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Hands-On with the LIV GX1-A Limited Edition | Blue Dial

Imagine you had a vision in mind, along with 20 years of experience in the watch industry, but you needed the funds to back your project. A decade ago, you would have been out of luck. But, thankfully, crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter have made it so microbrands like LIV Watches can secure the funding they need.

LIV Watches is a Miami-based startup founded in 2012 by Sholom Chazanow and his wife Esti, who wanted to create affordable timepieces that were durable enough for outdoor...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Zodiac Astrographic

While many brands have bolstered their historical collections in recent times, few if any brands have done so like Zodiac. The Swiss brand, with its Fossil-owned backing and archives of interesting pieces from the mid-20th century, has built its entire modern identity, and most of its collections, upon its vintage heyday. Previously on “Vintage Eye,” we’ve covered two of Zodiac’s most popular historical pieces, the skin-diving Sea Wolf and the deep-sea-diving Super Sea Wolf. This week we turn...

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Swimming with Sharks: Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive

While Ulysse Nardin’s most prominent launch of 2018 was undoubtedly the groundbreaking Freak Vision, the Swiss brand identified since 1846 with nautical navigation also debuted the most robust model yet in its sporty Diver collection. The limited-edition Diver Deep Dive features a Hammerhead shark design motif throughout its dial and case — the latter of which boasts an extreme water resistance of 1,000 meters.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive - front

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive is limited to 300 pieces.

The watch — a f...

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Pilots’ Hours: Testing the Bell Ross BR V1-92 Black Steel

Bell & Ross’s watches are inspired by the history of aviation. Legibility, reliability and precision lead the list of specs. We checked all these attributes in our test of the BR V1-92 Black Steel.

Ever since Bell & Ross was founded in 1992, pilots’ watches have not only been part of the brand’s collection; they have also comprised its core. The angular BR 01, which is a replica of an airplane cockpit clock, caused quite a stir when it was launched in 2005. The Vintage collection, which i...

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Oak Oscar Quietly Releases Two Watches in Batch Nº1

Owners of Oak & Oscar timepieces received a surprise email in their inbox last Friday. Chase Fancher, the founder of the Chicago-based microbrand, was writing to his network of collectors to announce a highly-limited collection called Batch Nº1 that would be available to ship starting on Monday, August 6. The name is a reference, no doubt, to the brand’s well-known passion for dark spirits.

The Oak & Oscar Batch Nº1 comes in either stainless steel (left) or charcoal PVD (right).

Long...

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Borrowed Time: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One

You can do a lot with a figure eight. Over the years, Jaquet Droz has used its iconic Grande Seconde dial configuration — a figure-eight design with a small subdial for the hours and minutes atop a larger subdial for the seconds — as the template for numerous variations. In recently released models,  the larger subdial has hosted a second-time-zone display (I review that watch here) and a moon-phase, for example. With the new and somewhat oddly named Grande Seconde Skelet-One, introduced this...

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Showing at WatchTime New York 2018: The New RGM William Penn Limited Edition

RGM Watch Company, named for the initials of its founder, Roland G. Murphy, is famously based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, an area with a rich watchmaking history. Murphy chose to honor the state’s founder, William Penn, with an eponymous timepiece in the early years of his company’s founding. The so-called William Penn Model returns this year, in a 10-piece limited edition with a new old-stock case, dial, and hands — and makes its public debut at our upcoming WatchTime New York colle...

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