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Watch Stops: TimeCrafters 2012 — Cars, Diamonds, Artist Watches and More – Open to the Public September 14,15 at Park Avenue Armory

A Full-Scope Experience, which Iwill be attending on Friday September 14, the new TimeCrafters 2012 exhibition promises to be enthralling. We’ve already written about it here and here, but now we’ve learned that both TimeCrafters Sponsors, as well as 21 luxury watch brands, are pulling out all the stops – bringing watch fans an array…

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Weekend Sojourn: Swatch Blum Collection Book

With the New York TimeCrafters 2012 exhibition coming up this week, Swatch chose this as the perfect time to launch the Swatch Blum Book Limited Collection. The book, available in stores and online at store.swatch.com beginning this month ($40 each), will also be available at the Swatch Blum exhibition at TimeCrafters.  The limited edition, beautifully…

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Atimelyevent: Baume & Mercier Creates Historical Perspective at TimeCrafters 2012

Baume & Mercier has been firmly entrenched in the world of watches since 1830.  Now, as it brings its newest timepieces to the TimeCrafters Exhibition in New York in September, it also showcases superb historical Museum pieces –dating back to 1915, to profile its rich history and timelessly superb craftsmanship. Among the pieces making their…

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TimeCapsules: Parmigiani Releases New Bugatti Vitesse Watch

Parmigiani Fleurier unveils its newest Bugatti Vitesse titanium watch. The Bugatti Vitesse recaptures the outstanding concept of the Bugatti Super Sport, with the dial setting wheel at a 90° angle to the movement spindle, but in this new execution the watch identifies more closely with the car in terms of materials, colors and design. The…

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Around the World: Zurich-based Maurice de Mauriac Crafts Watches of Distinction

In the wonderful city of Zurich, a very talented watchmaker with a creative sense of design sits in his atelier hand-crafting just a couple of hundred timepieces a year. His name: Daniel Dreifuss. It was just about 15 years ago that this one-time banker turned watchmaker and started his own brand – Maurice de Mauriac.…

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Panerai Sails into Port with the Classic Yachts Challenge

The North American circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge concluded this weekend  in Newport, RI. While I was not in Newport with the brand,, I did have the privilege of joining Panerai at the Classic Yachts Challenge kick off  race of the North American circuit in Marblehead, MA, just a few weeks ago. It…

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Time Capsules: Commentary – Labor Day – Made-in-America Watches

Baltimore-born Roland Murphy started RGM in Mount Joy, PA, where he builds American-made watches including chronographs and tourbillons that range in price from $6,500 for the new Aircraft 801, to tens of thousands for the American-made Tourbillon. Shown here is the Professional Limited Edition Diver.By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, Labor…

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Weekend Sojourn: American Muscle and Classic Cars

Perfect thing to do on a Labor Day weekend — walk a fantastic car show filled with  good old American made classics and muscle cars!! In all — 1800 cars — but just not enough time!  From the great Chevy Nova SS to Chevelles, vets, BelAirs, Impalas and more — Chevy always gets my top rankings.…

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Off the Cuff: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Regulator

This exquisite Vacheron Constantin complicated watch – the Malte Tourbillon Regulator  houses a hand-wound mechanical movement (caliber 1790R) that offers a tourbillon escapement (an escapement that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity), and the indication of the hours and minutes on a regulator style (off-center) dial. This is an exquisitely…

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Time Capsules: Commentary – Million-Dollar Watches Sold

Signed Breguet et Fils, No. 2667, sold in August 1814 to Mr Garcias of London for 5,000 francs, this rare 18-karat gold precision watch contains two movements within the area of a single plate, both with going barrels, fully jewelled, straight line calibrated lever escapements with divided lift and straight pallets. Estimated to sell for…

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