Mickey Nolan: Definitely Rolex. Ha! No. I mean, both brands produce excellent movements. What I like about them compared to most other brands is that they’re relatively straightforward to work on, and they’re reliable, you know. The movements have their differences, but as far as durability and quality goes, it’s a tough one to call.
The Submariner and GMT-Master II are arguably two of Rolex’s most recognizable models, but they are by no means the most affordable. If you yearn for Rolex but don’t want to spend so much money, we have good news for you. Rolex has just announced new 39mm models of their entry-level Oyster Perpetual collection. Priced aggressively at 5,400CHF, these models feature Rolex’s in-house calibre 3132 movement and are COSC certified. They also come with Rolex’s modern Oyster bracelet with the very nice Oysterclasp. See why we think this will be one of Rolex’s most popular models in the years to come.
Mickey Nolan: Yeah that’s right, I’m going to strip down a Rolex Submariner Date 16610 with a 3135 movement. It’s probably the most common Sub out there. They were made from the late eighties all the way up until 2010. This particular one is from 1995. It’s just come in. It looks to be in pretty good shape, but it’s fast, so it needs checking over.
No word on the pricing at this point, but we will know more next week. Having said that, it is safe to say that the Tudor North Flag will cost more than current Tudor sport watches because of the movement but a bit less than Rolex watches. So I am guessing somewhere in the ,000 - ,000 range that will still make them a good value for a handsome adventure-style timepiece. tudorwatch.com
When most watch lovers hear "Greenwich," they often think of Greenwich, England which is home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian (hence GMT being Greenwich Mean Time). But if you are an affluent watch lover in the greater New York City area, you might instead think, "that's where I live." Normally you would not expect to find a high end watch store in a quiet town of 62 thousand. But as a desirable community (rated in July 2005 by Money magazine as 1st on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States) within 40 minutes of midtown Manhattan, Greenwich, Connecticut and the surrounding area has more than its share of watch lovers. And the local store to indulge their passion is Manfredi of Greenwich, Ltd. Roberto Manfredi has operated Manfredi Jewels in downtown Greenwich since 1988. I had the pleasure of sitting across the table from Roberto at a dinner at BaselWorld 2014 (but too far apart to chat with him at that time).
A bit more niche (and more interesting, in my opinion) is the limited edition Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Naimakka watches. Some of you may be familiar with Naimakka as a company that produces bracelets made out of specially woven paracord. These chunky bracelets began as survival tools based on the premise that having some durable rope can be a lifesaver. From there, Naimakka paracord bracelets became a sort of fashion item for those who are or would like to appear adventurous.
With collectors enthused by new limited edition or limited production high-complication pieces as well as rare vintage Patek Philippe watches sold frequently at auction (which is ironic, because rare watches should show up rarely at auction, right?), Patek Philippe remains in a strong position to impress new buyers or regulars who purchase their sub-0,000 timepieces. This isn't easy work though, and Patek Philippe must work hard at this on a regular basis, while preserving the character and design ethos that they have developed in their modern era.
The Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel case isn't small, with a diameter of 47.4mm. However, the case is on the slimmer side, being just 11.66mm thick. Stick to driving with it, as it only has 30 meters of water resistance. Also note that this ref. 92322-34B39-55B is going to be rather heavy, since the debut of this L-Evolution case comes in entirely in platinum. That makes sense for a high-complication piece such as the Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel, but I think that this case design will work well in titanium with more simple movements that don't require 0,000-plus price tags. If all goes well, we can expect to see this "evolved" L-Evolution design in more watches, perhaps starting as soon at 2016 or even late 2015, should Blancpain decide to come out with mid-year new watch releases.
1. DUAL TIME: Two world times are shown simultaneously: Local time and any alternative World time. Full calendar function displaying current day, date, month, year, and week. Here it's also possible to read the battery status and current version of the software.
The GF01r movement is also among the more basic that Greubel Forsey produces – even though it receives no less effort when it comes to finishing and décor as their much more complicated models. Produced from a total of 288 parts, the movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and operates at 21,600 bph. In addition to the time on the dial, there is a discreet power reserve indicator on the rear of the movement seen through the caseback.
Standing high and wide in a lot of titanium, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph ref. DC3036C-SA-BK watch looks intimidating as you take it out of the box. While it is a traditional Swiss watch through and through, the modern design elements and busy dial don't lend themselves to a comforting, familiar feel as you place the heavy (for a titanium watch), highly functional sports watch on your wrist. Ball watches are not known for their demure presence or restrained style, with an emphasis on marrying the historic once American brand into the modern age of the luxury sports watch. I am a known fan of Ball watches, but what was it going to be like to wear around this 45mm wide, 18.3mm thick mega-timepiece that contains features I'll likely never have an opportunity to use? Let's find out.
Let's get the battery life question out of the way. How long does the battery last? About two years. That's right, the MMT movement is designed to be like traditional quartz battery-operated watches that require a new battery each few years. Frédérique Constant and MotionX determined that their target demographic doesn't want to charge things on a regular basis, and from the start, having a "reasonable amount of battery life" was a priority.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 could very well be the most talked about watch at Baselworld 2015. It is unlike any watch that is currently in Patek Philippe’s collection, and it is a very bold move by the brand. It seems that people either love or hate this watch, and to help you make a more informed decision, here’s our hands-on article, photos, and video of it. I have to say, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time looks a lot more attractive in these hands-on photos than in the press photos. Have a look for yourself by hitting the link below.