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Blancpain Supports Gombessa Project

Written by Debbie. Posted in News

Written by Selena DiGiovanni


Last April,  naturalist and diver Laurent Ballesta teamed up with a crew of researchers and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in search of a creature long forgotten at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of South Africa.  The Gombessa.

Le coelacante

The Gombessa (or coelacanth) is a large sea-dweller which has been incredibly controversial since 1938, when one was found alive.  In fact, it was believed that the Gombessa had gone extinct somewhere around 70 million years ago.  The creature was thought to be the missing link between fish and land animals, having lobe fins which extend from it’s body like legs and an incredibly primitive, non-functioning, lung.


Aside from size (approximately six feet long) and lifespan (up to 60 years), little was known about the Gombessa due to it’s elusiveness and dwindling population.  However, with new research, Ballesta and his crew of researchers, scientists, and divers were able to determine the location of the Gombessa.  Ballesta and his divers dove 120 meters below sea level to Jesser Canyon caves in order to locate this amazing creature.  Once the Gombessa was located, Ballesta and his crew began research techniques which they had created in advance of their expedition.


Since 1953 and the creation of their first dive watch in the Fifty Fathoms collection, Blancpain has been a strong supporter of dive expeditions.  Blancpain’s support of major scientific explorations has included the “Pristine Seas Expeditions with Blancpain”, a pairing with National Geographic.


To learn more about the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms used on the Gombessa Expedition, visit

Nixie Watch by Cathode Review

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

by Chaz Nash

Nixie Watch by Cathode is a nostalgic journey back in time with a dual digit presentation of time at the mere flick of a wrist.

Calling all gadget creators and engineering geeks, the Nixie watch is just what creative minds ordered for reading the time of day. Engineer David Forbes got the idea for this incredible watch viewing web pictures of Jeff Thomas’ four digit Nixie watch. The watch inspired Forbes so much that he took out his defunct Fluke 8100B nixie DVM and removed its B5870 tubes. He discovered he could fit two tubes along with a camera battery inside a 1 ½ inch square. Forbes found that he could fit four tubes to make a pocket watch sized clock. He also found that a microcontroller (like a 68HC705J1A) worked perfectly and appeared to be a good fit.

Forbes contacted Jeff Thomas consulted with him on the engineering design and the rest became trial and error history which lead to Forbes production journey of his two digit Nixie tube watch.

The watch does not require button-pushing to operate. Wearers need only hold the watch at a stand viewing angle and the hours are displayed, another twist of the wrist reveals the minutes in perfect glowing orange digits. The watch is water resistant and rugged. The case is made aircraft aluminum and hard anodized to handle years of abuse and manages to pull off looking great.

Apple computer co-founder, Steve Wozniak, absolutely loves the geeky Nixie watch. As an engineer he shared with BBC writer Maggie Shiels, that he wished that he had invented the watch

While the Nixie watch is not currently available, Forbes is currently working on a new design for the Nixie watch, considering a possible limited production of only a meager few pieces, depending on demand. Forbes also indicates on his website that if demand warrants it he may bring back the original version of the watch. The Nixie watch has one year warranty. If the watch fails to operate within one calendar year Forbes will repair or replace it free of charge. However, broken Nixie tubes are not covered by the warranty. Additional Nixie tubes are sold for $10 each.

It will be interesting to see what Forbes has in mind for the new Nixie watch design, but whatever the new design offers geeky engineers and gadget fans alike will definitely want to leap on purchasing this amazing watch.

Tourbillon Complication Exclusivity a Thing of the Past?

Written by Debbie. Posted in watch history

There are few complications that prove a watch’s horological prowess like the tourbillon.  Invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet at the turn of the century to achieve the utmost accuracy in timepieces, the tourbillon almost went extinct with the advent of the quartz watch. 

Tourbillons were invented to balance out the effects of gravity and jiggling of the timepiece that would throw off the mechanics of the watch.  Once the quartz watches hit stores, their effortless accuracy rendered the tourbillon a thing of the past…for a while.

However, as the novelty of quartz watches wore off, the eyes of watch enthusiasts were once again drawn to the more artistic, more mechanically masterfully, and more historically rich timepieces of years gone by.

Tourbillons started making a reappearance in the world of watches about ten years ago, but for more reason than faultless accuracy.  The tourbillon is an extremely difficult horological feat, but combined with the scope of features that a luxury watch now requires, the feat becomes even more impressive.

Tourbillons have exploded into the world of watches to the point where their complexity is now as rare as reality TV—that is to say, not at all.  Just about every major watch brand boasts at least one tourbillon.  In fact, it’s rare for a collectionof watches to miss out on a tourbillon, never mind a brand.

Modern tourbillons have now become even more impressive.  Double carriage, incredibly huge, impressively tiny, (list some brands here), the tourbillon is now in danger of…dare I say it…overused?

Where the tourbillon once was a unique, almost quirky addition to a timepiece, it has now become something of a gimmick.

That is not to say that the tourbillon is unworthy of such attention.  It is an incredibly beautiful piece of machinery, and its successful completion is the piece de resistance of any watch maker.  However, it is no longer the rarity it once was—and may even be a superfluous addition to the cost.

The tourbillon remains an beautiful and worthy accomplishment in the world of horology.  Incredibly difficult to realize, incredibly delicate to design, and unbelievably magnetizing in action, the tourbillon may well be worthy of the new attention bestowed on it in the 21st century.  However, its exclusivity as a luxury timepiece element is a thing of the past.

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Omega Partners with 2012 Ryder Cup

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

The biennial professional golf tournament between the greatest golf players from Europe and America has partnered with luxury watchmaker Omega for the 2012 Ryder Cup. Omega was named as the official timekeeper for the famed tournament in 2011 and is slated to continue the duties as timekeeper until 2016. For those unfamiliar with the distinguished games, the Ryder Cup sets golf greats from Europe and America in opposition to play in a variety of tourneys all for the love and thrill of playing golf.

OMEGA Ambassador Michelle Wie’s artistic talents are now on display in Chicago as part of the 2012 Ryder Cup’s Magnificent Moments charity campaign

Aside from the Ryder Cup trophy, winners compete for the sheer thrill of competition and not for any monetary prize. The lack of a monetary prize distinguishes the Ryder Cup from most other professional competitions and perhaps makes the prize much more desirable.

Davis Love III is Omega’s latest brand ambassador and also named captain of Team USA. Although this is Love’s first time playing the role of team captain, Love is no stranger to the Ryder Cup. He previously took part in six tournaments and played on two winning teams making him the ideal candidate for team captain.

And what partnership would be complete without a commemorative watch to celebrate the alliance? Omega presented the Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” as a dedicatory piece and can be seen on the wrist of Team USA captain Davis Love III. The Seamaster Aqua Terra comes in a 41.50 millimeter stainless steel case and features a screw-in case back with a sapphire crystal which allows a clear view of the movement. Additionally, the Captain’s Watch is equipped with the exceptional Co-Axial caliber 8500 with an Si14 silicon balance spring that is exclusive to Omega.

The red, blue and yellow colors of the dial on the Seamaster Aqua Terra should be easily recognizable as they are the trademark colors of the Ryder Cup and are incorporated into the pattern of the dial. Other notable features of the piece include the luminous and easily legible hour and minute

hands of the watch and it is also water resistant to 500 feet.

Omega describes the limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” as possessing outstanding reliability and superb performance. They believe these are qualities that every leader should possess and believe that Davis Love III is a prime example of a great team leader.
The 2012 Ryder Cup began on September 22 however games will continue until September 30th. Check your local listings to cheer on your favorite golfers and catch Davis Love III and the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Captain’s Watch” in action.

Slyde Watches Becomes Official Watch Sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 9.

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

The poker hands have it at this year’s European Poker Tour Season 9 Main Events, and Slyde Watches has revealed its sleek hand as the Official Watch Sponsor.


Luxury Swiss watch brand HD3 Slyde is sporting a different kind of poker face these days as it has forged a partnership with European Poker Tour and has agreed to be the Official Watch Sponsor of the EPT9 Main Events. In addition to the EPT9 prizes six lucky winners will also be presented with “Black and Steel” design HD3 Slyde watches.


Mikalai Pobal, Main Event Champion of the EPT9 Barcelona Tournament has already claimed his hefty €1.007.550 check and of course his prestigious “Black and Steel” HD3 Slyde watch. Pobal (a.k.a. “leanod” – his online poker handle) celebrates his impressive win noting it marked his first win and participation in the European Poker Tournament. Needless to say Pobal will not only be holding cards and sporting a winner’s poker face, but he’ll do so wearing his new HD3 Slyde watch. Congratulations go out to Mikalai Pobal for his impressive win.


Both EPT President Edgar Stuchly and creator of Slyde Jorg Hysek welcomed the opportunity to partner for Season 9 of the tour, as well as the opportunity to present EPT winners with Slyde watches as part of their prize winnings. Hysek also commented on their partnership drawing parallels to both organizations with regards to their “forward thinking and innovation.”


Slyde is the best innovative out-of-the-box technological watch created and produced by luxury Swiss watch manufacturer HD3 . Slyde has successfully married “intuitive technologies” with horological design to produce an enviable timepiece. Slyde has a touch screen sapphire crystal and houses a cutting-edge graphic engine with a simplified navigation system. It offers the first virtual mechanical movem
ent ever designed thanks in part to a micro-controller which processes hundreds of images per second. The most incredible feature of the Slyde watch is its ability to download software, upgrades, functionality and pictures from HD3 – Slyde Shop, making it the most evolutionary luxury watch on the market.EPT9 Main Event winners can look forward to phenomenal cash prizes and a personalized Slyde watches that displays “Champion EPT 9…” and specific tournament site. The winner of the and Monte Carlo® Casino European Tour Grand Final will receive a “Black and Rose Gold” version of the Sldye watch. It may actually pay off to take up learning the game of poker just for the Slyde watch alone!

Richard Mille to Design Official Bracelet for “Big One for One Drop” Tournament

Written by Debbie. Posted in bracelets, More News, News, tournaments

At the beginning of 2012 the World Series of Poker announced that it would hold a tournament later on in the year. They eventually announced the “Big One for One Drop” tournament that was to be held from July 1st-3rd in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This would be the world’s biggest charitable tournament and the most well known. The prize winnings and the donations are some of the highest ever in charity and tournament history.

Of course excluding the lottery, but that’s neither charity nor a tournament. The entry into the tournament had a minimum fee of one-million dollars.

The tournaments profits will go to the One Drop foundation founded by the creator of Cirque de Soleil, Guy Laliberte. The foundation works to provide water to those desperately in need of it.

Richard Mille a French businessman and owner of a Swiss watch company under his own name had been chosen to design a trophy bracelet to be given to the winner of the tournament.

The design of the bracelet took the form of the Tonneau shape. The goal of the bracelet was to symbolize the foundation and the event.

To do this Mille took two sapphire crystals and superimposed them into the middle of the case to give the bracelet depth and a picture frame appearance. On the first crystal a water droplet shaped diamond of 0.78k was imbedded within. Behind both crystals is the logo of the Big One for One Drop foundation. The item is super polished and made of platinum, which gives it a sleek and luxurious quality.

Richard Mille’s name is detailed on top of the watch face and World Series of Poker is abbreviated under the foundations name. The water droplet shaped diamond perfectly symbolizes the event and as its set smack in the middle of the bracelet, anyone who looks at it will instantly be intrigued by what it is supposed to represent. When people want to know what the item is meant to represent then you know you have designed an item perfectly towards its intended cause.

Richard Mille is a friend of guy Laliberte. Their friendship helped established the tournament. With the tournament over last week the total charitable earnings equaled out to $5.3 million, a huge sum which will go along way for those in need of the foundations services. Both Mille and Laliberte will be pleased at the success of both the event and the bracelet.

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The Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Tides Late Clube de Santos

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

Since 1993 Corum the Swiss watchmaker has developed Admirals Cup 48 Tide watches with such precision that they have become the name for such designs.

In 2012 Corum released a new edition of the 48 Tides collection. The Seafender 48 was released earlier this year in limited edition, Corum done this to mark its re-entry into the Brazilian market.  The watch is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Brazil’s most important nautical institution, the late Clube de Santos.

The Seafender 48’s main features include nautical information displays used by ship crew members and admirals during sailing and especially during uncertain weather conditions.

Types of nautical information

  1. The Strength of Tide
  2. The Estimation of water levels
  3. The Strength of the currents
  4. The time of the tide

The watch comes in two versions

  1. A titanium sporty edition-colors are blue, yellow and black
  2. A red gold urban edition-colors are rose gold, grey and brown

Both editions have the same features expect that the red gold edition is only water resistant down to 50 meters where as the titanium sporty edition can be taken down to 300 meters.

The mechanisms and specs of the watch are as follows

  • The watch is erupted with a caliber CO277 giving the mechanisms a power reserve of roughly 42 hours.
  • The shape of the watch is in a dodecagonal, meaning it has 12 sides.
  • The dimensions are 48mm wide  by 17.35mm thick

The case is made of grade 5 titanium or 5N 18k red gold. The bezels are made of vulcanized rubber. The crystal is sapphire with an anti reflective coating.

The hands on the clock are treated with SuperLuminova which allows for visibility in low light environments. All the numbers on the clock face are developed to provide for accurate and quick nautical information. To an untrained eye the watch seems hectic and clustered but for those used to such numbers and measurements the watch is extremely useful.  The Seafender can also be used as a backup in case on board systems on a ship fails and shuts down.

The Seafender 48 is limited to 65 pieces. The price has not yet been revealed. You would have to contact Corum to get a quote, which is usually the case with most limited edition luxury watches.  As 2012 will eventually end so will this limited edition Admiral watch. Although targeting the Brazilian market, the watch can be bought by those outside Brazil.

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The Ulysse Nardin Classico Luna

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands, Women's Watches

Using the Moon as inspiration, Ulysse Nardin designed a new watch to represent the phases of the moon in a watch the looks like a classic timepiece.

The Classico Luna watch does not seem like a special watch from a distance. In fact even from up-close it looks like an ordinary watch. One would think its only value and selling point is that it was designed by a high end luxury watchmaker.

However the main selling point of the Luna watch comes from its inspiration not any over the top appearance.

The Classico Luna watch features a moon phase disc that rotates around the center of the clock face every 12 hours. As it moves around the clock face the moon disc changes colors to show the phases of the moon following the moons 29.5 day cycle.

If course somehow the disc representing the moon is off by a fraction or by a day, you can easily adjust it by the correctors located in-between 5 and 6’ o’clock.

The slim design of the Luna watch compliments it perfectly. While most other watches feature thick cases and over the top mechanisms, the Luna not only emphasizes its main feature (the moon disc), but the simple classic design does not distract you from that main feature.

The men’s clock face features Roman Numerals. The date is shown in a circle at 6 o’clock. The clock hands are a slim line. However the hour hands head is shaped like a water droplet. A nice feature on the hour hand is that it features a detailed engraving of the Sun on it. A very appealing detail I must say, perfectly complimenting the rotating moon disc on the watch.

The Luna has been designed for both men and women. The men’s version comes in roman numerals as mentioned above. The women’s version comes with diamond indices instead of roman numerals.

Luna Men’s Version
• 40mm case
• Roman Numeral indices
• Silver and black dial design
• Stainless steel or 18k Gold
• Optional deployment clasp
• $8,500-$45,000 (price varies due to extra features such as a rose gold bracelet and diamond bezels/lugs.)

Luna Women’s Version
• 35mm case
• Diamond bezel/lugs and mother of pearl dial.
• Stainless steel or 18k Gold
• $8,900-$17,800 (depending on extra features)

The Classico Luna’s simple design makes it both quiet affordable and wearable. You can wear it both on formal and informal occasions. It is neither over the top luxurious nor cheap looking. The Luna is a truly versatile watch.

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The New Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

What happens when you bring together Swiss and Italian watchmakers?

You get the Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch. A watch unique to both companies yet designed to show each company’s style.

The Cambano watch was designed along the lines of Bovet’s Amadeo case style. What is unique about the Amadeo cases is that you can detach the straps on the watch and turn it into a pocket watch or pendant watch using a chain that can be bought along with the watch.

The watch is made of steel and is 45mm wide. The case is circular with the thickness giving the watch an appearance of a small can. The backside of the watch has a clear crystal so you can see the gears involved in running the watch.

The clock hands are triangular in design and the second hand has a unique snake like serpentine design. The hour indices are not marked by numbers, instead they are noted by black lines. All of the hands are treated with a luminescent material making them visible in low light conditions.

The crystals on the clock face and back are a very high quality AR coated sapphire crystal. The crystal is so clear that you often forget that there is a crystal there. You get the urge to stick your finger into the watch to play with the dials only to have your fingers press against the super clear crystal.

The movement system is based on the Valjoux 7750 system. However Bovet and Pininfarina added their own unique parts to the system, changing the style of the set up. Nevertheless the main driving mechanism is based on the trusted Valjoux 7750 so you can be assured that the watch is not completely running on a newly designed system, which might break down on you.

The Cambiano is, like nearly all high end luxury watches, limited edition. There will only be a certain number produced and as new sets of Bovet and Pininfarina watches come out each year, the supply inevitably depends on the demand.

The price of the Cambano is roughly $24,200. Although the price is very high it is as expected for a high end collaboration between two luxury watch makers. What is laughable about this edition is that the chain used to turn the watch into a pocket watch is sold separately. You would think that the chain would come with the watch since you’re paying more than 24 thousand for it. But I don’t think those who can afford this watch would be bothered by any additional purchases.

Here is a video review of the Cambiano.

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The Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Fashion Watches, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, News, Style Watches, Watch Brands

Tissot the luxury Swiss watchmaker recently released the Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Professional Chronograph Valjoux. Fusing design with technology the Seastar 1000 allows for action packed adventures as well as calm and relaxed occasions.

The design of the Seastar 1000 was based around the concept of a diver. The Seastar’s main selling point is its ability to go down to a pressure of 30 bars. That’s around 1,000ft below sea level, more than enough for professional divers.

The 1000 features a divers buckle and extension making it easy for divers to handle the watch. The indexes as well as the clock hands are coated with SupeLuminova allowing for visibility deep under the surface of the sea.

A unique feature of the Seastar 1000 family is that the watches come with their own helium valve which automatically depressurizes the watch, a lifesaving feature. What could be worse for a diver than diving deep down into the sea and thinking your good on time only to find out that the pressure has damaged your watch and you won’t have enough time to go back up.

The case of the 1000 is made of stainless steel .The clock face is a sapphire crystal coated with anti reflective material. The bracelet is rubber and can extend to adjust to the users wrist size. The back of the watch has a clear sapphire crystal that allows the user to view the mechanisms that drive the watch. A total of 25 jewels make up the gears that run the watch.

The watch has two push down buttons on the left side to control the timers. The indexes representing the time and the seconds are engraved on. The craftsmanship shows up through such small details on the watch.

An automatic movement system drives the 1000. The movement is based on the Valjoux 7750 Chronograph, a highly proven and dependable mechanism used by most luxury watches and watchmakers.

Dimensions and Weight
• Width= 49mm
• Height=49mm
• Thickness= 18.37mm
• Weight=167g

There will only be 1000 pieces of the Seastar sold. Each will go for about $2250. The price is quite high but then again the watch was made for professional divers.

Overall the Seastar 1000 is a well-made watch for professional divers. Built with the highest grade materials and the famous Valjoux 7750, the 1000 provides everything necessary for you to go down into the sea and explore without the worry of a watch that might break on you or give you incorrect information.

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