Archive | February, 2011

Review: Roberto Bianci Black Ceramic 5843

Posted on 23 February 2011 by John Biggs

I have to be honest here, I was somewhat dubious about a watch made from ceramic. Would it shatter if I dropped it? Is it really a good idea to make something like a wristwatch from ceramics? I’ve had bad experiences with ceramic knives, would a watch have the same problems? Well I’m here to tell you I’ve been wearing the Bianci Black Ceramic for several weeks now, and I really like it.

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Episode 55 – PHL from FPJ

Posted on 22 February 2011 by John Biggs

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Episode 54 – 33 Minutes and 53 Seconds with Jake Ehrlich

Posted on 18 February 2011 by John Biggs

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You can check out Jake’s site right here.

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Obaku Releases The Thinnest Sports Watch In The Whole World

Posted on 18 February 2011 by John Biggs

This watch, designed by Christian Mikkelsen and Lau Liengaard Ruge, is an ultrathin, fairly handsome sports watch with a thin quartz movement and PVD-coated case and band. I, personally, am not a fan but it does look better than the thin stuff Skagen has been selling for years now and it could make someone with a fetish for ultrathin watches quite happy.
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Alpina Introduces the Startimer Pilot

Posted on 18 February 2011 by John Biggs

I’ve been following Alpina for years now and I’ve always been fascinated if not a little off-put by their styling. Finally, howeover, we have a chrono that’s actually worth a second look. This is the Startimer Pilot running an in-house automatic movement, the AL-860. It will be on sale this year alongside the AL-950, the Startimer Pilot Regulator that they’re most famous for.
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Hello, NAWCC Visitors

Posted on 05 February 2011 by John Biggs

I just noticed that my profile has appeared in the NAWCC Bulletin and I thought I’d leave a note here. I’ve been busy writing a book on Breguet and so have had no time to update this blog but you can see who I am and what I do on this site, on my personal site, and you can see my “social media” life here. My day job is writing for CrunchGear.com.

Here is my position statement from the Forums I posted a while ago:

Hello, fellow NAWCC members.

I’m a long-time horology fan and a writer with a fascination with wristwatches and pocket watches. I’ve run a watch blog, WristWatchReview.com, since 2004 and have written about horology for multiple magazines and newspapers including Watch Journal and the New York Times. I’m also working on a book on the life of Breguet to be published in 2011. I also run a watch podcast with another watch blogger that can be found at HourTimeShow.com

My goal has been to bring watchmaking and watch collecting to a new audience and to express the history and wonder of watchmaking to consumers convinced that all that matters is the brand name slapped across the face.

I joined the NAWCC after researching at the headquarters library in Pennsylvania and attending my first Mart. Thanks to the NAWCC Museum and Library I’ve discovered many new things related to watches and watchmaking and I’ve become more enthusiastic about the art and science of timepieces.

What are my goals for the association if I’m elected? To increase awareness of the associations classes, seminars, and resources and to attempt group outreach to the various online sites and forums to encourage growth in membership. The NAWCC is a learning organization and the various workshops should inspire and instruct a new generation in the horological arts.

I am fairly new to the organization but I respect its mission and resources and see them as an excellent opportunity to groom a new generation of watchmaking enthusiasts. My efforts will be focused on improving our Internet presence and leveraging various techniques to spread the word about the organization. Why is this important? Because in quick poll of some of the more prominent watch bloggers I know the NAWCC was recognized once. For such a prominent and valuable organization, we are sadly underrepresented in the watch collecting world at large.

Thank you and I would sincerely appreciate your vote.

Again, thanks for visiting and hope to speak to you at a Mart or Meeting soon.

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Hourtime Episode 53 – You wear it around your neck

Posted on 05 February 2011 by John Biggs

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