Posted on 10 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Within watch brands, you’ll find a wide variety of watches covering different styles and tastes. Less common is that variation within a product lineup, but for Bulova, that’s exactly what we have with their Marine Star collection. While there are dressier pieces, and ones that have chronograph complications, today, we’ll be looking at something that embodies the sport watch ethos. Continue Reading
Posted on 09 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Today’s Historical Horology post is a bit of a diversion. To be sure, our beloved watches have their roots in the clocks of yore, and you’d even find similarities (albeit with larger pieces) if you took apart a mechanical clock and compared it to a mechanical watch. What we don’t have, however, is this. Continue Reading
Posted on 08 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a hand-made(!) silver watch case, a guide for the person who’s looking to have just one watch, plus, as always, a pointer to some of our more popular articles from the last week. Continue Reading
Posted on 05 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Ah, copper. It’s a material that surrounds us (just think about all the miles of wiring in your home and office), yet it’s something we rarely see. Which I think is a shame. Sure, you might see a brand new shiny penny, but that’s the exception. While today’s watch from Bulova is labeled as a rose gold tone piece, I think it might be more accurate to call the finish copper colored. Why am I so enamored with this particular finish? Continue Reading
Posted on 03 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
It’s a new month, which means it’s time for us to get a new giveaway rolling. Remember our review of the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II watches from back in January? Well, today is your chance to win the chronograph variant, aka the AV-4001-04. Read on for how to enter. Continue Reading
Posted on 03 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
That’s right – the staff here at WWR is growing! Our newest writer is likely a name you’re familiar with, as he’s been submitting some great coverage of crowd-funded watches for some time now – Matt Himmelstein. Want to know a little bit more about our new teammate? Read on to check out his bio. Continue Reading
Posted on 02 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
When it comes to the history of watchmaking, one of the most popular (and complex) complications that have come to be seems to be, time and again, the chronograph. While I myself seem to be personally moving away from an interest in chronographs, I certainly understand the appeal, and still believe it to be an amazing feat of engineering with the accuracy we’re able to get to these days. If you’d like to learn some more about the chronograph, and things like how it came to be, and how to use one, read right on.
First things first – this is a Historical Horology post, so we need to tackle some history. While a man by the name of Louis Monet created what we would consider to be the first chronograph watch (in 1815), it was actually Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec who created the first market-ready version that was commisioned in 1821 by King Louis XVIII. Why did the king want such an ability? To time horse races, a favorite pastime of his.
Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec
The watch proved popular, although it had an interesting quirk (by today’s usage of chronographs) – it was constantly running. It wasn’t until 1844 where we had a reset capability added by Adolphe Nicole. After that, while the watchmaking industry underwent massive changes, the chronograph itself didn’t see any massive innovation, until we come to 1958, when a rotating bezel tachmeter was added by Tag Heuer.
Of course, since that time, there’s been all manner of scales added to the chronograph, allowing for a variety of different measurements that are able to be captured. If you’d like to dig more into the history (as well as have a primer on how to read some of those scales), check out this article from Gentleman’s Gazette.
Posted on 01 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a great meteorite-dialed watch, an upcoming release from Devon, plus, as always, a pointer to some of our more popular articles from the last week. Continue Reading