Armin Strom Debuts Gravity Equal Force In Rose Gold

Although traditional mechanical movements are no longer the pinnacle of timekeeping accuracy they have been in the past, the science of mechanical horology is still a constantly evolving field with brands across the industry creating new and more efficient iterations on this centuries-old principle. Armin Strom is certainly no exception to this, as it demonstrated earlier this year with the Gravity Equal Force and its unique stop-works declutch system designed to transmit constant torque from the mainspring barrel to the balance. The original Gravity Equal Force in stainless steel was…

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Hands-On: Formex Essence Leggera Forged Carbon Watch

The Essence watch collection was an important break-out product for Swiss Formex because it combined noteworthy elements of the brand’s core DNA with a versatile and modern sports watch experience that was conservative enough for mainstream appeal. Products like the Essence help companies like Formex (and others who manage to release similarly successful products) exit the world of “microbrands” into the realm of boutique watchmakers that is a step up in both popularity and prestige. Today, I look at a further evolution of the Essence, which is the forged carbon-cased…

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Watch Review: Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime (2020 Version)

What I like about Ball watches is that they like to revisit their popular models and keep tweaking them over time. This gives Ball products a very iterative feel, which means that new models tend to be improvements of existing models. That is exactly the case with the Swiss watch maker’s Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime watches. Today, I review the reference DG2232A-SC-BK Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime (a limited edition of 1000 watches), and in 2016 on aBlogtoWatch I reviewed a watch with the same name in the reference…

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aBlogtoWatch Micro Monthly August 2020: Astronic STL-117 Tourbillon, Hervé Alvia & Sólás Starlight

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertisers The Astronic STL-117 Tourbillon Channels Inspiration From The F-117 Stealth Bomber It’s impossible to look at the iconic F-117 Nighthawk, better known as the Stealth Fighter, without a sense of awe at its unorthodox design that seems to defy both gravity and radar. The team at Astronic was directly inspired by the DARPA-developed F-117 when developing the STL-117 Tourbillon watch, but unlike the $111 million-dollar price tag on the Nighthawk, Astronic set out to make the STL-117 Tourbillon accessible and affordable. Looking at…

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Interview: Head Of Watch Marketing At Piaget Discusses The Grandness Of Being Thin

High up in the Swiss mountains above the city of Neuchâtel is the small town of La Côte-aux-Fées. It has a population of less than 500, and it also happens to be the home of Piaget’s fine watchmaking. Down the mountains and along the lake is the city of Geneva, where Piaget’s main watch case manufacturing and assembly headquarters is located. This is a precise analog to the traditional dynamic in Swiss watchmaking where movement makers would bring their work down to Geneva where it was cased and packaged for…

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WATCH GIVEAWAY: Franck Dubarry Diver Watch

The last full month of summer is here, and to ensure August 2020 sends this summer out with a bang we’re offering a very special aBlogtoWatch monthly giveaway. One winner will take home this stunning Franck Dubarry Diver watch, a futuristic and capable companion for any aquatic summer excursion. This unique boutique dive watch packs a handful of material innovations together with a bold skeletonized style for a truly one-of-a-kind look. The 43mm case of the Franck Dubarry Diver demands attention on the wrist, in no small part thanks to…

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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends 31 July, 2020

July has been a rather exciting month because Tudor has finally announced the highly anticipated follow-up to the first Black Bay 58 of 2018. I am, of course, referring to the Black Bay 58 “Navy Blue.” It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s Tudor giving fans what they want, and it will no doubt be one of the hottest watches of the year. Still on the topic of dive watches, we also asked a trained commercial diver if saturation divers absolutely need a watch with a helium escape valve to go diving.…

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Hands-On: Zodiac Super Sea Wolf GMT “Sherbet” ZO9403 Watch

A couple years ago, the most in-demand Zodiac watch was a GMT version of its popular retro-revival Super Sea Wolf diving watch series. That came in 2019 with another revived Zodiac classic, the Zodiac Aerospace GMT (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). Since then, Zodiac has produced a small number of Aerospace GMT pieces, and for this third version (the reference ZO9403 GMT Sherbet), Zodiac returns to the Super Sea Wolf naming scheme (which ultimately makes more sense because even though “Aerospace” was used in Zodiac’s history, the watch is really just a…

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NORQAIN Debuts New Manufacture Movement With Limited-Edition Forest-Green Independence 20 Watch

In the span of two short years, young Swiss independent NORQAIN has built an impressive reputation among enthusiasts for its team of major industry players in leadership roles, its stellar finishing and construction work, and its dedication to quality movements. This movement focused philosophy took a major step forward early in 2020, when the brand announced a partnership with Tudor’s movement manufacturing arm Kenissi to develop exclusive calibers for future watches. The sporty Independence 20 three hander is now the first beneficiary of this new partnership, with the all new…

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Chronoswiss Debuts Limited-Edition Open Gear ReSec Chocolate

Outside of watchmaking, one of Switzerland’s best-known cultural exports is of course gourmet chocolate. Swiss chocolatiers are nearly as famous as the great houses of Swiss horology, and, for its latest 2020 novelty, Chronoswiss has aimed to combine these two great national cornerstones into one delicious combination. While mechanically the same as previous brand releases, the new limited edition Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Chocolate adds an arresting, casual colorway to one of its core product lines, while also providing buyers with a one-year exclusive chocolate subscription service from famed Lucerne…

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