Archive for May, 2011

I’m off to ‘Le Rendez Vous de l’Horlogerie’ in Monaco

I’m off to ‘Le Rendez Vous de l’Horlogerie’ in Monaco

While the rest of the high-end watch world seems to be at the Vegas Purists Pro 10th anniversary party, there’s a little event in Monaco named ‘Le Rendez Vous de l’Horlogerie’. Except for Baselworld, I’m not that into large events, So – on invitation of Ladoire – I choose to visit this gathering of...
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Another proposal for the Ultra Haute Horlogerie list; Habring2 – what do you think?

Another proposal for the Ultra Haute Horlogerie list; Habring2 – what do you think?

Today another proposal to include a brand on our Ultra Haute Horlogerie list reached us; Habring2. Habring2 is a brand from Austrian watchmakers Maria Kristina & Richard Habring. They explain the brand as follows: “Habring2 stands for the both of us and designates further the first watch produced in series in our workshop. Since...
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Frédérique Constant for girls aged 12 to 16

Frédérique Constant for girls aged 12 to 16

Swiss watch manufacturer Frédérique Constant presents the new Junior Ladies Collection, dedicated to young girls aged 12 to 16. Twelve to sixteen… Am I missing the picture? Well anyhow, click ‘Read More »’ to see what the watches look like ;-)
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Minerva Collectors Set

Minerva Collectors Set

In order to generate funds for a new project I’m selling two Minerva Pythagores, a Minerva stopwatch and some Minerva goodies. The first watch is a Pythagore-I, the 35 mm model with reference 481-A6, which is the military model with a brushed casing and the non-swan neck manual winding caliber 48. The serial number...
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Alex Ghotbi, moderator of Vacheron Constantin’s discussion forum ‘The Hour Lounge’, just published hands-on pictures of the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. The stainless steel case with titanium bezzel measures 42 mm, and houses the automatic caliber 1136QP. The mustard colored hands perfectly fit the grey dial in my opinion, as does...
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Rolex Seadweller 16600, with or without?

Rolex Seadweller 16600, with or without?

From time to time there’s a discussion anywhere on the web about the Rolex Seadweller’s pin holes. Should a ‘real’ Seadweller 16600 have pin holes in the casing, or shouldn’t it? The first 16600 Seadwellers must have hit the market in the eighties (production started in 1986), and from that time on they always...
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Nord Zeitmachine Variocurve

Nord Zeitmachine Variocurve

Very innovative and unique, that’s how you could describe Daniel Nebel’s Nord Zeitmachine Variocurve. And something I have unluckily missed at Baselworld; I would have loved to see it in the metal. The Variocurve uses two counter-rotating eccentric cams, in order to have the minute hand follow a non centralized motion along a ‘variocurve’...
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Blancier Desert Wolf for US forces

Blancier Desert Wolf for US forces

Blancier developed a quite special Military Chronograph watch. This chronograph, designed in support of US troops, is an original and sturdy yet affordable military watch with the code name ‘Desert Wolf’. Willem Kamerman, the Dutch founder of Blancier and creator of this military watch, says, “I wanted to design something special for the men...
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monochrome.nl 5 years and 5 months

monochrome.nl 5 years and 5 months

My friend Frank Geelen is celebrating the 5 year and 5 months anniversary of his monochrome.nl weblog. And guess what…? Frank is giving away a Seiko Discusburger! Why a Seiko Discusburger you would ask. I don’t know, but what I know is that the watch was donated by Max Büsser and MB&F as a...
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Qlocktwo iPhone app by Biegert & Funk

Qlocktwo iPhone app by Biegert & Funk

It’s probably not new, but I just found a very nice Qlocktwo iPhone app. It’s based on the popular and very original Qlocktwo wall clock by Biegert & Funk. Of course the iPhone app can’t live up to the real deal hand made wall clock, which is 45 by 45 cm in size and...
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Do you consider RGM to be independent Ultra Haute Horlogerie?

Do you consider RGM to be independent Ultra Haute Horlogerie?

Last week a request reached me to consider adding Roland G. Murphy and RGM Watch Company to my list of independent Ultra Haute Horlogerie watchmakers and brands. To be honest I didn’t know too much about RGM, besides seeing some mainstream divers and general purpose watches with ETA movements from them. So before answering...
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Holiday!

Holiday!

I just returned from a one week very nice holiday in Southern Spain. So that’s why there weren’t any postings last week ;-) The Rolex GMT-Master IIc was my companion for this week and of course didn’t disappoint. I’m even getting a little used to it ;-) The choice of airline wasn’t as good...
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