Understanding The Effect Of Gerald Genta On Contemporary Watch Design & Popularity

In 1972, luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet released a new watch collection called the Royal Oak. The watch was designed for Audemars Piguet by a young jewelry and watch designer named Gerald Genta, who had been making rounds designing watches for a few other similarly positioned timepiece brands — and who would later go on to design the Patek Philippe Nautilus and several more watches, along with eventually creating his own eponymous brand.

The Royal Oak was a marine-themed luxury lifestyle watch inspired by Genta’s lifelong fascination with boats. What made boat design interesting to a generation of European-educated creatives such as Genta was their dual focus on utility and aesthetics. To be successful as a trophy boat, a vessel needed to not only exhibit elegant beauty in its design and materials but also needed to be engineered to perform as a craft to cross waters and protect lives. It follows, then, that the ethos of boat design in the mid-20th century would naturally in..

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Sunday Morning Showdown: Omega Speedmaster X-33

HomeSunday Morning ShowdownSunday Morning Showdown: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Sunday Morning ShowdownOmegaSunday Morning Showdown: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Rate it or hate it? Whose side are you on? by Rob Nudds April 05, 2020 MIN READSunday Morning Showdown: Omega Speedmaster X-33In this Sunday morning column, two of our writers go head-to-head in an epic showdown for the ages. Strong opinions and hysterical hyperbole are welcome (so feel free to join in with the fun in the comments section below). And don’t forget to let us know which watches you’d like to see torn to shreds/effusively exalted next week. We’ll try and feature as many of our readers’ choices as we can. This week, we’ve got something special for you. It’s finally happening — RJ and Rob go head-to-head on a divisive Speedy. The Omega Speedmaster X-33.
Last week’s Rolex Air-King battle between RJ and Jorg was a real humdinger. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of which way a vote is going to swing. But the thing is, when it..

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TAG Heuer Adds New Blue Dial To Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT Lineup

If you dive, there’s a pretty good chance that you don’t do it in your own backyard — or even in your own local time zone, for that matter. So, it goes without saying that the added functionality of an extra time zone on a dive watch makes a whole hell of a lot of sense — it’s just a shame that there really aren’t that many of them out there. TAG Heuer seems to be doing its best to add to the mix with a new blue-dialed Aquaracer GMT (ref. WAY201T) equipped with a bi-colored aluminum 24-hour bezel.
The Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT ref. WAY201T The Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT ref. WAY201F
Unlike the Rolex GMT Master II, which unofficially coined this bi-color blue and black “Batman” color scheme, the Aquaracer is positioned as a true dive watch, offering three times the water resistance at 300 meters. It also differs from the GMT Master from a functional standpoint, as its Calibre 7 engine uses the tradit..

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aBlogtoWatch Weekly News Roundup March 28 – April 4, 2020

Breitling To Resume Production April 6 With Renewed Focus On Sustainable Packaging
At a time when event cancellations and factory closures have become commonplace due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Breitling has offered a glimmer of real hope. According to recent statements by Breitling chief executive Georges Kern, the band’s factory in La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland, will resume production on April 6 following a brief virus-related shutdown. The facility will be using social distancing techniques to prevent contact between its workers, and production is expected to resume at approximately 70 percent of usual capacity due to these changes.
An additional change to Breitling’s production will be rolled out later this year, as the brand intends to phase out traditional box and papers packaging for most watches in pursuit of greater sustainability and reduced material waste. This new packaging concept is expected to include smaller pouches made of recycled materials in place of more tra..

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This Week in Watches: April 4, 2020 Homebound Edition

HomeThis Week In WatchesThis Week in Watches: April 4, 2020 Homebound Edition This Week In WatchesOllech & WajsThis Week in Watches: April 4, 2020 Homebound Edition A Dose of News to Help Beat the Homebound Blues by Michael Stockton April 04, 2020 MIN READThis Week in Watches: April 4, 2020 Homebound EditionHello homebound friends, we welcome you to another episode of This Week in Watches for April 4, 2020. We have a decent amount of news today, so let’s get to it!

Ollech & Wajs COVID-19 AidIt’s nice to know that while you’re homebound, there are companies at work trying to do the right thing. Zurich-based Ollech & Wajs sent a couple emails over the last week. Firstly, they’ve announced that every watch sold will result in a donation of 100 CHF to the Italian Protezione Civile. If you head to their site, you’ll learn that equates to roughly 10% of the sales price of most watches. Second, O&W is in the process of making and donating 10,000 surgical masks to front line professionals. Wi..

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Tutima M2 Coastline Watch Review

I am an unabashed fan of German watches. The function-first aesthetic, attention to detail, rugged reliability, and typically excellent value proposition of German watches make them an immediate go-to on my never-ending watch search. While brands like Sinn, Damasko, Mühle Glashütte, and Stowa tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to fliegers (pilot’s watches) and tool watches, Tutima has quietly been producing fantastic watches with its own unique design language that really should not be overlooked. For almost a century, this small Glashütte-based brand has produced everything from military flieger watches to sophisticated dress watches with in-house movements.
Yet Tutima always seems to fly under the radar, and I’ve been eager for the chance to spend some time with one. Luckily, that opportunity arrived in the form of the Tutima M2 Coastline. The M2 Coastline fits within the brand’s M2 line of pilot’s watches, which descend from the Tutima Military Chronograph released in 1984 a..

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TimeTravel #4: Seiko Mickey Mouse 2K03-5009

HomeWatch ReviewTimeTravel #4: Seiko Mickey Mouse 2K03-5009 Watch ReviewSeikoTimeTravel #4: Seiko Mickey Mouse 2K03-5009 A watch I thought I was buying for our daughter by Tomas Rosputinsky April 04, 2020 MIN READTimeTravel #4: Seiko Mickey Mouse 2K03-5009I shamelessly confess that I wear this shiny, gold-tone Seiko Mickey Mouse more often than initially thought I would.
Being watch lovers, it is not surprising that we often find ourselves compelled to gift our newborns with their very first tickers. While the temptation to buy a 3-week olf baby a classic chronograph that will make it the envy of all the other babies in kindergarten, it makes more sense to buy a watch that will spend the first 18 years of your progeny’s life on ice. It’s generally considered that the Rolex Datejust or Omega Constellation are great choices for this kind of thing. But if neither of those well-trodden paths tickles your fancy, take a stroll through this list and see if you like the alternatives.
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Pre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling Preowned PicksBreitlingPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling Three picks from two generations of Professional Breitlings for week 14 by Ben Hodges April 03, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From BreitlingWe tend to tell romanticized stories of brave men and women in survival situations. As watch-lovers, we find ourselves drawn to the wrists of these heroes and heroines. A watch worn during an adventure can take on a character of its own. And for those of us that can’t get enough of these little tickers, they can make or break the story of survival itself.
How many of you have pointed at your Omega Speedmaster, explaining to the non-watch aficionado that it went to the Moon? Or how the Speedy helped bring the Apollo 13 astronauts back to Earth? Maybe you drone on about the Rolex DEEP-SEA Sea-Dweller diving the depths of the Mariana Trench? Perhaps you prefer to talk about the Smith’s Explorer ..

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Glashütte Original Debuts Sixties Annual Edition 2020 Watch With Glacier Blue Dial

Since 2018, German watchmaker Glashütte Original has taken the opportunity each year to release a special Annual Edition variant of its elegant retro Sixties line, offering a unique twist on this dressy cornerstone of the brand’s lineup. For 2020 the Annual Edition returns, bringing a new dial not just to the Sixties but, for the first time, also the Sixties Chronograph. The color for 2020 is a pale dynamic “glacier blue” tone, adding a colder edge to the Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020 and Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2020.

The stainless steel cases of the two new models are identical to their regular production counterparts, clocking in at 39 mm in diameter for the Sixties, while the Sixties Chronograph wears slightly larger at 42 mm. Both are elementally simple in overall form, and remain relatively faithful to the slimmer trends of the 1960’s that inspire them. The three hander measures in at a slender 9.4 mm thick and the chronograph at what still is a nicel..

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Cartier Santos Dumont XL In Three Manual Winding Versions

HomeWatch ReleasesCartier Santos Dumont XL In Three Manual Winding Versions Watch ReleasesCartierCartier Santos Dumont XL In Three Manual Winding Versions The news we'd been expecting broke early, so here's our take on the latest Santos Dumont by Rob Nudds April 03, 2020 MIN READCartier Santos Dumont XL In Three Manual Winding VersionsCartier is well-known for its stylish, slimline dress watches. Among the many elegant forms, the Santos collection often stands-out as an edgier take on the classic form. Now, in an attempt to further modernize a model that was birthed more than a century ago, the Cartier Santos Dumont XL hits the shelves.
Living up to 116 years of heritage is no mean feat. In 1904, Louis Cartier created the very first Santos model for his friend and aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. This “large” square model has seen quite a few overhauls in its time and the latest focuses on increasing the diameter while keeping the model as thin as can be. The original style is ..

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