy” James Marsden from Westworld wants IWC to make a PC with a split-seconds chronograph

James Marsden, a face you will recognise from at least one of your favourite films (guys: Zoolander, girls: The Notebook, me: Westworld), describes the moment he surprised/scared IWC’s Creative Director, Christian Knoop, the night before. “I was chatting with Christian and I told him can you please make a perpetual calendar with a split-seconds chrono in a 43mm case. Please?” Knoop’s expression must have been somewhat like mine, read, the open-mouthed emoji with red cheeks. “His mouth was agape, he was like ‘How do you know about the 89630 movement in my new perpetual calendar?’ And I was like, it’s because I’m obsessed. They…

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17.01.2017

LIST: 5 watches that caught our eye on Day One of SIHH 2017 and what they represent

The first day of any overseas watch fair is pretty much a blur of lights and (occasionally ticking) sounds for Felix and me. Don’t blame that on the boogie, blame it on the tyranny of distance. For the friends we are yet to meet this week in Geneva, here’s a pre-emptive answer for you: “We landed the afternoon before doors opened.” Stepping off a 24-hour flight from some mythical place known as Australian summer into a blizzard of snow and new watches means that few stand out from the maelstrom. These are the five that did from Day One of SIHH…

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17.01.2017

VIDEO: “TAG Heuer is #1 in confusion.” Explosive comments and a personal apology from Jean-Claude Biver

Watch industry Presidents and CEOs are often conservative to the point of invisibility. The adage that seems to be uniformly and universally extolled is a variation on the idea that it’s “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” Then, at the other end of the scale there is Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, Chairman of Hublot and Interim CEO of Zenith. In March 2016, one of the world’s top TAG Heuer experts, David Chalmers (who is founder of Calibre 11 and one of the two guys I started Time+Tide with three years ago), asked him about…

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15.01.2017

VIDEO: Who will win ‘Apples to Apples’ episode 1? Featuring Frederique Constant and Baume & Mercier

This video series was born out of frustration. We were so sick of being asked to compare “apples to apples” (A2A) when it came to watch recommendations that we went and created a whole new segment – and a new concept for us – to get on the front foot to meet the demand. Like two very proud grocers, we bring you ‘Apples to Apples’. It’s along the lines of Top Gear for watches, but with significantly less talent and on-air experience. We’re doing it because we get it. When you’re looking at buying a watch, it’s natural to ask what else you…

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15.01.2017

VIDEO: Sex, watches and complications with Kristian Haagen

Watch fairs are not just about watches. They’re as much about meeting, getting to know and catching up with the people that drive the industry, both from a brand and fellow media side. This time last year, we sat down with photographer, publisher and raconteur Kristian Haagen to firstly shake hands, and then to talk about whatever came up – right in the midst of the SIHH action. It was pretty free-ranging in retrospect. We touched on Lange, scratching your lover’s back with a Patek and the future of watches. Looking forward to seeing what’s on Kristian’s mind this year!

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11.01.2017

VIDEO: “I want something created by a person, not a production line” – 3 key quotes from a watch-obsessed tattooist

Today we’re taking another look at a video that explores the connection between tattooing and watchmaking with world-famous ink-master Benjamin Laukis. The watch in focus here is his TAG Heuer Calibre 18 Telemeter. Other watches in Ben’s enviable stable include an A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk and a Tiffany dialled Patek Philippe Calatrava. The man knows his watches. “Tattoos are something I spend a lot of time creating with my hands. I can relate to the hours and the effort put in to such a nice piece. The manufacture of the watch is a big part of why I like them.” “People…

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10.01.2017

BREAKING: Omega announce hot inverse panda ‘Speedy Tuesday’ Speedmaster limited edition, to be sold exclusively online

*UPDATE, 7AM AEST – ALL 2012 ‘SPEEDY TUESDAY’ MODELS HAVE BEEN ‘TEMPORARILY ALLOCATED’. THE WEBSITE ADVISES THAT YOU PLEASE TRY (OR CRY) AGAIN LATER* Hashtag us #surprised because Omega, the brand that only just recently added prices to their site (!), has well and truly embraced the digital world, this evening – right this minute in fact – announcing three groundbreaking firsts for the brand. Before we begin, let us ask you a question. Have you ever tagged a watch on #speedytuesday ? If so, pat yourself on the back. You made this happen. Surprise #1: The “Speedy Tuesday” (yes, inspired by…

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01.01.2017

TEAM PICK: Andrew McUtchen’s favourite stories of 2016

I don’t always do what I’m told, which frustrates my team. I was asked to supply three favourite stories of the year. I supplied seven. “Please, only three,” said Ceri. I met her in the middle and supplied five. Which has now, through sheer force of consistency – you can always get me on consistency and the rest of the team did three – become three. The culling process was extremely painful. I had to lose this incredible story about the Australian Great Barrier Reef, which is where we first worked with our videographer Ash, who has gone on to…

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30.12.2016

WATCHSPOTTING: Do you know what the mystery vintage Omega Gosling wears in La La Land is?

Some LA prop masters may be able to take credit for Ryan Gosling’s consistently excellent choices in vintage wristwear – and you’re welcome to correct us if you know, or are one of them – but for now, we’re going to put forward the idea that he has something to do with choosing them himself. Because, once again, the Gos has gone and ended up with the perfect watch for his lead character in the feted new romantic musical La La Land.   Not only the perfect watch, it must be said. His vintage threads throughout provide a schooling in…

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24.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 24 – Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, apart from the reassuring tick of your Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon. And let’s not for a minute – or five seconds to be more accurate – mistake the forest for the Christmas trees here, the real star inside this gold curvex case is the tourbillon. When you’re playing at this level, tourbillons are par for the course, but Franck Muller’s master watchmaker Pierre-Michel Golay has taken the Thunderbolt Tourbillon 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,…

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23.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 23 – The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

As you climb higher and higher up the horological Christmas tree – which, by the way we don’t advise in real life, unless this happens – the stars at the top start to thin out, leaving, at least in days of yore, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet shining brightly as Swiss watchmaking’s ‘big three’. Between them they make some of the finest watches on the planet. But, until now, VC’s main sports collection hasn’t quite stacked up against the iconic Nautilus or the mighty Royal Oak. This year’s SIHH changed all that, with the release of the lauded new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection. Who should…

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23.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 22 – Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar

How has your Christmas present wrapping been going? Maybe take some tips from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Reverso Tribute Calendar fits contemporary and classic into a very neat package. The pink gold case measuring 29.9 mm wide by 49.4mm tall is neither too petite nor too large for most, and it’s quite impressive how many complications JLC can fit in without the watch looking overly cluttered. The main dial, with a silver grained opaline finish shows a complete calendar with apertures for the day and month, and the date indicator around a stunning hammered moonphase. The reverse dial is treated in a contrasting grey Clous de…

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21.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 21 – The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 All Black

Forget for a moment that the Chairman of Hublot, and the man-behind-the-brand Jean-Claude Biver would look frighteningly Santa-like in a red jumpsuit, sans the paunch. Disregard also that he’s the only other man on earth with the kind of energy required to visit every single household in the world in one night, and just focus on the fact that the Big Bang Meca-10 All Black is basically living, ticking, time-telling Mecano, in a very adult form. Those old enough may recall getting it as a child – and building a train, or a bridge. This far more baller variant requires…

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21.12.2016

VIDEO: Leading Melbourne-based style influencer tries her hand at shooting and reviewing the Cartier Hypnose, with surprising results

It was a complete leap of faith. @thetiafox, Melbourne-based citizen of the world and curator of all things immaculate looks like she was born to work with a watch like the Cartier Hypnose. So, with a little help from Cartier Australia, we arranged for the two to meet. The plan was simple: get them together for a week, then get out of the way. The results were, well, romantic. The Tia Fox, or Melanie Liu to use her real name, not only took the watches to some of Melbourne’s most magnificent and romantic spaces – all with a classic, architectural…

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19.12.2016

EXCLUSIVE: A week in the life of @thetiafox, featuring the Cartier Hypnose collection

When Cartier announced the release of the Hypnose collection, there was only one person we wanted to work with to spread the news: style influencer Melanie Liu, better known by her online persona @thetiafox. Because here it is, point blank: her world is a better place than this one. It’s magical, minimal and, we’re prepared to wager, the most pristine Instagram feed in existence. The ultra-clean, fresh aesthetic is said to be inspired by the Arctic fox, and, true to her name, the Tia Fox hunts the world over for the best in life to style, shoot and capture. Shakespeare said all the…

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18.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 18 – The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC017

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree…uhhhh, what are you doing on this Grand Seiko dial?” Seiko must have been in the Xmas spirit when the dial of this Grand Seiko was in development. Of course, the story goes that it’s actually a fir tree, which is celebrated in the Onbashira Festival that’s held in Suwa, near where the watch is produced. This racy Grand Seiko has very little chance of going unnoticed on the wrist. Not only does it feature a sporty new case shape, Seiko has also made it using a modular technique. Look out Hublot / TAG Heuer! The outer case elements are…

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17.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 17 – Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in grey plasma ceramic

Blancpain are definitely on Santa’s nice list this year, for their serious efforts in ocean preservation. And by bringing a variant of an instant, but limited classic, into general production they’ll no doubt work their way back from naughty to nice in their fans’ eyes too. Last year they, and we, spent a lot of time talking about, and looking at hi-res pictures of, the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. There was something about the combination of gunmetal grey ceramic case and blue sunburst dial that just had us hooked. Who should you buy this for: Anyone with an ocean connection and a…

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16.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 16 – Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer

In terms surprises, at Christmas or at any other time, Omega releasing a new Speedmaster does not rank (sorry Omegamaniacs). In the last few years we’ve seen Speedies offered in every colour and design under the sun. That said, their latest, the in-no-way-economically named Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer is, in fact, pretty eye-opening, mouth-watering and wallet-tempting. It’s hot, not just because of the blue colourway, or the new Liquidmetal bezel insert, but also thanks to the new movement powering it. The Caliber 9904 is Master Chronometer certified, and adds a moonphase to the mix. It’s a genius move to bring this astronomical complication to…

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15.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 15 – The Piaget Polo S

The promo video for the Piaget Polo S may not feature Santa prancing around on rooftops trying to fit his ample girth into chimney tops, but it does feature Ryan Reynolds up there, and boy, is he busy. The idea: there’s a rampant polo ball whizzing through the skies and only he can catch it (which, not to give it away, he does). It’s Piaget’s way of introducing their ‘game changer’ watch, a steel version of the Polo model that was first introduced in 1979. The launch in New York created one of the ‘moments’ of the year, and showed the modern face of…

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14.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 14 – The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph

What’s that, Rudolph? You’re worried about Santa being on time this Christmas? Understandable. Maybe get him one of these, then. This Planet Ocean Chrono is large and in charge – with massive wrist presence that will be a huge help for keeping an eye on his forthcoming deadlines. Plus, while steel versions of this watch require some heavy lifting, the titanium case of this model significantly cuts down the weight, meaning less effort for you and the rest of the reindeer. Who should you buy this for:  If not Santa, then certainly someone sizeable. This has no place on a spindly forearm – which rules it out…

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13.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 13 – The Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…” and also of this distinctly unexpected white-dialled Panerai we saw unveiled at SIHH right at the beginning of the year. It managed to charm, inveigle and confound the team, whose responses ranged the gamut of eye-based expressions, from a heart-eye emoji all the way up to a slightly squinty suspicion. The fact is, while we associate the Italian brand with the warm dark tones of single malt whisky and fine tobacco, this lighter, brighter take on the Radiomir is still 100 per cent Panerai. Who should you buy for: The Paneristi who already has every dark-dialled Panerai in the…

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12.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 12 – The Bulgari Octo Ultra Nero

Much like Elf, the unofficial best Christmas movie of all time, the Octo has a cult following – though to be honest, that’s where the similarities begin and end. Still, we reckon this status is only going to grow stronger with the release of the blacked-out Ultra Nero. This striking piece commands attention from the wrist, with its matt black finishing and subtle rose gold highlights on the indices, numerals, hands and crown. Who should you buy this for? That confident person in your life who’s most comfortable standing out from the pack. What’s the damage? Under 10k Bulgari Octo Ultra Nero Australian Pricing…

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11.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 11 – The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum

The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum is a classic worldtime complication, with an outer dial dominated by an inner ring of key global cities and an outer ring displaying 24-hour time. While it looks complicated it’s surprisingly intuitive, and all the more bold in the 4810 case, as opposed to the svelte Heritage Spirit model that we explored mid-way through last year. Who should you buy this for? A watch lover who’s ready to graduate to mid-level complications, without necessarily wanting the price tag that usually comes with it. What’s the damage? Under 10k Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarium Australian Pricing Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarium,…

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11.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 10 – The Cartier Drive de Cartier

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… the new Cartier model that caught a lot of people’s attention this year in watches. The Drive manages to be both masculine and refined, deviating from the Cartier single shape theory that usually has you choose between square (Santos), round (Ballon Bleu) and tonneau (Roadster and Tortue), to name a few. It’s very faintly retro, too, but combines a cut-through cushion case with the usual impeccable Cartier finishing on the dial. Who should you buy this for? The extraordinary gentleman in your life, or for yourself if you’re in…

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10.12.2016

EVENT: HYT Watches sails into Australia with a message, “We are more like Apple than Patek Philippe”

On Thursday night HYT Watches announced their return to Australia in fine style, with the largest assembly of HYT watches in one place in the country ever, a setting of a 100ft Sunseeker boat that honoured the tagline of ‘Luxury Fluidics’ and a natural stage that recalled Blake’s sublime, with purple blasts of sheet and fork lightning illuminating Sydney Harbour. It all seemed fitting in a way. Minutes before the electrical storm that guests were all too flush from Mumm Champagne to care about, CEO Grégory Dourde had explained the ‘dynamo’ system in the HYT H4 (first introduced in the H4…

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09.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 9 – The Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronograph Desert Type

You don’t often see pics of Santa in the desert. But if you did, and if he’d put an appropriate amount of thought into his watch choice, you’d see either an IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar or this Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronograph Desert Type on his wrist. Both have that sandy, stealthy colouring that play very nicely with linen and light-coloured summer clothing. Who should you buy this for? That special someone who is masculine and bold, but who also thinks about how an outfit comes together. The Desert Type unlocks some very exciting wardrobe possibilities.…

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07.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 7 – The TAG Heuer Monza ref. CR2080

Deck the halls with badass blackness, fa la la la la, la la, la la. There are slow burn watches – the new Air-King, the Globemaster Annual Cal – and then there are immediate, towering infernos. The new Monza is the latter. It’s the least daggy retro piece of the year, and maybe ever. We also found it quite versatile in the outfit-matching department, turning a biker jacket, white T-shirt and jeans into something iconic – but it also looks unreasonably awesome with a sharp suit. It’s black for the future, one of our absolute favourites, and worthy winner of the Revival Watch…

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01.12.2016

WIN! Some really cool stuff from Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Nomos just by surfing YouTube*

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s that time of year when aeroplanes start playing ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey in preparation for take off, and, cruelly, at landing too. It is December. It’s summer in Australia. And it’s giving season at Time+Tide. Last year we had a veritable Santa sack of watch related goodies, and in 2016, we’re still turning up, but this time with a more refined, but no less desirable assortment. The collection includes an AP branded Boom Boom! Speaker by Mathieu Lahanneur, a very, very colourful tie from Patek Philippe, a shiny Nomos fountain pen, and some stationery to write…

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25.11.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 25th November 2016 – the metal AF edition

Editor’s note: Sometimes things take on a life of their own. Like, for example, when you ask Instagram if anyone can think of some watch-themed heavy metal band names? The wave of mutilations suggestions that followed hit us like a Vulgar Display of Power. It gave the week a serious metal twist and since then we’ve built a Spotify playlist purely from the comments list, which we’re listening to right now. Somehow, the playlist also became a music festival – The Tourbillon Tour, cue flames – with separate stages, and a T-shirt. So, this week we’ve abandoned our usual FWD format to go pure,…

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24.11.2016

VIDEO: Bulgari CEO chooses watches for our PM, Rebel Wilson, Joel Edgerton in an unmissable Celebrity Watch Match

It started in Tokyo. We were over there with Bulgari to celebrate the launch of their first ever watch, the Bulgari Roma, released just over 40 years ago. We landed, in a spare moment, at the bar. Our cameraman Marcus, or perhaps me, I honestly can’t remember, suggested we have a restorative whisky. It had been a long day. Before we knew it, Bulgari’s chief watch designer, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani had joined us, and we were once again talking watches. We started comparing Bulgari watches to whisky, and thus, one of our favourite ever videos was created. It seemed only logical…

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19.11.2016

EVENT: Aussies do it blacker, celebrating 10 years of Hublot All Black watches in Sydney

‘Black’ is a term that has come to denote the best in luxury. Anyone who has either accidentally, and I’m looking at myself here, or intentionally ordered an Uber Black knows that to be true. Hublot’s All Black event, to mark 10 years since the first All Black model was released, and showcasing all the ensuing models in a glistening volcanic rock display centrepiece, did not challenge the modern logic that when it comes to luxury, and to taxis, black is better than platinum. Hublot has never done things by halves. When the brand chooses ambassadors, they choose the fittest, the…

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18.11.2016

VIDEO: Paradise found with Vacheron Constantin, shot on location at Lord Howe Island

We gave a glimpse of our 48 hours in paradise with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection a month ago, but now, with the watches officially revealed and reviewed, it’s time to turn up the envy to unforeseen levels. In addition to mouthwatering shots of the collection, hands-down one of the best in the steel sports category this year, we’re also showing here just how spectacular Lord Howe Island is. From the volcanic peaks, to the friendly schools of fish that mill around your ankles in the shallows, to the outlook from the luxury Capella Lodge where my room had, just…

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15.11.2016

EXCLUSIVE: Corum announces Trump will be sixth President to wear a ‘Dollar Watch’

Five American presidents have owned the Corum Dollar watch and, at an event at the Flying Fish restaurant on Sydney’s Jones Bay Wharf on Wednesday evening, Corum COO Davide Traxler announced that President-elect Trump will be the sixth. He told the intimate crowd that a close mutual friend had arranged an association. We didn’t know quite what to do with this revelation – the news of Trump’s victory was literally only hours old – so we kept calm and called Eric Wind, VP and Senior Specialist of Watches at Christie’s. Wind has a keen interest in presidential timepieces and in his opinion,…

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12.11.2016

EVENT: Is Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment investment just a drop in the ocean? Hard questions on Sydney Harbour

It’s usually the most innocuous part of the night. The official speeches are out of the way, the bar once again beckons, and the speaker says, to be polite, “Are there any questions?” A guest at the Blancpain Ocean Commitment event 2016 – following on from the 2015 evening at Icebergs, which had the coolest night-time projection since the bat symbol – put up her hand, and asked – “I was wondering how much money does Blancpain actually contribute to the Ocean Commitment cause?” The VP and Head of Marketing, Mr Alain Delamuraz to his enormous credit, did not even clear…

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06.11.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: How to buy a watch when you’re drunk, just in time for the Silly Season!

Editor’s note: December is weeks away, and we all know what that means. Xmas parties. Day-drinking. Impulse watch purchases and, shortly after, almost always, buyer’s remorse. Fear not, Felix is here to help. This is my favourite ‘How to’ of his all year. I learned things. You will too. I don’t just suggest you read this, with the silly season looming, you’d be silly not to. We’re pretty sure this doesn’t need to be said, but let’s say it anyway. Don’t buy watches when you’re drunk. Nothing good can come from it. Seriously. Nothing. You’ll wake up hungover, surrounded with…

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30.10.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: FakeWatchBusta on how to buy your first baller watch

Editor’s Note: Last night over drinks a friend had a question. He considers he’s reached some sort of early milestone in his collecting. He has a good watch, a weekend watch, a vintage watch, even a dress watch. But now, with his career on the up and a bit of unexpected cash – that will otherwise go on the ponies at this time of year – what should he splash on for a baller watch? Something that pokes it head above utilitarian roots. A watch that doesn’t whisper “I’m doing alright”, but shouts it Wolf of Wall Street style. I…

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27.10.2016

EXCLUSIVE: A. Lange & Söhne fan art goes weapons-grade at the hands of Ben Laukis

Just found some time to do a sketch based on the A. lange & Söhne Zeitwerk incorporating the Dresden Opera house clock from which it was inspired and as well a close up of the iconic hand engraved LANGE balance cock. I also think their “State of the Art Tradition” motto rings very true in this piece in particular.  I really admire the skill and craftsmanship A. Lange put into their watches, even if only focusing on the movement itself. It’s as if they approach the design architecturally to be visually satisfying but without being flashy as well as performing its…

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20.10.2016

VIDEO: We asked Oscar Hunt Tailors to design a suit to match the Clé de Cartier

The idea is at once compelling and faintly ridiculous. Ask Oscar Hunt Tailors, who specialise in made to measure suits, to tailor a suit to a watch. That’s right. Treat a watch like a person – look at its shoulders, its shape and move to accentuate, flatter and embrace it with perfectly matched suiting. Not just any watch, though; the Cartier Clé de Cartier, one of our favourite releases of 2015, which charms with its ‘shape in shape’ case design, quite a breach from Cartier’s usually faithful one-shape story. Like Felix said at the time, it presents a soft geometric…

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20.10.2016

LIST: Does the Mark Zuckerberg #onetshirt theory work with watches?

Editor’s Note: Every single watch journalist in the world has a readymade answer / answers to the question, “So, watch writer, what should I buy if I’m going to get just one good watch?”  This was a recent stab at it for Executive Style in Melbourne.    The Mark Zuckerberg bombshell regarding his wardrobe choices should be received as very good news for those wanting to buy one great watch, and be done with it. Quizzed on his daily ensemble, which consists primarily of a grey t-shirt, he said in a Q&A session with the Telegraph: “I want to clear my…

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16.10.2016

HOW TO: Master the difference between watchspotting and stalking

Editor’s Note: I wrote this piece a few years ago, and reading it now, all I feel compelled to add is this: learn your bracelets. If you can tell a Jubilee from a Link, or if you can spot the subtle differences between a Bulgari, Vacheron and Audemars Piguet bracelet, you’re well and truly on your way to the brand and model. Stay safe out there spotters, nobody likes a stalker.  Watch spotting. Don’t be shy, we all do it, and with varying levels of sophistication. Some among us are smooth as silk, spotting a watch half a room away,…

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14.10.2016

MY WEEKEND WITH: The whole Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection

I remember the first Vacheron Constantin I ever laid eyes on. It was in a magazine for an Australian retailer. It was an Overseas model and it was a chronograph, but thanks to an interesting take on the bezel, it didn’t strike me as ‘just sporty’ like chronos can be. It had an edge to it. Literally. The Maltese cross tips cut out of the polished bezel made it dressy and daring. The backstory told in a full page ad opposite the watch – of a brand founded on an island in the middle of Lake Geneva that’s been in…

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13.10.2016

VIDEO: We took the VC Overseas collection to an island paradise and It. Was. Glorious.

Was it really necessary? To take a journey involving two flights (one of them aboard a very small plane) to a tropical island somewhere between Sydney and New Zealand that, at any given time, has a maximum of 750 people on it to test out the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection? I would argue that, because Lord Howe Island occupies the very special timezone of UTC +10:30, and is one of the 37 timezones displayed on the gorgeous dial of the World Time, that it wasn’t just necessary… it was meant to be. The beauty of the location – aside from its outrageous natural…

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09.10.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: @fakewatchbusta asks, is it EVER ok to wear a fake watch?

Editor’s Note: @fakewatchbusta cultivates the ‘horological Batman’ image perhaps in the hope that one day he’ll vanquish contemporaries like @rolexenforcer – who’s going for more of a Robocop-for-Rolex vibe, oh it’s a funny world Instagram – and be the sole crusader on social media righting the wrongs on wrists all across the world. But there’s one similarity to Batman, and to Robin Hood, that we can confirm beyond any doubt; unless FWB’s accountant is REALLY late in invoicing us for the couple of stories he wrote, he’s not in the game for the money. He appeared, wrote on two hot topics, then…

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07.10.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 7th October, 2016 – the paradise edition

This is the strangest feeling Friday in a very long time. For starters, I associate Friday with relaxing, with kicking back and maybe getting away. Hitting the road and heading out to the beach, for example. Considering I’ve just returned from 48 hours in one of the most pristine islands and beaches in the world with Vacheron Constantin, it has more of a weekend’s over, back to reality vibe. Felix, on the other hand, is still well and truly ensconced on his island home – he’s in Japan embedded with Seiko, studying organisational charts and dust particles by the looks…

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02.10.2016

EXCLUSIVE: Touching scenes as Tissot Australia present Bob Murphy, injured captain of new AFL Premiers the Western Bulldogs, with a Premiership Watch

Last night, at a closed function for family, friends and Western Bulldogs football club staff, Tissot Australia brand manager Scott Jungwirth followed the lead of Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge by presenting injured skipper Bob Murphy with a Tissot Premiership Watch to celebrate the team’s first premiership in 62 years. Not only did the Bulldogs break the longest drought in AFL history, they also made history as the first team to win the flag from way down in seventh place. The watch has only ever been given to the coach and 22 players selected to play in the winning team on…

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26.09.2016

WIN: Complete our survey and you could win the Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42mm OR the sold out bronze Carl Brashear Limited Edition

Time is more precious than ever, which is why when we ask for 10 minutes of yours, we want to make sure it’s worth your while. In our first ever survey in 2015, we offered the first blue Tudor Pelagos to land in Australia as a prize for telling us your thoughts and to share where you’re at in your watch journey. This year we’re offering Australian Time+Tide readers a choice between a pre-worn sold-out (in Australia) Limited Edition Carl Brashear Divers Sixty-Five in bronze (RRP new $3750) or a box fresh, brand new Divers Sixty-Five in steel (RRP $3000) on steel bracelet.…

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22.09.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: IWC get busy with the Timezoner Chronograph

Editor’s Note: IWC’s new range of Pilot watches are a symphony in simplicity and an exercise in restraint – such straight-up clean dials and displays. En masse they shoot the pilot watch paradigm out of the sky. Which is why the contrast with the Timezoner Chronograph continues to titillate. The busy, function packed dashboard of a dial and neat bezel party trick sure offer another way to fly…   IWC Schaffhausen’s Timezoner Chronograph is a good-looking watch that packs an impressively technical punch. On the face of it it’s a chronograph with a worldtime function. This could have been an…

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20.09.2016

VIDEO: 9 classic quotes from that time Antiques Roadshow told a US veteran his Rolex GMT-Master was worth 50 times more than he expected

Editor’s Note: As a GMT-Master II owner I’m a sucker for stories about any Rolex GMT models. It’s a kinship that’s formed when you buy into a brand, and then a model. In Jungian terms, you form a link that is like a telephone line, and every time you see one, it rings. You notice them on others. You seek stories to add to your own personal mythology. But this video about a watch bought by an American soldier after WWII did not just resonate with me. It speaks to all watch lovers, because it goes well beyond a luxury watch…

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19.09.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: Revisiting what might be the best value chronograph of 2016 in the mysterious Seiko Presage

Editor’s Note: It’s entirely uncontroversial to say that 2016 has been a big year for Grand Seiko in Australia – with their first ever boutique opening in Sydney – and Seiko in general, with a duo of chronographs released at Basel whose joint impact has far from subsided. The Presage was touted by Felix as “their finest under-the-radar release” at the time, and since then, the model celebrating the 60-year anniversary of Seiko’s first automatic watch, has only really grown in stature. What does it come down to? The fact that it’s an in-house column wheel chronograph movement? That it’s also a limited…

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14.09.2016

VIDEO: Blindsiding the Montblanc CEO with an impossible task (that he owned), Part 1

There are persistent rumours in the watch industry that Montblanc CEO (we almost wrote ‘new’ Montblanc CEO there, but it’s been three years believe it or not!) Jérôme Lambert is a pretty exceptional business leader when it comes to knowing his product. As in, he knows it very, very well. There’s only one way to prove or disprove this kind of theory. And that’s by putting it to the test. We came up with the idea to conceal a range of Montblanc watches and have Jérôme identify them with the use of only one sense. Touch. Better yet, to do…

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13.09.2016

LIST: Are our 9 Basel favourites still our favourites?

Anyone that’s been to Basel will know what we’re talking about when we reference the ‘Basel bubble’. It’s a cross between Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field (in which anything seems possible and reasonable) and a casino – where you are cut off from natural light and fresh air with access to a bottomless flutes of champagne. It’s from this slightly warped place that we made our first predictions on the watches that would rock the world in the year after. Were we on point or were we wearing ‘Basel goggles’ (the horological equivalent of beer goggles)? There’s only one way to…

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08.09.2016

VIDEO: Hawks gun shows off his 2015 Tissot Premiership Watch on eve of 2016 AFL finals

The truth is we’re not quite sure how this happened. It’s Thursday and the first final of the AFL 2016 finals series is played tonight. Somehow, in the madness leading up to Melbourne’s favourite month of the year (the Grand Final is October 1, joy!), double Premiership player for the Hawks (2014, 2015) Taylor Duryea found time to come in to the office to talk about a watch that holds special significance for him – the Tissot Premiership Watch. The first thing I asked; is the band still soaked with champagne? “They didn’t give them to us to take out…

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06.09.2016

LIST: 6 watches that signify success

Editor’s Note: The Weekly Review recently asked me to give them a list of six watches that “show you’re a success in life”. For the record, I don’t think a luxury watch necessarily tells the world you’re successful. Obama’s Jorg Gray Secret Service Watch (the 6500 chrono, worth in the realm of $300USD) that was gifted to him for his 46th birthday with a personal engraving, on the other hand… Who wouldn’t wear that with as much pride as a Rolex President? But that interpretation of success – or price point – wasn’t quite what the magazine had in mind, so…

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04.09.2016

WATCHSPOTTING: Father’s Day special – famous dads and sons/daughters

When you’re young you want to be like your dad. He’s a cool guy. He’s as strong as Atlas. Everything he does is brilliant. Whatever he wears is what you should wear. Dadjeans? Cool. Hawaiian shirts? Whatever you think, dad. A too-small gold watch on special occasions? Naturally. And then you grow up. You feel the need to strike out on your own – to find your own swag, your own path and, hopefully, a slightly better fit of jeans. It all begs the question, what do famous sons and daughters do with their collective dads’ watch legacy? Do they slavishly follow…

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30.08.2016

EVENT: Living the TAG Heuer life on a 250km/h ‘hot lap’ with young gun Matt Campbell

What’s the most ‘TAG Heuer’ thing you’ve ever done? If the question ever comes up for me, I’ll have a ready answer. It was that time I rode shotgun in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car with the then leader of the Porsche Carrera Cup, 21-year-old Matt Campbell at speeds up to 250km/h around Sydney Speedway. In my manic, terrified interview before the ‘hot lap’ I confessed to Campbell, for some reason, that my daily ride is a Subaru Forester. That the chariot’s average speed, according to the trip computer, is 48km/h. It didn’t make the final cut of the video…

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24.08.2016

BREAKING NEWS: Omega launches eyewear collection, and we have a pair (with pricing)

Omega is launching its first eyewear collection for men and women in partnership with Italian eyewear powerhouse Marcolin, the group behind brands such as Tom Ford and Balenciaga. Across all brands, Marcolin produced a staggering 14.3 million eyeglasses in 2015. Each model of Omega sunglasses will be made in Italy and come in two sizes and colour variations. We received a pair of the Wayfarer style sport sunglasses in Rio recently and noted the obvious quality of the glasses (the lenses are polarised and deflected the glare from the canoe slalom perfectly) as well as some interesting design nuances, including the Omega logo which…

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21.08.2016

VIDEO: “There are no mistakes.” Inside Omega’s timing room at Rio 2016

Well, the blaze of glory is nearing its end. But before Rio 2016 crosses the finish line, we wanted to show you something really cool from behind the scenes of the official timekeepers. The ‘duck swimming on the lake’ metaphor applies perfectly to timing at a modern Olympics. To the naked eye, the duck – and the running race, or golf tournament, or swimming relay – moves smoothly, but beneath the surface, in the Omega timing room, there is activity, technology and, it turns out, some pretty eye-popping animations going on. Interviews with the CEO of Swiss Timing, Alain Zobrist and Omega chief executive…

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19.08.2016

MY WEEK WITH: The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 “Rio 2016” Limited Edition

Look for a minute at your wedding ring. Do you like it? It’s hard to answer, right? And your answer, if you have one, is almost certainly less about whether you like the design or the material and a whole lot more about what it represents. It’s about the memories it holds. The person it reminds you of. I don’t mean to flake on this review (in the first paragraph, no less), but this is where I’m at with the Seamaster 300 “Rio 2016” Limited Edition I’ve had on my wrist this past glorious week. Seven days during which I…

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16.08.2016

VIDEO: Omega boss Raynald Aeschlimann talks heroism and happiness at Rio 2016

You don’t need to have visited Australia to know one thing about us: we love sport. In fact, love is too lightweight a word. We worship it; playing sport, watching it, talking about it, listening to people talk about it, if sport’s involved we are there. Which is why this past week at the Olympics, where we were embedded with Omega, was one of the all-time Time+Tide highlights. I took the opportunity to speak to Omega’s chief executive about the brand’s 27th Olympics as official timekeeper and his personal highlight, so far, of the 32nd Olympiad.

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13.08.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 12th August, 2016 – The Olympic Edition, by Michael Klim

Important note: My hands are shaking so much it’s hard to type. Why? Michael Klim, the Australian Olympian who did this to the Americans in 2000 – it’s embedded below, too. Sorry Americans.) just saw me in the gym and offered to do a ‘light circuit’ with me. I accepted. And now, I can’t type. I was already going to get him to co-chair the first ever Olympic themed Wind Down, where there’s a dual focus on what happened in the world of watches and at the 32nd Olympiad. Now he’s going to have to write it too. This comes to…

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11.08.2016

BREAKING NEWS: New Omega chief executive stands by his man Phelps, and gets a personal email of thanks

There are two things you cannot escape at Rio 2016. The first is the shadow of Michael Phelps, which stretches as long and as far as that of Christ the Redeemer, the Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ that towers above the city. He is everywhere. On posters, billboards and most of all people’s lips. The first conversation I had this morning with legendary Australian Olympian, swimmer Michael Klim (who won two gold medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics), was about Phelps. “Did you see the race?” Klim asked. “I was there. He’s just incredible.” Even the Dream Team limited…

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02.08.2016

LIST: 17 priceless Instagram reactions to the new Rolex Air-King (NSF precious Rolex fans)

After the release of the Rolex Air-King at Baselworld 2016 things went pretty much to plan for the Big Crown. People declared their love: Others expressed that their feelings were hard to understand, but overall positive… There was a bit of wrestling with emotions… Strange things were happening… But then, the situation escalated. It seemed the world of watch lovers was dividing into two wildly passionate camps. Those living in a world of nope… …who seemed personally affronted… To the point where we had to intervene and ask if anyone had actually tried it on… Meanwhile in the other camp, impulse purchases were…

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26.07.2016

EVENT: Hublot, official timekeeper of Juventus, welcomes legend and young guns to Melbourne

“Are there any Juve fans here?” Craig Foster, Australia’s key football commentator and former Socceroo, asked the crowd gathered in a special roped-off, soccer pitch-themed area outside Monards at Crown Casino Melbourne. The eruption of noise and cheering said unequivocally, yes, yes there were. Last night Hublot hosted an event with two current Juventus players – Daniele Rugani and Paulo Dybala, “one of the top five young talents in world football” – and one legend, David Trezeguet, to celebrate the Italian club visiting Melbourne for a series of friendly matches. The trio signed jerseys, answered questions in a translated Q&A and signed…

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22.07.2016

INTERVIEW: “I’ve got a god-given gift in my ass.” 5 legendary quotes from legendary driver, Allen Grant

He’s been George Lucas’ “hero” since they were kids (but he didn’t watch Star Wars until his own children forced him to), he’s one of the key players in the story of the Ferrari-beating Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and he now has a watch named after him. Race car driver Allen Grant has led quite a life. And that’s the right turn of phrase. Allen Grant has spent a lot of it in the lead. As for the eponymous watch, it’s the rather comely Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Allen Grant model to be precise, limited to just 15 pieces. And it’s…

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18.07.2016

VIDEO: The Longines Heritage Military COSD Story, Part 2 – the power of props

If you’re reading this and haven’t yet seen Barry Conrad’s dramatic monologue and the host of historical watch war-stories it reprises, go back and watch it – don’t worry, we’ll wait. You’re back? Good. Now that everyone’s up to speed, here is part two, where Barry Conrad, still in costume but out of character, talks about the power of props, and how a good prop can lead to a great performance. Barry talks about the transformation that can come over an actor when they are afforded the chance to fully immerse in a character. Shortly after, he refers to Yoda. You’ll…

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18.07.2016

VIDEO: The Longines Heritage Military COSD Story, Part 1 – watches and war

The light bulb moment was seeing Barry Conrad perform in a play called Violet set in the American south in the 1960s. He was dressed in a military uniform, and at the time I had on the Longines Heritage COSD. The watch and the actor just gravitated together. Obviously the era and the nationalities didn’t quite match up – the original COSD was intended for British paratroopers in World War Two – but there was enough synergy for an idea to take hold. Why don’t we put a COSD on his wrist for the rest of the show? Longines Australia,…

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18.07.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Brendan’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Editor’s Note: As I’ve raised recently there are times, like on public transport, or when your wife’s giving birth, that you wish you could switch off the instinct to spot watches. Just not notice them. You know, actually enjoy the commute, or the moment your child comes into the world, without squinting furiously (damn that astigmatism) at somebody’s wrist and speculating as to the timepiece’s model, its make, its origins. But the fact is, I can’t. The proof? This watch story. I’ll say no more, just cross my fingers that my wife doesn’t notice this post. Why this one? It took me ages to…

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15.07.2016

LIST: 6 watches owned by Gabriel Macht, aka Harvey Specter

If yesterday’s story about Gabriel Macht’s personal watch collection didn’t break the internet, it severely bent it. Thanks to a combination of perfect timing, with it publishing literally minutes before Season 6 of Suits premiered, global adulation of Harvey Specter (from both men and women we’ll have you know, many guys confessing to us in messages they’d ‘turn’ for him) and a little help from Voxer, our new favourite app, we found ourselves with a pretty exciting story to tell. For the time-poor among us, we’ve picked the watches out of the text and created a gallery of the suave actor’s watch…

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08.07.2016

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

Watchmakers often talk about the ‘music’ a well-made mechanical watch makes when it is held close to the ear. At a recent Omega event, ‘Her Journey Through Time’, Omega International Heritage Manager Petros Protopapas talked about this tiny symphony. He said it’s one of the many reasons he loves watches. Looking at these photographs of Lindy Klim, taken by Sam Bisso, you could be mistaken for thinking – in amongst the elegant movements captured – that there was music playing when this magic happened. But in fact, it was silent. Save for the sound of the waves, the seagulls and…

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01.07.2016

‘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…

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17.06.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 17th June, 2016 – the “literally” literal edition

There’s a new saying around Time+Tide: “When Felix is away, the cats don’t play, the Wind Down, ah, doesn’t get written.” So, in the spirit of a lightning, mobile-device-friendly (read, short) recap of the week in watches, I bring you the week in watches, now in pictures. The key word this week, is “literally”. What happened? The team scattered to all corners of the globe with different missions. Felix, to fall even harder in lust for the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time. And with only a couple of days notice, Ceri went to Pitti Uomo with Cartier (thank you for…

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15.06.2016

JOIN THE TEAM: We have an opening for a full time Office Manager. Hello, is it you we’re looking for?

Read the full job ad here, but the high level, “I only have 30 seconds to see if this is right for me” summary is: We have an opening for a full time Office Manager with the scope (and evil succession plan in place) for the role to grow into an Operations Manager. The job is based in (the no longer badlands of) Richmond / Cremorne, Melbourne, about a Buddy Franklin drop punt from Richmond Station. The role will suit a tech-savvy candidate who wants to work in a digital media business in the luxury industry and has commensurate levels of…

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18.05.2016

NEWS: Paramedic faces court for allegedly stealing James Gandolfini’s Rolex Submariner while “taking his pulse” after fatal heart attack

In what seems to be a cruelly ironic twist, the actor that played Tony Soprano in The Sopranos – a HBO TV series that “probably featured more Rolex watches per actor than any other TV show or movie in history” according to Jake’s Rolex World – James Gandolfini has had his Rolex Submariner lifted from his wrist as he laid dying from a massive heart attack. Various news outlets are reporting that a paramedic who transported James Gandolfini to hospital after the attack stole the watch, either in his room at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Rome, or in the ambulance. Claudio Bevilacqua,…

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17.05.2016

ANNOUNCING: Ceri David to join Time+Tide as Content Director and Sydney-based lead

When Time+Tide started, back in 2014, we all loved watches but we all had other jobs. Our cunning and devious plan? Well, if you could be so kind as to call it a plan, we wanted to start a new online magazine in an increasingly digital world. One that would work well on the devices we saw people glued to on their – and our – morning commute to the nine to five. Fast-forward and we’re now working closely with more than 20 Swiss watch brand partners to provide watch-related coverage on a new level. Coverage that can cut through on an…

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12.05.2016

OPINION: Yes, we saw Robert Downey Jr’s ‘epic’ collection and yes, we have some pretty intense questions/suggestions. (And not just about the fakes)

The watch world is all in a tizz with the unveiling of Robert Downey Jr’s ‘epic’ watch collection. Our initial response to the nine watches, captured in the screenshot from the original video by GQ US, is pretty much wow, mixed bag, lotttt of questions. It’s hard to pick a ‘bent’ to his selections, and like most real-life collections, it tells as much of a story about who Robert is and the experiences he’s had as it does anything else. We’ve captured his feelings about each of the pieces in one sentence, and then suggested what else might be nice along…

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12.05.2016

VIDEO: Omega stage world-first women’s ‘journey through time’ in a crumbling Victorian ballroom in Melbourne

The setting was spellbinding, truly like a fairytale. And adding to the beauty, if you’ll allow me to say (as the host of countless men’s watch events) were 60 of the most influential women in Australia, in formalwear fit for royalty. It was an awing experience to see the State Government Architect Jill Garner discussing design with the founder of The Design Files, Lucy Feagins, while Balinese princess Lindy Klim mixed with Mary Poulakis, co-owner of Harrolds, all sharing watch stories and career secrets. The scene was set for ‘Her Journey Through Time’, a night organised by Omega to “set the record…

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04.05.2016

PURE FUN: We created a fantasy basketball team of celebs who wear a Bulgari Octo so you don’t have to. Gandy, Cooper, Butler, Bana and more…

Golden State Warriors, you are on notice. If our A-list line up of regular Bulgari Octo wearers decided to, mythically speaking, join forces on a basketball court in their on-screen personas, you’d be done. Crushed. Eliminated. Defused. Skewered. From snipers to Spartan warriors, Moonlight Sonatas (lovely Adrien, just lovely) and devastating good looks, our Octo Octet has every possible scenario covered, on and off the court. Maybe we’ve had too much time on our hands, or spent too long analysing Met Gala wristwear, but we’ve gone ahead and drawn up, not just the Octo’s starting five (with allocated positions), but a…

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29.04.2016

EVENT: A day of thunder on a ‘60s race track celebrating the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

There’s a phrase that really applies here. For “time to stand still.” Walking into the Paul Ricard race track in Provence, France, you get the sense that, in this space, it actually is the 1960s. Not like the ‘60s, but really, the ‘60s. That, somehow, nobody has informed the iconic venue (with a font that our creative director would die for) that it’s 50-something years later. The effect is heightened by the 30 vintage cars lined up in the pit lane, crackling and rumbling in wait for us. This is the greatest number of Shelby cars ever assembled in Europe, to Baume…

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27.04.2016

BREAKING NEWS: Baume & Mercier release four ridiculously limited (15 only) new Capeland Shelby Cobra models at a race track in Marseille

The runaway success of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra, the first edition of which is now completely sold out in both steel and gold variants, has led to yet another release within the range. But this time, following on from the also limited 1963 and 1963 ‘Competition’ models launched at SIHH – one of which I’m trying out today, at a lavish trip in Marseilles France, centred around the Circuit Paul Ricard race track – the numbers are limited to just 15 (yes, fifteen) pieces of each of the four ‘Legendary Drivers’ that contributed to the myth of the…

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25.04.2016

NEWS: Australian aviator shot down in WW2’s watch found in muddy German field, returned to relative on Anzac-day eve

At first glance this rusty old Cyma doesn’t look like much, but it’s now one of Rhonda Marchant of Gloucester New South Wales’ most treasured possessions. 72 years ago this watch was on the wrist of Rhonda’s uncle, pilot officer Sergeant Ronald Cecil Martin, as he was flying in an RAAF Lancaster bomber over south-west Germany when he was shot down. Martin was declared MIA, presumed dead. In 2013 the crash site was uncovered, along with Martin’s monogrammed watch in late-2015. Yesterday the watch made its journey home and was presented to Rhonda Marchant on Anzac-day eve. Anzac Day (Anzac…

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22.04.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 22nd April, 2016, Raining Purple Watches Edition (R.I.P Prince Rogers Nelson)

The Time+Tide office relies on a few things to function. A very cheap pretend Nespresso coffee machine. Extremely poor internet connection, due to the thick brick walls of the heritage building we’re in – it must have been some kind of a factory once. A tiny bar fridge which only fits six beers for the Friday Wind Down, which gets us out of here not long after five pm. But more than nearly anything else it relies on music. Music plays in the office all day, and a couple of the perennial favourites are, you guessed it, Prince and Bowie.…

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20.04.2016

VIDEO: How bad is the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef coral? How good is the Oris Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition? Watch this video now…

Watches are all about timing and so are watch launches. When Oris Australia announced that they would launch their new Great Barrier Reef II model on a boat actually floating above the Great Barrier Reef, the area was already in the news. A gaffe by a politician who downplayed the significance of the worst coral bleaching event the reef has undergone in the last 15 years – with 95 per cent of the northern section of the reef experiencing severe bleaching – sent mainstream media outlets into overdrive. Ash (our intrepid cameraman for this mission) and I boarded a plane right at the…

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13.04.2016

EVENT: Oris launch the Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition in paradise with the inspiring people who are trying to save it

Oris’ tagline is ‘real watches for real people’, and it extended to the event on the Great Barrier Reef to launch their sparkling new Limited Edition, the Great Barrier Reef II. This was a real experience on the reef, with a real conservation message, delivered by an Australian brand manager who will never be accused of not keeping it real – mostly thanks to his raging passion for Oris – Peter Borghouts. Meet the  The Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition Peter loves Oris and Peter loves Australia. He’s found a way to combine his two obsessions three times in recent…

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09.04.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Greg Norman

How many watches do you own? Well, I’m a very lucky guy. I sound bad, but I have a lot of watches. It’s the only thing a man can really wear. A man can’t really wear earrings, or necklaces or bracelets. Well, he can if he wants I suppose, but me, I travel with six watches at all times. Only six? Only six because they tend to match what I wear. My wife does a great job because she picks out a watch to wear with each outfit. And I’m lucky because I represent Omega so there are some great…

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08.04.2016

VIDEO: TAG Heuer announce new ambassador Daniel Ricciardo, who reacts with surprise DJ set

While the team were away (in Basel) Andy Green did play. And he did it with some cameras around as well as his – ok, we admit it – very impressive newsreader voice on full show. We knew he could lift, but could he anchor? So slick. It was yet another off-tap TAG Heuer event, to follow on from an evening with Chris Hemsworth and the CEO in Sydney only a few weeks ago. The night took an unusual twist when, on the spur of the moment, perhaps charged with adrenalin ahead of the Australian GP, TAG Heuer’s latest ambassador, Daniel Ricciardo…

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06.04.2016

BREAKING NEWS: Urquhart to retire as President of Omega, VP of International Sales Raynald Aeschlimann to take over

In the month before his 70th birthday celebration, Stephen Urquhart has retired as the President of Omega, the Swatch Group’s leading brand, which is estimated to account for 30 per cent of the Group’s sales. Urquhart leaves after 17 years as President. Some highlights from his leadership include rolling out anti-magnetic technology across Omega’s range (a key feature of the new ‘Master Chronometer’), introducing the Ladymatic model to entice women to automatic timepieces and weathering several ‘crises’ in the industry, including the recent surge of ‘smart’, or ‘connected’ watches. He will also be remembered for aggressively expanding the brand’s own network…

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06.04.2016

EXCLUSIVE: Snakes on a plane, for the wrist! The brand new Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique 110 Years Anniversary Limited Edition, explained

Montblanc is celebrating 110 years of fine craftsmanship with a limited edition of three timepieces. The Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique 110 Years Anniversary Limited Edition is a watch that features a one-minute tourbillon, a double cylindrical balance spring and the Maison’s Heures Mystérieuses display, all completely developed and produced in-house at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. The first impression here, conceptually at least, is that melding Montblanc’s impressive achievements in the category they practically own – fine writing instruments – into one they are making serious gains in – fine watchmaking – is an exciting chess move. 5 key features of the serpent encircled…

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05.04.2016

VIDEO: An animated 4-minute video that explains how a mechanical watch works (it’s ok, no one is watching, click it)

You’ve probably sought this information out before, or had it mansplained to you by your dad, or, like I did many years ago, found the (incredible) Hamilton video embedded below. Whatever the case, we recommend you watch our video with Carson Chan, Head of Mission, Greater China at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, for the fact that he breaks how a mechanical watch works down in the most economic and memorable way. And also for the reason that he explains why mechanical watchmaking remains such a current, and competitive pursuit. For further viewing, this is well worth 20-minutes of…

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03.04.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: The IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar, our boy blue

Editor’s Note: Just over a year ago we first laid eyes on one of the biggest, boldest and bluest watches we’d seen in a long time, the IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar. The force is still strong with this one, which combines two firsts for IWC in one case: the newly developed annual calendar complication, which offers a handy midpoint between the perpetual calendar and a standard date display and the in-house 52850 calibre, which makes its debut, featuring an impressive 7-day power reserve. In complement with a power suit – modelled here by Andy Green – it looks the business for some serious business. We haven’t been…

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02.04.2016

IN PRINT: Our full page feature in The Australian newspaper’s WISH Magazine, April 2016

Once a month, we write a full page feature about watches for The Australian newspaper’s super glossy WISH Magazine. WISH is a bit of an institution in Australia. It’s a go-to source for all things luxury, with most products and experiences handpicked by the ever-stylish Editor, David Meagher. And even though our heart might be digital as a publication, we still bleed ink. Print remains the kick it always was. In the April Edition we covered Hublot, Breitling and Audemars Piguet. For the full story, click here. Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Midnight Carbon Breitling and Bentley have been travelling companions since 2003,…

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01.04.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 1st April, 2016, Deadpool Edition

While most of the team are still unsure what day it is and are in fact taking time off to feel human again after an incredible Basel, the watch world has kept moving onwards and outwards. It’s Friday, which means one thing. Another post. The Friday Wind Down! And if you’re wondering why it’s the Deadpool Edition, that’s because of two simple reasons, the first of which is only going to make sense if you’ve seen the movie. By the way, see the movie. Reason 1) If Deadpool’s nemesis, the English villain Francis had wanted a shortcut to turning a human…

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01.04.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: 6 reasons I didn’t sell my Panerai PAM 111 to a stranger in business class (for twice its value)

DISCLAIMER: YES, IT IS APRIL 1, BUT THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL’S DAY JOKE POST This is a true story about a man who offered me $10,000 cash for my stock-standard Panerai PAM 111 in Business Class. It even had a factory strap. We’d been talking, chit-chatting through the pre-flight champagnes, then we’d both rolled into red wine. He was picking up some kind of motorbike in California. I had business in New York. He expressed an interest in my watch. What was it? And then, not much later, entirely out the blue, he propositioned me. “I’ll give you ten…

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30.03.2016

BREAKING NEWS: Rolex judged the most reputable brand in the world, while BMW, Mercedes Benz and Apple fall

Rolex has landed the number one spot on this year’s Reputation Institute’s annual 2016 rankings, up from number 4 in 2015. B&T Magazine, an Australian-based B2B marketing and advertising publication, broke the news today. What was perhaps just as newsworthy was the magazine’s choice of words, describing the Geneva-based watchmaker as “prohibitively expensive”. For B&T readers, we doubt it, but ok. The rankings are compiled after surveying over 60,000 people from 15 different countries on each business’ public perception. Each brand is judged on seven categories including: product, innovation, leadership, performance, citizenship, workplace and governance. Notable absentees from the list include Facebook, which didn’t even manage to…

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29.03.2016

VIDEO: “We put it in the wrong watch,” – the President of Omega recalls the Co-Axial movement’s 1999 debut – Part 2

What should you expect if you are ever in the position to have an on-the-record discussion with the President of Omega? Expect candour, levity and directness. When Stephen Urquhart speaks, he shoots precisely, and beats no bushes. Like in Part 1 of this interview when he took aim at the wording of a ‘crisis’ in the industry. Part 2 is perhaps even more open, peaking when he makes the startling admission that the Co-Axial movement was debuted in the wrong model (the DeVille, in 1999). Elsewhere in this brief, on-point chat we debate whether the design of the new Globemaster…

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23.03.2016

LIST: The whole Time+Tide Basel team (all 10 of us) pick an impulse buy and a stretch target watch from Baselworld 2016

Basel is over, let the lists begin! Not really (spare us) but the memories are still fresh, the passions linger and, frankly, we want to get this done before we board the plane back to Melbourne, leaving this afternoon. Who knows what we’ll remember on the other side of that 24-hour time warp? So  I sent out an email to get the wider team’s wants and desires. This is what they came back with. While we’re on the topic of the team, this handsome bunch (there’s just too much cheekbone in Time+Tide, seriously) I’d like to thank them all for their…

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22.03.2016

STATEMENT: A brief pause in coverage and an important quote from an industry leader

We often joke with our friends that Baselworld is a ‘reality distortion field’, and that you can lose all perspective here in a matter of minutes. At Baselworld, a $20,000 tourbillon is shockingly “affordable” and a typical sighting in your workplace might include Roger Federer, or Chris Hemsworth. In the eye of the storm, here on the ground for this week of the year, watches really matter. It is a fantasyland. But there are limits. And no-one has stated them, in any of my interviews to date, quite as succinctly or as sensitively, as the President of Omega, Stephen Urquhart, did…

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22.03.2016

VIDEO: “That’s not really a fair question,” the President of Omega responds to new Rolex certification – PART 1

Editor’s note: This video was filmed on Monday March the 21st, 2016. It starts like many other discussions we’ve had at Baselworld, with a question about the state of the market, is it in crisis? Mr Urquhart responds, “It’s not a crisis. I hate that word because you know, we’re getting three meals a day, we have a roof on our head. We are in a business where it’s so emotion driven, things can change overnight. Forget stock markets. That’s why things like what happened in Paris has an effect on our business. People get scared, they don’t leave their homes…

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21.03.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: 7 things we learned from Australian Grand Prix 2016 winner, Nico Rosberg (in interviews and looking at the watch he designed)

Editor’s Note: Nico Rosberg just won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, which is ample excuse to post a story about him that was written a couple of years back. I’ve interviewed Nico several times, and when we’re not talking about watches (aside from his IWC affiliation, he is a fan with an impressive collection – to be explored another day) we’re often musing on the fact that when we met he had only won ONE Grand Prix, China in 2012. What a difference four years – and being interviewed by me, you might also argue – makes. He’s since won another…

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20.03.2016

OPINION: 4 watches we just can’t agree on at Baselworld 2016, featuring Tudor, Chanel, Glashütte Original and Rolex

Mummy and daddy are fighting again. But sometimes it’s for a very good reason. Good relationships rely on clear and honest communication. And if you’ve run into Felix and I around the halls of Baselworld this year, the chances are you’ve seen us openly and honestly communicating. Sorry for the shouting in public, but we don’t always agree. And that’s why, hopefully, Time+Tide is bearable to read. It’s also why we’re continuing to open the site to new voices. We hope you’ve enjoyed recent contributions from Ceri David, Justin Mastine-Frost, and David Chalmers as much as we have. But when it comes…

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20.03.2016

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, slender looks and sweet sounds

It is not always the Italian way to do things quietly, humbly and without overt fanfare. But that’s exactly how Bulgari, a watchmaking maison that is stealthily building the brand cachet they have always desired, released the world’s thinnest minute repeater. And yes, absolutely, the startlingly slight (6.85mm) case profile of this watch is impressive. But not half as much as the method they used to achieve maximum loudness (skeletonised indices and numerals, converting dial side and sapphire crystal as an audio chamber – genius), or the urban look of the sandblasted titanium. There is a lot to love here,…

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19.03.2016

VIDEO: The only 2 min Basel explainer you’ll ever need to watch (or show to your non-watch-loving friends)

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a watch kind of person. You’re on Watchville, binging on Basel new releases and tinkering with your next watch hitlist. You’re on the Govberg On-Time App, seeing what’s happening. You’re reading this off an email we sent you, or you’re on the site itself. Firstly, that’s so great! Thanks for reading us, wherever you are. Good on you, seriously. Secondly, it pays to remind yourself every now and again that this ‘Basel phenomenon’ we’re in the thick of doesn’t happen to all people. There are souls, like for example, my dad. He has…

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17.03.2016

BREAKING NEWS: We went to the Baselworld press conference so you don’t have to, and we have news

4 (blurry) graphs that sum up the state of the Swiss Watch Industry in 2016 The press conference that kicks off Baselworld can, unfortunately, be a fairly dry affair. Statistics, Powerpoint presentations, graphs, smatterings of applause and self-congratulatory remarks about the resilience – and as recently as a few years ago, the booming – of the jewellery, precious gems and watchmaking sectors were the order of the day. But last year was different. 2015 marked the sad occasion of the President of the Swiss Exhibitors Committee, Mr Jacques Duchêne’s passing. He had been President for 20 years. It was emotional. There were…

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17.03.2016

VIDEO: “My girlfriend said to me… ‘you scratched my back honey… But you scratched it with a Patek.’” Talking romance and the future of watches with Kristian Haagen

Kristian Haagen walks the walk, talks the talk and owns the watches. To go to the next level in this watch caper you need some skin in the game. Haagen’s collection is all game. It’s incredible. The A.Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar in platinum, the Zeitwerk, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 to name just three. Ringing any bells? Yep, he’s all that, and aside from stare lovingly at his watch winder, he also somehow manages to be an editor, publisher (we are huge fans of Hashtags and Watches), tastemaker and an avid lover of camo. We caught up recently at a watch…

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17.03.2016

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Tudor Black Bay Dark video review

They say that in life you should always keep an ace up your sleeve. Tudor certainly did late yesterday afternoon, when they announced at the end of an event for the Black Bay Bronze, Steve Jobs style, just one more thing – the Black Bay Dark, a completely new model and new idea. You can see how the buzz started. The Black Bay Dark (or ‘Darth’, as it’s become known) was promptly pulled from a Tudor pocket and – in a matter of minutes – the rapt crowd of well known and respected watch journalists were falling over themselves to…

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15.03.2016

VIDEO: The Long View with TAG Heuer’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver

Jean-Claude Biver’s recent visit to Australia confirmed a couple of things. Number one, the man is a POWERHOUSE. In the sense that we followed him for three straight days, from event to event, and about halfway through the schedule we were ready to tap out. And we didn’t even have jetlag. Meanwhile, Mr Biver just powered on, from stage to stage, and restaurant to restaurant, exciting people about watches. It was impressive in the extreme. But Jean-Claude Biver as the showman is perhaps the most popular and commonly seen side of the CEO of TAG Heuer. What about the more…

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14.03.2016

IN-DEPTH: The Montblanc 1858 Small Second

The story in a second The 1858 Small Second was the final proof, if any was needed, that the ‘new’ Montblanc is planning a full on assault at all styles of watchmaking – fine, high and accessible – and all styles of watches. Now including the military classics this one references. Don’t worry. The 1858 was a complete surprise to us too. As it was to everybody, except Jerome Lambert. No sooner had we all adjusted to the slimmer, dressier Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie range (which we excitedly received, despite mutterings from some quarters about its likeness to the new CEO’s…

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13.03.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: That time I walked on the wings of a Breitling bi-plane above Sydney Harbour for GQ

This article first appeared in GQ Australia Editor’s Note: All’s well that ends well. I agreed to take a flight standing on the wings of a bi-plane for GQ, on the invitation of Breitling, and clearly I survived. Because I lived to write about it then, by publishing a pithily titled list of ‘5 things you should know…’ before you agree to do it yourself. And, yes, I live to repost it now, many years later. An incident occurred last week that reminded me of the sometimes unorthodox lengths Breitling will go to to reinforce their aviation story and I thought…

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10.03.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Justin’s (blood-smeared) Citizen Chronograph

  What’s the story behind your watch? It was a birthday gift. It has blood all over it…. I need to wear it for work. We need to manage our time. You have a docket come in and you have to manage all the processes for each dish. I use the chrono as a timer. Say you guys have an entrée, we have to get that one out first, while at the same time getting the main organised for 20-minutes later. Why did you choose that watch? Well, it’s a good one, isn’t it? Do you have to wear your…

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06.03.2016

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Pornographic’ Breitling shop display in Kent shopping centre bombs

A Breitling shop display in Kent’s Bluewater shopping district has bombed, with a local parish councillor, Kirsty Russell, 42, starting a petition on Change.org to have it removed. “Breitling sells watches, not underwear,” Russell writes. “I was told, when I complained to the shop, that it was all about their ‘proud heritage as a brand linked with aviation history’.” The mannequin in the display is, and I’ll quote the Daily Mail here because this prose cannot be bettered, “a pneumatic figure with blonde hair and a capacious bust that strains against her top. [She] sits astride a missile.” Tally ho.…

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04.03.2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Friday 4th March, Cricket Edition, Co-Chaired by sidelined Australian Test cricketer Peter Siddle

We keep an eye out for our people at Time+Tide. And when we noticed one of the fastest men in Australia – and one of the most feared, right-arm fast bowler Peter Siddle – was flat on his back on the couch recovering from stress fractures in his back and surgery on his left ankle, we put out a call through Andy Green to see if a chat about the watch highlights of the week might cheer him up. The answer, that came back immediately, was yes, it would. Peter, or ‘Sids’ as Andy calls him, loves watches. We talked to…

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02.03.2016

VIDEO: Captains of Industry with Jean-Claude Biver and Hublot ambassador Michael Clarke

There are certain moments on the Time+Tide journey that stand out. When, amid the blur of watches, events and people you just step back and say, ‘Wow, did that really happen?’ Like when Michael Clarke, former captain of the Australian test cricket team and current comeback kid agreed to quiz the Chairman of the Board of Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver for us, on the topic of captaincy. A captain speaking to a captain. Hearing Michael say, in the opening seconds, “…for Time+Tide” made me double take. Thank you Michael for taking the interview reins for us. Beyond suggesting a theme for discussion, we didn’t…

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26.02.2016

VIDEO: Franck Muller’s Watchland

After five days indoors at a major watch fair, fresh air – the simplest and most accessible of nature’s offerings – tastes like sweet, delicious wine. And sunshine? Well, sunshine in the early months of the year in Switzerland converts any scene into Heidi. Both of these things flowed in through the windows of the limousine that transported us to Franck Muller’s Watchland where – without wanting to give anything away – we had the perfect antidote to nearly a week indoors. A homely chateau full of sunny rooms, a manufacture with windows thrown open and yet more golden light from the…

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24.02.2016

OSCARS SPECIAL: “My watch story,” with James Cameron

Editor’s Note: As we head towards the Oscars in a few days, I can’t help but think of that time I spoke to the man who won three of them in one night, James Cameron. And what did we talk about? At  his behest, not mine (honestly, I was content to stay on Terminator 2 for as long as possible) we talked about watches. “What do you do, Andrew? Oh, a site about watches. Do you want to hear my watch story?” And off we went. The scope did expand to megalodons, solar flares and more, because – pardon the spoiler…

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18.02.2016

VIDEO: Summertime, superheroes and a new, alarmingly affordable TAG Heuer tourbillon (Carrera Heuer-02T)

A few weeks ago, at the height of the Australian summer, TAG Heuer highjacked Sydney. There’s no other way to say it. They took the most prominent, prestigious patch of lawn in front of the Opera House, in sight of the bridge, and put up a marquee. They then placed their CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, on stage next to one of the world’s hottest movie stars. What happened next was even better. They announced that the man, Mr Chris Hemsworth, who has apparently been wearing their watches for years by choice, is to be TAG Heuer’s new global ambassador. Talk about dropping the…

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13.02.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: Menswear painter and illustrator Sunflowerman interprets the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph (with review, pics, video and pricing)

Editor’s Note: It’s been almost a year since we worked with that man of vision and watercolour paints, Matt Miller, more commonly known as ‘Sunflowerman’. At Basel 2015 he spent a lot of time at the Longines booth, much more time in our HQ apartment around the corner, and then at the end of the fair he handed us a sheaf of paintings under the banner of the ‘Longines Watercolour Watch Project’  To this day, we believe these works of art, which have since travelled the world to be displayed by Longines in all kinds of exotic places, to be among…

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11.02.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Ian’s “momentous” Rolex

UPDATE: In a final twist, late yesterday afternoon, the Federal Member for Moore, Mr Goodenough wrote an email to the Time+Tide office regarding his watch story. It turns out the ‘official statement’ about the authenticity and backstory of his Rolex Day-Date II – a knee-jerk response to the watch gifting scandal – was in fact not intended for the press as was insinuated by several newspapers and reported in our original story. See the full response below. Thank you Mr Goodenough for being a good sport, and for the patriotic wristshot of the Rolex Day-Date II. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie….   …

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03.02.2016

VIDEO: How to stir-fry, with the Head Chef of Chin Chin (and his Hublot)

If you want to learn how to cook an unbelievable braised beef stir-fry just like you’ve had at Melbourne’s most insanely impossible to get into restaurant, Chin Chin, you’d better block out the next three minutes because we’re at home with CC’s Executive Chef Benjamin Cooper. In which he also explains his wrist-weapon of choice and offers a theory on why chefs are so often into watches. The backstory – how did this happen? I first met Benjamin Cooper in another life. My publishing company had won the gig to publish the Chin Chin restaurant cookbook. To have any sense of…

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23.01.2016

EDITOR’S PICK: Remembering the Celebration of the Omega Speedmaster, Texas, 2015 (Long Read)

Founder’s Note: When we posted the Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer (oh boy, the naming department at Omega must be paid by the word) earlier today we were reminded of one of the real highlights of 2015; our trip to Texas to celebrate the Speedmaster. And to shake hands with George Clooney. In a year of many press trips, it was the one. The unforgettable. And it resulted in one of the longest stories we’ve ever produced. So please, put the kettle on, settle into your most comfortable chair while we fly you to the moon.    You don’t need to…

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19.01.2016

VIDEO: Why the mechanical watch is like Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman

Thanks to his healing factor and unbreakable skeleton, Wolverine is one of the most notoriously unkillable superheroes in comics. In this way, he’s a lot like mechanical watches. The Quartz Crisis was meant to kill them. The GFC was meant to erase any last trace. And the Apple Watch on your wrist, with its army of wearable technology in tow, was going to be where you’d read the obituary. But, just like Wolverine’s multiple supposed deaths, none of these things have done the job. The handmade mechanical timepiece is more desirable than ever. If any proof is needed, just ask…

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15.01.2016

VIDEO: Jerome Lambert, Montblanc CEO, chooses just ONE watch to sum up the ‘new’ Montblanc

When I was growing up there was a phrase to describe a powerful man. It was ‘man mountain’. My dad would say, “you should see this new guy in the football club, he’s a man mountain”. Despite not being on anyone’s list for a football team, be it Aussie Rules or rugby (though possibly soccer…) Jerome Lambert is a man mountain of the most forceful variety. He makes things happen. And so far in his career at A. Lange & Söhne and Jaeger-LeCoultre, they’re good, exciting, game-changing things for the watch industry. The trend has not ceased with him at the…

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02.01.2016

NEWS: Rado sponsors Brisbane International 2016 tennis tournament

I remember the moment with perfect clarity. It was the Australian Open, 1993, I was 17, and finally, FINALLY, I could prove to my squad (Ormond Tennis Club, what a crew) that the Thor-like thunderbolt serves I had been throwing down with my right hand since the early 90s were 200km/h, if not more. There was a chance to serve into a ceiling-high net and a little timer LCD display would show the gathering crowd of onlookers its speed. I took a deep breath, went through my pre-serve routine, bounced the ball like Djokovic, and… 177km/h. This thing must be broken?…

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31.12.2015

PHOTO REPORT: Are you drawn to the light or do you have a dark side?

Omega turned heads last year by by unleashing some epic timepieces, with almost every collection getting major new models. The standouts have to be the feature-packed  Spectre Limited Edition Seamaster 300 and the subtly glorious Globemaster, with its METAS certification (which goes well beyond a COSC certification), pie-pan dial and fluted bezel. Both managed to be conservative but game-changing at the same time. Who could possibly have any complaints? Well, no disrespect to the powerhouse brand, but while the NATO-hacked 300 and the Globemaster are handsome watches, they’re unlikely to set the world of fashion on fire. So, with a spirit of wanting it all,…

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20.12.2015

VIDEO: Rolex Sydney Hobart champion Mark Richards and his Rolex Yacht-Master ref 16622

Mark Richards, who is arguably Australia’s most famous sailor, is not bragging when he says that he has 10 Rolex Yacht-Master models, brand new and still in their boxes. He is simply stating a fact. And it’s a salient one in relation to this video. For each and every one of those glittering, platinum-bezeled steel watches, un-kissed by sun, sand or salt, is engraved with a date and a race. Eight of them say ‘Rolex Sydney Hobart’. We were lucky to film two videos with Mark. The first, ‘Time On Their Hands’, looking at the overlap between watchmaking and sailing,…

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19.12.2015

EDITOR’S PICK: Guy Pearce talks watches, directors and the greatest actor he’s ever worked with (no prizes here)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview with one of Australia’s finest actors from just over a year ago was not meant to be about watches. But, like always, the question, an ice breaker – tell me about your watch – led to a couple of quotes I know Time+Tide readers (and TAG Heuer wearers in particular) will be very interested in. If by chance you’re in the mood for a long read, you can find the full interview here. It turns out acting is not all this Guy is good at…. Australia has some pretty well known actors on the world stage. Far more than we rightly should,…

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15.12.2015

VIDEO: The Great Escape – The Artist’s Cut

Let’s get one thing straight. Vincent Fantauzzo, wheelie-popping portrait artist and all-round action man liked our version of the big day out we ended up calling The Great Escape. But that said, Vince had a bird’s eye view of the day that looked a little different to ours. In the days after, he texted and called me. “I think I want to do a video, too,” he said. Dan from Spilt Milk (the director of the shoot) and I looked at each other, shrugged and nodded. One of Australia’s most talented artists wants to do his cut from the raw footage?…

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14.12.2015

VIDEO: Bulgari watches and whisky, a match made in Tokyo

SPECIAL NOTE: Forget whisky. Forget watches even. Watch this video for the on-camera star that is the Bulgari Tower (in Ginza, Tokyo) Bar Manager Pietro. The following four-minute presentation that matches Bulgari’s three most recognisable watch designs with whisky does include Bulgari’s Chief Watch Designer, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, and I, but it is really all about Pietro. Let t-shirts be made, let Facebook fan-sites spring up, this man is a legend. He had NO idea a video was going to happen or that it was going to involve him. Pietro handled the situation with aplomb, and, while Fabrizio and I…

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07.12.2015

INTERVIEW: The VP of Longines, Juan-Carlos Capelli, explains the brand’s link to horse racing

Earlier this year, we interviewed the Vice President of Longines in the hours before the Queen Elizabeth Stakes horse race at Royal Randwick in Sydney. In the polite small-talk before the interview, we asked Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli – whose frequent flyer status would strike envy into the heart of even the most intrepid traveller – if he enjoys watching the endless global parade of races and show jumping events  as much as riding horses himself, which he has done since he was a child. “Sports and glamour,” he began, with a slow sweep of the well-dressed room, “What’s not to like…

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06.12.2015

EDITOR’S PICK: When the Empire Struck Black – Our In-Depth review of the Rolex Yacht-Master 116655

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year we took one of the buzz watches of Baselworld 2015 – the stealthy Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 – for a spin around our local Melbourne environs to see how it fared in landlubber life, far far away from the inclement conditions it was created to endure. And, true to its sport-luxe stylings, we paired it with a weekend-friendly wardrobe. The results were overwhelmingly positive from a swag point of view – the *cough* ‘model’ felt an injection of confidence more commonly associated with several beers – but what about the watch itself, beyond the on-trend, Bamford-banishing aesthetics? Felix digs deep behind…

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13.11.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 13th November, 2015

Out of 10, this week in the world of watches was a full Spinal Tap 11. What happened. Are you sitting down? Are you in a comfortable seated position? WHAT HAPPENED? Ladies, gentlemen, this was the week we witnessed the highest known price ever paid for a wristwatch – $10.3-million for the Patek Philippe 5016A-010. Pardon the self-aggrandisement but it’s fairly amazing to think that Marcus, our key videographer, and I handled this watch for a few hours like it was no thing. We were passing it back and forth, posing it in different ways for the shoot, trying it…

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12.11.2015

EVENT: Spectre Movie Preview with Omega, Sydney

You couldn’t script the lead up to this James Bond film any better really. A watch that both purists and newcomers are excited about, the gloriously equipped new Seamaster 300. A press tour from Daniel Craig that gave everyone the sense that he was in-character the whole time (read: wanting to end the formalities and have a dirty martini instead), until the miraculous moment when an 8-year-old Bond fanatic melted his existential exterior and he smiled. And smiled. And smiled. While we, quite frankly, cried tears of pure emotion. Then, add to this teaser perfection the crazy scenes in the movie trailer…

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08.11.2015

VIDEO: Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani explains Bulgari’s watchmaking

There is no debate about the fact that the heart of watchmaking is in Switzerland. And as such Swiss watch companies are the best known. But there should also be no argument that, given a certain level of quality is reached, other countries – in Europe and beyond – are capable of making watches that are just as good and just as desirable. There’s a blazing French flamboyance about Parisian born Bell & Ross; a thoroughly German attention to detail in A. Lange & Söhne; an obsession with light and line-work in the pride of Japan, the Grand Seiko. These…

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07.11.2015

VIDEO: Daniel Craig gifts 8 year old mini me Britton Walker the new Omega Bond Watch

Daniel Craig is a craggy looking character who has been notoriously grumpy in the lead-up to the new Bond film Spectre. James Bond is apparently misogynistic, he’s not a good male role model and he’s a part of Craig’s life he can’t wait to move on from. So far so sour. But that all changed when Ellen arranged for Craig to meet his smallest biggest fan, 8-year-old Canadian Britton Walker. Now, be warned this kid is too much. He’s in a tuxedo, he knows Bond better than you (and better than Craig as a matter of fact) and his mind…

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06.11.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 6th November, 2015

A certain mood has settled over the Time+Tide office and it’s all about BBB. Not the Black Bay Black, or the Black Bay One going under the hammer this weekend (!!!!). Our mood is between baller, bucolic and Bond; because this week we were all about high stakes horse-racing at Oaks Day, wilderness madness in Cradle Mountain National Park Tasmania (where we road-tested the very same watch on both occasions, stay tuned for the review) and heated arguments about the hammer prices of the 44 watches in the Only Watch Auction this weekend. It was also WISH week in The…

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21.10.2015

EVENT: The Blancpain Ocean Commitment Event, Icebergs, Sydney

Patina is fast becoming a meaningless word in watchmaking. This is because it has been highjacked by marketing and R&D departments. Patina is now shorthand for an off-white dial, yellowed lume or a distressed leather strap. Patina is a commodity. It sells watches. Like a ceramic bezel, a silicone escapement, a NATO strap; it’s an aesthetic trend, and a really good one, we can’t get enough and we hope it’s not over yet. But this is not what patina means. This is pretend patina. When you see genuine patina, which is wear, tear and the effects of time on a watch, it stands…

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20.10.2015

LIST: Eight reasons Laurent Ballesta’s photography will blow your mind (and make you want a Blancpain)

The highlight of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment event at Icebergs in Sydney was a speech from underwater photographer and marine biologist Laurent Ballesta, who, it must be said, is not unpopular with the ladies. If you like your marine biologists on the Hollywood side, you may enjoy meeting him face to face. “You had all better sit down,” he said, when he took to the lectern. Which did not bode well. There was a ripple of nervous laughter. No-one likes a long speech, even from a ridiculously good looking scientist slash artist. “Not because I will be boring, but because I am going…

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16.10.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 16th October, 2015 – Bromance edition

 **This Friday Wind Down may contain traces of bromance** Watches are meant to be a boring business, right? All about details, serial numbers and swap meets and so on. We might have hoped for that kind of life (no, we didn’t) but it hasn’t quite panned out like that lately. The last seven days has seen us divide and conquer in Sydney – where Felix met Franck Muller on his first ever trip to Australia. Felix’s favourite quote from Franck? Why did he create the Curvex Case? “Because a beautiful woman told me to.” And why are we publishing this amazing photo…

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10.10.2015

VIDEO: Part 2, Richard Mille’s horologist explains the RM69 Erotic Tourbillon

As we said in Part 1, the Richard Mille Erotic Tourbillon was the most talked about watch of Watches & Wonders, 2015. But, to be fair, the watch did its fair share of talking, too, as eager groups of journalists, celebrities and VIPs filed through the booth testing it out – and giggling, or blushing, at the sassy suggestions. In Part 2, we sober up and get as serious as we were sexual in Part 1. Here, it’s all about how this watch was designed. The solutions to the hands obscuring the ‘oracle’ section, getting the largest number of phrases…

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08.10.2015

MY WATCH STORY: Paul’s Doxa Chronograph

  WHAT IS THE STORY OF THIS WATCH? I bought it at the Munich Watch Fair a few years back for 1200 Euro. I’ve since been offered 5,000 Euro for it. I’ve collected watches since I was 11. My grandfather gave me a wristwatch and I’ve been hooked since then. It was an American brand, Gruen Curvex. As a young boy I’d go to flea markets and fairs. It was mechanics and all that. The thing about chronographs is that people don’t use them. It seems to be more about the dial layout. The balance perhaps? This one is beautiful…

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25.09.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 25th September, 2015 – Chopard launches something or other?

Well cowboys and girls, we made it. It’s Friday and if you aren’t comfortably furnished with a fine drink of your choosing we hope that moment is not too far away. What happened this week in the world of watches? We’re going to have to be honest. We don’t really know. We have a vague idea… Something about the Chopard group launching something or other? Something about De Bethune? Please forgive us, our minds were on the following things: Watches & Wonders in Honky Town – We leave Tuesday next week; the schedule has some bumper days of new product, interviews…

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19.09.2015

EDITOR’S PICK: Our review of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 in Rose Gold with Chocolate Dial

Editor’s Note: Earlier in the year we made the contentious statement that the buzz around Patek Philippe at Basel was focused on the wrong watch. While many went postal for the Calatrava Pilot (which surely ranks among the most bizarre releases of the year), it was steady as she goes at Time+Tide. We found our mouths watering at the new Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 that combines a sensuous, chocolate dial (or ‘garage door’, if you’re on Instagram) with the tender tones of rose gold. Six months on and the appetite is still there. Enjoy this calorie-rich blast from the recent past.    The…

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18.09.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 18th September, 2015

Happy Friday! But get ready for the buzzkill. Totally out of nowhere, this week took a turn to more serious than usual territory. Serious in the sense that Vacheron Constantin unveiled their most serious timepiece in a not-short history of 260 years. It did not just trump the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime; it nearly tripled down, with a staggering 57 complications. We were also made aware of several fake Black Bays popping up on the Australian scene. Read this and beware if you are offered a Tudor for a price that seems too good to be true. Remember #fakewatchesareforfakepeople In…

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14.09.2015

VINTAGE: Amazing online barn find, a 1956 Omega Seamaster 18ct gold Melbourne Olympic special edition for under $5k

An online barn find to make a Melbourne watch lover’s heart beat hard… You may know by now that Derek Dier is our go-to guy for vintage. We are not alone. Legends like Matthew Weiner, also hold him and his expertise in the highest regard. The beauty of Derek, though, apart from his writing (which you can enjoy on the subject of vintage Tudor and also discussing prop masters) is that he also curates one of our favourite marketplaces for vintage watches. We know about it because we go. A lot. And today we spotted something that blew our collective Melbourne minds. We…

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13.09.2015

VIDEO: Disassembling a Rolex Submariner in 6 minutes (don’t try this at home)

Disassembling a Rolex Submariner When I was watch editor at GQ, there was one overwhelmingly popular question every single time we called out for questions about watches; “why do they cost so much?” On each occasion the editorial team would go into overdrive. We’d jump quickly to the defence of luxury watchmakers. “They’re intricate machines, more like cars than clocks!” “The R&D that goes into developing new movements doesn’t come for free!” “They’re handmade objects in a world of mechanisation!” To quote William, the ladies doth protest too much. For proof, see the latest GQ; we were at it yet again…

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31.08.2015

UPDATE: 5 reasons you should actually bid on the Tudor Black Bay One (with live photos) in the upcoming ‘Only Watch’ Auction

It’s wildly tempting to even entertain the idea. I could own an ‘Only Watch’.  I could actually bid on a watch that there will only be one of in the world, ever. And for the first time ever, we have allowed ourselves to believe. Because, for once, the base watch for an ‘Only Watch’ unique piece is a relatively affordable luxury timepiece many of us already know, love and own. We’re talking about the Tudor Black Bay of course, the winner in the “Revival” category prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2012. The proceeds for the auction, which in 2013…

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26.08.2015

COMPETITION: The winner of the Tudor Pelagos!

It’s been an exciting 24 hours at Time+Tide. Well, that’s one word for it. The others might be along the lines of trepidation (who was going to win the watch?), exhilaration (when the winner proved to be a huge watch fan) and then gratitude, once again, for all the feedback we have received from the survey. But, without any further ado, or stalling, we can now announce that the winner of the blue Tudor Pelagos is Alan Harrosh, of Melbourne, congratulations again Alan!It turned out the trepidation was unfounded. Alan, who was selected from the pool by using a random number…

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20.08.2015

INTERVIEW: Michael Clarke, in his own words

It’s the eve of the 5th and final Ashes Test. It will be Michael Clarke’s last test, which is cause enough to publish  for the first time a one-on-one interview we did with Clarkey at a Hublot event in Sydney. It caught the captain of Australia’s cricket team in a reflective state of mind, which more hints at the depth of the man than his usually manic demeanour. The conversation found itself focused on life after cricket. You had the sense then, as you do now, that it was a phase he was looking forward to. Even still, no matter where…

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13.08.2015

JOBS: Are you our first Digital Marketing Manager? (Melbourne based)

WANTED: DIGITAL MOUNTAINEER WITH NO FEAR OF HEIGHTS –       Luxury sector, rapidly growing new media business –       Based in Melbourne, head office in CBD laneway –       Competitive salary, make the role your own We are seeking an experienced Digital Marketing Manager who looks at this graph and gets excited. See the Seek ad here. In just over 18 months, Time+Tide has grown from an Instagram account to one of Australia’s new media success stories; with a rapidly expanding online readership, a content sharing partnership with The Australian newspaper’s wish magazine and over 15 luxury brand partners that includes Rolex, Cartier…

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11.08.2015

Letter from the Founder: Help shape the future of Time+Tide by completing our first reader survey

The survey is now closed. Thank you all for your feedback. We will announce the winner in the week commencing Monday 24th of August. Good luck! 18 months ago, I was getting ready to head off to my second Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, reporting on the latest watch releases for Australian print media. I decided to do something bold. I registered the name ‘timetidewatches’ on Instagram and announced to the followers on my personal account that, yes, I was listening to them. I had received the message loud and clear. At last, I was taking my…

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06.07.2015

IN PRINT: Unpacking the Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone with Hamdi Chatti

Editor’s Note: At Baselworld 2015, Louis Vuitton brought the heat. Fresh from the resounding success of the Escale Worldtime, the company – under the leadership of VP of Watches and Jewellery Hamdi Chatti – decided to back it up in a way that was both bold and beautiful. To adapt the Escale Worldtime into a more affordable range, but without sacrificing any of the watches significant charm, including that delightfully paint-applied kaleidoscopic dial. We wanted to know everything. We sat down with the devilishly handsome VP to find out. This story originally appeared Viva Magazine.  It’s only fitting that interviews with Louis…

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22.06.2015

VIDEO: WHY I LOVE MY WATCH with Mark Bouris

“This is the IWC Portugieser ‘Double Moon’ – this is the fantastic watch. It’s the first one in Australia and the only blue faced one. The double phase moon tells you what the moon phases are in the northern and southern hemispheres. So it’s actually designed for someone who lives in the southern hemisphere, or for those people who travel between both. The accuracy of this is so incredible in terms of predicting the moon. Over one month or lunar phase it will only lose 12 seconds. Over a period of 577 years that equals one day. That’s unbelievable technology.…

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22.06.2015

VIDEO: ABOUT TIME with Mark Bouris

In the first of a regular Time+Tide video series called ‘About Time’, where influential and aspirational people talk about how they manage time and their relationship with time, we sat down with Mark Bouris in the (extraordinary) Chairman’s Villa of Crown Casino, Melbourne. Thanks to Natalia at IWC and LK Boutique for making it happen and to Mark for not mincing words.   Mark Bouris has a kindly face on TV. His look, usually a squinted, warm smile, with pressed white shirt open at the neck, says, “I know you, friend.” But his eye contact in real life is less…

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18.06.2015

NEWS: Meet the CEO (Community Engagement Officer)

** A NOTE FROM ANDREW & FELIX ** There’s been a lot of shifting about in watch media in the last week and it’s no different for us. Get ready, world. We have a new CEO. In fact, we have our first CEO. Pretty young looking buck for a CEO, right? That’s because he’s our Community Engagement Officer. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Andy Green, one of the most ‘passionated’ watch guys (that’s how Swiss people say passionate, it’s so cute) we’ve ever met. If you’ve had the pleasure of talking watches with Andy, or life in general, you’ll have picked up that…

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01.06.2015

EVENT: Australian Watch Week Pub Lock-In, Fitzroy, Melbourne

There was a poignant moment as we went to pick up the tab from the barmaid at the end of our very casual Australian Watch Week drinks. And it was not the usual picking up the bill kind of poignant, i.e raw panic. Oh my god. Who drank all that. Etc. It was late, it was Friday, baby it was cold outside. Winter was not coming. Winter was here man. The people left in the pub were making sure the bar didn’t fall over by leaning pretty heavily on it. The commentators on Friday night footy were debriefing on a great win…

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29.05.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 29th May, 2015

The barmaid is smiling, bless her, we’re smiling, hopefully you’re smiling too; it’s Friday and it’s time for the Friday Wind Down! What word could possibly describe the last five days? When we decided to forgo all but Australian watches for a whole five business days, we did so without really considering the consequences. Lucky for us, they were pretty much all positive. Our traffic on the site was phenomenal, the buzzy chatter on Insta got us through writing all those lengthy reviews (Felix has RSI, so if you shake his hand tonight at the pub, go easy tiger) and the…

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21.05.2015

MY WATCH STORY: George’s Omega Speedmaster (Cal 321)

On June the 1st, we will be launching one of the most significant stories ever to be published on Time+Tide; the recent celebration of ‘the first watch on the moon’, the Omega Speedmaster, in Houston. The location was fitting, because this event was truly bigger than Texas. It spanned a trip to NASA, a round table discussion with the Captain of the Apollo 13, James Lovell, and an event largely hosted by George Clooney. But somewhere in the midst of all the grandeur was something small and important that has always been at the centre of what we do at Time+Tide. It was…

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21.05.2015

EVENT: The Celebration of the Omega Speedmaster (Texas, USA)

You don’t need to be in the watch industry very long to work out that it survives not on product, but on stories. Watches without stories? Well, they’re just objects. No matter how pretty they are, or how precious the material, it’s really hard to sell a cold hard object. The magic that gives an object true meaning is the story that is told about it. Some of the best stories are ones that present an unbroken line from the past, to the present to the future. And the best storytellers in the luxury watch business, who, not accidentally, happen…

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30.04.2015

MY WATCH STORY: Tom’s Patek Philippe 5712

Your name: Tom  Your watch: Patek Philippe 5712 When – did you buy it? My parents gave it to me as a Christmas present. I love it. Every watch I own has been for a special occasion. Whether it’s a grandfather passed down watch, or a 21st, or something from my wife. Every watch reminds me of some kind of event. What – was special about this Christmas? (Tom’s wife Hoda interjects) This one was a bit random. I gave him a watch as a wedding gift and he got a watch for his 21st and his 16th (his grandfather’s Patek…

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14.04.2015

MY WATCH STORY: Christian’s Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantiéme Ivory Enamel

Your name: Christian  Your watch: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantiéme Ivory Enamel When – did you buy it? At first I had the Grande Seconde in silver, but I could not resist the Grand Feu enamel dial of the white gold version, and the lower subdial. Beautiful! Why – do you love this watch? This is the perfect watch, it does everything. (Christian is interrupted by his colleague) No, no, no, listen to me! It is the perfect watch because first we have the date and you have the time, so you have all the indications you need. With this watch,…

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10.04.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 10th April, 2015

** This Friday wind down is solely and wholly dedicated to Richie Benaud. Richie had several qualities that all men should aspire to; honesty, obsession with perfection in his work, passion, compassion and, in the words of a friend of ours, Simon Castles, knowing “when not to say anything at all. He allowed the silence, then said a few words that were always smarter than everyone else’s.” Summer in Australia will never be the same again. Salute to the cream, the white, the off-white, the ivory and the beige, this man was the greatest. Rest in peace, Richie. **  …

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30.03.2015

VIDEO: Surviving the Tissot T-Touch Solar Experience

It was one of those decisions you make on the spot, thinking that somehow, things will just work out for the best. It was made in a meeting with Tissot talking about the new T-Touch Solar: “Do you want to participate in this physical challenge launch with some other guys, probably ex-AFL footy players? It would be cool for Time+Tide to do more than just spectate….” Sure, we’re all about participation, about the watch in context, about real reviews on real wrists, ok great, bang, lock us in. What’s the worst thing that could happen? The answer to that question…

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27.03.2015

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 27th March, 2015*

*May contain traces of Glenfiddich “How was your Basel fair? What happened?” It’s a question that’s always brought into sharp relief the true importance of Baselworld. Which is that it’s really not important. Most of us that go have families. We have loved ones; children, pets, partners, parents. We have lives outside of the giant halls that dwarf it and make the tiny revelations – a new colour of dial, a new rubber strap, a new movement with a new escapement – pretty small as soon as it’s over. Which is why it’s important to write this on the plane…

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25.03.2015

HANDS-ON: The Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold

The story in a second: This watch is to Hublot what the Seamaster 300 was to Omega last year. It’s a (glittering) showcase of practically all the brand’s decade of innovations in one Magic Gold case. If Hublot was a human being, they’ve evolved from Bane to Batman – still big, still bold, but now beautiful on occasion too. When the Hublot Big Bang first exploded onto the watch scene in 2005 few people would have suspected just how Big the Bang would be, and how long it would reverberate. Ten years on and Hublot is no longer the bright,…

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24.03.2015

INTERVIEW: The five tough questions everyone wanted to ask Omega at Baselworld 2015 (but didn’t), answered

The interview gets off to a disastrous start. What worse things can happen in an interview than waltzing into the media suite (in the gargantuan Omega Booth at Baselworld) and sitting in the wrong seat. The President’s seat. Mr Urquhart’s seat. (No-one calls Mr Urquhart ‘Stephen’. No-one. Just FYI). He reacts, in fact, very well. “No, you take it. Let me sit here. Let me have a different point of view. I’ve been sitting there all day.” Mr Urquhart, Stephen, boss, whatever you prefer, tells the truth. The President of Omega has had back-to-back half an hour interviews since 9am,…

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16.03.2015

BREAKING NEWS: The Longines Watercolour Watch Project, proudly brought to you by Time+Tide

In an exciting development, American artist Sunflowerman will join Team Time+Tide at Baselworld 2015. Working exclusively on ‘The Longines Watercolour Watch Project – proudly brought to you by Time+Tide’, Sunflowerman, whose civilian name is Matt Miller, will paint the soon-to-be-released Longines collection in his inimitable style and also paint the watches in their most natural context; on the wrists of real people. This will allow Matt to not only continue his body of watch portraiture but also to flex his talons as the world’s most renowned street style watercolour artist. The ‘proudly brought to you’ ain’t a word of a…

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14.03.2015

EVENT: There will be buffalo mozzarella, Time+Tide embedded at the Australian GP with Ferrari and Hublot

In the interests of full disclosure it needs to be said up front that there are (currently) no petrolheads in the Time+Tide office. Hence the title. So, for the F1 enthusiasts, sorry but DC is in Switzerland, we can’t really help you. Please bear with us as we make do with a different kind of layman’s coverage of all things high octane. It will be no less interesting, mind you, just with a different (read: more food and watch focused) point of view. For example, when we were invited to tour the pit lanes of the Scuderia Ferrari (SF) team…

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12.03.2015

VIDEO: The Night of Omega Firsts

The original concept for the event was humble enough. Get together a group of Omega loving watch people in a restaurant. Fly in some notable watches from Switzerland with an Omega representative. Discuss. Drink some wine. Happy days. What transpired on the evening of Sunday the 1st of December 2014 was so far beyond our expectations that we can still hardly believe it. It’s probably not outlandish to say that history was made. The watches were, in fact, a wide collection of Omega ‘firsts’. The first Omega dive watch. The first Omega wristwatch sized tourbillon. The first stopwatch they developed for…

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06.03.2015

FOLLOWER REVIEW: David’s Tissot Couturier

Your name: David Follow: @david_witko 
Your watch: Tissot Couturier 
When – did you get this watch? It’s been two years with my daily Tissot Couturier and I’ve gotta say I still love her as much as the day we met. 
Why – do you love this watch? I wear my watch from morning to night, so it must have a clear, easily readable face and can be dressed up or down whether I’m at a job, casting or event. The other reason is that it gives me satisfaction being aesthetically pleasing and minimal from a design perspective. It also has a good…

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01.03.2015

WATCHSPOTTING: Better Call Saul, Episode 4, ‘Hero’

  WATCHSPOTTING: BETTER CALL SAUL It seems episode 4 of Better Call Saul was designed and written by Vince Gilligan to appear on Time+Tide. Not just because the opening scene – scripted in full below, sans the twist, which is awesome – revolves around a watch. But also because, for the first time in any Vince Gilligan TV show in living memory, including X Files and Breaking Bad, the episode name-checks Australia. After an unexpected windfall of cash, Goodman does what all discerning gentlemen do when they find themselves flush, he goes to a tailor. When he is asked about…

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25.02.2015

EVENT: At the ICC Cricket World Cup with Hublot

There is something invisible about sponsor branding at a sporting event, despite its ubiquity. It rings the field of play, it’s on sleeves, bats, rackets, hats; it’s flashed at you from every possible LCD screen to the point where you become completely unaware of it. Ads, what ads? Brands, what brands? Which is why the effect of seeing the HUBLOT – pronounced ‘ooh-blow’, not ‘hub-lot’ – branding above the giant scoreboards at the ‘G’ at the opening match of the World Cup Cricket Final was a surprise. It’s a pretty standard logo. White text on a black background, all capitals,…

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24.02.2015

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Dennis from The Waiter’s Club watch story

One time I dropped it in a big pot of boiling minestrone. I drained the minestrone. The watch was fine. I had to wait a while to put it back on as it was quite warm after that. The Waiter’s Club is a restaurant in a nowhere laneway somewhere in the heart of Melbourne and it’s a place tourists don’t go. Hell, it’s a place locals don’t go. The club in the name is fictional. Except that you do tend to keep going back once you’ve been introduced to it. These are the people that go to the Waiter’s Club.…

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09.02.2015

BREAKING NEWS: The Australian’s WISH Magazine and Time+Tide join forces.

We are excited to announce that Australia’s pre-eminent luxury magazine, Wish Magazine whose tagline is ‘The Best of Everything’, will now feature the best of watches, care of us at Time+Tide. The official partnership between the two publications was announced by Wish Editor David Meagher in his Editor’s Letter on Friday. We have long been admirers and readers of Wish and this new partnership is a match made in a very well-heeled and stylish place. Please read David’s Editor’s Letter in full below: PERSONALLY I think February is one of the hardest months of the year to get through. By the first week…

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30.01.2015

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Shannon Bennett Watch Story

It’s a well known law of watch journalism that there is a measurable window of time you can speak to the great majority of normal – non watch-obsessed* – people about their watches without things getting weird. That window of time is precisely 60 seconds. It’s science.  When we had the window unexpectedly open with Shannon Bennett, Australia’s most fêted chef, we jumped right in. The guy casts a shadow over the Australian food scene as long as the 55-storey building his flagship restaurant Vue de Monde sits atop. The man is a legend, he’s an institution and when he introduces his…

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26.01.2015

AUSTRALIA DAY SPECIAL: Talking Watches and Movies with Guy Pearce

EDITOR’S NOTE: While Time+Tide has been dominated by news from the 25th SIHH this last week, it would be remiss of us to not post something a little bit ‘strayan this Australia Day. So here you go – One of the greatest Australian actors, and one of Australia’s most loved watches.  Australia has some actors on the world stage. Far more than we rightly should, given our small population and proximity from Hollywood. Few make us as proud, as often, as the great stayer, Guy Pearce, who first came to the world’s attention in the movie that made both his and…

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22.01.2015

HANDS ON: The Cartier Clé de Cartier

  The brand new Clé de Cartier watch line is more (Clark) Gable than (Ryan) Gosling, which is extreme short hand for hot.damn.handsome . People with short attention spans can stop reading now. But for everybody else, settle in to meet the newest family member of the Cartier empire, the Clé de Cartier. ‘Clé’ means “key” in French and the watch, if we continue with the metaphor, unlocks some interesting new design codes for the brand – It is somehow less ‘Cartier looking’ than any other male watch line, but not the worse for it. The most apparent point of…

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21.01.2015

SIHH Behind the Scenes: Day 2, Overheard at the IWC Party

“The reason they became World Cup winners in 2014 was because the German national team did a watchmaking course at IWC in 2004 to learn patience.” – Georges Kern “I know Nico’s here. Just because I’m a year older than you doesn’t mean you’re going to get me this year!” – Current F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton Georges Kern to Christoph Waltz: “Now Christoph, you will be the villain in the new Bond movie, yes?” Christoph Waltz: “You seem to know more than me Georges….” Georges Kern: “Well James bond is wearing a brand I don’t remember the name of,…

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20.01.2015

SIHH Behind the Scenes: The Diary, Day 1 in numbers

66 percent of this team has never been to SIHH, but that doesn’t mean the 33 percent that has (three times no less, oh god, should have worked this out by now) can really help with preparation. Day one is guaranteed to be these things: massively exhilarating until midday, frustrating at lunch (when you have to wait for a table) and then totally, utterly delirious in the afternoon – when you feel like someone’s slipped the bad acid into your 8th espresso. At some point in this supremely jetlagged (why does Australia have to be so damn far from everything)…

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20.01.2015

SIHH 2015 Behind the Scenes: Lunchagram. Five Watch Instagrammers do lunch.

Here’s a riddle. How many Watch Instagrammers does it take to promptly get a table for lunch at SIHH? We have no idea, because we totally failed at this. And what do you get when you – eventually – put the said five Watch Instagrammers on a round table for sushi, Caprese salad and Sauvignon Blanc? A table of people who – even after learning each other’s real-life names – prefer to call each other by their Insta Handles. i.e, “Hey Panerai Central, pass the salt dude….” It was so great to meet Watch Collecting Lifestyle, Panerai Central, the zeitgeist…

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02.01.2015

EXCLUSIVE: We interview James Cameron on the Deepsea Challenge

Sorry for the spoiler, but James Cameron, the director of the two biggest box office films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) has only ever worn Rolex watches. And by ‘watches’, I’m referring to the grand total of two (2) he’s owned in his life. His watch journey, then, is less about the quantity of watches and all about the qualities he appreciates in the only brand he wears. The second watch, and the reason we’re here, is the new Rolex Deepsea – available for purchase in Australia from the 21st August – with the ‘controversial’ two-tone colour graded blue-black…

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27.12.2014

GALLERY: If you can only afford one good watch….

It’s a vexed, but frequently asked, question. “You’re into watches? I’ve been thinking about watches lately… So, if I was going to get one good watch, what’s the most versatile choice?” I came up with five recently for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, also applying a filter of affordability, these are mainstream daily papers after all, but the truth is there are many, many more that fit the bill for quality, value, adaptability and swagger. Read the full story here, including the Mark Zuckerberg quote that gave the angle a little more gravitas: The recent Mark Zuckerberg bombshell regarding his wardrobe choices should be…

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17.12.2014

INTERVIEW: 20 crazy minutes on a capsizing boat with the CEO of Edox, Alexandre Strambini

Ok, so the boat wasn’t exactly capsizing. But it was rocking. And the almost unlistenable audio of the interview confirms it was very, very windy when we interviewed the CEO of Edox Alexandre Strambini on the MV Extreme in Sydney Harbour in December of 2014.  Alexandre Strambini is not the kind of person you’d forget meeting. He has piercing light blue eyes, a youthful demeanour for a CEO and – prepare yourself for this – he’s beaten Roger Federer. In tennis. Twice. But somehow, I managed it. When we met for a second time – after, apparently, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries…

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11.12.2014

INSIGHT: 11 reasons MB&F matter (even if you’ll never own one)

Recently we were invited to Sydney as guests of The Hour Glass to the hotly anticipated launch of MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) Horological Machine 6, aka the ‘Space Pirate.’ In our conversation with MB&F Head of Communications Charris Yadigaroglou we discovered a watch brand almost like no other. Writing up the interview I was struck by the role a brand like MB&F plays for the wider watch industry. Their ability to live free creative lives – and start their creative process at a wild, completely pre-rational idea, instead of working around the limitations of a watch movement – leads to a singular and…

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02.12.2014

EVENT: Omega and Time and Tide’s ‘Night of Omega Firsts’, Melbourne

Energy. Sophistication. Storytelling. Passion. These are the four words that sum up the ‘Night of Omega Firsts’ held last night at Vue de Monde in Melbourne. Hosted by Omega, in association with Time+Tide, it involved a literal journey through time. 12 watches of enormous historical significance dating from 1894 were laid out along the table and revealed one by one. The journey began, fittingly, with the ‘Omega’ Caliber 19, for which the company is named right up to the first Melbourne sighting of the ‘Grey Side of the Moon’. The great majority of the timepieces were not only in Australia…

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01.12.2014

EVENT: OMEGA in Association with Time+Tide present the ‘Night of OMEGA firsts’, tonight in Melbourne

If you were lucky, or fanatical enough about OMEGA, to receive one of these golden tickets over the last few weeks then we’re tipping you’ll be excited. Because the day has arrived. Cue trumpets.  The ‘Night of OMEGA firsts’, presented by OMEGA in association with the team at Time+Tide! It is an honour and a privilege to be involved, let alone to enjoy the night at one of the most prestigious restaurants in the country. Surely adults at Vue de Monde is a grown up version of kids in a candy store anyway? On the eve of the event, which…

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24.11.2014

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Michael Clarke announced as first ever Australian Hublot Ambassador

What wristwatch do you think of when you think of cricket? If you’ve ever played the game (which can feel from certain positions on the field like a gentrified war) you know the answer to this one. The truth is, you don’t think of watches at all. In fact they’re the first thing to be carefully placed in the locker room when you don the whites – it can be brutal out there, with the “nut” (the ball) firing at you at speeds of up to 160km/h and fielding positions placing people spare few metres from the bat. And trust us here,…

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21.11.2014

NEW MODEL: Panerai PAM00580 Luminor 1950 3 Days Chronograph Flyback

Panerai PAM00580 Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic The first of the SIHH – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie the world’s second largest watch fair – 2015 previews is through, and it’s a very attractive Panerai Flyback Chrono from the Luminor family in ceramic. The 44mm case is a synthetic ceramic based on zirconium oxide, an alloy five times harder than steel but lighter in weight. Zirconium is in fact the 19th most plentiful element in the earth’s crust, where it is far more abundant than copper and lead. But we digress. This grade of ceramic is also resistant to scratches, corrosive…

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17.11.2014

IN THE MEDIA: A Michael Kors watch for a good cause (Blancpain, IWC too)

I recently wrote a piece for The Weekly Review looking at three brands with broader visions than just their bottom lines: IWC, Blancpain and Michael Kors have all released watches this year that will donate a portion, or all, of their proceeds to various charitable organisations, from furthering education in poverty-stricken places to preserving absolutely huge tracts of ocean. Read about it here and see the timepieces below.    

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14.11.2014

IN-DEPTH: The watch that can tell both Time and Tide, the Heuer Solunar

Since we posted the Jack Heuer ‘Times of My Life“ video on the weekend we’ve had several Instagram comments and emails enquiring about the ‘Solunar’ model that appears early in the film. The artful, attractive piece has an interesting significance for Jack (his father Charles Edouard commissioned the piece to be designed by Jack’s physics teacher!) and it epitomises all that is unique about original Heuer watches: the attention to colour, detail and design paired with the functionality of a piece, that in this case, could tell the tide as well as the time. In fact, if we ever had to choose a…

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07.11.2014

EVENT: OMEGA and Time+Tide to host an intimate ‘Night of Omega Firsts’

On December 1st, 2014, at Vue de Monde restaurant in Melbourne, OMEGA in conjunction with Time+Tide will hold: ‘A NIGHT OF OMEGA FIRSTS’ – HOSTED BY OMEGA MUSEUM MANAGER PETROS PROTOPAPAS AND FEATURING 12 EXCEEDINGLY RARE TIMEPIECES Direct from Bienne Switzerland, OMEGA Museum Manager, Mr Protopapas will take guests on a journey through time, introducing some astounding watchmaking milestones. Several of these irreplaceable timepieces will be transported from their permanent place at the museum for the event. To say that this is a rare opportunity to see them in Australia would be an understatement. This is the first and probably the last time that they will grace…

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02.11.2014

NEWS: Breguet takes out top prize at GPHG 2014, the Watch Oscars

Congratulations to Breguet, who, on Friday October the 31st took out watchmaking’s top prize, the ‘Aiguille d’Or’ (‘golden hand’ in French) at the 14th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) for the Classique Chronométrie. Champagne! This 14th edition of the GPHG had record levels of participation with representation from all the major watchmaking groups as well as a number of independents. There are multiple categories, but the hand of the king, sorry (too much Game of Thrones) the golden hand, is reserved for the what is judged to be the best watch across all categories. The Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann officially presented this…

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01.11.2014

BREAKING NEWS: Time+Tide join James Magnussen’s Movember Team

Time+Tide’s digital producer, Hamish, has joined the current 100m freestyle world champion James Magnussen in Maurice, or rather ‘Mo’rice’ Lacroix’s Movember team, which you can contribute to here. Round of applause, please. This was against the wishes of Hamish’s wife so it’s a genuine commitment and there are genuine (doghouse) consequences. In a brave post today on the official Movember team page, Hamish bid adieu to his “sweet majestic beard” soon(ish) to be replaced by some kind of moustache. Australian Time+Tide followers have also been personally invited to join the team of current and future champions. Do it here.  Thanks in…

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31.10.2014

EVENT: Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Celebration, Melbourne

Last night, Patek Philippe and LK Boutique hosted a lavish dinner at Crown’s Garden Room, in Melbourne to mark the aspirational brand’s 175th Anniversary and also to open the temporary Patek Philippe Exhibition in the main foyer of Crown, which will remain until November 9th. While the tone of the evening was suitably refined, there was also a spirit of joie de vivre and celebration. As in, it actually felt like a birthday party – and it was a fun one at that, with musical acts that spanned Django Reinhardt era jazz, Rat Pack style lounge bar crooning and a dramatic reimagining of…

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30.10.2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner of the Baume & Mercier and qualia competition!

AND THE WINNER IS…. We are very excited to announce that we have chosen a winner of the Baume & Mercier and qualia competition, brought to you by Time+Tide and our partners Baume & Mercier and Mr & Mrs Smith! The prize is flights for two to Hamilton Island to stay at qualia, “the best resort in Australia (2014)” for two nights and a Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT. Total prize package worth well over $7000. After much deliberation – you guys made it so hard, with so many moving, funny, extraordinary moments – we can announce that the winning entrant is from NSW, Australia.…

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30.10.2014

PHOTOGRAPHY: Shooting the Girard-Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon

Time+Tide photographer Kristian Dowling met his match recently when he was pitted against the Girard-Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon in a thrilling photographic duel. The timepiece presents all kinds of complexities to shoot. It is the last Jackpot piece produced by the manufacture and retails for $903,00AUD. We spoke to KD after the intensive man vs metal experience. These were his thoughts: Why was it so hard to shoot? Why was the front of the piece so tough in particular? The watch is total bling and has a lot of reflective surfaces. Avoiding reflections was the biggest problem to overcome, especially when…

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27.10.2014

EVENT: James Magnussen wants YOU on his Mo’rice Lacroix Movember Team

THE CALL TO ACTION For the second year running, Maurice Lacroix is mobilising men (and women – or ‘Mo Sistas’ for short) all over the world to join one of their 14 Movember teams, each captained by a local ambassador. ML is the proud timekeeper of the global fundraising event. Australia’s crew will be headed up by serious unit James Magnussen. Time+Tide followers have been personally invited by Magnussen to join the cause. He says: “I am proud to partner with Movember and Maurice Lacroix to raise the profile and contribute to the public conversation around men’s health issues.” The best fundraiser in the team…

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22.10.2014

VIDEO: 14 times your heart just couldn’t handle watching this Patek Philippe video

I don’t want to get too Buzzfeed here – FYI the title is wholly stolen from a One Direction related post – but these are genuine moments of shock and emotion experienced watching the mini-movie about the making of the Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary 5175R Grandmaster Chime and I want to share them. Because shock and emotion is why we are into watches. They can be the catalyst for feelings. In this case, the shock was totally compounded by the fact that a watch video could move me at all. We see SO many of them these days. You know…

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13.10.2014

FEATURE: How the humble Swatch saved Switzerland (and the Swiss watch industry)

It was April 2013 at Baselworld Watch Fair and Nick Hayek was sitting with a panel at the launch of the Swatch Sistem51. He took the opportunity to school the packed room on why Swatch still matters, and the place the humble wristwatch has in the modern history of high-end watchmaking. Notebooks out, no talking, these are the 7 Facts that matter about this eminently affordable mechanical marvel that was called “A sensation! A revolution!” by watchinsider.com and a “Bolt of lightning” by jewelleryeditor.com All of the following are direct quotes from Nick Hayek, who was on fire. 1. THE SWATCH SAVED SWITZERLAND…

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10.10.2014

INTERVIEW: Meeting Apple’s Marc Newson (WATCH PICS)

With the news that Australian designer and multidisciplinary artist Marc Newson is to join friend Jony Ive at Apple still ringing in everyone’s ears, it’s probably a good time to look at one of their earlier collaborations; a wristwatch they co-designed for Bono’s (RED) auction in November which raised $26.2-million for charity. The watch alone, pictured below – in all its grainy iPhone glory – was listed as an item worth $10-$15,000. When I met Marc and he told me the story he said, “I think it sold for $300,000 or something.” It was $365,000 to be precise. So reason…

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01.10.2014

WATCHSPOTTING: George Clooney wore an Omega De Ville Trésor at his wedding

Yes, it’s confirmed. George Clooney wore an Omega De Ville Trésor at his wedding. But that’s not the story. The story is that he could have worn anything from the Omega stable and it would have made sense. But first, just put yourself in George Clooney’s position for a moment. You’re an Omega ambassador. You have every.single.Omega.in.the.history.of.mankind at your disposal for your wedding day. Which do you choose? For a man as classic, as sartorial, as smooth as Clooney it had to be from the De Ville family. This was already a lock, right? Not necessarily. First, can you imagine him in a…

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30.09.2014

INTERVIEW: Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega Part 2

The Speedmaster Professional is the pride of the Omega collection for its amazing story (first watch on the moon), but now it’s slipped to basically an entry level piece in terms of price – any plans to move it back upmarket? Well, it’s not really the intention to keep it low, but it’s true what the gentleman is saying there. It’s true it’s become now a sort of entry price, we’ve upped that a little bit by presenting it into that new box, it’s now sold as ‘the Moon Watch’, in a box with a special instrument to change to…

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29.09.2014

INTERVIEW: Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega Part 1

When Omega launched the Dark Side of the Moon in Sydney recently, Time+Tide was invited to interview President Stephen Urquhart. We took this opportunity to open things up to our readers and asked for questions that they would like put to the President of not only one of the watch world’s powerhouse brands, but of the luxury industry in general. Omega are the envy of everyone from Louis Vuitton to Lanvin. And even by their own lofty standards, they’re currently on a roll. Data from the latest World Watch Report (by the Digital Luxury Group) places them as the top brand in…

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25.09.2014

IN THE MEDIA: Redefining the dress watch in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

In an ongoing series of stories for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew looks at the gentrification of utilitarian ‘tool watches’. In which he reminds people that once upon an ancient time, when our grandfathers roamed the earth as young men, these multifunctional machines were actually used for things. Manly things. Scuba-diving and flying aeroplanes and driving cars really fast etc. Starring pieces by Longines, Panerai, IWC, Rolex, Cartier, Blancpain, Frederique Constant, Girard-Perregaux and IWC.

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19.09.2014

IN THE MEDIA: Felix talks watch carry on Carryology (rest of the team cheers)

Carryology is flat out one of our favourite sites. Who are they? “Essentially, we’re here to discover, discuss and disseminate new and better ways to carry,” their website says. “We figure if we can act as something of a campfire for the carry community to gather around, then we should all win from the insights we gain.” We are avid fans. There’s something about bags, folios, wallets, pouches that strikes a freedom chord. Where in the world, or in nature, could you go with the right haversack? How organised and perfect could your working life be with the right laptop bag?…

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18.09.2014

BREAKING NEWS: Omega sell 18K solid gold Aqua Terra for $125k – PICS

To honour a James Bond film that none of the Time+Tide team were alive to see when it came out 50 years ago, Goldfinger, OMEGA has gone to the smelter to create a one-of-a-kind Seamaster Aqua Terra in a rippling 18K yellow gold. This ‘piece unique’ sold for $125kAUD on Wednesday 17th September as part of an online auction that celebrated the renowned James Bond film. True to watch auction form of late, (and also here, at the ‘Red’ Auction put on by Jony Ive and Bono, with a little help from Marc Newson. We tried the watch on here.) the winning bid…

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18.09.2014

IN THE MEDIA: Andrew’s story on Australian watches in The Weekly Review today

Australian-based watch brands? Yes, there is such a thing. I recently did a column for The Weekly Review – where I am ‘MAN OF STEEL’, insert Superman music – on three relatively new Australian brands trying to capture the imagination of our people and the spirit of our great country in their timepieces. It was interesting to me in the writing of this story just how different their perspectives and visions for uniquely Australian watches actually were. One honed in our heritage, another on our character (‘dangerous men’) and one is literally mining the natural elements for display in the crown. All,…

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16.09.2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: A Day in the Life of Time+Tide

A DAY (AND A BIT) IN THE LIFE OF TIME+TIDE We’ve had some emails and comments on Insta re life in the Time+Tide office. Where in the world are we? Who works there? What’s a typical day like? Is Time+Tide run from a hollowed out volcano? A picture speaks a thousand words, so we thought we’d just show you a day in the life – in words and pictures. It was last Friday, with a little bit of Thursday night thrown in. Thursday- 9pm Getting ready for second interview with Sydney talk-radio host Clive Robertson (on 2UE). Invited on to…

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15.09.2014

14 Inspiring Quotes from James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

A few weeks ago I interviewed adventurer, diver and occasional film-maker James Cameron on his recent, Jules Verne-esque descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. That time we focussed mainly on his two Rolex watches – one of which he’s worn for 30 years, the other of which is a brand new tribute to his recent Deepsea Challenge expedition. But this only tells half of the story. On the same night, our shooter Kristian and I were privileged to also watch the first Australian screening of the ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ documentary. I’m not usually one to scribble notes during a movie, but in…

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11.09.2014

VIDEO: Patina and Pierrick Boyer

In the first of a series of regular videos, Time+Tide founder Andrew McUtchen meets world-renowned pastry chef Pierrick Boyer in his patisserie bright and early one Melbourne morning. THE BACKSTORY We knew a little bit about Pierrick Boyer when we asked him to be in the first ever Time+Tide video. We knew he liked Panerai. We knew he liked Instagram. We knew he liked posting shots of Panerai watches on Instagram. And, we had a hunch he had something to do with desserts. Because precisely 85% of his photos have curly bits of chocolate in them. In other words, we…

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10.09.2014

VIDEO: Three things we really did not see coming in the Pierrick Boyer shoot

The debut Time+Tide video launched this morning, check it out here. We knew a little bit about Pierrick Boyer when we asked him to be in the first ever Time+Tide video. We knew he liked Panerai. We knew he liked Instagram. We knew he liked posting shots of Panerai watches on Instagram. And, we had a hunch he had something to do with desserts. Because precisely 85% of his photos have curly bits of chocolate in them. Turns out we didn’t know much at all. Here are just three surprises from the video. The rest are our treat. 1. HE CARRIES…

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06.09.2014

MY WATCH JOURNEY: Denis Napthine

A short explanatory note: Denis Napthine is the current leader of the Liberal Party and Premier of the great state of Victoria, Australia. This brief watch story is the happy byproduct of an interview I did with his wife Peggy, to appear in another magazine. It is in no way a political endorsement. We invite and encourage the opposition leader (of the Australian Labor Party) Daniel Andrews and the leader of the Greens, Greg Barber to submit their own watch stories with a pic. We will hit your team up on social media Mr Andrews and Mr Barber; all’s fair in love,…

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17.08.2014

PHOTO REPORT: Omega Dark Side of the Moon Australian Launch

Before we begin the photo report, let’s recap one important detail. The ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (DSOTM) Speedmaster released at Basel 2013 in black ceramic took precisely 19 years to get right, or as Head of Product at Omega Jean-Claude Monachon says “to get it to a point where Omega would be satisfied to release it”. The already verging on iconic timepiece is kind of a big deal for the venerable Swiss maison; you might even say epic. And epic is the only word that could sum up the launch for the DSOTM, at Fox Studios, Sydney, the location…

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Tudor Heriage Ranger 05.08.2014

COMPETITION: Where would you take the new Tudor Heritage Ranger?

On the 14th August, TUDOR is hosting an experience dedicated to the brand and its new collection. For the chance to be one of five Time+Tide subscribers who will join the Time+Tide team to this exclusive showcase event, just tell us where in the world you would most like to take the new TUDOR Heritage Ranger, and why? Mountain-biking in the Otways? Horse-riding in the High Country? Or just to the urban wilds of your local pub…? Let us know below. *Competition open to Melbourne residents only. *Event to take place at a Melbourne CBD location on the evening of August 14th. *Your entry may…

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30.07.2014

WATCH IN THE WILD: BREITLING EMERGENCY

Often, when you’re considering buying a watch you’ll think to yourself, “I wonder who else wears this piece?” We can all see that David Beckham and John Travolta wear a Breitling in the ads, but what about IRL? The watch I’m most often stumped by, personally speaking, is the Breitling Emergency. While its brute size is just plain boss and its functionality reassuring (though in the urban wilds the only emergency I commonly face is – Help, stop. Hungover, stop. Dying, stop. Send Grill’d chips, stop.) it’s the furthest thing from practical for a daily wear. Especially if you don’t have…

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25.05.2014

INTERVIEW: 9 Things I Learned From Nico Rosberg

Before we get into the lessons in life, let’s begin with IWC-sponsored Rosberg’s wrist game. What can we learn there? Well, a few things actually. One, that a Big Pilot is a perfect sartorial match for a racing firesuit. And two, that the new, dressier Aquatimer models pair surprisingly well with a suit. We discovered this firsthand when we caught up with Rosberg a second time at the “Inside the Wave” Gala at SIHH 2014. Note the evidence below… With the important business out of the way, let’s begin the story proper with Nico and numerology. You see, he recently changed the…

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05.05.2014

OUR FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE

100 days is a long time in rock’n’roll and in watches. For us, it was two Swiss watch fairs (with approximately 500 watches tried on at each!) it was writing, producing and printing a short-run mini-magazine (well, more of a newspaper), it was a website built and a steadily growing team of contributors, followers and staff. It was lots of things we planned and predicted and just as many things we did not. We think the latter makes for better entertainment, so please find below the 9 things we did NOT expect to happen in our first 100 days of…

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16.04.2014

OUR FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE: Top 10 Instagram Posts (By Popularity)

It’s one of those serendipitous things. As we approach 100 days in office at Time+Tide we are also right on the cusp of 5000 followers. It’s true that we’re Australian, and we celebrate everything, but we feel like celebrating. More wine, waiter please! The first order of business is purely democratic. What were the 10 posts you loved the most on Instagram? They’re all here, in no particular order. To be shortly followed by a Time+Tide Team Nominated 9 Best Moments – the thrills, spills and persistent mancrushes (@eastwoodlivin) that have happened behind the scenes.

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14.04.2014

BREAKING NEWS: Meet the new CEO of Rolex, Jean-Frédéric Dufour

GAME OF THRONES: FROM ZENITH TO THE BIG CROWN Where do you go from the Zenith of your career? The answer for ex-CEO of Zenith, Jean-Fréd éric Dufour is Rolex, the company he once described as the ‘Goliath’ in the Swiss watchmaking industry. Big news today in the Swiss watchmaking industry, with word that Rolex has poached Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour as its new CEO. Dufour was appointed to Zenith in June 2009, taking over the reigns following the controversial period under Thierry Nataf. Dufour led a revival of the Zenith brand over the last five years, scrapping the Defy…

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14.04.2014

NEWS: 6 Things Everybody Should Know About the New CEO of Rolex, Jean Frédéric Dufour

  6 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CEO OF ROLEX, JEAN FRÉDÉRIC DUFOUR 1.    He was with a Swiss bank in Hong Kong for six months at the very beginning of his career, but since then he has been in the watch industry. “I started in sales and then moved to the production side, and was in charge of developing production plans, then moved back to sales, then to marketing, and to product development. My whole life has been dedicated to trying to produce beautiful watches.” 2.    He started a long way off a CEO salary: “One of…

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Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso 13.04.2014

THE STORY BEHIND THE JAEGER-LECOULTRE REVERSO

The year is 1931 and we lay our scene in colonial India… British Army Officers found themselves in a spot of bother. During their regular polo matches they found that their beloved timepieces were vulnerable to ‘bumps’, ‘back shots’ and the wild swings of mallet heads. Smashed dials and cracked cases were all too common. But how could a chap leave one’s watch on the bench when knowing the time remaining in each of the six ‘chukkas’ was so important? Not an everyday dilemma by today’s standards, but one Jaeger-LeCoultre took seriously and solved with a stunning and simple development:…

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12.04.2014

A SHORT HISTORY OF ROLEX

In 1929, the headlines of the London Daily Mail didn’t just suggest, they shouted: “The Wonder Watch, that Defies the Elements”. Yes, each word was capitalised, and yes, it was all true. The Rolex Oyster, buckled firmly to the wrist of English swimmer Mercedes Gleitze had indeed lasted the 10-hour open water swim of the English Channel “without injury”. The full-page advertisement went on to describe the “Triumph in Watch-making” that was achieved when the Mercedes’ toes touched the chalk rocks of the UK with a watch that, “after careful examination”, still kept perfect time and was untouched by corrosion and…

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25.03.2014

Off the Cuff: Interviewing Matt Miller

 Matthew Miller first came to our attention with his ingenious take on a street style blog, which he calls the ‘Daily Fashion Project’. Rather than just photograph his daily subject, Miller, under the nom de plume ‘Sunflowerman’, actually paints them in simple watercolour portraits. Epitomising the notion that less can be more Miller manages to capture the nuanced nature of identity using a spare number of broad-strokes. He shows, for example, how the way you hold yourself, and the way you pose for a portrait, can express your style as much as your outfit. There is, however, a problem with…

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24.03.2014

WATCHSPOTTING

Watch lovers are fully aware by now that their interest in timepieces doesn’t check out at the doors to a movie theatre, or on the couch, enjoying their favourite television programs. In fact, that passion only intensifies in these places, as the horophiles’ eyes dart to the wrists of actors and actresses on the screen. This section is dedicated not to reviewing movies, but to reviewing the watches placed in movies. We are assessing the choice based on whether the story and the aesthetic of the timepiece is a good fit with the character wearing it. A very Time+Tide approach…

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22.03.2014

MY WATCH JOURNEY: Pierrick Boyer Interview

Pierrick Boyer is a master pastry chef living, in the words of Frank Ocean, one sweet life. He is excited daily by the act of balancing “unusual and untested combinations” of ingredients at his patisserie in Melbourne, La Petit Gateaux. If a picture paints a thousand words, then one of Pierrick’s avocado and chocolate tarts paints many thousand more; one for every taste bud that dances to his culinary creations. In the interests of full disclosure I should confess that Pierrick arrived at the interview bearing a chocolate chilli mango dessert that left my ears ringing. No words. It’s lucky,…

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