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Montblanc celebrates the 160th Anniversary of Minerva

There is always some anniversary to be celebrated in the watch industry. And although the history of Montblanc watches is comparatively young, the Hamburg based brand yet already celebrates a very special anniversary – Minerva turns 160 years. The Maison…

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A visit at the Carl F. Bucherer Manufacture

The village Lengnau, which is located at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the canton of Bern and its population of just 5’500 is not very spectacular. However it is an important junction for the watch production. Something that…

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Why The Patek Philippe Nautilus Looks Perfect With Everything From A Wetsuit To Evening Attire

You cannot just write about a Nautilus watch without mentioning its extraordinary story. In the 1970s, Patek Philippe dared something that was risky and somehow unusual for such a traditional brand, which had, until then, exclusively focused on elegant, slim gold watches…

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A Sportscar for your wrist – Richard Mille RM 11-03 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph McLaren

If there is one certain field that always strives for new material to make their products lighter (and hence more performing) then it is that of racing cars. And if there is a watch brand that strives for these same…

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

We already introduced the new Vacheron Constantin Dual Time, which was shown at SIHH this year as part of their popular ‘Overseas’ collection. Another watch from this collection that really stands out is the Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin with a slender 4.05 mm movement…

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​Porsche Design rolls out its 2018 novelties

It was in 1972 when Ferdinand Alexander Porsche decided to establish a design company for watches (and other products) after he retired from the operating business at Porsche. Ever since he has been a designer, not only was it him…

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​The architect of his own fortune – the Armin Strom manufacture

The watch brand Armin Strom puts a lot of attention to the visibility of the movement as it is the driving engine and highly complex mechanism that keeps the watch running. Therefore they specialized in skeletonized movement designs to bring…

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IWC turns 150 Years and launches a special 27 pieces collection with their most desirable watches

The American Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the brand IWC in 1868 and he wanted to pair Swiss craftsmanship in watchmaking with American manufacturing technologies. IWC became a specialist in creating excellent pocket watches. Even though the brand’s initials stand for…

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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Retro-Style

It has recently become quite obvious throughout the watch industry that many brands dig deep in their archives and recall on their heritage. But why does everyone seem to wallow in memory of the old times? It is probably just…

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Liaison between tradition and modernity – the new AkriviA ‘Rexhep Rexhepi’ Chronométre Contemporain

For the 6th anniversary of the young independent watchmaking atelier AkriviA, founder and master watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi wished to present something completely new. So far, most of his watches are from the inside and outside wholly complex. Tourbillon complications became his…

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​A look into the Future with the new MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium​

The perpetual calendar is surely one of the most complex challenges in wrist-watchmaking. The system is based on the Gregorian calendar, which was calculated by pope Gregor XIII in 1582 and is quite inconsistently bearing in mind the different days…

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Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230 – A brief history of time(-zones)

Did you know that in regards to the world time-zones, the Russian capital Moscow recently has shifted one hour closer to Western Europe, being relocated to UTC+3 instead of UTC+4 as it has been for decades? And did you hear…