close search

Jason Pitsch

Gallery: Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari and Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph

Jason Pitsch

Taken on location at the Hublot booth during Baselworld 2017, this gallery features the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Aperta watch, an actual LaFerrari Aperta Ferrari, and the new Hublot Ferrari Techframe Tourbillon Chronograph. The latter of which comes in a unique minimalist frame – designed by Ferrari – along with an awesome single pusher chronograph, and available in titanium, king gold, or carbon. Learn more about the Techframe, the Hublot LaFerrari Aperta, or the LaFerrari Aperta.

Read More »

Instagram Highlights #11

A post shared by Alan (@rolexdiver) on Jul 29, 2017 at 7:25am PDT A post shared by Watch Collector (@gulenissen) on Jul 28, 2017 at 4:23am PDT A post shared by E (@emos7) on Jul 27, 2017 at 8:01am PDT A post shared by Kelvin Lee (@horojunkie) on Jul 28, 2017 at 3:22am PDT A post shared by Belgium Watch Club (BWC) πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ (@belgiumwatchclub) on Jul 29, 2017 at 9:45am PDT A post shared by DK (@watchstylo) on Jul 29, 2017 at 3:06am PDT A post shared by JMAK (@watchjmak) on Jul 28, 2017 at 8:19am PDT A post shared by Danny, From HK πŸ‡­πŸ‡° (@danny_concept) on Jul 27, 2017 at 7:06pm PDT A post shared by Angus (@wballball) on Jul 28, 2017 at 5:23pm PDT A post shared by Living with an Ξ© Speedmaster (@lifeofspeedy) on Jul 25,

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon

Jason Pitsch

This past March, at Baselworld 2017, the Swiss watchmaker, Jaquet Droz, introduced the Grande Second Moon, which comes in stainless steel with a silvery dial, stainless steel with an onyx dial, and red gold with an ivory enamel dial. The watch measures 43 mm in diameter and is powered by in-house Jaquet Droz caliber 2660QL3, which is a 30 jewel automatic movement with a 68-hour power reserve. It is equipped with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, and a skeletonized oscillating weight. As is the signature of jacket Droz, the dial features off-center indications. Hour and minutes are displayed in the smaller subdial at 12 o’clock with printed Roman numeral hour markers (except on the onyx version). The larger subdial below has a running second display on the peripheral ring, with a date by hand just inside

Read More »

Brett Kastin

REVIEW: Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP637 "Baby Tuna"

Brett Kastin

The Seiko Prospex SRP637, commonly referred to as a “Baby Tuna,” was added to the line-up of Seiko’s Prospex series in 2015. One of the Baby Tuna’s most recognizable features is its 60-minute uni-directional rotating dive bezel with a stainless steel shroud. The stainless steel case and shroud measure 47.5 mm wide x 13.5 mm thick x 50 mm in length, with a weight of 202.5 grams (including the bracelet) but wears considerably smaller than the numbers might indicate. The locking crown (7 mm in diameter) is located at the 4 o ‘clock position, eliminating interference with the wrist. The Baby Tuna comes with a 22 mm/20 mm stainless steel bracelet which uses a pin and collar system for sizing and has micro adjustments on the clasp. There is also a folding expansion for the clasp in order to add

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Gallery: Patek Philippe "The Art of Watches" Grand Exhibition

Jason Pitsch

At the time when many Swiss watchmakers are struggling to maintain relevance and profitability, blue chip companies such as Patek Philippe, continue to operate business as usual. Like Rolex, Patek Philippe is one of the most coveted watch brands in existence. And so, The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017 while unprecedented in size and scale, for any watch manufacturer, is really not that much of a surprise. The Grand Exhibition, which cost the company a small fortune, was free to the public. No invite-only requirements, no $50 door fee, all you had to do was wait in a line and go through security. This is great for the watch industry as a whole, which is in serious peril right now. Patek Philippe truly stands above all others when it comes to resale values of their timepieces, and

Read More »

"Starmen" documentary by Omega

Omega has created a short film featuring their brand ambassador, George Clooney, meeting his boyhood hero, Buzz Aldrin. They share stories and watch the historical lunar landing from 1969. And, of course, the iconic Speedmaster Moon Watch makes an appearance.

Read More »

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

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

In The Metal: Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot

Jason Pitsch

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

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

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 β€œBakelite” 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

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 New York Special Edition

Jason Pitsch

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

Read More »