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Isaac Wingold
03.12.2015

Moonphae watches are without doubt one of the most traditional and elegant ways of timekeeping.

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Let’s face it, you’re probably familiar with being woken up by your alarm clock on your iPhone or other digital device. If you are like me, your “alarm clock” are the shuffling and playing noises that children make at stupid o’clock in the morning (there is no snooze button for this, unfortunately). If the former is the case, your alarm system is void of all romanticism. You simply set the time, even selecting repeat days, and you’re done – no need to ever touch it again. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the watch enthusiast in me always loves to explore the wonderful world of mechanical timepieces. Like many other complications that exist amongst the Chronographs, Tourbillons and...

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We’ve spoken before about the perpetual calendar complication and just how great it is. However, today we are just going to focus on the purest and simplest form of a complication: the date. Ultimately, the date complication is the most elemental form of a calendar found in a watch. It uses the watches 24-hour cycle to update the calendar to display the correct date. Now, the date complication on a watch is often put to one side, as not to intrude on the overall aesthetics of the dial. There are elegant ways to display the date on a wristwatch but none more so than the Outsized Date. It is the focal point of the timepiece and not an optional extra...

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Isaac Wingold
08.09.2015

Sometimes, the instant bond that a collector strikes with a watch is not based upon an astronomical number of impressive complications, a deep historical significance, or a current trend in the market, but solely because of thoughtful design and craftsmanship, or even unique charm. Not only does this speak to the remarkable nature of certain pieces One class of watches that we’ve found this experience to occur in quite frequently, is hand-wound chronographs, in which there are some truly gorgeous pieces to be enjoyed. There’s just something about winding your own watch everyday that’s rather satisfying, and the added functionality of a chronograph complication never hurt. Given the fact that many of these watches possess a very clean, elegant aesthetic,...

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Isaac Wingold
25.08.2015

Among the many words that people well-versed in technical matters of horology will know, power reserve is one of the most basic, yet tremendously important terms. To sum it up briefly, the movements of all mechanical watches each have corresponding power reserve figures, which indicate how long the watch will run once fully wound. For obvious reasons, this single factor can play a significant role for consumers picking out a new watch, thus motivating those within the industry to push the boundaries of modern watchmaking to achieve amazing feats. For some, the length of a watch’s power reserve is mistakenly viewed as unimportant, as they own so many watches that when the time comes to wear a watch again, it...

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Robert-Jan Broer
10.07.2015

Even in case you have no plans to wear your watch during diving trips, swimming in hotel pools, or during something more practical activities like washing your car or doing dishes, the water resistance of a watch is something to keep in mind when buying a watch.

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There are many forms of chronographs in the sometimes-overwhelming world of horology. The Chronograph has been around for many centuries, so I’ll not go into the minutiae of who created the chronograph complication or how many different forms existed centuries ago. There is a range of different chronographs on offer today, which I will try to breakdown for you. Looking at modern-day and vintage chronographs, you of course have the mono-pusher or single-button, which you can probably guess from the name, features just one push piece to activate, stop and reset the chronograph timepiece. Though there are two variations of this kind of chronograph. You have one that notably displays the push piece, which is usually located at the 2...

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Robert-Jan Broer
05.06.2015

You probably remember the first deep scratch on your new wristwatch and how it got there. Getting the first dent in your new car by someone with a shopping cart (likely) or door from another car (most likely) is more or less the same feeling. At first there is this little shock, you touch the dent or scratch to make sure it is really there, followed by the feeling of a little sting in your belly.

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They say time waits for no man but there is an exception to this saying. You see, mechanical watches have long been a sought after male accessory, even to a point where it is no longer an accessory but moreover an item of infatuation that is collected by many. However, for those who don’t quite understand or can at least sympathise with this habit, see it as more of a strange obsession. Why? Well for them, and quite understandably too, mechanical watches just aren’t as accessible as quartz watches – which isn’t explicitly true – but there is rather another interesting factor to why some also consider mechanical watches to be, well, just not that great minus the fact they...

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Robert-Jan Broer
10.10.2014

Once in a while, there is a bit of discussion about whether the date feature is a real complication or not. In my opinion it is, so let’s say – or assume – that the chronograph is actually the most popular complication. Perhaps it is also the most useful mechanical complication, besides a date. Mechanical complications                                                                                                                     I stress the word ‘mechanical’ here, as every 15 Euro Casio has a chronograph (or “stopwatch”) feature. In the world of mechanical watches, the chronograph is actually quite an interesting and – foremost – complex complication to develop. Other complex complications for mechanical watches, such as a tourbillon, a moon phase indicator, a perpetual calendar or even a minute repeater might...

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