Shane Hegarty

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10.05.2021

INTRODUCING: Convopiece is the ultra bespoke service that will make the watch of your dreams

Adrian Alred has always had an under-the radar and unconventional approach to the watch world. At age 19, he bought a Rolex AirKing using the cash saved from his barbering job and through design college used his student loans to buy more watches. He flipped to being a seller after discovering the Italian brand Locman, designing a booklet to showcase the watches and selling them to many – including professional footballers – who sat in his barber’s chair in London. As a creative director by trade, he reached a natural crossover of watches, design and enterprise in 2011, when he…

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01.05.2021

The 7 stages of watch buyer’s remorse (when you just don’t click with that new timepiece…)

Editor’s note: Shane, the island-dwelling author of this piece, lives in a country that does not enjoy the same access to the objects of our obsession as most of us reading enjoy. Ireland may have nailed a perfect accent, but it has some work to do in providing its citizens with more luxury watches. Thus, Shane and his kind are in the situation where they are buying many watches sight unseen. Which, as we all know, is a recipe for buyer’s remorse. Over to you, Shane. Regrets are a natural part of watch collecting. We often talk of our regrets…

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24.04.2021

Trying to get your kid into watches – without putting them off

My 8-year-old daughter has taken to wearing my G-Shock to school. The watch sits on her wrist like a rubber brick. The strap is pulled tight to the last hole, so it loops all the way around until the end sticks up like a black tongue. It’s about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. She wears it because a boy in her class turned up with a kids’ digital watch. She asked for one too, trying the G-Shock for size and deciding that would do nicely. Wearing the G-Shock lends a certain “that’s not a knife, that’s a knife” vibe…

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15.04.2021

INTRODUCING: The Baltic Aquascaphe Dual Crown offers a fresh take on the compressor

For a brand that made its name with modern twists on vintage-soaked designs, Baltic is clearly beginning to show a lot of confidence in its own aesthetic. Sure, the French brand’s new Aquascaphe Dual Crown takes inspiration from long-gone compressors – and one in particular – but there’s a freshness about it that takes both the Aquascaphe line and the brand a few steps forward. It is, for starters, a compressor and there is always something immediately cool about that. The two crowns. The cross-hatching. The inner rotating bezel. Compressors – and their wearers – have always had a “coolest…

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Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II 10.04.2021

INTRODUCING: Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II: A trio in ceramic unlike anything you’ve ever seen

When Time+Tide last looked at a Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II, we described it as a “geometric ice palace” for the wrist. Well, the three new Sang Bleu II ceramic editions – coming in grey, blue and white – contain one colour that not only doubles down on that idea but also answers the question “what watch would Superman’s dad Jor-El have worn inside the Fortress of Solitude?” Under its creative director, tattooist Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Sang Bleu is a creative agency involved in a dizzying range of disciplines, from body art to typefaces, fine art to media, logo design…

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10.04.2021

When the most valuable watch in your collection isn’t worth anything to anyone but you

My parents moved house a couple of years ago. “Any watches?” I asked as they sorted through 45 years of accumulated stuff. “Yes!” said my mother and went off to grab it. We all hope for the barn-find. A watch pulled out of the sofa, found in a drawer, handed down by a long-dead relative. The watch that lands you on Antiques Roadshow. “A 60s Daytona, you say? Best condition you’ve ever seen? Jeepers. Worth how much? Well gosh, it’s not about the money but…” My mother handed me the watch, told me to keep it. It was a Swiss-made,…

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic 09.04.2021

INTRODUCING: The Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic is like the summer sun lighting up a New York taxi

Occasionally watch people will complain about how little anybody notices what’s on their wrist. You’re wearing a good watch. You’re dying to tell people about it. Nobody bites or even notices. Well, that’s hardly ever been a problem with a Hublot and it certainly won’t be an issue with the Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic ceramic chronograph, newly released at Watches and Wonders. People would have to make an effort not to notice this on the wrist – and it will undoubtedly be worn by people who want to be noticed. But it’s the latest in Hublot’s line of ceramic…

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03.04.2021

How not to talk to total strangers about their watch

I was 35,000ft over the Atlantic when I first freaked someone out about his watch. It was in the line for the airplane toilet. A guy was ahead of me, wrestling a full-bladdered toddler. This, I reasoned, is exactly the moment he’ll want a stranger to ask about his Panerai. He’ll tell me the story behind it, enquire about my watches. We’ll probably swap Instagram details. “Nice Panerai,” I said. Like me, he was Irish. You don’t see many Panerais in Ireland. “Huh?” he asked, his attention flipping from annoyance at his toddler to wariness at me. “You’re wearing a…

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20.03.2021

The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST Ceramic is a super deep diver (to the tune of 1km)

Ball’s Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST has been known for many things – the monobloc titanium case, an automatic helium escape valve built into the crown, lume you could light a nightclub with – but it’s fair to say it hasn’t always been fêted for handsome looks. Sure, last year’s DeepQUEST II had a personality to match its 1000m depth rating. The bezel was muscular to say the least. The crown mushroomed out in presumption that its owner would be wearing thick gloves. And the numerals at 6 and 12 were applied in an almost matchstick arrangement of “micro gas tubes” (sealed…

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Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H 15.03.2021

INTRODUCING: The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H combines retro swagger with a mechanical movement

We really should have seen the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H coming. Having played with the idea before, this hand-wound, bi-register chrono – in beautifully proportioned panda and reverse panda dial variants – sees Hamilton effectively resurrect and update its first chronograph. The modern Intra-Matic Chronograph H is compelling in either dial, taking direct inspiration from 1968’s ‘Chronograph A’ and ‘Chronograph B’. Those original pieces have often aged beautifully, so it’s no surprise to see fauxtina deployed here. A box sapphire crystal further adds to that ’60s vibe. In all, though, it appears to be a watch that leans heavily on…

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14.03.2021

I bonded with Paul Newman over a Timex Ironman, but you’ll be surprised what was on his wrist

I met Paul Newman once. Back in 2001, I spent an hour in his company. Just him and me chatting in a drawing room in Barretstown Castle, Ireland, where he had set up a residential camp for seriously ill children. Sure, he was a little slow on a staircase at that stage but trust me, the man was the most ridiculously cool 76-year-old you could ever hope to meet. We didn’t talk about watches, because I had yet to fall down that rabbit hole. I was wearing a basic Timex Ironman because it told the time and was cheap. Every…

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Baltic Bicomapx 002 16.12.2020

Resistance is useless: Why I simply had to buy the Baltic Bicompax 002

You know how it is. You spend ages thinking about your next watch – planning, saving, researching, deciding, changing your mind, procrastinating … And then a new release wanders by, flashes its bright shiny dial and you pick it up with hardly a thought. That’s how the sector dial Baltic Bicompax 002 ended up on my wrist.  Baltic first revealed its sector dial earlier this year with the limited-edition salmon dial three-hander and chronograph. An immediate hit, it was no surprise when they recently returned with silver, black and blue gilt variants (alongside the time-only HMS 002). It immediately ticked…

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Why I won't wear an Apple Watch 17.11.2020

The only thing I want buzzing on my wrist is a Memovox. Why I’ll never wear an Apple Watch…

You don’t need the statistics to tell you that Apple Watches sell more than the rest of the Swiss watch industry combined. You need only to glance at people’s wrists.  You can’t miss those sleek square slabs. They’re everywhere. Worn by every age group, in every profession. I’ve been told they’re particularly popular among undertakers, who can discreetly check messages without having to whip out the phone in the middle of a widow’s eulogy. But I refuse to wear one.   Worse, I instinctively let out a pathetic little “pah” of derision at the mere mention of the Apple Watch. Why?…

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