A Few Minutes With MeisterSinger’s John van Steen

24/10/2020 11:25 pm A Few Minutes With MeisterSinger’s John van Steen While we are roughly at the half-way point of our 90 day essay on time and MeisterSinger, I thought it might be worthwhile to spend a few minutes with one of the key people behind the brand, the Director Sales and Managing Director, John van Steen – Courtesy of John van Steen Tempus Fugit – What was your first watch? Was it a gift? Is there a story behind it? John van Steen – My first Watch was a…

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Something To Look Forward To

24/10/2020 8:52 pm Something To Look Forward To Like probably every single person out there suffering from insomnia and therefore reading Tempus Fugit, I am tired.  Like you, I am tired of COVID and the startling way it has somehow become a political issue. Let’s hope we all live through it.  I was thinking about something that I said at the second annual (and final) gathering of the “Watch Expert’s Network” at BaselWorld (the less said about that ill-fated effort, the better), where I asked the absolutely crazy question –…

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The 417 ES

23/10/2020 1:13 pm The 417 ES From Hanhart – I was noodling around on Facebook this morning and discovered that there is a new chronograph from Hanhart. This is the 417 ES.  It is a very handsome throwback to an iconic piece. Courtesy of Hanhart The 417 ES is a hand-wound, bi-compax chronograph. The case is of stainless steel and it measures 42 mm in diameter. Courtesy of Hanhart The movement is from Sellita, noted as the SW 510 M. Courtesy of Hanhart Hanhart has, over the past 8 years Hanhart has…

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Repeat – The Trolley Problem

23/10/2020 12:33 am Repeat – The Trolley Problem So I had an interesting phone call with a brand owner this morning.  He first thanked me (I think sincerely) for the recent post about the pervasiveness of payola in the watch media.  He then asked (I also think sincerely) “Do you enjoy making enemies?” Well, I don’t expect my phone to ring with the COO of Outlet X begging me to join up anytime soon, so in for a penny – in for a pound.  Here gentle reader, is a repeat…

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The UR-220 All Black

22/10/2020 2:25 pm The UR-220 All Black From URWERK – Courtesy of URWERK URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” All Black edition limited to 25 watches Movement Calibre: Calibre UR-7.20, developed by URWERK Winding: Manually wound Escapement: Swiss leverFrequency:28, 800 v/h – 4 Hz Hairspring: Flat Energy source:Single mainspring barrel Jewels:59 Power reserve: 48 hours Materials:Baseplate in ARCAP P40, 3D minutes pointer in aluminium with bronze counterweight; central spring in steel. Hours satellites in aluminium; carrousel and screws in grade 5 titanium. Decorative finishes:Power reserve bridge and module circular-grained in black.Power reserve subdial…

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The BR 05 CHRONO

22/10/2020 1:13 pm The BR 05 CHRONO  From Bell & Ross – Courtesy of Bell & Ross This is the latest release from the BR 05 collection.  This chronograph version is available in 2 color ways (black and blue), with either a stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap. Here are the pertinents – Movement:  calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical. Functions:  hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock and date. Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Case:  42 mm in width. Satin-finished and polished steel. Screw-down crown. Sapphire case-back.…

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Doing Good – Claude Meylan

21/10/2020 11:17 pm Doing Good – Claude Meylan Nice to see a brand taking steps to come up with ecologically friendly alternatives! Courtesy of Claude Meylan Here’s the news, straight from the source – CLAUDE MEYLAN contributes to a better environment by creating a fully eco- responsible and recyclable watch display. Always concerned by a more ecological approach Claude Meylan introduce a new 100% recyclable display – a first in the field – and entirely made in Switzerland, in Clarmont (VD), in collaboration with Eric Dakkus. Courtesy of Claude Meylan…

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The SUB 200 C-Graph

20/10/2020 2:40 pm The SUB 200 C-Graph From DOXA – Courtesy of DOXA Okay, gotta’ admit, I am a wee little bit conflicted by this one. Even during my time working for Rick Marei and selling the DOXA SUB directly, I was never a huge fan of the T-Graph.  I know, every desk diver and over-stuffed diving suit clad devotee of Watch U Seek feels emotional, well, swellings when discussing the T-Graph. Simply put? It just was never my jam. Courtesy of DOXA And with this new SUB 200 C-Graph, the…

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It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

20/10/2020 4:03 am It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way A small bit of Henki-lore, Way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth (the 1980s) I dabbled with the idea of pursuing a degree in journalism. To that end, after a misplaced semester at Slippery Rock State University in Pennsylvania (an institution which produced one of the most perspicacious scholars on football (that’s soccer to you) the world has ever known -David Kilpatrick, I moved onto the University of Oregon. I would like to think that I had he same drive,…

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