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Archive for February, 2011

The Rolex Explorer For A.C. Milan: Commemorating Milan’s 2007 Championships

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Review

If you like footy and watches then this is it. Your chance to grab a Rolex and a small piece of history.

If you know Hodinkee, you know that we have a particular fondness for the Rolex Explorer. In fact, we have profiled quite a few over the past few years including:

That’s a lot of Explorers, but here is one more.

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The Zenith El Primero Goes Tourbillon: Vintage Inspired Case + Cutting Edge Caliber

by on Feb.27, 2011, under Review

Much better looking than a TV. At 44mm these are a big ole chunk on the wrist, giving all you weight lovers something to sink you to the bottom of the pool with.

Since the departure of Thierry Nataf from Zenith watches in mid-2009, we’ve seen more classical, traditional looking designs.  Some of them, like watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/3/8/62″ href=”http://zenithwatches.com/en/#/collection/flow/3/8/62″ target=”_blank”>the Striking 1/10th Chronograph, are downright awesome both aesthetically, calling upon the looks of the Reference A 386 from 1969, and mechanically, offering the El Primero chronograph with a seconds hand that is capable of displaying a tenth of a second. 
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An Original Bell & Ross Chronograph, Manufactured by SINN, With Box And Papers

by on Feb.26, 2011, under Review

This bad boy reminds me of a few gauges in an airplane…a commander to be exact.

Some young brands have succeeded in building very loyal followings, and very quickly at that.  Bremont is one of them (see their forum watches.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3″ href=”http://forum.atgvintagewatches.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3″ target=”_blank”>here), and Bell & Ross is another.  Their forum at BR-AVO.com is a veritable hotbed of activity related to this 20 year old French brand. 

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The Jaquet Droz SW Chrono: A Rubberized, Sporty Departure From The JD Norm

by on Feb.24, 2011, under Review

This is definitely something new from Jaquet Droz.  Most of the items you’ll find from the brand named after a man who was best known for automotons are, well, something different.  The last time we featured a Jaquet Droz, it was a $341,000 rube goldberg with the sole purpose of writing the time in pencil.

Most of JD’s current production models tend to look like watches.com/JaquetDroz_Reserve.html” href=”http://professionalwatches.com/JaquetDroz_Reserve.html” target=”_blank”>this, which if you’re into regulaters and figure 8′s, is a pretty snazzy looking design.  That’s why the SW Chrono (pictured above) is such a surprise.  It is a fairly simple looking chronograph, featuring a JD in-house caliber movement, and incredible legibility.  Accents are rubberized and the case is stainless steel.  No word on pricing yet, but the Jaquet Droz SW Chronograph is in stores now.

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