Horological Machine #3 shipping next year

November 20, 2008 . by John Biggs

You know me and my watch fetish. Well, there’s one rarified section of the watch industry where mere mortals dare not tread. While you and I can’t “go there,” MB&F certainly went, producing the Horological Machine #3, a dual read-out crazy clock with a large date wheel and an odd inverted power transmission system using…

Good advice for polishing cases

November 19, 2008 . by John Biggs

I got a scratch in my new baby and just discovered this excellent article on Paneristi describing how to polish a watch with Flitz and a little elbow grease. Anyone owning a stainless steel Panerai is no stranger to everyday scratches. The polished cases especially seem prone to scuffs and marks on the bezel and…

Stephen D Time: When guerrilla marketing goes bad.

November 18, 2008 . by John Biggs

I have nothing but respect for competent, innovative marketing tactics. But when marketers fail to their homework and are clumsy with an unconventional approach, I will be first in line to call the ugly baby ugly. Stephen D Time tried a clumsy attempt at guerrilla marketing on Amazon.com. A shill entered into the discussion groups…

Ladies and Gentlemen, the M-A

November 17, 2008 . by John Biggs

Click to see it in more detail. This is the watch I’m writing about and it might be the most beautiful watch I’ve ever seen. To look at it up close is amazing – all of the complications are hidden, like a Mac. It actually couldn’t be set by hand. In fact, a master watchmaker…

Me in QP magazine and a trip to Geneva and Neuchatel

November 16, 2008 . by John Biggs

I just found a mention of my book in QP magazine. The magazine also has a nice piece about the M-A by Thomas Byczkowski who I’m going to hit up in a minute about his research.

Yes Watch re-releases the original

November 14, 2008 . by John Biggs

Yes Watch appeals to me on several levels. The complexity of all the things it does goes straight to the inner nerd. The utility of the things it does is a siren call to pragmatist. The simplicity of the design draws the aesthete. And for their 10th anniversary, they re-released their original concept. This is…

My Big Boy Watch: The Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph

November 14, 2008 . by John Biggs

I pulled the trigger, friends, and I think I found a nice match between form, function, and tradition. I bought the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph – a review is forthcoming – and I think I found the right balance here. I was constantly going back to watches like Glashütte Original and even,…