Looking for a last-minute gift guide to help you choose a watch for a friend or loved one? Then keep on walkin', 'cause this ain't that. There are watches and "gifts" in this article, but this isn't a "gift guide" where we just show you some watch stars from this year, and tell you what we think you should buy. We feel that's not actually entirely realistic and rarely helpful in real life. Instead, we decided it might be fun to do a "Fantasy" Secret Santa this year, with all our team members, and do a real-life, real-watches (meaning relatively accessible), real people (with fantasy money), watch "gifting" exchange, and see what happens. Our hope is to provide anecdotal insight into the thought process, some wisdom about watches (and gifting), and perhaps some entertainment.
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The Portugieser 75th Anniversary uses IWC's in-house 59215 hand-wound movement. Running at 4Hz, with a breguet spring and a Glucydur beryllium alloy indexless balance, the 59215 offers sub seconds with date and a power reserve indicator on the movement side, which can be seen through the sapphire display case back.
Fans of restraint will love the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph’s design. The ultra-traditional dial is a masterful as it is unremarkable. Detailing is impressive, but Vacheron Constantin isn’t trying to tread new ground with the aesthetics of the dial which are familiar yet a bit novel, given the new layout. While it doesn’t bother me, I know some people will be irritated by the fact that the chronograph subdials “cut off” the 3 and 9 o’clock hour markers. Note that the monopusher chronograph is operated by a pusher in the crown, while the top pusher is used to activate or rest the split seconds chronograph hand.
Feldmar Watch: We have a number of watch events throughout the year, with a few community based ones scheduled to start in 2014, like Toys for Tots, SOVA pantry food drive, and blood drives. And in-store, we have special "Brand of Month" displays. Earlier this month, we had an amazing time celebrating the launch of the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement.
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Whenever I would rush through the ground floor to meet with some brand or another, I could see guests looking at the watch – and again, the reason why SalonQP is in a rather unique position is that the watch did leave its glass sarcophagus and was shown to anyone who requested it. Getting to personally see and experience such extremely rare watches is a special opportunity, and I feel that as long as the exhibition sticks to its open and welcoming nature, it will have new and returning guests year after year. Needless to say, this kind of "openness" also helps bring the particular brand in question much closer to the visitors.
I have always been fascinated by Zenith’s Pilot Type 20 watches. What started as a limited edition 57.5mm watch in 2012 slowly grew into something of a sub-collection within Zenith’s Pilot collection of watches. And one of the new Pilot Type 20 watches this year that is based on that original limited edition watch from two years ago is the Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 - a mouthful, I know. This watch, which commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight, is more reasonably sized at 48mm, but what is unique about it is its aged look. From the specially selected bund strap down to the aged lume, this watch looks as if it was really from 1903.
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The Movado SE Extreme Automatic 200 diver is 44mm wide in a case made from steel and black polyurethane (plastic) - which serves as the middle section and crown guard - which is actually another similarity to Hublot, aside from the overall case design. The dial is pretty interesting, with its honeycomb texture face and legible hour markers. This isn't your father's difficult to read Movado dial. It also has an inner rotating bezel with an adjustment crown for that at 10 o'clock. For some reason, Movado wasn't able to squeeze a full 300 meters of water resistance out of the case, so it is just 200. Then again, I am being picky, as the watch is going to be fine for most recreational diving and swimming purposes.
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Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're speaking with Rudy Chavez, president of the North American arm of Baume & Mercier. Read on to learn what model from the B&M catalog eludes him even to this day.
You don't get warnings before traveling to most cities – at least I don't – but I did get a few precautionary tales before traveling a few hours south of Los Angeles via plane to Mexico City. One of the highest altitude cities in the world, Mexico City is also one of the most populated, with about 20 million people. It is vastly spread out over a wide area, and the colorful buildings add a friendly sheen to what is in reality a mixture of haves and have-nots in what I understand to be a rather dangerous place. This, and a regular selection of "gringo kidnapping" stories up in LA framed the beginning of my first trip to what was once Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztecs, and the current home of the annual luxury watch show SIAR.
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For an instant, time seemed to stand still as I was piecing together Alan’s confession. “I think you mean ‘pushers...’ Wait, you have a perpetual calendar from Patek?!? As in Patek Philippe... like a fifty-two-seventy?” I asked. Alan sort of just looked at me sideways and said, “Fifty-two-seventy? Is that what they call it?”
Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback is the in-house made in Le Locle, Switzerland MB R200 automatic movement. This 4Hz movement represents a median between Montblanc's stock ETA movements and their much higher-end Montblanc Villeret (Minerva) produced movements. The watch features the time with a second time zone hand (basically an extra hour hand), a day/night indicator, the date, and a 30 minute chronograph operated via a monopusher (single button chronograph). The movement has a decent power reserve of 3 days (72 hours).
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