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6 Discontinued Seiko Watches Collectors Love

HomeWatch Talk6 Discontinued Seiko Watches Collectors Love Watch TalkSeiko6 Discontinued Seiko Watches Collectors Love Gone, But Definitely Not Forgotten by Michael StocktonJanuary 06, 2020 MIN READ6 Discontinued Seiko Watches Collectors LoveWith watch collectors, the old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder” could hardly be more true. We take a look at 6 Discontinued Seiko pieces that are as hot today as they were during their production run.

A Discontinued Seiko Doesn’t Always Equal RareWe’ve watched Seiko change quite a bit over the past several years as they’ve made more of a concerted effort to market themselves globally instead of focusing on Japan and casting some odds and ends to the rest of the world. In accordance that change, the Japanese brand has more rigorously subdivided its collection into lines such as “Prospex”, “Premier”, “Presage”, “Astron”, and “Seiko 5”. The feeling is that placing pieces into these sub-collections makes marketing clearer and more global. W..

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Q-CTRL Founder Explains What Teutonic Horology & Quantum Computing Have In Common

Many fine watch brands like A. Lange & Sohne face a challenge today: How do you broaden your reach to find new customers who value what you offer in a world where fewer people than ever understand how to appreciate traditional mechanical watchmaking? “Education and exposure” is the general answer, but how does a prestigious and conservative timepiece maker from Germany accomplish such a task? I sat down with Professor Michael Biercuk to find out how A. Lange & Sohne is sharing its refined heritage by virtue of cutting-edge technology.
Biercuk, a tech native who founded the quantum computing company Q-CTRL finds compelling parallels between his research in developing applications for quantum computational systems and how a mechanical watch works. Articulating his nuanced take on the future of supercomputing and the fringes of our scientific understanding, he dons a discreetly sublime Lange 1 automatic tourbillon perpetual calendar watch on his wrist. Separated by over 100 years of tech..

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Hands-On: Patek Philippe Twenty-4 7300/1450R Haute Joaillerie Ladies’ Watch

Patek Philippe reinvented its primary ladies’ collection, the Twenty-4, last fall with a big launch party in Rome. It was a launch worthy of celebration. It’s not every day one of the greatest — and most conservative — brands in the world revamps a collection, especially its leading ladies’ collection. And it was a full five-reference introduction that essentially represented a brand new model rather than the redesign of an existing favorite. As a follow-up, Patek is now adding a High Jewelry model, the Ref. 7300/1450R. Although it is rare and expensive ($385,568), and thus aimed at a very niche customer, the jeweled Twenty-4 is a sign of how invested Patek is in the new collection and in building on it to create showpieces that will stand as future collectors’ favorites. (At auction, the most successful ladies’ pieces remain the gem-set pieces, which have the greatest intrinsic value.)
The Patek Philippe Twenty-4 7300

The original Twenty-4 launched in 1999, when the ..

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This Week in Watches: January 4, 2020

HomeThis Week In WatchesThis Week in Watches: January 4, 2020 This Week In WatchesOris This Week in Watches: January 4, 2020 Lots of Cheer for a Brand New Year by Michael Stockton January 04, 2020 MIN READ This Week in Watches: January 4, 2020 Happy New Year and Welcome to This Week in Watches for January 4, 2020. We’re glad to be back for our second decade and to bring you some news that just might help you break that New Year’s resolution to stop buying watches. Ha, good luck with that!

Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date First up on This Week in Watches is a piece that actually came to us a few weeks back. But, it’s been a busy time since then and we figured it was a fun watch to kick off the new year. Oris sent us news of a new hue for its 40mm Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date. Up unti..

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Meet The James Bond Superyacht Concept That Can Disappear

For anyone who grew up dreaming of James Bond’s ’63 Aston Martin’ now has something new to dream about—the Carapace. As with any James Bond vehicle, the Carapace will be capable of things beyond the imagination, including disappearing.

Designed by Naval architect Elena Nappi of the Italian shipbuilding company, Fincantieri, the superyacht concept is a hybrid vessel engineered to cruise the high seas above and below water. The 256-foot boat is capable of diving to depths of 985 feet for up to 10 days at a time.

As with any luxury yacht, the Carapace features several beautiful on-deck entertainment areas, including a beach club complete with a pool, a spa, a gym and VIP cabins. However, what makes this dreamboat standout is its aluminum superstructure, which can be completely sealed up so that it can operate underwater. Talk about secret lair, diplomats and business bosses will be able to hold meetings in complete secrecy. When completely submerged, guests and passengers alike will b..

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Pre-Owned Picks – A Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ebel, Omega, and Panerai

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks – A Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ebel, Omega, and Panerai Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks – A Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ebel, Omega, and Panerai Our preferred pre-owned picks for week 1 by Robert-Jan BroerJanuary 03, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks – A Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ebel, Omega, and PaneraiThis week, we have three wristwatches from Ebel, Panerai, and Omega for you, and one Atmos clock from Jaeger-LeCoultre. We also had included a Rolex GMT-Master II 16710, but that one got sold before we could publish this article. Is it safe to assume the hype for Rolex is still ongoing in 2020?
Happy New Year! In 2020 we continue our Pre-Owned Picks series in collaboration with the largest watch market platform in the world. Chrono24, based in Karlsruhe, Berlin, New York, and Hong Kong. The weekly picks are from our editorial team, Chrono24 ensures we receive images from the mentioned offers in a good resolution and without their watermark(s).
Pre-Owned Picks Of Week 1This week is kinda..

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Hegid Inaugural Series Modular Watch Review

Customization is sweeping through the luxury industry, with major players like Hermès offering in-house bespoke services throughout their range of leather accessories but, unfortunately, not their watches. A few microbrands in the watch space, like our friends at Undone, do offer custom-assembled watches, but once the options are selected and the watch is delivered, you’re stuck with what you’ve picked. Seeking to fill what they saw as a developing niche, a few Frenchmen — Emeric Delalandre, Henrik Gaché, and Gregory Gaucheé — had an idea for a customizable luxury watch system built around a water-resistant modular movement and dial concept with cases and straps that can be switched in seconds without any tools.
In 2018, after what I will assume were two difficult and expensive years of research, design, and prototyping, Hegid Watches was born. The brand’s initial offering is not a single watch as much as a set of possible watches built around its modular design. I had the opportunity..

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Top 11 Watches Under 1000 Euros

HomeWatch TalkTop 11 Watches Under 1000 Euros Watch TalkSeikoTop 11 Watches Under 1000 Euros from the perspective of design, technique and heritage by Jorg WeppelinkJanuary 03, 2020 MIN READTop 11 Watches Under 1000 EurosCreating a best-of list is always a nice challenge, especially when making a list of affordable mechanical watches. The number of watches that could be on the list is enormous, so we have set up a list of 11 of the best watches under 1000 Euros currently available.
We made a Top-13 list in 2016 that you can find here and a lot has changed since then. Several new brands have popped up that have made some serious watches within the 1000 Euros price bracket and some of the top watches on our previous list have gone on to have list prices that are now above the 1000 Euros mark. So we had the chance to update the list to give you an idea of the many options that are out there under 1000 Euros. The principle of this list has stayed the same over the years, however. As Robert..

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Cirrus Aircraft Autolands Vision Jet With The Touch Of A Button

Cirrus Aircraft introduced its new emergency autoland system, Safe ReturnTM, that allows passengers to land the Vision JetTM, the world’s first single-engine Personal JetTM, with the press of a button.

Safe Return, after being activated, takes control of the plane and transports it to the nearest airport, communicating with Air Traffic Control (ATC) all the while, then safely lands and comes to a stop.
“Our mission is to make personal aviation more accessible by continuing to improve passenger comfort and safety,” says Zean Nielsen, Cirrus Aircraft Chief Executive Officer. “Safe Return delivers the next step towards autonomous flight, bringing a new level of confidence to the overall flying experience by providing the ultimate level of safety and control to passengers. Together, with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®), we have once again set a new standard for safety in personal air travel.” CAPS® is the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included ..

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Arcaido Primo and Arcaido Primo GMT Watches With Customizable Dials

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The team behind Arcaido brings over 30 years of watchmaking experience to the bench to create a high-quality product at an affordable price. A family history of goldsmithing and working as an intermediary for other watchmaking companies paved the way for the people behind the brand to branch out into design, using the knowledge and contacts garnered over years of practical involvement with the creative process to bring to life the dream of Arcaido.

Arcaido is now headed by Alberto Tonon, whose father founded the company that gave rise to this new brand. Taking the same pride in his brand’s work as his father did in his is central to the Arcaido mission — to produce a Swiss-made product of the highest possible quality, conceived with the customer in mind, and constructed from the finest components. By blending Swiss-made movements with an Italian flair, Arcaido hopes to appeal to lovers of traditional watchmaking looking for somet..