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BIDDING WARS!

Insiders’ thoughts: who is bidding at watch auction? With Only Watch and Phillip’s leading the way, watch auctions have attracted a lot of attention breaking records after records. Many observers are quite concerned about these bidding wars, especially watch lovers. The million dollar mark It was only a decade ago that the first Rolex ever,...
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21
Dec

Felipe Pikullik, hand craftsmanship from Berlin

An independent watchmaker on the rise Felipe Pikullik is a young talent from the long list of watchmakers trained in the Glashütte watchmaking tradition. While the watch world routinely reveres, and rightly so, the likes of Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe or Roman Gautier for their superb hand-finishing and watchmaking craftsmanship, the watch industry is not...
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09
Dec

The Oostpoort Royal Blue

Delft Watch Works Today we initiate this new weekly series dedicated to promising micro-brands and rising talents of the independent watch scene. And for this first article we have chosen Delft Watch Works, a relatively unknown brand whose work we’ve been following up for some time now. The Oostpoort Royal Blue is their first model...
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Delft Watch Works´ Oostpoort
30
Nov

ONLY WATCH 2021

ONLY WATCH 2021 was held on 6th November and at this occasion CHF 30 million were raised for the charity Exceptional and unique timepieces to support research into Duchenne muscular distrophy: this is what Only Watch is about. The vision of his founder, Luc Pettavino, former CEO of the Monaco Yacht Show, was clear from...
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ONLY WATCH 2021
19
Nov

Trilobe, an architectural interpretation of time

Earlier this year, Trilobe participated for the first time to Watches & Wonders. I had the great pleasure of discovering their interpretation of time. Without really being able to explain why, I intuitively figured out the French roots of Trilobe. Indeed, Gautier Massoneau, founder, anchored the brand in France. Or should I say in Paris?...
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25
Oct

10 Years L.U.C. & CronotempVs

When time counts Who could have predicted over 12 years ago, when this adventure started, that the independents (that back then nobody wanted) would be so much in demand today? Looking back, the change in attitude with respect to these relatively unknown brands was hardly perceived. What seemed to impossible is the acceptance of those...
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10 años L.U.C. & CronotempVs
01
Oct

Watchonista: Volume 01

Watchonista Introduces The Watch Magazine You Can’t Buy · Watchonista: Volume 01 Watchonista is proud to announce the upcoming launch of Watchonista: Volume 01 on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. It represents the online magazine’s first official foray into the world of print. This exclusive biannual magazine won’t be sold in bookstores or anywhere else, for...
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Watchonista: Volume 01
24
Aug

IWC Aquatimer 2000

This is how CronotempVs and the Aquatimer 2000 came into my life I had been travelling rather extensively the past few years and it was on one of my trips to Europe in 2016 that I decided to step into IWC in Madrid.  It was a last minute decision made on the spur of the...
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IWC Aquatimer 2000
16
Aug

Cigar maintenance and the “long” game…

If there is one thing I wish not to know is how much I must have spent on humidors in my lifetime… large, small, elegant, ugly, vintage, modern, electronic, expensive, cheap… You name it, I probably bought it. I have tried miracle liquids, special sponges and electronic paraphernalia with no positive results and only yielding...
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Cigar maintenance
27
Jul

Bronze Patina

One of the first questions you will come across when you buy your first bronze watch. Do I wait for the bronze patina to evolve with the passing of time or do I control and provoke it? For the first option, the only ingredient required is patience. For the second, just a simple tutorial will...
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Angelo del Mare Royal Officer
22
Jun
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