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Feature: 3 Crazy Watches That Got Even Crazier
Whether we like them or not, big watches are here to stay. Thick, chunky and in your face, these are timepieces that hide under no man's cuff. Like a low, wide car, or a window-shattering concert, there's something inherently appealing about a watch that lets you know you're wearing it. Just as the Bugatti Chiron is too fast for its own tyres, and as the heavy metal band Manowar's 1994 129.5db performance was louder than a jackhammer to the face, there are a few watchmakers out there who want to see just how far they can stretch the limits. Here are three watches that took crazy to the next level.
Feature: 3 Watches That Are Cheaper Than You Think
Money no object, we'd all be wearing Patek Philippes, F. P. Journes and the like, but unfortunately that's not the case. With rising RRPs and a healthy collectors' market, the best watches continue to get further out of reach for many people. But there's hope yet, and we've got three of them right here.
Feature: Evolution Of The Omega Speedmaster
3,000 tonnes of Saturn 5 rocket, consuming fuel at fifteen tonnes per second, travelling 240,000 miles away from Earth, at a cost equivalent today of £25 billion, is perhaps one of the most ludicrous ideas to ever dawn upon mankind. But as is well documented (and sometimes disputed) that is exactly what happened in 1969. And then it happened again, and several more times too. This is the quest for Earth's nearest neighbour, it's only natural satellite, the bleak but beautiful Luna.
Feature: Brightly Coloured Watches
Black and steel. Lots of black and steel. The average watch display has all the vibrance of a February puddle—but as we slowly amble towards spring, it’s time to look at something with a bit more colour to it. It’s no secret that the Swiss are a reserved people, and many timepieces from the landlocked confederation err on the muted side, but if you look hard enough, it’s possible to find a selection of colourful delights to wear in the sunshine. If you’re having trouble picking out something appealing for the change of seasons, here are four suggestions that cater for all budgets.
Feature: Carbon Fibre Watches
Carbon is the sixth most abundant element in the universe. It makes up the thinnest material in the world, graphene (measured in a single sheet at 0.15 nanometres, 650,000 times thinner than a sheet of paper and sixteen times thinner than human DNA) the hardest natural material in the world, lonsdaleite (which is 58% harder than another carbon structure, diamond). Bizarrely, carbon doesn't melt; it passes straight from a solid state to a gas, which it does at a sweltering 3,600 degrees. Carbon is an amazing element, and even makes up a sixth of our bodies - so why not make a watch out of it?
Feature: The Anatomy of Swiss watchmaking
Forget Area 51, forget the recipe for Coca Cola; the Swiss watch industry holds some of the best-kept secrets in the entire world. In a business worth over £14 billion, image and reputation are everything, and one false move could spell disaster—yet we know so little about the companies that make up its core. Join us as we scrub up, don our surgical gloves and choose our scalpel as we delve deep into the anatomy of the wristwatch and reveal just what it is that really makes them tick.
Feature: Watchfinder Moves Services To Microsoft Azure
Watchfinder specialises in providing a luxury service for its customers—but in order to do that, it has to have a solid infrastructure as a foundation, from its staff to the technology the company uses. IT Director Jonathan Gill has been working to streamline the company’s business processes by improving its IT systems—most recently, by moving from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure.
Feature: Lesser Known Dive Watches
Fifty Fathoms, Submariner and Seamaster are names that need little introduction. The first, the famous and the fruitful, this trio has ruled the roost since they appeared on (and started) the scene, sparking an industry that still commands a loyal and almost religious following. That industry is of course diving, and since Jacques-Yves Cousteau's genius idea of packing air in a can and taking it underwater (without it fizzing out all in one go like a rocket) it has become one of the fastest growing sports of the century. But, like our mothers told us, its time to share; time to let someone else have a turn. So here we have the alternatives, the new kids on the deck, to see whether they have feet big enough to fill the well-worn boots of their ancestors.
Feature: Jaeger-LeCoultre Vs Breguet
When it comes to market-leading innovation, groundbreaking invention and out-and-out 'Oh my God I want one', Jaeger-LeCoultre and Breguet are among the best of the very best watchmakers in the world. These centuries-old timepiece tinkerers have contributed more to watchmaking than pretty much anyone else out there, moving technology forward in leaps and bounds, even today. The question that remains seems simple, but it'll take a whole lot of thinking to find the answer: which watchmaker is best? We take two contemporary masterpieces from each brand and pit them head to head to see which comes out on top.
Feature: Top Four World Timers
Racing through the winding back alleys of Lima, Peru, camera in hand, there's no time to be working out if it's the middle of the night in London or not; that story needs to be out the door and onto the front page in mere hours, and what self-respecting journalist needs his head filled with mathematical nonsense when the target's getting away? With that in mind, and with our press passes tucked neatly into our hatbands, we travel the world to try out some of the best world timers available today. What a story! What a scoop!
Feature: What it takes to sell luxury watches
Someone buys a luxury pre-owned timepiece from Watchfinder every 30 minutes of every day, from a vast selection of over 50 leading Swiss brands. Giving customers the right advice to find the perfect watch takes both expertise and integrity—and with 10,000 sales under his belt, Senior Sales Advisor Tom Holland understands that more than anyone. So what does it take to sell that many watches in just over six years of employment? “It’s all about building a relationship with the customer and giving them the best advice you can—then they will come back to you,” he says.
Feature: Top Four Futuristic Watches
Sat here in the present, it's hard to tell just how quickly the future has come upon us, yet a cursory glimpse into the past tells an interesting story. Imagine a world just a hundred years prior and it comes as quite a shock to realise that indoor plumbing and electricity were only just being introduced, and that the average life expectancy was less than fifty. In the last ten years, however, technology has grown at a frightening rate, making one thing very clear: the future is now, and that includes watchmaking.
Feature: Top Four Ceramic Watches
Ten years ago, most people would have associated the word 'ceramic' with potted plants and tea parties. After all, the Greek word that ceramic is derived from—kerameikos—means 'for pottery'. But that's all changed now, and ceramics are once again at the cutting edge of material science, harder, stronger and more impressive than ever before. We take a look at four ceramic watches to see just how good the technology really is.
Feature: Top Five Chronograph Watches
The humble chronograph. First invented at the beginning of the 19th century, it’s one of the most useful—and one of the most common—complications you’ll find on a watch. The chronograph has been put to work on land, sea and sky, measuring everything from lap times at racetracks to heartbeats in hospitals. With so many models to choose from, what is it that makes a chrono stand the test of time as a true icon? In answer to this, we’ve picked five top contenders—although competition was stiff, to say the least.
Feature: Watches of the Silver Screen
The Big Screen: where stars are born and epic sagas are told—and that's before you've even stepped out of wardrobe. Whether a watch is a part of the action, or simply a smart sartorial choice, there have been a number of iconic movie-watch pairings since the dawn of the silver screen—we take a look at just a few of them below.
Feature: Dive Watches
It's often said that we know more about outer space than we do the bottom of our own oceans, and whether or not that is really true, it's no secret that getting to the bottom of the sea is a complicated endeavour. Pressure in the ocean increases by roughly one atmosphere for every ten metres of depth, and natural light never penetrates the deepest sea - making it a cold, dark and extreme environment to survive.
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Feature: 3 Clever Dive Watches
The International Organisation for Standards, under ISO 6425, states that a recognised dive watch should meet the following requirements: a unidirectional bezel with five minute markers; clearly distinguished minute markings on the dial; readability at 25cm in total darkness; shock, chemical and magnetic resistance; an operational indicator; oh—and of course, a 100-metre depth rating. This covers the bare minimum to qualify—but what if watchmakers went above and beyond?
Feature: 3 Watches You’ve Never Even Heard Of
For someone looking for a sporty watch in steel, chances are they will probably pick up a Rolex Submariner, perhaps a Panerai Luminor if they’ve got a hankering for something a bit more exotic. But what if you don’t want to contribute to this sea of Submariners, want something less common than the lagoon of Luminors. If you’re one of those people, then take note, because here are three watches you’ve probably never even heard of.
Feature: Apple Watch vs Rolex Submariner
Given that the mechanical watch industry was almost rendered extinct by the onslaught of quartz technology at the end of the 20th century, it’s understandable that the rise of the smartwatch is posing a bit of a concern. Can the ancient and outdated mechanical wristwatch survive another round with modern innovation?
Review: Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral Dual Time
Every now and then a watch does something that is actually quite surprising. Whether it’s a feature or a function, a price point or a something plain outrageous, it stops you in your tracks and makes you take a second look. The Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral Dual Time is one of those watches, but there isn’t just one thing to be impressed by—there’s five.
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