Hacking Seconds Explained

Most modern wristwatches offer “hacking seconds.” The term refers to the ability to pull out the crown to stop the second hand, then push the crown back in to restart the second hand. With a watch so equipped you can synchronize your watch to an accurate timekeeping source – to the second or better. Before we explore the why and the precise how, here’s the technical bit . . .

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Watch News: 6/28/2020

Watch news! Assuming COVID-19 doesn’t do a Mexican wave, the Swiss watch industry’s movers and shakers will gather on Thursday November 12 for their 20th annual orgy of self-congratulation Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. For the first time, the GPHG will “allow” smartwatches in the ironically named “Challenge” category . . .

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Which Watch Industry Brands Will Die? – Coronavirus Watch 22

Watch Industry Braces For Historic Downturn HoDinkee proclaims. That’s like saying a car crash victim lying by the side of the road is bracing for impact. Dude, the downturn is here. Last month, Swiss watch exports fell by a staggering 81 percent. There’s no sign of a “revenge shopping” recovery. The real economy is in the tank. Ho’ writer Joe Thompson offers us a piercing glimpse into the obvious, then shares the following eye-opening prediction . . .

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NOMOS Champagner Review

In 2015, German watchmaker NOMOS thrilled the horological world with a home-grown automatic movement using a patented Swing System escapement. They christened the new range of watches the Minimatik. At €3,000 ($3,800), the NOMOS Champagner is the most expensive model in the collection. Worth it?

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New Watch Alert 2/28/20

New watch alert! Coronageddon continues to take its toll on Swiss watchmakers, what with Asian markets down for the count and Baselworld’s 2020 cancellation (not to mention the smartwatch crisis). Meanwhile, manufacturers are bombarding buyers with new product – a SKU torrent that will increase online as they release models that were set to debut at Watches & Wonders and Baselworld. Here’s this week’s carefully curated (i.e. snarky) roundup of the terrible/terrific twelve . . .

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