Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève GPHG Academy
MING 17.09 BLUEtEC

Collector´s view: MING 17.09 BLUE – representing the 70s and yet the 21st century

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Hands-on with MING ´17.09 BLUE` - a novelty for 2021 but (also) sold out already. Lots of livfe pictures (on strap and bracelet) and some thoughts about a masterpiece of design that might not be to everyone’s taste
Heima bepsoke strap japanese goat leather

The value of passionate spending: a fully bespoke strap from Heima Leathers (& interview with founder!)

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True luxury might not cost a lot of money and might even come form unsuspected places (Indonesia here), but it requires taste, a bit of imagination, but the result is deeply satisfying – if you work with the right people!
Breguet Tourbillon Reinhard Meis 220th Anniversary 1801-2021
Vacheron Constantin American 1921 Piece Unique Movement Jewels Escape Wheel Old Stock Assembly
ALS 1815 Rattrapante Honeygoldthe eclecticum

Collector´s view: 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold „Homage to F. A. Lange”

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Hands-on with A. Lange & Söhne ´1815 Rattrapante Honeygold` with real live life pictures – and a competitor on par
Massena Lab Archetype 0.0 gilt dial sellita SW 510 M William Rohr chronograph

Gold Dust: Massena Lab’s Archetype 0.0 brings back the lovely gilt dials of the past

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Noted collector, industry insider and now also watch producer William Massena embarked on a mission to revive the forgotten art of ‘true’ gilt dials – a high rejection rate allowed for only two hand full of Archetype 0.0 watches to be made

Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronographs: manual shift sticks vs automatic transmission?

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In search for a ‘serious’ watch with credible history, stylish, reliable but not too expensive? The Hamilton Intra-Matic chronographs come to mind. Now available with automatic and manual wind movements, and a few subtle differences
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 41mm automatic 3881 chronograph in-house

Hands-On with the new IWC Pilot’s Chronograph 41mm

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What looks like just a smaller case and a new dial for IWC’s classic Pilot’s Chronograph is indeed an upgrade that recalls the traditional ‘engineer type watchmaking’ of IWC
Atelier Leonard Kahlcke shoes bespoke made-to-order made-to-measure

The value of passionate spending: A bespoke project about shoes with ´Atelier Leonard Kahlcke`

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A first meeting with shoemaker Leonard Kahlcke and no intention to start a new bespoke project on my side … and then life came in between
Hands-on with the MING 27.02 - a novelty for 2021the eclecticum

Collector´s view: MING 27.02 – two different versions, at least!

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Hands-on with the MING 27.02 - a novelty for 2021 but sold out already. Yet it´s just amazing what it has to offer at its prices, given its (unique) design and execution
Il Micio Hidetaka Fukaya Firenzethe eclecticum

The value of passionate spending: A bespoke project about shoes with ´Il Micio – Hidetaka Fukaya`

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This time it´s about shoes, a personal bespoke project with ´Il Micio - Hidetaka Fukaya`, from Firenze. A first on several levels and an interesting journey
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Cal. 3861the eclecticum

The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Cal. 3861 – an icon made fit for the future

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The Porsche 911, the Leica M or the OMEGA Speedmaster – the crux for such timeless industrial designs is how to keep them up to date. With the new Speedmaster Moonwatch Cal. 3861 there’s something for the Rationalist, the Purist and the Maximalist
Paul Gerber Cal. 41 Jumping Seconds AHCI manufacture triple rotor

Gold Dust: Paul Gerber Cal. 41 – the seconds in your hand

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Paul Gerber is perhaps the most subtly ironic watchmaker – always ready with a charming watchmaking twist – such as this ‘bi-nique’ Cal. 41 wristwatch with switchable jumping/permanent seconds and triple rotors
Zenith Chronomaster Sport automatic chronograph El Primero Cal. 3600

Zenith ´Chronomaster Sport` – a new dress and the El Primero Cal. 3600: updates with benefits…

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The venerable El Primero gets a first substantial upgrade (Cal. 3600) in 5 decades: 1/10 of a second, more autonomy, conventional crown positions, and revised chrono mechanics, clothed in a new old dress – ´Chronomaster Sport`
Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon Resonance triple axis

Vianney Halter’s new Deep Space Tourbillon Resonance: allowing a glimpse into the temperamental nature of the Universe

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The Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon Resonance shows the universe space-time continuum on your wrist – and this without any astronomical indication
Hands-on: a comprehensive collector´s view on the MING 18.01 H41 and its (universal) bracelet. The latest diver watch to the MING family, a novelty from 2020.the eclecticum

Collector´s view: MING – Ming 18.01 H41

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Hands-on: a comprehensive collector´s view on the MING 18.01 H41 and its (universal) bracelet. The latest diver watch to the MING family, a novelty from 2020.
OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum chronograph manufacture handwound

OMEGA: Hands-On with the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum

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With the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum, OMEGA reinvented its watchmaking core philosophy, subtly, surprisingly, and full of delights for the aficionado
MIH Watch Musee International d'Horologerie Ludwig Oechslin Paul Gerber Christian Gafner Beat Weinmann Annual Calendar Monopusher Chronograph Simplicity

Gold Dust: 15 years MIH Watch – A Milestone and a Pacemaker of the rarest sort

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There are signs for a relaunch, but what would this ‘new’ watch be without Ludwig Oechslin, Paul Gerber – and even without the MIH?
Hands-on with the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date – stainless steel and red goldthe eclecticum

Hands-on with the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date – stainless steel and red gold

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A novelty from 2020, a new member of the ´Spezialist`collection from Glashütte Original: SeaQ Panorama Date - in a bicolour case with a grey and (synthetic) textile strap
François-Paul Journe resonance pocket watch movement 1984

F.P. Journe 20th Anniversary Exhibition « 20 years of Résonance »

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A virtual walk through F. P. Journe’s exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his iconic Chronomètre à Résonance watch
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève GPHG Academy
Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen guilloche micro-rotor manufacture

Schwarz Etienne: Hands-On with the new Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen

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The Roma Synergy shows how carefully Kari Voutilainen interprets the work of a fellow integrated manufacturer
Ferdinand Berthoud Chronometry FB 1 chronometer dial heatblued steel hands

The pinnacle of (fine) watchmaking: Ferdinand Berthoud

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Ferdinand Berthoud - an acclaimed watchmaker in the 18th century and reborn as a brand only in 2015 – old yet young with highest ambitions and idiosyncratic details
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue Ref. 5367PT Grand Feu Enamel

Breguet – Hands-On with the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue Ref. 5367PT

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From Cerulean over Yves Klein to Ultra Marine– the many shades of blue might well be the penultimate instance of a Grand Feu enamel dial
Chopard L.U.C. Flying T Twin Flying Tourbillon wristshot

Chopard - Hands-on with the L.U.C. Flying T Twin

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The manufacture’s first automatic flying tourbillon is destined to adorn the wrists of discerning gentlemen.
Paul Gerber master watchmaker AHCI superbia humanitatis