Döttling’s Morosini safe open

Are Watch Winders Good For Anything?

A client recently asked me if there are any benefits to using automatic watch winders. The short answer is that I have two viewpoints on watch winders. Click to learn the pros and cons as I see them.

Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Clock

A Mechanical Masterpiece By A Mechanical Mastermind: The Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Easter Clock

Konstantin Chaykin’s latest masterpiece, the Moscow Comptus Easter Clock, isn’t designed for the wrist but for the mantel, and it presents further evidence that the man I dubbed the “Wonderboy Russian Watchmaker” is one of the greatest watch and clockmakers in the game today.

Do The Recent Changes At Richemont Herald A New Watch World? An Industry Insider Presents Some Hypotheses

A Nobel prize laureate wrote in 1964 that, “The times they are a-changin’.”

It is now 2017, and the locus of the changes in the horological world is a company known as Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. And there are a lot of changes.

Richard Mille RM11-03 Jean Todt

Richard Mille’s Celebration Of Jean Todt: Limited Blue RM 11-03, RM 050, And RM 056 Sapphire

Richard Mille celebrates motorsport legend Jean Todt with three new editions of some of Mille’s best design work in Todt’s favorite blue color. The first is the new RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph in a blue-and-white quartz TPT case. The other two highly limited editions compris the RM 050 and RM 056 Sapphire.

The author’s A. Lange & Söhne Pour le Mérite Tourbillon

Why I Bought It: A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon

When the hammer came down at the Phillips auction late 2016 and I had become the new owner of a A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon, the feeling was one of complete joy, representing the culmination of a multi-year chase. What makes this particular watch so special in so many ways?

A sprightly Walter Lange turns 90 years old in 2014

The Life And Times Of A. Lange & Söhne Re-Founder Walter Lange

Remembering Walter Lange, a gentle giant in the world of fine watchmaking. The horological accomplishments of he and his family far outreach his 92 years on this planet.

Navigating The Grey Market: A Retail Expert Explains The Whys And Wherefores

Friends, colleagues, and clients have posed many questions about the grey market for fine timepieces over the years. Most recently, my post ‘A Cautionary Tale on Buying New Watches Online’ was met with quite a few comments, quite possibly leaving more questions than answers. Here are a few answers.

Back of the Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Sapphire

The Case Is Clear: The Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Sapphire Is Awesome

The incredible Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Sapphire adds a highly complex sapphire crystal case and boatloads of other technical awesomeness to the previously released 540 Magnum Grand Tourbillon.

Vallée de Joux style: movement detail of the Philippe Dufour Simplicity

Does Hand Finishing Matter? A Collector’s View Of Movement Decoration (Archive)

Anyone who visits online watch forums with any frequency very likely comes across at least a few heated discussions of “finishing,” a topic that seems to fascinate, and divide, enthusiasts. What is it and why are opinions divided?

Martin Green's grail Louis Cartier Tank

What’s It Like To Get Your Grail Watch And Live With It? The Story Of My Louis Cartier Tank

A grail watch can be pretty much anything. But one thing a grail watch always is is personal. Very personal. I was introduced to my personal grail watch by a close friend of mine who had recently treated himself to a new watch: a pre-Collection Privée Cartier Paris Louis Cartier Tank in platinum.