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Fledgling Furlan Marri Soars With Flagship Quintet Of Vintage-Inspired Chronographs

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser The aptly named “Furlan Marri,” brainchild of Swiss industrial designer Andrea Furlan and Middle-Eastern artist/collector Hamad Al Marri, is a Geneva-based company born of respect and admiration for vintage aesthetics. Amidst the challenges of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, Furlan and Al Marri seized the opportunity to collaborate and focus on the launch of their own line of classically styled and affordable timepieces. Utilizing experience gained from working as an intern with industry leaders such as Chopard and Hublot since the age of 15, Furlan gained notoriety as the designer of the Dominique Renaud million-dollar watch. As both entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, each of the co-founders can trace their horological passion back to the formative years of early childhood. In fact, the moniker of this newly formed brand is a testament to the support and influence of their respective families.
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#TBT Vintage Medana Watch With The Tiniest Date Window

HomeTBT#TBT Vintage Medana Watch With The Tiniest Date Window TBT#TBT Vintage Medana Watch With The Tiniest Date Window A seldom-seen beauty from the 1930s by Tomas Rosputinsky June 18, 2020 MIN READ#TBT Vintage Medana Watch With The Tiniest Date WindowEarly date watches have a lot of charm. If they come with an unusual running disc instead of sub-seconds, you get a truly unique watch. Meet an early date Medana with MST 234 caliber.
If you’ve ever tried to hunt down a decent early date watch — and by early, I mean earlier than mid-1940s Rolex Datejust — you learned two things. It‘s not easy to find a well-preserved example. And, perhaps unexpectedly, it turns out that the 1930s and the 1940s saw some pretty neat designs as the industry struggled to get its head around the date complication. If you dig deep… My lucky catch? An era-appropriate Medana. It comes with not only with a beautiful date integration, but also with truly rare running seconds disc.

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Vintage Bracelets — Part #2: Maruman “Bike chain”

HomeWatch TalkVintage Bracelets — Part #2: Maruman “Bike chain” Watch TalkVintage Bracelets — Part #2: Maruman “Bike chain” The most bad-ass vintage bracelet ever by Tomas Rosputinsky May 27, 2020 MIN READVintage Bracelets — Part #2: Maruman “Bike chain”It’s really hard to believe that the extremely expressive Maruman “Bike chain” bracelet from Japan was designed more than 50 years ago.
A couple of days ago, I walked into the kitchen, sat down, and put my hands on the table. I was wearing a T-shirt so that my wife would have a perfect view of my wrist. Yet she was busy doing her stuff, so my question about how I look like made her turn around for a mere five seconds. I pointed her with my eyes to the just landed and freshly installed Maruman bracelet on my wrist. It took her about two more seconds to respond. “You look like you have confidence issues,” she said before turning away to something that she obviously thought was more important than my Maruman bracelet.
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30 mm Chronometer by Eric Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan

HomeWatch Talk30 mm Chronometer by Eric Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan Watch TalkOmega30 mm Chronometer by Eric Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan An amazing publication on a rare, historical watch caliber and its references from Omega by Balazs Ferenczi May 25, 2020 MIN READ30 mm Chronometer by Eric Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega FanVintage watch collecting is a fantastic hobby for many reasons. Firstly, you have an endless number of timepieces from the past. And there’s always more to discover. It’s fun to explore “new” models from time-to-time. Then, there are those neat stories about them. This one was worn by a pilot in World War II. That one was the president’s favorite piece. Perhaps you’ll find a model made famous by a famous wrist? But what I love the most about vintage watches are those beautiful books written about them like “30 mm Chronometer” by Erich Lexer.
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30 mm Chronometer by Erich Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan

HomeWatch Talk30 mm Chronometer by Erich Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan Watch TalkOmega30 mm Chronometer by Erich Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega Fan An amazing publication on a rare, historical watch caliber and its references from Omega by Balazs Ferenczi May 25, 2020 MIN READ30 mm Chronometer by Erich Lexer — A Book For Every Vintage Omega FanVintage watch collecting is a fantastic hobby for many reasons. Firstly, you have an endless number of timepieces from the past. And there’s always more to discover. It’s fun to explore “new” models from time-to-time. Then, there are those neat stories about them. This one was worn by a pilot in World War II. That one was the president’s favorite piece. Perhaps you’ll find a model made famous by a famous wrist? But what I love the most about vintage watches are those beautiful books written about them like “30 mm Chronometer” by Erich Lexer.
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16 Grails in the Vintage Heuer World

HomeWatch Talk16 Grails in the Vintage Heuer World Watch TalkHeuer16 Grails in the Vintage Heuer World Chasing Vintage Heuer Grails With On The Dash by Robert-Jan Broer May 14, 2020 MIN READ16 Grails in the Vintage Heuer WorldOur friend Jeff Stein from OnTheDash shows his grails from Heuer. An amazing article with an overview of his Heuers with beautiful close-up pictures and descriptions.
I confess I don’t know that much about Heuer. There are other Fratelli that have more knowledge about these. There are also websites like Jeff Stein’s OnTheDash. His website is considered to be the authority on the subject. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Jeff for the first time not too long ago in Switzerland, but we have known each other for much longer as we shared an old friend in common.
Skipperrera. Image by Analog Shift.
Vintage Heuer GrailsJeff Stein also makes some recommendations on alternatives to each of these grails. He wrote approximately 6000 words on the Heuer grails and how to identify..

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April Vintage Inspiration: Unusual Wilmington Pocket Watch

HomeWatch TalkApril Vintage Inspiration: Unusual Wilmington Pocket Watch Watch TalkWilmingtonApril Vintage Inspiration: Unusual Wilmington Pocket Watch Are you ready to cross the danger line? by Tomas Rosputinsky April 28, 2020 MIN READApril Vintage Inspiration: Unusual Wilmington Pocket WatchI have chosen the aristocratic Wilmington with more than 60 numbers printed around the dial to disrupt your wrist quaran-time routine.
If you are reading this article, it means it got through our editor. We actually never discussed featuring pocket watches at Fratello Magazine. Exercising my beloved freedom of speech writing to share my regular monthly dose of vintage inspiration, I decided to break all last standing taboos and put some really old school material in front of you. But I’m warning you, it’s no boring grandpa business. The piece featured today has an edge. Let me introduce you to the artsy aristocrat Wilmington from the U.S.A.
Editor’s note: You had me at quaran-time…

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Vintage Bracelets — Part #1: Bonklip-style

HomeWatch TalkVintage Bracelets — Part #1: Bonklip-style Watch TalkMidoVintage Bracelets — Part #1: Bonklip-style Will steel become your new leather? by Tomas Rosputinsky April 22, 2020 MIN READVintage Bracelets — Part #1: Bonklip-styleWe kick-off our selection of the most interesting factory fit and aftermarket vintage bracelets with the legendary Bonklip-style bracelets.
I was never a bracelet guy. My Omega Speedmaster 60th LE was never fitted on the original bracelet it came with. I didn’t even bother to look at it properly. The first thing I did with my Breitling Chrono-Matic, Flyback Seiko 7016-8000 was to switch the original bracelet for some fine leather. It’s a habit that’s hard to kick.
My interest in steel was only sparked last year when I went to pick up my Mido Rainbow diver’s watch. It came on the often-hated Bonklip-style bracelet, sometimes referred to as “unwearable”. As I forgot to take a replacement strap when I picked the Mido up, I put the watch on with little enthu..

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#TBT: Seiko 6215-7000 Vintage Diver

HomeTBT#TBT: Seiko 6215-7000 Vintage Diver TBTSeiko#TBT: Seiko 6215-7000 Vintage Diver Going Hands-On with Seiko's First Serious Dive Watch by Michael Stockton April 09, 2020 MIN READ#TBT: Seiko 6215-7000 Vintage Diver#TBT is here with a look at the Seiko 6215-7000, a vintage diver that paved the way for future designs from the storied brand.
A few weeks back, I pulled my normal Saturday morning routine. I woke up, made my wife and I strong cups of coffee using my handy dandy AeroPress, grabbed a yogurt, and plopped down on the couch to see what was what. I checked our site and stumbled upon Balazs’ cool barn find article and it got me to thinking about my newest acquisition, the Seiko 6215-7000. I’ll get to the buying process, but let’s first drop a little history.
(l to r) The Seiko 6215-7000 and the 6217-8000
The Genesis of the Seiko 6215-7000If you’re not familiar with the history of Seiko dive watches, I’d encourage you to check out an article I wrote covering every release d..

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March Vintage Inspiration: Zenith Piggy Bank Clock

HomeWatch TalkMarch Vintage Inspiration: Zenith Piggy Bank ClockWatch TalkZenithMarch Vintage Inspiration: Zenith Piggy Bank Clock An educational clock for the youngest. And oldest too. by Tomas Rosputinsky March 28, 2020 MIN READMarch Vintage Inspiration: Zenith Piggy Bank ClockThe Zenith Piggy Bank proves marketing genius lives for centuries. This is the story of a clock that helped people save money.
I met my friend Matej a few weeks after he lent me his Seiko Superior to be reviewed for 52Mondayz. I was about to give him the Seiko back when my subconscious autopilot threw a mandatory question at him. The one all curious watch nerds give and get all the time: “Any new vintage additions to your watch collection?” As proven on multiple occasions, I didn’t even have to wait until he opened his mouth. I knew immediately I would hear something that would keep me from sleeping.
Zenith Piggy BankMatej mumbled first about some Seiko watches he likes a lot, then jumped over to a great deal ..