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George Bamford, Buying Timepieces On Cruises, And The Naked Watchmaker On Recent SUPERLATIVE Podcasts

First of all, thank you to all the new SUPERLATIVE podcast listeners. We love the feedback and have a lot of shows and guests planned for the future. Since I last wrote about the latest SUPERLATIVE shows, we have published about six new episodes — so there is, potentially, a lot to catch up on. I’ve also been a guest on some podcasts, myself, and look forward to more conversations with the community.
Over the last few episodes, the biggest name we’ve had on SUPERLATIVE is Mr. George Bamford, who founded Bamford Watch Department and began his watch career modifying Rolex watches. Next, I chat with Peter Speake, who moved from designer to watchmaker. He is among the more accomplished living watchmakers today, having both created his own movements and brand. Today, he is “The Naked Watchmaker.”
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I also spoke with the co-founder of The Collective, which is a new breed of watch-buying club that works with brands to order exclusive runs of watches. To update us about the..

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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends January 31, 2021

Welcome to the first roundup of the new year. In this month, we take a look at two new chronographs. The first is Zenith’s new Chronomaster Sport, which is the brand’s answer to the popular Rolex Daytona. The second is Omega’s all-new Moonwatch. Aside from chronographs, we also have a unique dive watch called the Sadko from Russian brand Slava.
From around the Web, we take a close look at Patek Philippe’s latest masterpiece, the Grand Sonnerie Ref. 6301P-001P, which features not just a grand sonnerie but also a petite sonnerie and minute repeater. Next, we revisit Patek’s history with a tour of eight very special limited-edition watches that were released in 1989 to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary. Finally, we look at the reason some scientists are saying we should reduce a minute to 59 seconds.
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1. HANDS-ON DEBUT: ZENITH CHRONOMASTER SPORT WITH NEW EL PRIMERO 3600 CALIBRE MEASURING 1/10TH SECOND January seems to be the month of the chronograph. Not long af..

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Hands-On With Two Diamond-Decorated Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Watches

Piaget makes some of the most beautiful exclusive luxury watches out there. The Swiss company combines its more than 100 years of experience producing mechanical watch movements with the contemporary values of the company that include an ultra-thin wearing experience and high-jewelry expertise. Today, I look at two members of the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon family that includes the reference G0A44053 with a meteorite dial and the reference G0A44031 that has an entirely diamond-decorated dial.
Both watches contain the same in-house-made Piaget movement, known as the caliber 670P. This 4.6mm-thick (rather thin) manually wound movement is comprised of 157 parts and includes an off-centered dial for the time at the 8 o’clock position on the dial, as well as a window for the flying tourbillon located at about 2 o’clock on the dial. The asymmetric look of the dial is nevertheless balanced and invites curious eyes to see what the face of this elegant watch is all about.
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Hands-On: Edox North Sea 1978 ‘Inverse Moon Landing’ Dive Watch

Edox is one of those low key Swiss watch brands that has been around forever, but I never really spent time with any of its pieces, until now. This Edox North Sea 1978 is a diver that gets a lot of things right and offers something a bit off the beaten path in the crowded sub-$2,000 space.
Dubbed the “Inverse Moon Landing” by Edox, this North Sea 1978 pays tribute to a harrowing 320M dive in the freezing cold waters just off the coast of Skånevik in Norway. This was an especially dangerous dive in which one of the men lost his life, making for a tale that is absolutely harrowing. Not to make light of this tragedy, but the story behind this dive is fascinating and there’s quite a bit of intrigue, as well. I have not finished watching it, but the documentary “The Deepest Dive” is worth watching for anyone interested (it’s streaming for free right here). These divers wore Edox watches during the dive, and I can firsthand confirm that several divers who were part of the 1978 dive are not ..

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Watches And Wonders Announces Physical And Digital Events For April 2021

As the global COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the watch industry continues its efforts to adapt to the changing market landscape. Physical trade shows such as Baselworld were obviously an early casualty of the lockdowns and travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, but a continuing demand for new timepieces has led to a shift toward digital release events and online trade shows across the industry. Trade show giant Watches & Wonders has just announced its schedule for 2021, signaling a potential sea change as vaccines begin to roll out and an end to global pandemic restrictions draws closer. Watches and Wonders calls its 2021 plan a “phygital” experience, dividing its plan into two separate digital and in-person events in April 2021 with potential for more events later in the year. First up is the Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021 Digital Salon, an online-only event showcasing 38 brands from April 7 to April 13, 2021. Shortly afterward, Watches and Wonders will follow up with the..

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Christopher Ward Unveils The C1 Worldglow

Someone more eloquent than me will be able to explain why it is that we are drawn to watches with strong lume. Is it because of the added practicality of being able to tell the time when the sun goes down? Perhaps it’s because we just like things that glow in the dark. Regardless, Christopher Ward has taken its popular C1 Worldtimer watch and added a whole lot of lume to create the new C1 Worldglow that you see right here.
The main ingredients of the C1 Worldglow are identical to the C1 Worldtimer. This means you have a 43.5mm stainless steel light-catcher case that features multiple finishes and sweeping lines designed to reflect light and sparkle. It’s just 11.5mm-thick, so it shouldn’t be too bulky. Unfortunately, water resistance is just 30 meters, so I won’t want to bring it near liquids. The C1 Worldglow has a see-through sapphire caseback that allows owners to admire the movement within, which I will expound on later.
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Watch Review: Hamilton Khaki Field King

I’m willing to guess that the prolific Hamilton “Khaki” watch collection might have more SKUs attributed to it than maybe any other watch brand’s collection out there. The Hamilton Khaki is the Swatch Group-owned, historically American brand’s continuing celebration of the legacy of military watches Hamilton produced. Many of those were “field watches” that were worn on the wrists of a variety of soldiers. What people so admire about military watches is that they are very much purpose-built machines, and the variety manifested in them echoes the many flavors of soldier and warrior.
Among the many Khaki watches out there (the collection is now split into Khaki Navy, Khaki Aviation, and Khaki Field), the Khaki Field King is an impressively affordable mechanical model that features a fully-spelled-out day-of-the-week indicator. Most of the Khaki Field King watches come in naturally polished steel, but this reference H64465733 version is in a black PVD-coated case offering a stealthy pers..

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Artisans De Genève Peels Back The Layers Of Its ‘Pearl Project’ Patek

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser For over a decade, the craftspeople at Artisans de Genève have been honing their skills by transforming production-model timepieces into unrivaled masterpieces that align with a concept borne of their clients’ imagination. From skeletonized Submariners to delicately detailed Daytonas, every individual project brings its own unique technical obstacles to overcome. When the team was approached by an enthusiast with an avant-garde concept for a uniquely deconstructed Patek Phillipe Nautilus, the entire crew embarked upon an artistic sojourn that would inevitably push the limits of their collective abilities. Despite the once-looming immensity of this undertaking, the end result is now a reality in the form of the “Pearl Project.”
The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a timepiece that requires little introduction. This Gerald Genta-designed sports watch is a favorite among celebrities and collectors, alike. Originally introduced in the mid-1..

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Hublot Announces Limited Edition Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black Watch

Avant-garde Swiss brand Hublot has a proud history of working with modern artists, creating unique riffs on the brand’s core designs with art world powerhouses such as Shepard Fairey, Richard Orlinski, and Maxime Plescia-Buchi. The latest name to join Hublot’s growing stable is Japanese graphic artist Takashi Murakami, who translates his cheery signature “Smiling Flower” motif to the canvas of the Classic Fusion line. The result is the limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black, which transforms the iconic flower into a three-dimensional rotating centerpiece while creating a dramatic statement that cheerfully defies the urge to appeal to all tastes.
The 45mm black ceramic case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black is a familiar starting point to build on, with its angular integrated lug form and signature H-screw bezel design. At 45mm, this is likely to be a bold case on most wrists, even considering both the slimming effect of black finishes an..

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Hands-On: Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue M79250BB-0001

It was back in 2016 that Swiss Tudor first released the Black Bay Bronze watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). This was not only the first bronze-cased watch from Tudor but also a larger-sized Black Bay model (which now comes in a series of sizes) at 43mm-wide. Tudor has since released a small assortment of Black Bay Bronze watches, mainly for special retailers. That includes the pictured Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue reference M79250BB-0001 that you see here.
The watch is part of the larger “Bucherer Blue” family of watches, produced by various important luxury brands to be sold exclusively through the Bucherer authorized watch dealers. There are a number of “Bucherer Blue” models that adopt a royal blue color palette to a number of popular high-end timepiece collections. Bucherer stores are mainly in Europe, but the Lucerne-based company (which also owns the watch brand Carl F. Bucherer) has since branched out. A few years ago, Bucherer acquired the formerly American Tourneau f..