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Feature: The Bronze Age - Tudor, Panerai & IWC
4,000 years ago, humans discovered that if they heated the soft metal copper to 1,000 degrees and sprinkled some arsenic on top, the resulting creation was bronze. This was the first alloy ever made by man, and is much tougher than copper. It was a technological breakthrough in comparison to the stone used for the prior three million years. But that was then, and this now—so why is this outdated material making a resurgence?
Feature: Happy 150th Birthday, IWC
A whopping century-and-a-half has passed since Boston-born engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones frightened the life out of Swiss watchmakers by introducing modern mass production to the banks of the River Rhine. Established as far away as possible from the peeved Swiss watchmaking hub, in the German-surrounded nodule of Schaffhausen, IWC has steadfastly contributed its logical, engineer's perspective to the art of Swiss watchmaking for the last 150 years. And what better way to celebrate than with a trio of the finest watches IWC makes?
Feature: Five Unusual Watches
Watchmaking can be a little unadventurous at times, a little safe. Outside the realms of companies like MB&F and Urwerk, it's not often that a watch brand takes a risk with something unusual. Every now and then, however, something unexpected happens. Whether the accountant was off sick or simply wasn't paying attention, sometimes a designer gets something through the system that's a bit more interesting. Here are five examples.
Review: Hublot King Power Unico GMT
While Blancpain, the oldest watch manufacturer in the world today, was founded in 1735, Hublot... was not. Nearly two-and-a-half centuries separate the pair, and you don't need me to tell you—that's a lot. With so much ground to make up, how can Hublot possibly make its mark?
Feature: Five Surprising Facts About Rolex
Rolex may be the biggest watch brand in the world, but it's also the most secretive. As much as there is that we know about Rolex, there's just as much—or more—that we don't. Some of those things will be kept a secret until the end of time, while others just simply aren't that well known. So, here are five things you probably didn't know about Rolex.
Review: TAG Heuer Autavia
In 2016, over 55,000 members of the watch-buying community collaborated on the design of the brand new 'Heuer'-badged re-issue of the classic Autavia. If you've ever seen the episode of the Simpsons where Homer gets to design his own car, you'll also understand that asking the public for design advice invariably goes wrong. So, has TAG Heuer successfully managed to crowdsource the design of the new TAG Heuer Autavia, or do we have a Watchy McWatchface on our hands?
Review: Arnold & Son DBG
There's a single question that has driven humanity's pursuit of science and technology for millennia: "What if?" It's a question that predominantly leads to injury, embarrassment and internet fame, but every now and then the right person asks it at the right time, and something special is created. In the case of the Arnold & Son DBG, someone asked, "What if a GMT function used a completely separate movement?"
Feature: Rolex Daytona vs Zenith El Primero
The Daytona comes up a lot on this channel, and for obvious reasons: it's one of the best-known watches ever made, from perhaps the best-known watchmaker in the world. It's also the last Rolex to ever use a movement that hails from outside of the Rolex family—the calibre 4030, based on Zenith's El Primero 400. That was in the Daytona 16520, the model that gave us this new, sleek and oh-so popular shape. 1988 it came out, and it's become very collectible since Rolex discontinued the calibre 4030 in favour of the in-house 4130. Why then, should you want one when you can quite simply walk into a shop now and buy an El Primero straight from Zenith for a fraction of the price?
News: Watchfinder Placed In 2017 Fast Track 100
For the third consecutive year, Watchfinder finds itself among the finest businesses in the UK and places 88th in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. Only awarded to firms boasting superlative growth figures, Watchfinder is proud to add this latest accolade to this year’s list of awards.
Review: The Affordable A. Lange & Söhne
The German brand A. Lange & Söhne is—while not Swiss—one of the very best watchmakers in the world. The styling is immediately recognisable, stark and crisp, and the movements have a certain quality to them that makes them distinctly German. Of course, the price that comes attached to a watch like this Richard Lange edition is well into the £30,000 territory—but what if you could have one for a quarter of the price? Welcome to the next best thing: the Glashütte Original Senator Panorama Date.
Feature: How Does A Tourbillon Work?
In a cake made of watch parts, the tourbillon is surely the cherry. It's revered, it's worshipped, it's—wait a second, what actually is a tourbillon, and why should I want one? Here to answer that question are a couple of watches from two of the oldest and best watchmakers in the world: Breguet and Blancpain.
Feature: Patek Philippe vs Omega
Let's get straight to it—the Patek Philippe 5170P in my right hand is worth almost 20 times as much as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in my left. With the Omega clocking an RRP of just over £4,000, that places the 5170P at a whopping £73,000. While some of that cost gets you a platinum case and diamonds on the dial, it's safe to say that most of it is spent on the bit you don't often get to see—the calibre CH 29-535 PS movement. But with the Omega carrying a similar hand-wound manual chronograph calibre 1863 movement for a fraction of the price, what are you really getting when you spend all that extra money?
Review: Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM00008
You could be forgiven for thinking the watch I'm holding right now is a fake. After all, it says 'Panerai' on it, yet looks nothing like the Radiomir or Luminor shapes the brand has become famous for. I can assure you, however, that this is a legitimate Panerai model, and not just any Panerai model—the Panerai Mare Nostrum is one of the most mysterious Panerai has ever made.
Feature: Rolex GMT-Master Old vs New
When Hans Wilsdorf first set out to build a watch company in 1905, he set himself a goal: to make the world's best watch. Early Rolex promotional material boasted the number of ways Wilsdorf's watches were tested in, the amount of accuracy records they'd beaten, their waterproof, dust proof and anti-magnetic capabilities—anything and everything. Of the GMT-Master, Rolex promotional material declares, 'If you were flying the Concorde tomorrow, you'd wear a Rolex.' With both supersonic passenger jets and mechanical wristwatches obsolete, can the modern Rolex GMT-Master collection still live up to Wilsdorf's goal of being the best?
Feature: How Does A Mechanical Movement Work?
In a universe of chaos, time seeks to bring order. It's a manmade concept, completely contrary to the randomness of nature, yet we as a species have sought to perfect it for millennia. Today we have digital, atomic solutions to finding ever more accurate ways of keeping an even beat, but before the electronic age, mechanical was king. Reliable, precise and without a volt or amp to be seen, the mechanical watch is both a historical wonder and modern treasure. But how, exactly, does it work? We'll find out with some help from the Breguet 7027 Tradition.
Review: Panerai Radiomir PAM00685 & PAM00687
In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine Panerai and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai's expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the Panerai watch was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.
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