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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends December 30, 2020

I hope you all have had a good holiday. We’ve finally made it to the end of the year! In this roundup, we will be taking a look at the watches that the team here at aBlogtoWatch wore most of the year. Without giving too much away, there are some interesting pieces inside. We also take a look at how the year changed our watch-wearing habits.
From around the Web, we take an in-depth look at Grand Seiko’s new high-beat 9SA5 movement and learn about why it’s important and technically impressive. Still on the subject of movements, we also have the history of the venerable Lemania 2310, which some consider to be the most important chronograph movement in history. Finally, we investigate the history of Sylvester Stallone and Panerai. Did he really discover Panerai, as he claims he did? Or is there more to the story?
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2020 Couldn’t Stop Watch Enthusiasts

Hello there, aBlogtoWatch community. This is Ariel Adams, and I’m here to wish you a very fine end to 2020. I am not alone in hoping that most of 2021 will not resemble the calendar year we are now completing. Frankly, I’m getting tired of being in the same house. I almost want to swap with another family for a while just to see some different walls for a little bit! What 2020 lacked in interior variety, it did make up for in opportunity for study. What an incredible year to intellectually assess from any number of angles. History books will be pondering the events of this year until long after we are all gone.
In the watch world, we saw an unprecedented level of activity and movement. Things that had never happened before happened and — an already tumultuous industry was shaken around like a martini held by a marathoner. We saw the end of the major watch shows. We saw big, traditionally proud companies bickering in public like entitled royals. We saw watch brands fret about “moving t..

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Longines Reimagines The Legend Diver In Bronze

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser For nearly a century and a half, Longines has been crafting precision timepieces out of its workshop high in the Jura mountains designed to serve the needs of adventurers of all stripes. While the brand with the winged hourglass may be most strongly associated with aviation’s early pioneers, Longines has carved its own place in history across countless ventures where precision timing is critical to success. From motorsports to horse racing to alpine skiing, Longines been a crucial part of all these endeavors. When SCUBA diving rose to prominence in the 1950s and 60s, capturing the public’s imagination and ushering in an era of underwater exploration, Longines was once again in the thick of it, producing precision dive watches at home on the wrists of professional and recreational divers alike. The Longines Legend Diver was born from this era, and its newest incarnation doubles down on the vintage styling by reimagining the Legend D..

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Catch Up On The Latest Episodes Of The SUPERLATIVE Podcast – End Of 2020

Spend some time with the aBlogtoWatch team and our hand-picked guests by listening to the latest episodes of the SUPERLATIVE Podcast on Bleav right here, or where ever you prefer to download your podcasts. Your feedback means the world to us — do us a solid by rating and reviewing the show, since media distribution platforms put so much importance on that!
What are some of the things we’ve been talking about recently on SUPERLATIVE? In late November, I spoke with long-time colleague Jake Ehrlich, founder of Jake’s Rolex World Magazine and the most passionate Rolex brand fan I’ve ever met. I wanted Jake to explain why Rolex was such a big deal, not only as a company but also as a brand and business entity in our world. Soon after, aBlogtoWatch’s David Bredan and I discussed the very important question of how one should define the term “luxury?” Of course, the word can mean different things depending on the situation, but we really get to the heart of what luxury truly means to people w..

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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Watches From 2020 If Money Were No Object

Money no object, huh? An interesting thing about this segment to note is how far we saw the luxury watch industry drift from halo products in favor of ultra-high-end versions of series-produced watches. Halo watches were those highly limited, often unique, products that featured concept-grade materials and engineering solutions with the primary function of elevating the status of their creator brand. Cartier used to be a leader in incredibly amazing and, in truth, sometimes rather pointless exercises in fine watchmaking, but the mid-2000s to mid-2010s saw them coming thick and threefold.
Very expensively developed unique pieces that were fascinating to look at but nobody could buy have largely become a thing of the past as brands have re-focused their efforts to develop and manufacture more feasible marketable creations — which, mind you, still cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, here’s the ABTW team’s selection of top watches from 2020 if money were no object. – DAVID BREDAN.
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Marco Lang Launches With Limited Edition Zweigesicht-1 Watch

Although the brand itself is a new contender in the world of watchmaking, the eponymous founder behind Marco Lang is no stranger to boutique horology. In his previous work with Lang & Heyne, Lang created some of the most distinctive and complex designs in the German watch industry from his headquarters in Dresden. After leaving the company in 2019, Lang has established a new atelier in Dresden under the Marco Lang marque, and for its first release the fledgling company has started with a bang. Meaning “Two-Face” in German, the limited edition Marco Lang Zweigesicht-1 lives up to its name quite literally with a unique dual face design and lug swapping mechanic, coupled to an exquisitely finished movement with several unique features.
Available in stainless steel, 18K rose gold, and platinum, the 40mm case of the Marco Lang Zweigesicht-1 is deceptively simple at first glance. The overall form is classic dress watch, with a simple cylindrical mid case and a mirror polished smooth bezel a..

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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Affordable Watches Under $1,000 From 2020

Naturally, the chaos of 2020 and the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on both the watch industry and its consumers. With the uncertainty of the virus and an economic downturn, many enthusiasts have changed their buying habits and acted more conservatively than usual this year. Couple that with the steady increase of new interest in the hobby, and the $1,000 and under segment of the watch market has taken on special importance in 2020. Competition in this entry-level space is fiercer than ever, with established juggernauts like Seiko, Citizen, and Hamilton squaring off against a continually improving field of microbrands and startups, leading to some truly spectacular watches in this price range. Whatever your watch budget, there’s something to enjoy in these more affordable offerings, and the aBlogtoWatch editorial team has taken this chance to highlight some of our favorite picks. – SEAN LORENTZEN
ARIEL ADAMS Some of the best offerings in the under-$1,000 price segme..

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Announces Limited Edition Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano

2020 has been a year for vibrant dial colors in watchmaking, particularly green and red, and as the year draws to a close Jaeger-LeCoultre has begun its 2021 celebrations a few weeks early with a timely burgundy dial take on one of its most enduring collections. The brand’s seminal Reverso collection will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2021, and to kick off a year of commemorative designs Jaeger-LeCoultre has teamed with world renowned Argentinian polo boot maker Casa Fagliano to deliver a unique and luxurious variant that pays tribute to the Reverso’s original purpose. The limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano brings a warm modern color palette to the classical Art Deco design, resulting in a dramatic marriage of old and new, as well as dressy and sporting elements.
The iconic 47mm by 28.3mm rectangular case of the limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is rendered in 18K pink gold. In initial images the alloy used here looks ..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors’ Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..