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  • Vacheron Constantin Royal Chronometer

    HISTORY The term ‘chronometer’ was coined by English watchmaker and writer Jeremy Thacker in 1714 in his pamphlet ‘The Longitudes Examin’d’ for clocks used to calculate longitude on marine voyages.  He invented a marine chronometer, a clock encased within a… Read More ›

  • Hands-on with Seiko’s (new) Quartz Astron

    December 2009 was the 40th anniversary of the world’s first Quartz wristwatch, the Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ. Based on a quartz crystal oscillator (an electrical signal with an extremely precise frequency), its importance is acknowledged by its registration on the… Read More ›

  • Hands-on with the Aristo Sextant

    The Aristo Flieger Sextant has its roots in a German sextant watch used by Wernher von Braun and his team at the Peenemünde rocket proving ground (“Heeresversuchsanstalt Peenemuende”) in the early 1940s. Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (23 March… Read More ›

  • HANDS-ON : Patek Philippe Ref. 5054

    Today we are looking at a slightly older piece. First Introduced to Patek’s range in 1999, and now discontinued, this classic Ref. 5054 is the rose gold model.  It was also available in white gold and Platinum. Interestingly, the case is… Read More ›

  • A.B.P. Paris

    STRAPAHOLISM For many a hardcore WIS or watchnerd, straps are an important part of watch ownership, with strap purchases and changes according to mood/ weather/ purpose/ colour/ material matching being a regular part of one’s horological existence.  If you’re a Paneristi,… Read More ›

  • Gérald Genta

    Gérald Genta, the horological legend and man behind the eponymous brand (although no longer associated with it), is responsible for some of the most (and yes this overused word is appropriate) iconic watch designs produced in the 1970s, some of which are still manufactured…. Read More ›

  • Movado meets Zenith

    Established in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by the then 19 year old Achilles Ditesheim, Movado (Esperanto for “always in motion”) is perhaps best known for what is known as the “Museum Watch”, designed by American industrial designer Nathan George Horwitt. Distinguished by a… Read More ›

  • A Plea to Watch Companies

    I have a sister who wants to be able to wear watches, but who has been unable to for a number of years now. The reason? A nickel allergy (contact dermatitis), which extends to an allergic reaction to leather straps… Read More ›

  • Patria watches – Omega sibling?

    Patria is a Latin word cognate with the Greek πατρίς (patris), both of which derive from the word for “father”, or “fatherland”. The watch brand Patria is commonly mentioned in the same breath as the brands of Brandt, Gurzelen, Labrador,… Read More ›