FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Phillips to auction Roger Smith’s handmade pocket watch, Hublot drops two new special editions FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Phillips to auction Roger Smith’s handmade pocket watch, Hublot drops two new special editions

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Phillips to auction Roger Smith’s handmade pocket watch, Hublot drops two new special editions

Zach Blass

Earlier in the week it was revealed an incredibly significant pocket watch is about to hit the auction block, and, closing out the week, Hublot, even after a ton of novelty drops at Watches & Wonders, announced two new special editions. A fair bit to discuss, let’s jump right into it.

Phillips to auction historically significant Roger Smith Pocket Watch Number Two

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  • Roger Smith’s handmade pocket watch Number Two is one of three (the first deemed insufficient and the third sold in private sale)
  • Number Two is the pocket watch that finally garnered Smith the approval of George Daniels and his acceptance as an apprentice
  • It had remained in Smith’s possession until 2004, when it was sold to fund the launch of his namesake brand

ESTIMATE: In excess of US$1,000,000

Hublot debuts new black and gold Classic Fusion Boutique Madrid

  • A celebration of the early adoption of Hublot by Spanish royalty and celebrities and the country’s support over the last 43 years
  • 42mm Classic Fusion watch in black ceramic with 18K gold accents to the dial and bezel screws
  • Limited to 100 pieces, sold exclusively at their Madrid boutique

Price: €12,100

Hublot celebrates UEFA partnership with new Classic Fusion Chronograph

  • The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Europa League Ceramic is the second piece to bear the championship colours
  • 42mm black ceramic case, UEFA trophy-motif on the 3′ counter, silver and orange accents to symbolise strength and endurance
  • Limited to 100 pieces

Price: US$13,600

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Watch meme of the week: Don’t come at me bro(dinkee)


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Oh, I am so ready to throw hands Brodinkee, square up. Jokes aside, plenty of brands are finally seeing the value of bringing watch diameters down – something my smaller wrist appreciates. But, then again, Rolex seems to be inching their watches up a millimetre or so of late. Go figure.

Wrist shot of the week: Green and gold for the win


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There are always obvious winners of Watches & Wonders, but where things get interesting are the sleeper hits. Take this IWC Pilot’s Chronograph 41 for example. When I personally saw it, don’t get me wrong – I thought it looked nice. But, I did not expect the overwhelming love it received on our Time+Tide Instagram. Clearly green/gold is a winning combo.

Time+Tide Shop select of the week: Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto 38mm

The Khaki Field Murph Auto 38mm is here. One of science fiction’s most famous watches known by fans as ‘The Murph’ is now housed in a compact 38mm stainless steel case. Featuring an ultra-readable black dial, beige vintage-style Super-LumiNova finished hands and black leather strap, it reflects the key aesthetic codes of its 42mm predecessor. Powered by the H-10 automatic movement boasting an 80-hour power reserve, this Khaki Field Murph Auto will capture the hearts of those who are in love with smaller watches.

You can read our full hands-on review of the watch right here.

Order now in the Time+Tide Shop. Price: AU$1,425

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Zach & Kylie react to the Cartier 2023 Watches & Wonders novelties



Fresh out of the booth, Kylie and Zach reacted to a selection of their favourite Cartier Watches & Wonders 2023 highlights including developments in the Privé, Santos de Cartier, Santos Dumont, Tank collections and more. Watch or read the full story here.

With the new Tudor Black Bay 41 and Black Bay 54, is the BB58 in danger of becoming obsolete?

With the proposition that the Black Bay 54 and Black Bay 41 present, the question has been raised: in the wake of all of this, where does the BB58 really stand? Dig into Zach’s full analysis right here.

Zach’s top five watches from Watches & Wonders 2023 (Live Pics)

After finally fully digesting the 40-course horological meal that is Watches & Wonders, Zach shared his top five picks with live photography of each.