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Cover of the novel The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil

‘The Grand Complication’ By Allen Kurzweil Delves Into The Mystery Of Breguet’s Marie Antoinette

For much of the world, summertime means vacation time. And that means digging into a good book.

If you’re looking for a fun work of fiction with a serious watch theme to take on your holidays, you might want to go for ‘The Grand Complication’ by Allen Kurzweil.

International scholar Kurzweil personally researched the circumstances of the legendary theft, with his website reporting that he “spent nearly five years crisscrossing Europe and the Middle East, interviewing detectives, curators, horologists, and watch dealers.”

His diligence paid off: ‘The Grand Complication’ is a quick read, steeped not only in the legends of modern watchmaking, but also appealing to bibliophiles with its many references to literature and libraries.

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Cutting out bridges by hand for the Kudoke Real Skeleton

Skeletonized Or Skeleton-Ized: Stefan Kudoke Knows

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August 20, 2014
Stefan Kudoke's Real Skeleton was inspired by 400-year-old memento mori timepieces, which address the transience of time in a symbolic manner. This model is just plain fun while displaying Kudoke's creativity, make no bones about it!
The 1923 Hispano-Suiza takes a lap around the Laguna Seca Mazda speedway as part of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

A Touch Of Switzerland In Pebble Beach: Hispano-Suiza And Rolex

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August 19, 2014
Wilhelm (Bill) Kuettel is a typical participant in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, however, his 1923 car differed from most of the other hundreds of cars taking part in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance in a big way: Kuettel 's car was a legendary Hispano-Suiza (Spanish-Swiss), a near mythic brand that is half Swiss.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Hermès Edition Atmos

Oblivion, The Holy Trinity, And The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hermès Atmos

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August 18, 2014
I find intense joy and satisfaction in attempting to construct objects, images, or spaces based on science, mystery, and beauty and find that the color, design, materials, and inner workings of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Hermès Atmos Clock are a perfect marriage of all three.
A close look at the dial side of a platinum Romain Gauthier Logical one. Note the chain attaching to the snail cam, long polished constant force bridge and teh elegence of gossamer-thin arms of the balance wheel

Heartbeat: Logical One By Romain Gauthier

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August 14, 2014
When Romain Gauthier presented his Logical One at Baselworld 2013, I wasn't the only one impressed: it was awarded the prestigious prize for best Men's Complication at the 2013 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève thanks to its quadruple patent-pending constant force and much more.
A close up look at the dial of the Patek Philippe Advanced Research Reference 5550P Perpetual Calendar

Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Advanced Research Reference 5550P Perpetual Calendar

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August 13, 2014
Welcome to the second installment of “Behind the Lens.” This time, our subject is the Patek Philippe Advanced Research Ref. 5550P, a truly lovely perpetual calendar with some interesting technical twists.
2014 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

The Jaguar Lightweight E-Type: Iconic Automobile History Reborn

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August 12, 2014
The Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach in California sees the world's finest classic (and modern) cars assemble each August for a week of sheer automotive heaven. One of the most anticipated releases of 2014 was re-edition of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, the very first re-creation project that Jaguar has ever engaged in. T
Golden Bridge Automatic Black Titanium

Corum Golden Bridge Automatic Titanium: A Legend Continues

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August 11, 2014
Before I realized that I loved watches I was sure that I loved mechanical things, and stood in awe of the many mechanisms and contraptions that I saw over my young life. I eventually became aware of watches and the amazing marvels that they held within. To me, the Corum Golden Bridge stood out as an example of perfect horological exhibitionism.
Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon by Mr. Daniel Roth in pink gold (photo courtesy Guy Lucas de Peslouan)

The Watch That Changed My Life: The Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon By Daniel Roth

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August 7, 2014
Many watches hold a special significance for their owners. The watch I am chronicling here didn't just change someone's life, it changed MY life: the Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon by Daniel Roth.
Piaget grande sonnerie

A Moment In Watch History: Piaget x François-Paul Journe

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August 6, 2014
In 1995, Piaget was part of the Vendôme group that would later become Richemont. Piaget entered the highest end of the watch market by releasing a grande sonnerie wristwatch, which was developed by François-Paul Journe. At the time, Journe was a freelance movement designer and hadn’t officially founded F.P. Journe yet.
Lady F in red gold by Laurent Ferrier

Lady F Reinterprets Laurent Ferrier’s Stunning Galet For The Feminine Wrist

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August 5, 2014
The movement beating within the Lady F by Laurent Ferrier is the brand’s emblematic Galet Micro-Rotor movement. Despite all the highly visible outer beauty of this timepiece, horological enthusiasts will likely be fixated on one particular point of interest: the escapement inspired by Breguet’s échappement naturel.
Masterpiece Mysterious Seconds on the wrist

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Mystery And The Solar System

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August 2, 2014
The Masterpiece Mystery is one of my favorite pieces to come from Maurice Lacroix in a while, and it highlights said mystery very clearly with a giant subdial featuring a “floating” second hand. When I first saw this, I, like some others, had the initial impression that something was wrong with the hand. Until I saw it moving. At that moment, I knew I wanted to know how they did it, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a model to take a closer look.
Perpetual calendar movement assembly at Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin’s CEO Patrik Hoffmann Comments The Kering Takeover

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July 31, 2014
After the markets closed on July 30, 2014, luxury group Kering (previously known as PPR and the Gucci Group) sent out the announcement that it had acquired 100 percent of Ulysse Nardin as part of its quarterly report.
Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique

Objects Of Desire: Greubel Forsey

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July 30, 2014
In the “Objects of Desire” series, I’ll be looking at pieces that fall into the latter two categories – a mix of unobtanium and timenotrightium, as my Quill & Pad colleague Joshua Munchow might say. And, where better to start on the topic of desire than with the watches of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey?
Your author with Walter Lange at the 2014 SIHH

Happy 90th Birthday To Walter Lange With A Look Back At The Modern A. Lange & Söhne

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July 29, 2014
Ninety years is a ripe old age to reach for anyone, and few actually reach it. But it doesn’t surprise me that Walter Lange has reached this age so gracefully. He was, after all, 66 – retirement age for most people – in 1990 when he embarked upon the new business venture with Günter Blümlein to refound his family’s birthright.
Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Tech with electric green dial elements and matching strap stitching

Form Follows Function: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II Tech

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July 28, 2014
To make a carbon fiber watch case, chopped carbon and resin material is lightly packed into a mold and then heated to the temperature at which the resin melts. For the SpidoLite II Tech outer case frame, this process enables Linde Werdelin to have a solid carbon fiber frame without any miniature layup. It also makes the material nearly indestructible under even the most challenging of circumstances.