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Inside Nivarox, The Most Important Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on 06 December 2011 by John Biggs

In the strange, small world of watchmaking, there’s lots of money to be made on items that we would call, at best, totemic. To make those items, you still need small mechanical parts. That’s where Nivarox comes in.

UPDATE – Just realized Patrick already wrote his, but I’ll leave this up for Twitter folks. Also, Patrick: Double-post! JINX!
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WristWatchReview Is Seven Years Old

Posted on 28 November 2011 by John Biggs

I was just poking around when I noticed that WWR was born in June, 2006 and, having missed the big day, I thought I’d celebrate now.

It’s been a long couple of years, many of them dry and desiccated thanks to my many intervening gigs including EIC of Gizmodo and now TechCrunch. But I founded this site to learn more about watches and now, it seems, that I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I’ve written nearly a thousand posts on this site and also written 100,000 words on watches for other sources. I’ve also recently started working with Ariel Adams and we’re already at episode 86 of the Hourtime Show. Pretty nuts.
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Hunting For A Tide Watch

Posted on 21 May 2009 by John Biggs

Nixon Lodown Titanium

I recently developed a burning need for a watch that displays tides. No, not the University of Alabama Crimson Tides, the ocean’s tides. High tide, low tide, slack tide, whether the tide is coming in or going out have much more import for me than ever before.

This calls for a new watch.
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Velociphile says “Horology is Dead”

Posted on 01 March 2008 by John Biggs

I’ll comment on this shortly, but I want to put this up before I forget about it.

Horology, which has become reduced to a market serving platitude. With popularity, watches have become predictable, and regrettable. Horology’s fundamental ideals are compromised for the market, lost in plain sight, leaving only the impurities precipitated from it. Here’s the bottom line for me: I still like watches and properly executed horology. One generation ago the hobby didn’t even have a name. The internet and resultant communication between like minded enthusiasts did spur the market and lead to some great new things. It’s what came on the coattails I have a problem with. The saving grace is that the two edged sword of success gives some companies the ability to invest in true horological innovation; it’s just harder to see the wood for the trees.

Velociphile’s Journey into Watches

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Wow: Laptops can affect accuracy!

Posted on 01 February 2008 by John Biggs


The little experiments and photos were taken in April 2007, and had forgotten all about it.

I’m a notebook-user, and I’ve sent 2 watches for abnormal daily rate getting faster without placing my watches near mobile, speakers or even bags with the magnetic clips!

There is only one thing I use daily and many hours with it….. my notebook (or laptop)!

Coincidentally, I was trying to find some answers and was reading Donald de Carle’s Practical Watch Repairing…and there was a chapter on magnetism ( I’ve enclose a page of it for your reference, and also for the respect of copyrights).

* Magnetism, Have We Missed Out The Obvious? Laptop-Users Be Aware! [WatchProSite]

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What is the Equation of Time?

Posted on 13 November 2007 by John Biggs

Timezone takes a close look at cosmology and the equation of time. Take a gander so you can see what that weird complication actually does.

Having put ourselves in Fred Flintstone’s shoes (or saber-toothed tiger loafers, as the case may be), we can see that one fact must have seemed obvious to our flea-bitten ancestors — looking up at the sky, day or night, the natural conclusion to draw is that the earth is stationary, with heavenlybodies moving around it.

Cosmology and the Equation of Time – TimeZone

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Are Watchmakers Doomed?

Posted on 19 March 2007 by John Biggs

watchmaker.jpgA nice thread about the creation of movements and the death of watchmaking.

Among many other speculative reasons, my friend and recognized world wide authority in the world of fine timepieces, proposed an idea I had heard before, whispered between old timers for years, in this niche, curtained world of magic and mythology that is Haute Horlogerie – “modern movements are designed on, by, and for computers and automated production, and thus, leave no room for the world of true skilled manual watchmaking. The world where an experienced, gifted watchmaker adjusts, files, polishes, tunes, something that was conceived with more ‘human, real world’ tolerances.”

Industry Old Timer [WatchRap]

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I’m Just Not Into You…

Posted on 06 March 2007 by John Biggs

One man, one watch, and the age-old question: do I really need another watch?

Back to the question. Is it ok if you dont like a watch which you blindly got, without seeing it in person. How to avoid it in the future???? What do you guys look for when u buy a watch you never seen in your life?

Is it ok if… you dont like a watch [PMWF]

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