Archive | January, 2010

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I present to you a Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica Lo Scientziato Watch

Posted on 27 January 2010 by John Biggs

Ariel “Sass-master 2000″ Adams has some great shots of the new Panerai monster. This watch, just for reference, costs more than ten of my cars.

The watch is made of black ceramic and it uses Panerai’s tourbillon calibre behind a skeletonized face. You’ll notice a second’s hand, an AM/PM indicator, and a GMT hand front and center. It is 48mm wide and limited to 30 pieces.
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Hourtime Episode 11 – Back from SIHH

Posted on 27 January 2010 by John Biggs

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Timex announces new GPS watch

Posted on 26 January 2010 by John Biggs

Timex launched a new GPS watch recently, and while it’s intended for athletes who require more exact data when training, the new Ironman Global Trainer uses some pretty high end GPS technology in order to accurately track pace, distance, and heart rate.
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Review: Praesto Modern Fliegeruhr

Posted on 25 January 2010 by John Biggs

In the vast pantheon of watches, the aviator is a timeless paragon of virtue and class. Traditionally given to folks who fly in planes (hence the term “aviator”), these watches were larger than standard watches and often had big crowns for easy winding. The IWC Big Pilots Watch is a classic in the form, with the clear, legible numbers and top triangular noon pip.

But, like great paintings, watches often stray from form, and often with positive results. If the Big Pilots Watch is “Whistler’s Mother” then the Praesto Modern Fliegeruhr is Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans. At once this watch is an homage, a little work of art, and a sly dig at the stuffy establishment.
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Want/Do Not Want SIHH Edition: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Posted on 19 January 2010 by John Biggs

Do Want: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 381

A new development of the “dual-wing” concept, with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 381, and a new open-worked dial revealing the details of the movement, with an indication of the moon phases and a jumping seconds hand. A new seconds jumping hand stop mechanism allows precision to 1/6th of a second when setting the time. This timepiece is available in pink gold and a limited series of 300 in yellow gold.

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The Welder K29

Posted on 13 January 2010 by John Biggs

The Welder K 29; the Beast of San Marino

53 millimeters of steaming hot steel from San Marino. It’s massive, it’s sexy, it’s red and black, it’s got three movements, and it’s from the coolest little country noone’s ever heard of.

With a chrono and two other time displays, this beast from the mountains surrounded by Italy is awesome. The movements are Miyota, it also comes in a silver dial with black hands and an all black model, and it comes in a heavy duty, air tight, carrying case. With the cut-outs on the dial and exposed allen screw heads, this watch has the whole heavy industrial look like nobody else, which is really ironic from a quaint little nation that you could walk across in a morning (in good mountain boots).
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Hourtime Episode 10: The “Just before SIHH” Edition

Posted on 13 January 2010 by John Biggs

Another day, another episode of the HourTime podcast. Take a listen, if you dare.

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Vestal releases a blank slate

Posted on 12 January 2010 by John Biggs

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Oh, Vestal, what were you thinking? Listen, I’m totally down with a cheap chrono movement in a classy watch. But no letters or numbers? You can barely read the thing, let alone use any of the functions.
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