Your Watch’s “Power Reserve” Explained

Panerai Luminor Power Reserve

If you wear a quartz watch, carry on. At some point, your battery will run out of juice. Remove, replace, repeat. If you wear a smart watch, there’s no charge for reading this article. If you’re new to watches, welcome to Power Reserve for Intelligent People Who Don’t Like A Lot of Technical Jargon. Let’s start with something simple – and keep it simple . . .

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Seiko Alpinist SARB017 Review

Seiko and knife

Japanese society is underpinned by a desire for wa, harmony. The Japanese seek harmony and balance everywhere, from what they eat to how they live and work. It’s especially valued in art and design – celebrated in ancient arts like ikebana (flower arranging) and hokku (poetry). The previous gen Seiko Alpinist has wa. It’s a lot of things, but not too much of any one – a perfect example of Seiko’s designers walking on the edge of a knife . . .

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Coronavirus Derailing Swiss Watch Exports

Corona virus outbreak shutters large parts of China

The CDC has instructed Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China, Seventeen Chinese cities – more than 50 million people – are on lockdown. The coronavirus outbreak’s economic impact is already enormous. Export stats from the Federation Horlogère Suisse indicate that our previous analysis was right: the Swiss watch industry is set to take a major hammering . . .

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Rolex Daytona Alternatives

Rolex Daytona

Who doesn’t want a stainless steel panda-faced Rolex Daytona? Who wants to pay $13k+ to own one – assuming you could find one to buy? Or shell out nearly twice that amount for a pre-owned RD. Not me. If we’re on the same page, it’s time to turn the page and find a cheaper, immediately available alternative. Criteria: it’s got to be a quality, white-faced stainless steel chrono. Here are the fab four . . .

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IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII: Review


My father was a holocaust survivor. He drove a Mercedes Benz, manufactured by the same company that built the Nazi’s favorite automobile (the MB 770). The same company that used slave labor. So there was no reason for me – a minimalist watch guy – not to buy an IWC Pilot Watch based on the Luftwaffe’s Beobachtungsuhren (observation watch). But something stopped me . . .

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