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Are We Watch Snobs? 2020’s Impact On Collectors & Growing Up In The Biz + More On The SUPERLATIVE Podcast

We are currently publishing new episodes of the SUPERLATIVE Podcast each Monday and have some incredible stories from some of the most interesting people in and around the wristwatch industry to share with you. Before hearing the new episode of the SUPERLATIVE Podcast tomorrow, enjoy a few hours listening to some of the latest episodes you might have missed.
Are we watch snobs? I chat with fellow watch collector and photographer Gary Getz about what it is like collecting watches today and how personal taste trumps popularity as your collecting experience matures. We battle the fundamental question of where good taste and ego intersect.
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Later, in a very special episode, I speak with not one but three members of the Shanghai Watch Gang (who are all over the world) about what it was like to pursue watch collecting neither as a novice nor a veteran during the pandemic. Surprisingly, we find that pandemic times have been particularly good to the timepiece collecting ho..

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BEST FROM: aBlogtowatch & Friends February 28, 2021

This month, we got the chance to handle two very interesting watches. The first is H. Moser & Cie’s Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade. At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss the watch as a gimmick. But if we delve deeper, you’ll see that it has some very thoughtful and intriguing design elements. Next up, we have Omega’s brand new Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. The Moonwatch is a linchpin, so let’s see what has Omega done.
From around the Web, we have the earth-shattering story of a major Rolex AD being accused of selling watches directly to the gray market. If you are fed up with not being able to buy Rolex watches at retail, you’ll want to read this. Moving along, we examine the horological importance of A. Lange & Söhne’s Double Split and Triple Split watches. And finally, we end with a closer look at Sinn’s new U50 dive watch.
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1. HANDS-ON: H. MOSER & CIE SWISS ALP WATCH FINAL UPGRADE WITH VANTABLACK DIAL It’s easy to dismiss H. Moser & Cie’s new Swiss Alp Watc..

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Journey To See The Seiko Prospex Ice Diver Watches In Action

“Bring your warmest clothing,” the message stipulated. Nearly one year into the global pandemic and my first opportunity to get out of Los Angeles is to the frozen north where Seiko’s U.S. team is testing out the Prospex Ice Diver watches (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). Weighing the pros and cons of travel, my hunger for adventure dominates and I succumb to Seiko’s siren song and dust off my suitcases. From traveling monthly to stationary living in California, I worry that my airport navigation skills are rusty.
Strapping on a sports watch, I arrive at LAX during pre-dawn hours and find myself elated to once again hear mid-1990s pop music emanating from no particular place in the airport terminal. “This was a good idea,” I tell myself optimistically as I ponder the question of why I am so happy to visit a semi-frozen lake in Michigan to see diver’s watches… doing their thing. The plan is that of Seiko’s Eric Hofmann, who (together with fellow watch industry veteran Bob Brennan) overse..

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Maurice Lacroix Unveils Aikon Venturer GMT Watch

While the integrated bracelet, Gerald Genta-inspired sports watch trend is currently dominating the upper echelons of the luxury watch market, the style has only recently begun to wend its way into more affordable price brackets. Maurice Lacroix is something of an early trailblazer to this trend, with the stylish integrated Aikon forming the backbone of its lineup since 2016. With its central position in the brand’s stable and the integrated design hype showing no signs of slowing, it’s only natural that the brand chooses to update the Aikon as its first major release of 2021. This time around, Maurice Lacroix expands on the more sporting focused Aikon Venturer sub-line, bringing together a popular complication in two new colorways. The new Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT offers a surprisingly distinct character from the base Aikon series, refocusing the design as an interesting blend of traditional and avant-garde sports watch elements.
The 43mm stainless steel case of the Maurice..

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Tissot Heritage Memphis Limited Edition Watches

For 2021, Swiss Tissot is re-releasing an interesting neo-Bauhaus watch it originally debuted in the late 1980s as conceived by the creator of one of the most interesting design schools of modern times: Ettore Sottsass. Today’s Tissot Heritage Memphis watches will be produced as limited edition models for both men (41mm-wide case) and women (34mm-wide case), faithfully recreating a still very interesting design while also smartly positioning the product at an affordable price point, making it appealing to a larger spectrum of collectors.
The Tissot Memphis collection was designed for Tissot by Milan-based design collective known as the Memphis Group. This was a group of industrial and artistic designs assembled and led by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, and it lasted from 1980-1987. The Tissot Memphis was personally designed by Ettore Sottsass himself and came out in 1988. More on the Memphis Group below — but first the watch.
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NOMOS Celebrates 175 Years of Glashütte Watchmaking With Three Colorful New Automatic Clubs

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For most brands, anniversaries tend to be an opportunity to release a precious metal version of a popular watch, a rare complication, or an extremely limited (and often expensive) watch, effectively appealing to only the most dedicated collectors — or those with the deepest pockets. NOMOS has taken the exact opposite approach in celebrating 175 years of watchmaking in Glashütte. In late 2020, the German brand released three new models in their flagship Lambda watch. Previously only available in precious metal, the anniversary editions of this elegant, minimal dress watch come in stainless steel at a much more palatable price. For their latest limited edition celebrating Glashütte’s dodransbicentennial, NOMOS brings back their entry-level automatic Club in three gorgeous new colorways – onyx, navy, and olive green.
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Hands-on Debut: Marathon White Arctic Edition GSAR Watch

Today, Canada-based professional-use watchmaker Marathon debuts one of its most highly-anticipated timepieces in a while. This is the white-dialed “Arctic Edition” of the famed GSAR (General Search And Rescue) watch, also known as the Marathon Arctic Edition Large Diver’s Automatic. This is only the third modern watch Marathon has produced with a white-colored dial, and aBlogtoWatch debuted all of them. The new Arctic Edition GSAR is available either as the reference WW194006-00-01-3-001-0040 on a strap, or as the reference WW194006-00-01-001-0001 on the matching steel bracelet (as reviewed).
White-dialed Marathon watches began in the 36mm-wide MSAR collection in 2019 with a quartz movement-based watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here), and then later in 2020 with the also 36mm-wide automatic movement-powered Marathon Arctic MSAR diver’s watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). The GSAR watch is very similar, but it has a 41mm-wide case; the proportions on both models is excellent, but this 41m..

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Six Timeless Luxury Watches For Women

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser The world’s very first wristwatches were for women, and now, 200 years later, the timepiece industry has a number of classic designs in the women’s segment as a result of such a legacy. Timepiece wearers love classic designs because their relevance seems to eschew trends and merely temporary tastes. Such items are watches that looked good yesterday, today, and will still look good tomorrow. Timeless watches for women (and men, for that matter) also have the benefit of versatility. These are watches that have the ability to complement a broad spectrum of body types, ages, tastes, and lifestyles.
Below, we will examine six women’s timepiece product families from popular brand names that are available in a number of forms today. Anyone seeking a luxury women’s watch with a timeless design should start with this list and begin to explore the various purchase options available. Even within the same product family, prices and availabili..

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Grand Seiko SLGH007 140th Anniversary Limited-Edition Watch In Platinum

When Grand Seiko released the new Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat movement last year, the brand debuted it in the sunburst dial yellow gold SLGH002 and followed up with a steel “birch” textured dial model a few weeks back. Now, we see a high-end iteration that shows off what Grand Seiko does best on both the dial and movement sides. The newly released Grand Seiko SLGH007 Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition is a 140-piece platinum watch that shows off a new “tree ring” textured dial on the front and the Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat on the back.
The SLGH007 is done in a platinum case that measures 40mm-wide and 11.7mm-thick, what Grand Seiko has dubbed the “Series 9” case, which is a spin on the classic 44GS. Characterized by those large hands and prominent hour markers, the Series 9 is going to be a big part of what the future of Grand Seiko looks like in the coming years. I’ve somehow yet to wear a Series 9 piece, but I’ve heard fairly universally good things about how it wears. Of course, the SLGH0..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Tribute To 3705’

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: It flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogs, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, renders it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until just ..