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Remember when top quality goods were proudly made in the USA? Well, as far as Shinola are concerned, they still are. Shinola products are American built for the long haul. They firmly believe American manufacturing did not fail for being too good, but maybe because America failed to believe.
Like illustrious German watch brand A. Lange & Sohne, Moritz Grosmann has thrived in the watchmaking community of Glashütte in Germany since the mid 19th century and it was Moritz Grossmann’s friend Adolphe Lange who encouraged him to settle there.
Moritz grew up under modest circumstances. His excellent school grades qualified him for a two-year scholarship at the city’s Technische Bildungsanstalt, the precursor of the Technical University. In 1842, he began a watchmaking apprenticeship in Dresden under the auspices of Gottfried Friedrich Kumme, Sr., and because of his talent completed it sooner than scheduled. In addition to his watch studies he simultaneously learned English, French, and Italian. During this period, Moritz Grossmann made friends with watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange.
The Haute Horlogerie brand REVELATION, backed by the CSEM, has just received a significant boost from the Swiss Confederation in the form of funding provided through the CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation).
In 2007, REVELATION filed a patent for an ingenious optical system making it possible to wear two watches in one. After five years of development, it was ready to present to the public at large with the MAGICAL WATCH DIAL® fitted inside its first collections. The magical dial turns from black to translucent, thus revealing the openworked ‘skeleton’ movement of the watch – either a tourbillon or a chronograph, depending on the model chosen.
Valbray presents a new way to tell the time, new watches with a design that reflects the world of travel, escape and a contemporary lifestyle. Unveiled at Baselworld 2013, the Oculus collection V.02 Grand Dateur features five models. Gold Tie, Cool Blue, Nautic, Safari and Road 66 are the names chosen for these contemporary timepieces.
Fellows of London has an auction of Vintage & Modern Wrist Watches taking place on October 14th at 11am. Watches on offer include venerated masters of watchmaking such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin as well as fashionable newcomers, Gucci and Christian Dior.
Being quite literally the highest watch exhibition in the world, held on the 75th floor of the Central Plaza in Hong Kong, the 22nd edition of the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie (WPHH) offered abn excellent spotlight on the watch making skills and craftsmanship of the House of Franck Muller.
JEANRICHARD’s Terrascope model is the brand’s go to watch for all kinds of limited edition tributes. The latest of these is to celebrate the occasion of SIAR – the Salon International de Alta Relojeria, one of the largest watch forums held in Mexico. Two new Limited Editions of 50 numbered timepieces pay tribute to the most emblematic members of the Mexican animal kingdom, the Golden Eagle and the Jaguar.
This past Monday was a very special night at Chef Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit restaurant in the Tremont area of Cleveland. Rocco and his team played host to The Art of Healing – an event to raise funds and support the efforts of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Originally conceived as an art auction, Filip & Co. Watches began its participation a few years back.
This week's Must See Monday is the Jacquet Droz Grande Heure GMT which gives the wearer the ability to track the hour in two different time zones. Ideal for globe-trotting travellers, the watch face is clean and simple in appearance, featuring Arabic numeral indexes for all 24 hours of the day. The red hand indicates local time while the blued steel hand shows the time at the destination.
When it comes to ultra-thin movements, Piaget has asserted itself as the specialist and leader in the field. Out of 35 Manufacture-made movements, the House has developed a complete range of 23 ultra-thin calibres that have earned 12 records for their extreme slenderness. So much so that ultra-thin movement from Piaget are its signature. Piaget display equal panache in three main areas: base movements (hand-wound or automatic); calibres with major complications (Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, Minute Repeater); and open-worked or “skeleton” movements including gem-set open-worked calibres – an art in which Piaget displays exclusive mastery.