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13 Highlights from the Fortuna “Important Watches” Fall Sale

Back in June, we introduced you to Fortuna Auction House, a new presence in the watch auction sphere that distinguishes itself through a straightforward pricing strategy and a hands-on, no-risk approach to buying and selling vintage timepieces. After a successful summer sale, the seven-year-old, New York-based company has returned for its sophomore watch auction with a very impressive selection.

The 66-lot sale that goes down on Thursday, September 27, features a wide range of watches from...

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Testing the Nomos Autobahn Neomatik

Inspired by the Nomos Autobahn’s unusual name, we drove along its namesake, the German autobahn, to the city of Glashütte, where we tested the watch prior to its Baselworld 2018 debut.

For Nomos Glashütte, “autobahn” means the finest German-made quality. It also refers to the exhilarating feeling of freedom you get when you cruise at high speed along the six-lane German autobahn superhighway behind the wheel of a well-engineered roadster. We traveled on the autobahn to meet with Nomos Glas...

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Talking with Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk About the New UR-111C (With Live Photos)

Urwerk’s UR-111C — the brand’s latest timepiece unveiled last week — is a direct descendant of the UR-CC1 King Cobra from 2009 (which itself was inspired by a Patek Philippe prototype created by Louis Cottier and Gilbert Albert in 1959), but it differs in a number of ways. By borrowing the retrograde linear display from the UR-CC1, Urwerk has once again eschewed its recognizable wandering indicator in favor of a brand new time-telling system that involves optical fiber, dual minute...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Bulova Archive Series Oceanographer “Devil Diver”

Bulova has been gradually entering the “new vintage” trend of horology for the last few years. The company’s newest release, the Oceanographer Devil Diver— which comes in the forms of both a limited-edition, more historically accurate 40-mm orange piece, and of a non-limited, more modernly designed 44-mm model — is its most recent addition to its growing Archive Series. You might recall this series as also including the Chronograph C “Stars & Stripes” watch and the Moon Watch, both...

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Borrowed Time: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

Most of us can recall what a seismic event it was when Omega released the first Dark Side of the Moon version of its iconic Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” back in 2013. But few of us probably could have predicted that this very avant-garde take on one of Omega’s most timeless watch designs would catch fire the way it did, especially considering the very passionate fan base of the vintage model and the general resistance to change (there is a reason that Omega continues to equip many of its...

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Colorful Craniums: HYT Skull 48.8 Launches in Green, Red, and Blue

The “hydro-mechanical horologists” at HYT are expanding their collection of skull-themed timepieces with three new titanium-cased models, each with a new galvanized, opaline-varnished skull dial in green, red, or blue, to match the hue of each watch’s fluidic hours display.

HYT Skull 48.8 - Green

HYT Skull 48.8 in green (Ref. S48-TT-35-GF-RA), limited to 50 pieces

Housed in 48.8-mm cases made of titanium, with satin and sandblasted finishes, the watches, like their predecessors, use a colored fluid — f...

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Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis (With Live Photos)

Ulysse Nardin has made chronometers for the world’s seafaring forces since the 19th century, but the Swiss watchmaker’s first collaboration with the United States Navy began more recently, in 1905. It was in that year that the Washington Naval Observatory organized its “Precision Torpedo Boat Timepieces” competition to supply the U.S. Navy and its superior officers with the most precise on-board chronometers. Ulysse Nardin won the competition several years in a row,
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