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Velsheda by Speake-Marin

Circadian Rhythms And The Mad Rush: Speake-Marin Velsheda

For those wishing for relief, or at least a temporary respite, from the ever-more-urgent demands of time, and those who happen to love independent watchmakers as well, Baselworld 2014 saw the release of something for you.

It is a timepiece that not only evokes emotion in me due to its design, it allows me to feel freer with time and listen to my body instead of the clock: the Speake-Marin Velsheda.

The natural descendent of the Speake-Marin Shimoda model, the Velsheda is a one-handed watch. It tells the time to the nearest five minutes, but if you are wearing it, you may not even care. This watch uncouples you from the speedy second hand sweeping around the dial and even the noticeable crawl of the minute hand.

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Chronograph Pre-Selected Watches: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

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September 19, 2014
Our panel picks their favorite chronographs from those pre-selected in the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. There is a very strong line-up of chronographs this year: Montblanc TimeWalker 100 Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, Chopard L.U.C. 1963, Tudor Fastrider Black Shield, Zenith El Primero 410 and the De Bethune DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon.
The view through the display back, with the heat-blued screws, of the Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon is as beautiful as the dial side

Greubel Forsey And The Proverbial Loose Screw: An Anniversary Tale

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September 18, 2014
On this sunny day in the La Chaux-de-Fonds factory, which is half charming eighteenth-century farmhouse and half state-of-the-art technical facility, I was entirely surprised by having learned something new about one of Greubel Forsey’s production elements: screws. The subject came up in passing at lunch, sparking great passion in Forsey despite what might seem to be a miniscule topic to the uninitiated.
Preselected watches in the Men's category of the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Men’s Pre-Selected Watches: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

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September 17, 2014
Here's what our panel thinks of the Men's watches pre-selelected for the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: Breguet Classique Chronométrie, Urban Jürgensen & Sønner Central Second, MB&F LM 101, Tudor Heritage Black Bay, Omega Seamaster 300, and the Bulgari Octo Finissimo. This category only allows men’s watches that do not have extra complications.
: Supporting the brand: group wristshot at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Costa Mesa OCNA event

Jaeger-LeCoultre Fights Ovarian Cancer With Collector Events

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September 16, 2014
I had the privilege of reporting on the wonderful project launched by photographer Howard Parr and supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre to advance the fight against the “silent killer” of women, ovarian cancer. Howard is also an avid Jaeger-LeCoultre collector. Jaeger-LeCoultre sponsored two Southern California receptions centered on Howard’s stirring photos of ovarian cancer survivors and benefitting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA).
Felix by Habring2

Habring2 Gets Happy (And Serious) With Felix, Featuring First Austrian Movement

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September 16, 2014
Felix is more than just a name. Felix is Latin for “happy” or “fortunate” and I feel that Maria and Richard Habring have found just the right moniker for their latest creation. At the same time, Felix proves that it’s entirely possible for a talented, small team to make a fully in-house manufacture movement at a fully affordable price.
Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon

Belts, Belts, Belts. And The TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon

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September 15, 2014
It all started in 2004 when TAG Heuer first released the Monaco V4, the first watch to be driven by belts instead of the conventional wheel and pinion. After ten years of experimentation and redesigns, the Monaco V4 Tourbillon was released in 2014 to much fanfare. The V4 has always held a special place in my heart, and with the release of the newly designed movement specifically for the V4 Tourbillon I wanted to break down why it is incredible.
GPHG 2014 Ladies High-Mech

Ladies High-Mech Pre-Selected: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

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September 13, 2014
The Ladies High-Mech category is for "women’s watches that are remarkable in terms of their mechanical creativity and complexity." The key words here being "mechanical creativity and complexity." Our panel believes there is going to be a landslide and for good reason: nothing holds a candle to a certain highly complicated timepiece created for ladies.
The watches pre-selected in the category "Ladies" in the 2014  Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG)

Pre-Selected Ladies: Round Table Discussion Of The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014

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September 12, 2014
The watches in the Ladies category of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève can only feature two of the following functions at most: date, power reserve, classic moon phase, and a second time zone. The watches may be adorned with a maximum of 5 carats of gemstones.
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Montblanc Introduces Distinctive Bohème Perpetual Calendar For Ladies

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September 10, 2014
According to a recent interview with CEO Jérôme Lambert at the company’s Hamburg headquarters, Montblanc’s watch business is humming along swimmingly. And an interesting statistic is that women constitute about 35 percent of the clients of this brand. Thus, it stands to perfect reason that the luxury brand boasting two Swiss factories producing elegant wristwatches would not forget women in its campaign to "share its passion for fine watchmaking."
Urwerk EMC Black on the wrist of Felix Baumgartner

Back In Black: First Live Photos Of The 'Smart' Urwerk EMC Black

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September 10, 2014
Let's get one thing straight: Urwerk's EMC Black is not a pretty watch and it's not meant to be, it's a proof-of-concept instrument. And a very good instrument at that, one that is not only extremely precise, but is the world's first watch capable of measuring its own precision without external tools or meters.
Urban Jürgensen Tourbillon Minute Repeater

Simply Divine: The Urban Jürgensen Unique Piece Tourbillon Minute Repeater Regulator

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September 9, 2014
Around 1995, the founder of the modern Urban Jürgensen & Sønner brand, Peter Baumberger (1940-2010), went into partnership with the then-independent movement manufacture Lémania to develop a minute repeater tourbillon movement. This project was finished in 2000; however, very few of these movements were ever made by Lémania, but Baumberger received three, each with different indications and finishes. One was a regulator.
Zenith El Primero Lightweight

Adventure, Adrenaline, And The Zenith El Primero Lightweight

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September 7, 2014
To fly like a squirrel you need a wing suit and to soar like an eagle you need a parachute. But what about the technical aspects of the activities, e.g. keeping track of exactly how long that flight was? Well for for that there is nothing better than the Zenith El Primero Lightweight.
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Natalie Portman’s Arachnid Tourbillon RM 19-01: A Richard Mille Love Story

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September 5, 2014
I love Richard Mille. Not the man (well, perhaps in a way), but his creations. I have loved the tonneau-shaped models from the moment I set eyes on them. They are masculine, sexy, beautifully proportioned, full of new technology goodness and unique in such a way that when you have one on your wrist, people instantly know what you are wearing. So why has brand ambassador Natalie Portman chosen a spider for the spotlight and how does it figure into the tourbillon and movement mechanics?
The Hautlence Invictus Morphos resting on a cover image of its designer, Eric Cantona

Hautlence, Branding, Eric Cantona, And The 10-Year Anniversary

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September 3, 2014
The date was March 2004. The place was Basel. I had gotten wind of a new “brand” and was heading down the street from Baselworld’s Hall 1 toward the local Starbucks to meet with the founders. In the ten years since that coffee-fueled day, Hautlence has basically experienced its own birth, middle age, near death and reincarnation. That’s quite a lot of history for any 10-year old brand. Read this story to find out where it is now and why Eric Cantona is the new "gentleman rebel" face.
Karin Voutilainen 28 Sarasamon with dial from Unryuan studio in Japan. The Saiei Makie and Somata zaiku lacquering of this dial takes months to complete and uses gold dust), gold leaf, great green turban (a snail) shell and abalone shell from New Zealand

Kari Voutilainen Wins The 2014 Gaïa Award For Artisanal Creation

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September 1, 2014
In the world of complicated watchmaking, that which might appear simple when seen from the dial may often be quite complicated when you turn a watch over and peer into its depths. In Kari Voutilainen’s case, not only does his style comprise an uncommon sort of complicated simplicity, it is also riddled with the thing that eludes many watchmakers: near perfection.