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Rolex collecting: looking back on 2014....and into 2015

Some personal reflections on my collecting during 2014 in Rolex and thoughts for 2015. I would love to hear how other collectors are viewing the year ...


Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours Chronograph Rose Gold: 7 Months Review

It has been seven months since I purchased the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours Chronograph in Rose Gold so I thought that it might be interest...

Patek Philippe

PP multi-scale Chronographs Ref. 5975 & 4675 – hands-on, live pictures and more …

Tachymeter , telemeter , pulsimeter : Patek Philippe has returned to the source of the chronograph by creating a multiple-scale instrument with a twis...

Patek Philippe

PP World Time Moon Refs. 5575 and 7175 – hands-on impressions and live pictures ...

 plus the official press release . Both watches are part of the commemorative collection for the 175 th Anniversary of Patek Philippe. World time wat...


More details on the Montblanc Villeret Metamorphosis II

Montblanc is certainly creating some news with the launch of their Metamorphosis II since Watches and Wonders 2014 in end Sep/early Oct. On 23 Oct, at...

Audemars Piguet

A great experience at the Audemars Piguet Watchmaking MasterClass in Beverly Hills

This past Thursday October 25, 2014, I attended the AP Watchmaking MasterClass in Beverly Hills at The Peninsula in The Verandah Room. Start time was ...


New Developments in Timepiece Regulators – SSC Study Day 2014

New Developments in Timepiece Regulators – SSC Study Day 2014 The Société Suisse de Chronométrie (SSC), hosted a study day in September dedicated to t...

Glashutte Original

Everything you wanted to know about Glashütte Original's latest chronograph cal 37 . . .

. . . courtesy Our Man in Glashtte. I was able to take a first-hand look at the exceptional automatic chronograph introduction from Glashtte Origina...


Vote for the Chopard watches at GPHG 2014

This is a shameless plug for votes on-line for the Chopard entries at the GPHG 2014 Competition (Grand Prix de Horlogerie de Geneve) "Hussy" is my mid...

Patek Philippe

The Grandmaster Chime (ref. 5175) – Part IV from the 175th Anniversary

The greater the originality of the design, the greater the value of the piece. In times of CNC and CAD it is (probably) not enough to present the most...

Richard Mille

The Mayfair Mille! The latest Richard Mille Boutique opens on Mount Street, London.

Mayfair was always the place in London for the craftsmen and artisans. And for the sporting gentleman with the racing machines parked outside their Lo...


A quick view on the two most innovative watches in the world.

While I was trying to find something in my hard disc, I fell on some pictures and documents about what has to be considered as the two most innovative...


VISIT TO SEIKO PART 5: Spring Drive Watch Movements

Thanks for reading on from Part 4 of this series. (Is this the final installment? No, probably not. Here we cover Spring Drive and custom creations, t...


VISIT TO SEIKO PART 4: High-End Quartz Watch Movements

Thanks for continuing on from Part 3 of this Seiko Visit report . Seiko may build millions of quartz movements a month for its bread and butter watche...


VISIT TO SEIKO PART 3: Mechanical Watch Movements

Thanks for reading Part 2 of this report. I suppose it is time to get to the heart of things for most PuristS (please don't give up here though). Mech...


VISIT TO SEIKO PART 2: Component Manufacturing

Thanks for reading Part 1 of this series. After thinking a long time about strategy, I have decided to divide my report into segments based on the the...



SEIKO - What is it? The word SEIKO is well known to watch collectors as a brand. It's not so well known as a huge industrial corporation. Please take ...


Hands on review of the Rotonde de Cartier Large Date Retrograde Second Timezone

Cartier took advantage of the last Watches & Wonders fair to start a new collection of watches considered as "small complications" ones. I have to...

Horological Meandering

Report of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter cocktail at Bucherer Paris

I attended a few days ago an event organized by the Bucherer boutique in Paris to celebrate the unveiling of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter. Th...

Patek Philippe

PP 175th Anniversary Part III – The Rare Handcrafts

Is there a better way to mark an important date than with exceptional timepieces made by scarce specialists? So far we almost only have seen and talke...

Patek Philippe

PP 175th Anniversary - Some live pictures to start ... (Part I + II)

The atmosphere on Monday in Geneva was quite special. Almost everybody had no idea what will come and there have been NO leaks - something the Stern´s...

A.Lange & Sohne

Lange 1815 Moonphase Platinum: The Torquemada's watch.

INTRODUCTION: Let's face it, this watch is a torture for any man who has a minimum of taste. Lange, at the best of its cruelty, introduced the 1815 Mo...


Report on Montblanc at Watches and Wonders 2014 Part III

To wrap up my reports on Montblanc at Watches and Wonders 2014, here’s a part 3 and the last part of my report. Sorry for the delay on this as I had b...


PoT October 2014 - Playing with some Voutilainen's timepieces

Genève, 7th October, some PuristS are rapidly reaching the restaurant for the Independent PuristS Welcome Get-Together Dinner, the very first date of ...

Forum: JLC just-a-quick-pic-from-my-yesterday-wear-the-case-of-the-mark-11

Just a quick pic.. From my yesterday wear.. The Case of the Mark-11

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 - 07:38 >> Hello, all ! - Several of you probably had the kindness, looking at my 2-day tic-tac choice, out of my humble Military Trio, shared just before here.. Thus, here are some wrist impressions in a collage from the IWC Mark- XI ( actually the engravings are correspondingly the same, as on the JLC Mk-11;... Read more..
Author: hs111
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Latest Reply: amanico   0 minutes ago

Forum: Omega anatomy-of-a-321

Anatomy of a 321

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 - 02:09 >> The Ed White I acquired a couple of years ago was feeling a bit rough when wound, chrono re-set not as crisp as it should be and the timekeeping was deteriorating so off it went to Swisstec in the UK for a service. Simon Freese, the head of operations, kindly arranged to take photos of the movemen... Read more..
Author: valerian1
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Latest Reply: nilomis   4 hours ago

Forum: Patek Philippe patek-philippe-comes-to-melbourne

Patek Philippe comes to Melbourne

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 - 01:22 >> Patek Philippe in conjunction with LK Boutique have shown the offerings from Basle 2014 in Melbourne this year Very astute marketing on behalf of both companies has allowed Melbourne to see the new watches in official Patek show cases.They have installed a very high quality in house boutique at the ... Read more..
Author: watch-guy.com
   6 hours ago

Forum: Seiko famous-five-goes-to-work

Famous Five goes to work

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 - 01:06 >> hi All After the piston Seiko 5 quartet, though I'd post a quick shot of my 5 on the way to work this morning. Five goes to work Such a lot of watch for the money. Cheers JML ... Read more..
Author: jml_watches
   6 hours ago

Forum: Girard Perregaux a-look-at-two-girard-perregaux-dual-time-watches

A Look at Two Girard-Perregaux Dual Time Watches

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 21:07 >> Girard-Perregaux has put two new oh-so-different takes on a dual time watch into its collection this year, and there is a lot to like about each of them! Ill start with the more classic look of the 1966 Dual Time, reference 49545. This watch takes its inspiration from the classic round watches of t... Read more..
Author: WHL
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Latest Reply: crown comfort   2 hours ago

Forum: Vacheron Constantin which-flavor-of-white-metal-would-you-prefer

Which flavor of white metal would you prefer?

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 18:35 >> Variations on one theme: The Traditionnelle on the left is in white gold, and the one on the right is platinum. The movement is the Vacheron Constantin caliber 4400, with Geneva Hallmark: I like them both. If you get to see them in person, the frosting/polished hands really pop over the gray dial of... Read more..
Author: WHL
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Latest Reply: respo   2 hours ago

Forum: A.Lange & Sohne here-are-some-exceptional-pictures-of-the-actual-first-day-of-lange

Here are some exceptional pictures of the actual first day of Lange

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 13:43 >> Of course, we all know this picture taken during the press conference at the Dresden Castle: Gnter Blmlein, Walter Lange and Hartmut Knothe: But thanks to the Lange team, I have some other pictures to show you... They are very moving because we can feel the energy and passion of Gnter Blmlein, s... Read more..
Author: foversta
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Latest Reply: Ancienne Le Brassus   5 hours ago

Forum: A.Lange & Sohne tomorrow-we-will-know-the-winners-of-the-gphg

Tomorrow we will know the winners of the GPHG

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 12:55 >> One Lange watch is pre-selected in the 2014 Grand Prix Horlogerie de Genve: the Richard Lange Terraluna in the Calendar category. The Terraluna features a very original display of the PC data using the lay-out of the pocket watch: But the most spectacular part is the awesome sky which covers a very... Read more..
Author: foversta
   Yesterday at 12:55

Forum: JLC halloween-may-not-be-all-about-chrysanthemum-it-can-also-be-roses

Halloween may not be all about Chrysanthemum... It can also be Roses.

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 10:49 >> There is much more coherence in these floral crations than with a jewelled minute repeater or Gyrotourbillon, in my opinion. Even if jewelled watches are not my cup of tea, you cannot stay insensible in front of such pices. Imagine the skill, the time, the patience and the precision required to ob... Read more..
Author: amanico
   Yesterday at 10:49

Forum: Blancpain please-check-our-wristcan-forum-halloween-funny-theme

Please check our Wristcan forum. Halloween funny theme!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 10:39 >> And, for the occasion, a Watch which is dear to my heart... Our Wristscan link: http://wristscan.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-1036/pi-6654088/ti-957888/s-0/t-wristscan-the-wristscan-crypt-is-now-openshow-us-the-watch-you-want-to-be-buried-with/... Read more..
Author: amanico
   Yesterday at 10:39

Forum: Horological Meandering is-there-a-purists-watch-at-any-price-point

Is there a PuristS watch at any price point?

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 10:14 >> I've been traveling again and haven't been anywhere that carries "serious" watches. Last night my wife asked if there was some threshold above which a watch became of interest to PuristS. The Sistem 51 seems to qualify on several fronts and it's about $150 US. Of course vintage watches (rare, beauti... Read more..
Author: cazalea
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Latest Reply: jml_watches   7 hours ago

Forum: WristScan the-wristscan-crypt-is-now-openshow-us-the-watch-you-want-to-be-buried-with

The Wristscan crypt is now open...show us the watch you want to be buried with

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 09:50 >> The significant watches of my collection will obviously go to the kids. I'd like to be buried with this! Why? I want to be buried with a watch that best represented me...seeking perfection in an imperfect world...sounds about right. Because if some future archeologist digs up my body, perhaps he wil... Read more..
Author: mkt33
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Latest Reply: KIH   9 minutes ago

Forum: Montblanc meisterstuck-heritage-moonphase

Meisterstuck Heritage Moonphase

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 08:34 >> Hello watchguys! I have been eyeing the new moonphase from Montblanc but unfortunately it is not yet available in stores in Sweden... If we speak about moonphase watches in general, how does the setting mechanism work, and how often do you need to reset the moonphase? The Meisterstuck heritage moonp... Read more..
Author: S.B.
Replies:  (1)
Latest Reply: mkt33   Yesterday at 14:20

Forum: Zenith news-yann-guichard-spindrift-2-and-zenith-are-in-saint-malo

NEWS: Yann Guichard, Spindrift 2 and Zenith are in Saint-Malo!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 07:34 >> Yann Guichard, Spindrift 2 and Zenith, official timekeeper of Spindrift racing team, are in the starting gate in Saint-Malo! Summary: - The maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 arrived in Saint-Malo this morning, docking at the Gare Maritime. - Yann Guichard feels in great shape and is ready to go. - Informati... Read more..
Author: Ornatus-Mundi
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Latest Reply: Ornatus-Mundi   Yesterday at 07:36

Forum: JLC a-quick-look-on-some-militaries-what-to-take-for-the-next-days

A quick look on some Militaries - What to take for the next days

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 06:46 >> .. Some of you may remember my little report some months ago, on three "little" Military watches, two from JLC and one from IWC Here a picture from this Trio : WWW - MOD, then Mark XI from IWC, and finally JLC Mark VII "Weems", also a classic . Strong Trio, but with charm: WWW, Mark11/ IWC, Weems Ha... Read more..
Author: hs111
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Latest Reply: hs111   2 hours ago

Forum: Hublot pot-october-2014-hublot-factory-tour-4th-and-last-part

PoT October 2014 – Hublot factory tour – 4th and last part

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 06:41 >> Dear PuristS, This is the fourth and last part of the Hublot factory tour report, when we had some good time having lunch and relaxing with some watches. If you would like to read the rest of the report, here you can find the links: - First part - Second part - Third part My impressions were very, v... Read more..
Author: heartbreaker
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Latest Reply: heartbreaker   Yesterday at 09:06

Forum: Rolex end-of-another-hunt-sharing-the-happiness-of-a-new-catch

End of another hunt... sharing the happiness of a new catch...

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 06:34 >> I guess this is another catch which I have to blame my dear friend Nicolas for opening my eyes to this reference 16622. As a matter of fact, I had never paid much attention to this model till I read the coments and viewed the fantastic pictures of our Vladesque friend here. A little search for pictu... Read more..
Author: Subexplorer
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Latest Reply: Subexplorer   2 hours ago

Forum: Patek Philippe


Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 06:29 >> It's been a long wait but I finally pulled the trigger. I'm amazed at the details!... Read more..
Author: coz
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Latest Reply: coz   2 hours ago

Forum: Omega richard-jlux-has-the-masthead-honors-

Richard (jlux) has the Masthead honors ...

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 03:46 >> Team, The wonderful picture from Richard (jlux) with a wonderful Speedmaster properly matched with a gorgeous strap got the Masthead. Congratulations Richard, Nilo... Read more..
Author: nilomis
Replies:  (5)
Latest Reply: amanico   Yesterday at 09:23

Forum: Girard Perregaux museum-piece-theatre-spectacles

Museum piece: Theatre spectacles

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 00:28 >> Friends, Last time I visited the Manufacture I had the privilege to see some of their museum pieces. Not only astonishing craftsmanship and beauty were made so many years ago… The innovative, the joy of making beautiful watches and ability to think "outside the box" shone through already back then! ... Read more..
Author: blomman
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Latest Reply: blomman   5 hours ago

Forum: JLC puristspro-year-end-gtg-dec-3-2014-hong-kong

PuristSPro Year End GTG - Dec. 3, 2014: HONG KONG!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 00:12 >> Hello all! Our great PuristSPro Year End Get Together comes to wonderful Hong Kong for a Wednesday December 3rd dinner! There will be limited spaces available so please PM (Private Message) to me ( 'DRMW') or email at mingw @ puristspro . com (remove spaces) if you would like to attend. Cost per per... Read more..
Author: DRMW
Replies:  (2)
Latest Reply: DRMW   Yesterday at 00:31

Forum: Horological Meandering puristspro-year-end-gtg-on-december-3-2014-hong-kong

PuristSPro Year End GTG on DECEMBER 3, 2014: HONG KONG!!!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 00:11 >> Hello all! Our great PuristSPro Year End Get Together comes to wonderful Hong Kong for a Wednesday December 3rd dinner! There will be limited spaces available so please PM (Private Message) to me ( 'DRMW') or email at mingw @ puristspro . com (remove spaces) if you would like to attend. Cost per per... Read more..
Author: DRMW
   Yesterday at 00:11

Forum: Audemars Piguet puristspro-year-end-gtg-dec-3-2014-hong-kong

PuristSPro Year End GTG: Dec. 3, 2014 - HONG KONG!!!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 00:11 >> Hello all! Our great PuristSPro Year End Get Together comes to wonderful Hong Kong for a Wednesday December 3rd dinner! There will be limited spaces available so please PM (Private Message) to me (''DRMW') or email at mingw @ puristspro . com (remove spaces) if you would like to attend. Cost per per... Read more..
Author: DRMW
   Yesterday at 00:11

Forum: Omega omega-ck-2914-paf-just-because-just-one-shot

Omega CK 2914 PAF, just because, just one shot.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 15:10 >> One of my prides. Now that I have a PAF, I am starting to dream about a FAP. Best, Nicolas... Read more..
Author: amanico
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Latest Reply: amanico   Yesterday at 14:42

Forum: JLC living-with-the-master-

Living with the master ...

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 13:43 >> Hi all, For a few weeks now, I wear everyday a lovely little watch. Nobody but me sees it and that's what I wanted. In my eyes, it is elegant, classy, smart, light, simple, beautiful. Very glad about it (maybe not so much about the strap though...). This is my first watch of manufacture. I also owne... Read more..
Author: eklektik
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Latest Reply: jml_watches   6 hours ago

Forum: Omega the-moderator-was-pushed-over-the-edge-

The moderator was pushed over the edge ...

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 12:48 >> Team, After seeing Ruckdee's Speedmaster Moonphase and Ruckdee envying it for some time, I was hunting for one. I was looking for the "old" version where the Moon is gold, just like the one that he shows here. Yesterday I was terrible busy, jumping from one video conference to another and a dear fri... Read more..
Author: nilomis
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Latest Reply: nilomis   4 hours ago

Forum: Officine Panerai xxxxxx-edited-as-per-our-forum-rules-please-post-your-for-sale-on-our-collectors-market-thanks

xxxxxx Edited as per our forum rules. Please post your For Sale on our Collectors Market. Thanks

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 12:27 >> This message has been edited by amanico on 2014-10-29 12:29:26... Read more..
Author: Fever
   Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Forum: Basel/SIHH 2014 pre-sihh-2015-richard-mille-rm-033-01-automatic-watch

Pre-SIHH 2015: Richard Mille RM 033-01 Automatic Watch

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 08:22 >> For more info on the RM033-01, please visit our News Central forum here: http://news.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-112/pi-6652798/ti-957733/s-0/t-news-central-richard-mille-rm-033-01-automatic-watch/... Read more..
Author: AnthonyTsai
   Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Forum: Richard Mille pre-sihh-2015-richard-mille-rm-033-01-automatic-watch

Pre-SIHH 2015: Richard Mille RM 033-01 Automatic Watch

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 08:21 >> Richard Mille pre-releases the 45.7mm RM033-01 automatic housed with a skeletonized RMXP3 caliber w/ off-centered micro rotor as a preview for the upcoming SIHH 2015. It will be available in titanium, red, and white gold. For more info, please check out our News Central forum here: http://news.watch... Read more..
Author: AnthonyTsai
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Latest Reply: Mark in Paris   Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Forum: Zenith pot-2014-highlights-ii-hands-on-with-the-zenith-el-primero-tourbillon

PoT 2014 Highlights (ii): Hands on with the Zenith El Primero Tourbillon

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 06:51 >> Second highlight of the PuristS on Tour 2014 visit at the Zenith manufacture was the Zenith El Primero Tourbillon , a remarkably elegant and in details highly sophisticated watch: Note the clean lines of the dial (more to that further down): Core to the watch is the tourbillon, adorned with numerous... Read more..
Author: Ornatus-Mundi
Replies:  (1)
Latest Reply: amanico   Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Forum: Rolex james-bond-in-milan-part-i

James Bond in Milan - Part I

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 02:44 >> this is not the title of a new movie.... but I have just spent a couple of days in Milan with my family... and my Rolex Big Crown on the wrist... so here are a couple of pictures of the 6538 tour ;-) Of course, it has to start with the legendary Duomo: which is even reflecting in the plexi: I like t... Read more..
Author: DrStrong
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Latest Reply: Subexplorer   2 hours ago

Forum: Girard Perregaux help-please-i-have-been-blommanised

HELP Please, I have been "Blommanised"

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 02:05 >> without words... Deep Diver 9076B... Read more..
Author: crown comfort
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Latest Reply: blomman   Yesterday at 14:49

Forum: Omega a-new-look-for-my-speedmaster

A new look for my Speedmaster.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 01:34 >> I have been looking for a while to find a nice leather strap option for my Speedmaster. Everything offered from Omega was not really to my liking. By chance I have discovered now an ostrich strap that, ,IMO, makes for a very nice combination with the special meteorite dial from my Speedmaster "Soyuz... Read more..
Author: jlux
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Latest Reply: jlux   Yesterday at 06:07

Forum: JLC gyrotourbillon-iii-tourbillon-cage-a-nice-shot

Gyrotourbillon III Tourbillon Cage. A nice shot.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 - 00:02 >> 2 feelings: - Admiration for this work of Art. The JLC Gyrotourbillons are my fav Tourbillons, along with the Girard Perregaux " Gold Bridges " and the Ulysee Nardin Royal Blue. But the JLC add something more than a " simple " scultpural beauty: Art in motion. - The second feeling which immediately ... Read more..
Author: amanico
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Latest Reply: amanico   7 hours ago

Forum: Cartier cartier-at-harrods-a-celebration-of-the-mens-watches

Cartier at Harrods: a celebration of the Men’s watches.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 - 16:16 >> Arguably, Cartier was the first modern watch designer. Here was a brand that was started with the first modern design based on industrial machinery: the aeroplane and the tank. Both were machines of the modern age: increased speed; transportable destruction. Yet, using the inspiration from both, Lou... Read more..
Author: 219
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Latest Reply: docsnov   Wed, Oct 29, 2014