There's a good chance many of you haven't heard of Raúl de Molina, that is unless you're a regular Univision viewer. His daily television show, El Gordo y la Flaca, is the most popular show on the network, and actually sees more viewers than competing shows on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox, combined. Before becoming a TV personality, he worked as an AP and celebrity photographer, currently sits on the host committee of Art Basel, and acts as an ambassador for Louis Vuitton. He's also a watch collector – this is Talking Watches with Raúl de Molina.
While Tudor Submariners have a long and fairly well documented history as the official timepiece of the French Marine Nationale, their connection the United States Navy is far less clear. We do know that they were used by a handful of units through the late 1950s and early 1960s, but seldom do you actually find one with issue numbers or case back engravings. And that is what makes this particular example so special.
Panerai is opening its new Madison Avenue boutique this month, featuring an expansive area designed by celebrated Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola. The new boutique presents a modern vision of the Italian brand, and pays tribute to their role in supplying tools to the Italian Navy. Urquiola studied in Italy, and her recent work includes the Santorini boutique in Milan and New York, the W hotel in Puerto Rico, and the Mandarin Hotel in Barcelona.
Happy Perpetual Calendar Day: Hands-On With The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel
Today is March 1st, also known as the day the world's perpetual calendar owners get to show off their goods. So, in celebration of this, we're showing you one of the slickest perpetuals to be introduced in 2015 so far.
In this week's What's Selling Where, we are bringing you some great watches coming up for sale at Antiquorum on March 15th in Geneva as well as tons of other great watches available on eBay and through dealers.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is adding a blue colorway to their impressive Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2, a watch that impressed us in the past with its technical inventiveness. The Extreme LAB 2 was first introduced clad in red accents, and this year JLC is adding blue to the mix. Inside is the same manufacture movement setting the stage for the innovative set of complications and their controls. Our own Paul Boutros went in-depth with the watch, presenting a detailed set of images and a comprehensive overview. Let’s take a quick recap in honor of its newest reference.
Manufacture Royale is relatively new to the scene of independent watchmakers, having begun operation in 2010. Since then, the brand has positioned itself in the relatively crowded space by offering a number of models with brash aesthetics and, notably, beautifully designed in-house movements. One of these models, the Androgyne, distinctly symbolizes the brand's unusual design ethos and commitment to technical dexterity.
One of the greatest issues facing the mechanical watch industry today is a simple one – how to keep those millions of timepieces running into the next generation. Recently, we received a letter from a reader outlining his own frustrations with getting a watch serviced in London and we've decided to publish it below as a way of calling further attention to this serious issue. It should be noted that the author is Mr. Charles Conn, a serial entrepreneur who founded Citysearch in 1995, a former partner of McKinsey & Co., a Harvard MBA, and Rhodes Scholar. Currently, Mr. Conn is the CEO of the Rhodes Trust and Warden of the Rhodes House. He also happens to be a HODINKEE reader and true watch lover.
Officine Autodromo Offers Last Remaining Prototipo Chronograph Vic Elford Limited Edition At Bonhams, Fighting Domestic Violence
We're gonna call it like it is: there simply are not that many interesting new watches being made today for under $1,000. You know, where designs aren't simply reinterpretations of more expensive, existing watches. Officine Autodromo is an exception to that, and while we wish more of them featured mechanical movements, we are big fans of what they do. When we heard they were donating a piece to auction where the proceeds would go 100% to charity, we had to let you know.
Ulysse Nardin was one of the pioneering Swiss brands in chronometer production starting in 1846 and the company’s anchor logo still recalls that legacy. Today, the closest a Ulysse Nardin is getting to ocean navigation is probably on the wrist of a Monaco maxi-yacht owner, but that hasn’t stopped the company from keeping up its heritage of accuracy. Their new Original Marine Chronometer Series is a new 99-piece, limited-edition watch that will only be sold in Ulysse Nardin boutiques.