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3 Lessons Learned While Speed-Dating Watchmakers

I recently returned from a week photographing the annual conference of American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I was there to teach photography and get images of the event that has been held annually since 1960. I felt like I was speed-dating at a club of modern-day watchmaking shamans, who openly talked about missing their watch bench and the trance-state in which they function as they solve our watch-wearing woes.  I learned a lot about what to look for in a watchmaker.

Breguet is taking crazy pills


Breguet is updating their classic Marine line and changing the traditional lines of its chornos and three handers into something that smacks of… desperation?

Another Excerpt From Marie Antoinette’s Watch


The following is an excerpt from my new book, Marie Antoinette’s Watch: Adultery, Larceny & Perpetual Motion, about one of the most complex watches ever built. As watch fans it’s important to understand the origins of watchmaking and some of the amazing stories associated with this incredible technology (and art).

You can win a signed copy by entering here.

Win A Signed Copy Of Marie Antoinette’s Watch


Hello, true believers. Welcome to the first MA giveaway and it’s a doozy. I’m giving away three signed copies of Marie Antoinette’s Watch. I’ll pick the winners on May 19!

Good luck!

Remember: you can buy the book here:



Or enter the contest here.

Breguet is all like “Wanna buy a new Type XXI because now you can”

Breguet, one of the original aerospace watch brands and one of the coolest manufacturers on the planet, has announced the availability of the Type XXI 3817, a new flyback chrono with slate-grey dial and a beautifully finished case.

For your consideration: Breguet Marine Hora Mundi


Those who know me – and my proclivity for watches – also know that I tend to favor watches with a GMT complication. Whether it’s for travel or tracking server times in UTC, I find them handy. Worldtimers, not quite as much, though. What if you had a watch that looks like a worldtimer, but acts much more like a GMT, even without a visible fourth hand? That’s what you get with the Breguet Marine Hora Mundi.