Author archives: Monochrome

What is it to wear a unique and configured watch by Armin Strom?

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Recently, at Baselworld 2017, Armin Strom surprised the world of collectors (and certainly some of the industry participants…) by launching something that, besides being ultra-cool, felt like a natural development, and anticipative of upcoming changes in customers behavior. What they created is an online configurator, in order to imagine, choose, crea[...]

Women’s Watch Wednesday – Blancpain’s New Quantieme Phases de Lune Has a Tiny Secret on the Moon

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Since its inception back in 1984, Blancpain has never built a quartz watch. In fact, I remember the unveiling of the first-ever Blancpain watch at the Basel Fair, wherein the then 34-year-old Jean-Claude Biver announced in the midst of the quartz era that this was a brand dedicated to mechanical watches. The announcement shook attendees at the event, with ma[...]

Introducing – Oris Aquis Small Second Date

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Earlier this year, prior to Baselworld 2017, Oris introduced a facelifted version of its most emblematic watch, the Aquis. More refined, better executed, more modern but still perfectly suitable as a professional dive watch… It seems that tool-watch lovers praised this new design. The entire Aquis collection is now going through this facelift process,[...]

Born independent, Combating gravity – 5 Original Tourbillon Watches from “Indie” watchmakers

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Changes of positions have a negative influence on the way watches keep time. In 1801, Breguet patented a mechanism to negate the effects of earth attraction. A mobile carriage rotating at slow speed which houses the regulating organ of the watch, with the aim to average out positional errors. If the tourbillon has become more and more common in recent years,[...]