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29.07.2021

Goodbye buyer’s remorse: How to buy a watch sight unseen

In 2021, the average watch consumer is less likely than ever to try on a watch before buying it. And it’s not because they’re filthy rich and see no reason for such an experience. It’s just that the logistics of the current industry often make such an endeavour damn near impossible. Even with hundreds of authorised dealers spread across a country, the average consumer can still be separated from the watch they’re lusting after by hundreds of miles. This relegates most buyers to purchasing a watch sight unseen from either a sales forum, online retailer or brand website. Yet, this…

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28.07.2021

What does the “fit and finish” of a watch actually mean and should I even care?

“Fit and Finish”. If you search watch forums enough or eyeball videos on Youtube, you will undoubtedly run into this term. Initially, I had an inkling as to what it was referencing, but I hadn’t grasped its importance or whether I should even care. But as I started to dig deeper, I began to get a better handle on what fit and finish really means to a collector and when it should matter. This is what I’ve found. Fit Here is an assignment. Take your favourite watch that is on its stock bracelet. Spread it open between both hands and…

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Conor McGregor Justin Bieber Rolex 25.07.2021

WATCHSPOTTING: A recovering Conor McGregor and a pre-show Biebs are making 36mm gold Rolex great again

It’s been nearly two weeks since The Notorious MMA, Conor McGregor, suffered a gruesome leg injury at UFC 264. After a successful three and a half hour surgery, you may have expected him to be bed-ridden, quietly recovering at home.  Well, you’d be wrong. Properly wrong. Here is Conor living the Cabana life with Justin Bieber out in Beverly Hills, on a casted and wrapped leg to boot. There are bottles of whiskey (his co-founded brand Proper Twelve, of course), a ton of tattoos and for good measure, a couple of carats. You can’t miss that factory ice on Conor’s…

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23.07.2021

WATCHSPOTTING: The IWC watch that had a starring role in Gossip Girl

Last year, as I was relegated to the confines of a New York City apartment for weeks on end, binge watching shows became the best way to pass time. In all those months, I found no show did a better job of this than the original Gossip Girl. Rich teenagers, crazy plots and ridiculous cliffhangers provided a much needed distraction from the world outside. It also provided this horological addict with a bevy of watches to spot, with one of those watches leaving a “big” impression. That watch was the IWC Big Pilot IW500401. Let me set the scene. It’s…

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Longines DolceVita 18.07.2021

There’s a new Tank in town: The Longines DolceVita adds sector dials to its range

Earlier this year, Longines added two new Art Deco sector dialled automatic watches to their DolceVita Collection. The collection is the brand’s answer to a classically styled Tank-shaped watch. These new iterations translated the design of their Heritage Classic Sector Dial into the more dressy confines of a DolceVita. As the watches have started to hit boutiques and authorized dealers, I decided to take closer look at what Longines is offering here. After a few calls, I tracked down the new references to the Westfield World Trade Center Mall in New York City. Within its confines exists the Longines Boutique,…

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17.07.2021

How Baltic became the microbrand that gatecrashed Only Watch

It’s 2005, and on the calendar is a watch auction that has collectors chomping at the bit. On the auction block are 34 pieces including one-offs that will never be seen again, the 001’s of limited editions. All from some of the most popular manufacturers in the world. The watches have been donated with one objective in mind; raising money for the research of therapeutics for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The event, held in Monte Carlo, is a huge success and ends up raising $1.91 million for the cause. In the 16 years since, the biennial charitable event known as…

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14.07.2021

Let’s go to work: The best watches for every job from white collar to tech

Whether you’re keeping a close eye on the stockmarkets, laying girders at a construction site or swapping stacks in a server room, your love for watches (which I’m just going to assume because, well, you’re reading this) means you’ll want a timepiece on your wrist. And not just any timepiece; you’ll want something that both suits your vocational needs and your budget. So before you pony up your hard-earned cash, here is a list of nice watches that should definitely be on your professional radar. Blue Collar Blue collar workers are the backbone of every economy and deserve a watch…

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Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic collection 09.07.2021

The Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic takes a bold leap into the future

In 2017, Rado decided to bring back their 1960s classic, the Captain Cook diver. Sparking positive reactions from the watch media, while making a strong connection with many a vintage watch lover’s heart, it became an instant success. Subsequently, Rado has refused to rest on their laurels by continuously evolving the line. We have seen more sizes introduced, the addition of a contemporary bracelet and a bevy of fresh new colours. But this year, the brand has taken its “Master of Materials” moniker to heart with the release of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic to show the design in a…

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21st birthday watches 06.07.2021

A month on the wrist with the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 – an integrated bracelet wristwatch for the people

The relationship between the Swatch Group and Tissot brings a host of benefits to the table. As the powerful parent company, the Swatch Group can deliver enviable command over economies of scale and a direct line to movement manufacturing with ETA. Being able to tap into such mighty resources enables Tissot to react quickly to trends while at the same time providing value-driven offerings. When Tissot released the Quartz PRX earlier this year, the benefits of this relationship had never been clearer. Between the case finishing, the dial and the bracelet, the quality you were getting for the price of…

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06.07.2021

From Boyz II Men to Backstreet Boys – watch spotting in Netflix’s “This Is Pop”

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one (wristwatches fellas)…” With its recognisable intro, Netflix’s original docuseries, This Is Pop, takes off and guides you through some of the biggest moments in pop history. From the explosion of Boyz II Men and their addictive harmonies, to the music festivals that defined a generation, This Is Pop examines how pop music influenced a range of genres, defining a path for success for multiple groups, bands and singers. Along the way, there’s a wealth of watch-spotting opportunities too. This Is Pop is divided into eight parts with the series jumping…

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