Category Archives: Self-Winding

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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Breitling Gets Complicated: The Transocean Chronograph QP

A dress and sport watch in one

If one brand is almost synonomous for a complication it has to be Breitling. By hearing the name alone many collectors think instantly of a chronograph. Even through Breitling has also made quite a name with time only diving and ladies watches. For Breitling chronographs are a way of life ... 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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Patek Philippe 5079: Christie’s Expert Sabine Kegel Weighs In

Patek Philippe 5079

I am pleased to present one of the highlights of our Geneva 12 November Important Watches auction, a Patek Philippe reference 5079, the famous “cathedral” minute repeating watch with enamel dial. It was consigned to us by its first owner who had bought it at Gübelin in Berne in 2006 ... 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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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A Series: A Piece of Horologic History

Audemars Piguet Case back

Prior to 1972 there hadn’t been a haute horlogerie luxury sport market. Hard to believe since now almost all haute horlogerie brands design a watch for this category. But in the 1970’s the idea was unheard of. Blasphemous even. But Audemars Piguet was in bad shape. In the early 1970’s ... 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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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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Cartier Boutique in Chicago: Up Close and Personal with Live Pictures

It is all in the details; Cartier's famous buckle

That Cartier is a cutting edge brand is something they recently proved once again with the ID2. However, it is also a brand firmly rooted in history. It had boutiques before….well, most brands even existed. No wonder that the first feeling that you get when you enter Cartier’s boutique in ... Read more

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