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Where are the updates? I’m at Fratellowatches!

Where are the updates? I’m at Fratellowatches!

If you wondered why there haven’t been updates at in2watches.com lately, the answer is here. I’ve teamed up as a contributor with Fratellowatches. Fratellowatches is currently the 4th largest blog on wristwatches in the world and I was honored to have the possibility to join long-time watch friend Robert-Jan Broer and photographer Bert Buijsrogge....
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For sale: Julien Coudray – € 15.000.000,=

For sale: Julien Coudray – € 15.000.000,=

It’s not very common, as far as I know, to openly offer a high end watch brand for sale. So I was amazed by an advertisement at a Dutch website. Well, in fact it’s not just the brand Julien Coudray which is offered for sale for ‘more than € 5M’ at the www.bedrijventekoop.nl website,...
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Extremely rare Breitling Emergency Royal Air Force Police

Extremely rare Breitling Emergency Royal Air Force Police

Like many other popular brands, Breitling is known as well for their many ‘Limited Editions’ to attract attention to their watches and brand. However what I will show you here today is of a totally different order. In 2004 Breitling, through their agent in the U.K. T.W.G., supplied 25 special watches directly to the...
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Baselworld 2014 ends; a walk-through in 9* minutes

Baselworld 2014 ends; a walk-through in 9* minutes

Baselworld 2014 is almost at an end. It’s not strange that visiting the largest and most influential watch fair in the world is strenuous. However to me it seems that this year I heard more complaints about it being extremely hectic than other years. Mind you, the fair grounds are HUGE. Just walking though...
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Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Now that Swatch slowly starts delivering their new Sistem51 watch, I was happy to get my hands on one (thanks to Bert Buysrogge) and put it to the test. Sistem51 is an automatic (self-winding) mechanical movement made from 51 components, made possible by a simplified and more efficient design. Most mechanical movements have at...
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Step inside, find your nearest boutique!

Step inside, find your nearest boutique!

I copied the following text from a press release, and left out any phrases and relations towards the brand (not the product). What do you think about which product this text handles? “In , opened its first boutique in Hong Kong. The unique design concept has since been reflected in a series of...
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Only Watch 2013 auction results

Only Watch 2013 auction results

Below is the list of the 33 watches for auction at Only Watch 2013 with their estimate. As soon as the results are available I’ll fill them in and update this post in real-time. For pictures of all watches please have a look at: Only Watch 2013 auction catalogue. – Lot # 1: Backes...
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The iconic Glycine Airman

The iconic Glycine Airman

Every well known brand has is own land mark. For the small Swiss manufacturer Glycine that is undoubtedly their Airman model. Glycine was founded by Eugène Meylan in 1914. It remained a relatively ‘under the radar’ brand, with some special products like ladies watches, early automatics and chronometers. It was only in 1953 when...
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Swatch Group 2012 gross sales

Swatch Group 2012 gross sales

Incredible! The Swatch Group gross sales hit CHF 8.143 million in 2012. That’s a billion Swiss francs (+14%) more than the previous year! I really wonder what they are going to do with all that money. I bet they’re going to invest it in even more sales and production, so that they can grow...
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How a mechanical watch works

How a mechanical watch works

Here’s a nice vintage video by Hamilton, explaining the basics of how a mechanical watch works. Very informative (for most of us) to see. And the fact that it’s a vintage film it ironically indicates that not much has happened in the way mechanical time pieces are constructed to indicate time. As an addition,...
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An F-15 pilot’s Bremont ALT1-Z/DG by SJX

An F-15 pilot’s Bremont ALT1-Z/DG by SJX

Su Jia Xian (SJX) interviewed F-15 pilot Colonel Rich “Nemo” Sweeten, and asked him what makes a good pilot’s watch. What struck me was that the function of the watch at the end of the day at the bar is not to be underestimated. As well as Colonel Rich Sweeten’s statement “Let’s face it,...
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What a difference a glass makes…

What a difference a glass makes…

In the regular execution of all 42 mm models of the Archimede Pilot series a non-anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal is used. However, upon my request, Archimede produced a special version of the Pilot H with a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This resulted in quite an extreme price increase for such a watch (€ 395,=...
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Antiquorum auction, featuring the 40th Anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Antiquorum auction, featuring the 40th Anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Today, May 13th 2012, one of the Antiquorum’s ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ auctions was held in Geneva. This one had my exceptional interest because it was ‘Featuring the 40th Anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’. At first I was a little bit disappointed that, at what seemed to be an important ’40th...
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Bulova Accutron gear train wheel

Bulova Accutron gear train wheel

One of the smallest wrist watch gear train wheels is belonging to the Bulova Accutron. It’s said that this little wheel – which is the one always wears out in your Accutron – has 300 teeth. It’s impossible to imagine how that wheel was produced, and so at the moment it’s one of the...
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The making of: lume shots

The making of: lume shots

These dark days around Christmas make a good opportunity for lume shots. ISO 200, f/4, 1/2 sec As most modern digital camera’s do a good job on regular, and even macro, photography of wristwatches in their standard ‘Program’-mode, making a lume shot (a picture which shows mainly the illumination of the dial and hands...
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