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Barrel-Shaped Beachcomber: Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Blue

After launching it to great fanfare, albeit mixed reviews, in 2014, Hublot has rather quietly grown the newest of its four core collections, the tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang, over the subsequent years. However, the latest addition to the collection, designed to evoke the waves of the Mediterranean and the beaches of the Côtes d’Azur, caught our eye as it made its debut during this sizzling summer. Read on to learn more about the new Spirit of Big Bang Blue.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Blue 42mm - front

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Building the Foundation, Part 1: The In-House Movements of Oris Watch Co.

Rome wasn’t built in a day — and neither was Rolex, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre and other watch manufacturers praised for their vertical integration and lauded for their array of in-house calibers. While we all applaud the handful of brands that have ramped up their in-house production, either recently or since the beginning, to a capacity that brings new and increasingly complicated calibers to market virtually every year —your Parmigianis, your Greubel Forseys, your A. Lange & Söhne...

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Hands-On with Baume, Richemont’s Fashion Watch Experiment

When Richemont announced it was entering the affordable luxury or “fashion watch” segment with Baume (sans Mercier) it was a surprise for a number of factors. Not only is the market share of this segment rapidly closing due to the social media savvy of brands such as Daniel Wellington but smartwatches are rapidly encroaching on terrain that was typical of the quartz-buying, design-friendly audience that Baume is targeting. And, what was most surprising for watch enthusiasts was that...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Carter Santos 2018

The new Cartier Santos collection was one of the quieter releases of SIHH 2018, although it marks a significant transition for the world’s first wristwatch. With curvier elements, various sizes and materials, and a fresh refinement, the re-introduction of the series, after the discontinuation of the Cartier Santos 100 collection two years ago, is a welcome revamping of one of the most consequential series in watchmaking.

 

Cartier Santos - vintage

The Santos collection is named for the Brazilian aviator Alberto...

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A Hands-On Review of the Zenith El Primero 21

Starting the chronograph of the Zenith Defy El Primero by pressing the large rectangular pusher at 2 o’clock comes with a huge surprise: a long, thin hand spins around the dial at lightning speed. It only needs 1 second for each rotation. And inside the titanium case, the mechanism that makes this possible hums along at this high-speed pace, with an oscillating system that beats at a rate of 360,000 vph. This permits the measurement and display of 1/100-second intervals: 360,000 vph...

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Can You Identify Famous Watches By Their Dials?

Our latest series of visual quizzes asks: Can you identify well-known watches just by their components? We’ve removed the identifying logos from the dials of five famous watches. Can you identify the watches solely by their framed subdials, date windows, distinguishing patterns and unusual markings? Test your watch knowledge by naming the watch represented by each dial illustration before clicking through to the next slide that reveals the model.

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Café Racer: Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph “Cappuccino” Edition

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most important events on the social calendar of Britain’s auto racing enthusiasts, wrapped up this past weekend, with the winner of the championship race taking home a special ticking trophy: this week’s Watch to Watch, the limited-edition Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph with “Cappuccino” dial.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Cappuccino - front

The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is distinguished by its faux-patina beige dial with brown subdials.

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