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Hublot Announces Limited Edition Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black Watch

Avant-garde Swiss brand Hublot has a proud history of working with modern artists, creating unique riffs on the brand’s core designs with art world powerhouses such as Shepard Fairey, Richard Orlinski, and Maxime Plescia-Buchi. The latest name to join Hublot’s growing stable is Japanese graphic artist Takashi Murakami, who translates his cheery signature “Smiling Flower” motif to the canvas of the Classic Fusion line. The result is the limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black, which transforms the iconic flower into a three-dimensional rotating centerpiece while creating a dramatic statement that cheerfully defies the urge to appeal to all tastes.
The 45mm black ceramic case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black is a familiar starting point to build on, with its angular integrated lug form and signature H-screw bezel design. At 45mm, this is likely to be a bold case on most wrists, even considering both the slimming effect of black finishes an..

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Hublot Expands Its Classic Fusion Orlinski Collection With Two New Ceramic Watches

There are few brands in the watch space that do it quite so well, but I’d argue that Hublot is at its very best when it’s taking a page out of the streetwear & fashion world and producing unique and highly collectable collaborations with artists, musicians, and design houses. Like the excellent Sang Bleu capsule built around the legendary designer & tattoo studio, the Orlinski is another ongoing series of super interesting Classic Fusion watches drawing inspiration from French pop artist Richard Orlinski’s distinctive faceted sculptures. New for 2021 is a pair of 40mm Orlinski watches rendered entirely in either “Black Magic” or blue ceramic, which join the existing 40mm titanium variant, though they do come in at a slight price premium, of course.
French pop artist and sculptor Richard Orlinski
As cool as the titanium variant is, the Classic Fusion Orlinski really comes alive in ceramic as a more pure expression of Orlinski’s own medium, with its smooth surfaces, sharp angles, and s..

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Audemars Piguet 34mm Offers A Classic In New Dimensions

HomeWatch ReleasesAudemars Piguet 34mm Offers A Classic In New Dimensions Watch ReleasesAudemars Piguet 34mm Offers A Classic In New Dimensions Find yourself falling in love with the Royal Oak? Now, available with 34 mm case… by Rob Nudds May 28, 2020 MIN READAudemars Piguet 34mm Offers A Classic In New DimensionsHaven’t you heard? The Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is something of a status symbol. With iconic lines and a legendary strength in steel, it is perhaps the “it-watch” for the “it-crowd”. And yet, until now, the slighter-wristed members of said crowd were left on the outside of this clique looking in. Well, no longer. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34mm answers the prayers of the petite.
The Royal Oak is one of the most popular timepieces on social media. It is adored by men and women alike. In a world where so much is regressing, the popularity of the Royal Oak DNA seems to be on an unstoppable march forward.

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Breitling Revives A 1960s Classic With New Top Time Limited Edition

Over the decades, Breitling has burned a wide variety of evocative names into the minds of watch enthusiasts everywhere. The Navitimer, the Superocean, the Aerospace, Breitling for Bentley, and more have all left marks on the industry, but one of Breitling’s most famous mid-century product lines has been absent from its current lineup for far too long. The Top Time was one of Breitling’s sportiest, most youth-oriented models in the 1960s, helping to shape the sports watch landscape during a time of monumental design shifts. After years of dormancy Breitling has now revived one of the Top Time’s most iconic references, the Ref. 2003, for the new Breitling Top Time Limited Edition.

While upsized to a more modern 41 mm, the stainless steel case is solidly faithful in form to the ‘60s original. The unadorned narrow bezel, simple straight lugs and tall piston pushers are all here, keeping the ethos of the Top Time Limited Edition firmly rooted to the original. While the case is true to th..

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Catorex Krono Classic 42 Smoked Red Dial Watch Review

Catorex is another of those old names in Swiss watchmaking that you’ve probably not heard of until now. The manufacture is still operated today by the Cattin family, which has managed the company for six generations, starting in 1858. My understanding is that, for most of the brand’s life, it was mainly a supplier to other companies, producing watches for third parties as opposed to watches with the Catorex name on it. More recently with economics and supply-chain shifts in Switzerland, the company has embarked on the journey of making its own Swiss Made watches, now with an ambitious direct-to-consumer sales model.
Today, I look at the Catorex Krono Classic 42 Smoked Red Steel watch that, in addition to this reference 8169-276-SB, comes in a host of dial colors. Krono Classic 42 is also available on various leather straps in addition to this matching three-link steel metal bracelet. In most respects, this is a decent watch at a rather fair price. Its story, however, reflects some of ..

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Roger Dubuis And Finding Synergy Between Classic Craftsmanship And Dazzling Design

Roger Dubuis has always been a unique brand ever since it was founded in 1995 by the master-watchmaker with the same name. From the beginning, the design was just as important as the refined movements that powered these refined watches. In only four short years the brand became a true manufacture, producing in-house movements of excellent quality that were even awarded the prestigious Geneva Seal. READ MORE
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Future Classic: Vacheron Constantin Hommage Aux Grands Explorateurs “Marco Polo”

Some watches are too young to be considered a classic, yet despite this firmly on their way of achieving this status as the years will pass. A good example of this is the Vacheron Constantin Hommage Aux Grands Explorateurs “Marco Polo.” Paying tribute to the greatest explorers of all time did Vacheron Constantin map out Marco Polo's travels over the silk road. They do so in cloisonné enamel and dedicate the vast majority of the dial to it. READ MORE
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Chronoswiss Regulator Classic Watch Review

Regulator-style watches are a delicacy of timepiece face design that have nothing to do with mere design fancy. My experience talking about regulator timepieces with fellow collectors is that many people simply do not know why the dial has the minutes, seconds, and hours separated on their own dials. There is a traditional reason for that, and I’ll get back to regulator watches in a second. First, let me introduce the Chronoswiss Regulator Classic, which is one of a slew of regulator-style timepieces Chronoswiss has produced over the years. Today I review the reference CH-8773-SI Regulator Classic in its 41mm-wide form with a silver-tone dial and matching steel bracelet.
frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen> Chronoswiss is not alone in producing regulator-style watch dials today, and many brands, at one time or other, have played with noteworthy regulator pieces ranging from a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar ..

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Raketa Revives A Classic Piece Of Antarctic Exploration History With The New Limited-Edition Polar Watch

Ever since the discovery of Antarctica by a team of Russian explorers in 1820, Russia has been a proud leader in the exploration of this remote and inhospitable environment. One of the most excursions to Antarctica was the 16th Soviet expedition in 1970, where explorers were subjected to temperatures as low as -89° C along with up to six months of continuous daylight or darkness in the changing Antarctic seasons. These conditions provided a unique challenge to the scientists timing the expedition, who turned to Raketa to create a timepiece that could handle these hostile conditions, while also allowing explorers to tell day from night at a glance in a land of perpetual sunlight or darkness. The result was the 24-hour Raketa Polar, one of the rarest and most unique timepieces ever produced during the Soviet era. Now, 50 years after this historic expedition, Raketa has revived the legendary Polar with a commemorative limited edition that captures the spirit of exploration.

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Bulova Revisits A WWII Classic With The New A-15 Pilot Watch

It almost feels redundant to use the words “vintage reissue” today. Brands over the last few years have spent a lot of time digging into their past archive, dusting off old models, and breathing some new life into them. Bulova is (recently) no exception with its new Military Collection. Key in that collection is the new A15 Pilot Watch reissue. Referencing the 1944 Military Issued A-15 “Elapsed Time Watch,” there’s a lot to like with this Bulova. Retaining the original inner rotating disks, which are manipulated but the dual crowns, we get a lot of functionality here. The outer most dial serves as an elapsed time counter, much like a dive bezel, while the inner-most bezel gives you a 12hr scale.
Bulova has opted for a Miyota 82S6 automatic caliber and paired with the watch with a brown stitched leather strap. The watch clocks in at a pretty svelte 42mm and boasts a sapphire crystal, and a somewhat diminutive 30m water resistance (but it’s a pilot watch after all).

Analysis The Bulov..