Archive for: July, 2015

A Product of Passion: Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication Watch

A Product of Passion: Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication Watch

A good way of setting the tone to discuss this timepiece is to explain how a single master watch maker toiled away for an entire year to make it, and only thirty pieces were ever produced. The reason Blancpain had to make such a watch? Essentially a gentleman’s challenge among highly-skilled watchmakers; to merge six previous masterwork timepieces into a single watch that included the complexity of the previous six, in one highly sophisticated mechanical movement. All done in a very traditional style. The resulting effort includes painstaking hand-finishing of 740 tiny parts in the movement alone. Look at the READ MORE

Conquer With Size: Franck Muller Conquistador Grand Prix Tourbillon Watch

Conquer With Size: Franck Muller Conquistador Grand Prix Tourbillon Watch

I’m completely overwhelmed by the massive watch that I just put on my wrist. I can easily see the brand DNA, but this “very different” type of Franck Muller watch is extremely nonchalant with its less than characteristic looks. Some might call the design “crazy,” while other will quickly call the tastefulness of the design into question. A polarizing design for the chronograph and tourbillon version of this watch is to be expected, and is certainly part of Franck Muller’s way of doing business. Franck Muller watches gained respect for being a bit odd. The archetype Franck Muller watch has READ MORE

An Air-istocrat: IWC Big Pilot Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar Watch

An Air-istocrat: IWC Big Pilot Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar Watch

There are few better timepieces that combine luxury sport and ‘complication watches’ together than this limited edition IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar watch. The piece is literally an intersection of IWC’s highly popular Big Pilot watch and their Perpetual Calendar collection of timepieces. Those who desire the looks of the Big Pilot, with the complication of the Perpetual Calendar, have had their prayers answered right here. The Big Pilot watch is all about heritage, legibility, and the romance of flight. IWC’s beloved 46.2-mm wide watch has its share of faces, and is universally adored for its shape, utterly easy to READ MORE

Zurich on Your Terms: Maurice de Mauriac Moon Chronograph Watch

Zurich on Your Terms: Maurice de Mauriac Moon Chronograph Watch

Brands like Maurice de Mauriac that provide good looking watches with mainstream appeal, but also a personal customization experience are rare. The brand prefers that you contact them directly when wishing to order one of their timepieces. This is because each of their watches comes with more than a dozen customization options. Not only that, but after you’ve enjoyed your Maurice de Mauriac watch for a while, you can send it back for drastic modifications like an entirely new dial. The result is a very rewarding experience, and a timepiece that promotes your own personal taste and choices. It also READ MORE

Skull from the Sky: Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon Airborne Limited Edition Watch

Skull from the Sky: Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon Airborne Limited Edition Watch

No doubt that Bell & Ross’s newest high-luxury watch is a bit creepy. In all black, with a prominent expressive skull, the timepiece is not for the light of heart. An item of art, and a conversation piece about the brand’s character, the watch is best served to argue against Bell & Ross’s seemingly conservative nature as a brand that only makes instrument style watches. The BR01 Tourbillon Airborne is item borne of two inspirations. First is the BR01 Airborne watch, released not long ago, and meant as a tribute to the American Army’s airborne division of paratroopers. It shocked READ MORE

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