Archive for June, 2011

The Sinn that doesn’t seem to exist, the 656.L

The Sinn that doesn’t seem to exist, the 656.L

During my visit to Sinn at the last Basel fair I had the change to have a sneak at a prototype of the Sinn 656 with, what on first sight looked, a cream dial. I was immediately in love with the watch, something which I have to admit doesn’t happen too often anymore. And...
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Sinn, EZM.7 mission timer

Sinn, EZM.7 mission timer

Sinn just started to deliver their new EZM.7 and I got one of the first watches available. The EZM.7 with its colour-coded bezel is an easy to operate watch for people using breathing protection apparatus, like fire brigades or rescue services. The captive bezel can even be set when wearing gloves. If you want...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo A-series

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo A-series

Last weekend a 1972 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo A-series was sold at an Antiquorum auction in Hong Kong for HK$ 212,500.=. HK$ 212,500.=! That’s more than € 19,000.= or US$ 27,290.=… And that’s 25% more than a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST – virtually unchanged and still housing the same caliber...
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An evening with the Heritage Watch Manufactory

An evening with the Heritage Watch Manufactory

Last evening (July 24th) my friend Frank Geelen and I organized another ‘An evening with..’ event. This time we invited the Heritage Watch Manufactory – further indicated in this post as HWM – to host this dinner event. And what an evening it turned out to be. After the meet and greet with a...
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New Archimede model, the Outdoor

New Archimede model, the Outdoor

Archimede just started to deliver their new Outlook model this week, and I got one in. Sports like climbing, biking or surfing call for the lightest, high performance equipment that give total reliability. Like any other piece of equipment a watch has a function to perform. The new Archimede Outdoor is designed to fulfill...
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New Facebook group, WRISTSHOTS

New Facebook group, WRISTSHOTS

This week, I thought it was last Thursday, Watchonista Suisse started the Facebook group ‘wristshots’. Now, only a few days later, the group already has over 230 members and is rapidly growing. And not only the number of members is growing, however new posts appear almost every minute. It’s a so called open group...
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Independent Haute Horlogerie

Independent Haute Horlogerie

After discussions with fellow watch nerds Frank Geelen and Beth Doerr, I’ve changed the name of my Haute Horlogerie link list to ‘Independent Haute Horlogerie‘. The original name came forth from an interesting discussion on the LinkedIn group ‘A Passion for Watches‘; the header of that discussion was ‘Ultra Haute Horlogerie’. However opinions were...
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Win a 210 page Vacheron Constantin exhibition catalog

Win a 210 page Vacheron Constantin exhibition catalog

Vacheron Constantin will be holding an exceptional exhibition at the Singapore National Museum from June 24 until August 14. An exceptional 210 page catalog has been edited for this event and at The Hour Lounge discussion forum there’s a chance to win one. The only question to answer is: how many watches will be...
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In honor of Alain Silberstein’s birthday

In honor of Alain Silberstein’s birthday

Today the watch on my wrist is the Alain Silberstein Krono Bauhaus 2 in bronze-pvd treated titanium. The watch is fitted with a brown rubber strap (with folding buckle) indicating Alain Silberstein’s saying “le vrai bonheur est d’avoir sa passion pour metier”. Alain Silberstein was THE forerunner of ‘avant garde’ watch making in the...
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Blancpain, Aqua Lung Grande Date

Blancpain, Aqua Lung Grande Date

I’m offering a beautiful Blancpain Aqua Lung for sale. This watch is one of a limited run of 2005 individually numbered pieces and was sold new (by an official Blancpain dealer in The Netherlands) in November 2009. The diameter of the brushed stainless steel casing is 40 mm while the thickness is 11,4 mm....
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A lesser known early Ikepod (POD), the Seaslug

A lesser known early Ikepod (POD), the Seaslug

Most of us know the Ikepod Hemipode and Megapode series from the nineties. These watches were the product of a collaboration between designer Marc Newson and businessman Oliver Ike, and further to a watch prototype and clock designed by Marc Newson, named the POD. However besides the Hemipode and Megapode series, there was another...
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Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three anounced

Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three anounced

Maîtres du Temps has just announced that master watchmakers Andreas Strehler and Kari Voutilainen are developing Chapter Three. “These two horological maestros join forces in developing and creating an original, innovative, world-premiere wristwatch with a completely new bespoke movement” says Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps. Andreas Strehler is well known for his...
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