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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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Casio Unveils Limited Edition G-Shock MR-G Kachi-Iro Collection

Within the extensive stable of Casio’s rugged G-Shock line, the luxurious MR-G series occupies the very top of the hierarchy. MR-G often combines the best of Casio’s quartz and connected technology with world-class finishing and design inspired by Japanese culture, and for the line’s first release of 2021 the brand continues this trend. For these models, the inspiration is kachi-iro, a deep navy blue pigment that has been the color of victory in Japan for centuries and was often used as decoration on traditional samurai armor. The limited edition Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000B-1A and Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000R-1A combine this traditional color with unique materials, a variety of finishing patterns, and a dazzling array of features for a striking, unorthodox, and durable take on luxury watchmaking.
Both the Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000B-1A and the MR-G MRGB2000R1-A begin with the hefty angular integrated case of the MRGB2000 series in black DLC-coated titanium, treated with a deep layer..

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Grand Seiko Announces GMT Seasons Watch Collection

The natural beauty of Japan has been at the heart of Grand Seiko’s design inspiration for the past several years, with models inspired by everything from snowdrifts to tree bark to the delicate tones and textures of cherry blossoms. One of the standout examples of this philosophy is the 2019 Seasons collection, a series of four North American exclusive designs aimed at highlighting the unique seasonal feel of Japan at different times of the year. Grand Seiko has returned to this concept for 2021 with the GMT Seasons collection, which breaks down the year further into the traditional Japanese concept of sekki. Sekki, or seasonal phases, are the 24 distinct phases of the Japanese natural year, with six each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. The new Grand Seiko GMT Seasons series includes the Grand Seiko SBGJ251 Shunbun, Grand Seiko SBGJ249 Shōsho, Grand Seiko SBGE271 Kanro, and Grand Seiko SBGE269 Tōji, showcasing the brand’s naturalistic design ethos with both Spring Drive and Hi-Be..

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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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Point/Counterpoint: Is There An Ideal Size For Your Collection Of Wristwatches?

The size of your budget, the size of your case — the size of your strap, and the size of your entire watch collection. It’s all very personal. Is there a proper watch collection size? Is there an ideal number of watches to own? Should you, as a collector, be mindful of maintaining the right collection size as another variable to consider when maturing as an enthusiast? Internet wristwatch collector personalities will offer a range of opinions on this topic. Some profess the wisdom of watch collections of a limited size. Others never talk about the size of their stock at all. How should you consider the question, “How big should my watch collection be?”
To answer these questions in this installment of Point/Counterpoint, we have aBlogtoWatch founder Ariel Adams and Nick Lehner, a watch writer and collector — this is his first contribution to aBlogtoWatch. Nick will begin with his first point on the matter of how big your watch size collection might want to be.
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Hands-On: BA111OD Chapter 2 Diamonds Collection Watch

The BA111OD Chapter 2 Diamonds Collection is a beautiful product collection that takes an exciting timepiece design for men and now renders in a form that women can also enjoy. I will, however, be honest and report that I liked wearing the 42mm-wide BA111OD Chapter 2.1 watch myself. Yes, it has a mother-of-pearl dial, frosted movement surfaces, and diamonds set around the bezel. These are all things I happen to like in watches, but they are often paired with feminine designs. Replace the matte alligator-style leather strap with something a bit more masculine, and I think I’d rock this watch.
BA111OD is the new brand that also represents a new sales concept — one that will take some time for the timepiece buyer community to absorb. In fact, the BA111OD was developed by Swiss Thomas Baillod as a means of demonstrating that his novel community-based sales concept could work. There is still a lot of misunderstanding about BA111OD, but that is OK given that, in a lot of ways, the benefits ..

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Bulova Celebrates 10 Years Of Precisionist With The Precisionist X Collection

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser Throughout its long and storied history, the Bulova brand has carried a well-earned reputation for innovation. Perhaps no other installment in this profound history of firsts, however, is as dramatic or as cutting edge as the extremely advanced Precisionist chronograph series. 2020 marks 10 years of this groundbreaking analog chronograph line, and to celebrate the anniversary the brand has unveiled a trio of bold, revolutionary new iterations. The Bulova Precisionist X Limited Edition, along with both variants of the Bulova Precisionist X Special Edition, continues to push the envelope of analog chronograph performance while introducing a futuristic angular aesthetic to the series.
The Bulova Precisionist X Limited Edition and both variants of the Precisionist X Special Edition share the same aggressive octagonal case design, carrying dramatic wrist presence at 45mm in diameter and measuring 47mm lug to lug. Each dynamic facet and..

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BA111OD Chapter 2 Diamonds Collection & Novel Community Sales Concept For Watch Industry

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser The revolutionary watch brand BA111OD introduces its second timepiece family with the Chapter 2 Diamonds Collection. It is a watch that builds on the success of the popular BA111OD Chapter 1, in a unisex form that opens up the wearing experience to female wearers. Founder Thomas Baillod of BA111OD watches explains that the Chapter 2 watch was designed as proof that women can appreciate an exciting, value-priced and Swiss-conceived watch as much as men. Early success seems to suggest he is correct.
Diamonds & Double Regulators — In Unisex Form In large order, Switzerland’s women’s watches feature basic dials with uncomplicated or unremarkable mechanisms on the inside. The BA111OD Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 watches feature an automatic movement with double balance wheels and an off-centered display of the time. Most of the movement is displayed dramatically through the open dial work. To further add a sense of elegance, the Chapter 2 w..

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Depancel AUTO 110 New Collection Available For Pre-Order Now

HomeWatch of the WeekDepancel AUTO 110 New Collection Available For Pre-Order Now Watch of the WeekDepancel AUTO 110 New Collection Available For Pre-Order Now A watch for petrol-heads and horoloons alike by Rob Nudds June 22, 2020 MIN READDepancel AUTO 110 New Collection Available For Pre-Order NowEvery brand should be built on passion. More often than not, the first passion of watch company founders is watchmaking itself. What adds real flavor to the dish, however, are the secondary passions and interests of a brand’s creators. In the case of French brand Depancel, the obsession remains within the mechanical realm. The new Depancel AUTO 110 collection continues the brand’s established theme of blending automotive design cues with those of the watch industry. The result? A rather stylish number…
If you’ve not heard of Depancel, allow me to give you a brief introduction to the brand. The brand was founded in 2018 by Clément Meynier, a former CERN engineer. It has, so far, sold watches ..

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Breguet Further Expands The Marine Collection With Six New Watches

HomeWatch ReleasesBreguet Further Expands The Marine Collection With Six New Watches Watch ReleasesBreguet Further Expands The Marine Collection With Six New Watches New full-gold bracelets for three Marine models by Jorg Weppelink June 18, 2020 MIN READBreguet Further Expands The Marine Collection With Six New WatchesFor 2020 Breguet has chosen to expand its Marine collection. In March, we saw the release of a new rose gold Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887. Today sees Breguet adding another six new watches to the Marine collection. Although not technically “new”, they are very welcome additions.
The Marine 5517, 5527, and 5547 have been familiar faces in the current Marine collection that was introduced in 2018. To expand the collection, Breguet decided to introduce them with full gold bracelets.
…my appreciation for the Marine collection had grown tremendously.
It’s funny how things change over time. As I mentioned in my article on the Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 58..