My Highlights of Watches & Wonders and Geneva 2024: There were Many!

After each visit to Geneva, Thomas Brechtel adds a few micromechanical, handcrafted works of art to his personal long-term archive because they stand out. Fere are a few favorites from 2024.

The Diving Bezel: The Most Versatile Watch ‘Complication,’ Even if You are Not a Diver

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Thanks to its bezel, as Dietmar W. Fuchs explains, the diver's watch is a much more versatile timepiece than many people think. Aside from teaching you how to use it on land, in the skies, and under water, here he answers the perennial question of who made the first true diver's watch: Blancpain, Rolex, or Panerai.

WatchCharts June 2024 Watch Market Update: Decline in Secondary Market Continues, Plus Best Value Steel Rolex Daytonas

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The long-term decline in secondary market prices continued over the course of last month. In this update, we cover the Big Three in detail as well as the performance of all key secondary market brands.

Tim Mosso Builds a Custom Road Bike Part III: The Parts

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Up to up to eighty percent of the weight of modern road bike is in the parts. Researching and sourcing each part can be an adventure unto itself as Tim Mosso explains here.

Watch Investment Funds: Show Me The Money!

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There are more than a few people investing in watches that they can’t touch, wear, or wind: welcome to the sometimes murky world of watch funds. Here, Brendan Cunningham takes a look at what they do and their impact on secondary-market prices and scarcity.

New Release: Louis Moinet Geopolis Opal Flying Tourbillon: A Horological Kaleidoscopic of Color

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As an Australian, Ian Skellern is partial to the magical changing colors of opals. While there have been quite a few watches with fantastic opal dials, none are a match for showing the incredible range of hues as the Louis Moinet Geopolis Opal.

Rolex Air-King: Cool Idea, Poor Execution

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The Rolex Air-King has in the Rolex lineup since 1945, but the most significant change to the watch came in 2016 with the release of ref. 116900. The Air-King divides opinions, and Raman Kalra is one of those that doesn’t understand it. Here’s why.

Interview with Singer Reimagined Co-Founder and CEO Marco Borraccino: History, Present (the excellent Divetrack), and Future

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Marco Borraccino began working on Singer Reimagined’s first model back in 2014. He launched the Track1 in 2017, which won the Prize for the Best Chronograph at the 2018 GPHG. Since then, three more collections of timepieces have been added to the Singer Reimagined portfolio: 1969, FlyTrack, and in 2024 the Divetrack.

Back in Black: 3 Watches with Black Dials from Patek Philippe, Hublot, and Omega

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Recent years have proven particularly colorful in the world of watches, but black is definitely back. Here Sabine Zwettler highlights three charismatic examples putting black in the spotlight. The dark side has never looked so bright!

The Case Against Watch Lume: It’s Weak Sauce and Here’s Why

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Tamim Almousa has always maintained that lume is the least impressive part of any luxury watch. If you want to get a sense of just how unimpressive it is, try explaining it to a layman and see how long you last before inevitably describing it as “glow-in-the-dark paint.”

New Release: MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Flyback Dual Chronograph

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In an interesting twist, Stephen McDonnel, the developer of the MB&F LM Sequential, initially envisaged the left side chronograph as a flyback chronograph, however, due to the number of technical issues to resolved, decided it would be safer to save that for a later version: and here it is. And with two flybacks!

Tim Mosso Builds a Custom Road Bike Part 2: The Frame

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Bikes are extremely intimate in a way that no motor vehicle can parallel. Riding a bicycle 100 miles will reveal the rider’s strengths and weaknesses. All those weaknesses – and solutions – were discussed in depth in Part 1 of this series. This second leg of the adventure: building the frame.

New Release: Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force Ultimate Sapphire Purple

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Armin Strom’s Gravity Equal Force collection continues to grow with the 2024 launch of the Ultimate Sapphire Purple model.

Louis Roederer Champagne Collection 244 and History

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The Louis Roederer Collection, current release being the 244 is one of the great buys in Champagne today, but it is also so much more. Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is at the forefront of what can only be seen as a seismic change in the way champagne operates, especially regarding their non-vintage wines.
The “big three” recent additions to the author’s collection

Selling Watches to Buy Watches: One Collector’s Story

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Wouldn’t it be splendid to have everything your heart desired? Well, it’s a nice fantasy but it’s not going to happen for GaryG. And, besides, he's not so sure that the experience of “selling to buy” isn’t actually a significant part, albeit a bittersweet one, of the collecting experience. Find out why here.
Unlikely to inflict pain: A. Lange & Söhne’s Datograph

Living Beyond Your Means as a Collector: How to Avoid Getting Hurt

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When collectors gather anywhere and talk about their collections, recent purchases, and executed or potential sales, there’s a term that comes up more often than not: “getting hurt.” Here GaryG provides a masterclass in how not to get hurt in the world of watch collecting.