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Hamilton Debuts Intra-Matic Chronograph H Watch Series

While automatic movements are more or less the norm today, the thinness and feel of a hand-wound chronograph still holds a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts (this writer included). Hamilton has a long and proud history with hand-wound chronographs with standouts like the Chronograph A and Chronograph B of the late ‘60s, and the brand is staging a dramatic return to the concept in 2021. While sharing more than a passing resemblance to the current automatic Intra-Matic Chronograph line, these new manual wind versions offer a cleaner look and a brand new exclusive movement. With a sporting ‘60s style and just a hint of patina, the new Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H series offers one of the most authentic vintage chronograph experiences from a modern watch in its price range.
The 40mm stainless steel case of the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H is true to its ‘60s sporting roots in form, with a narrow mirror-polished bezel accentuated by slim attached lugs with a sharp..

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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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Carl F. Bucherer Unveils Adamavi FullCalendar Watch Series

The Adamavi line has always been something of a dark horse in Carl F. Bucherer’s stable, offering a simple and traditional counterpoint to the complex and sporty designs that dominate the brand’s catalog. The marque has shined a spotlight on this collection for its first major announcement of 2021, bringing two new complications to the series with four unique variants. The new Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi FullCalendar line takes an old school approach to its complications and overall layout, but adds uniquely modernist touches to set itself apart from the pack.
The overall form of the Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi FullCalendar’s 39mm stainless steel case is dressy and elegant in its simplicity, with a clean mid case topped by a narrow polished bezel. Carl F. Bucherer takes a more distinctive turn with the line’s lug architecture, dividing the series into two unique styles. Adamavi FullCalendar models with leather straps take a slim and traditional approach, with fully polished straight lugs. F..

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Bulova Debuts Precisionist X Sport Watch Series

When Bulova announced its Precisionist X line in 2020 as a 10th-anniversary celebration for the Precisionist series, it ushered in a new high watermark for the performance of its high-end quartz chronographs. With a 1/1000 second analog chronograph and an aggressive angular integrated design, the Precisionist X offered a bold look forward for the future of the brand, and for 2021 Bulova returns to the Precisionist X line with a more refined second attempt. By increasing the water resistance to a robust 300 meters and introducing a slightly cleaner case design, the new Bulova Precisionist X Sport offers a more polished experience than its predecessor with impressive capability in any conditions.
The general form of the Bulova Precisionist X Sport’s angular 45mm x 47mm stainless steel case is shared with the original Precisionist X, but the bezel architecture has been simplified. The Precisionist X Sport eliminates the complex bracket motif from the Precisionist X’s bezel, leaving a mor..

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MB&F Announces Limited Edition HM9-SV Watch Series

Daring haute horlogerie brand MB&F has become an enthusiast favorite over its relatively young history, both for its outside-the-box movement designs and its continuing efforts to blur the line between watchmaking and modern sculpture. One of the brand’s most extreme examples of this philosophy in recent years is the Horological Machine No. 9 “Flow,” or HM9. Designed to evoke the sleek Streamline Moderne forms of the ‘30s and ‘40s, the aerodynamic “triple teardrop” form of the HM9 also contains what MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser claims is the brand’s most beautiful movement to date. To celebrate this intricate work of design, MB&F has returned to the HM9 with a new interpretation designed to shine a spotlight directly on this movement. The new limited edition MB&F Horological Machine No. 9 Sapphire Vision, or MB&F HM9-SV, reimagines one of the brand’s sleekest forms with a dazzlingly complex sapphire case.
The 57mm by 47mm by 23mm case of the limited edition MB&F HM9-SV is likely one..

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Apple Watch Series 5 Displays Information I Most Appreciate On My Wrist

With each new generation of Apple Watch, Apple adds functionality and variety to the available watch faces users can select and customize to meet their needs and interests. When the Apple Watch Series 5 was released, Apple went so far as to introduce some brand new “complications,” adding to the long list of information widgets (in software versus horology parlance) available for Apple Watch users to select from. In this article, I’d like to talk about the importance of complications on timepieces, in general, as well as look at some of the latest and most important bits of information Apple Watch users now have access to in the world’s most popular smartwatch. (My in-depth aBlogtoWatch review of the Apple Watch Series 5 is here.)
Apple Watch, as a product, is highly influenced by traditional timepieces. The term “complication” (which Apple likes to use) stems from the world of traditional mechanical watches. “Complication” more or less means a function that a movement can perform. Be..

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Hegid Inaugural Series Modular Watch Review

Customization is sweeping through the luxury industry, with major players like Hermès offering in-house bespoke services throughout their range of leather accessories but, unfortunately, not their watches. A few microbrands in the watch space, like our friends at Undone, do offer custom-assembled watches, but once the options are selected and the watch is delivered, you’re stuck with what you’ve picked. Seeking to fill what they saw as a developing niche, a few Frenchmen — Emeric Delalandre, Henrik Gaché, and Gregory Gaucheé — had an idea for a customizable luxury watch system built around a water-resistant modular movement and dial concept with cases and straps that can be switched in seconds without any tools.
In 2018, after what I will assume were two difficult and expensive years of research, design, and prototyping, Hegid Watches was born. The brand’s initial offering is not a single watch as much as a set of possible watches built around its modular design. I had the opportunity..

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Brooklyn-Based mostly DAEM Channels Jean-Michel Basquiat For New Collection Of Watch Collaborations

The watchmaking world is currently living through a boom of artist collaborations, with brands throughout the industry creating unique designs featuring artwork from high-profile painters. Few of these pairings, however, feel as organic or meaningful as the collaboration between new New York-based watchmaker DAEM and the estate of legendary painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Both the watchmaker and the artist share the same birthplace in Brooklyn, and the New York influence of both partners shines through in this set of three new models.

The first of these, the Undiscovered Genius, combines inspiration from two of Basquiat’s most famous works, “Undiscovered Genius” and the iconic untitled painting commonly known as “Skull.” The bold, colorful skull itself forms a centerpiece for the dial of the watch, while DAEM wisely keeps the rest of the stepped white dial simple and clean to maximize its visual impact. DAEM’s own signature style still shines through in the details, such as the skeleton..