Svend Andersen: the godfather of modern independent watchmaking

Disclosure: there is no financial relationship between me and Andersen Genève. I paid for my own travel and accommodation during my visit to Geneva in January 2017. Baises: (PRO) I am naturally biased towards watchmakers, especially independent brands. This post therefore reflects my positive feelings towards Svend Andersen, and by extension Andersen Genève. If you wander…

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Misadventures in podcasting

Habring 2 Foudroyante

Disclosure: there is no financial relationship between me and Time4APint. Baises: (PRO) I am naturally biased towards #watchnerds, although I remain sceptical of public attention. This post therefore reflects my positive feelings towards the podcasts Chris Mann has published, as well as the get-togethers he arranges. Sometimes it’s best just to admit when you’re wrong….

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IWC celebrates 35th anniversary of the Ocean 2000

Disclosure (click for Disclosure statement): no money, services or payment in kind was received in return for writing this unbidden ‘blog post. Biases (click for a page explaining bias in ‘blogging): (Pro) I am a keen SCUBA diver and freediver, and a huge fan of dive watches; I’ve always wanted to own an Ocean 2000; I love the bezel on the IWC 3536 and I’ve written about Aquatimers…

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Cnidarian dreams: MB&F’s HM7 Aquapod

In the latter part of the 19th century, as museums became more popular, their curators struggled to portray the intricacies of flowers and (in particular) marine invertebrates in three dimensions. While mammals and hard-bodied animals were relatively straightforward to catch, stuff and mount, the beauty of an anemone, or the radial symmetry of a jellyfish, was a…

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A crafted movement

There’s a thread that runs through many of my posts, but one I rarely mention: luxury. Luxury is often defined as an “inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain”, but over the past decade, it’s become less about the money (perhaps) and even less about the materials. Rather, luxury appears to have regressed,…

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2016: a #nerdseye view

It started, as it always seems to nowadays, during the final weeks of the previous year: pre-SIHH announcements littered December, as the Richemont brands clambered to fill the dead space of the Holiday Season. IWC updated the Aquatimer range with new colour ways, while Jaeger-LeCoultre teased the Reverso Tribute Duo for the 85th anniversary of…

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Looking to the future: Fabergé’s visionnaire

Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ

Last month, my friend and fellow ‘blogger @horologium suggested that we visit the Fabergé boutique on Grafton Street, ostensibly to see the new Visionnaire DTZ (Dual Time Zone) watch designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht’s Agenhor team. However, it was the Lady Compliquée Winter that stole the show. This watch, which uses the same Agenhor AGH-6901 movement as…

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