Author archives: Monochrome

Dominique Renaud’s Innovative Concept DR01 Is Completed, Working… And We Go Hands-On With It

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Innovation in the field of escapements and oscillators is the new frontier in technological breakthrough of mechanical watches, as evidenced by revolutionary concepts by Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, Parmigiani Fleurier or more recently the Zenith Defy Lab and its mind-blowing oscillator. Among these, Dominique Renaud presented an impressive concept dubbe[...]

Up Close and Personal with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

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At Baselworld this year, Tudor introduced a new version of the Black Bay, dubbed “Steel” – or more precisely, the reference 79730. Immediately during the official presentation, I questioned myself about the real purpose of this watch, which admittedly is… a Tudor Black Bay. No question about it, this new version perfectly blends into[...]

Buying Guide – 6 Great Bronze Watches for Patina Lovers

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One of the earliest metals known to man – bronze – refers to a wide range of copper alloys, usually with tin as the main additive. Because it is strong and tough, bronze is mostly used to craft tool watches. It was used in boat fittings – prior to stainless steel – because of its resistance to saltwater corrosion. It oxidizes but only[...]