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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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The Perpetual Calendar timepiece, a timepiece that has always fascinated me and this is not just because of its complexity but also because it is probably one of the most useful complications in watchmaking, not to mention just how charming it is to see it in action! Put simply, it is just a watch that will correctly display the day, date, month or year on your wrist perpetually (well, kind of), which is what most people would say but in my eyes it is so much more than that. In today’s modern world it may sound sort of ridiculous to spend unscrupulous amounts of money just so you can tell exactly what day, date, month or year you are in...

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