Good Design Award for NOMOS Metro

Good Design Award for Metro from NOMOS Glashütte For the fourth time in a row, the German watchmaking company has been awarded the “Eames” prize from the Chicago Athenaeum Recently this month NOMOS Glashütte was delighted to receive the Good Design Award—for the fourth time: From thousands of submitted entries, the jury from the Chicago […]

Going Along To Get Along: The Oysterquartz

In the 1970s, the tsunami known as the quartz crisis swept though the watchmaking regions of Switzerland and Germany. It threatened to wipe out watchmaking as it was then known. Indeed, numerous brands disappeared during that time. Rolex, a strong brand with a loyal following and a marketing tsunami-like machine of its own, looked to […]

Will The Steve McQueen Imposter Please Stand Up?

The Rolex Explorer II – at least early examples of it – is called the Steve McQueen, even though Steve McQueen the actor never wore one. No, the King of Cool wore a Submariner 5512, which we’ll cover in a future installment. Rolex introduced the Explorer II in 1971. The watch was basically a GMT-Master with […]

Watches Are Going Wonky: Magnetism – Can You Do Something?

So the head of research at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or, European Organization for Nuclear Research), the world renowned particle physics lab located on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland, makes a phone call. He calls downtown and chats with the head of research at Rolex. He says, “Listen. My guys’ wrist watches […]

Going Where No Man – Or Watch – Had Gone Before

Ever wonder about the backstory of your favorite Rolex? Well, stick with us. This is the third in a series of posts featuring histories of significant Rolex models. You’ll find all the reference numbers connected with each model here. In all, Rolex has introduced nearly three dozen models since 1950. Over the next several weeks, […]

Black Friday with NOMOS

Black Friday is a retail phenomenon. Previously the proviso of department stores and retail chains it seems to have crossed over into not only online retail, but specifically to online watch retailers. I am not saying that sales are a bad thing. Like most people I love a bargain, okay, I really LOVE a bargain. […]

New Release – HAUTLENCE HL2.5

HAUTLENCE LAUNCHES HL2.5 – THE NEW INTERPRETATION OF HL2.0 IN DRAMATIC BLACK AND RED LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, December 2014 – HAUTLENCE is introducing an exciting new version of its revolutionary HL2.0 collection with a trend-setting model sporting a black DLC-coated grade 5 titanium case and horns with red varnish detail on the signature jumping hours. Alternating […]

Ever Wanted To Assemble Your Own Watch Movement?

Christopher Ward have announced an entertaining new extension to the brand’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21, with the launch of ChallengerSH21.com – an interactive challenge where players can construct Calibre SH21 against the clock! The online challenge, believed to be the first of its kind, was designed and developed in close consultation with Christopher Ward’s master watchmaker, […]

GPHG 2014 Tourbillon Winner

Brothers Bart and Tim Grönefeld were elated to receive the prestigious prize for Best Tourbillon for their Parallax Tourbillon at the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). The GPHG is considered the ‘Oscars of Watchmaking’ and was held at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Switzerland on October 31st, 2014. More than 1,500 guests attended […]