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Jason Pitsch

Why "The Wristwatch Handbook" Succeeds?

Jason Pitsch

When Ryan Schmidt first started promoting his book The Wristwatch Handbook A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches on social media before it hit shelves last year, I noticed and it really piqued my interest. I wondered if it would be a true “Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches.” And now that I have read it cover-to-cover, I can undoubtedly say that it is. I love watches and have always enjoyed breaking down basic movements and putting them back together, as well as completing a number of watchmaking workshops, but I don’t purport to be a watchmaker. In a similar context, this book is written by an excellent writer, but not a watchmaker. He clearly worked with many watchmakers, though, in creating the 470 pages of images, illustrations, and encyclopedia style explanations of the complex inner workings of mechanical watches. Ultimately, unlike

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In The Metal: Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot

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Patek Philippe’s new three-hand Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 is garnering more buzz than any watch release the Swiss watchmaker has made since the original Calatrava Pilot 5524 in 2015. And while that watch was received with mixed reviews – yet is still on back order according to the company’s US Press Manager – this release has been met with much more positive feedback. 1936 Patek Philippe (Ref. P0844) 56 mm oversize hour angle aviator wristwatch (siderometer) Why? It’s more simplistic, with just three-hands and no date function, which purists love. It’s in stainless steel. It costs less than half the price of the 5524. And of course, most importantly, it’s downright gorgeous in the metal. As you can see in the photos, at one angle the dial is a dark smooth blue (top), and at another angle (below) you can

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Should the Rolex "Bakelite" GMT-Master be resurrected?

Jason Pitsch

In the past, Tempus Machina has taken new Rolex Submariners, HERE and HERE, and modded them to look like vintage models. And now, they’re doing the same thing with the new Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref. 116710) and made it look similar to the original GMT – which is highly collectible and very rare – the “Bakelite” Ref. 6542. The original Rolex GMT-Master 6542, one of the first “Professional Watches,” designed specifically for pilots flying commercial airlines internationally, has already been recreated to some extent by the true watchmakers at Rolex in white gold with a Pepsi Bezel. And while it is not available in steel, with a gilt dial, or with the extra beveling to the lugs, that you see on the so-called 711Z GMT Master, would you really want to buy such a watch? Especially considering the lofty price

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Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 New York Special Edition

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Following up the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 that was released in 2015, Patek Philippe has introduced a simple three-hand version within the same collection. The Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 New York Special Edition is presented in the same size case, but with less going on it seems to work much better visually. The fact that it is being offered in stainless steel makes it more of a true sports watch, not to mention, more accessibly priced. This is great, especially considering we asked for this in 2015 when the original 5524 came out, “Steel would have been ideal for this watch. Especially, if it is being marketed to attract a newer, younger consumer.” The case measures 42 mm in diameter (45.5 mm including the crown) by 50.25 mm in length by 8.78 mm in thickness, and with a

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Instagram Highlights #10

A post shared by BZ (@bzabodyn214) on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:42pm PDT A post shared by (VRHK) Vintage Rolex Hong Kong (@_vrhk) on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:37pm PDT A post shared by Danny, From HK 🇭🇰 (@danny_concept) on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:17pm PDT A post shared by @watchulove on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:16pm PDT A post shared by Ben Sin (@nbtimes) on Jul 13, 2017 at 9:47pm PDT A post shared by The Watcherist (@thewatcherist) on Jul 14, 2017 at 5:04am PDT A post shared by ⌚watch collector⌚Seiko holic (@watches_es) on Jul 14, 2017 at 3:31pm PDT A post shared by JMAK (@watchjmak) on Jul 14, 2017 at 6:56pm PDT A post shared by NT (@wristmachine) on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:07am PDT A post shared by Jacek Kozubek (@watchand) on Jul 14, 2017 at

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Georges Kern leaves Richemont to become CEO of Breitling

After an unprecedented management restructuring last year at the Richemont Group – which owns IWC, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, and a number of other well known luxury businesses – George Kern, who was seemingly given the prime position to oversee the group as its new head of watchmaking, marketing, and digital, is out. Kern has been with Richemont for 17 years and for the majority of that time acted as the CEO of the brand’s largest watch only brand, IWC. Along the way, he also took on interim roles of Baume & Mercier and Roger Dubuis, in addition to IWC. Richemont’s chairman Johann Rupert said that Kern had been offered “an interesting opportunity to become an entrepreneur”. He also thanked him for his “successful career at IWC Schaffhausen.” Effective immediately, Kern, is the CEO of Breitling, which is an

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Laurent Ferrier x Urwerk Arpal One for Only Watch

Two well-known watch companies – Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk – have to come together to create a one-off timepiece to be sold at Only Watch 2017, with all proceeds going to aid in fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The case design was created from sketches by Laurent Ferrier who said this about the watch, “It’s a cleanly cut watch. My friends know my love of cars, a predilection expressed in this watch. This new creation is like streamlined coachwork, fluid and without any affront to the eye.” This case is an alloy made from ARPAL+, which is a special material made by Cendres+Métaux in Biel, specifically designed for this unique timepiece. Originally developed for the electronics industry, ARPAL+ consists of 75% precious metals and resists wear and scratches better than white gold or steel. Its color never fades, nor does it

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Romain Gauthier Logical One Black Titanium Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Vallée de Joux watchmaker Romain Gauthier’s Logical One timepiece was awarded the well-deserved Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve men’s complicated prize in 2013. Since then, the namesake company that Gauthier founded, has introduced a number of variations to that model, which currently include natural titanium, white gold, and black titanium versions (red gold and platinum 20 piece editions are sold out), as well as a new matte variant called the Logical One Enraged, that was introduced last year. Today, we have some hands-on shots of the black titanium version, which like the rest of the Logcial One collection, measures 43 mm x 14.2 mm, with a slightly domed sapphire crystal, and a sapphire caseback. A unique feature of this haute horology masterpiece is the friction-minimizing ruby-link chain, with snail cam and sapphire-lined mainspring barrel which is wound by pushing the

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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio

Panerai is making a new version of the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio with a bracelet that features the design of the company’s signature “lever bridge” (crown protector) as part of the links. The first bracelet offered by Panerai, in 1999, had the same design. According to Panerai, the bracelet is, “strong and robust but much lighter than those previously developed by Panerai, the new bracelet is made of AISI 316L stainless steel, the same as the Luminor 1950 case.” The case features a brushed finish with a polished bezel that contrasts the matte surfaces. A case that Panerai calls slim and light thanks to the svelte dimensions of caliber P.9010, which is just 6 mm thick. A sapphire caseback offers a view of the movement which boasts a three-day power reserve, wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight.

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Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Hands-On

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Introduced in 2014, the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time features a unique dual time function as well as an interchangeable tourbillon module, presented in a 41.5 mm x 14.3 mm case crafted from either 18K white or red gold. There are five variations in total (red gold/gold dial, red gold/silver dial, white gold/gray dial, white gold/blue dial, white gold/white dial). The version pictured comes in white gold with a white lacquered dial, black transferred Roman numeral indexes, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and a red leaf-shaped second-time zone hand (which can be concealed by setting it to the same time as the home time hand). Uniquely, at the bottom of the dial is a one-minute tourbillon that is visible through a circular aperture, and that features an open-worked bridge, offering an impressive view of the free-sprung balance wheel, tourbillon cage,

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