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  • Omega Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 With A Stunning Speedmaster

    45 years ago this July, a man named Buzz stepped off a spaceship and on to our moon. He was the second man to step foot on the moon and the first to be wearing a watch. That watch was an Omega Speedmaster. This year the Swiss watchmaker behind the moonwalk is honoring the triumphant moment in history with a new version of the chronograph. Omega announced at BASELWORLD 2014 they’d be releasing 1,969 limited edition timepieces this year commemorating Buzz and Apollo 11. The black and gold watch will be available this June. Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary 

  • Slow Watches Tell 24 Hours of Time Using 1 Hand (Watch Wednesdays)

    The concept of the Slow Watch might be a little unsettling at first if your one of the few who depend on a turn of your wrist for the most precise time (air traffic controller, NAVY Seal or human DVR), but if your cell phone tells accurate time and you want something a little more unique give it a shot. What might require a bit of adjusting might just give you a completely different outlook on the concept of time. A full 24 hours of display on a watch has never been done before and while the single hand might give off the theory of a simple mechanism under the hood, it’s actually quite complex. The watch has a Swiss Made Ronda Caliber 505.24H GMT movement that originally has 4 hands plus the date, but SW only uses the one hand that shows the 24 hour time in order to create a true slow watch that is reduced to only one necessary component. A unique differentiator for the watch lover. Slow Watches $250-290

  • Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planétarium Watch [Video]

    Get ready to see the most beautiful watch you’ve ever set your eyes on. The Midnight Planetarium from Van Cleef & Arpels features six of the planets orbiting the sun in real time. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are represented by precious stones around a rose gold sun. The case is also 18kt rose gold and the strap is made from alligator leather. This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the watch, since many Van Cleef & Arpels sell for well over $20,000, so enjoy the video.

  • Pebble Steel Watch (Watch Wednesday)

    One of the original smart watches to have mainstream success, the Pebble Watch, now has a more chic look. An option for a leather and steel band. The main concern with the original Pebble was the playful look that was reminiscent of a childs swatch. The steel band option really distinguishes the watch and it’s capabilities. The case is forged of CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, but retains the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. Each one ships with a metal and leather strap giving you a good diverse choice for any occasion. So now you can act like James Bond without feeling like Jimmy Neutron. Pebble Steel $249

  • The Basic MWC G10 Military Watch (Watch Wednesday)

    MWC supplies watches for the military, police forces, antiterrorist units, and also, for you. The G10LM is a smaller faced watch that still exudes ruggedness. It features a military webbing strap, a screw down caseback, and quartz movement. Available in 5 colors. MWC G10 Watch $96 

  • Own The Watch Used To Call JFK’s Time Of Death

    On November 22, 1963, neurosurgeon Dr. Kemp Clark was called to Parkland Memorial Hospital to see to President John F Kennedy. When all attempts at reviving the President proved futile, it was Dr. Clark’s duty to call the time of death. Unfortunately, nobody was really sure when President Kennedy died and nobody was looking at the clock anyway, so Dr. Clark made an approximation at 1:00 PM. Dr. Kemp’s family insists that he used his watch to make the call although Kemp himself is not on record as ever saying that. But witnesses agree he was at least wearing the watch. And hey, even without the history, the 1949 Patek Phillipe is the first waterproof watch the company produced. That’s got to be worth the estimated $100,000-$150,000, right? 

  • Style Watch: Power On Powder, Tech Gear on the Mountain

    Technology has done wonders for mountain sports in the past few years, the introduction to goggle tech in particular. Cameras, GPS and built-in heads up display are a few of the features making your downhill runs that much more compelling as well as interactive, sharing videos, stats and locating friends are all features offered within a piece of protective eyewear. Audio is another branch of tech that’s advancing every year, with the addition of audio synced with Bluetooth riders are able to listen to their favorite tunes on a run, without the danger of complete noise cancellation. Here are this season’s best tech additions to the cold weather mountain gear category. Whether a gift or a treat yo’ self holiday purchase, keep these in mind when doing your shopping. 

  • Worn&wound NYC Nato Watch Strap (Watch Wednesdays)

    Worn&wound, a site dedicated to showcasing not only their product, but their passion for high quality watches at an affordable price point. Their NYC Nato watch straps are just about the hottest thing in the watch world right now, so much so that they can barely keep them on the shelves. The straps are classic in design with a modern twist with refined colors and leather along with it’s unfinished hardware that gives this watch strap a rugged feel. Believe the hype. Worn&wound NYC Nato Watch Strap Photo Credit: Worn&Wound  

  • Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph

    Omega recently rereleased their 1969 Bullhead Chronograph, a unique style time piece with it’s crown sitting at 12 o’clock high on the case, in between a set of chronograph actuators (hence “Bullhead” ). The second crown hangs low and alone at the 6 o’clock mark used to rotate the internal bezel. As far as details go, the new Bullhead stays true to it’s original shape, but beefed up fit contemporary standards.

  • Samsung Gear Commercial Evokes It’s Inspiration

    Samsung is the first of the big tech powerhouses to hit the market with a real life smart-watch. Ever since the days of yonder a wearable smart-watch was something only seen on sci-fi and spy shows. Samsung’s newest spot pays homage to those wrist pieces that were the obvious inspiration for the watch. The spot features devices from The Jetsons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Knight Rider, Predator and Star Trek followed by a 360-degree look at the Gear with a tagline that reads “it’s finally real.”

  • Jay Z’s $33K Watch: The Shawn Carter By Hublot Classic Fusion

    Jay Z just may have made Hublot more popular tha Hublot ever could. Their biggest fan and advocate, Mr. Carter has mentioned the Swiss watch brand in nearly every one of his songs. Almost. Hublot has finally returned the favor, dropping this November 30th at Barney’s, Hublot Classic Fusion and Carter will be releasing their $17,900 watch in black ceramic which will be limited to 250 pieces and the yellow gold (yes, that’s 3N yellow, not rose gold) will be made in just 100 pieces with a price of $33,900. The Shawn Carter by Hublot Classic Fusion is 45mm in diameter, though quite thin – the HUB1300 hand-wound movement is just 2.90mm thick. See exclusive photos at Hodinkee.

  • Bell & Ross BR 126 Blackbird (Watch Wednesdays)

    Bell & Ross has always been synonymous with aviation and for their latest toy, named it after the fastest, highest plane to ever be built. To pay homage to the black beast, Bell & Ross is releasing the limited edition BR 126 Blackbird, that’s almost as beautiful as the plane themselves. The matte-black dial has become a standard with B&R, but the more interesting take on the watch is the independent hand to measure minutes in a full 60-minute arc on the main dial as opposed to relegating it to a 30-minute sub-dial. It also sports an a.m./p.m. indicator and a flyback complication. Orange canvas strap and a black rubber strap NATO-style strap. 500 pieces total, so get’em quick. $6,700

  • Michelsen Arctic Explorer (Watch Wednesdays)

    The Arctic Explorer was the official timepiece of the Solo to the South Pole Expedition. The perfect combination of luxury meets dependable. This 100m waterproof time piece was made to withstand the most extreme elements, tailored specifically to the expectations and need of outdoor enthusiasts. The different colored, robust dials make it easy to read in every daily situationwhile the unique bold arrow shaped hands hold the same purpose. The collection was designed with frequent travellers and outdoor enthusiasts in mind. It features the traditional three hands and a calendar but with an additional 24-hour hand and a rotatable bezel. These features allow the wearer to read three different time zones. Michelsen Arctic Explorer $1,960

  • Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel Watch (Watch Wednesday)

    The Navitimer Cosmonaute, was the fist watch in space, ascending with Mercury astronaut,Scott Carpenter, in 1962. Breitling’s new ‘blacksteel version’ is sure to have Breitling-ites, up in arms, trying to get their hands on this black beauty. The watch is one of the few watches on the planet with a unique 24 hour time display made for time telling during multiple orbits. Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel $10,000

  • Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux Chronograph

    When you think Luminox, you don’t necessarily think luxury, however with this limited (very)  Tony Kanaan Valjoux edition, you’ll be getting just that. From their Fall/Winter 2013 collection, this time piece features all the bells and whistles and then some. The green  and yellow accent colors symbolize the Brazilian race car driver’s heritage with a stainless steel, black PVD case measuring 44mm and a ceramic bezel.  An automatic ETA Valjoux 7750 movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux Chronograph $3,000 (311 Pieces)    

  • The Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ (Watch Wednesday)

    Introducing The Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ, a watch dedicated to the America’s Cup for their fourth edition timepiece with Emirates Team New Zealand.  The diameter is a large 44mm in a stainless steel case with the uni-directional bezel is made of ceramic. The performance of the watch is the real deal, a 300 meter diver with helium escape valve (located at 10 o’clock), but it’s also a chronograph with 5 minute regatta markings. So if you’re a true diver or just want a little bit of helium to make children (and myself) giggle, you know where the release valve is.  

  • Weiss Watch Company Field Watch (Watch Wednesday)

     Weiss Watch Company is an American manufactured company base out of California. What better way to leave you off before the birthday of the U. S. of A than with their Field Watch. The fully mechanical movement is a manually wound Caliber 6497 that is comprised of over 60 Swiss parts. These parts are then hand-finished and assembled in Los Angeles, California and encased in a 41.5mm water resistant, 316 stainless steel case with sapphire front and back crystals. The beauty of the watch speaks for itself but the delivery is tremendous. Each watch arrives in a wood box accompanied with an extra brown leather band and tool for making the switch. Weiss Watch $795.00

  • Victorinox Original LE 1989 (Watch Wednesday)

    The “original” Original was launched by Victorinox Swiss Army in 1989, and has since become a standard icon for not only the brand, but watches across the globe.  The watch comes with a tan leather band and under band add on, perfect for all your summer garb. Also sports a 40mm case diameter and aluminum screw in bezel, more than enough room to showcase it’s chronograph.

  • Attending The Launch Of Ballast Watches In NYC

    Ballast, a new luxury watch brand that launched this season, had an event at Randolph Beer in Manhattan’s Lower East Side where the inaugural submarine inspired line was on display. We had a few craft beers, ate a burger with cheddar and bacon and went home with a couple of sick watches.      

  • Memorial Day Weekend Style Guide

    Pack up your weekend bag and get the hell out of dodge this weekend. A little long weekend away will leave you rejuvenated for the summer workplace. We’ve gathered up every piece of garb you need, whether you’re hopping on a plane, diving in some waves or just lounging at a barbecue. Neon colors are sure to be everywhere and that’s fine, but if you’re going to go neon, own it. Don’t just slap on a bright yellow tank with a “Where’s Molly?” caption on it. Put a little more effort into it. But if you’re not 16 or on massive amounts of good time performing enhancing supplements, go a little more subtle with a bright short sleeve button down and ONLY our RSVLTS American Dream Team tank. Wear  pair of hybrid board shorts, incase pool time seems appropriate.   If you’re traveling might want to button up a little bit, no one wants to sit next to the guy in a tank top and jean shorts. Even if it’s ironic, don’t be that guy. Get a nice pair of noise canceling headphones, like Beats by Dre, Solo’s that come in an array of colors and small enough for easy packing. Block out more »

  • TAG Heuer Automobile Club de Monaco Black Edition (Watch Wednesday)

    Designed for the automobile club of Monaco, in super limited quantity, 225 watches to be exact, coated in titanium carbide and features sub dials at 3 and 9 o’clock as well as a date display at 6. The watch pays homage to  the king of vintage Heuer, 1970s Black Monaco, which is so rare, Heuer can’t even confirm it actually existed. The AMC features a orange “sahara” lining and a steel folding buckle with safety push buttons. $8,200 Available in June 1970 Black Monaco, One of the rarest Heuer’s on the planet      

  • Bell & Ross Pays Tribute to The Falcon’s 50th (Watch Wednesday)

    This year at Baselworld, Bell & Ross announced it’s heritage line, paying homage to the innovation and style of 1960′s aviation. With that, they’ve created these limited edition pieces in honor of the revolutionary Falcon Jet that paved the way for both business and military planes. The look and feel of the face is an almost exact replica of the look and style of the retro times. One watch holds a simple face, while the other a chronograph. Bell & Ross 

  • Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet (Watch Wednesday)

    Since 2011, OMEGA has worked alongside the GoodPlanet Foundation raising public awareness of our oceans and sharing its dedication to sustainability. OMEGA has committed a portion of the proceeds from this Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet to fully funding a project to preserve the mangroves and seagrasses in Southeast Asia and educating the local population about the conservation of these important natural resources that are such a critical part of a balanced eco-system. The watch comes with a blue leather strap or classic stainless steel band. Price TBD.

  • Bell & Ross Aviation B01 Collection (Watch Wednesday)

    Bell & Ross timepieces are synonymous with aviation and to pay homage, last year created a series of watches mimicking the gauges in a cockpit. This year they’re back with Indicator, Climb and Airspeed model gauge watches. The indicator is interesting enough for a conversation starter, the yellow triangle normally pointing in the right direction, now serves as an hour marker, a second disc showing the minute and the third disc in the center serves as a second hand. The Airspeed and Climb have a more traditional three hand model. Each watch is limited to 999 pieces and is cased in black steel.

  • Xetum Kendrick (Watch Wednesday)

    California-based Xetum designs its watches with a robust style. The Kendrick collection features bold automotive inspired dials, paired with nylon or rubber straps – a distinctive new look for the Xetum collection. The other two models from Xetum are aviation based, but they opted for a more simplistic design for their trifecta piece. Xetum Kendrick $1,000

  • Ochs Und Junior Date (Watch Wednesday)

    Watch innovator and minimalist, Ludwig Oechslin, created an entire new way for timepieces to display dates. This innovative function rids the watch of any alpha numeric display, which gives back to the aesthetics of the watch itself. The 31 date perforations, arranged as a gentle spiral, are ingeniously aligned with the indices for easy readability. The date is recognized purely by position. Increasing subtly in length as the spiral progresses, the 10-minute indices mark the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th on the month. The 31st and 1st are in line with each other. Each watch is fully customizable in band color, face color and accent color.

  • Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon (Watch Wednesday)

    All-black exterior with red accents. For the 10th anniversary Breitling- Bentley partnership, the highly original Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon issued in a 1,000-piece worldwide limited edition conceals a light and sturdy titanium chassis featuring a highly resistant carbon-based coating. With black on black watches stepping in for your grandfathers gold Rolex as the new frontman for the limited luxury “it” watch, Breitling has it down to a science. The dashboard-style dial displays two exclusive Breitling technical features highlighted by red-rimmed indications. The ingenious “30-second chronograph” system, heir to a 1926 Breitling patent, with its central hand sweeping around the dial in half a minute instead of the customary 60 seconds, provides highly accurate 1/8th of a second readings. Contrary to conventional tachometers, designed to handle observations based only on times of less than 60 seconds, the “variable tachometer” activated via the rotating pinion bezel serves to measure average speeds whatever the time elapsed, the distance covered or the speed reached.

  • Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary Watch (Watch Wednesday)

    Tissot celebrates its 160th Anniversary with a piece first created for Tissot’s centenary in 1953, which reflects its love for new horizons. The Tissot Heritage Navigator is the ultimate traveller’s watch. The different time zone feature makes it the perfect watch for the traveling business man or international man of espionage.  Once you have chosen and set the watch to the country of your choice, that time zone will be indicated by the numbers on the bezel. In order to find out the time of any of the other of the 23 countries, simply take a look at the time indicated by the minute track on the dial in front of its Capital. This watch is the perfect illustration of what the company stands for with its essence of tradition and that touch of innovation. Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary Watch Available November 2013

  • Anonimo Firenze Militare LE (Watch Wednesday)

    Remaining faithful in crown positioning to the traditional military pocket watches of the twenties of the past century, Anonimo Firenze patented the exclusive Crown Vanishing Locking Device. This locking system, integrated in the watch strap attachment, ensures water resistance and at the same time reduce lateral encumbrance by placing the crown at 6 o’clock.

  • Baume & Mercier 2013 Clifton Line (Watch Wednesday)

    Inspired by the “Golden Fifties”, the new B&M line for spring of 2013 is part of the Baume & Mercier museum collection. The simple yet powerful watch will raise some eyebrows at the office in a conference room full of shackle type watches. The watch was designed for an urban luxury enviorment, which basically means a top tier watch, you don’t have to be worried wearing on the subway.

  • TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Watch

    The Heuer family behind the TAG Heuer brand was started with Edouard Heuer in 1860. One hundred and four years later, in 1964, a young Jack Heuer designed and introduced the Carrera chronograph. For Jack’s 80th birthday this year, the brand is releasing a limited edition Carrera model featuring a 41mm case and Jack’s signature engraved in the caseback. TAG Huer Jack $4,900

  • Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition (Watch Wednesday)

    The Oris RHFS is just about as boss of a watch as you can get. This limited edition flight instrument was inspired by the 4e RHFS, the French special forces helicopter battalion. In the flight instrument style of the Oris BC4 collection, the case is coated in gunmetal PVD – an allusion to its military origins. The background of the small second carries the French military logo and the tip of the second hand features the French tricolore.

  • Worn & Wound Watch Roll

    Worn & Wound is dedicated to watch maintenance and custom straps, so they know a thing or two about a thing or two. Just released is their watch roll for the traveling man, who likes to bring a variant of watches on said trip. Every watch collector needs some way to store and carry their favorite timepieces, whether at home or when travelling. Designed and constructed in New York City, the w&w Watch Roll comfortably fits up to four watches (tested up to 50mm wide including crown) or a number of straps, and has a fifth dedicated pocket for a w&w spring bar tool.  

  • TAG Heuer Monaco LS Calibre 12 (Watch Wednesday)

    When you think of the TAG Heuer Monaco, you think of Steve McQueen, fast car’s and a blue face. They’ve been making the Monaco edition since the ’60′s, but have revamped some styles recently. One being the Monaco Chronograph. A unique update with a new “Linear System” (LS). Combined with a modern case that re-interprets the original square case, the Monaco LS Calibre 12 is one of the more distinctive models in today’s TAG Heuer’s line-up, despite having been on the market since 2009.

  • Make a Watch Strap out of Your Vintage Baseball Glove (Watch Wednesday)

    There has been a huge demand in the market for special leather watch straps, lately. Italian watch manufacturer, Panerai, have spearheaded this with pop up strap smiths crafting fine leather straps for Panerai watches from a variety of sources: vintage leather jackets, antique gun holsters and in this case a vintage baseball glove. TimeZone recently posted this feature of a member who made a strap for a Breitling Chrono-Matic using a Ron Guidry baseball glove. Guidry’s nickname was “Gator” and the post jokingly notes that the strap could be called a “Gator” strap as a result. If you can bear to part with your childhood mitt, you can take one to a watch strap smith and essentially create a new strap for a decade.  

 
 
 
 
 

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