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Jonathan Arnold

Jonathan Arnold
May 10, 2018

Here's a statement you probably weren't expecting to read on the world's premier online marketplace for luxury watches: you don't need a mechanical watch. In fact, nobody does. Just as nobody needs a supercar or a pair of dress shoes that cost more than a hundred dollars. And yet, once you own one, you wonder how you had ever lived your life without it.

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Jonathan Arnold
May 04, 2018

If you’re new to the world of mechanical watches, you’re probably quickly discovering that there is a lot of confusing terminology to wrap your head around. Some words sound very different, but in fact refer to essentially the same thing, whilst others seem almost interchangeable and yet could not be more different. A classic example of the latter is the whole chronograph/chronometer conundrum, made all the more confusing by the fact that a chronograph can be a chronometer and vice versa. To help clear things up for you, we’re going to explain these two different terms simply and clearly below, complete with some examples.

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Jonathan Arnold
Feb 27, 2018

Like now-retired American boxer Andrew Ward, Rolex is quite simply the best luxury watch brand, pound-for-pound, on the market today. It may not be the leader in every individual category, but on aggregate it is such a strong contender it simply cannot be defeated.

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Jonathan Arnold
Feb 15, 2018

We’ve done some sleuthing for you and have found four models that we think are still undervalued relative to the quality, complexity, and, of course, brand recognition that they offer.

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Jonathan Arnold
Nov 20, 2017

Before you start repeatedly yelling ‘no’ at your screen and face palming, take a deep breath and ask yourself, is Rolex really still better than Tudor? Ten years ago, the answer would have been a fairly obvious and emphatic, yes! These days, however, things aren’t quite so clear cut.

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Jonathan Arnold
Nov 02, 2017

For watch lovers, this is a feeling we know all too well: A new model comes out and we like it, but we’re not sure if we love it. Sometimes we need a bit of time to warm up to things and get comfortable with the changes or bold (or often, not so bold) design tweaks. Then, no sooner do we decide we like the watch in question, and we discover the limited series is sold out or the model is no longer in production, having been replaced by something else, which in turn makes us want the original watch even more.

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Jonathan Arnold
Sep 06, 2017

In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, there are few things we can rely on to be constant. Good design, however, never goes out of style; nowhere is that truer than in the world of luxury watches. Consider some of the most iconic models of the modern age: the Patek Philippe Calatrava, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, and the Rolex Submariner. While they are all very different watches, they share the common traits of consistent, functional, and attractive designs that have prevailed for decades. In some ways, this is the same for high-end, modern furniture from a similar time period.

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Jonathan Arnold
Aug 15, 2017

Widely considered to be one of, if not the most complex watch complication, striking watches are outside the remit of all but a few of the world’s most talented watchmakers. Not all striking watches are the same, however. Whilst the majority sound the time in one form or another, there are variations in the functioning of each different style. Broadly speaking, they fall into one of two categories: repeaters and sonneries. Read on to find out what the difference is between these two categories and to discover some great sonnerie watches.

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Jonathan Arnold
Aug 10, 2017

The technical advances came quickly, such as increased water resistance, louder mechanical alarms, and more accurate timekeeping. Many of the world’s best known luxury watch brands continue to demonstrate their prowess in terms of technical advancements, over-engineering watches to perfection simply to prove that they can.

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Jonathan Arnold
Jul 18, 2017

To most people, the phrase “Haute Horlogerie” means little to nothing. Translated into English, the phrase means the “high-art of watchmaking.” This makes the term somewhat clearer, but overall, it’s still vague. However, to a very select group of highly skilled watchmakers, artisans, designers, and, of course, watch collectors, it is a way of life. So, just what is haute horlogerie?

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