A watch movement’s that’s cheaper, more accurate and more reliable than any mechanical watch movement? Vive la quartz revolution! Actually, that ship has sailed, as smartwatches do to quartz watches what quartz watches did to mechanical watches: make them obsolete. Traditional watch makers are forgiven for retreating into nostalgia for and with their customers. But a quartz TAG Heuer Monaco? . . . .
On November 9, Christie’s will be auctioning off one-off watches for the Only Watch charity fundraiser for muscular dystrophy. Needless to say there are some truly extraordinary timepieces up for grabs — assuming you have a truly gigantic bank balance. The watch above is the Grönefeld Only Watch. I bring it to your attention to kick off our series on quintessential casebacks. And here it is . . .
Let’s face it: one man’s “best” sub-$1k mechanical dive watch is another man’s you know what? Forget it. I’m buying an Eco-Drive Citizen Promaster Diver for four bills. If you’re going diving, something quartz is the safer choice. Or, you know, a dive computer. But if you want to look at three of the best automatic dive watches under $1000 for ocean, office and infinity pool flexing, here are my choices:
Complications are complicated. I’m not talking about the engineering behind a timepiece that accurately displays the date for the next 1,480 years (leap years included). I’m talking about the market for watch complications. Who the hell needs the Frederique Constantin Yacht Timer, a watch that counts down the crucial 10 minutes before a sailboat race? For one . . .
So many watches, so many wonderful posts! We’ve had an in-depth look at three of the Ladies‘, Ladies’ Complication,Men’ and Mens’ Complication categories in the watch industry Oscars: the Grand Prix Horologie De Genève. Today’s post offers pics and edited copy from three of the GPHG Chronometry Finalists . . .
According to mediapost.com, shipments of “wrist-worn wearables” — as opposed to wrist-worn unwearables — are up 29 percent this year; A growth curve some experts see continuing for the next seven years. Fighting it out for the biggest slice of this ever-expanding international pie: the Mi Band and the Apple Watch . . .
Expensive watches are criminal catnip. Cheap fakes are the bane of many manufacturers’ existence. And in San Jose your Fitbit watches you. Here’s our round-up of legally lamentable horological happenstance. You know, watch crime. Starting with a trip to the Republic of South Africa . . .