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New Horological Apparel Designed By Team ABTW Now Available In The aBlogtoWatch Store

Another new month, another major drop of bespoke horological products coming to the aBlogtoWatch Store! We are thrilled to share with you six new apparel items all designed by Team aBlogtoWatch specifically for you, our community of fellow watch lovers. When Ariel and the team dreamed up our first luminous shirt – our best-selling product to date that is now worn by fellow watch lovers the world over – the goal was to create an item that would convey one’s appreciation for and taste in watches and watchmaking in a novel way, a fresh and affordable way of sharing one’s passion for horology with the world.
Our collection of animated horological apparel extends today with six new variations: two glow-in-the-dark, two ABTW-themed, and two inspired by an iconic dial.
Frankly, it was heartwarming to us all to see your requests in the comments and direct messages for aBlogtoWatch logo apparel! You ..

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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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Six New Horological Artworks Inspired By Watchmaking Icons: Now Available On The aBlogtoWatch Store

We are thrilled to be expanding our highly popular selection of horological art with six new pieces inspired by watchmaking icons who really need no introduction. Fans of the Tudor Black Bay 58, Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch (in two variations), Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman,” Breitling Navitimer, and the recently refreshed Cartier Santos can now adorn their home or office spaces with truly spectacular pieces of art. Created by wristwatch drawing artist Tamás Fehér, each item is a remarkably high-quality print of a fully hand-drawn image that took up to two weeks to create, with prices ranging from $149 for a medium-size A3 print to $179 for the large B2 prints — including free global FedEx Priority Shipping.
The goal of the aBlogtoWatch team with our very own Store continues to be to offer outstanding value across all product categories, and we worked hard to make sure these prints continue to reflect that.
We introduced Tamás and his painstaking work in this interview — please do check..

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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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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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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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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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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..

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The Watches Team aBlogtoWatch Wore Most In 2020

2020 is nearly over (pause for cheering), and it’s time for the aBlogtoWatch team to once again memorialize those timepieces that received the most wrist time this year. Only 2020 wasn’t like most years, and that certainly had an interesting impact on the timepieces we donned. What seems to define ALL watch lovers is that remaining isolated from social interaction during the pandemic did not have a serious chilling effect on our interest in wearing watches. Of course, people wore status-symbol and bling high-luxury watches less often than before, but everyone seems to have kept a watch on their wrist in 2020. The enduring popularity of wristwatches during COVID-19 beat a lot of analyst forecasts, who felt that luxury watch purchases would nearly disappear if social celebrations and leisure travel became mostly unavailable.
No doubt, the luxury industry has shrunk in a proportionate manner to the rest of the economy, but a lot of wristwatch buying activity remained very strong. Fueled ..