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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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