Understanding The Effect Of Gerald Genta On Contemporary Watch Design & Popularity

In 1972, luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet released a new watch collection called the Royal Oak. The watch was designed for Audemars Piguet by a young jewelry and watch designer named Gerald Genta, who had been making rounds designing watches for a few other similarly positioned timepiece brands — and who would later go on to design the Patek Philippe Nautilus and several more watches, along with eventually creating his own eponymous brand.

The Royal Oak was a marine-themed luxury lifestyle watch inspired by Genta’s lifelong fascination with boats. What made boat design interesting to a generation of European-educated creatives such as Genta was their dual focus on utility and aesthetics. To be successful as a trophy boat, a vessel needed to not only exhibit elegant beauty in its design and materials but also needed to be engineered to perform as a craft to cross waters and protect lives. It follows, then, that the ethos of boat design in the mid-20th century would naturally in..

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Tutima M2 Coastline Watch Review

I am an unabashed fan of German watches. The function-first aesthetic, attention to detail, rugged reliability, and typically excellent value proposition of German watches make them an immediate go-to on my never-ending watch search. While brands like Sinn, Damasko, Mühle Glashütte, and Stowa tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to fliegers (pilot’s watches) and tool watches, Tutima has quietly been producing fantastic watches with its own unique design language that really should not be overlooked. For almost a century, this small Glashütte-based brand has produced everything from military flieger watches to sophisticated dress watches with in-house movements.
Yet Tutima always seems to fly under the radar, and I’ve been eager for the chance to spend some time with one. Luckily, that opportunity arrived in the form of the Tutima M2 Coastline. The M2 Coastline fits within the brand’s M2 line of pilot’s watches, which descend from the Tutima Military Chronograph released in 1984 a..

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Glashütte Original Debuts Sixties Annual Edition 2020 Watch With Glacier Blue Dial

Since 2018, German watchmaker Glashütte Original has taken the opportunity each year to release a special Annual Edition variant of its elegant retro Sixties line, offering a unique twist on this dressy cornerstone of the brand’s lineup. For 2020 the Annual Edition returns, bringing a new dial not just to the Sixties but, for the first time, also the Sixties Chronograph. The color for 2020 is a pale dynamic “glacier blue” tone, adding a colder edge to the Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020 and Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2020.

The stainless steel cases of the two new models are identical to their regular production counterparts, clocking in at 39 mm in diameter for the Sixties, while the Sixties Chronograph wears slightly larger at 42 mm. Both are elementally simple in overall form, and remain relatively faithful to the slimmer trends of the 1960’s that inspire them. The three hander measures in at a slender 9.4 mm thick and the chronograph at what still is a nicel..

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Nodus Duality Watch Review: A Microbrand Takes a Multi-Layered Approach

It seemed like almost overnight, Nodus watches were everywhere. It went from being a brand that operated on the fringes of social media to one that you see every time you open Instagram. I have a tendency to be skeptical when things like that happen. Nodus, however, deserves attention. Debuting back in 2017 with its Trieste diver, the brand has put forth a concerted effort to make uniqu, high-quality, affordable timepieces that stand on their own merits. Nodus makes an effort to explore different aspects of watch design with its releases. The Duality, Nodus’ most recent release, examines depth and dimension on its dial by combining sandwich dials with applied elements.

Nodus Duality Case The Duality comes in a 40mm 316L stainless steel case. This is pretty straightforward for a watch of this caliber, although when you get it on the wrist, you notice that the Duality has a luster unfamiliar at this price point. I think this is due primarily to the polished bezel, polished handset, and..

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WATCH GIVEAWAY: Limited Edition Unimatic Modello Uno U1-F

April has arrived, and with it comes a new aBlogtoWatch giveaway. For April 2020, we’re offering up a premium limited edition diver from Unimatic. One of only 600 made, the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-F takes Unimatic’s signature pared down design language and creates a high quality, professional grade dive watch made in Italy.
The 40 mm stainless steel case is Unimatic’s clean utilitarian take on the classic diver formula, with broad athletic lugs, well proportioned crown guards and a full minutes scale running around the rotating bezel. The Modello Uno U1-F tops this off with a solid 300 meters of water resistance.
Like the case, the dial of the Modello Uno U1-F is an exercise in elemental, almost brutal restraint. The classic lumed dive watch marker arrangement is interrupted with a rotated 6 o’clock marker, adding a pop of character, while the matte black surface is otherwise left unmarred except for a small signature above 6 o’clock. A generous serving of Super-LumiNova C1 lume on b..

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Say Goodbye To Unwanted Watch Tans Line With Wrist Ray

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Did you know that a recent survey of watch-enthusiast social media users determined that up to 40% chose not to share a “wrist shot” online because of embarrassing wrist watch tan lines? It’s true… countless timepiece lovers eager to share their lifestyles on Instagram and elsewhere are being held back by unsightly tan lines created when one wears a timepiece in the sun, and the skin under your watch can’t evenly tan. If you are a victim of wristwatch tan lines, then moving your timepiece just a millimeter on your wrist in either direction or putting on a different-sized timepiece can expose untanned skin and utterly ruin watch photography. Finally, there is a solution. Introducing Wrist Ray.

Wrist Ray is the world’s first portable tanning bed designed exclusively for your wrist. Wrist Ray’s remarkable inventors began by miniaturizing the technology used for full human-sized tanning beds and putting it into a battery-powe..

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The Louis Vuitton Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Is A €280,000 Watch Novelty For 2020

The world of Louis Vuitton watches is a whimsical place. Every once in a while, the world’s most valuable luxury and fashion company presents us with another unique-looking, often quirky, and sometimes extremely expensive, new watch. 2020 is, at least in this one way, is no different. Behold, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève that costs €280,000.

frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen> First, about that price… What it actually costs is €350,000, should you want some diamonds on it — but for the more restrained Louis Vuitton collector, it is true that a €70,000 savings is possible. That said, I’d deserve running out of toilet paper if I wished to imply that this was the one and only aspect of the new Louis Vuitton Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève to make your eyes water. In truth, the really notable bit is that it is yet another sign of life, telling the world th..

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Hands-On: Traveling With The Rado Captain Cook 42mm Automatic Bronze Watch

There is a crucial moment that every watch collector faces before a multi-day excursion: choosing watches to wear. My personal go-to for changing time zones includes a GMT for tracking home time and a rugged dive watch for everyday wear. Fate, in the form of a press release from Rado, showed up two days before I was scheduled to leave for Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with an offer to review its new Captain Cook dive watch, reference R32504315 | 01.763.0504.3.131 Rado Captain Cook Automatic Bronze with the 42mm-wide case. I told the very responsive Rado rep if he could get me the watch before I left, it would become my traveling companion on the trip for a hard-core review. Just hours before departure, I was unboxing this bronze beauty and tossing it in the carry-on bag. Welcome to the manifest, Captain.
The Blancpain 50 Fathoms and its counterpart, the Rolex Submariner, have collectively set the standard by which all other dive watches should be measured. Like the Eames chair, they sport al..

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GoS Skadi Watch Is The Beautiful Result Of Contemporary Nordic Craftmanship

While I wasn’t looking, Swedish watchmaker Gustafsson & Sjogren changed its brand name to the more simple “GoS.” Why? I’m sure it didn’t have anything to do with people misspelling it. To bring some cheer into our lives during global pandemic pandemonium, GoS announced the utterly gorgeous Skadi watch — named after a Nordic goddess of Winter. Skadi is special not only because of its aesthetics but also because it is the result of mastery coming from no less than four people who are at the top of their field.
Having putting their artistic and technical expertise into this watch are Patrik Sjogren (finisher and watchmaker), Johan Gustafsoon (metal worker and forger who also creates Damascus steel), Anders Hedlund (engraver and knifemaker), and Peter deWit (jeweler and gold caster). Together, these experienced artisans have dedicated to building five Skadi watches, only one of which has been produced thus far. For what you get, the price is actually quite reasonable.

At 44.5mm-wide and..

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Raketa ‘Polar’ 0270 Review: A Soviet Re-Issue Watch For Chilly Adventures

Raketa is a Soviet-era watch manufacture that continues to operate today in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I like to think of it as “Russia’s Seiko,” as it comes from a heritage of making legit tool and military watches, while preserving a compelling tradition of mechanical watchmaking, with prices aimed at regular people. The Polar 0270 for 2020 is a re-issue of a watch made in small quantities starting in 1970 for the USSR’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The watches were originally ordered in 1969 (a very important year of “firsts” in the watch industry) and in 1970 when they were delivered (as the story goes), they were used by Soviet Polar Explorers on the 16th Soviet Antarctic Expedition.
width=”560″ height=”314″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> The original Raketa Polar Expedition watches were reportedly not sold to civilians with much frequency and remained specialty watches among those people who spent their time exploring the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The Polar wa..

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