Maison Celadon; Made in China, with Pride!

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Most of us still have problems putting down serious money for a Chinese watch, but that might change after you have seen the Maison Celadon. The Chinese have a century long love story with watches and many pieces by brands like for example Bovet, were made especially for the Chinese market in the past. Their own watchmaking history is less well-known and varies from honest, straightforward watches by brands like the Shanghai Watch co. to high complex haute horlogerie made by people like Ma Xushu. Most Chinese watch brands focus very much on western designs, pumping out large volumes for competitive prices. Maison Celadon is dedicated to restore Chinese watchmaking to their prime. Their watches not only feature high quality Chinese movements, but also the design of their watches is…
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Ball celebrating its 125th anniversary boldly!

Ball celebrating its 125th anniversary boldly!

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Ball always had a practical approach towards watches. That made them the brand of the American railways, where their accuracy and great legibility where highly appreciated. The brand is now celebrating its 125th anniversary, with a watch that brings everything great about the brand together in a single timepiece; the limited-production Engineer II Genesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiXtLzJMABQ&feature=youtu.be The watch is quite a statement piece; the 12, 6 and 9 on the dial are build up out of 1mm self-powered micro gas tubes. Ball also applied them as markers on the other numerals, as well as placed them on the hands. They emit enough light to be able to check the time in the most difficult conditions, and will do so for 25 years, yes indeed, until Ball's 150th anniversary! While the bold…
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VEJRHØJ Nautic; Battle of Elements

VEJRHØJ Nautic; Battle of Elements

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Crafting watches from wood is not as easy as it seems. Being a natural product it can be tough to get a uniform and perfect fit, which is so important when crafting watches. VEJRHØJ has specialized in wooden watches and their latest version is the Nautic. [caption id="attachment_490" align="alignnone" width="632"] Janus Aarup (left) with Bo Bonfils[/caption] The Nautic is unlike any other wooden watch, because it is a symbiosis between wood and metal. At the same time it also brings together timeless Nordic design with a maritime touch. This is all thanks to the collaboration of VEJRHØJ-founder Janus Aarup with design-legend Bo Bonfils, who is especially known for his Georg Jensen designs. Unique about the VEJRHØJ Nautic is that it lets all elements shine; not only the metal but also…
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Smart-Watch War; Frederique Constant vs Movado (with video’s)

Smart-Watch War; Frederique Constant vs Movado (with video’s)

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Frederique Constant surprised the world with a different approach to smart watches. Not a digital display, but classic hands and a link to your smart phone. A clever concept that also made its way to the sisterbrand Alpina. Yet surprisingly this week Movado announced that they would launch smart watches as well. In true Movado fashion, they will be available for sale very soon, and two of the collections rely on the same technology as the Frederique Constant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Vrf4gx5g0 Until now, most smart watches were based on different technology. The Pebble is different from the Apple watch, while Samsung has an approach of its own. Frederique Constant and Alpina have the same owners, so they can market their models in such a way that they won't bite each other. Movado…
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Raymond Weil Celebrates Sinatra

Raymond Weil Celebrates Sinatra

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Arguably one of the most recognizable and respected entertainers of the last century, Frank Sinatra got famous by doing it his way. As son of Italian immigrants he sang his way up from the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey to become a world-wide phenomenon with over 150 million records sold. Yet he was not only a gifted singer and performer, most will also remember him from his acting career and of course as one of the ring-leaders of the Rat Pack. He was so famous that when he passed away on May 14th 1998 the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City were turned to blue, and the lights on the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed and the casinos stopped gambling for one minute to honor him.…
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Mühle-Glashütte; Innovating by Regulating

Mühle-Glashütte; Innovating by Regulating

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Especially with mechanical watches, it are the little things that count. Like the regulating mechanism of a watch. Mühle-Glashütte has significant experience with watches that are not afraid to get in harm's way. The best examples of this are the Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Flieger-Chronograph for navy rescue pilots, as well as the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer, which is on active duty with the rescue workers of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. Watches that have to navigate rough seas, and get knocked around plenty by doing so. To maintain superior accuracy during all this Mühle-Glashütte developed the patented woodpecker neck regulation. Of course you guessed it correctly, its name comes from a part of the regulating organ that indeed looks a lot like the neck and head of a woodpecker. This so-called…
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It’s almost that time of the year again! Swatch Christmas Special

It’s almost that time of the year again! Swatch Christmas Special

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For such a young brand Swatch has a lot of traditions, and one of them is the Christmas Special. This year the Christmas Special is inspired by lights! And lights are usually not in short supply during this season. Especially those of you who have been able to visit a traditional Christmas market in Europe, will recognize the designs on the strap, as they often feature on the stalls that sell hot chocolate, gluhwein or other delicacies. But Christmas is often also the season in which less is not more. People dress up, enjoy good food and each others company near boldly decorated Christmas trees and cozy fireplaces. To highlight this, the dial, buckle and strap keeper are featured in gold! Hands as red a Rudolph's nose make sure that…
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Hvitsten Christiania; Norwegian Elegance

Hvitsten Christiania; Norwegian Elegance

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When traveling through the world of affordable watches you sometimes stand in disbelief, like with the Hvitsten Christiania. This watch should not be available for this price. In fact you might even suspect that the price-tag of the Christiania is the result of some market penetration scheme, where the owners have to add 100 euro's of their own money for every watch they sell. The truth is far from that, and actually a clever mix of skilled entrepreneurship, a generous dose of passion, and a clear mind when it comes profit-marigins. That clear mind is probably thanks to the clean and clear air in Hvitsten, Norway. Yes, the brand is named after one of the smallest towns in Norway, but what a town it is. Located by the fjord it…
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New Classics Index Automatic GMT by Frederique Constant

New Classics Index Automatic GMT by Frederique Constant

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In a time when the world is a global village people travel for many reasons all over the globe. Frederique Constant has just released a watch to accompany you on your travels. The Classics Index Automatic GMT is the type of watch that Frederique Constant always does so well; not a crazy design breakthrough, but a solid, well made watch with a classical touch and an affordable price tag. As straight forward as the design of the New Classics Index Automatic GMT may be, it is far from boring. The dial features silver-colored (of rose gold for the rose gold-plated version) Roman numerals that are sandwiched between printed minute dashes and the 24 hour scale for the second time zone. Stunning leaf-shaped hands give the watch a slightly more classic…
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New Raymond Weil Freelancer; The Elegance of an Independent

New Raymond Weil Freelancer; The Elegance of an Independent

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The Freelancer collection stands actually for what Raymond Weil really is. You might not think of the brand as such, because of its success and scale, but Raymond Weil is still a family owned and operated watch brand. When the current CEO, and grandson of Raymond Weil, Elie Bernheim joined the company in 2006, the freelancer collection was his first creation. Almost a decade later the Freelancer collection has lost none of its appeal. And the latest addition is the perfect example of Urban Chique. 42mm in diameter is still a nice size for a chronograph; easy to read and operate yet not to bulky to interfere with the movements of your wrist. The high polished steel of the case is a nice contrast with the slate grey dial, that…
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