Bruce Duguay

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Briston Watches Clubmaster Diver 11.05.2020

MICRO MONDAYS: Briston Watches & the Clubmaster Diver

Editor's note: It's somehow Monday again, and while that would normally mean feelings of malaise and discontent, since this pandemic shifted into top gear and lockdowns now rule the lay of the land, Mondayitis isn't really a thing anymore. Which is good, because the start of the working week also means it's Micro Monday, and that's always worth a smiley-faced emoji. This week we're taking a closer look at Briston Watches, a French outfit that are looking to shake things up in the sub-$1000 watch market. Headed up by Brice Jaunet, who cut his teeth at some some of the…

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04.05.2020

MICRO MONDAYS: The Farer Oxley GMT offers quarantine comfort, for the right amount of cost

Editor's note: This week on Micro Mondays we focus our gaze on a British brand that has made waves in the space over the last few years, delivering affordably priced watches with ample character to make them stand out from an increasingly crowded segment of the market. Farer are not immune to taking cues from the watches of the last century, but do so in a way that pays respect to the adventurous spirit of early tool watches, while at the same time bringing them into the 21st century with playful moments of colour and reliable contemporary movements. This year…

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02.05.2020

The Rolex Submariner vs the Tudor Pelagos, which is the better dive watch pound for pound? An enthusiast's perspective

Editor's note: While our daily work at Time+Tide revolves around new models, this is not – in the main – how most of you experience watches. Which is why, from time to time, we publish stories, reviews, reflections and comparisons based purely on the wearer's perspective. The buyer's perspective. The enthusiast's perspective. That's how we connected with Bruce Duguay. He wrote a review of the Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR that also happens to be one of our most read stories of all time. Here, Bruce compares two watches he rates and appreciates, the Tudor Pelagos and the Rolex Submariner.   This month, I…

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Timex Q review 18.04.2020

A month in iso with the Timex Q, a watch that reconnected me with the fun in collecting

Watch collecting is fun. At least it should be, which means that from time to time, you have to get back to basics and enjoy the roots of the hobby. Even though a lot of us turn a blind eye to it, one of the staples of the watch industry is inexpensive quartz-powered timepieces. For years, Timex has been the go-to brand for people worldwide looking for the time on their wrist at a great price. And I would argue that Timex has in fact cultivated its brand cachet as well as some of the luxury heavy hitters.  During these…

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Monta Oceanking 17.04.2020

HANDS-ON: The Monta Oceanking, a watch price-positioned between Seiko and Tudor

When the Monta Oceanking arrived one day, I didn't quite know what to make of it. Luckily, I was able to secure a phone interview with Justin Kraudel, the president of Monta. Mr Kraudel is as enthusiastic about watches as any of us (perhaps more so) and was eager to school me on Monta in general and give me some excellent background on the Oceanking and where it sits in the dive watch arena. Perhaps most interesting was the portion of our chat surrounding Monta's transactional model, which consists nearly entirely of online sales direct from their website. Total transparency…

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Double Wristing 07.03.2020

Counterpoint: Double Wristing with a Smartwatch

Recently, Time+Tide put out an Instagram survey asking you, the reader, to express your opinion about wearing a smartwatch on one wrist and a mechanical watch on the other. I was really surprised to see the survey turn out heavily against this practice and here's why … I like tech just as much as the next person. I've got an iPhone, an iPad, a laptop, a connected smart home theatre set-up, and my car can keep me from cutting someone off. I think technology has vastly improved the way we get things done and the speed at which we can…

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Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date 22.02.2020

HANDS-ON: Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date

I have to admit that up until this month I all but ignored bronze watches. It seemed like a lingering trend that just didn't make a lot of sense to me, in photos anyway. Because I'm in my late 30s and not my early 20s, I decided that this kind of pre-judgement was beneath me, and that I should probably try wearing bronze before lambasting the third-place metal in print. Luckily, an Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date had just arrived at my doorstep and, lo and behold, it was rendered in bronze! Instantly I was taken with the warmth…

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Rolex Datejust history 21.02.2020

IN-DEPTH: Exploring 3 eras of the Rolex Datejust – Part 2

Find Part 1 of the Rolex Datejust history right here. A Power Watch in 1989: The Reference 16233 A good example of the historical adaptability of the Datejust came with the reversal of world fortunes in the 1980s. There were the literal fortunes made by young traders on Wall Street but also the overall optimism drawn from events of the decade leading up to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. It was a good time to be Rolex (was there ever a bad time?), who used the energy of the time to evolve the Datejust into the reference 16233…

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Rolex Datejust history 20.02.2020

IN-DEPTH: Exploring 3 eras of the Rolex Datejust – Part 1

The clichés applied to these watches are endless: iconic, archetypal, essential … and the list goes on. What can be said about the Rolex Datejust that hasn't already been said? Quite a bit actually when presented with the opportunity to look at a cross section of the watch's evolution firsthand. Most Time+Tide readers will know that the Datejust model goes all the way back to 1945 and in this article we are going to look at the Datejust starting in the second half of the 20th century and continuing to present day, as the three watches we have on hand…

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 15.02.2020

Why I put my own money behind the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

It was during a particularly cold snap in January that I decided to get off the couch and out of the house. I was restless. The internet had been bombarding me with watch photos, opinions, reviews and advertising. I'm quite sure the only Google algorithm pointed at me is for watches. On that frigid January evening all these influences conspired to push me toward the mall (which is a recognised natural habitat for most Canadians in the winter months). Luckily, as everyone else had stayed home, I had near-exclusive access to a great boutique which housed an impressive selection of…

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RedBar 07.02.2020

A journey to the coldest RedBar meeting on earth – Part 2

Editor's note: If you missed the first part of this story, you can find it here, and enjoy as Bruce tells the tale of his journey through the frigid trees of the Calgary countryside to a watch meetup with the RedBar crew. Here is the second part of his epic adventure.  I quickly discovered a logistical challenge in that the pub tables were so long, it was difficult to mingle with people who weren't in my immediate area. My photographer sidekick had already gotten up and was making the rounds and snapping pictures, so I proceeded to get into a…

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Redbar 05.02.2020

A journey to the coldest RedBar meeting on earth – Part 1

Editor's note: Regular Time+Tide contributor Bruce Duguay has recently shared his thoughts with us on the challenges of buying an Omega Speedmaster, and why the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 might be the perfect daily watch, but he also made the treacherous journey through the icy landscape of Alberta, Canada to his first ever RedBar meeting. What is it like attending one of the coldest watch get-togethers on earth? Does the warmth of the watch enthusiasm offset the frigidly chilled air? Bruce shares his experience of meeting the collectors, and the watches he saw, in this two-part piece. It's been cold.…

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Omega Speedmaster 01.02.2020

Why it's difficult to buy an Omega Speedmaster

I have been trying to buy an Omega Speedmaster for a couple of years now. I have to admit I'm finding it nearly impossible to purchase one. Yes, I know they are readily available. That isn't the problem. In fact, one of the problems is that the Speedmaster universe is infinite and daunting. First, let's gather some context to quantify that opening statement. Currently listed on the Omega website are nine different categories, three or four different case sizes and an exponential array of material and bracelet/strap choices. If you're handy with a spring bar tool, the permutations could run…

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25.01.2020

My week with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39

Since the Rolex lineup is peppered with all-stars, like the perennially popular Submariner, crowd favourite GMT-Master II and boy-racer Daytona, it would be easy to overlook the basic Oyster Perpetual as simply filler for the (nowadays usually empty) display case. After spending a week with the new-for-2018 white dial variant, I advise you not to write it off because what we have here is a time-only watch that punches well above its weight class. The formula Consumers are generally trained to think that quality increases proportionally with cost and this can be true with a lot of goods and services…

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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin 37mm 18.01.2020

My week with the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin 37mm

"Authentic" is an often misused and even abused accolade in today's disposable and instant-service world. Consumers tend to be impressed for brief moments with the speed and functionality of an app, or the savings and convenience that a subscription model lends to their lifestyle. Less and less frequently, consumers are able to appreciate a product offering durability and longevity and, thus, when they do encounter such a thing, simply write it off as frivolous luxury. The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin 37mm guise initially presents as frivolous luxury indeed. For nearly $20,000, the consumer earns the right to know…

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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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