Category Archives: Mechanical

Under The Hood Part I: IWC Da Vinci

IWC's Da Vinci movement

There are some people who, when buying a new car, don’t take a look under the hood. Most people think that is territory for mechanics only. But even when you don’t feel qualified, it pays to take a look and form an opinion about what you see. The same goes for ... Read more

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Patek Philippe Minute Repeater and Chronograph Exhibition

Patek Philippe Ref. 5074

Patek Philippe has many milestones to its name such as Gyromax balance and the Reference 1518, which was the first perpetual calendar chronograph put into production. The company is known for attempting and successfully completing the most complicated watches, never fearing taking on nearly impossible challenges. For example, there is ... Read more

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Video Interview: Randy Johnson on his collaboration with Ulysse Nardin for the “Big Unit” Chronograph

Ulysse Nardin Big Unit

We had the opportunity to watch the World Series at the 40-40 Club with left-handed pitching legend, Randy Johnson, nicknamed the “Big Unit”, when he came to New York City to unveil the watch he co-created with Ulysse Nardin. In case you missed the game, the San Francisco Giants took ... Read more

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My Pick for Best Watch of the Year: Cartier Promenade d’une Panthère

Cartier-Promenade-d’une-Panthère

The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (GPHG) is coming up, taking place in Grand Théâtre de Genève on Thursday, November 15, 2012. On this stage watches released in 2012 compete for best in class. Winning not only provides bragging rights but can also convert to dollars in the marketplace. People love to ... Read more

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Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillon Big Date: A New Rendition of an Old Story

HARRY-WINSTON-OCEAN-TOURBILLON-BIG-DATE

The first image that probably comes to mind when you hear the name Harry Winston is exquisite jewelry. However, in the past 20 years they’ve really gotten serious about watchmaking. We’re not talking about the Opus series. As much as we like the experimental and progressive designs that come from ... Read more

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Video Interview: Girard Perregaux CEO Michele Sofisti tackles questions such as the brand’s position in the industry, why the watches don’t hold market value and how he intends to solve these problems

Girard-Perregaux-1966-Full-Calendar

Just a few short weeks ago, Girard-Perregaux pulled back the curtain on their Manifesto of Time at TimeCrafters, which we covered here. Orchestrated by watchmaker Dominique Loiseau, the Manifesto aims to bring Girard-Perregaux to the next level and differentiate them from the crowded pack of brands jostling for customer dollars. They ... Read more

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Manuel Emch and Romain Jerome: An Unlikely Love Affair

RJ Lady Liberty

What is Manuel Emch, formerly the CEO of Jaquet Droz, doing at Romain Jerome, an upstart company with no history and a tendency to polarize the watch community? That is the question I asked him when we met in New York City not long ago. Emch explained he wanted and ... Read more

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Interview: CEO Eric Loth Makes a Case for Graham

Chronofighter Generation II Trigger Closeup

Introduced in 2001 by owner and CEO Eric Loth, the modern incarnation of Graham takes inspiration from the gifted English horologist George Graham. And there’s no doubt why. Graham was a really inspiring guy, contributing many advances to the art of watchmaking. A geophysicist and member of the Master of the Worshipful ... Read more

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To Wind or not to Wind Your Timepiece, that is the Question: Queen Elizabeth Says Wind

Queen Elizabeth wearing JLC 101 the day of her coronation in 1953

Since the Queen of England winds her clocks and watches, does that mean you should too? It’s an important question that many collectors ask. Whether you have one or hundreds of timepieces, you need to take care of them so they stay in good running order. When it comes to preservation, ... Read more

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Christie’s Bond-Themed auction first to identify watch worn by James Bond in Skyfall

Omega Seamaster Professional "Planet Ocean" worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Whatever you think of him, James Bond persists as a force in our culture. In honor of this iconic fictional character, Christie’s presents 50 Years of James Bond – The Auction. Since our focus here on Longitude is watches, I’m pleased to announce that two models, actually worn by actor ... Read more

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