Mondaine EVO2 Automatic

Mondaine sent me an email touting the Mondaine EVO2 Automatic. I called their U.S. contact number to get more deets on their New Collection. I pressed 1 for Sales. “The mailbox is full.” I called back and pressed 2 for Customer Service. Same message. No surprise there. Mondaine has been struggling to defend and extend a brand built on the Swiss Railways Watch’s stark minimalism. For example . . .

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Philippe Dufour Watch – Money Laundering?

Clickbait question aside, I have no evidence that A Collected Man sold the the Sultan of Brunei’s Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie rose gold wristwatch to someone trying to launder money. Evade taxes. Subsidize criminal activity. I have every reason to believe a fabulously wealthy collector bought the Philippe Dufour watch to have and to hold, from yesterday forth. Someone for whom $7.6m is pocket change. Also true . . .

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Locman Italy Herrenuhr Ducati

My last two posts covered the agony and ecstasy of co-branded watches (Co-Branded Watches – What’s The Point? and Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP). Mostly agony. So it makes perfect sense that I’m reviewing a Ducati-branded watch (/sarc). As you can see, the Locman Italy Herrenuhr Ducati is a time-only timepiece with a motorcycle mojo. There’s a lot to like about this watch, especially if you’re into ICE . . .

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Co-Branded Watches – What’s The Point?

“Why would Bentley need a watch partner?” commentator Sammy Toledo asks underneath yesterday’s post Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP. “If you can afford a Bentley, you should be able to afford one of those watches whose maker would never deign to co-brand, right?” Right! As a Bentley owner, I own a few tasty timepieces and precisely no Breitling Bentley watches. Looking at the selection at chrono24.com, I can see no reason to indulge. But Mr. Toledo’s comment raises some interesting questions about co-branded watches . . .

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Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP

“We’re proud of what we have accomplished together and after 19 years,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern told the world, announcing the watchmaker’s break-up with Bentley. “Breitling and Bentley are embarking on their own new journeys,” the official presser proclaimed. In case you didn’t know it, that’s corporate speak for FOAD. No great loss. Breitling Bentley watches never really gelled. In other words . . .

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