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. Actually, scratch that – we’re going to look back over the last few weeks, as we’ve missed a few editions. Read on for coverage on the worlds thinnest mechanical watch, the proper care and feeding of your watch, a new brand from Melbourne, and one of the biggest stories of the year out of Detroit.


One of the biggest pieces of news in the watch world this month came from Piaget, as they released what is now the worlds thinnest mechanical watch, the Altiplano 38mm 900P. At only 3.65mm thick, this watch is impossibly thin. This is an arena that Piaget has been playing (and winning in) since the 1950s, so they’ve definitely got the experience. For the Altiplano, they went the route of actually merging the movement with the case itself, as well as the dial. This, to me, provides for quite a stunning look, allowing you to see the movement at work while you wear the watch. For more on this particular watch, as well as a discussion on what comprises “ultra-thin”, check out this article over at aBlogtoWatch.


Of course, we’re not always looking at new watches, sometimes you just want to focus on something older – say, your own existing collection?  Now that you’re spending some time indoors (at least in the northern climates), you’ve got time to give your watches a little TLC.  Needless to say, when we wear watches on our wrists, we’re picking up all sorts of crud in the nooks and crannies of the watch (the bracelet, caseback, etc).  The Curmudgeon over at Worn & Wound has some tips on how you can easily (and fairly inexpensively) get your watch nice and clean.  source

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Looking back to our own pages, you really seemed to like the new watches from the Melbourne Watch Company.  As I said in the writeup, I think this is a great watch that can work nicely in a business casual environment, with the ability to “step up” to a more formal occasion pretty easily (with or without a strap change).  Powered by a Miyota, this is quite an interesting new option.  If you want to check it out, hop on over to the Indiegogo campaign, which ends on January 2, 2014; watches are expected to ship in February.

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If you’d prefer something from our own shores, then this article on Shinola (from my old hometown of Detroit).  That really just serves as a sort of overview of what they’ve got in the works, and you’ve likely seen plenty of press on the brand (if you haven’t check out this writeup on their new chrono, and this hands-on review of the Runwell).  Why bring up Shinola now?  Welll, consider it an appetizer of sorts – I’ve got a review of one of their newer models in the works.

And that concludes our wrapup for this week.  We’ll see how these articles go for the next few weeks, as it’s quite possible that news will slow down a bit with the year wrapping up.  Of course, if there’s stuff of interest, I’ll bring it to your attention.  And, if there’s something you want me to take a look at, feel free to let me know.


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