You don’t need a garage: a selection of chronographs from GaryG’s collection

Collecting Watches And Cars: What’s The Same And What’s Different?

Cars and watches, watches and cars: they do seem to go together! Scratch almost any watch lover and you’re going to find a car lover just under the surface. GaryG talks with his pal “Enzo” in this interesting discussion about the similarities and dissimilarities of car and watch collecting.

TVR Griffith 2018

TVR Is Back From The Brink Of Death And Racing Towards Le Mans With Rebellion

Some car brands are so quintessentially English that they can only be developed in the United Kingdom. TVR is a prime example of this, however despite more than its share of dark times, the company is on a roll again, having recently launched a new Griffith – and a new partner for World Endurance Racing in Rebellion.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost And Rare Whisky: Hype Or No Hype?

To many, big must be bad. How often have we heard Johnnie Walker demeaned? Quite why is hard to fathom. Johnnie Walker Blue is a very fine whisky, and now we have something even more special: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare. But is this expensive bottle overhyped or that good?

1971 DRC Romanée-Conti (photo courtesy Christies)

The World’s Best Wine? No Contest: Romanée-Conti By Domaine De La Romanée-Conti

There is one wine producer that has taken on almost mythical status in recent years: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. And one of its wines, Romanée-Conti, stands out above all others. Many wine lovers, perhaps most, consider it to be the very best wine in the world. I’m one of them.

Eric Clapton’s Rolex Daytona Reference 6263 Oyster Albino (photo courtesy Phillips)

The (Not So) Complete Story Of Rock And Roll And Watches: Ramp The Volume Up To 11!

The mechanical watch works just like a metronome, with its isochronic balance maintaining a steady rhythm and the delicate tick-tock of its pallet jewels providing a rhythmic beat to our oft-frantic lives. If we ramp up the power and swap the metronome for a drum kit and a few electric guitars we have rock and roll! But which watches do rock-and-roll icons wear?

Parting shot: Boucheron bespoke tiger cufflink and Philippe Dufour Simplicity

GaryG Goes To Paris To Pick Up Custom Boucheron Cufflinks Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Archive)

Ah, Paris! City of Lights. For the watch collector, it’s a great place to visit with boutiques aplenty, some owned and operated by the major brands; high-end mega-stores like Bucherer; and smaller independent retailers like Chronopassion and Dubail. Gary took a quick weekend trip to Paris and while there he took the opportunity to pack in as much fun as possible. Come along and bienvenue!

Not in GaryG’s collection: the Rolex Daytona 116595RBOW introduced at Baselworld 2018

The Bling and I: Collecting Jeweled And Decorated Timepieces

Watch collecting should be fun! Yes, it’s important to show the proper respect for the designers and makers of the watches we all love, but at the same time I think it’s completely appropriate to go beyond somber and traditional daily watches and give a bit of free rein to one’s desire for more flamboyant timepieces.

Romeo y Julieta Anejados cigar

Cuba’s Habanos Añejados Program Up In Smoke: No Evolution And No Complexity

The last decade has been the most tumultuous for the Cuban cigar industry since the Revolution. There will always be the occasional “I miss the good old days” from old timers, but overall there has never been a more exciting time for cigar lovers. However, if there was one program that has not lived up to the expectations of many, it is the Aged Habanos Series called Habanos Añejados.

Engraved caps of the Grayson Tighe Blancpain Series 1

Grayson Tighe Series 1 Pen Collaboration With Blancpain: It’s Carved In Steel!

Blancpain regularly peers outside the box of tradition, seeking challenge, inventiveness and even provocativeness in the design of its watches. So it isn’t surprising that the watch brand decided to team up with another provocateur, pen maker Grayson Tighe, to produce a collection of limited edition pens. This is the origin of the Tighe Blancpain pens, starting with Series 1.

Louis Moinet's Treasures of the World Green Aventurine Vertalis Tourbillon seems to be only one of two wristwatches fitted with a quartz aventurine stone

Aventurine: Sparkling, Glittering, Mysterious, And Placing A Galaxy Of Stars On Your Wrist

Despite seeing aventurine in six new wristwatches at SIHH – more than the number of new tourbillons Elizabeth counted – it remains a decorative artisanal element used only by luxury watchmakers in small series or unique pieces for its beauty and decorative properties. While there is some uncertainty about the origin of aventurine, it continues to add mysterious shine and scintillating glamour to watches. Here is what aventurine really is and where it comes from.