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Red Eye Skull by HYT

The HYT Skull: Fad, Trend, Style, Or Movement?

In the world of passing fads and trends, many enter but few succeed. It’s understandable: when an idea comes along that grabs the attention of the public everyone wants to be a part of it, including businesses and designers.

One trend that has been moving across the watch industry for a while is skull-related timepieces. Making a skull-related anything is technically never a bad move as this is a recurring theme in any fashion-related industry.

For me, the most on point and understandable skull watch can be none other than the HYT Skull. It stands out as a perfect synthesis of what the brand is about, what the brand’s customer will enjoy, and what is cool about skulls on watches in the first place.

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Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater with jaquemarts

Monthly News Roundup Pre-Baselworld 2015: Ulysse Nardin, Jaquet Droz, Romain Gauthier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Girard-Perregaux, Blancpain, Arnold & Son, Graham, Linde Werdelin, Carl F. Bucherer

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February 27, 2015
This month's horological news includes new releases from: Ulysse Nardin (Hannibal Minute Repeater); Jaquet Droz (Grande Seconde Deadbeat plus Sunstone); Romain Gauthier (HMS Ten); Jaeger-LeCoultre (Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2); Omega (Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M); Girard-Perregaux (1966); Blancpain (Villeret Big Date plus Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph); Arnold & Son (Dial Side True Beat DSTB Steel); Graham (Geo.Graham Tourbillon); Linde Werdelin (Oktopus Carbon Green); and Carl F. Bucherer (ScubaTec in red gold).
Maurice Lacroix Master Gravity with grand colimaçon finishing and dark PVD treated stainless steel case

The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity: My, How Things Change

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February 26, 2015
The latest instance of Maurice Lacroix’s independent idea of movement architecture comes with Caliber ML 230, which is highly visible inside the high domed crystal of the Masterpiece Gravity, a watch introduced at Baselworld 2014. I was fortunate in having the opportunity to wear this timepiece for a while. Please read on to see what I thought.
While Super-LumiNova comes in many colors, the active pigments are always green, other colors partially mask the green glow so are less bright. MB&F's HM3 MEGAWIND Final Edition features C3 grade Super-LumiNova, which emits the purest and brightest light

HM3 Megawind Final Edition By MB&F: Let There Be Light!

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February 25, 2015
First presented in 2009, HM3 went on to become not only MB&F's most successful model in terms of pieces delivered, it is also the most successful in terms of the number of variations it has spawned, including the appropriately named Frog. However, all good things must come to an end, and the curtain comes down on HM3 collection with HM3 Megawind Final Edition, a watch bringing (lume) light into the darkness.
Rolex Cellini Date in Everose gold with dark dial

Does Rolex Make Dress Watches? The Cellini Range Answers That With A Resounding Yes

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February 23, 2015
Rolex is decidedly famous for its sports watches. Despite that, there are watch fans – and Rolex fans – who prefer a dressier style of timepiece on their wrists. And for them, Rolex has the Cellini line, the first of which was released in 1928.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition in 18 karat red gold with black dial

The Meaning Of Digital And The IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month 75th Anniversary

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February 22, 2015
I like digits. I really do. Especially on a watch because digits condense information into smaller and more meaningful packages that you might describe as “information dense.” This is why when I saw the new IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month 75th anniversary edition I was very happy.
Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device starring in "Easy Rider 2"

The Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device Goes 'Easy Rider'

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February 20, 2015
"It's not a pocket watch," Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk's co-founder and chief watchmaker, emphasized to me, "It's a 'Zeit Device'." This ultra-complicated calendar-cum-pocket watch is one of the most unique timepieces in the horological world today. Enjoy its starring role in this new 'Easy Rider'-style video.
The 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange in the hands of CEO Wilhelm Schmid

A. Lange & Söhne Celebrates Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s 200th With 200 Platinum 1815s

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February 19, 2015
February 18 was an eventful day, both in 1815 when Ferdinand Adolph Lange first saw the light of day in Dresden, Germany, and in 2015 when A. Lange & Söhne celebrated the landmark date with a limited edition platinum 1815 model with black dial.
Jaquet Droz's Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats

Happy Chinese New Year With Goat Watches By Jaquet Droz, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin And Arnold & Son

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February 18, 2015
Here we present four quite different styles commemorating the 2015 Chinese Year of the Goat with beautifully decorated dials by Jaquet Droz, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, and Arnold & Son. Shhhh...if you listen carefully you might even hear them bleat!
The first working prototype from the La Garde Temps project

Collectors Speak: Picks And Pans Of SIHH Week 2015

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February 16, 2015
For the past five years, I’ve had the delightful experience of traveling to Switzerland with several friends to experience SIHH week, before finishing up with a Friday night dinner at which we review our impressions of the week by answering what watch we thought was best of show at SIHH; what was the worst watch; what current-production watch that we saw at any event during the week would we buy if money were no object; and what current-production watch did we see that we would buy with our own money?
Bulino engraved caseband of the Paneria Radiomir Firenze

Viva Italia! Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio

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February 15, 2015
At SIHH 2015 Panerai released the Radiomir Firenze, with the same case dimensions as the first watch created back in 1936, with a lovely little addition: complete case engraving in the bulino style, a traditional engraving technique combined with motifs that simply sing old-world charm.
Limelight Garden Party Yves Piaget roses necklace

Put A Smile On Her Face This Valentine's Day With Piaget Haute Joaillerie

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February 13, 2015
Piaget has a fairly impressive haute joaillerie collection. Two of the jewelry pieces caught my eye recently, and I thought I'd share them here in case anyone is still looking for that special something for Valentine's Day. Yes, it may well be too late to pick up one of these scintillating baubles in time, but between you and me, I really don't think that she will mind waiting.
Red carpet action at the 2015 Berlinale (image courtesy Alex Janetzko)

Glashütte Original Goes Glam At The 2015 Berlinale

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February 12, 2015
The sixty-fifth edition of the Berlinale, Berlin’s Film Festival, captured the movie world’s attention for a week in February 2015. One of the biggest public festivals in the world (meaning anyone can buy tickets to attend the premiers), every year the Berlinale welcomes scores of Hollywood personas celebrating new movies. How did Glashütte Original get involved aside from name recognition?
The meticulously engraved dragon wraps around the movement of the Corum Golden Bridge

The Corum Golden Bridge: Chasing The Dragon’s Tail

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February 12, 2015
I have always been a big fan of the Corum Golden Bridge thanks to its mechanical beauty, austere minimalism, and trademark transparency, which paradoxically almost seems mysterious, even though it doesn’t hide a thing. The Golden Bridge has gone through very few changes since its introduction in 1980. Until a dragon was added.
The Four Seasons by Timothy John for Montegrappa

Montegrappa And Contemporary Artist Timothy John Create Four Seasons

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February 11, 2015
Contemporary visual artist Timothy John, whose works have been exhibited both widely throughout his native Australia and internationally, recently took his nature-inspired themes to a much smaller canvas: a Montegrappa pen. Nancy Olson asked him a few questions regarding his thoughts about handwriting in general and, of course, this unusual project for him, which began when he reached out to Montegrappa CEO Giuseppe Aquila to pitch it.
Working under constraints: attempting to freeze motion on the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle in red gold

Behind The Lens: Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle

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February 10, 2015
In this edition of “Behind the Lens,” we take a look at a watch that you may not have heard about yet: the Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47. There’s a story to be told about both the brand and this particular watch. We explore both, although we primarily emphasize the design elements of the watch and their links to the brand, as well as some of my observations on what it was like to photograph this watch.