Bruce Duguay

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12.03.2019

HANDS-ON: The Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue – the rebel Rolex

Even though many look to Rolex as a steadfast, unchanging bastion of the watch world, there are some definite outliers in the field. Bejewelled GMT-Masters, leopard Daytonas (which have now given way to unobtainium rainbow Daytona). These models are so uncommon and special that they do not really skew the public’s view of Rolex as a manufacturer of all-business timepieces. The Rolex Milgauss aims to offer a moment of madness to everyday watch wearers. For years it has been known as the scientist’s watch due to its inherent ability to withstand strong magnetic forces. This is beneficial to absolutely everyone working at…

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27.11.2018

HANDS-ON: The Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi (ref. 126710 BLRO)

Anticipation was high for a GMT-Master II release at Basel 2018; however, almost everyone in the business of speculating was predicting a rival carbonated beverage with near certainty, since the Pepsi flavour was already representing the solid white gold variant of the Rolex traveller’s watch. I can only imagine their surprise when the hall gates opened and the first eager show-goers laid their eyes on the all-new stainless steel GMT-Master II with a blue and red ceramic bezel and a Jubilee bracelet. Rolex does know how to have a good time, don’t they? All new? How is it a game…

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05.10.2018

MY MONTH WITH: The Tudor Black Bay GMT

When the Tudor Black Bay GMT debuted this year at Basel it would’ve been easy to describe it as being overshadowed by the much-hyped Rolex GMT that was also showcased. But it’s not that simple. The Tudor is a hit in its own right, and I knew I had to have one. I had to wait half a year before I could get my hands on one and I can safely say that Tudor has once again reinforced their reputation as a brand to watch. My first impression was … that it might be too big and therefore uncomfortable. The 41mm…

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20.03.2018

IN-DEPTH: Future classic? The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570

Editor’s note: Today’s review is a little unusual on several accounts. Most significantly it’s of a watch that’s been discontinued for seven years. Given this fact, Bruce (of BLNR fame) has written a more personal, evocative piece, which makes sense as much ink has already been shed in tribute to the details and intricacies of this particular Rolex Explorer II. So why talk about it now? Well, I’m of the firm belief that the star of the Explorer II is on the rise — especially the polar version — so it’s the perfect time to shine a little light on…

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22.09.2015

IN-DEPTH: Twenty-Four Months With a Rolex Datejust

Editor’s Note: Today’s review of the classic Rolex Datejust is a little different to the usual. While we generally spend a week or so with the watches we review, Mr Bruce Duguay has been wearing his Datejust for the past two years. Here, he shares the sort of insights that only come over time. It’s a great companion piece to Bruce’s excellent review of the Rolex GMT II BLNR. It should also be noted that the watch pictured isn’t Bruce’s actual timepiece, but rather an earlier Reference 16200 with a different dial and bracelet to Bruce’s watch. With those minor…

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01.01.2015

IN-DEPTH: The Rolex GMT Master II BLNR review

Ed’s Note: For today’s in-depth Rolex GMT Master II BLNR review we’ve done something a little unusual – we’ve handed the review reins over to someone who is intimately familiar with the watch in question, Mr Bruce Duguay. Bruce recently wrote a follower review on his lovely Rolex Datejust, and when we discovered he was the proud owner of the black and blue GMT II we knew he was the right guy to give the sort of in-depth analysis that can only come from having worn the watch, day in and day out for the last six months, though the…

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