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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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21.09.2020

VIDEO: A detailed tour of Jaeger-LeCoultre's 2020 releases with the CEO, Catherine Rénier

There are certain experiences we have on a regular basis at Time+Tide that you may not be aware of, or have shared in any way. Yes, even you, hardcore fans. COVID-19 has made it possible for us to bring you in on it. It's the presentation of the watches. The way we learn about them. And who we learn from. For those outside the industry, it's likely to be a trusted boutique manager, or favourite salespeople at your local AD. For us, it's either the people that were behind the creation of the watches or the local brand managers that…

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21.09.2020

RECOMMENDED READING: Tom Hardy "all but locked in" to strap on Omega as the next James Bond, says GQ

Tom Hiddleston? Idris Elba? Perhaps, for the first time, a woman? Who will be James Bond when Daniel Craig steps out of the role after No Time To Die? GQ Australia believes they have the answer. "Movie news blog The Vulcan Reporter, run by Twitter scooper Vullein, has seemingly picked up the scoop that Tom Hardy has been locked in as the next James Bond after successfully auditioning for the role back in June," GQ Australia writes. "Vullein elaborated on Twitter, saying, "I heard about this news back in June. At that point, Hardy's casting wasn't official but he had…

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20.09.2020

The dream brief: "No deadline, no restrictions on budget, no pressure." Eric Ku's Audemars Piguet restoration will make you melt

The absolutely magical story embedded in our latest Watch & Chill Episode revolves around the unusual story of Eric Ku's vintage Audemars Piguet chronograph restoration. To say the watch is rare is laughably inadequate. There are 307 vintage-era Audemars Piguet chronographs in existence. Every single one of them is a piece unique (more about that in the video, see below). When Eric acquired one (his second, and yes, he is a lucky man) and decided to restore it to as close as possible to its former glory, he called Audemars Piguet. His brief to the team, including Michael Friedman, was…

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18.09.2020

RECOMMENDED READING: How Hermès got away from LVMH – and thrived

Editor's note: How did Hermès not only survive, but manage to thrive after resisting a takeover bid from LVMH? This story tells the tale. And leaves out what might be the best bit for us, as watch lovers. Which is Hermès' ongoing ascendancy in watchmaking. Who could forget the extraordinary Arceau L'heure de la lune  to name just one?   In the autumn of 2010 Le Tout-Paris of business braced for the sad, if predictable, end of an era. After 173 years and six generations, Hermès, a purveyor of handbags to bankers and neckties to their husbands, was to become…

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18.09.2020

This hour-long Watch & Chill video about the Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 starring Eric Ku is essential viewing

There are certain projects that draw you in from the minute they commence. When Michael Friedman, the Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, and his team floated the idea of a round table on Zoom with collector and watch dealer Eric Ku on the subject of a watch I find insanely compelling – the [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph – it took me no time at all to jump. Hell yes, we were in. But before you jump in, may I offer a serving suggestion? Clear your diary for the next hour (and four minutes). Sit somewhere comfortable. Don't grab a drink,…

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18.09.2020

11 classic '80s watches that will give '80s kids shocking flashbacks

Editor's note: We published this story at the height of Stranger Things mania, but it's just as fun to check in on anytime for '80s kids like me. Well, fun? Depends how well you deal with the flashbacks… The '80s were Nerd City, peppered with popped polo shirts and pie-crust collars, Slime, The Breakfast Club, pommes noisettes, Pop Rocks candy and brine shrimp pets masquerading as Sea-Monkey kits. Against this neon, fad-filled haze emerges the '80s saving graces – the best pop music in history and watches that either embraced new technology or new money. Here's 11 (see what we did…

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17.09.2020

The strong will get stronger, and the weak "will eventually disappear", Jean-Claude Biver assesses the pandemic

We spoke to Jean-Claude Biver recently for an upcoming feature-length video, and while we were on Zoom, the conversation turned to the pandemic. We took the opportunity to ask him some pointed questions about the industry's recovery. How long does he think it will take? Who will be the winners and losers? He also shared a "magical equation" that applies if you can "make the crisis your friend." How is this crisis different to others you've experienced? "It's not the first crisis we've seen, certainly for me. I've been in the watch industry since 1974 and this crisis that we…

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15.09.2020

8 watches that are affordable and still get the nod from watch snobs

Editor's note: It's high time we updated this list, with some new additions knocking firmly on the door in 2020. But before we do that, we have to say, the logic still holds. All watches here are indeed at the right end of the value scale, and all well and truly get the nod from watch aficionados in the room.   If you're just getting in to watches, you don't have to spend a lot to have a diverse and interesting collection to choose from. Here are some of the best affordable watches, that will still turn heads among your watch friends.…

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12.09.2020

This is the Rolex you can't believe has just been discontinued (and these comments reveal how upset you are)

Editor's note: Earlier in the week, I wrote about 'The Rolex that got away' in reference to the rhodium dial OP ref. 114300. Turns out my tastes are not aligned with a huge majority of readers. We have since received more than 100 DMs, comments and emails decrying not the loss of this model, but the white dial OP at 39mm. "How could they discontinue the OP 39mm with the white dial," asked @jonathonbrown24. @grayhayes joined in: "The white was so good." "I was saving and looking for the 39 in white," mourned @dnafty. "I have the white dial OP ……

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Bulgari Aluminium collection 10.09.2020

3 explosive quotes from emerging industry leader and Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin about Rolex, Baselworld and the future

Cometh the crisis, cometh the man. Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari, has grown in stature yet again over the last six months as Bulgari has taken a militant stance against COVID-19. Whether it's delivering Bulgari hand sanitiser to hospitals to assist in their fight against this deadly virus, or delivering a fair with 16 of his friends in Geneva in the absence of Basel and SIHH (Geneva Watch Days, or GWD from here), the permanently tanned and uncannily youthful Babin has been even more active than usual. Which is why, when it was decided that we would attend GWD with…

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Lange & Heyne Georg 09.09.2020

Instagram macro photography sensation @Horomariobro joins us to explain his most popular posts, starting with Lang & Heyne

There is an endless succession of fads, curiosities and sensations on social media. @horomariobro is not one of them. And if you need to stop now and follow him, we'll forgive you. His extraordinary macro photography and videography, coupled with insightful commentary on what his lens has captured, has hit Instagram with the force of a revelation. When it comes to dropping the knowledge, Mr Mario speaks in frank layman's terms that any fan can understand. Sometimes he's awed. Sometimes he's disappointed. But always, he's interesting beyond belief. Every single post is a must-read. It's not over the top to say he's become a conscience for…

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08.09.2020

The Rolex that got away. The now discontinued rhodium Oyster Perpetual 39mm that I will never own…

Editor's note: The real surprise from Rolex's new releases last week for me? Not 1mm. Not candy pink. Nope. The stomach-clenching moment came when I learned that the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300 would be discontinued. And the thing is, it's just about the last model I would have ever worried about losing. The Air-King? Shocked it's still around to be honest. The Explorer II? Due for a refresh. But a watch as classic and perennially on-trend as a 39mm OP? ESPECIALLY in that Goldilocks 39mm size? My eyebrows are still raised. And by saying that I've "lost access" to it, of course,…

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04.09.2020

This is not the watch you think it is… firstly, it's from 5 years ago. Eric Ku tells the story of his Rolex 'Shark' Submariner…

Eric Ku is the kind of watch collector who does it his way. If he sees the bezel of another watch that better matches the case and the dial than the factory one, he'll source it, and he'll change it. Granted, though, when he did exactly this with a no-date Rolex Submariner around five years ago, times were different. "Back in the day, parts availability on the secondary market were easier to come by," he says. When the watch we're discussing was posted on his Instagram feed (an essential follow – @fumanku), the comments lit up. What? How? When? I…

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04.09.2020

Glashütte Original are having a breakout 2020, this video celebrates our favourite models

Glashütte Original has had a year that few, if anyone, could have ever predicted. They have gone from eye-catching but niche Sixties Editions in lurid colours in 2019 and 2018 to what was declared by many that watched our video earlier in the year to be the best watch released at Virtual Basel – the Sixties Edition with Glacier Blue Dial. The momentum has been further intensified by mainstream dive watch beauties in the new SeaQ divers, in fetching and once again eye-catching combinations of two-tone and even diamonds in a 39.5mm model. It's all vibrant, and exciting stuff from…

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01.09.2020

We filmed behind-the-scenes at Geneva Watch Days to show you what a watch fair is like in 2020 (it's as weird as the year itself)

As Georges Kern, Patrick Pruniaux, Jean-Christophe Babin and a dozen-or-so other watch CEOs stood on stage in a moment of solidarity to pose for a group photo, behind them a big Geneva Watch Days sign went largely unnoticed, obstructed from view by the hussy of wrist-displaying head hunchos. Some smiled, some straightened their ties and some were dressed rather fashionably in smart suits and sneakers. Collectively, they looked a mixture of relieved and underwhelmed to be there.  That they were stood in front of no more than 70 people – 80 per cent of which were colleagues – is where…

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video tribute doxa sub 300 29.08.2020

We made a tribute video to the baddest DOXA ever, which is about to sell out

It's no secret that we are massive fanboys (and girls) of DOXA. It's why we're the Australian distributor for the brand. Do we distribute lots of brands? No, just one. We believe DOXA offer some of the best bang for buck on the market for the watch lover – whether it's at the higher end in watches like this, the COSC-certified carbon, dive-ready SUB 300 Aqualung Carbon US Divers Limited Edition, which we covered in-depth here. Or at the entry level, with the superb DOXA SUB 200, in just about all the colours of the rainbow. So, with just 5…

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28.08.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: The return of the event and the revenge of the nerds

This week involved not one, but two Time+Tide events and, of course, a very significant one for the industry, which was Geneva Watch Days. We were there, with Marcus, our Creative Director, and a good friend, Mike Christensen, running the show — there are some delicious, funny and quirky videos in production from the event that we'll be sharing very soon! Here is one shot to whet your appetite for a brand the boys checked in on on their travels: Hublot and the Big Bang Unico Sky Blue. The first event of ours was in Sydney to celebrate the arrival of…

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girard perregaux laureato chronograph review 23.08.2020

Why I bought the 42mm Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph with blue dial (and drank my own Kool-Aid)

Editor's note: Thor's story earlier today about the battle of the Girard-Perregaux Laureatos sent me back in time to my own Laureato experience. And it's not an entirely happy one. Because it involves me doing perhaps my biggest ever U-turn. But the story gets even more awkward. Because shortly after writing this review, and then reading the story on Time+Tide (luxuriating once again in Jason Reekie's startling pics) I called a local dealer (Hi, Bernard), arranged an inspection, and the rest was history. How do I feel about it a year later? The force remains strong. I love it now more than…

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21.08.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: The best watches of Scandinavia, exhibitions in New York and a new collection for the skies

Time+Tide has always been proudly Australian-based, and, whenever required, Aussie-centric. If you didn't know this before earlier this year, you would have learned it then. Our country was ravaged by bushfires, and many of you reading came to our aid by supporting an auction we held to help out. But that is all a distant memory. What is more current is that we have not been all about Down Under this week, and that's been refreshing. At the weekend we encouraged New Yorkers to get down to the Nature of Time Experience that our writer Zach Blass attended and highly…

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19.08.2020

Seiko 5 Sports x STREET FIGHTER V Editions just released, and they are wild – preorder here

I was always a Blanka man. There was something about the key combination to make him bring the voltage that came naturally to me. That same charge of electricity will be running through Seiko fans the world over with the news that Seiko has just released a Seiko 5 Sports collection dedicated to Street Fighter, and specifically its latest iteration in Street Fighter V. Get ready for the fight, because Seiko is bringing it with these models. They are wild. And, most impressively, each of the six models is truly idiosyncratic and true to its character. These have the fingerprints…

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18.08.2020

Our interview with Jocko Willink, and a daily shot of his Timex, is the motivation we all need right now

Editor's note: When Luke wrote this post, a few months back, I had no idea who Jocko Willink was. We had an interview opportunity, he sounded like a badass, he loved his Timex, all good, sure, let's do it. Reading it, I felt a spark of motivation, and wanted to learn more about his psychotic sub-5am fitness routines. But time marched on, life kept throwing us lemons down here in Australia, and voila, we're back in lockdown, and I'm back in my home gym in my garage, trying to make lemonade. Read: listening to podcasts, trying to work out on…

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15.08.2020

VIDEO: Revisiting the Rolex GMT-Master II 'Root Beer' in Everose Rolesor with Oyster Bracelet

Editor's note: In preparation for an epic upcoming article that tracks a year on the wrist with the Rolex Root Beer, we thought we'd revisit this video that comprehensively positions it among its 2018 crop of sports watches. Watch it for side by side comparisons with the Full Everose version and the Pepsi, which largely hogged the limelight in the beginning. It's a great refresher on the model, before the soon-to-be-dropped deep dive into what it's like to own and wear the model on a regular basis. The interesting thing to note from the copy below, which was written when we released the video, is…

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14.08.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: The barn find edition, how to hunt for valuable vintage and what to look out for

It was one of our most popular 'who to follow' posts ever. @barnfindwatches stepped up to the plate way back in 2017 to share some of his secrets as a master bargain hunter. His key takeaways are below, but before we get into them, let's call out something important. The massive spike in traffic when the story went live revealed a truth that remains unchanged to this day. There is nothing quite like a barn find to light up a watch lover. Like a match to Indiana Jones' methylated spirits-soaked torch in a cave, it ignites the mind. Visions of…

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14.08.2020

NEWS: Smartwatches set for 10% decline in 2020, while wearables power on in the pandemic, up 137%

We recently reported that the Apple watch has gone from strength to strength in the last reporting period, and now outsells the entire Swiss watch industry to the tune of 10 million watches. Smartwatches, as a category however, are not exactly sweeping all before them in 2020. While wearables have seen significant growth over the past several years – largely due to their usefulness to the medical market in addressing spiraling healthcare costs, aging populations, and the burden of chronic disease – smartwatches have not been immune from COVID-19's crippling effects. Delays in production mean that the number of smartwatch…

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07.08.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: This one goes out to the watches that got away

Is there any question that lights up a watch lover more than this one: What is the watch that got away? The answer is always interesting. Always! And it can plumb the very depths of emotion. You will likely see a visible wince, followed by regret, anger and recriminations flashing across the storyteller's face as he or she relives the episode as they talk about it. As part of our editorial meeting on Monday, the question was floated to the whole team. James' face was racked with pain as he relived passing on a 16520 Daytona. "While I was at…

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17.07.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: To all the girls (and boys) who have written to us over the years …

Despite the temptation to re-tune our tiny violins and cry to the world that our virus numbers have skyrocketed and that we're all on the brink of yet another endless day indoors, I'm going to flip this one to the positive and talk about the kinds of amazing, heartening and impressive letters and emails we get in here on a daily basis. Not every few days, or every few weeks. Every single day. It's incredible. Please don't stop. And if you'd like to start, do it here. (There is, as always, a standard and perpetual apology here to those who…

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16.07.2020

The Seiko Prospex LX SNR035J looks like it's been sent to put a hit on anyone that questions its (high) price point

Editor's note: There's the simple fact that Seiko are turning up the heat on the Swiss watch industry, and then there's the way they're doing it. Both are 100% worth taking note of. For example, let's re-examine the Seiko Prospex LX SNR035J, a high-spec Spring Drive GMT at a shade under $8000AUD, that carries with it a murdered out vibe. In the metal, it borders on menacing. It is sleeker than your average Seiko diver, with muscular shoulders. It is pared back of anything that is not absolutely necessary for it to do its job to an elite level. It is awesome. Seeing…

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12.07.2020

The ultimate dad-watch for the COVID-lockdown trenches is the Full Metal G-Shock GMW-B5000V

Editor's note: Let's not sugar coat this one. Parenting is a total and utter shitshow in a COVID-19 lockdown. And Melbourne, the home of Time+Tide, is back in it. FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS. We can leave our houses for one of only four reasons. And going to your local watch retailer to check out the new TAG Heuer Chronosport collection is not one of them. We'll put the violins away, but for hands-on parents, this has an impact on the wrist. Because daily care of children, especially small ones, requires an elite beater. The home schooling. The endless catering…

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08.07.2020

Which Grand Seiko Snowflake is right for you? Four models that show the stunning dial's diversity

Editor's note: When people talk about the Grand Seiko Snowflake as being one watch, they are in fact forgoing the many and varied shades of snow that Grand Seiko has showered us with since the OG became almost a pillar in itself. Here, we choose a Snowflake for every season, to show the nuance and subtle colourings that distinguish each model and show its versatility. By the end of this detailed article, you should know which particular type of snowflake is right for you.    For many, Grand Seiko is synonymous with Snowflake, and for years there was only one Grand…

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03.07.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 5 varied reactions to the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue and one ecstatic review of the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

The world has kept spinning through the ongoing horrors of COVID-19 that continue to unfold day to day. And, excluding a brief golfing ban in Australia — that also stretched, quite bizarrely, to kayaking and stand up paddle boarding — plenty of people have sought respite from cabin fever on the course. Me, on the other hand, I'm not a golfer. I'm a perfect mix of low skills and high standards, with a peppering of competitiveness. It makes me a nightmare to tee off against. So, when the new TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition landed in our mail room, neither I…

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26.06.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Let's admit it, we use our kids as excuses to buy watches, and other stories

Here are some little-known facts about the Friday Wind Down, which has been published pretty consistently on a Friday since 2015:  Fact #1 — There have been 143 Friday Wind Downs.  Fact #2 — ALL of them, every single one, was written on a Friday. Fact #3 — It's fair to say that practically all have been written on or after 3pm on the Friday. The professional reason for this is that we want to make sure we don't miss anything, and push it deep into the Friday paint to make sure of it. The other, closer to the truth, reason is…

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5 most unattainable watches 24.06.2020

Is this the most discreet model in Rolex's entire line-up?

Editor's note: The recent video and segment that explored Rolex predictions with our talented friends at Monochrome caused us to go back through recent releases with fresh eyes. One watch that stood out, for not standing out, is the Rolex Yacht-Master 42mm in white gold. This curious dichotomy was picked up on by Sandra, the writer of this review, at the time. She dares to call it "the most discreet model in Rolex's entire line-up". That definitely warrants a second look!  If you weren't paying close attention you could easily miss the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 in white gold. And I…

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18.06.2020

VIDEO: Time+Tide and DOXA contribute a sexy carbon SUB 300 Aqualung US Divers Limited Edition to Revolution x The Rake's Covid-19 Solidarity Auction

It was recently decided in a 15-second phone call between myself and DOXA CEO Jan Edocs that Time+Tide and DOXA would jointly contribute a SUB 300 Carbon Aqualung US Divers Edition to the Revolution x The Rake Covid-19 solidarity auction. The auction has raised a staggering $193,559USD so far, with four days left to bid. You can read more about the auction at our post here. To bid on the watch, hit right here. To read more about it, dip back in here. In a Zoom call recorded last night, Jan and I spoke with Revolution founder Wei Koh about the intentions…

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17.06.2020

VIDEO: The Top 10 watches of Virtual Baselworld 2020, inc. Hublot, Longines, Seiko, Casio and Hamilton

Any Seinfeld fans will know what I'm talking about when I say that the Home Delivery Watch Fair, where we re-created both SIHH (or Watches & Wonders, as it's known now) and Baselworld, was more akin to Kramer's version of the Merv Griffin show than it was a real watch fair. As in, it was me and a cameraperson in our studio alone, pretending we were a TV show and throwing to random footage – most of it ours from over the years, and a fair bit of it, uh, not ours. In the last episode things blew open. It…

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13.06.2020

VIDEO: It's part 3/3 of (pretend) Baselworld 2020, buckle up for 40 minutes of Seiko, Grand Seiko and Chris Hemsworth from his home in Byron Bay

Well, it's been almost better than the real thing, and certainly as epic in terms of the length of the videos, but it's over – it's part 3 of 3 of our Home Delivery Watch Fair Basel Edition! And to finish, we're doing what we do at the end of all watch fairs. A list. Now, before you proceed, know this. It's a fatally flawed list. As is the whole concept, which is wholly intended in the name of fun. The Home Delivery Watch Fairs have been more about re-creating a fair experience for viewers and readers than literally attempting…

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10.06.2020

EVERY WATCH TELLS A STORY: The 6 steps that led to Vinnie's Tudor Pelagos LHD, and the details he loves about it

The path a person has to each watch is more often than not a fascinating one to hear about. In Vinnie's case, and for laughs, this is how it goes in dot points, from point A, not having a Tudor Pelagos LHD to point B, being a proud owner: Step 1. Worked part time job at uni, started making some coin Step 2. Wanted something to celebrate graduating uni Step 3. Thought a watch would be appropriate  Step 4. Is a meticulous buyer so watched lots of videos, read lots of reviews Step 5. What sealed the deal was the…

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06.06.2020

VIDEO: Virtual Baselworld 2020 Part 2 is live, and we have Rolex predictions, a live schnitzel and lots and lots of watches!

The Home Delivery Watch Fair is back, with Part 2 of (pretend) Baselworld! In this episode we have Rolex predictions with Frank from Monochrome, a live schnitzel dinner with beers, and watches from a slew of brands including Rado, Blancpain, Hublot and H. Moser & Cie. Video Giveaways In each of these Home Delivery Watch Fair and Watch & Chill episodes we give something away. The first episode was a Collector's Pack of NOW Magazines. In Baselworld Part 2, we're once again offering two viewers a Time+Tide strap changing tool and an orange single watch pouch, worth a pretty penny.…

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05.06.2020

The week the watch world changed

If you are the kind of person that thinks the watch media should "stay in [their] lane" when it comes to commenting on anything but the latest watch releases, then it's best you scroll on to the next story. This one, like many recent posts by brands and individuals in the industry, is about this week in the world and not just this week in watches. I respect that Time+Tide is a refuge from reality for some and I am not offended if you prefer to leave it that way. Ultimately though, this is a message of hope and optimism.…

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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus white gold 02.06.2020

VIDEO: The new A. Lange & Söhne ghost grey Odysseus is 50% more expensive but 100% more awesome than the debut model

When the price tag of a wristwatch is more akin to a house or a McLaren supercar, there are a certain amount of bells and whistles you want to see. With A. Lange & Söhne's Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in white gold, there may not be bells, but you can see the aggressively sculpted hammers striking the snaking gongs in an ingeniously simple way. Instead of ringing the hours, quarters, and minutes like a 'regular' minute repeater, A. Lange & Söhne replicate the numerically digital time display with a low gong for hours, followed by double strikes for every ten minutes,…

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02.06.2020

Purple reign, purple reign: Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet, a high-frequency colour for a high-frequency chrono

Watch press releases are guilty of purple prose on a daily basis. But you can forgive Zenith a poetic, purple turn of phrase or two here, because what they have brought together in the Defy 21 Ultraviolet – which is the highest frequency colour with a high frequency chronograph, able to measure time to 1/100th of a second. Touché Zenith's storytelling department. The Defy 21 Ultraviolet is the first standalone Defy 21 with a skeletonised dial paired with closed chronograph counters. The Defy 21 El Primero 50th Anniversary edition is the other option, but it was only available as a…

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30.05.2020

VIDEO: Baselworld is not dead! It's on YouTube, including a smoking hot new khaki Longines live on wrist

Never been to Baselworld? We can fix that. Just give us half an hour. In our first of three episodes re-creating the Baselworld experience – with all the things you expect, i.e lots and lots of watches and lots of things you don't – we run through all the new releases from brands that show at Basel including Omega, Longines, Rado, Tissot and Glashütte Original. And we try on two brand new Longines models in the metal, including the first HydroConquest I've ever wanted to buy. In addition to the watches, these are three memorable moments from Part 1. 1. Re-walking…

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29.05.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Brace yourself for virtual Baselworld, and get your mojo back with Navy SEAL Jocko Willinck's inspirational watch

OK, this legit feels like a Friday. It's 3:30, and as we say in Australia, I'm absolutely stinging for a tin. Translation: a cold beer would be very pleasant if you happen to have one? I'm back in the house, out of my pimped-up pool shed that I now call home during the week while lockdown drags on and on. Why? Because it's being properly renovated. If life throws you lockdown, pimp your pool shed is my new motto. A quick Australian COVID-19 update: we are still required to work from home, and business can be penalised if they breach…

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29.05.2020

We've recreated Baselworld 2020 on YouTube over three epic episodes, starting tomorrow. This is what you can expect

The Home Delivery Watch Fair, Watches & Wonders Edition was hands down one of the most ambitious and fun things we've ever attempted. And, judging by the comments, you seemed to enjoy it. That's about all the encouragement we needed to take that positivity forward and tackle the big dance. So, we're doing it again. For Baselworld. But this time, it's bigger. Because it's a virtual Baselworld, and everything is bigger in Baselworld. More watches — there are more than 40 in the full three episodes. More glamour — there are movie stars and adult entertainers. More hangovers — there are cocktails. If the…

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22.05.2020

We've created a lockdown quiz (with a great prize) based on the epic El Primero video, because we're bored too

Ladies, gentlemen, prepare to absolutely slay 35 minutes. And in the process, you're going to put yourself in the running for one of the best two-watch carry options on the market. This week, we launched our second-longest ever YouTube video, and personally I think it's the single best bit of storytelling we've ever put together. It also has Will Ferrell in it, which is another bucket list tick. Also Zenith CEO Julien Tornare, watchmaker and ex-head of the Rolex Service Centre Michael Woods, and Wei Koh, none of whom needs any introduction. Sadly, it has done quite poorly on YouTube. The…

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21.05.2020

VIDEO: Watch our epic video about the new Zenith Chronomaster Manufacture Edition, which includes an invitation from CEO

We have had some moments over the six plus year journey of Time+Tide, and this is certainly one of them. We have been asked by Zenith, one of the great manufactures, to help them launch this – the FINAL El Primero Special Edition in the 50th Anniversary year – the Chronomaster Manufacture Edition. Above is the edited video that does it. There is also a pretty epic feature length video that you can find on our YouTube channel. We'll be talking a little more about this one over the coming days. But put it this way, we have a fair…

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20.05.2020

Omega release summer-fresh new 43.5mm Planet Ocean 36th America's Cup Edition on integrated rubber strap

With the announcement that Omega will be the official timekeeper of the 36th America's Cup comes the release of the brand new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America's Cup Limited Edition. The watch is presented on an eye-catching integrated rubber strap with red lining and contrast white stitching. The 43.50mm Planet Ocean is offered in stainless steel and 'limited' to just 2,021 pieces. The blue ceramic diving bezel is in-filled with white and red liquid ceramic to create a 5-minute countdown for racing. The sympathetic white date wheel should please purists and the red numerals at 6, 9 and 12…

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16.05.2020

Steve wants help with a spreadsheet template for his watch collection, and because it's a pandemic, we're doing a call out

"Thanks for the emails Andrew," the email from Steve begins. "All watch info is appreciated in these boring times." And these boring times are certainly reaching peak levels for poor Steve. The email continues: "I recently spent a couple of days spreadsheeting my watches. I thought there might be a template on the net somewhere to help, but if there is I couldn't find it. I know it's a bit OCD, but I suspect a lot of watch collectors are too." Necessity is the mother of invention, and Steve soldiered on. "I finished with a spreadsheet that features a photo of…

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11.05.2020

You voted on Ellen DeGeneres and Trevor Noah's watches, and the winner is….

The obvious disclaimer in Celebrity Watch Death Match is that we usually choose a small slice of each celebrity's collection to put in the ring for the matchups. The fights are as close to pound for pound as we can manage. The celebrity's broader collection may win the war for them, but – as we have seen this week with Ellen DeGeneres vs Trevor Noah – they can lose the battle. Ellen DeGeneres, owner of one of Hollywood's best decorated wrists, and a true collector in every sense of the word, has lost to Trevor Noah in a fairly fought,…

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10.05.2020

RECOMMENDED READING: Wei Koh's 8000-word watch review is peak pandemic, and we can get behind it

As a journalist, you strive for a long-form commission. A piece to stretch your legs. That you can properly research. That your audience will be forced to create quality time to imbibe. I was reminded of this recently when Josh Shanks from our friends at Watchonista posted a shout-out to the greatest long-form piece of all time on his Facebook: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold by Gay Talese. I hit the link, started reading and then – lo and behold – I stopped multitasking. I sat down. Ten minutes in, I got up and fixed myself a drink. Fifteen minutes in,…

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08.05.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: All aboard the rollercoaster week that was, ride with us from the ecstasy to the agony

It's been a colourful, diverse, emotional rollercoaster of a week in the world, and at Time+Tide. This no doubt has a lot to do with the fact that most of us, wherever we are, have ticked over 50 days in lockdown. We are no exception, and have continued working remotely from our homes, and occasionally checking in at base to pick up watches and play the very odd game of table tennis, once the dust has been wiped off, that is.  And for me, and the team at large, this was the week when we properly got over it. Enough…

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07.05.2020

Baselworld officially cancelled for 2021, though MCH Group considering comeback via "follow-up formats"; journalists just pleased press releases will stop now

In what is surely, surely the last press release relating to the collapse of Baselworld, the MCH Group has announced that it has "taken the decision not to hold Baselworld in 2021". Insert saddest ever meme here. The release also outlines the "amicable" end to a dispute over brands accessing refunds for this year's cancelled fair. It appears some remuneration has now been negotiated and accepted by brands including Rolex, Patek Philippe and TAG Heuer. "I welcome the constructive attitude of the representatives of the MCH Group, which has enabled us to find a balanced solution," says Hubert J. du…

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07.05.2020

EVERY WATCH TELLS A STORY: Hugh flips his Reverso to the family crest side on the weekends, and the reason is interesting…

Hugh has told the story of his customised Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso on Time+Tide before. The tale had such an enthusiastic response from fellow Reverso wearers keen to have their own crests engraved on their watches that we invited Hugh back to tell it again on camera. The appeal of the Reverso is manifold. There is the masculine, confident shape of the case, that made it a perfect fit for men like Don Draper in Mad Men. There is the fact that it's a go-to dress watch weapon for connoisseurs like Jay-Z. And, practically speaking, there is the opportunity to flip it…

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04.05.2020

What is the 'Baselworld Schnitzel Dinner', and why does it matter? 

The first rule about Schnitzel Dinner is that you don't ask to be invited to Schnitzel Dinner. You be nice to Frank from Monochrome. You wait by the inbox. You hope like hell you're going to be in 'the 45'.  The first part was the problem for us at Time+Tide. The Dutchies are just so fun to banter with. Over the years, wisecracking with these fellas – Brice and Frank in particular – in the press lounge has become a precious break from the intensity. Anyway, after a year on the bench (2014), we made the cut and we've been…

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01.05.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: An open letter describing how you schooled us on the place of watches in a pandemic. How can they still matter?

This time a couple of weeks ago, the challenge was set, and it was formidable. A fast approaching watch fair – Watches & Wonders – with no watches in sight. None to have. None to hold. None to video. What choice but to fold? We didn't do that, though. We're Aussies, we don't give up that easy. And also, as newly minted media partners of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH)  – a responsibility that we are honoured to uphold – we had a duty to deliver. Like we talked about in last week's Wind Down, we considered that…

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Doxa SUB 1200T 01.05.2020

EVERY WATCH TELLS A STORY: Andrew's DOXA SUB 1200T and the William Wood Valiant Red Watch face off on each wrist

"Why is he yelling?" someone in the YouTube comments has already asked. And it's a good question. In my first appearance in Every Watch Tells A Story, I am shouting like a person in a particularly noisy pub. That's because, for the shoots that comprise this series that's what the Time+Tide office turns into. A particularly noisy pub.  It's the excitement. It's the enthusiasm. And yes, it's the refreshments that are always flowing. These events, usually based around Club get-togethers or, in this case, an Indie Explorer evening, are ones to let the hair down at. The official brand events are…

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27.04.2020

MICRO MONDAYS: Australian watchmaker Nicholas Hacko's maverick vision, and a reconfirmed 50-year warranty

Editor's note: This week, we have something a little different for Micro Mondays. Instead of an interview, or review, it's an open letter from Sydney-based Australian watchmaker, Nicholas Hacko. It was written for the second edition of NOW Magazine. We featured Nicholas Hacko by way of his kind offer to host a photo shoot starring Aldis Hodge at his watch manufacture in Sydney. The large feature was complemented with an open letter and a single page ad. But, reading this letter again now, it's too good not to share. These are words of fire, that demonstrate the levels of drive –…

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26.04.2020

Andrew's 5 early favourites from Watches & Wonders 2020, inc. Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and a watch named for us!

It was all a bit mad, really. Trying to film an hour-long video that recaps 30-ish new watches, with research consisting of poring over various screens to take in the details of each watch ahead of the shoot. Then wrangling assets, and ringing in friends on Zoom (thank you Sandra, Nick and Christoph!), and achieving a bucket list goal of throwing to Chris Farley. In that frenzy of activity, choosing highlights from the fair was harder than ever. But, who am I kidding, making lists in the midst of a fair – even a virtual one – is never easy.…

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25.04.2020

Watch Fair & Chill: there's a new way to do watch fairs. And it's on the couch with this feature length video.

Watches & Wonders, the second biggest watch fair of the year, has just dropped. And by dropped we mean there's a website with some stuff on it, because this is 2020 and we're all stuck at home self isolating. We found the concept of having to opt in to an interactive website a little too involved for a Saturday morning, so we've taken the legwork out of it by filming the first-ever feature length Time+Tide video – and it's essentially an hour-long virtual watch fair that recaps all the major brands and their releases in a talk show format. Because,…

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24.04.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: We are dropping a feature length virtual watch fair video on YouTube. Dress code: clothing optional  

We don't want to cry poor, because boy have we had some good times over the years. But the hidden thing about watch fairs is that they're utterly exhausting. Especially when you travel for over 24 hours to get to them. Somehow, I have managed to re-create this effect without leaving Australia. Because, wait for it, we have filmed the first ever feature length Time+Tide video – and it's essentially a virtual watch fair! And by feature length, we're not stretching the truth either. This is over an hour of analysis, banter and brand new watches – it's the ultimate ISO-FIX…

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21.04.2020

IN-DEPTH: The 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller is getting better with age, and these pictures and video prove it

Michael Jordan has just reminded us of the modern classic in our midst that is the latest iteration of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, relaunched in 2017. And while Part 2 of his collection gave me, as a fortunate and fairly fanatical Big Pilot owner (oh, what a watch), a kick to be on team MJ, it also reminded me of a Rolex I've not yet managed to bring to earth and to my wrist. That 2017 Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller. I went back to our archives and found a video as well as this long review with absolutely stunning pictures by our…

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17.04.2020

LVMH is out, Basel is dead, so here's the three things I won't miss and the one tasty grilled treat that I will…

Stick a fork in Basel, she's done. LVMH has just announced they're following Rolex and Patek to Geneva in April of 2021. And I choose those words carefully. Of all the ways you could announce the death of Basel, a sausage has to be in the story. Because, overpriced snags sold daily in the concourse outside Hall 1 came to symbolise all that was wrong with the way the fair, and the city, conducted itself when the watch folks came to town. Have you heard of extortion? If Basel and Baselworld didn't invent it, they certainly perfected the art. But…

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17.04.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: What, there've been some watches released? I beg your pardon?

Miracle of miracles, it's a Friday Wind Down that is not another miserable news bulletin about a global pandemic that is coming for our lives and our toilet paper! This week, a brace of new watches were released. And what a sweet thing that is. Normality! The good news continues. We've just finished production on a video that was filmed 'PC' (Pre-COVID) in January, in Dubai, which also recaps new watches. By the brand on fire, Zenith. So, in other words, it's a Friday Wind Down, much more like those that have come before it over the years. One of these…

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17.04.2020

Zenith's 2020 Collection for men, a flyover with CEO Julien Tornare

With the sell-out success of the Revolution 'Cover Girl' Limited Edition, and the astonishing Midnight Collection for women launched in January, Zenith are officially on a hot streak. When I put that to CEO Julien Tornare, just before we started rolling camera, he said something quite unforgettable. "When I took over [at Zenith] two and a half years ago, people were talking about the sleeping beauty. I don't like to sleep much, so I thought we have to wake this beauty up and do something great. And now it's starting to pay off in a great way. "Zenith has a…

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best sunburst dial watches 16.04.2020

Olive and rose gold is the dream combination we still cannot get over, especially in this Rolex Day-Date 40

Editor's note: With Rolex still yet to release a new watch in 2020, and with no release date in sight, we've gone back through the archives to uncover some previous models that still give us that jolt of excitement. That visceral punch of impact. Perhaps it's the refined twist on Aussie 'green and gold' that makes Day-Date 40 variant from 2016 such a standout? Perhaps it's the way that the olive and Everose colour scheme dresses the watch ever so slightly down, while clearly being a more 'grown up' version of yellow gold and forest green? It could also be that it still remains a…

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14.04.2020

Andrew reveals five of his own watches in a Media Watch Death Match against Josh from Watchonista (and gets a slapping)

It started with an invitation to join Watchonista's 'Home Time Live', a new series on Instagram that takes followers into the homes of the industry's leaders and luminaries for an intimate interview. Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari. Max Büsser of MB&F. And now, a Happy Hour version of the usual midday broadcast featuring Time+Tide. Exciting!   It was a rad proposition, because — thanks to some brutal time zone trading — it also meant me drinking breakfast beers while we did it. Josh, meanwhile, sipped a much more civilised evening tipple. But, aside from discussing our chosen beers,…

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11.04.2020

James' Longines HydroConquest hit the deck when he fell off his bike, but it's still ticking

Does the name James Robinson look familiar? That might be because James is part of the team here at Time+Tide Watches and he writes quite prodigiously about watches. You might have read his story on Zenith's new Land Rover collab today, or countless other times before. Well, we thought it was time we put a face to a name. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James! In this episode of Every Watch Tells A Story, James chose to talk about his indefatigable Longines HydroConquest (which he reviewed in detail here), which has been everywhere with him. And unfortunately, very recently that meant…

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06.04.2020

MICRO MONDAYS: Undone Watches, featuring their three bestselling models, Vintage Killy, Basecamp Original and Batman Titanium

Undone are a brand whose ubiquity on social media is so successful as to be counterproductive. The sheer unavoidability of their ads – once you click on one, which I must have done at some point – trigger in me a sceptical reaction. And it's not just the persistence of the ads. It's the price. Surely these watches must be very poor quality given the ask – $500AUD? Seriously? The automatic movements that power them are just about bulletproof: the Seiko Mecha-Quartz Flyback Chrono in their chronographs and the NH35A in the time only. So no issues there. Perhaps, though,…

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05.04.2020

Bid now on this awesome Halios unique piece and support Vancouver General Hospital's COVID-19 Response Fund

Halios is one of the most popular microbrands in Australia. At an average Aussie get-together odds are you're almost certainly going to see a Seaforth or two, at the least. So, with a lot of love for what Jason's doing, and with a lot of respect for the momentum he's building, we're delighted to give his latest watch a shout out. And this is not just any watch. It's a Piece Unique that he's auctioning right now on his Instagram, with 50% of the funds going to the Vancouver General Hospital COVID-19 Response Fund, and 50% going to the winning…

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04.04.2020

Andrew has made an epic 70-video YouTube playlist of his favourite T+T videos. Bye bye four hours.

The idea came from a letter we received at info@timeandtidewatches.com We are lucky to receive a lot of random personal mail at that address. And the truth is we read all of it and try to reply to as much as we can. The influx of mail since cities have starting locking down around the world in response to COVID-19 has been noticeable, and the tone of it is different. You can tell people have time on their hands. Richard Winter from the UK summed it up perfectly in his note:  "I am managing to work from home but not…

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William Wood The Red Watch 03.04.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: No watches for you 2020 says Patek, while Sheeran and Mayer tie 2-2 in the polls!

Well, what else can possibly happen in this beleaguered watch industry of ours? Fairs are cancelled. Roadshows are roadblocked. Even events are a sweet, champagne-flavoured memory. What about brands not releasing watches at all? And what if a brand that would have ordinarily been the latest of adopters when it comes to e-commerce was suddenly available through their AD's websites with 'Add to Bag' next to the listing? Tick, and tick. Patek Philippe will not release any watches in 2020. And, of the watches currently on sale, several are now available for purchase online. So there you have it. Another sacred…

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Bulgari Octo Finissimo 100m Stainless Steel 03.04.2020

VIDEO: Exploring the Bulgari Octo Finissimo 100m Stainless Steel, which is in pole position for best steel sports watch of 2020

With the possibility that yet more brands will not release watches this year, following suit with Patek Philippe, the field for the best new watches has narrowed dramatically. And in the steel sports watch category, there now stands one towering contender for the best of 2020. And that is a watch released before this year lurched off a cliff and into this unimaginable territory we find ourselves lost in – a world without watch fairs. A world without roadshows. A world without new watches?  In what now seems like a brilliant act of forethought, LVMH jumped the field with LVMH…

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 review 01.04.2020

EVERY WATCH TELLS A STORY: A gifting fail gave Alex his TAG Heuer and, a little down the track, a wife 

I expect we've all been there. A special occasion rolls around — Valentine's Day, Christmas — and you buy your partner a gift. He or she does the same for you. And, shock horror. They ain't equitable. They ain't even close. This sets the scene for episode two of the second series of Every Watch Tells A Story, where we ask people at our events about the watch they are wearing and the story behind it.  The curious thing about this gifting fail, which finds Alex at the shallower end, is that the items were both watches. It's just that one — his…

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Omega Museum Director Petros Protopapas 01.04.2020

Bored? Enjoy the power and the passion of Omega Museum Director Petros Protopapas in this incredible video from our vault

There are many talented and passionate people in the watch industry. People whose daily work for their brand goes far beyond a job. Too many to mention. Watches, after all, attract and retain a certain type of person. And if you don't love watches, to your very core, the daily task of singly focusing on them will certainly become dry and your position eventually untenable. Yes, there may be many passionate professionals in our midst, but there is only one Petros Protopapas, Museum Director of Omega. We have caught this rare, and extremely colourful bird in full flight on many…

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William Wood Watches 30.03.2020

MICRO MONDAYS: Introducing a new weekly series starring the world's best microbrands, kicking off with William Wood Watches!

I don't know how many times I've introduced a new segment, column or series on Time+Tide over the last six years. But I'd be prepared to bet that at least half the time, I've opened the post about it with these words: "Sorry, this took a long while to get to you. Good things take time." Good things take time, and also the time for that thing has to be right. Time+Tide has primarily dealt with well-established brands as our daily remit. But little by little — and with two editions of NOW Magazine under our belt, with both bursting at…

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27.03.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Feat. Celebrity Death Match, Notorious Robberies and Every Watch Tells A Story returns!

Good news is about as rare these days as a Hodinkee Limited Edition, especially the cache of their Limited Editions they released at retail this week as a goodwill gesture. But we do have some to make your Friday feel a little less surreal. Two months after the 'Watch & Act!' Auction had its glorious conclusion, we were finally able to take that happiest of trips to the bank to get cheques to disburse to organisations that still need it on a day-to-day basis. Our CFO and I had a smile on our faces when we held this fistful of…

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25.03.2020

Some good news in the gloom, we just sent out the first round of bushfire donations!

Good news is hard to find in today's locked down, socially distanced world. But we have some. Because today, after patiently waiting for all watches to be received by their buyers (two of the remaining watches are unique pieces and are still in production), we went to the bank and drew five bank cheques for $30,000 Australian dollars, made out to our bushfire relief beneficiaries. There will be a smaller second-round payment once the final watches are received. The 'Watch & Act!' World Watch Auction can now be officially closed off. Celebrate! To refresh your memory, the organisations we're supporting…

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Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K1 25.03.2020

EVERY WATCH TELLS A STORY: Joseph's murdered out Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K1 on integrated rubber Crafter Blue strap is a cold killer

Last year, we aired the first series of 'Every Watch Tells A Story' on YouTube. The premise is as simple as it gets. When we invite raucous crowds into the Time+Tide home base for events, occasionally we offer them the chance to tell the story of their watch. Which promptly explains why everyone in these videos IS SHOUTING. Hey, what we lose in audio quality, we gain in good vibes. Because part of the sport of agreeing to do one of these, is then enduring all the heckling you get from other guests while you do it. We sit them…

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Longines Conquest V.H.P. 23.03.2020

The Longines Conquest V.H.P. Collection now comes on a leather strap, here's a collection review from the Sydney QVB Longines Boutique

What a difference two years makes. In 2018, I introduced this until now unpublished video by saying that — shock, horror — we were reviewing a collection of watches with quartz movements: the new Longines V.H.P. Collection. I'd go as far as to say it makes me grimace a little to watch in 2020. Because since then, the advancement of quartz back into luxury watchmaking has been steady and it has occurred with less and less resistance. Grand Seiko has been driving the change, as some YouTube commenters have already picked up on. Personally, I now own two modern-era quartz…

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20.03.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Our four favourite stories of the week, feat. Dusty, Magnets and Mil-specs

The Friday Wind Down was always intended to be some light relief to deliver to the inbox in that window between finishing up for the week and starting the weekend. That precious interstitial place that is usually accompanied by a cold beer or a room-temperature red and some wacky workplace banter. That's certainly what's happening in here when we get to writing it. In the background there's the tic-tac sound of a table tennis ball bouncing off wooden bats. There's the shouts of defeat, the agonising roars of a loss. There's laughter, and someone is hogging the Spotify account at…

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Baume & Mercier Baumatic 19.03.2020

A powerful demonstration of why magnetism matters, with the Baume & Mercier Baumatic

Daniel Braillard, the COO of Baume & Mercier, is itching to show me something. The pleasantries ahead of the interview are going on, but he holds in his hand a Baume & Mercier Classima and in the other his iPhone, in its case. I take the bait. What's up? Is there to be a demonstration?  He nods, and places the watch on a device that connects to an app on his phone which measures the accuracy. It is measured at +6 seconds per day. Not bad. The Classima has a viewing window on the escapement. Next he places it over…

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13.03.2020

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: We've run out of apocalypse gags …

At times like this, when everything you looked forward to has been cancelled, when Uber Eats, Netflix and self-isolation are likely to become the new normal, and when there's an accelerating sense of backsliding into a pandemic abyss, all I can really suggest we do is hold on to what we love. And we love watches. This week, a new TAG Heuer Connected – Generation Three – was released. We'd had it for a couple of weeks ahead of the drop so as to test it out. If your dream is to see Nick in Active Wear, your dreams have…

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TAG Heuer Connected Watch 12.03.2020

The 2020 TAG Heuer Connected Watch Generation Three is the marriage of Switzerland and Silicon Valley that had to happen

The latest generation of the TAG Heuer Connected Watch has just been released and it represents a major and — practically everyone would agree — welcome departure from the tech and mindset of the previous two generations. Simply because it is now powered by Google Wear OS, which allows the Swiss to do what they do best — a dramatically refined and more luxurious case and overall design — and it lets Google run the hardware, with a raft of improved apps and functions, most of which we explore in the video. In terms of the story so far, let's do a…

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Dive Watch Fundamentals 11.03.2020

Join us at our Dive Watch Fundamentals event, at Oscar Hunt Tailors in Melbourne next week

Next Thursday, March 19, at Oscar Hunt Tailors in the Melbourne CBD, we will hold an event called Dive Watch Fundamentals. This is at the request of Oscar Hunt, who, like many, noticed that dive watches are featuring more than ever on men's wrists in the most formal of places. For example, the Oscars.  So, the idea was hatched: "Could your team come and talk to us about dive watches?" Rather than an unrestricted lecture, we thought what might be interesting would be a quick history breakdown of the main brands in the game. Which watch brands are part of…

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Bond postponed 05.03.2020

Studios behind Bond decide this is no time to die, and postpone release until November

What was last week a meme is now no joke. The next Bond film has been postponed from April to November, because, as the saying goes, this is no time to die. Other London events — such as the London Book Fair, which attracts 25,000 attendees — have also been axed amid Coronavirus fears. Pundits associated with two James Bond fan sites — MI6-hq and The James Bond Dossier — wrote an open letter to the studios behind the film, urging them to follow global shutdowns and put safety first. The letter points out some interesting facts. It says: "China and Japan…

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Aldis Hodge 03.03.2020

Long read: A week in Sydney with Aldis Hodge – Hollywood's only watchmaker Pt 2

If you missed Part I of the Aldis Hodge interview yesterday, you can find it right here. In Part 2, we get to the core of it. What is Aldis Hodge doing in watchmaking? How did he start? And where is the journey going? Lastly, perhaps most importantly, WHEN will see watches with 'Aldis Hodge' or some such variant, on the dial? Settle in, put the kettle on, or decant a bottle of good red. Here is your Tuesday-long-read. Enjoy.   So many questions, all orbiting around a central one; how the hell did Aldis Hodge get so deep into watches? It turns…

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aldis hodge watchmaker 02.03.2020

Long read: A week in Sydney with Aldis Hodge – Hollywood's only watchmaker Pt 1

Aldis Hodge and I are in an Uber, in Sydney. I am in the front seat. Aldis is in the back, with his sketch-book out, trying to work on a watch design that is due to his CAD engineer yesterday. The driver is driving. Very, very badly. He starts talking about his history with various drugs while making erratic lane changes. 10 grams of cannabis a week. Amphetamines. Cocaine, "that stuff is so good it's evil!" While he talks, he pumps on the accelerator, then takes his foot off altogether. The speed surges up and down, up and down. Nauseating…

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Laventure Lundis Bleu Eza Australia 28.02.2020

Casual Friday: Why we're having our first 'Indie Explorer' event and what it's all about

When I started Time+Tide, back in 2014, I was interested in microbrands. This afternoon, six years later, we will have our first 'Indie Explorer' event at Time+Tide. Better late than never. In the Casual Friday ethos, it will be a very chill kind of deal. Watches. A beer or two. And almost certainly good people. Tonight is sold out, but to register for future events, hit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/indie-explorer-part-1-laventure-lundis-bleu-eza-doxa-tickets-95324031745 Back to 2014, I remember one particular bronze Stowa pilot's watch. And I distinctly remember the process before a purchase I went through. Where you're looking intently at every photo you can find. Watching the…

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Patek Philippe 5168G 26.02.2020

What Sealed The Deal – Andrio's Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167A-001

We were the stars of the show at the first ever Time+Tide event in Brisbane a few weeks back. That is, until Andrio turned up with his Patek Philippe Aquanaut. This watch has a way of winning the day, whenever it gets revealed from under a cuff.   I started my watch collections with Panerai. Big watches. I had 24 Panerais at one point in my life. Then I had a mass consolidation, and realised I was more around 40, a smaller size. When I tried on the Aquanaut it sat really well. It's really well done. At certain angles,…

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25.02.2020

What is it with Perth and Daytonas? Glenn explains his 'unusual' 116500LN in the days after Horology House scandal

The week before last, three members of the T+T team went on a national roadshow. Though, in reality, it was more of an airshow, considering we covered more than a lazy 10,000km in six days. The goal was to meet members of the Time+Tide Club in their own cities. It was a magical mystery tour — with the mysterious element being: would the venue still have a record of our booking? Would it be in any way suitable for showing watches? Would anyone turn up? What questions would they ask in the often 'Town Hall' style catch-up? Over the week, we…

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20.02.2020

It's nearly time for the Watch & Act! Wrap Party and you're invited

In just 10 days, on Saturday the 29th February, we will be throwing a bash at our headquarters to celebrate the recent Watch & Act! World Watch Auction – with proceeds once again donated to bushfire relief. Our special guests on the night – and we're rightfully excited about this part – are the Horological Society of New York. Deep breaths. Three ticket types are available here at our Eventbrite page (where you may also notice we have an Indie Explorer Evening coming up). $20 for general admission and a ticket to go in the raffle to win one of…

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15.02.2020

Melbourne Franck Muller boutique robbed in broad daylight by man wielding syringe, hammer and bad wig

**UPDATE: We have had confirmation from Franck Muller Australia that the stolen model is a round diamond watch, model number 4200 QZ R D3 CD 5 N with serial number 36. If you come across this watch, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. No pictures of the watch are available at this time.** Our thoughts this morning go out to the staff at the Franck Muller boutique who, on Wednesday morning at 10:40am were subjected to a terrifying experience, when a man in an unconvincing long wig, and black rubber gloves (which are commonly spotted in the Melbourne…

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12.02.2020

Watch & Act! World Watch Auction Wrap Party to be held in Melbourne, limited tickets and a T-shirt now available here

Life moves pretty fast, but before it can get away from us, and the stunning generosity shown towards Australia is forgotten – when one crisis is replaced by the inevitable next one, which is already sadly happening – we want to pause and celebrate the moment. With a party. Buy tickets here. Because just one month ago, Australia was in dire trouble. 150 bushfires were burning, some of them 'megafires' covering many thousands of hectares. People all over our vast continent were displaced from their homes, thousands of which burned to the ground. Animals were dying in their millions. For…

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12.02.2020

Coronavirus chaos as Bulgari pulls out of Baselword 2020, and Australian boutique openings cancelled

The Bulgari booth is among the most grand at the Baselworld fair. Opposite TAG Heuer at the entry to Hall 1, it is a glittering sentry to what was only a few years ago the highlight of the yearly calendar for the world watch industry. Peak glamour. Peak PR. Peak hype. As of this morning, it – like so many other brands – will no longer be there in 2020. The move will continue to literally change the face of the fair, which in 2019 had an open space where the enormous, central Omega booth used to be. Organisers will…

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11.02.2020

Daft Punk is not playing at our house. It's better. HSNY is at our office to party.

I don't know about you, Australian watch lovers, but I've always looked lustfully, enviously and with more than just a faint sense of sadness at all the things the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) get up to over there. Somewhere. Beyond the sea. Not only in America, mind you. Wherever they go with their Traveling Education tours. One day, I thought. One sweet day. Well, that day has come. And it hasn't come with the price of a plane fare or Manhattan accommodation attached. The oldest American watchmaking guild is coming to us! Yes. The Horological Society of New…

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Hublot Big Bang Integral 30.01.2020

How could a humble watch bracelet win a watch fair? The Hublot Big Bang Integral just did exactly that, but why? How?

OK, let's dispense with any hype and get down to it. Sixty per cent of watches are sold on a bracelet and this is a fact that Hublot are finally set to take advantage of with the Hublot Big Bang Integral, a new collection, freshly launched at the LVMH fair in Dubai in early January. But first, if we've set a tone of #realtalk, let's address a glaring contradiction. Doesn't the very concept of a Hublot Big Bang with a metal bracelet jar with the original vision for the Big Bang? Which was to demonstrate the 'Art of Fusion' by…

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Bulgari CEO 24.01.2020

VIDEO: "Our planet is the most precious gem we have." Bulgari CEO adds his voice – and a $50K watch – to our bushfire appeal auction

There was not a moment's hesitation. Jean-Christophe Babin, the CEO of Bulgari, and I were standing on a pool deck at a villa in Dubai. Within sight, an emerald green ocean. Swaying palm trees. Skies of blue. A world away from the scene I had left, when I'd jumped on an Emirates flight 24 hours before. Choking smoke in Melbourne. People wearing gas masks as they boarded the plane. Fires in Victoria you could see from 30,000 feet as we flew towards the Middle East. The air quality in Melbourne on the day I left for LVMH Watch Week was…

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Australian bushfire crisis watch auction 23.01.2020

The world's watch media unites to support our Australian bushfire crisis watch auction

To say that we've been humbled by the support we've received from our peers in the watch industry would be understating it. Discovering, through this crisis, the depth of feeling others have for our country, our people and our wildlife has been truly unforgettable. A searing, life-affirming experience. If I could choose one quote to sum it up — and I'm spoiled for choice here, as so many carefully considered, perfectly phrased words were written about the auction — it would be this one by Brice Goulard from Monochrome: "For once, all together, we can let our love for watches go a long way further than our…

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21.01.2020

The 'Watch & Act!' World Watch Auction for the Australian bushfires is live! See and bid on all 16 watches now…

I am excited – after a couple of furiously busy weeks of behind-the-scenes planning – to announce the launch of the 'Watch & Act!' World Watch Auction in aid of the Australian bushfire crisis. The auction, launched today on the Invaluable online auction platform at 9am AEST, will run for 10 days, until 9am AEST on Friday the 31st January. Invaluable.com is the world's premier online auction platform and is used by such esteemed houses as Sotheby's and Phillips. The team at Invaluable.com, like so many generous donors, have offered the platform and their support services at no charge. The…

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14.01.2020

The Zenith DEFY Midnight is a (very) early contender for women's collection of the year

The standout from the new Zenith 2020 novelties is hands down the DEFY Midnight collection. What immediately caught my attention was that Zenith were leading their 2020 new releases with a women's collection that appeared — in the preamble — to not only be a new product in itself, with various attributes, but for those attributes to be assembled around a strong concept, albeit a very simple one. And that is, an evocation of the night sky on the dial. Hardly groundbreaking in theory, but when played out, it actually has plenty of poetic detail to incorporate. One remains sceptical about new…

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03.01.2020

Bid on this watch and help Australians fight our worst ever bushfire season

Today is a first in our home state of Victoria. It is the first day ever that a state of disaster has been declared by our Premier, Daniel Andrews, ahead of an "unprecedented" fire threat over the coming days. I mentioned this in my Editor's Letter. Since then, it's gotten worse. In our state alone (and it's an even more dire situation in NSW), 800,000 hectares have been burned by more than 50 active fires, four people have died and 28 are missing. And this is not to mention the number of Australian native animals that have been lost. In…

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25.12.2019

Letter from the Editor: 2019 in Review

I write on Christmas morning, in Melbourne, Australia from the kitchen table of my parents' house. The children are watching the Stick Man Christmas Special on TV. The air outside is hazy and thick with bushfire smoke, slowly filtering down from the state above Victoria, New South Wales. There are currently 343 bushfires burning out of control across the country – 3000 homes have been lost, and many lives in a summer bushfire season that shapes as the worst on record. Three days ago, the average temperature across the entire country was 42 degrees. I know many of y'all envy…

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10.12.2019

INTRODUCING: Time+Tide's NOW Magazine Edition 2, now available in the shop

Without further ado, I introduce to you Edition Two of NOW Magazine, available, well, now in the Time+Tide shop. A little backstory if you'll allow me… What was my favourite memory from 2018? The answer is pretty easy. It was a moment in time. 5:55pm on a Friday in November to be exact. We did what we often do. Pressed the button on a new item in the shop. We were excited about it, sure. We might have had a beer while we did it. Then I would have slung my bag over my shoulder. Locked the front door. And…

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Barty 06.12.2019

The 'Barty Party' hits Australia, and there are just 123 Rado watches available to celebrate

I'm fortunate to be able to say I've met a couple of world number one tennis players in my time. Ash Barty, current women's number one, is not like any of them. She has no star vibes as such. No X Factor. No celebrity aura. What she carries with herself, which comes across in person, is more powerful – and rarer – than that. It's total ease with herself. And a level of self-belief, to back herself in every word she says. It's borderline frightening. All answers are direct, honest, sincere. This one, for example. I'd asked, "Is Serena Williams…

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Les Cabinotiers 01.12.2019

3 highlights from the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers 2019 exhibition in Singapore

The Les Cabinotiers experience in Singapore, which combined lots of quality time in the company of Vacheron Constantin's Style and Heritage Director, Christian Selmoni, with a stunning tropical plantation style residence as a setting for the big watch reveals, really brought home one of the 'Holy Trinity' brand's key points of difference. It is exclusive to the highest degree. Vacheron Constantin is not increasing production, despite wait lists and shortages for key models Vacheron Constantin embodies the notion of less watches, better watches. Even if they wanted to – and perhaps in the process reduce the wait time for those…

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28.11.2019

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: The Black Pack, an offer to dive for, 4 days only

It's Black Friday and do we have an offer to dive for. If you've ever thought that just maybe the Longines Legend Diver in alluring matt black is a watch for you, then you have a couple of days to move and get a whole swag of cool Time+Tide merchandise with it at no extra cost. From now until midnight AEST Cyber Monday 2nd Dec, we are offering the following: The Longines Legend Diver Black Our super luxe Black Leather 2 Watch Slider Box A Large black Time+Tide t-shirt (printed logo) A Midnight Black NATO strap The price for this…

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best fashion watch brands 25.11.2019

Bulgari CEO drops an Octo Finissimo Chronograph on the ground to make a point

I like interviewing Jean-Christophe Babin. There is a playfulness to the Bulgari CEO; in fact, I'd go so far as to say there's a wickedness to his personality that makes the exchange unpredictable. You don't know what's going to happen, or what direction the conversation will take. But wherever it goes, it's almost always with the element of surprise. Take this last conversation. We were reflecting on a previous interview, where he'd – what do you know – startled me with a twist in the script. In terms of moments in interviews I've never forgotten, it's up there. The interview…

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25.11.2019

Real watch lovers of Sydney turn out for second launch of DOXA in Australia

If I could offer one piece of advice for anyone who is ever asked to speak at a watch event, it is this: know your stuff. At the second launch of Doxa watches in Australia in a week, this time in Sydney at the home of Oscar Hunt tailors in York Street, I spoke about 1967. It was the year Doxa released the SUB 300 to the public, a watch that brought superior submarine attributes to everyday divers. It was lucky I had my facts straight. The ice had barely clinked my glass in a final cheers before getting back…

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22.11.2019

Vintage Vacheron with a two-year warranty hit the Melbourne boutique for a short time, and until sold out

What a time to be alive for Melbourne watch lovers. The embarrassment of riches in terms of local brand boutiques has had another glittering jewel added to the CBD war chest as T+T welcomed guests to an evening at the brand new Vacheron Constantin boutique at the 'Paris end' of Collins Street. Last night we were honoured to host its launch. 

MC-ed by myself and Boutique Manager Peter Kelly — formerly the Boutique Manager at Rolex Chadstone — the evening focused on Les Collectionneurs, a concept that sees vintage Vacheron Constantin pieces — acquired through 'auctions and personal connections' — masterfully and meticulously reconditioned…

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22.11.2019

DOXA launches in Australia, and our guests drank like sailors at a street party to celebrate

On Monday night, Melbourne opened its arms – and uncorked many, many bottles of Four Pillars Gin, the best gin in the world – in celebration of the fact that, finally, dive watch kings Doxa have a home in this country. Fittingly for a brand that is dive watch royalty, the crowd of 120+ drank like sailors and gathered in droves around the treasure chest display of the 2019 collection. There were SUB 200 models in all six colours, with three released since Baselworld. Six SUB 300T models, again with another three dial colours dropped. And there were a range…

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14.11.2019

How to justify your watch purchases to your partner, a new series, starting with 'The Heirloom Defence'

MEET THE ENABLER: Defending the indefensible is a tiresome but necessary business. Obviously, we understand that you've found a new must-have watch to add to your collection (congratulations!). But the next step, making it happen, may not always fly with non-believers whose reactions will likely range from horror to derision to divorce. That's where The Enabler comes in … Use his advanced levels of sophistry to validate your latest, or next, acquisition. The problem is that, to your wife, it's yet another ludicrous act of self-indulgence. As far as she's concerned, this watch is a totally unnecessary purchase. You've just…

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12.11.2019

ANNOUNCING: The Time+Tide Club, a membership with a whole lotta value, for watch lovers the world over

Welcome to the Time+Tide Club, where you are a number — with an individually numbered Time+Tide x Erika's Originals strap — and a member. Six years into the Time+Tide journey, we are introducing the Time+Tide Club, with one thing front of mind. To take the subscriber experience to a whole new level. Join up now at www.timeandtide.club And to give our most loyal friends, both Australian and international, some proper recognition. We know how long many of you have followed Time+Tide. "Since the beginning…" is a rallying call we hear at every event and fair. "Since 2014," is usually thrown at us in…

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GMT-Master II 09.11.2019

WATCH DISASTERS #1 – Ken's prodigal GMT-Master II

Watch Disasters is a new series on Time+Tide that describes, in chilling detail, incidences when owning an expensive watch goes wrong. This is not going to be comfortable reading, so prepare for the pain. Admittedly, this is a bit of a soft start. The 'prodigal' in the title gives it away. If you have a watch disaster with less of a happy ending, feel free to tell us about it at nicholas@timeandtidewatches.com   I actually lost this watch. I have a collection of watches, and I hide them in different places. This watch, I forgot where it was for a good…

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Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 brown leather strap 02.11.2019

Time+Tide and Hodinkee host a (very mini) miniseries on CNN starring the most iconic watches ever

Earlier this year, we were invited by CNN to help out with a miniseries concept called 'Timeless' that would explore the most iconic watches of all time. Oh, and each episode had to wrap in under 60 seconds. The challenge was set, Jack Forster and I – in our respective HQs – raced against the clock to get out as many interesting and memorable facts as we could about models such as the Submariner, the Navitimer and the Royal Oak. It was hardly a lazy fireside chat, more of a caffeine-fuelled game show. Here's the first episode, starring the Rolex…

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01.11.2019

Changes at Time+Tide, Felix stepping down as editor, new faces in the team

Today is a big moment in the short history of Time+Tide. It's the day we bid farewell to Felix, who is stepping down from his role as Editor. We know that this will be sad news for many readers and viewers who have enjoyed all of the stories, videos and sass, delivered just about all day, every day, for more than five years. If it feels like you've read literally thousands of Felix's articles over the years, that's because you probably have – a quick search shows he's written 1643 posts. Which might go some way to explaining today's announcement.…

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16.10.2019

Honey, I got a G-Shock – a week with the battle-worn, badass GMW-B5000V

Full disclosure. This G-Shock was a gift from the brand to show their support for a passion project I've launched called The Father Hood. Thank you Phil. The 'Hood's all about supporting isolated and new dads and inspiring future dads. It's also brutally real about #dadlife. Which is why the G-Shock is really the perfect watch gift for this stage of life. No drop from a bench while attached to a soft toy (the kids like to do that for some reason shruggy), or hurl across a room at a sibling, or rinsing in a bath-time dip is too much…

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Time+Tide brown leather watch strap, blue stitch 16.10.2019

Want to have your watch story published on Time+Tide? We are open for submissions …

It's a question we never, ever get tired of asking. What sealed the deal on your watch? What was the straw that broke the camel's wallet? The way the light melts across the domed box crystal? The price you got from that uncle with a gambling problem? The day you saw it on someone else and knew you had to have it? What Sealed the Deal has been a regular segment on Time+Tide for a few years now. But today, we're opening up the floor to include you. We're asking, what sealed the deal on your favourite watch/es? Here's how…

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03.10.2019

VIDEO: A week on the wrist with the Chopard Alpine Eagle, a super in-depth breakdown of 2019's most controversial watch

This week, the Chopard Alpine Eagle was released, marking a brand new collection from Chopard, their first in decades. It revives the design of their first ever sports watch, and the brand's first ever steel watch. Based on the St. Moritz from 1980, the Alpine Eagle features the same stainless steel case and integrated bracelet, exposed bezel screws, and an eye-catching mix of polished and brushed surfaces. Where the new Alpine Eagle flies to new territory is in the proprietary alloy that Chopard has developed called Lucent Steel A223 (a four-year R&D effort) and the finely grained and textured radial…

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Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ceramic 01.10.2019

"Even more style than the titanium" – the black ceramic Bulgari Octo Finissimo explained by its designer

There is no designer in the watch game like Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani. He is sketching, pardon the millennial turn of phrase here, literally all of the time. When he's being interviewed. When he's in a room by himself waiting to be interviewed (I disturbed him in the act as I was early). And, you suspect, when he's having his breakfast at the very break of day. "Every day of my life I am drawing." That's all well and good, and almost certainly well known by now. But this is not the point of this story. There is another angle on…

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2019 GPHG 30.09.2019

5 questions about the GPHG you were too afraid to ask, including how voting works

This year, for the first time in history, the complete collection of nominees for the 2019 GPHG – the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — were presented in Australia. All 84 of them, by a sum total of 50 brands. And this stellar mega-team, worth well over $30 million AUD, is visiting only four locations before the big show in Geneva on November 7. So, in other words, Australia is being figured into the global future of watchmaking. We matter. And we sure turned out to witness this explosion of creativity and colour in droves. The exhibition ran over last weekend…

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21.09.2019

Andrew talks about how Time+Tide started, and explains why he copped the Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Aged IP

It's the least surprising twist in a conversation when a watch collector tells you they're into G-Shock. When I started writing about watches, I remember a fellow Australian journalist – Bani McSpedden – flicking through pictures on his phone of all his G-Shocks arranged in a rainbow stack. I found it curious then, but not so now. Why? The brand has carefully curated its modern mythology – with shrewd pop culture collaborations, and creative activations – and lately found new ways to celebrate its legacy. Sapphire crystal versions, solid gold, high-polished steel and gold plate, all managing to consolidate the…

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 19.09.2019

MY WEEK WITH: The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph, and how I got completely turned around to loving it

When it came up that a review of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato was on the editorial agenda, Felix cocked an eyebrow and said, "Are you going to write about your reaction when you first saw it?" Yes, I thought, when the time comes, I will. So here we are. The day that I first laid eyes on the relaunched Laureato, it is fair to say that I was a long way from a potential buyer. Firstly, it was an Instagram picture, so it was pretty grainy. To my jetlagged eyes – it was day one of SIHH 2017 – it was…

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16.09.2019

Time+Tide Watches is the only place in Australia you can buy DOXA watches, and we couldn't be happier

As of 6pm today, the Time+Tide shop is the only place in Australia and New Zealand that you can buy DOXA watches. Browse our range, and buy several models, including a Limited Edition for under $2K right now. It will come as news to very few of you that this is one heck of a legendary brand. First helium valve on a general public diver's watch, legendary. Jacques Cousteau, legendary. Owning orange, legendary. We are mildly freaking – and geeking – out to introduce so much more of DOXA to you, in all of its historical, colourful and, yes, orange-dial-drenched…

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19.08.2019

The three watches that caught our eye at Australia's first standalone Tissot boutique, located in the heart of Sydney CBD

Brand boutiques are pretty fun spots to visit as a watch lover. Because, choice. And it may surprise you to learn that Tissot very nearly has a boutique for every single day of the year — 361, in fact, including this shiny new example in MidCity Shopping Centre in Pitt Street Mall. It will house by far the largest Tissot collection in Australia, something that was on show to us immediately, when we spotted two lesser-seen models in the first few minutes. You'll have to watch the video to see what we're referring to there. Another fact that tends to surprise…

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27.07.2019

INSIGHT: The Great Escapement – Explaining the Rolex with an Omega heart

It was a long time between drinks. An epic 200 years. And both beverages were served in Britain. We are talking about the invention of the lever escapement, the 'beating heart' of the mechanical watch, by British clockmaker Thomas Mudge around 1775. The only successful alternative, the co-axial escapement, was unveiled nearly two centuries later by another Englishman, George Daniels. While others, including Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1787, made minor modifications to the tech, the story of the escapement is almost exclusively a tale of two Brits – or three, if you include Daniels' apprentice Roger Smith. The co-axial escapement comprises…

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Omega 50th Anniversary Speedmaster 26.07.2019

EVENT: Celebrating the Omega 50th Anniversary Speedmaster

Last weekend, Omega treated their faithful VIPs to a night with eyes trained to the stars, and the moon, in their lush boutique at Chadstone, the Fashion Capital. It was to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of humankind touching down on the moon – and the fact that this defining moment in the history of our species had an Omega watch at the centre of the action. And not just to look back on the epic Calibre 321 Speedmaster Professional that has looked down on earth from the moon, but also the watch that is commemorating the anniversary, the equally epic…

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17.07.2019

EVENT: IWC unveil the 2019 Pilot's Collection at cosy winter speakeasy in Sydney, including the stunning Timezoner and Ceratanium TOP GUN

Last night, IWC launched their new Pilot's Collection at an intimate event in a venue dressed perfectly to capture the machismo, the aeronautical legacy and the overall class of the brand. The walls were adorned with pilot paraphernalia, the tables were festooned with dried native flowers and many wrists were adorned with IWC watches; the iconic Big Pilot a crowd favourite, with many variations in attendance. In a relatively short time, this striking model has earned icon status in IWC's pilot stable — and last night, people voted with their wrists. Stories about the brand and its watches abounded. Ex-AFL player…

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10.07.2019

Dane modded his ochs und junior for his wedding, and it's pure inspiration to buy a watch from an indie

"We were initially thinking about buying a watch for me for a wedding piece, but the thing about buying for a watch collector is that it's hard to buy something they don't already have." 'Every Watch Tells A Story' is a new series we've filmed, encouraging people to come in to our HQ, live how we live at Time+Tide and get in front of the camera and talk. The subject is personal. It's your watch. How it came to be on your wrist. The journey in the lead-up. The particulars of its purchase. In my story, I talk about a…

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Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds 10.07.2019

Will this stunning Moser land in your hands on its #pioneertour? If you know watch people, there's a chance …

In yet another flash of creativity and marketing cunning, H. Moser & Cie have lit up watch lovers all over the world by sending out one of their watches — the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition — on a tour with no road map. And absolutely no guarantee of whose couch it will be crashing on from continent to continent, let alone its safety along the way. Track its live location here, and with #pioneertour.  The concept of the #pioneertour is elegantly simple. They will give it to a friend with these instructions: keep it for a week, take some…

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03.07.2019

MY WEEK WITH: The Bremont U-2/51-JET, by Gold Logie nominee Rodger Corser

Rodger Corser looks familiar, right? That's because he's one of Australia's most enduring and endearing actors. You'll find him fighting zombies in Glitch, chasing gangsters in Underbelly and stitching up wounds in Doctor Doctor. In the new season of the popular show, you may note a certain black and stealthy companion on his wrist: The Bremont U-2/51-JET. It complements a (pleasingly intergenerational) collection that we've explored previously in part in these videos. Rodger's new fascination is UK-based brand Bremont. The fit is obvious. The brand has acting pedigree, with Bremont gracing the wrist of Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey and…

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03.07.2019

Tom makes a case for waiting lists with the story of his Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 – "I told the dealer what I wanted and he went, ha!"

In the first episode of a new Time+Tide video series called 'Every Watch Tells A Story' — in which we ask people to choose a watch in their collection with a memorable backstory — Tom explains how he came to be the proud owner of a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, a watch that has had arguably more attention in the last few months than ever before in its colourful 42-year history. How can I rattle that fact off so easily? Because we are the same age. I could only dream of ageing as well. Without stealing Tom's thunder, this is a familiar…

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02.07.2019

If you're interested in Geneva Seal standard watchmaking, this Louis Vuitton 'high watch collection' wants to meet you

Louis Vuitton, the watchmaker. As time goes on, this statement is gaining credibility and intrigue. And intrigue is certainly the word I would use to describe this shoot, which involved the Time+Tide team flying to Queenstown in New Zealand with Louis Vuitton to explore the brand's high watch collection 2019. The setting was, sparing all cliches, akin to a natural paradise. The experience also included an interview with one of the world's master watchmakers, Michel Navas. But back to Louis Vuitton, and their selling proposition. It's important from the outset to put things in perspective in terms of the rarefied…

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11.06.2019

The Australian launch of the Longines Legend Diver at Time and Tide HQ in Melbourne was our blackest event yet

At long, long last we were able to host the Australian launch of the Longines Legend Diver Black at our headquarters in Cremorne, Melbourne this week. It heralded the watch officially going on sale in our shop, where it will be available for the next two months exclusively in Australia. To say that the moment was long-awaited would be a dramatic understatement. We've wanted to share this particular watch — a big, blacked-out, contemporary step forward for Longines — since March last year when we first laid eyes on it. The dress code was black, anyway you like it. The weather…

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11.06.2019

Everybody wants a Tudor Black Bay. But what about the chrono? Anyone?

Editor's note: The Tudor Black Bay had an extraordinary beginning when it was released in 2012, with the Black Bay red finally giving the brand its flagship model. I remember seeing it in the window of the booth and basically attaching myself to the glass like an abalone. A distressed leather strap with boss-looking deployant. A rich burgundy / red bezel. Gilt touches on indices. A perfect colour dial. Details for days. Shut up and take my money. I had one on my wrist just a few months later. And the Black Bay had a stupendous 2018, when the Black Bay '58…

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10.06.2019

The story of the Omega watch in Dunkirk is perfect Sunday reading for watch people

Editor's note: In the pantheon of great watch performances on screen, Tom Hardy's Omega in Dunkirk is up there. When I first saw the movie at an IMAX theatre in Melbourne, I was that idiot taking shots of the screen when it appeared. I had to know the story of the model – was it a vintage watch sourced by Nolan? Was it a fictional approximation? Being professional watch geeks we had the time and inclination – and the all-important contacts – to find out. It's perfect Sunday reading for watch lovers, and once again gets to the heart of why watches are…

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10.06.2019

Behold, the Moser Endeavour Perpetual Moon concept in red gold

Editor's note: There aren't many words in this picture gallery of the Moser Endeavour Perpetual Moon concept in red gold, because, well, pictures speak louder than words in this case. To that end, we'll let them do the talking again. Enjoy. We are.   There is absolutely zero doubt that Moser know their way around a fine dial. Their fumé is hypnotic perfection at its best. Last year the brand upped the ante with their conceptual perpetual with impossibly black Vantablack dial. Well, if this well of blackness (which is a wonder on the wrist) leaves you as cold as the black…

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09.06.2019

Crazy Rich Asians just hit Netflix, watch it for the Newman that had its own bodyguard on set

Editor's note: Crazy Rich Asians is a cracking film. It's fresh, funny and ridiculous. For all but the 0.01% of real life Crazy Rich Asians that it – apparently – very faithfully depicts. All of that Rotten Tomatoes validation aside, it also has a watch in it that was borrowed from a collector; and came onto the set with its very own bodyguard. Such a cool story. And props to Kevin Kwan for caring so much about the #details. One of us, for sure.   In case you've missed the news, a new rom-com, Crazy Rich Asians, is coming to a screen near…

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09.06.2019

This is why the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 20th Birthday edition was such an important signal of things to come

Editor's note: To celebrate the Aquanaut's 20th birthday in 2017, Patek Philippe released the enlarged (from 40 to 42.2mm) and quietly in charge Aquanaut ref. 5168G. a watch that remains a reminder of the collection's youth. In more recent years, the model has struck confident new poses such as the ref 5968A chronograph, with its popping orange personality. But what I think we're all beginning to appreciate, as time goes on, is the versatility of the Aquanaut. Where big bro, the Nautilus, has an obligation to stay refined to some extent, the younger 'Naut can shift and shake. In size, in colour, in strap, the options are…

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08.06.2019

10 actors wearing a Reverso that will make you realise you need a Reverso, feat. Matt Damon, Leo and more…

Editor's note: No matter how I try, I can't get the Reverso out of my head, or off my list. One day, the most elusive of wrist-worn eye candy will be mine. But until then, I will keep reading stories like these, building yet more reasons why it must happen.   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…

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04.06.2019

This is why the Patek Philippe Nautilus is somehow the biggest hype model of 2019 *Trigger warning, graphic images*

Editor's note: It's been quite a week for the Patek Philippe Nautilus. First, it had to deal with the stinging news that our very own Sandra Lane no longer desires it. Which was quickly followed by claims that it had murdered collectors, in a manner of speaking. Sandra was not alone in her views. Time+Tide's social channels lit up like a proverbial Christmas tree, with people complaining that there were no Patek models under their tree either. Despite having great relationships with ADs, despite offering to pay over retail, and so it went. And then, in a visual today that's doing the rounds on…

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04.06.2019

5 things you need to know about Bremont that explain why they have come so far so fast

I distinctly remember the first time my interest was piqued in Bremont. Until then, I'd seen the brand around, but not been attracted to what appeared to be pretty plum conservative designs. I'd noticed the watch in Kingsman: The Secret Service and thought it was a clever, jolly appropriate spot for such a British brand, but again I hadn't particularly warmed to the look of it – and without the ability to blow up enemies with it in real life, had no pressing urge to learn more. But then, in a meeting with an Australian distributor, a conversation took a twist.…

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29.05.2019

Our 5 favourite Franck Muller watches from the new 2019 collection, with a focus on the crazy ones

It's quite possible that when Steve Jobs said, 'Here's to the crazy ones', that master watchmaker Franck Muller was listening. And that he was inspired. Because when Franck Muller does watches well, the brand does them in a certain crazy, poetic and preposterous way. Take my absolute favourite (perhaps until a new contender, the 2019 'Remember' watch, to be discussed shortly) – which is unquestionably Crazy Hours. What is Franck Muller's Crazy Hours? It's a random scattering of numbers on the dial. It is a complication that has the hour hand snap with the speed of a switchblade from one…

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27.05.2019

James Marsden has no time for safe queens and thinks a $150,000 watch is meant to be worn

Editor's note: At SIHH 2017 I had the chance to chat with James Marsden, an IWC ambassador. At that time, I was fairly obsessed with Westworld. I was seeing a fair bit of James Marsden in my living room. Now, it's happening again. This time, he's a rich guy with fairly elastic morals in Dead To Me. It's excellent, and so is he. It reminded me of this story, and how, in a refreshing change of pace from many brand ambassadors, it turns out Marsden's watch knowledge is A+. Read on for more … One of the last people I saw before I…

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20.05.2019

4 bronze watches you may have missed from $700 to $7000, including Zelos, Bell & Ross and Montblanc

The use of bronze as a case material in watchmaking has surpassed trend to establish itself as a mainstay. Certain bronzed, beautiful models have achieved legend status, such as the Panerai Bronzo, the OG of modern bronze watches, but just as many go undiscovered and unheralded – we compiled a quartet of very different offerings, from big and square, to a very cool indie execution from an Asian-based brand, to the extremely odd pairing of bronze with ceramic. All watches are taken from our recent Buying Guide, which you can access free, and in full, here. Zelos Mako 500 Singapore-based…

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20.05.2019

Bringing one of the most badly abused Omega Speedmasters we've ever seen back from the dead

It takes a lot of physical abuse to make a watch as iconic as an Omega Speedmaster verge on unrecognisable. But the owner of this watch tried. When photos of a badly beaten 1969 Omega Speedmaster started doing the rounds on Instagram, it had our immediate attention. So many questions: What the hell are 'welding warts'? And what are they doing all over the case and pushers? What kind of monster does this to a Speedy, or any watch? And, most importantly, what kind of a maniac would take on a restoration project like this in the first place? "He…

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19.05.2019

7 watches well under $1000 from brands that offer surprise, delight and great value

When we set out to write our first Buying Guide, which is now free to access in digital form, we pushed everyone in the team to go as far afield as possible in sourcing watches at all price points, especially at the under $1000 range, where value propositions are harder to find. This would be for print, after all. It had to have real value. It was obviously worth it, because only a couple of boxes of our first edition remain, with issue two going into production any day now. Every time I pick it up, I'm refreshed by brands…

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17.05.2019

Our motorbike competition is closed, but the digital buying guide is still free to download

There are only three days until our competition for Australian watch lovers to win a Royal Enfield Stealth Black Time+Tide Special Edition closes. Entering is as easy as going here, letting us know what the last watch you bought was, filling in your details and joining our mailing list for all of those subscriber-only good-times. International readers win too, with free access to our Buying Guide, which until now has been print-only. We're giving away a bike because, well, it's a beautiful object. Either as the ultimate man cave decoration, or your weekend escape machine, it speaks to many of…

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16.05.2019

Are you more of a Panerai Radiomir or Luminor person? You should know after watching this video.

Editor's note: There are two incredibly strong and distinctive design codes within the Panerai brand. They are the Radiomir and Luminor collections — both are instantly recognisable. Both have unimpeachable histories: one decorated in war, the other in Hollywood. Both are manly as all get-out on the wrist. Though, interestingly, the more popular — and iconic — of the two is the baby, the less battle-tested Luminor. Hopefully you learn something through this process. We certainly did.   I'm putting myself out there in this video, which aims to establish whether the Panerai Luminor or Radiomir collection is more your jam. I'm pulling zero punches…

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16.05.2019

7 ways to spot a fake Tudor Black Bay

Editor's note: This story first ran a few years back, but, like the most virulent strains of disease, these watches are still circulating through the community, and – with what is estimated to be 30 to 40 million new fakes hitting the market every year – we receive a fairly steady stream of emails and DMs on the subject of how to identify any conspicuous tells of counterfeit models. Perhaps flatteringly for Tudor, the Black Bay is very popular with counterfeiters. We send this link out as a matter of course, but with a spate of queries lately, we thought it might be…

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15.05.2019

Is this the best blacked-out Seiko dive watch of recent times for under a grand?

Editor's note: The competition is mounting and mounting fast, but when the SRPC49K – or 'Darth Turtle', as it was coined by followers in a Time+Tide poll – was first released it was at the front of what would prove to be a vanguard of dark Seiko divers at still reasonable price points. The advent of the Seiko Prospex LX SNR029J at Baselworld 2019 has introduced even more contenders, but again at a much higher price. Which leaves this model as perhaps the ultimate blacked-out Seiko diver prospect for the money. Fair warning that the model is long sold out, but still can be found without too much digging.  Seiko…

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15.05.2019

This guy bought three of the same model in different metals and then left them in a safe for two decades. This is what happened next.

Editor's note: Brian King is a man who knows his mind. When Omega released a limited run of George Daniels' co-axial concept watches in the early 2000s, he knew immediately that he was interested in going deep. Over a couple of months, he bought all three. But that's only the start of the story. Here he writes of the watches' performance over time, and the living testament that they are to their creator.  Quality never costs, they say; it always pays. In 2002 I set out to purchase a very unusual trio of watches. About a year or so earlier, Omega began…

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15.05.2019

Revisiting the $20k fantasy watch collection, reader edition

Editor's note: The premise of the 20K Fantasy Watch Collection is simple: construct a hypothetical watch collection with as many watches as you like for as close to $20,000 AUD as possible. The only other stipulation — you can't choose any watches that you currently own. As for whether you choose new or second hand, it's up to you. Well, we had a lot of fun tackling it, back in the day and if the reaction on social media was anything to go by, you guys did too. To be honest, so much fun was had, we thought we'd keep the…

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Longines Heritage Military 14.05.2019

6 milestones / gifting occasions that you should buy a watch for (that also make good excuses to buy for yourself)

Personally, I don't need an excuse to buy a watch for myself. But I have, many times, used certain milestones as justification for a purchase whenever they have come under scrutiny. So whether or not you genuinely want to buy a timepiece to commemorate a special time in your life, or whether you just want a decent excuse to present to your family/partner/colleagues when you admit that the huge withdrawal from your savings account wasn't fraud, read on.  Graduation/Coming of age Stepping out into adulthood and graduating from high school and college are conveniently linked by the ages of 18 and…

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Rolex Air-King with double nine defect 13.05.2019

A modern Rolex with a major defect, the curious case of the Air-King 116900 with double nines

It's a modern-day escape from Alcatraz, where the escapee is a defect on a watch that makes it to market, and Alcatraz is the Rolex manufacture. That, I suspect, is flattering Alcatraz. Because, the fact that a modern Rolex with a defect you can actually see even exists is unthinkable to the point of immediately being suspected as a hoax. But here it is. Not only does a 'double nine' Rolex Air-King 116900 — with a nine where the '3' numeral should be — allegedly exist in the wild, it's been captured by Watchfinder & Co., who used the occasion to do…

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13.05.2019

3 watches that prove Elvis Presley was also the King of the unconventional

When this video, about holding Elvis Presley's diamond-encrusted Omega in my hand, posted just now, the first commenter wrote "so excited". This could be in relation to his own emotional state, or more likely it's a comment about mine, as I beam, grin and awkwardly talk my way through yet another surreal moment that had me questioning: is this true real life? I was excited. So excited, because — hot on the heels of a watch that went to space, and one that ruled the free world for a period — I was now holding a watch I'd seen in movies,…

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13.05.2019

The best watches to wear with black – Part 1, featuring Rolex, Omega, Hublot and Panerai

It may come as news to you (but not to our second biggest audience group by city, after Sydney) that people from Melbourne have a thing for wearing black. Some say it's an inherently arty nature. You never know when you're going to be invited to a gallery launch, after all. Being from Melbourne, we can confirm the cliché, and we do conform a lot of the time, especially during winter – which has just arrived. Black is easy, black is practically dress code-less and black is a great blank canvas to allow a watch to shine on the wrist…

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13.05.2019

The best watches to wear with black – Part 2, featuring Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Tudor and Bulgari

You could argue that matching watches with a black outfit is the easiest of all scenarios — any watch you choose is hardly going to clash. But while it's safe, it's also an opportunity, because when it's done well, it can be unforgettable. When we put the question to you, our readers and followers — What do you wear when you go back to black like Keanu in his recent Saint Laurent campaign? — the options came thick and fast. This is Part 2 of what watches to wear with black. Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight @wilcoombes — Of course Keanu would have…

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06.05.2019

"Instead of watching TV when I was 10 years old, I took watches apart." Celebrating 10 years of Louis Vuitton's Spin Time with its creator, Michel Navas

When it comes to watchmaking, it's no stretch of a hairspring to say that Michel Navas has done it all. He was a key figure at Gérald Genta in the high complications team in the boom times of the '90s. He also worked at Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. At Franck Muller, he masterminded the implementation of a complication based on the personality of its creator, from concept to the wrist — the 'Crazy Hours'. The luminous brilliance of this invention, which sees the hour hand jump capriciously (and just about instantaneously) around the dial to the non-sequential numbers, is undimmed…

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04.05.2019

The Longines Legend Diver Black is now available for pre-sale in our shop – with a sweetener

The Longines Legend Diver Black is available for pre-sale in our shop now! As Australians, and as AC/DC fans, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the Longines Legend Diver is back in black, and the first 25 pieces to be released in Australia are available for pre-sale right now in our shop for $3550. In typical Time+Tide fashion, there is also a premium ballistic nylon 'Midnight Dark' NATO included in the price, to give you an instant strap-change option that is 100% tried, tested and approved by our team. It looks like pure black fire, with black metal…

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29.04.2019

Our Royal Enfield competition is open – enter now to win a Stealth Black Time+Tide Classic 500 Special Edition

It's black. It's inspired by Bobber bikes from the '50s. And it could be yours. Our competition to win a Royal Enfield Stealth Black Time+Tide Special Edition Motorcycle is open. Entrants can also win one of hundreds of premium ballistic nylon Time+Tide NATO straps instantly. Enter to win a Royal Enfield Stealth Black Time+Tide Special Edition Motorcycle here To read more about the competition, see this post. Please note, this competition is for Australian entrants only. However, to celebrate the moment, we're making our previously print-only Buying Guide available for free; you can read it here. A quick summary of the Terms and…

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27.04.2019

We are giving away a Royal Enfield Stealth Black Time+Tide Special Edition Motorcycle, enter on Monday

Watch lovers don't need to be told that great things take time. And that's certainly been the case leading up to this moment. As readers of our NOW magazine know, last year we had a little dalliance with the brand that used to inhabit our HQ space, and now lives next door. Royal Enfield. Basically, we had a few beers one afternoon and found some matt black, lightly modded common ground between watches and vintage-inspired bikes. Shortly after, we started work with them on a project that had sheer, exuberant fun as its intention. A Time+Tide motorcycle. We wanted it…

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16.04.2019

Is this double-denim Omega Seamaster Railmaster fashion-forward or a faux pas?

Editor's note: We could always tell by the way the Omega Seamaster Railmaster 'Blue Denim' used its walk that it walked a fine line between a strong look and something else. The winds of sartorial change have changed direction since it was first released in 2018, with Levi's recently re-releasing their 'Engineered' range, 20 years after it was first introduced in the '90s. Where does that leave the Omega Seamaster Railmaster 'Blue Denim'? Well, 'double denim' was once a fashion crime. It was a simple dressing rule that would help people avoid ridicule in public. For example, should I wear this denim…

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TAG Heuer Monaco blue dial 15.04.2019

WHAT SEALED THE DEAL: On Andrew's TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 CAW211P

When we came up with the concept for 'what sealed the deal', it was all about those micro-details and micro-decisions that happen in the final stages of a purchase. Tiny things you can't get out of your head about a watch. That case shape. Those burnt orange indices that are coloured not by paint, but by oxidisation. Most of the factors that sealed the deal on my TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 were documented in this video below, but there is always more to the story, so here it is. When did you first see/hear about it? This is a…

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15.04.2019

VIDEO: A five-minute crash course on how a tourbillon works and what it's comprised of

Editor's note: If I look a little flustered and stiff in this video, it's because I'm not entirely comfortable when I'm invited to get a lab coat on in a watch manufacture. Too many times, humiliation has followed. I don't come at watches from a technical perspective, and that's largely because I don't have that kind of brain. When I'm asked to reconstruct an escapement, I want to escape, basically. Know thyself, right? While some dignity was restored recently, when I went up against the venerable @fkscholz in a watchmaking challenge 101, I'm unlikely to be buying a set of tools any time…

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12.04.2019

6 of the best everyday watch options from from $1000 – $11,000, starring Rolex, Longines and IWC

Editor's note: Despite us pretty much living in the watches game, plenty of watches slip under our radar. Last year, Felix sketched out a list from various price points of lesser known low-key watches that are still, undeniably, lit. From the blue pops and sweet bracelet of the 44mm Panerai Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio to the gradient dial and attractive price tag of the Tissot Seamaster to the Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar (another one with a pretty hot value proposition), it covers some ground and unearths some beauties.  Sometimes I like to think of the watch industry's annual releases…

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10.04.2019

Is this Rolex boring or beautiful? Either way, it's under $10k and you can probably buy it, so there's that …

Editor's note: There's a knock on the Time+Tide HQ front door. It pushes open and a face pokes around. Is this Time and Tide, the watch website? (There's no signage, so it takes logo recognition to find us.) Felix, Emma, Sarah or I jump up, walk over and say, yes it is, how are you, etc. Conversation turns quickly to watches — when they discovered us, what's next for their wrist. And then, in all seriousness, seven times out of 10, it lands on the fact that you can't buy a recent Rolex. Why? We usually steer the conversation in a…

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10.04.2019

8 German watch brands that put the 'Swiss is best' argument to bed with a glass of schnapps

Editor's note: The rise and rise of not just the quality, but the cachet of German watchmaking in recent years has all but put to rest the notion that fine watchmaking is the preserve of the Swiss alone. It's no longer an argument that has any heat — or any credibility. Therefore, a list of great German watchmakers in 2019 (first published in 2018, the superfans will tell you) borders on a no-brainer. But that said, there may be one or two discoveries in there. Felix runs us through some of his favourites, one or two of which he wears on a very regular basis.…

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09.04.2019

VIDEO: A century of Zenith El Primero on offer in the A386 Revival 50th Anniversary gold models from Baselworld 2019

A century? Wait, isn't the Zenith El Primero celebrating its 50th birthday this year? Yes, correct. However, in a surprise move, the brand is offering a 50-year warranty on these A386 Revival 50th Anniversary models in 18ct gold (white, yellow and red, all at the same price). Hence the 100 years — 50 years of goodness just gone, and 50 to come with these sensitively reissued 38mm tri-colour overlapping register chronographs with stunningly finished El Primero 400 movements. There's really a lot to love about this collection, and most of it is good and simple. Zenith did the right thing by…

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09.04.2019

'Too big, too chunky, not versatile…' Why the Fifty-Eight was the answer to this guy's Tudor Black Bay blues …

Editor's note: There were some notable absences at Baselworld 2019. A new Milgauss from Rolex, a new Monaco from TAG Heuer; in fact, the only birthday that happened on schedule, apart from the barnstorming return of Doxa in time for its 130th, was the glorious profusion of Zenith El Primero models. But no missing model was quite as glaring to us as the absence of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, a watch introduced in 2018 that chiselled back the slab sides of the original Black Bay by circa 20 per cent and revealed a shapely, infinitely more ergonomic body. Will we have to…

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09.04.2019

VIDEO: Diamonds, rubies and Ronaldo, 4 Franck Muller watches worth $7m

Franck Muller excel at three things: highly complicated watches, including the most complicated wristwatch in the world, shown in this video (worth a cool $4.3 million dollars); the sleek Curvex case, and diamonds. Lots and lots of diamonds. If you want to shine bright like one, and you have a million Australian dollars, you're in luck. We have them on our wrists in this video. FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD INVISIBLE SETTING Fun fact: This extraordinary fully diamond-set watch is a challenge to create, because, according to the designer, the diamonds are effectively set upside down, with the crown and pavilion facing into…

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08.04.2019

VIDEO: Holding JFK's Omega Ultra-Thin watch gave me some strange feels

John F. Kennedy was a watch guy. He was rarely, if ever, sighted without one. A personal favourite of his was this Omega Ultra-Thin ref OT3980 gifted to him by his friend and former member of the Florida State House of Representatives Grant Stockdale. When we visited Omega's headquarters in Bienne last year, we were fortunate enough to be given a tour of the museum, with a rare invitation to handle any watch that caught our eye. This was absolutely one of them. How to describe the feeling of holding in your hand an object with the human detritus of…

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03.04.2019

VIDEO: Andrew picks 3 watches from Basel under $3000 for your first good watch, and it's two divers and a battle-weary soldier

I can remember very clearly what it was like to be on the other side of my first 'good' watch. I would trawl daily the second-hand sites for incomings, researching models and brands. I would stare in wonder at the pages I was laying out in a magazine for a watch retailer – mentally filing models by price, availability and location. I would have loved a video like this at that phase of life. One that pulls together three contenders from the latest crop – catering to different tastes but a budget of under $3000. Well, to be fair, there…

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31.03.2019

VIDEO: Andrew's top 3 Basel 2019 watches between $10,000 and $35,000 inc. Zenith, Bulgari and Rolex

I feel that I need to briefly explain when these videos happen, and what's going on with us at these points in time. They are filmed on our last day at Basel. They are filmed without an autocue (I know, unbelievable!). They are filmed with zero access to any illegal substances. And they ALL contain traces of intense fatigue thanks to the jet lag, the severity of which only Australians in Europe who started working straight off a plane can understand. That said, we've come to consider this a magic cocktail. Because, when Marcus says go, we are more ourselves…

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31.03.2019

VIDEO: Andrew's top 3 Basel 2019 watches under $10,000, inc. Breitling, Chanel and bronze

Given the vastly reduced number of brands in Hall 1 at Baselworld 2019 there were vastly fewer choices this year across all price points, but particularly in this one. The Swatch Group excel in sub $10K watches, and their absence was felt when it came time for Felix and I to retreat to our corners and start scratching out our personal favourites. However, after skulking off at somewhere in the process to explore Hall 1.1 and other places, I discovered three cracking options for not just under 10K, but under 5. I thought it was worth giving them their own video. They're…

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28.03.2019

VIDEO: Hublot shine at a dull Baselworld 2019 with a brand new model and more

At a Baselworld that failed to excite on many levels, Hublot revved up crowds with an entirely new model, a 90th birthday collaboration that is anything but for the elderly, a totally bonkers tattooist tie-in and a Spirit of Big Bang that is a true blue beauty. Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT Let's cut the suspense and kick off with that new model – the 45mm Classic Fusion Ferrari GT. Now this has wooed some new fans to the brand for its more subtle stylings. Co-designed by Flavio Manzoni, Senior Vice President of Design at Ferrari, it features a raised, rounded…

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21.03.2019

How did Time and Tide even get here? This is a short video that tells our story, and it involves chocolate

Have you ever wondered how Time+Tide came to be? Who are the people behind it? Apart from Andrew and Felix that is. And, hey, what exactly happened for us to grow from a watch Instagram account in Melbourne, Australia, with 18 followers in 2014 to be here at Baselworld for the I don't know how many-eth time, getting hugged in hallways by the frightening force of nature that is Jean-Claude Biver… This year, JCB even remembered my name. It's a wonderful world. This video tells the story of how we came to be part of this community, and it has a…

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09.03.2019

LIST: 1 thing Andrew is looking forward to seeing at Baselworld 2019

The brief was to write a range of things you're looking forward to seeing at Baselworld. And yes, I'm looking forward to the new Milgauss as much as anyone, and, like Felix, I want to see some hot hot heat in the 5-10k price point, as well as — like Sandra wished — a regular production Zenith Defy Lab (sweet lord, we really need something new to talk about from a movement POV). But, really, this year's Basel is going to be like catching up with a mate who's been through a catastrophic divorce that's cleaned him out to the tune of…

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07.03.2019

HOW TO: Get a job in the high complications department at Jaeger-LeCoultre

As far as high-comps departments go, Jaeger-LeCoultre is right up in the most rarefied air of exhilarating places to be for a young watchmaker. But first, how to get there? What traits and qualities does JLC look for in the process of hiring the best and brightest new watchmakers? Stéphane Belmont, Director of Heritage and Rare Pieces, explains what it takes. What skills do you look for in the technicians who will work in the high complications department? There is not one type. We have very different personalities who work in this department – the diversity of the people is…

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01.03.2019

"I definitely think the Porsche Design by IWC Ocean 2000 is undervalued, but don't expect that to last forever!" 6 reasons it might be a sleeper classic

When the idea was first hatched that we would work with IWC on auctioning a rare-in-this-condition Porsche Design by IWC Ocean 2000 ref 3504 for charity, a name quickly emerged as someone to consult with on the process. Carson Chan is not only the Head of Mission of Greater China for the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), but he's also an out and proud superfan of this collaboration between Porsche Design and IWC that was, as we explained in the last story, a victim of its outrageous success.  Whenever we would speak about this particular watch, well before this opportunity arose, his…

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23.02.2019

NEWS: We are auctioning a seriously cult-worthy watch for charity, the Porsche Design by IWC Ocean 2000

The Porsche Design by IWC Ocean 2000 ref 3504 is the kind of model that makes the experience of being into watches great again. But more about the watch later. Because the really great news is that we have one (in pretty extraordinary condition) to auction on eBay, from this morning. You can bid on the watch right now, here. The auction will run for the next seven days. All monies raised will go toward the vital work of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Assocation of Victoria, an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for MND. "Until there is a cure, there…

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14.02.2019

EDITOR'S PICK: Happy Valentine's Day, you're dumped. That time our intern broke up with Swiss watchmaking

It's a romantic day, and we're hoping it's all roses for you, but let's not forget, love can be a bitch. And two years ago, in a memorable rant, our intern Elise announced to us that she was losing interest in Swiss watchmaking. She was more into the Germans. The Japanese. Because it was February, we decided to commemorate that day, and ask deeper questions about why the relationship had gone bad. It's a bit of fun for Valentine's Day, please consume whimsically. (And for those trying to snoop, we're pretty sure Elise was wearing a gold Bell & Ross…

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14.02.2019

LIST: 3 Santos models from the new Cartier collection explained by Cartier

Marie-Laure Cérède, creative director of watchmaking at Cartier, is our eloquent tour guide for the 2019 Cartier collection, with a focus on the new faces and physiques of the Santos family. The 2019 Santos-Dumont T+T: What is the logic behind the new quartz movement-powered and smaller-sized Santos-Dumont? MLC: Since we relaunched the Santos last year we have a new generation of Santos lovers, and we wanted the Santos-Dumont to also address the expectation of the new generation. For me, it really completes the family. You have the style and the quality of the higher range, but you have a new…

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04.02.2019

The three things that convinced me to take Bulgari seriously as a watchmaker

It's not an easy, or necessarily wise, thing to admit, but the first 'proper' cologne I ever purchased (with money from my job working at the deli in Coles) was Bulgari. And the first expensive sunglasses I owned? Also Bulgari. It was natural, then, that when I entered the world of haute horology a decade or so ago, my first associations with the brand were not akin to some of the houses who have literally centuries of backstory – and a single product focus – to offer in comparison. I paint this picture, and I tell this personal story, because…

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29.01.2019

VIDEO: Andrew's top 3 picks of SIHH 2019 over $35k

If the over $35,000 price point is not the most crowded at SIHH, it is equal to the 20-35k bracket before it. There are a lot of watches to choose from. From Baume & Mercier, with a well-priced perpetual calendar that dropped just over 35kAUD, to Richard Mille's sweet Bonbon confection, practically all brands were in the arena for this podium call – though only three made it. One other small note about this bracket: this year we isolated the high complications to their own category, which means that all those people listing VC and JLC in their lists on…

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24.01.2019

LIST: Andrew's top 3 picks from SIHH 2019 between $10k and $35k, including Panerai, IWC and Ulysse Nardin

This price bracket is a sweet spot for SIHH and the going gets tough when it comes to picking the standouts. One of the benefits of Felix and I splitting our picks this year is that we can cover more ground. That said, we still maintain our habit of not sharing our choices before we go to air. Sometimes there are brand double-ups, more often not. Regular viewers will know that we take spontaneity very seriously. Collusion is just not an option if it's at the expense of an authentic moment of shock and/or awe. So, to my choices ……

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23.01.2019

"We want to take the top guys down," says new TAG Heuer tennis ambassador Alex De Minaur

Few sports so frequently, and so intensely, show the individual under pressure as Grand Slam tennis singles. Take the case of Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, who just two days ago defeated the GOAT (fact), Roger Federer. At the end of the first set, a grimly fought 13-11 tiebreak that went against him, he looked gone. Statisticians reeled off the odds from a first-set deficit against the Fed and they all looked beyond bleak. The GOAT doesn't tend to look back from an early lead. But the young Greek gun had other ideas. He won in four, and won again today,…

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19.01.2019

LIST: Andrew's top 3 picks under $10k from SIHH 2019

To atone for our tardy 2018 Top 10 lists, and to prove we haven't just spent a week in Geneva looking backwards, we're moving quickly on now to what has been the work at hand the last five days – reporting on the first major watch fair of the year, something we call SIHH, or Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. As usual, we have handled hundreds and hundreds of brand new watches. But slightly different to usual, instead of spending all of our time in Geneva bashing away on laptops in the evenings or in the 5-minute spaces between…

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18.01.2019

Win a Time+Tide lapel pin by telling us your favourites watches from SIHH on YouTube

This year there's a BIG twist with our video lists, which will start rolling in over the next week – we're inviting you to share your picks in each price point in the comments section of YouTube. The commenter with the most likes on their SIHH 2019 list on 1 July 2019 will receive something that we do not offer for sale; a Time+Tide lapel pin handcrafted by an Australian ex-Rolex watchmaker in sterling silver (with an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper to allow for some patina action as they age), acid-etched and polished. This pin is a…

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18.01.2019

LIST: Andrew's top 10 of 2018, including Patek Philippe, Seiko and Bremont

It's lovely and ironic. We work with time every day, and yet we are no closer to mastering it. Here we are at the first major watch fair of the year, early in 2019, filming our personal favourites from the year before. While we are clearly late, the extra distance has provided more clarity. I am pretty sure about this elite group of 10; in various ways they have already stood the test of time, and when I think about them, they still come in hot. Often we are compiling lists – as we will do this afternoon, summing up the…

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13.01.2019

OPINION: 3 stress relief ideas if the new Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 collection is causing you discomfort

Feelings. We all have them. They make us human. They make us who we are. But sometimes they can get the better of us. Like, remember when Tudor released the Black Bay chronograph? Boy, that seemed controversial at the time. And then there was the new Rolex Air-King. Holy smokes! Who could forget all this madness? Neither, however, has caused quite the unholy shitstorm of hurt feelings like the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59, released officially last night at 8pm Geneva time, from whence we lay our scene. We thought it would be appropriate, as a sign of our care and respect for…

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10.01.2019

LIST: Well suited – from business to black tie, we've got you covered with these 4 watches

By lore, a watch should not be worn with formal attire; you're at a sophisticated evening and that is where your attention should remain. But who doesn't love breaking the rules? Smart casual – TAG Heuer Autavia In the clothing world, smart casual is tough. In the watch world however, a sports watch hits this dress code every time. When it comes to the Autavia there's no need to overthink the suit options, apart from whether your cuff width can fit it; otherwise you may have to roll up your sleeves, which, if worn on a casual Friday, might just…

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31.12.2018

LIST: Andrew McUtchen's 4 favourite stories of 2018

This is among my favourite days of the year. When, from the relative peace and quiet of the gap between Christmas and New Year, there's a chance to look back at another 12 months of Time+Tide. 2018 was our biggest year yet, in every sense — traffic, travel, trips to the post office to mail out magazines, as well as more trolls and gladiators than ever before; it all escalated quickly. It was awesome. These are my favourite four stories of the year. Russell Crowe tells us all the watch stories I didn't know what 'AMSR' was until this video.…

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10.12.2018

EVENT: An evening exploring why Chopard is a brand watch people are getting excited about

Late last week, Time+Tide was honoured to co-host an exclusive event at the Sydney Chopard boutique that centred around a tour of the key features of a genuine rockstar of a watch – the 2017 GPHG Aiguille d'Or winner, the extraordinary Chopard L.U.C Full Strike. Also attending the event were members of the Trivett Bespoke and Cure Cancer teams as well as some Baselworld 2018 Chopard L.U.C pieces. I explained to an intimate luxury cellar of just 25 people, in reverent tones, that standing next to the Full Strike, not just the model (which has been sold out worldwide since…

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09.12.2018

Introducing Watch Lovers Gift Packs

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. And that's largely because there's an uncomfortable pressure mounting to buy presents and to have an answer when your friends, family and beloved ask, "what do you want this year?" The answer might just be one of our gift packs, available for a limited time in the Time+Tide shop. We are here to help, and for the first time, we're making it easier than ever to buy for the watch people in your life with a range of carefully selected assortments of our superior quality watch products. If anyone you know is into watches,…

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Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition SPB085 01.12.2018

We have 4 Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition SPB085s in the shop right now

Yesterday, we announced the global release of this curious – what a lush colour scheme! – and extremely capable Seiko Presage Limited Edition with that Urushi dial-to-die-for. Today, we're once again proud to announce that Seiko Australia has trusted us with half of the Australian allocation of eight watches. We have four in the shop as of right now for $3,400, you can buy it here. In typical Time+Tide fashion we will be including a taupe  Tuscan leather Time+Tide travel pouch with the watch to make sure that when it goes places, it's travelling in style. Taking inspiration from the rich…

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24.11.2018

VIDEO: Oh boy. Andrew vs Felix in watch rebuild battle at the Omega Service Centre. Watchmakers, look away …

In a battle that's been brewing since the dawn of Time (and Tide, in 2014), Andrew and Felix finally pick up the tools and take on the challenge of taking apart and then rebuilding a manually wound movement. We lay our scene at the Omega Service Centre in Melbourne, and the occasion is somewhat of a celebration around the announcement that Omega has upgraded its Manufacturer's Warranty on all watches to a whopping five years — three years longer than the industry's standard warranty of two years, which is demanded by European law. Unlike most other manufacturers that offer five years warranty…

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08.11.2018

INSIGHT: Is the Octo Finissimo really a 'game changer'? Bulgari MD Guido Terreni gives us three reasons

If you take the term 'game changer' at its most literal, it is a development, a breakthrough that changes the game. No matter how you interpret the term, it's a big call. And the watch world in particular is a big game to have any meaningful impact on, given the vastness of its history and the giants in its immediate and distant past. At a recent event in Shanghai, Bulgari unveiled their most complicated watch ever, the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar, which combines grand strike and perpetual complications – no mean feat, and an achievement appreciated by an Asian…

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03.11.2018

EVENT: Launching Time+Tide's NOW Magazine at our HQ (was a lot of fun)

On Monday, October 29 we threw a party to celebrate the launch of our new magazine. At least that's what we said the party was about. In Felix and my opening speech, though, we admitted that it was at least as much, if not more, about thanking our readers and the local watch industry that had supported us "since 2014". Because these are the people, in addition to the actual core team, who built Time+Tide. It was perhaps the brightest highlight of our nearly five-year history as a watch publication. It was a Monday. But few seemed to notice. It was awesome. [BUY…

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02.11.2018

INTRODUCING: Time+Tide's NOW Magazine Edition 1, now available in the shop

It was the kind of unanswerable question only a toddler could ask. We were sitting in a sun-warmed café window-seat early one morning, and the moon was still visible in the blue sky. While I sipped my latte, and my eldest daughter, Indie, smeared as much of her berry smoothie on her upper lip as possible, I'd mused out loud, "Can you believe we went there? All the way to the moon for a walk and to collect some rocks and then home again …" My voice trailed off. Indie's piped up. "Why haven't we been back?" [BUY THE MAGAZINE…

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27.10.2018

EVENT: 4 watches & 4 quotes from the Australian launch of the new Grand Seiko quartz GMT calibre

During the week, we were privileged to host the official Seiko Australia launch of the Grand Seiko GMT Quartz Calibre at a Melbourne restaurant called Kuro Kisumé. We've had some good old times over the years, but this was really up there. Minds were blown by the food – believe the hype – wrists were tempted by the watches, and new friends were made, from all walks of life. From firefighters to plastic surgeons to an elite bodyguard, to 'Mr Grand Seiko' (handle: @mrgrandseiko — too legit), we had the right people in the room. The atmosphere of the evening, my…

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09.10.2018

VIDEO: Holding the last watch that walked on the moon in your hand (and quietly freaking out)

Nothing hints at the story of a watch more than its imperfections. A thick scratch across the crystal. Could that have been a motorbike accident? A near miss with a switchblade? A ding in the otherwise smooth shoulder of the lugs. Something mundane like an errant car door, or seatbelt buckle on a plane? A particular burnishing to a deployant, suggesting an activity performed daily by the wearer, such as aluminium MacBook Pro scratches in the case of all my watches. No watch imperfections have moved me quite like the ones on this watch that Omega Museum Director Mr Petros…

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25.09.2018

ANNOUNCING: New in the shop, the handsome AF Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde and why we rate it

This morning we are announcing a new addition to the Time+Tide shop — the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde, see the listing here. Tissot's heritage game has been unimpeachable the last few years, with the Heritage 1948 causing quite a stir last year, and the solid, tidy and classic Petite Seconde making 2018 a one-two punch. Perhaps the central argument for these pieces, which reflect the depth of the brand's 165-odd year archive, is the value proposition. They have style, they have movements found in more expensive brands' watches — so there's a big tick there in bang for buck — and they…

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22.09.2018

LIST: Do I still rate my top 10 watches of 2017? Uh. Hmmm. Some of them?

There are all kinds of forces at work when you're under pressure to come up with your 'best of the year' lists. There's end of year fatigue. There's the hype around new releases, late in the piece. There's bias of every possible variety. It's much more clear-eyed in September of the year after. So here goes. What I said in December 2017, or Jan 2018 versus all of the settling and objectivity that comes with nine months distance. Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin 'Jumbo' Royal Oak (Ref 15202) Then: "Yellow gold combined with navy dials always catch my eye, but the fascination I have…

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17.09.2018

ANNOUNCING: Our shop is the only place in Australia you can buy the limited Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Blue

What a way to start a Monday. We are so proud and privileged to announce that we have the full Australian allocation – just two watches of 200 ever produced – of a very special watch to offer in the Time+Tide shop. It is a Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic with blue nuances that we have taken to calling 'Electric Blue'. The price is AUD$19,750. The purchase price of the watch also includes a year of watch insurance, which protects you at home and on the road, in Australia and abroad. As of this morning, after a pre-sale for subscribers over the weekend…

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13.08.2018

NEWS: We've discovered a new species of watch wearer, and it ain't pretty

There are few things more exciting than discovering an entirely new species. Especially creatures from the abyss, and there happens to be the largest and deepest one on the planet just to the east of Australia. Scientists recently discovered this cute little guy in there. He still remains nameless if you have any ideas? We also discovered a new type of watch wearer this month and in our opinion it's significantly less savoury to consider than our seemingly scale and skin-less fishy friend. If you're an easily offended watch person you should hit the Back button right now. Because, according to The Independent, there…

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01.08.2018

CHAMPAGNE: It's our 2000th post and all you get is this list of our hottest hits…

I'd like to say I remember the first post we ever published on Time+Tide. But I have no idea. Was it a 'hello world' that spelled out our sparkling vision? A watch review of something released early in 2014? Your guess really is as good as mine. That seems pretty average on my part — and easily remedied with a quick search — but today is our 2000th post, so we're looking to the future with amnesia fully intact. There are, I should point out, lots of stories I will never forget among the 360-odd of mine that have been published over…

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16.07.2018

ANNOUNCING: If you're thinking about buying an Autavia, now is the time to move – our Collector's Packs are on sale today

Our Autavia plus Collector's Packs go on sale today. Last week, we announced that we've put together a Collector's Pack to include with our limited sale of 10 TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 watches. Today, the sale is live — you can check it out right now in the shop. The sale is for a few reasons, not least because we're big fans of the watch and the movement – at its price, a manufacture chronograph with on-point panda looks is a solid proposition. It's also because we wanted to throw a bit of a bash to celebrate co-founder of…

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12.07.2018

ANNOUNCING: We are selling 10 TAG Heuer Autavias with Collector's Pack and exclusive event, launching Monday

** The TAG Heuer Autavia with Time+Tide Collector's Pack will be available in the Time+Tide shop from Monday 16th July at 9am, or Friday via a newsletter resale. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here. ** The reaction to the TAG Heuer Autavia re-release was hardly a slow-burn. The curtain was drawn back at Baselworld 2017, people cheered, and frankly, the applause has kept going. And going. For 18-months and counting. The extended encore is not just to do with those perfect Panda proportions, it's also on account of the four (!) major limited editions of the Autavia re-edition that…

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10.07.2018

VIDEO: Hang on, Omega have put century-old movements in 'new' watches, and you can actually buy them?

It started with a conversation. Two guys shooting the breeze. One of them, the Omega Museum Director, Petros Protopapas; the other, a publisher of content about watches — me. We were in Sydney, at the launch of the Australian flagship boutique in Martin Place, which is incidentally the largest Omega boutique in the world. I remember it was a beautiful summer's day that was on the verge of becoming a midsummer night's dream, starring Cindy Crawford and a harbourside mansion. An idea was forming about staging a "night at the museum", at the Omega Museum, in Biel, Switzerland, opposite the…

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07.07.2018

NEWS: Will this upcoming moon blockbuster cause Speedy stocks to rise even higher?

Ryan Gosling and a stellar cast, including Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame) and the Queen herself (Claire Foy), have the afterburners lit for a movie about the Moon that is set to rival Apollo 13 as a major motion picture event. It's called First Man, and is billed as a Neil Armstrong biopic. The trailer looks crazy. I've watched it repeatedly today, and still find myself goosebumping at the last 15 seconds. This comes in a week when I was incredibly honoured to actually hold the last watch that walked on the Moon, belonging to Eugene Cernan.…

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25.06.2018

VIDEO: Confused by the ever-expanding TAG Heuer Carrera collection? Chris Hemsworth is here to help

So, you're interested in a TAG Heuer Carrera? Great! But I'm afraid I'm going to need a lot more information. Are you into modern, larger watches? Do you prefer time-only or complications? Ceramic or steel? Do you like Pandas? Because where once 'Carrera' was code for sporty, broadly classic-looking chronographs, it can now encompass some decidedly not-vintage inspired designs such as the Heuer-01, and the futuristic Heuer-02 range. So, how do you break down in your mind the three distinct pillars of product in the Carrera family? With Chris Hemsworth of course. His movies are remarkably — and reliably — analogous to…

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Swiss Watch Luxury 09.06.2018

EVENT: Hemsworth Thors a cold Sydney night auctioning watch for charity at TAG Heuer '55 Years of Carrera' Exhibition

In an unusually candid on-stage interview, Chris Hemsworth has revealed that he often buys watches for his support staff when a movie wraps and that his relationship with TAG Heuer started when he was gifted a watch after the 2013 movie Rush. "I think TAG Heuer probably realised I was into the brand when I started buying more of them for myself and my team to celebrate the end of a movie. I don't mean hundreds of people, just my chef, my trainer, my stuntman." Hemsworth, who became one of the brand's global ambassadors in 2015, was the guest of…

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Moser pioneer Swiss Watch Luxury 07.06.2018

MY MONTH WITH: The H. Moser & Cie Pioneer (and why I bought one)

I'm eternally fascinated by the drivers of a watch purchase. The behaviours and the catalyst/s that can precede the moment one decides they want to invest in a wristwatch. What's most intriguing is how totally different the process can be, based on the watch. For example, this one, and my journey to it. From a personal point of view, what leads me to that most happy of hashtags — #newwatchalert — more than anything else is research. Lots of collecting images. Lots of review reading. A constant saving of Instagram pics to my phone gallery. Updating my desktop to a high-res…

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TAG Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector's Edition 24.05.2018

VIDEO: Vintage Heuer is through the roof, so why isn't my new TAG Heuer worth more? Biver responds

If you look at the last two years, the price of vintage Heuer has rocketed, but so far the uplift has not raised all boats on the modern TAG Heuer and Heuer tide. David Chalmers, founder of Calibre 11, the "home of TAG Heuer and vintage Heuer collectors", asks the CEO of TAG Heuer, Jean-Claude Biver, why is it so? For those not interested in watching the 90-second response from Mr Biver, the transcript is below. If you look at the last two years, the price of vintage Heuer has rocketed, but I wonder how much benefit has that given…

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21.05.2018

EXCLUSIVE: We have the third H. Moser & Cie video for the Pioneer collection and it's one for the dads

I don't know about you, but I've enjoyed H. Moser & Cie being around lately. They've put a smile on my dial, while creating some of the best examples of watch dials ever created. It's like about five years of guffaws and loud sniggers, accrued through full-time work in the watch game, and previously hidden behind a hand, were allowed to escape. I could finally, finally, laugh out loud at an industry that never — literally never — laughs at itself. Moser's new mission in satire is in aid of finding the perfect launch concept for their Pioneer Collection, called 'The Pioneer Chronicles'. The first of…

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21.05.2018

EVENT: Panerai celebrate first Australian boutique with mind-blowing nightlong event

Last week, Panerai lifted the bar for local watch events with a boutique launch that started at its Collins Street CBD location, transferred to the palatial family home of Australia's most famous chef, Shannon Bennett and concluded with a personal chauffeur home for each guest. The evening's entertainment, in addition to the display of Panerai's 2018 novelties, as well as modern classics like the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM 684) above, was provided by pianist David Helfgott, the subject of Oscar-winning movie Shine. He played a classical set with such abandon that he struggled to stay seated, and…

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20.05.2018

LIST: 9 things you could buy instead of an H. Moser & Cie Pioneer in steel for the same money

Full disclosure. Earlier this year I bought an H. Moser & Cie Pioneer in steel with a blue dial. So the brand's recent anti-campaign called 'The Pioneer Chronicles', which is, in actuality, as much about calling B.S on Swiss watch marketing departments as it is about the watch itself, was well and truly after the fact. What were my reasons then, if not inspired by a campaign that has basically sent the message that #realtalk is to be the ongoing lingua franca from the Schaffhausen-based brand? I will save that confessional for another story. Today, I want to share with…

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26.04.2018

VIDEO: The Longines Legend Diver that seems to have won everyone over

Oh what a difference a strap makes. Last year, when Longines chose to pair their mighty Legend Diver — a watch the Vice President calls the most successful heritage model ever — with a Milanese loop bracelet, they succeeded in creating a third wave of interest in the model that made its way to the door of Time+Tide in Melbourne. The first wave was at its launch in 2007, auspiciously without date. The second wave was the date version that inevitably followed, and the third was the 2017 release with Milanese bracelet. With its heavy, supple bracelet in polished steel making the polished case shine…

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16.04.2018

LIST: Andrew's top 10 watches from Basel in pictures

For a watch lover, Baselworld is the big dance. It is every birthday rolled into one. It is Vegas, it is Christmas, it is a jolt back to childhood, when you would count sleeps before a special day. It's awesome. And, I think you will be able to quickly establish from the video, we get ever so slightly overstimulated by all the lights, jetlag, cameras and the watch action. In the days leading up to Basel, speculation runs rife about who will release what. Those adept at Photoshop design the watches they'd like to see, and social media, the new…

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08.04.2018

VIDEO: Disassembling a Hublot Unico GMT to see how it works

When it comes to GMTs, you'd be hard pressed to find one as user friendly and as easily operable as the Hublot Unico GMT. As part of our mini-series, exploring some unique Hublot takes on complications, we asked the Head of the High Complication department Emmanuel Missillier how it works? The answer involves some intricate wiring, replacing one chronograph module with a GMT plate and a day / night indicator that makes this one of the most legible and simple-to-read examples of the complication on the market.

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04.04.2018

VIDEO: What is actually unique about a Hublot Unico movement?

When you name something 'Unico', it's only fair that people ask what is unique about it. At least this was my logic when confronted with an uncased Hublot Unico movement at the manufacture, on a visit that took place after SIHH in January this year. The head of Hublot's High Complication Department, Emmanuel Missillier, was happy to oblige in providing more detail about the movement, picking three of its defining characteristics. I went in with some basic knowledge. I knew that the Unico was Hublot's first in-house movement, and also that it is a flyback chronograph (Emmanuel also demonstrates how…

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31.03.2018

VIDEO: Pulling apart a Hublot tourbillon cage to see how it works

Hublot have made big strides in recent years to establish watchmaking credibility as a counterweight to its heavy-hitting celebrity power. Regular nominations in various GPHG categories – across womens and mens watches – have been a meaningful benchmark for progress, and new crowd-pleasers, such as the delightful movement architecture of the Meca-10, have opened up a fresh conversation with watch lovers about what wearing a Hublot actually means in the modern day. To this end, when we were invited to the manufacture in Nyon to better get to know the brand, we were immediately interested in the High Complication Department…

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Swiss Watch Luxury 31.03.2018

LIST: Andrew's Top 10 from Basel, including the watch he got wrong

In the opening scene of this video, which was shot on the final day of Baselworld 2018, I say to Felix, "We're doing a list?!" with a type of delirious, high-pitched Seinfeldian disbelief. What I meant was, seriously, how could we be? We just arrived at Basel! How is it that we are distilling our fancied from the flock, already? What's interesting is that the first impression favourites are usually quite accurate. When I look back at 2017 and 2016, the lists are still pretty spot on for my tastes. I even now own a few of them. However, what's…

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26.03.2018

ANNOUNCING: We are selling 10 of the last remaining Longines V.H.P. Commonwealth Games watches in Australia, but that's only half of what you get…

Longines and Time+Tide bring you an exclusive opportunity Longines is the official Watch and Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia from April 4th, 2018. To commemorate this event, Longines have released the Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision) Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games edition and, with it officially sold out from HQ, and only a handful remaining in Australian retailers, we are offering 10 for sale. Longines and Time+Tide bring you a limited opportunity to not only secure the watch, but also attend an intimate collectors' event on the Gold Coast during the games, with accommodation…

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Rolex-GMT-Master-II-Rolesor-Root-beer 26.03.2018

VIDEO: "3 things I was converted to at my first Baselworld"

Meet Daniel. That's us leaving Basel yesterday below, and that's Daniel on the right. Daniel loves watches. Daniel has never been to Baselworld. Daniel is now working with us at Time+Tide and when he heard that the convoy was assembling for take-off, he put his hand up. Could he join us? The enthusiasm, the excitement, it was all there; the light was in his eyes. We said sure, and, voila, we had a project manager. The question then, for the rest of us hardened watch fair warriors, was: 'What would Daniel think of Baselworld? How would it be different to his…

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Rolex-GMT-Master-II-Rolesor-Root-beer 23.03.2018

VIDEO: While all eyes are on the Pepsi, here's the Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel and Everose (ref. 126711CHNR)

In the wee hours of this morning, as I was recording this voice-over, it occurred to me that the only watch from the new Rolex GMT-Master II collection currently not receiving a massive amount of coverage at Basel 2018 was the one in the middle – with both Oystersteel and Everose elements, the two-tone, or as Rolex call it, Rolesor model. It just so happens that, at this point in time, it's the one I'm most fixated on. I think, without stealing too much of my own thunder, it's the way that all the colours, finishings, materials, and fine details…

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23.03.2018

READER COMMENT: Day 2 of Basel 2018, from your point of view. Omega love and strap confusion

With Day 2 of Baselworld over, and the Time+Tide team all retiring to their quarters for as much sleep as can possibly be had with chronic collective jetlag,  it's time to charge a nightcap glass and scan the comment section for your thoughts and observations over the past 24 hrs. The first subject of note carries over from day one, and the Battle of the Pepsi GMTs, which still rages. We think Matthew may just be onto something with his not at all unhinged conspiracy theory, perhaps the grand plan for Rolex SA is coming together after all? Sanjay, meanwhile, ushered another…

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22.03.2018

VIDEO: The 5 big Rolex releases of Basel 2018, including a cool Pepsi and warm root beer, and a gem of a Daytona

Cola was the hot topic leading up to Baselworld 2018 when it came to speculation about new Rolex releases. Would the Big Crown twist the lid off a new 'Coke', a two-colour red and black Cerachrom bezel GMT-Master II model, or rather open a cold can of Pepsi, referring to the two-colour red and blue Cerachrom bezel GMT-Master II? The fact that it was the latter was not a surprise as much as the fact that it was in stainless steel, or 'Oystersteel', as 904L steel is to be known henceforth. The new generation Jubilee bracelet choice, as well as…

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21.03.2018

NEWS: Tudor and Rolex in the battle of the Pepsi GMTs gives Basel 2018 its first big moment

  In an opening salvo of releases that instantaneously became the first buzz topic of Basel 2018, Rolex and Tudor have simultaneously released 'Pepsi' GMTs; Rolex with a GMT-Master II with two-colour blue and red Cerachrom bezel and the Tudor Black Bay GMT, with two-colour red and blue aluminium bezel. The Rolex is one of three new versions of the GMT-Master II and houses a brand new movement, the new-generation calibre 3285. The first new version, in 'Oystersteel', is equipped with a bi-directional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. The new Tudor Black Bay GMT in steel…

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21.03.2018

INTRODUCING: The COSC-Certified Longines Record Collection gets a luxe extension

It was only a matter of time. And if you were a betting man, you'd have safely bet that it would be right on a year that Longines would double down on the Record Collection and offer it in gold. The benefits are immediate, giving the otherwise conservative new range a whole snap, crackle and colour pop, care of rose gold and navy blue alchemy, as well as two-tone variants. Vital statistics The watches in the Record Collection, certified as "chronometers" by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), thanks to engineering upgrades such as a silicon balance, combine classic…

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21.03.2018

INTRODUCING: The Longines Legend Diver is back, and yes, it's in black. All black

The Longines Legend Diver Watch, a reimagined version of a diving watch from the 1960s, had a dramatic reintroduction in 2017, care of the Milanese bracelet addition — perhaps the best strap hack of the year, period — and now it's going to set pulses racing even faster with a new version in black PVD. Vital Statistics Apart from the PVD, the Legend Diver remains true to the bold styling that made the original timepiece something of an icon in the Longines canon. It houses Longines' L888 caliber. In terms of design, the lines of the original watch have been preserved, including…

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21.03.2018

INTRODUCING: The Longines Conquest V.H.P. Chronograph

The Conquest is considered by Longines to be "the ultimate sports line", and with the V.H.P. chronograph, the brand is combining sportiness with next-level precision, care of the impressive technical quartz heart that makes the watch accurate to +/- 5 seconds a year. It's not the first time the winged hourglass brand has set its sights on ultra precision and performance. Vital statistics Longines' history with quartz has been one full of technical innovations and feats. In 1954, the first quartz watch set a precision record at the Neuchâtel Observatory. It would be fitted into the legendary Chronocinégines, an instrument…

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21.03.2018

INTRODUCING: The Longines HydroConquest, now with ceramic bezel

Longines are expanding their HydroConquest collection for 2018 with new models featuring a bezel with a coloured ceramic insert matched to the colour of the dial. Vital statistics Longines are expanding their HydroConquest collection for 2018 with new models featuring a bezel with a coloured ceramic insert matched to the colour of the dial. The existing characteristics of this collection remain, including water-resistance to 300 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown and case back, crown protection, hands and the hour markers applied with SuperLuminova, and a double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension. There are new grey, black and…

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21.03.2018

INTRODUCING: The Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar, their first ever annual calendar

The all-mechanical Longines Master Collection, the best-selling in the brand's portfolio, expands to offer Longines' first ever annual calendar. For those who are wondering, an annual calendar watch automatically manages the varying lengths of the months. This allows the timepieces to distinguish between a month with 30 days and a month with 31 days for example, with little intervention. The Longines Master Collection is the first range from Longines to house this feature. Vital Statistics As recently as 2005, Longines launched the Master Collection, and it proved to be a line that would pave the way forward while remaining faithful…

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Baselworld bought 19.03.2018

VIDEO: What the hell is being at Basel *actually* like, can somebody please show me?

Stop us if you've heard, or seen, this one before (and the odds are increasingly high that you have, as this video was filmed a couple of years ago), but as unbelievable as it may be to the watch journos in the house, some people don't have any clue what this 'Basel' thing is and what being there is actually like. The Time+Tide team is in various states of migration, all heading from different points – Dubai, Canada, Brisbane, Amsterdam, Melbourne – to Basel, and while we're travelling, I guarantee you one thing: when you say you're going to Baselworld,…

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Longines Master Collection 18.03.2018

VIDEO: So, awkward, we'd never noticed the Longines Master Collection, until this watch…

When it comes to Longines' yearly new releases we are like heatseeking missiles for the vintage fire the brand has at its disposal – few archives are as deep or as versatile as Longines, and it means they can pick and choose between adventurers watches, avant garde designs, classic dress, the options are almost endless and they impress with regularity. But, we rarely look at the everyday collections that, to put this bluntly, are the watches that the brand sell in staggering quantities. The Master Collection, for example. That is, until I noticed it for the first time at a launch…

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection 14.03.2018

VIDEO: The Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection, the slow burn classics in our midst

It's a dizzying pace the watch world moves at, and it's all but impossible for us at Time+Tide to not get carried along by it. But occasionally, very occasionally, we'll see a watch on Instagram and be reminded that quality has its own designs. That the concept of a 'modern classic' – which, according to a recent poll, only 64% of you believe can actually be achieved in this age of hype and undersupply – requires time to make it real. And from an even less hyped point of view, some watches are just lovely to behold in the moment…

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Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio PAM 00590 Swiss Watch Luxury 10.03.2018

VIDEO: We polled people about the Panerai Luminor vs the Radiomir and the results are in

Well, at the end of a week that has focused on Panerai watches, the votes are in. In a recent Instagram poll, 66 per cent of you said that the Luminor is their preferred collection. About the same split could be seen in the comments on various posts. There's little mystery as to why it wins. It's all about that ingenious crown guard, that beefs up the cushion case and gives the Luminor its iconic, recognisable presence on the wrist. It could also have something to do with the sheer volume of movie and celebrity appearances the Luminor pulls each…

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Panerai PAM 00514 Radiomir 1940 Swiss Watch Luxury 07.03.2018

VIDEO: Panerai's Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio PAM 00514, is this a PAM for a more 'mature' man?

When I told a Panerai-loving friend that after years of looking only at the Luminor I was starting to favour the Radiomir, he wasn't at all surprised. "It's called maturity," he said. While that seems unlikely, there is definitely something more refined and self-assured in the smooth, uninterrupted lines of the Radiomir's cushion case. Something perhaps more versatile and classic in its application, too; a man for, if not all, then more seasons? Whatever the case, the reasons for choosing the Radiomir as your next Panerai extend well beyond its considerable aesthetic charms. The Radiomir — as I discovered in the…

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06.03.2018

VIDEO: Radiomir or Luminor, which Panerai is right for you? The ultimate explainer is here

I'm putting myself out there in this video, which aims to establish whether the Panerai Luminor or Radiomir collection is more your jam. I'm pulling zero punches when I admit, in the opening few seconds, that at the time I bought my first 'real' watch, a Luminor PAM 177, I didn't even know the Radiomir collection existed. This video is for people who are still unsure where they would stand if push turned to Panerai purchase, but want to explore. Is the slightly more svelte Radiomir, with its rounded cushion case, right? Or are you more connected to the big old…

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04.03.2018

EDITOR'S PICK: The Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has the craziest damn colourway we've seen in a long time (and we can't look away)

Editor's note: It's just 37 days until the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on Australia's glorious high-rise holiday haven, the Gold Coast. This alarming reminder brings one of the oddest, in its way quite refreshing, watch releases of the year sharply back into focus; the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games edition. I don't know if it's just us, but the topic of quartz-movement powered watchmaking also seems to be back on the agenda more than usual, with, for example, the recent release of Grand Seiko's 25th anniversary of the 9F, with two limited editions, the SBGT241 and SBGV238.  Whatever the case, the…

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26.02.2018

VIDEO: "Quartz watches will be destroyed by the tsunami of the connected watch," says TAG Heuer CEO

When 'smart', or 'connected', watches were first released there was immediate speculation about the impact they would have on the mechanical watch industry. President of the LVMH watch division, and CEO of TAG Heuer, Jean-Claude Biver, continues to think the real pain will ultimately be felt by a different segment of the market altogether. As for mechanical watches, Mr Biver paints an evocative picture of just how eternal the attraction of mechanical watches will continue to be.

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24.02.2018

EVENT: 7 watches spotted at the launch of the Ferrari Portofino in Byron Bay, inc. IWC, Creux Automatiq and Rolex

The new Ferrari Portofino — the replacement for Ferrari's first ever front-engine V8 convertible, the California — has plans for you. It wants to be your first Ferrari. It's eyeing you even more closely if your current whip is an Aston Martin, Porsche or McLaren. Meanwhile, at the 'White Night' themed launch at the Elements Resort in Byron Bay, hosted by Ferrari Australasia boss Herbert Appleroth (whose watch collection we explored in a video below), our eyes were divided between the shining flanks of Ferrari's latest high-speed cruiser and the place they are usually trained on: Wrists. We spotted seven watches in particular, with…

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25.01.2018

VIDEO: I tried to paint a Franck Muller dial, and it did not go well

I'm not above admitting it. I'm more than just a bit painful when it comes to painted versus printed dials. "Is this painted or printed?" is a question I've asked countless times. Receiving countless eye-rolls, I might add. And, full disclosure, I've always assumed that the colour, paint volume and line-perfect proportions of Franck Muller dials are the latter. Printed. But when I attended the Franck Muller 'chalet' (such a more appropriate descriptor than 'manufacture') for a second time, early in 2017, I asked the question and was met with a very different answer, which also happened to be a question. "They're…

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22.01.2018

LIST: Andrew's top 5 watches from SIHH 2018, including Panerai, IWC and JLC

This was my 12th consecutive watch fair, so you'd think I'd be used to it by now. But once again, the pace of our unforgiving SIHH 2018 schedule, the endless tracking around in circles at the Palexpo opposite Geneva Airport, and the maelstrom of releases left me – on day four – somewhere between giddy in love and carsick as hell. This was the state I made these choices in, and Felix and I were still debating our choices right down to the last minute. I was far from resolved, and I don't think he was either. So, let this…

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19.01.2018

LIST: 5 times Bradley Cooper was already an IWC ambassador before he went official

Two nights ago, I fulfilled one of my most bromantic dreams when I shared a steak dinner with the new IWC ambassador, Bradley Cooper. Me, the guy from all those great movies, a bottle of Malbec and some delicious eye fillet. Perfect. The fact that there were at least 500 other people dining, and that my table was several hundred metres from Brad's was irrelevant. And as to that point that few, in fact no words were spoken between us? Mere details. On paper, it was steak night with Coops, and Aloe Blacc kindly turned up to sing to us. Who is Bradley…

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17.01.2018

VIDEO: 6 standout watches from IWC's 2018 collection – from Pilot's to Pallweber

It's IWC's 150th birthday this year and to celebrate they've released 27 watches across five different collections – Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot's, Da Vinci and Pallweber – that represent some pretty exciting firsts and evolutions for the brand. We've chosen one watch from each collection to highlight, as well as two from the Pilot's Collection, because, well, Pilot's watches. Big Pilot's Watch Big Date Edition "150 Years" What's new? This is the first Big Pilot's Watch from IWC with a big date display. How many of this version are available? Two limited-edition models are available, each restricted to 100 watches, one with…

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01.01.2018

VIDEO: Andrew's Top 10 Watches Of 2017

They're always problematic, best-of lists. Best? On what grounds? When it comes to these personal Top 10s, they're purely based on the things that we, as individuals, like about watches. Best, says who? For this video, it's best, says me. And, to that end, what I like most about watches is the way they make me feel — it's all the intangibles, like how it rests on the wrist, what part it could play in my life, what unspoken, metal to skin story it tells about the people that made it. And then, when worn on my wrist, what it might say…

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26.12.2017

LIST: Andrew McUtchen's favourite stories of 2017

I have good news for the Time+Tide team. You all kept me properly entertained, informed and amused this year. You can stay. Andy stepped up to help us hide our watch obsession from family, friends and workmates; Felix and I captured a moment in time when we basically transcribed our most heated Basel arguments, a tradition we started the year before; Melissa found five billionaires who care little for luxury watches; Sandra tackled the topic of collecting watches that might actually appreciate on a budget; and Felix and Jason combined to work their evil, seductive magic on me, via Grand Seiko. My…

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23.12.2017

INTRODUCING: The Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Longines is the official partner and timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia in April 2018 and they have just announced the watch of the Games, the 'Conquest V.H.P. (Very High Precision) Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games'. The Conquest V.H.P. sees Longines turning back the clock to a particularly golden year for both naming components: 1954. It was the year the first Conquest watch was released and it was also the year Longines launched the world's first quartz clock with atomic precision. This tech was at the heart of a pioneering sports timing…

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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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watch repair and restoration 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 Rolex 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…

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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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TAG Heuer Globetrotter Exhib Launch Swiss Watch Luxury 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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soldiers 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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Patek Philippe Nautilus Swiss Watch Luxury 22.07.2017

WATCHSPOTTING: New French Montana song is iced out Patek Philippe lovefest

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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Panerai Luminor Regatta Swiss Watch Luxury 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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Tudor Oyster Swiss Watch Luxury 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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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue" 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…