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Omega's new museum 21.10.2019

Omega's contemporary new museum offers a unique glimpse into its past

Omega has just opened their latest Museum in the heart of the "La Cité du Temps" in Biel, Switzerland. The museum, which has a decidedly modern aesthetic, was designed by the award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is famed for his groundbreaking work with paper and recycled cardboard. Housed inside the contemporary institution is a capsule of the Swiss watchmaker's storied history, which dates back to 1848. The museum features several interactive showcases, as well as stimulating movies and exhibits aimed at celebrating and chronicling Omega's amazing legacy in horology. One of the standout features is a 9-metre running track…

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Hublot Big Bang MP - 11 SAXEM 19.10.2019

Going green with the Hublot Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM

Hublot has just dropped the Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM, once again demonstrating why they are the vanguards of the horological industry when it comes to innovating new materials for wristwatches. The stunningly green case of the new Big Bang MP-11 is hewn from a material that has never been used before in a timepiece's case – SAXEM. An abbreviation of Sapphire Aluminium Oxide and rare Earth Mineral, the high-tech material receives its brilliant emerald green colour as a result of the Hublot Manufacture mixing materials such Aluminium oxide, which is the basic component of sapphire, with rare-earth elements such as…

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Building a great watch collection for less $2.5k 18.10.2019

5 for $500: Building a great watch collection for less than $2.5K

$2.5K can buy you quite a lot in this world – an economy plane ticket to just about anywhere on the planet, a car that's probably (definitely) going to have questionable reliability or, if you're so inclined, a really, really nice bottle of wine. And for us watch enthusiasts out there who already have a varied and sizeable collection, $2500 is enough to access a veritable cornucopia of brilliant timepieces from dozens of different manufacturers. But what if you're a budding horological enthusiast and you don't have any watches yet? Is it possible to create a great watch collection that…

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The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Volcano 17.10.2019

INTRODUCING: The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Volcano

Linde Werdelin has once again teamed up with master engraver and artist Johnny "King Nerd" Dowell to create this – the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Volcano. Dowell, who was an engraver at the notable British gun makers James Purdey & Sons for 15 years, has previously worked with Linde Werdelin to create the Oktopus Reef and the Crazy Universe limited edition timepieces. Representing the third collaboration between Dowell and the boutique Swiss watchmaker, the Oktopus Volcano, as the name would suggest, depicts an active volcano. As such, the 44mm grade 2 titanium case, which is meant to portray a jagged rock…

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Seiko SNJ025 Solar ‘Arnie’ 15.10.2019

Get to the boutique! The Seiko SNJ025 Solar 'Arnie'

The argument could quite easily be made that most watch manufacturers in attendance at this year's Baselworld watch fair tended to err on the side of caution when it came to releasing new timepieces. However, Seiko certainly bucked this trend, unveiling quite a few new and exciting timepieces, and surprising the collective horological community with this, the new Seiko SNJ025 Solar 'Arnie'. A faithful re-creation of a cult classic, the Seiko H558-5000, the new SNJ025 Solar does a great job of paying homage to the original timepiece that earned its colloquialism as a result of being worn by the one…

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IWC takes to the water with Haydenshapes Surfboards 10.10.2019

IWC ranked as top Swiss watch brand by WWF for reducing environmental impact, celebrates on tiny floating house

In their latest joint venture, IWC Schaffhausen and surfboard designer and entrepreneur Hayden Cox have teamed up to create a unique concept – the world's first floating surfboard design studio. This very Australian activation was also designed to highlight the brand's recent efforts to reduce their environmental impact, by – for example – using 90 per cent less plastic in their current packaging. Members of the press were treated to a scenic flight around Rose Bay in NSW in a seaplane emblazoned with the IWC logo and watch motif, before landing on Palm Beach and disembarking onto the floating design…

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Must De Cartier Tank 09.10.2019

RECOMMENDED READING: History of the Must de Cartier Tank

Editor's note: I think most people reading this fully appreciate just how dire things were in the 1970s as a result of the notorious "quartz crisis". Myriad Swiss watchmakers seemed to just disappear overnight, succumbing to a battery-powered onslaught led by Seiko, who inundated the wristwatch market with inexpensive, accurate timepieces. It was an interesting time in horology to say the least, and perhaps one of the most fascinating things about the quartz crisis, looking back at it now, is studying how the established Swiss marques dealt with the problem and tried to keep their proverbial heads above water. Cartier,…

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The Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference. 126603 09.10.2019

Rolesor in the deep – the Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 126603

To say there was quite a bit of controversy when Rolex unveiled the two-tone Sea-Dweller ref. 126603 at this year's Baselworld is, at the very least, an understatement. In fact, there was nothing short of a litany of disparaging comments, which varied greatly in context, and ranged from questioning the two-tone Sea Dweller's validity as a proper dive watch, to whether or not Rolex had completely taken leave of their senses. Keyboard warriors and vocal detractors aside though, and more than six months on from the notorious reveal, has the Rolex Sea-Dweller been an unmitigated failure, devoid of appreciation or…

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08.10.2019

Taking a closer look at the Omega Co‑Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph – Blue Side Of The Moon

Editor's note: OK, I'm not sure how many sides of the moon actually exist but, according to Omega and their collection of "… Side Of The Moon" special edition Speedmasters, it's several. And while all the iterations of these Speedmasters are very fetching-looking timepieces, this example, the Omega Co‑Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph — Blue Side Of The Moon, has got to be in the discussion as one of the best models so far. For a start, and unlike other models in the range, it's equipped with Omega's staggering Calibre 9904, which offers a great deal of features including METAS-approved Master…

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Rediscovering the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor 07.10.2019

Rediscovering the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor

Editor's note: It's easy for the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor to get lost in the perpetual noise caused by some of its more popular siblings within Rolex's Professional range. But to simply overlook this wristwatch would be a categorical mistake, because the Yacht-Master 40 has a great many positives when compared not just to timepieces from other manufacturers, but even other watches within the aforementioned Professional collection. For a start, because the Yacht-Master 40 is only waterproof to 100 metres, its case is actually a fair bit slimmer than something like the Submariner. This means that it's arguably more…

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4 banging weekend watches for under $500 07.10.2019

4 banging weekend watches for under $500

It's all very well and good having a mainstay, go-to timepiece that you can rely on for daily duties Monday to Friday, but what happens if you want to change it up for the weekend? For most enthusiasts, the criteria for watches worn on Saturday and Sunday are very different to that of a weekday-warrior: they need to be casual, potentially novel and, if possible, relatively inexpensive. With all these conditions in mind, here are four weekend watches that are chock-full of character and won't break the bank: Q Timex Reissue   Becoming an instant cult classic when it was…

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3 of the best ladies watches at GPHG 06.10.2019

3 of the best ladies watches at GPHG

With the watchmaking industry's famed awards ceremony, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — or as it's more commonly known, GPHG — fast approaching, we thought we'd mention a few more nominated watches that you should be keeping an eye on. Now, we've already covered a host of brilliant timepieces from Bulgari and Zenith that have been nominated, and we've also been lucky enough to see the entire 84 nominated pieces in person. But we thought it would also be pertinent to mention three of the best ladies timepieces that have been given the nod from the award ceremony's expert judges. Louis…

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The Grand Seiko STGK011 & STGK013 06.10.2019

INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko STGK011 & STGK013

Grand Seiko has expanded their offerings of ladies watches with two new additions to their Elegance Collection – the Grand Seiko STGK011 and STGK013. The bezel-less beauties have drawn inspiration from the Japanese watchmaker's original sans-bezel timepiece, the Grand Seiko 62GS, which was first unveiled in 1967. And, to really dial up the glitz, the new timepieces' unique tonneau-like cases are adorned with no fewer than 38 diamonds, measuring 0.41 carats in total, lining the flanks of the svelte 30.6mm steel cases. Available in two different dial designs: a shimmering silver dial reminiscent of freshly fallen snow (STGK011) and a…

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Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire Rainbow 05.10.2019

Taking another look at the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire Rainbow

Editor's note: OK, yes, it seems as though every time you scroll through Instagram these days, it's highly probable that your feed will be inundated with myriad "rainbow" bejewelled-bezel timepieces.            And whether you're for or against them, there's no denying it – these bedazzled technicolour flex watches are firmly solidified in the zeitgeist of current watch culture. It's not just the ubiquitous (if you can call it that) Rolex Daytona Ref. 116595 RBOW either, with several watchmakers jumping on the figurative "coloured ice drop" bandwagon. Hublot, in particular, has been a strong proponent for these types of timepieces, with the…

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Top 3 watches that could save your life 05.10.2019

Top 3 watches that could save your life

To the uninitiated, it may come as a surprise to learn that watches can actually do a fair bit more than merely tell you what time it is. In fact, the myriad complications that can currently be housed inside a timepiece are actually a little bit staggering when you stop to think about it. Weekly calendar, annual calendar, perpetual calendar, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph, moon phase … the list goes on and on. But here's one thing that I bet even the most astute of watch enthusiasts may not have considered – some watches can save your life, and here…

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked 04.10.2019

INTRODUCING: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked

Audemars Piguet have once again stunned everyone with their latest full-ceramic piece of timekeeping wonderment – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked. Showcasing the Swiss marque's ceramic prowess, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar's 41mm black ceramic case and conforming bracelet are finished to exquisite detail, and feature both brushed and polished elements. And when combined and contrasted with the gorgeously warm tones of the openworked dial's pink gold accents, this makes for one of the most aesthetically appealing watches AP has released this year. Speaking of the openworked movement, it's Audemars Piguet's prodigious, in-house Caliber 5135, a self-winding…

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03.10.2019

HANDS-ON: The Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary — SRQ029J

Celebrating five decades since its first automatic chronograph was released, Seiko has just unveiled this, the new Seiko Automatic Chronograph SRQ029J 50th Anniversary. First revealed in 1969, the original Seiko Automatic Chronograph featured the Japanese watchmaker's historic Calibre 6139 movement, which utilised an integrated vertical clutch and column wheel chronograph architecture. 1969 was a competitive and interesting time for watchmakers, as it wasn't just Seiko that was trying to bring an automatic chronograph to market in the last year of the Swinging Sixties. In fact, not only was an automatic chronograph joint venture between Heuer and Breitling on the precipice of release, but…

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Montblanc Orbis Terrarum UNICEF Limited Edition 30.09.2019

Revisiting the Montblanc Orbis Terrarum UNICEF Limited Edition

Editor's note: A recent discussion in the office has brought up the rather interesting question: "What is the best watch for international travel?" LOTS of different watches were bandied about as suggestions and, of course, names like the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO and Patek Philippe 5930G were hotly debated as some of the best. And there's no doubting that these aforementioned watches are absolutely brilliant at what they do, but — and it's a big but — they're also very expensive. Which got me thinking about the Montblanc Orbis Terrarum, because it's a handsome looking watch, with a very useful world…

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5 most unattainable watches 30.09.2019

Hype beasts – 5 of this year's most unobtainable watches

While there are some enthusiasts out there who feel as though the vast majority of new watches released at this year's Baselworld and SIHH were a bit … safe, there were still some real stunners unveiled from legacy outfits like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. And, because the collective products of these three aforementioned watchmakers are arguably the most desirable in the horological hemisphere right now, they're particularly hard to actually get a hand on. So, chances are you're not going to be able to walk into your local AD and pick up one of these wrist-worn rock stars,…

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 29.09.2019

Looking back at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Editor's note: Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak is unquestionably one of the most important wristwatches of all time and it is steeped in history for so many reasons. For a start, the unique aesthetics of the now iconic watch and integrated bracelet were designed by the doyen of horological design, Gérald Genta, in less than 24 hours. Let that sink in: the timepiece that completely changed the game of luxury sports watches forever was conceived in less time than it would take us to fly to Geneva. What's more, when it was released in 1972, the Royal Oak cost 3300 Swiss franc…

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29.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI

Hublot has teamed up with the initiative Save Our Rhino Africa/India (SORAI) to create the fetching, limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI. Stylised to mimic the tonal colours of Africa's vast bush land, the new Big Bang Unico SORAI's 45mm case is finished in microblasted beige ceramic, as is the watch's bezel. Providing a stark contrast, the chronograph pushers and the crown of the limited edition watch are finished in a black composite resin. The dial of the Unico SORAI has been given the same aesthetic treatment, and the openwork-skeletonised movement is finished in matt beige, while the running…

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Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier 29.09.2019

The Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

Paying homage to a man widely regarded as the father of modernism, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), Rado's stunning range of True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier could definitely be worth a look as your next summer watch. Le Corbusier, the visionary Swiss designer, architect and writer, created the concept of Architectural Polychromy – a palette that employs 63 different colours of architectural significance to assist with the portrayal of depth and space. These 63 colours are then grouped into nine different categories: vibrant, velvety, balanced, bold, powerful, expressive, luminous, impressive and pure. Rado's new True Thinline collection wonderfully encapsulates these…

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Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” 28.09.2019

Rediscovering the Rolex GMT-Master II "Pepsi"

Editor's note: Almost two years on from its release at 2018's Baselworld, Rolex's GMT-Master II 126710 BLRO or "Pepsi", as it's colloquially known across the globe, is still an incredibly desirable timepiece. And it's pretty easy to understand why – 904L steel or "Oyster Steel" construction, Jubilee bracelet, bidirectional Cerachrom bezel, chronometer certification with an accuracy rating of +2/-2 seconds a day, waterproof to 100 metres, GMT complication – this watch has just got so much to offer. A first of its kind, Rolex's Pepsi GMT is also steeped in an incredibly rich history, and dates back to the mid-1950s,…

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28.09.2019

Size is the prize: 3 seriously big watches

While there are many watch enthusiasts out there who consider timepieces with a case size of between 36mm and 40mm to be sitting in the "Goldilocks" zone, there are watches in existence that most certainly do not conform to this notion. These timepieces are made for enthusiasts who want something that has genuine presence on the wrist, something that may well struggle to fit under the cuff of a shirt but can be seen and noticed from a great distance. We appreciate that sometimes a great wrist flex is all about the mass, so here are three watches that can…

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Longines HydroConquest 28.09.2019

Why this Longines is the best watch I've ever owned

Back at the beginning of 2013, as a result of kissing goodbye to a couple of watches (mistakes) from my collection, I found myself in the rather fortunate position of needing a new daily timepiece. The buying criteria was fairly simple and straightforward: the new watch needed to be a diver, automatic, Swiss made and preferably fitted with a steel bracelet. Now I know what you're thinking: "Well, James, you've got a veritable cornucopia of choice if those are the only sticking points for the new purchase." Well, there was one other condition – I didn't want to spend any…

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Seiko’s 9F Quartz Movement 27.09.2019

RECOMMENDED READING: Seiko's 9F Quartz Movement

SJX Watches recently published an in-depth look at Seiko's prodigious and fabled 9F Quartz movements, which are now in their 26th year of production. And there's no question the 9F is a genuinely high-end movement that has taken decades of engineering to perfect. It's actually a remarkable feat of timekeeping when you think about it like this: the 9F will never lose or gain more than 10 seconds a year … that's an absurd level of accuracy, and it laughs in the figurative faces of any mechanical movement on the planet. Take into account that every single 9F is assembled…

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Panerai Luminor Due PAM00943 26.09.2019

Taking another look at the Panerai Luminor Due PAM00943

Editor's note: Panerai are known for many things – a rich Italian heritage in watchmaking that dates back to 1860, steep aquatic history providing watches for the naval forces of many countries, most notably Italy and Egypt, and a quintessential design language that has spanned the better part of a century … the list goes on. What Panerai is not known for is making watches to pair with a suit-and-tie combo. In fact, something like a 47mm Submersible Bronzo is about the farthest thing away from what we'd want to don at a black tie event. However, Panerai's Luminor Due…

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Tag Heuer Monaco 1999-2009 Limited Edition 26.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The TAG Heuer Monaco 1999-2009 Limited Edition

TAG Heuer has unveiled its penultimate limited edition 50th anniversary Monaco, and this one pays homage to the wonderful era that was the noughties. This is the fourth iteration of the limited-run watches, which are celebrating 50 years of the fabled original Heuer Monaco, first released in 1969. We've already seen the eclectic mix of '60-'70s, '70s-'80s and '80s-'90s, which have been introduced at various stages throughout the year and each have their own unique flair and style. Sticking to the basic formula seen on the rest of the limited-run models, the 1999-2009 edition still utilises the same 39mm steel…

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Instagram’s influence on movement finishing 25.09.2019

RECOMMENDED READING: Instagram's influence on movement finishing

SJX Watches recently published a fascinating story by Brandon Moore that takes a look at the impact that Instagram and other social media platforms have had on the scrutiny and importance of watch movement finishing. Moore talks to former Patek Philippe watchmaker and founder of Akrivia watches, Rexhep Rexhepi, about the influence of the social media app and how it has affected not just Rexhepi's business, but also the larger watchmaking community as a whole. The article also rather interestingly points out that intricate watch movement finishing is actually a relatively new phenomenon, as previous generations of watchmakers saw overly…

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3 affordable timepieces that get the nod from watch snobs 25.09.2019

3 affordable timepieces that get the nod from watch snobs

There are certain watches out there in the horological ether that are not only lauded by loyal followers but also able to accomplish a hell of a lot for little outlay. Whether it is accuracy, toughness and dependability, innovation, or technicality, these cult-like timepieces are worth far more than the sum of their parts, and we are honour-bound to ensure that you know about them. So, much like a former Aussie cricketer did when he dated a British actress, here are three watches that punch well above their weight: Swatch Sistem51 Whichever way you look at it, the Swatch Sistem51…

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Omega Seamaster 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 25.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Omega Seamaster 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

OK, we'll skip the whole "shaken, not stirred" routine and skip to the salient facts. Omega has just released its latest Bond-themed timepiece, the Omega Seamaster 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service – and it's pretty awesome. Limited to just 7007 pieces (see what they did there?), the Bond watch pays homage to, as the name would suggest, the 1969 classic Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. There are quite a few unique styling cues that feature on this bespoke timepiece, and some of them are pretty impressive. For a start, the limited edition wristwatch is based…

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Gérald Genta 50th Anniversary Watch 24.09.2019

Looking back at Bulgari's Gérald Genta 50th Anniversary Watch

Editor's note: I think it's fairly safe to say that Gérald Charles Genta is the 20th century's most notable designer of wristwatches. Many know the list of his accomplishments, but the sheer scope and impact of his unique and inspired design language is still sometimes difficult to grasp. Royal Oak, Nautilus, Constellation, Ingenieur, Golden Ellipse – the list of triumphs goes on and on. However, what many people don't know is that, in the twilight of his career, Genta established his own watch brand, which was subsequently purchased by Bulgari. And when looking through Bulgari's current and past collection of…

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Frank Muller Vanguard Yachting Anchor Skeleton 24.09.2019

The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Anchor Skeleton

Artisanal watchmakers Franck Muller have really taken it to the next level with their latest timepiece, the Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Anchor Skeleton. Available in a range of different precious metals, including 18k yellow gold and 18k rose gold, the case of the prodigious new wristwatch measures an imposing 44mm and is 12.65mm thick. Housed inside the curvex-style case is Franck Muller's Calibre MVT.1740VSYA, a 21-jewel, hand-wound skeletonised movement that offers customers an impressive seven days of power reserve and beats away at 18,000 vibrations per hour. This beautifully presented movement is sandwiched between two pieces of sapphire crystal, giving…

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Baselworld underrated watches 2019 24.09.2019

3 seriously underrated watches released in 2019

A great watch should always get the recognition it deserves; however, sometimes that just simply isn't the case. Whether it's down to hyped timepieces being unveiled at the same time, the watchmaker in question not being particularly revered, or how the timepiece in question derives its source of power … there are myriad reasons why a new watch might not attain the right levels of attention. So, with all this in mind, we thought we'd share with you three timepieces that were released this year that you may not have even heard of, but should definitely be on your radar.…

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James May and the Quartz Watch 23.09.2019

RECOMMENDED WATCHING: James May and the Quartz Watch

James May, doyen of automotive journalism, presenter of Amazon's The Grand Tour and former presenter of BBC's Top Gear, knows a great many things about the mechanical innards of an automobile. It turns out that Mr May is also rather savvy when it comes to understanding the complexity of the technology that almost single-handedly and irreversibly destroyed the Swiss mechanical watch industry – the Quartz Watch. In this rather wonderful video made by the BBC's Earth Lab, May goes through the engineering, history and application of Quartz technology. It may also interest you to know that May has quite the…

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23.09.2019

4 stealth watches to help you fly under the radar

The very utterance of the words "must have" when talking about the ideal watch collection will almost always lead to, at the very least, enthusiastic speculation and, more often than not, heated debate. The Omega Speedmaster, for example, is forever being bandied about as THE watch to have in any discerning collection, and the Rolex Submariner is never far out of the equation either. But you know what? I don't think there is any particular make or model of watch that you simply HAVE to possess in an ideal assemblage of timepieces. However, there are definitely certain styles/genres of timepieces…

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The Rado HyperChrome Ultra Light 23.09.2019

Rediscovering the Rado HyperChrome Ultra Light

Editor's note: With weather more conducive to anything other than complete hibernation finally starting to creep back into our lives Down Under, it's got everyone here in the office talking about what watch you should be wearing when the board shorts, bikinis and budgie smugglers come out. Now, we've already covered what we think will be in vogue this coming summer, and its vibrant white watches. But what if you're not so inclined to wear something that's so fabulously OTT? What happens if you're after something that still offers the characteristics of a great summer timepiece, but does so without…

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H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Venturer 22.09.2019

3 Mosers we're excited to see next week

H. Moser & Cie are coming Down Under next week to show off some of their hottest new timepieces. We can't wait to see Moser's very rare watches, especially these three stunners: Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD Moser has decided to up the horological ante once again with its latest Pioneer, the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD. The MD employs the use of dual windows, and it sees the month indicator being saddled up closely to the left of the Pioneer's date window, which arguably makes for even clearer legibility than its previous Pioneer Perpetual Calendar. Available in both Funky Blue Fumé…

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22.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000TB

It seems like every other week there's a new Casio being unleashed upon the wristwatch-wearing world. And this week is no different, as the Japanese marque has just released this — the Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000TB. That's right, there's now another 5000-series vying for the attention of all you digital devotees out there, and this one's got a real point of difference. You see, although it may look like it's using the same type of rubber as a regular G-Shock, it's actually a fully titanium case, bracelet, bezel, caseback and buttons.   And if the new titanium wasn't enough, Casio has…

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Richard Mille RM50-04 Kimi Räikkönen 22.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Richard Mille RM 50-04 Kimi Räikkönen

Horological heavyweight Richard Mille has just unveiled their latest limited edition masterpiece, the Richard Mille RM 50-04 Kimi Räikkönen, and there's only one thing we can say … Bwoah! In typical fashion only to be expected of Richard Mille, the RM 50-04 is an incredibly complicated and quite frankly wonderful timepiece, designed for the one and only "Iceman" of the Formula 1 paddock, Mr Kimi-Matias Räikkönen. The RM 50-04 also celebrates the watchmaker's affiliation with Alfa Romeo's Formula 1 Racing Team, which Räikkönen has been a part of since signing with the Swiss race team in 2018. As a result,…

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Zenith Defy Double Tourbillon 21.09.2019

Zenith takes on GPHG 2019 with 5 seriously hot watches

It isn't hard to imagine that Zenith is probably feeling pretty darn confident about being given more than one award at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. Not least for the fact that five of the Swiss marque's timepieces have been given the nod by the prestigious event's judges across no fewer than five different categories. This is a seriously big deal for Zenith, especially when you consider that in the eyes of many, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève is the Swiss watch industry's most revered awards event, though we mustn't compare GPHG to a certain Hollywood-based awards…

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Gorillaz and G-Shcok’s latest collaboration 20.09.2019

G-Shock and Gorillaz's latest collaboration is out Now Now!

Following the successful first collaboration between British virtual band Gorillaz and Japan's G-Shock, the dynamic duo has once again teamed up for their latest and final collaboration together. Their two newest limited-edition creations, the GA2000GZ-3A and GW-B5600GZ-1, aim to pay homage to the iconic music group's first album, Gorillaz, and their latest album, The Now Now. The Gorillaz-themed timepiece, GA2000GZ-3A, is based on the standard GA-2000 Series of watches that feature G-Shock's Carbon Core Guard and an interchangeable band. The collaborative piece scores a striking green camouflage motif, faithfully portraying the cover art of the original Gorillaz album. Features of…

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The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer 19.09.2019

Revisiting the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer

If you're in the market for one Swiss mechanical watch to do it all — come rain, hail or shine, 365 days of the year — and you've got a budget of around $10,000, most people would head straight for a Rolex Datejust. In fact, the argument could quite easily be made that the Datejust is the archetypal, go-anywhere, do-anything timepiece thanks to features like a waterproof case, chronometer certified in-house movement, supreme robustness and superlative build quality. However, Omega also makes a watch that genuinely rivals the Rolex in every aforementioned criterion. And yet, due to almost all of Omega's…

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The New Nomos Metro Rose Gold 33 19.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Nomos Metro Rose Gold 33

Ladies and the slight of wrist, rejoice! And behold the latest offering from German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte – the Nomos Metro Rose Gold 33. In a first for Nomos' Metro range, the Rose Gold is being offered to customers exclusively in a 33mm case size. Designed by Nomos' Berlin-based stalwart Mark Braun, the new Metro features rose gold hour, minute and seconds hands affixed to a wonderfully subtle silver-plated dial. Contrasted with grey hour indices and purple minute markers, the Rose Gold Metro is unashamedly angled towards a female audience. The new 33mm case is beautifully finished in polished 18k…

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Rolex Deepsea ref.126660 18.09.2019

"No other Rolex is designed like this" – Michael's Rolex Deepsea

Whether it's the Submariner, Sea-Dweller or Deepsea, Rolex's iconic range of professional dive watches have rather a lot in common. However, as Michael points out with his prized Deepsea ref.126660, the legacy watchmaker's amphibious timepieces are not all created equal. In fact, the first time that Michael realised he wanted to own the herculean dive watch was when he saw one completely disassembled, and he appreciated just how different and unique the construction of the Deepsea is. As Michael explains, the Deepsea needs to be capable of withstanding quite monumental pressures when being submerged underwater at depths of up to 3900 metres…

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 18.09.2019

Sun's out, guns out: 3 ace watches to kick off the summer vibes

Yes, we're somewhat getting ahead of ourselves here, but with the abject misery of Australia's particularly dismal winter now in the rearview mirror, it's time to start thinking about ideal summer watches. What's more, thanks to the land of Oz perpetually being six months behind the Northern Hemisphere's summer style, we've already got a pretty clear idea as to what's in vogue for the warmer months ahead. It might not come as a surprise to many, but white watches are definitely making a strong case for being attached to your wrist for when the thermostat cracks 30+ degrees. So, with…

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Review 17.09.2019

Revisiting the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Editor's note: Recently, we talked about some sports watches with an integrated bracelet that could be great alternatives to the usual suspects from Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. Thing is, though, there's another awesome timepiece from one member of the horological holy trinity that also fits the bill for an awesome integrated sports timepiece – the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. In particular, we're taking a look back to when Felix got the chance to go hands-on with a seriously beautiful example of the Overseas.  When it comes to Vacheron Constantin's SIHH releases, there's no doubt the pieces that were the talk…

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John Mayer’s insane watch collection 17.09.2019

RECOMMENDED READING: John Mayer's insane watch collection

We're pretty sure that most of you are already aware of just how absurdly ridiculous Mr John Mayer's watch collection is, thanks to myriad Instagram posts, news stories and two rather famous Talking Watches episodes. But the sheer scope and significance of the musician's horological haul still tends to beggar belief, especially if you've ever wondered what it must all be worth. Well, consider the wondering over, at least for some of his collection, because a rather enthusiastic chap on the interwebs has gone and tallied up the total value of 27 of Mayer's prized possessions. Granted, the estimates are…

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Breitling Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition 17.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Breitling Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition

It seems like only yesterday that Breitling released their Navitimer 1 Airline Editions. Evidently, time doesn't stop for the aeronautically enthusiastic watchmaker, though, because they've just dropped this – the Breitling Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition.   Based on Breitling's standard Aviator 8 Day & Date 41, the Etihad Airways edition sees the 41mm timepiece score a black dial with contrasting Arabic numerals, as well as the hour, minute and second hands being finished in a distinctive rose gold colour.   The quirky dial is actually a first for Breitling, as the Swiss watchmaker has…

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Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark 16.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark

Tudor has decided to honour its partnership with New Zealand's All Blacks the only way it knows how … with a limited edition watch, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark. Made to not only pay tribute to the All Blacks' illustrious history, which dates back to 1884, the Chrono Dark also celebrates the rugby team's 2019 title defence of the Rugby World Cup. Just 1181 watches will be created initially, and we know what you're thinking: what's the significance of 1181? Well, that's how many Kiwi rugby players have been selected for the country's national squad since its inception. What's…

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Raketa Copernic 16.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Raketa Copernic

Russian watchmaker Raketa has just released a modern interpretation of its classic Raketa Copernic wristwatch, and it is a uniquely compelling timepiece. First created in the 1980s in the twilight of the Soviet Union, the original Copernic was made to honour the renaissance-era Polish astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus. Like the original, the new homage piece has a fascinating and novel dial that portrays the earth and moon's rotation around the sun in space. As a result, the hour hand is styled as a golden orb that represents the sun, while the minute hand is a large, hollow silver ring…

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15.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Urwerk UR-100 SpaceTime

The horological mavericks at Urwerk have just dropped their latest wristwatch and it is, pardon the pun, out of this world! The Urwerk UR-100 SpaceTime is a stratospherically cool and novel concept for a timepiece, and one that seems very, very complicated indeed. Essentially, the SpaceTime will not only tell its lucky owners the time, but the distance travelled on Earth and the distance travelled by Earth. Much like other watches in Urwerk's back catalogue, their latest timepiece employs the use of the watchmaker's famed orbital hour satellites and striking red-tipped arrow minute pointer, which makes its way across the bottom of the…

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15.09.2019

Unsung Heroes: 4 integrated steel sports watches that deserve your attention

For many of us out there, the dream of one day owning a grail watch, like an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500 or Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A, is going to remain just that … a dream. And the funny part is, it's got nothing to do with the amount of spondulicks in your bank account! No, chances are that even if you do have the cold hard cash to buy one of these wrist-worn idols, you're still not going to be able to get your hands on one. But never fear, all hope is not lost, because there are some great steel…

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14.09.2019

INTRODUCING: The Limited Edition Zodiac X Liberty Super Sea Wolf

Hot off the heels of their last limited-run homage piece, the Astrographic, Zodiac has teamed up with the London-based luxury retailer Liberty to give us this – the Zodiac X Liberty Super Sea Wolf. Like Zodiac, Liberty has been around for more than a century, and has a brilliant history of providing Londoners, as well as travellers from across the globe, with some of the finest luxury fabrics and objets d'art that money can buy. Limited to just 30 pieces, the GMT-equipped Super Sea Wolf features splashes of Liberty's signature shade of purple. The distinct purple can be found on…

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13.09.2019

Getting up to speed with the Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition

Unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year, the Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition celebrates the Swiss watch brand's illustrious 31-year relationship with Italy's most storied road rally. Inspired by not just the event itself, but the classic automobiles that compete in the famous rally, the 2019 Race Edition represents the passion that Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele shares for classic automobiles. The striking 44mm case is available in either steel or two-tone steel and rose gold, and is paired with a motorsport-inspired perforated tan leather band with Chopard's signature rubber tyre tread pattern lining. Like most watches born out of the crucible of…

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Vintage Rolex GMT Master 24.08.2019

Buying vintage Rolex – Utilitarian ideal without waiting list ordeal

For almost every watch enthusiast, the first sojourn into the world of the vintage watch market is two things: fun and inexpensive. The thrill of owning something that was created and worn several decades ago, the history, the gorgeous patina and, in most cases, the value for money – it just seems like there are zero downsides. My first vintage piece was a gold-capped Tudor Oyster Prince from the early '60s. It wasn't a minter by any means, with scratches and swirls galore adorning both the plexi and the case. But I didn't care one bit, because in my humble…

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