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Watch Review: Wilbur 2020 Automatic Launch Edition JWA

Jason Wilbur is the talented designer behind the still-fresh Wilbur Co. watch brand. He is based right here in Southern California and has a background in both graphic and industrial automotive design. Most watch collectors know Wilbur’s work in the form of the iconic Tread 1, a luxury belt-driven watch produced by the American brand Devon. Founded by Scott Devon, the Devon brand made a name for itself with the over-the-top design of the Tread 1 and Tread 2 watches, as well as the fact that they were powered by small one-step motors and used an integrated circuit board. These are electronic elements, and they proved quite controversial in the market of mostly mechanical watches. Devon is actually going to make a re-appearance in 2021, but back in 2020, Jason Wilbur launched his own brand — with an entirely mechanical watch.
Professionally, Jason Wilbur has more or less stopped designing for third parties and is now all about the Wilbur brand. His particular form of optimistic pop-mach..

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Hands-On: Bulova Grammy Awards 98A241 Automatic Watch

As a sponsor and the official watchmaker of the Grammy awards, Bulova also happens to have some watches dedicated to the important music awards institution. At first, Bulova was modifying some of its existing products with Grammy award labeling (hands-on with the Bulova Precisionist Special Grammy Edition watch here), but more recently, the importance of the relationship with The Grammys prompted Bulova to create an entirely unique wristwatch product for the event. Today, I go hands-on with the reference 98A241 Bulova Grammy watch.
Grammy watches are important not just for their commercial value but also because Bulova supplies many of them to the Grammy Awards in order to hand out to winners. Watches are some of the most popular items given as rewards to accomplished people, so it makes sense that Bulova wants Grammy Award winners to wear a Grammy watch.
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Given the connection with the world of music, the Grammys watch has both references to musical instruments an..

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Watch Review: Luminox Automatic Sport Timer 0924

The new Automatic Sport Timer collection from Luminox is a handsome all-purpose durable sporty timepiece with an automatic Swiss Made movement and the benefit of tritium gas tube illumination. It also happens to be a retro-revival of one of the first Luminox watches from back in 1990. Understanding a bit of the lineage of this timepiece will help add some important flavor to what is otherwise a more than decent daily wear.
Luminox is now Swiss-owned, but it was actually started as an American company. At the time of Luminox’s launch in 1989, watches from Swiss Traser were being sold in the U.S. and benefited by being the in-house brand of MB Microtec, which produces self-illuminating tritium gas tubes in Switzerland. Luminox saw a marketing opportunity to celebrate the larger appeal of this technology and gained a lot of popularity with its “Navy SEALs” collection watches sold in popular retail outlets such as the Sharper Image.
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Citizen Debuts New Series 8 Automatic Watch Collection

Japan’s Citizen watches marked its 2021 new product launch season with its biggest punch: a high-end automatic watch with a brand-new movement that combines Swiss and Japanese techniques in the Caliber 0200 watch (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). The $6,000 USD product left many watch collectors feeling excited, but a bit priced out of the fun. It has been over a decade since Citizen has debuted any new mechanical movements — even though the company’s in-house movement maker Miyota has introduced new movements that are used in other products.
So with that in mind, it is good news to many timepiece enthusiasts that Citizen has something new and mechanical, and much more affordable, with the relaunch of the Series 8 collection. These new watches feature two new movements, the caliber 0950 and the 0951, that are put into the Citizen Series 8 870/830 and Series 8 831 models, respectively. What you really need to know is that the Series 8 comes in two two core styles (with a few variants eac..

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Hands-On: Objest Swiss Automatic Watch

Objest watches began as the Objest design studio by Jared Mankelow in England. The idea was that Objest would be an all-purpose industrial design firm, given that Mr. Mankelow has worked with a number of major consumer electronics firms around the world. Objest watches would be a product division, whereby the firm would produce watches. Why watches?
That is a very good question. I’ve found over the years that watches — as an industrial design product category — have the ability to attract the attention of a broad spectrum of design professionals. It isn’t that many of these people set out to make waves in the wristwatch industry, but rather that watches themselves as design projects are apparently like catnip for engineering-savvy creative souls. Jared of Objest describes some of this emotion by suggesting that watches are particularly difficult to get right and that’s their inherent challenge — as well as the extremely broad “angles” of approach that people can take when designing a ..

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The Citizen 0200 Automatic Watch With Movement That Merges Japanese & Swiss Craftsmanship

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In the several hundred-year history of horology, a mere decade is a blip. In the realm of technology, it is practically an epoch. These two worlds combine today as Japan’s Citizen watches releases its first newly developed mechanical movement since the year 2010. After an 11 year wait, Citizen now launches a brand-new mechanical movement and wristwatch to house it. The mechanism is the Citizen Caliber 0200, the product of a technology and technique exchange between Switzerland and Japan.
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Situated in a traditional nerve-center of Swiss watchmaking, the watch movement maker La Joux-Perret was acquired by the Citizen Group back in 2012. It was always the Group’s intent to maintain a large degree of independence to the still Switzerland-run movement maker, while actively incorporating traditional Swiss movement design and decoration techniques with the honed skills of Citizen’s micro-mechanical engineers back in J..

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Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire Watch

Few ultra-luxury watches feel as cheerful as many of those that are produced by Swiss Hublot. For 2021, those fond of orange can bask in the translucent glow of this little lovely number that combines a hued sapphire crystal case with a brand-new automatic tourbillon-based movement. Limited to 50 pieces as the reference 419.JO.0120.RT in orange, we can already anticipate that the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire watch will arrive in other colors in the future. This is also the first orange-colored sapphire crystal watch produced by Hublot. Expensive wrist candy rarely tastes so good.
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At a glance, this watch is “just” a modern generation Hublot Big Bang when looking at the distinctive and modern-looking case shape. Its size is 45mm wide and 15.3mm thick — more or less the same as your standard Big Bang UNICO Chronograph watches. The first hint that something is different is the case, which is a translucent orange color, and which is produced out ..

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Winner Announced: Junghans Max Bill And Kleine Automatic Watch Pair, Wolf Memento Mori Double Watch Winder And Triple Watch Roll

The team at aBlogtoWatch is proud to announce Alex T. of Huntington Beach, USA, as the winner of our December 2020 giveaway prize package, including a Junghans Max Bill Automatic and Max Bill Kleine Automatic watch pair, along with a Wolf Memento Mori Double Cub Watch Winder and Memento Mori Triple Watch Roll. We hope this luxurious assortment brings you holiday joy for years to come! We appreciate your dedicated support of our community. To the rest of our aBlogtoWatch readers, you still have time to enter and win in our January giveaway, where we’ll be providing an Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon V3 to one lucky winner. aBlogtoWatch would also like to take this time to thank both Junghans and Wolf for making this giveaway possible.

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Hands-On: BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Automatic Steel Watch

BVLGARI’s Octo Finissimo collection size is growing just as rapidly as its popularity among enthusiasts. To think that a decade ago, the Gerald Genta Octo family was just seen as another of Genta’s weirder modern watches out there. Then BVLGARI (who acquired the Gerald Genta brand a while back), set out to make the Octo sexier and more mainstream — which led the brand down a path of products that eventually led to this ultra-thin Octo watch with an incredibly cool automatic movement. This reference 103431 Octo Finissimo watch was debuted in early 2020 and sports a steel case with matching bracelet, and a chic metallic-blue dial.
aBlogtoWatch introduced the BVLGARI Octo Finissimo steel watch here, and later did a hands-on first look at the reference 103297, which is this same watch but with a black dial. The Octo Finissimo Automatic started as a limited edition in 2019 but in a sandblasted titanium case, which most Octo Finissimo watches have been rendered as to this point. While titan..

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Richard Mille Unveils RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph Watch

Innovative haute horlogerie brand Richard Mille has built its reputation upon the use of exotic materials, complex construction, and extremely intricate sporty design. These designs have become icons of their own in the ultra-premium sports watch field, helping to drive a new generation of hypercomplex sports chronograph designs. When Richard Mille itself announces that its newest release is its most complex timepiece ever, then, that statement carries more than a fair amount of weight. The Richard Mille RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph delivers on that promise, creating the brand’s first automatic rattrapante chronograph design in a technically advanced, exquisitely intricate package.
Available in both Richard Mille’s proprietary layered Carbon TPT material and in a mix of red gold and Carbon TPT, the signature tonneau case of the RM 65-01 Automatic Split Seconds Chronograph measures in at a sizeable 44mm by 49.9mm. The curving shape, sandwich construction, and distinctiv..