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Dramatic Scenery On And Off The Wrist: Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge At British Classic Week

I have been an admirer of Panerai since the late 1990s, so getting a chance to go out to the Isle of Wight for the British Classic Week in Cowes, where Panerai is the time partner for the Classic Yachts Challenge, was a fantastic experience.

I had the chance to see and photograph a number of recent Panerai releases in their natural habitat over the race weekend.

The Time Bandit concept for the Opus 5 had a slot machine type indications. The time would display after pulling the handle and the rollers stopped spinning around

The Urwerk Opus 5 For Harry Winston That Almost Was

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The Opus 5 by Felix Baumgartner/Urwerk for Harry Winston is one of the best of this series of exceptional timepieces. But as this drawing by Urwerk designer Martin Frei from June of 2003 shows, one of the original ideas behind Urwerk’s Opus 5 was also a digital display in a model christened with the working title "Time Bandit".
Corthay shoes

Guys, Why You Need To Up The Ante In The Shoe Game

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Even the sweet taste of the nectar of Zeus pure mortals call Marsala wine that I was sipping on a terrace in the middle of the Piazza del Duomo in Syracuse, Sicily, and even the sensational view of that grandiose rococo church in front of me could not erase the horrible image from my mind. Caressing my arm, Mrs. What Makes Me Tick was doing her best to shake me out of my shock by trying to persuade me that it wasn’t all that bad and that things could have been worse. Worse?
Titanium cased Romain Gauthier Logical One Black

Back In Black: Romain Gauthier’s Logical One Black

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Romain Gauthier's Logical One is a masterpiece of complicated mechanics, boasting − as with all of the models in his collection − a level of finishing rivaled only by the likes of Philippe Dufour, Greubel Forsey, and Kari Voutlainen. That's high praise, indeed. With its four patents, Logical One delivers what it promises: a re-imagined complication laid out very logically. And the most recent edition of the timepiece taking home the 2013 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève prize for best men's complication is a surprising all-black version.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar On The Wrist

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Having the chance to wear the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar for several weeks reminded me a great deal of the evening the brand launched in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. So in addition to reporting here on the watch itself, I’m going to also provide a few details of recent history regarding this lovely, classic perpetual calendar.
Close up of the dial of the Greubel Forsey Quantième Perpétuel à Équation. At 6 o'clock you can see the small indication for the leap year (B for bisextile, which is French for leap year). To the left of that is a 24-hour display, with areas in red (around midnight) indicating that it isn't possible to set the calendar

Mechanical Computers From Then To Now: Greubel Forsey Quantième Perpétuel à Équation

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Calculating large numbers is a pain if all you have handy is your brain and a pencil. This is why people have created systems and objects to make the process easier. The Greubel Forsey Quantième Perpétuel à Équation has a mechanical computer that calculates the dates for the perpetual calendar and equation of time. This is a complete departure from the traditional perpetual calendar mechanism.
This surely must be the world's wildest tourbillon. Alain Silberstein we salute you!

My First Auction Purchase: Alain Silberstein Pendant Watch

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I have attended the odd auction. I have even gone to auctions with the intent to bid on a watch. But that hadn’t yet worked out for me. Not until I saw that Parisian auction house Artcurial was auctioning off what was left of Alain Silberstein’s inventory and put in an absentee bid on a long shot. I had little hope.
The distinct Tudor Blue Pelagos

Legendary Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes And The Tudor North Flag With In-House Movement

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Burrells in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (UK) recently showcased the new Tudor releases from Baselworld 2015. However, a particularly pleasurable element of the event was the invited speaker: none other than Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a man the 'Guinness Book of World Records' has called “the greatest living explorer.” Fiennes spoke articulately, humorously, and humbly for an hour, both wowing and at times shocking the one hundred plus invited guests gathered at Burrells, to hear him tell, almost playfully, his stories about life at the extreme limits.
Krone limited edition pen commemorating Vincent Van Gogh

The Thick Swirling Brush Strokes Of Krone’s Vincent Van Gogh Pen

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Krone, founded in the United States in 1997, has made its name by producing commemorative limited edition pens as a tribute to people, events, and things that helped shape history. Editions have included such topics as Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Duke Ellington. The most recent honors Vincent Van Gogh, featuring a beautiful hand-painted representation of his famous work Starry Night in miniature on the barrel.
The Jaquet Droz Butterfly Journey in white gold

Jaquet Droz’s Petite Heure Minute Butterfly Journey: A Unique Horological Flip Book

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Two sets of Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute models comprising eight watches each depict a beautiful butterfly as it flutters from flower to flower, starting on the left side of the spacious enamel dial and ending on the right side. The roomy enamel dials seem like the blank pages of a book, ready to be imprinted by this story of nature dreamt up by painters and engravers hard at work within the artisans’ workshop at the Jaquet Droz factory.
The Ulysse Nardin Stranger for Only Watch 2015

Music Boxes And Heartfelt Causes: Ulysse Nardin Stranger

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Ulysse Nardin's Stranger burst onto the scene in 2013, the first wristwatch with a visible music box mechanism. It plays 16 seconds of Frank Sinatra’s "Strangers in the Night." The latest is a Stranger for the 2015 Only Watch auction, which is a one-of-one unique example that plays "We are the Champions" by Queen.
Wristshot Hautlence Vortex

The Hautlence Vortex: Is This The World's Slowest Tourbillon?

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Over its eleven years of existence, Hautlence has experienced the tumult of both changes in investors and senior management. Hautlence co-founder and CEO Guillaume Tetu has been through it all. And he's still smiling! Vortex is the brand's latest, and most complicated, watch post-MELB acquisition, and it's success, or lack thereof, will be an important milestone for Hautlence as it looks to the future. So how is the watch?
Richard Mille RM-036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Jean Todt

Richard Mille At Harrods: Springtime In Summer

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Harrods has opened its doors and indeed windows to Richard Mille for the month of July. The pop-up store within the Brompton Road Exhibition Window celebrates “icons” by Richard Mille, including rare collection wristwatches and recent releases, including the stunning RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur lavished in diamonds. Visitors to the store and passersby alike have the chance to view some amazing watches through the decorated windows as if they were works of art.
Greubel Forsey Double Balancier

Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Better Half Interested In Watches

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“What, another watch?” she almost screamed in disbelief no sooner than I had opened the front door to our little love nest. Rewind to last week. I had been looking for a Roger Smith Series 1 for some time now, and Jones, my watch dealer, happened to finally locate one. I thought that I had played it pretty safe, so I really don’t know how she could have noticed. But then what happened next changed the rest of my life.
Celebration Skull by Fiona Krüger

Fiona Krüger’s Celebration Skull: Life, Death, Mortality . . . And Watches

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Fiona Krüger is a young Scottish artist and designer. She utilizes her love of art to make fantastic timepieces inspired by both the seventeenth-century skull watch of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. She has further developed her initial skull designs to now include the brightly colored Celebration Skull, which she launched to coincide with Baselworld 2015. This is limited to just 24 pieces.