Let my heart fall…

“The name’s Bond, James Bond.” (cue the Bond Theme song). This fictional character epitomised masculinity: fast cars, advanced weaponry, beautiful women, sharp clothing, watches, gadgets, and even gadgets built into watches and cars, and no matter who your Bond is (Connery, Brosnan, Craig, etc), I think it’s fair to say that most guys, though not necessarily wanted to be him, definitely thought of him as the personification of cool. This leads me to the review of the Omega Aqua Terra 150m Co-Axial, or also known unofficially as the “Skyfall” watch,…

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JLC Master Compressor Memovox – the beautiful beast.

I never looked at this watch while it was in production, mainly because I thought that the crown locks are very ugly. It wasn’t until I saw the watch at a watchmaker/dealer that I realized how beautiful the dial is and found out that the sound in this particular model is just what I wanted. I’ve looked at Memovox models and most of the older models are rattling instead of chiming, but this one sounds like an old alarm clock, not just like a trapped woodpecker. The dial is asymmetrical…

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Pepsi Meteorite

Having owned the Pepsi BLRO in stainless steel, my next natural progression was to also own a Pepsi Meteorite dial. The meteorite dial is an extremely special piece to me, as no two dials are identical. As most Rolex sport models have the same 40mm cases and only 2 versions of different bracelets, this particular model really stood out. It was a way of being different from the rest. Since each piece is unique, that also means getting a dial you like, would depend hugely on your luck as well!…

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Cynically Charitable Review: Ming 17.06 Monolith

My most charitable view: It’s a minimalist masterpiece with attention to detail you won’t find on any other watch in this price range. My most cynical view: It’s a boring, two-hand, time-only watch with a base level ETA movement. At $1500 the 17.06 Monolith offers the full Ming design language in a simple, clean package. For some, it may tend towards too simple, as this really is a bare bones, two-hand, time-only watch with nary a moving part to be seen on the front or back of the watch to…

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A day to remember

It was a day in June and at that time I had no idea, that at 4 PM, I was going to purchase an Oris 65. I knew Oris from my good friend, fellow watch nerd and big Oris fan, Jasper. He has a nice collection of Oris all super cool watches, one of them an Oris RedBar Diver 65, with of course an awesome dial (we started the RedBar Copenhagen chapter together). In the afternoon I got the usual mails from Fratello Watches, Hodinkee, and the usual suspects, and…

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When a French designer does Organic Sci-Fi

Please excuse the preamble, but many of my watches are acquired because of a connection with the watchmaker behind them. I first met Emmanuel Dietrich in about 2012/2013 at a small fringe independent brand show in Geneva, the GTE (Geneva Time exhibition or something) at around SIHH time. He was an industrial designer and was there to show his first watch, a timepiece called the ED01 (google it), a robust utilitarian sports watch with funky cross-over elastic straps designed to be worn over a ski jacket which never really took…

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What happens if you combine math, KISS and poetry? Ochs und Junior

Ochs and Junior fascinated me right from the beginning. The idea of owning a watch of one of the most important living watch makers and the uncompromised and stringent design mesmerized me, so that I was even looking into buying the «settima junior», a watch intended for children! (It showed the weekdays, which I found – and still find – a nice little complication!) But even the entry level watch was out of my reach, so I just followed their activities from afar. And then … the Moonphase. With just…

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1962 (MCMLXII)

Bio: This Omega was made in 1962. This particular case model, the 14770, is known as a transition model from a “pre-de ville” Seamaster to the Seamaster De Ville, meaning some dials would have or not have a “de ville” under the seamaster text. I personally prefer the non-de ville dial which was only produced between 1960-1962. This watch is a masterful combination of strength and elegance, says Omega’s 1960’s marketing team. The Face: The dial has speckling, consistent with its age. The indices and handset are not lumed, ensuring…

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A classic Memovox – dressed to kill

Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) has a thing with sound. Since 1959, JLC has been building alarms for the wrist. As such, the Navy Seals Alarm (NSA) follows in the footsteps of giants such as the Deep Sea (1959) and the Polaris (1968) as well as the rest of the Memovox range through the years. The NSA is a big watch at approx. 44 mm in diameter and – not least – a case height of just above 16mm. I have owned this watch for more than 10 years and I have taken…

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Glycine Airman Flys High

Glycine Airman, model GL0167, movement ref. GL293 44mm case without crown, 12mm thick, sapphire crystal, bronzewith ss display back, automatic, date window at 3 o’clock position, 24 hour GMT complication, 24 hour multi-directional bezel with locking crown 4 o’clock position. I’ll begin with saying that I’m a watch enthusiast. I’m not an expert on the technical aspects of watch escapements, balance wheel materials or what type of chronograph movement works best under pressure. So, everything you get from me, apart from the technical specs I pulled from the Glycine site,…

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