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Following his recent retirement from Watchuseek, some of you may have read Ernie Romers interview with Ariel Adams on A Blog To Watch. (Just in case you have joined Watchuseek in the last month, or paid very little attention, Ernie is the Founder and former owner of the Watchuseek site). Ariel describes Ernie as ‘one of the good guys’ of the industry. In fact Ernie is the good guy, and more to the point, he is our good guy, for while he may have handed over the reins, he still very much belongs to Watchuseek.
Independent Swiss watch and jewellery brand CENTURY, founded in 1966 by Hans U. Klingenberg and now run by his son Philip, has produced a new corporate film entitled “Jewels of Time”. It’s a 10-minute film reveals, which, for the first time, reveals the craftsmanship that has guided the House for almost half a century in the arena of the carving and cutting of its cases.
If you’re going to take your inspiration for a new collection from a vintage watch, then the slim and elegant Patek Philippe Calatrava from the 1960s is an excellent place to start. New UK based brand Nikolai, named after owner Serge Nikolai, aim to create an exclusive, high quality watch with a Swiss-made movement but at a distinctly non-Patek Philippe price tag.
Congratulations to Zenith, for the fourth consecutive year they have been awarded an important prize at the GPHG Awards, this time in the Sports Watch category for the El Primero Lightweight. The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix aims to pay tribute to excellence in the field of watchmaking.19 prizes reward the finest creations and the most important operators in the watchmaking sector. 72 models were competing in the various categories, and a model from Zenith Manufacture was honoured by the Grand Prix jury on Friday.
Buckle up and take-off, it’s the handsome new Pilot Belisar Power Reserve from Union Glashütte. It combines all the qualities of a modern pilot watch with all the elegance of the Belisar collection. Well respected Saxony brand Glashütte Union has a history dating back to 1893. The Pilot Belisar is an imposing 45mm in diameter. Under the curved and non-reflective sapphire crystal, the domed dial reveals hour and minute indexes and distinctive numerals in white, which contrast powerfully against the black dial. The tapered hands feature Superluminova along with the hour markers for easy reading in dark conditions.
Just a few weeks ahead of SIHH 2015, Richard Mille has unveiled the RM 33-01, an undeniably sporty watch coupled with hallmark Richard Mille elegance. The new skeletonized RMXP3 caliber, which will power the RM 33-01, has an off-center platinum micro rotor. This architecture reveals the grade 5 titanium movement, which is wet sandblasted and electro-plasma treated, the surfaces microblasted, drawn and satin-finished and the anglage entirely worked by hand.
Life is all about watches, except of course when it’s about wallets. Facilitate Lmtd. is a brand-new Brooklyn based company founded by two longtime friends, Chris Zumtobel and Bjorn Talbot. They understand this and want to supply wallets with American manufacturing, simplicity of design, and the ideal marriage of aesthetics and functionality.
For the third year in a row, California based surfer brand Nixon and cult French concept store, colette, have partnered up to introduce a limited edition watch. An original Nixon design, with lean lines and a nod towards colette’s signature color, this year’s collab watch features a blue sunray dial and navy-blue NATO style band.
Romain Jerome has released the Batman DNA limited edition watch to tie in with Batman’s 75th anniversary. The tie in is with Warner Brothers and DC Comics, and the issue is limited to just, you guessed it, 75 pieces. At $18,955 it’s certainly going to be one of the more costly pieces of Batman merchandise available.
Following 7 days of frenetic driving in treacherous conditions, with a temperamental car, and racing here for the first time, Erik Comas and Isabelle de Sadeleer have won the 2014 edition of the Carrera Panamericana! The ex-Formula 1 driver and his team-mate showed nerves of steel throughout the course, racing neck and neck with another Studebaker; a perfect demonstration of TAG Heuer’s ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ spirit.