NEWS: The Chronograph was really created first by Louis Moinet in 1816

Today, we wrote about Swiss watch history (here), but today, history is being re-written.  Heretofore it was believed that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph in 1822, but the discovery of a watch made by Louis Moinet in 1815 and 1816 – which he called the Compteur de Tierces – has been confirmed by experts as…

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Introducing American-Made Watches from Shinola

When I first heard of this brand and its efforts to bring full-scale production watchmaking back to American soil, I had two thoughts: What kind of name is Shinola?; How do they think they can do this in down-trodden Detroit? That was a couple of years ago. Now, with all the information disclosed and the…

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Introducing the Ulysse Nardin “Stranger” Musical Watch

A true lover of the 1966 song “Strangers in the Night” – this watch is one I love. Of course, Ulysse Nardin could not turn out anything but a masterpiece, but this one hits home for me.  It is a musical watch for the wrist – not a repeater. In fact, the watch emulates a…

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Complicated Watches: MB&F Unveils Horological Machine HM4 Final Edition

As with most pieces Max Busser and MB&F releases – the new HM4 Final Edition is a work of complex artistry and excellence. The bold watch takes direct inspiration from stealth aircraft. It also marks the end of an era for the brand. When the original HM4 Thunderbolt was launched three years ago, MB&F insisted…

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Complicated Watches: Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon 4

This year marks the fourth year that the esteemed Harry Winston brand releases the Histoire de Tourbillon – this time the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 — one of the most complex mechanical timekeepers. The watch boasts a triple-axis tourbillon design to ensure that the tourbillon escapement is always in a different position and, hence, offering…

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Blancpain and 3-Star Michelin Chef, Humm, at Eleven Madison Park

Many of the world’s top watch brands align themselves with top chefs. The relationship seems natural – fine dining, fine watches. Blancpain and three-Michelin-star chef Daniel Humm see it as more of a similarity of arts. “Creating great meals is an art,” said Humm at a private dinner with Blancpain at Eleven Madison Park. Humm…

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