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2012 October 31
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in the Swiss town of Villeret, Blancpain has become one of the top haute-horlogerie brands on the market today. They produce a number of styles ranging from restrained elegance to bold sport, and a limitless selection of complications. Unfortunately it is often overshadowed by the “better known” players in the high-end Swiss watch market – Blancpain often plays second fiddle to sister brand Breguet, and has less recognition than the powerhouse manufactures of Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger le Coultre. Thus Blancpains are often under appreciated, which is a shame as some of their timepieces - like the Villeret Dual Time we have here - are quite stunning and can offer impressive value on the used market.
2012 May 21
As we have said before many times on the Baily Blog, Frederique Constant is one of the best value-for-money brands in the entry-level luxury Swiss watch category. They make finely finished watches with clean styling that look far more expensive than they actually are. Their Manufacture models are particularly noteworthy, offering a unique in-house movement produced in their own facility at an unbeatable price. Starting at just under 3000$, FC makes one of the most affordable in-house alternatives to the usual ETA/Sellita/Dubois Depraz offerings.
2012 January 02
When it comes to Rolex sport watches, the GMT-Master is one of the top choices among collectors and watch lovers the world over. More elegant and functional than the Submariner, and more popular than the Explorer, the GMT-Master is a modern classic that has been a brand favourite for over 50 years. The example we have here is the last of the traditional GMT-Masters, the 16710 with “coke” bezel.
2011 November 21
When most people think of fine haute-horlogerie, they think of Switzerland. Rightly so, considering that Switzerland has some of the finest brands in the industry and the vast majority of modern watchmaking talent resides there. There is, however, an exception to this trend – in the Saxon countryside of Germany lies the city of Glashutte, a tiny town that has become the hub of German watchmaking. Here is where you will find the factory of A. Lange & Sohne, one of the best timepiece manufactures located outside of Switzerland.
2011 July 04
New in-store are the latest offerings from Matt Baily favourites Alpina and Frederique-Constant. We have received a number of new luxury watches that run the gamut from supremely elegant to casual sport, including the much-anticipated Frederique Slimline Automatic and Alpina Startimer Chronograph.
2010 November 17
This week, Jason wraps up his head-to-head comparison of the Panerai PAM 233 1950 GMT and the International Watch Co. Big Pilot ref 5002.
2010 October 19
This week, it's part two of our three part bout between the horological heavyweights - the IWC Big Pilot 5002 vs the Panerai PAM 233.
2010 August 26
In this week's blog, Jason gives an overview of the Franck Muller Master Banker - a classic FM design with a complex heart lurking beneath that curvy exterior.
2010 July 16
Graham Silverstone GMT Jason profiles the beautiful Graham Silverstone Flyback GMT Chronograph in this week's blog.
2009 March 27
The new INSTRUMENT BR 01-93 24H GMT is designed specifically for the long-haul traveler. Its GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function displays the time at two different points on the globe simultaneously.
2008 February 05
The Bell & Ross BR03 51 GMT is not only an extremely stylish piece, with its light weight titanium case, carbon fiber dial and orange hand on its second time zone dial , but it is a very complicated watch for the money. Not only does it have the two independent time zone dials but it also has a large double wheel date. Every watch enthusiast knows that every little complication added to a mechanical watch, increases the watches price.