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Omega Opens New Cutting-Edge Production Facility in Switzerland

Omega has been making watches at the same site, on Rue Jakob-Stampfli 96 in Bienne, Switzerland, since 1882, when it opened up shop as Louis Brandt & Fils. This year, the historic manufacture expands with an all-new production building, designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which opened its doors officially this week.

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Omega describes its new facility as “an eco-friendly masterpiece.”

The new building houses all steps of assembly, testing, quality control, and...

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Baume Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Honors a Motorcycle Racing Legend

Baume & Mercier announced its partnership with Indian Motorcycle back in August, and we knew it was only a matter of time before the collaboration produced its first co-designed timepiece. And not that much time at all, it turns out: the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition — a watch honoring the man who set the world’s land speed record on a modified Indian Scout motorcycle in 1967 — was launched today in Milan at EICMA, the world’s most imp...

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Pioneers of Style: 7 Watches Inspired by Architecture

The buildings we inhabit and the watches we wear are everyday facts of life. We usually take them for granted and scarcely even notice them – until a creation crosses our path that captures our undivided attention. Here we look at seven timepieces that call to mind — and, in some cases, are inspired by — modern architectural landmarks.

Last August, Mido continued its work in the design and architecture fields by announcing a partnership with the International Union of Architects. The brand ended

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It Came From Lake Erie: Shinola’s First Dive Watch and First Automatic

When it comes to mythical sea creatures, Scotland has nothing on Detroit. Most of us are familiar with the Loch Ness Monster, first sighted in a lake in the Scottish Highlands in the Sixth Century A.D. but not revealed to the world at large until 1933. Fewer may be aware of the so-called Lake Erie Monster, spotted as early as 1783 and an enduring legend in the U.S. Great Lakes region. It was only fitting that Shinola, based in the Great Lakes metropolis of Detroit, adopt the name for its newest...

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10 Classic Chronograph Movements

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn’t make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, here I focus specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches.

One of my late, watch-loving friends had a special...

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How To Buy Vintage Watches

As noted in my other article about buying pre-owned watches, the market for truly “vintage” watches is something quite different from that for relatively young “pre-owned” watches. Any watch made before 1990 could be considered vintage, although some collectors put the maximum year of “vintage” at 1980 or even earlier. I’d like to use 1990 as the baseline for this article, which offers my tips on buying vintage watches, but in the end you’ll have...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Bell Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military

The growing trend of vintage-inspired watches has been noticed throughout the industry, and one of the brands to respond is Bell & Ross. The company — which was founded in 1992 and thus has no authentic vintage watches of its own — has nonetheless always positioned its pieces as militarily and historically inspired. The brand’s hallmark square cases, seen on many of its watches, are themselves an homage to the dashboard instruments on military planes, and last year Bell & Ross rel...

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