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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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24.03.2017

VIDEO: The Planet Ocean 'Big Blue' is "one of the most interesting" in Omega's new collection, says CEO

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

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24.03.2017

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

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

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24.03.2017

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

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

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23.03.2017

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

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

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22.03.2017

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

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

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22.03.2017

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

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

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22.03.2017

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

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

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19.03.2017

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

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

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19.03.2017

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

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

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18.03.2017

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

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

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18.03.2017

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

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

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17.03.2017

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

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

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16.03.2017

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

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

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15.03.2017

HANDS-ON: The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

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

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15.03.2017

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

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

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14.03.2017

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

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

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14.03.2017

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

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

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13.03.2017

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

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

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12.03.2017

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

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

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11.03.2017

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

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

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10.03.2017

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

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

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07.03.2017

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

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

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05.03.2017

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

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

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03.03.2017

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

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

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27.02.2017

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

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

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26.02.2017

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

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

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19.02.2017

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

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

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14.02.2017

VIDEO: "We need to talk" – a Valentine's Day letter to Swiss watches

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

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13.02.2017

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

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

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Omega Flagship boutique Sydney Opening Swiss Watch Luxury 13.02.2017

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

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

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Rolex Yacht-Master Swiss Watch Luxury 13.02.2017

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

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

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12.02.2017

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

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

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10.02.2017

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

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

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07.02.2017

VIDEO: IWC 2017 collection overview and our 4 favourites

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

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04.02.2017

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

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

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31.01.2017

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

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

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25.01.2017

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

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

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23.01.2017

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

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

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21.01.2017

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

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

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20.01.2017

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

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

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19.01.2017

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

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

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18.01.2017

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

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

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17.01.2017

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

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

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17.01.2017

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

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

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17.01.2017

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

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

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15.01.2017

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

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

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15.01.2017

VIDEO: Sex, watches and complications with Kristian Haagen

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

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11.01.2017

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

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

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10.01.2017

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

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

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01.01.2017

TEAM PICK: Andrew McUtchen's favourite stories of 2016

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

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30.12.2016

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

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

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Franck Muller Thunderbolt Swiss Watch Luxury 24.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 24 – Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, apart from the reassuring tick of your Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon. And let's not for a minute – or five seconds to be more accurate – mistake the forest for the Christmas trees here, the real star inside this gold curvex case is the tourbillon. When you're playing at this level, tourbillons are par for the course, but Franck Muller's master watchmaker Pierre-Michel Golay has taken the Thunderbolt Tourbillon to the next level. Most tourbillons make a full revolution every 60 seconds – this one does it in five, not only making it the fastest tourbillon in the world,…

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23.12.2016

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

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

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23.12.2016

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

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

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21.12.2016

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

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

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21.12.2016

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

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

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19.12.2016

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

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

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18.12.2016

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

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

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17.12.2016

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

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

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16.12.2016

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

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

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15.12.2016

ADVENT CALENDAR 2016: December 15 – The Piaget Polo S

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

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14.12.2016

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

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

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13.12.2016

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

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

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12.12.2016

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

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

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11.12.2016

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

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

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11.12.2016

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

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

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10.12.2016

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

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

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09.12.2016

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

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

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TAG Heuer Monza reissue Swiss Watch Luxury 07.12.2016

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

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

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01.12.2016

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

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

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25.11.2016

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

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

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24.11.2016

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

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

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19.11.2016

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

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

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18.11.2016

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

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

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15.11.2016

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

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

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12.11.2016

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

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

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06.11.2016

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

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

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30.10.2016

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

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

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27.10.2016

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

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

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20.10.2016

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

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

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20.10.2016

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

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

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16.10.2016

HOW TO: Master the difference between watchspotting and stalking

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

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14.10.2016

MY WEEKEND WITH: The whole Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection

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

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13.10.2016

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

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

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09.10.2016

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

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

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07.10.2016

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

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

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02.10.2016

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

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

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26.09.2016

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

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

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IWC Timezoner Chronograph Swiss Watch Luxury 22.09.2016

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

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

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20.09.2016

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

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

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19.09.2016

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

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

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14.09.2016

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

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

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13.09.2016

LIST: Are our 9 Basel favourites still our favourites?

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

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08.09.2016

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

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

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06.09.2016

LIST: 6 watches that signify success

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

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04.09.2016

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

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

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30.08.2016

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

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

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24.08.2016

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

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

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21.08.2016

VIDEO: "There are no mistakes." Inside Omega's timing room at Rio 2016

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

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19.08.2016

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

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

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16.08.2016

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

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

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13.08.2016

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

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

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Omega Michael Phelps US swim trials butterfly 11.08.2016

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

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

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02.08.2016

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

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

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26.07.2016

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

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

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22.07.2016

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

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

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18.07.2016

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

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

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18.07.2016

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

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

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18.07.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Brendan's Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

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

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15.07.2016

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

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

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08.07.2016

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

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

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01.07.2016

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

One of the interesting things about a watch, is how quickly – in fact instantaneously – we can judge whether it suits its wearer. When I meet Lindy Klim for the first time it's just before dawn. We are standing on a windswept beach within sight of Australia's fabled Great Ocean Road. Two impressions are cast that I've never quite shaken. The first is her poise. She is the daughter of Indonesian royalty and it shows in everything she does. In her speech, her movements, her quiet intelligence. The second is her watch. A steel and red gold Omega Aqua…

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17.06.2016

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

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

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15.06.2016

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

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

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james gandolfini young Swiss Watch Luxury 18.05.2016

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

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

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17.05.2016

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

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

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12.05.2016

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

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

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Omega womens video Swiss Watch Luxury 12.05.2016

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

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

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04.05.2016

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

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

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29.04.2016

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

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

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27.04.2016

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

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

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25.04.2016

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

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

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22.04.2016

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

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

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20.04.2016

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

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

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13.04.2016

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

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

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09.04.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Greg Norman

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

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08.04.2016

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

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

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06.04.2016

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

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

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06.04.2016

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

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

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05.04.2016

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

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

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03.04.2016

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

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

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02.04.2016

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

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

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01.04.2016

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

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

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01.04.2016

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

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

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30.03.2016

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

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

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29.03.2016

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

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

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23.03.2016

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

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

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22.03.2016

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

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

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22.03.2016

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

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

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

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

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