Two years ago, we introduced you to the latest creation from MB&F, the Legacy Machine Two. The watch features two over-sized balance wheels "flying" over a multi-layer lacquer dial and a differential wheel at 6 o'clock. The result is an absolutely unbelievable display of ingenuity, and one of the coolest "traditional" watches we've seen in a long time. Today, we feel like digging back a little to show you this original video that explains the MB&F Legacy Machine N°2 in all its glory.
What's Selling Where: From A Prized Universal Geneve "Big Eye" To A Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Limited Edition On eBay
This week's What's Selling Where includes watches sourced from upcoming sales at Auctionata and Watches of Knightsbridge, as well as the usual suspects: dealers, and the inimitable online marketplace known as eBay. Highlights include a Rolex modified to be a perpetual calendar by Franck Muller, a prized Universal Geneve "Big Eye" chronograph, and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Limited Edition with no reserve. We hope you enjoy!
Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, With "Dragging" 45-Minute Chronograph Function
Vacheron Constantin's Harmony line drew praise after revealing the thinnest self-winding split-seconds mono-pusher chronograph a month ago. Then it drew more praise with its mono-pusher doctor's chronograph, which employed similar technical innovation on a more reserved scale. All together, this collection of new calibers took seven years of research and development, and you can bet that a decent chunk of that went to coupling the improved chronograph with an improved tourbillon.
Pre-Baselworld 2015: Glashütte Original Updates The PanoMaticLunar And PanoReserve With New Dial and Case Configurations
And so it begins. The colossal watch trade show known as Baselworld opens its doors in a little over a week and today we continue our coverage of new releases by presenting a tasteful update to two watches from Glashütte Original. Both the PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve will be offered in two new case and dial configurations, providing a modern boost of color to models that were once only available in traditional hues.
Introducing The Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium, With Quadriannual (Not Annual Or Perpetual) Calendar
Audemar Piguet's Millenary collection has its share of eye-catching pieces. The diverse lineup includes a minute repeater, a tourbillon chronograph and even a time-only automatic with over 300 diamonds. The line exudes haute craftsmanship, regardless of the piece in question, and the addition of the Millenary Quadriennium is no exception. To better understand where the whimsically-named Quadriennium fits into the product line, think of it as coming in between the annual and perpetual calendar complications – it only needs adjustment in leap years (once every four years).
Of the nearly 29 million watches shipped out of Switzerland last year, only eight million were mechanical watches of the sort we cover at HODINKEE. And the other ~21 million? Well, those fall into a category dubbed "Electronic" (by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry), referring to what are, for the most part, quartz-powered watches. This market segment, with consumers in search of watches below the $1,000 mark, is precisely where MMT CEO Peter Stas feels that "Swiss Horological Smartwatches" can thrive.
Watch enthusiasts are not limited to collecting only pricey marvels of modern engineering or exceedingly rare vintage specimens. In fact, we come in all breeds, including fans of the pop-culture-influenced watches produced by Swatch. If you fall into that category, you're in luck: on April 7, 2015, Sotheby's Hong Kong will auction one of the world's largest collections of Swatch watches and ephemera from a private collector. Over 5,800 pieces are included in the collection, which is to be offered as a superlot valued at $1.3 million.
I tend to think that the best way to understand an icon of today – you know the types of watches I'm talking about, the Speedmasters, Submariners, and Royal Oaks of the world – is to take a look at the earliest iterations, at the watches that left the factory first and set the overall tone for a particular model that would change wristwatches forever. So, just like I did for the AP Royal Oak "A-Series" here, I now present you with a detailed look at the earliest examples of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. I'll tell you what to look for when examining early models and how to spot the only 50 year old Daytonas out there. I'll be honest, this was a really fun article to write and I think you'll love it. This is old school 'Dinkee goodness.
Ben and I got our first look at the new Vulcain Nautical Cricket a few years ago at the Basel fair. It left a memorable enough impression for us to re-visit the watch, which Ben did here, and for me to give the watch a proper go round in the form of a week on the wrist review. Our interest has been particularly sparked by their line of Cricket watches due to the rich history in competition with other favorites, such as the JLC Deep Sea. Which got us thinking, just how practical a daily wearer would this watch make? Read on for the answer to that and much more.
Omega turned out some great sports watches in the early '70s, some of which we’ve featured on HODINKEE before. Today we’re showing you a 1973 Seamaster Chronograph, reference ST 176.001. This watch is not only cool because of its matte-blue dial and curved brushed steel tonneau-shaped case, but also for the movement that beats inside.