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2010 August 24
A Full HD video presenting U-Boat's most complicated model (as of August 2010), the U-51 Rattrapante.
2010 August 20
A video that we uploaded presenting the cool and sophisticated Extreme Regulator Manufacture by Alpina watches.
2010 August 19
A video presentation of the Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Radar, a peculiar, high-grade timepiece. Shot at Bell & Ross headquarters it tells us about the inspiration behind the watch and about its special features.
2010 August 18
A presentation of the M109 by Marvin Watch Co. This fantastic timepiece is at once classic and modern, elegant and bold.
2010 August 14
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Military Ceramic is the culmination of the company's love for ceramic materials. It is the ceramic watch that best embodies the Bell & Ross design and manufacturing principles. In a video taken at Bell & Ross headquarters in Paris, the manufacturer's head of communications shows us this magnificent piece in details
2010 July 14
During Marco's visit to Hamilton headquarters in Biel/Bienne, he was able to film the watches in a full 1080p HD. In this Baily Blog entry, we present the limited edition X-Landing.
2010 July 13
The Extreme Regulator is a fine example of the Alpina's personality and unique style. The quality of the mechanical movement and Swiss manufacturing are the base for a gorgeous, robust watch. In this entry we also present a quick video presentation of the Extreme Regulator in Full 1080p HD quality.
2010 July 12
The M112 collection captures both the past and present of Marvin Watch Co°. Its dial is symbolic of the Fifties and Sixties, an era when watches were meant to be elegant accessories, while the wide, 44mm case and modern materials represent the demands of today's luxury watch enthusiasts.
2010 July 08
Not every watch manufacturer makes their watches from the ground-up. Many of the best known Swiss companies purchase ébauches, which are blank or unfinished, high-grade movements produced by third-party companies such as Sellita or E.T.A. Once a brand is able to create their own, in-house mechanisms, it enters a select circle of companies dubbed the Manufactures. A manufacture is able to control the quality and look of their watch mechanisms. This often leads to the creation of amazingly finished spectacles of horology in as the manufacturer attempts to distinguish them from the more common third party ébauches. Frédérique Constant is a remarkable case, because few companies serving the entry-price level luxury market have ventured into manufacture territory. In 2004 the company released an in-house movement with a skeletonized components allowing a clear view of the beating balance assembly, and giving it the name Heart Beat. Since then the Heart Beat has evolved into four distinct calibres including the automatic-winding moon phase version that is featured in the video below.
2010 July 02
Marvin Watch Co° may strike many in North America as a new brand, but in reality it has a very long and eventful history. Many of their vintage creations, from as far back as the early Twentieth century, are still ticking today on the wrists of collectors or at the Marvin castle in Neuchatel, Switzerland. When it became official that Matt Baily would be an authorized retailer for this fine brand, we posted an article presenting Marvin Watch Co° on the Baily Blog. The company takes great pride in their history and many Marvin watches are created to reflect this heritage. The Marvin M108, dubbed the Origin, is a perfect example of this. It captures subtle hints of vintage elegance and mixes them within a contemporary package.
2010 June 25
This year, Corum celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the infamous Admiral's Cup. In order to commemorate the half century, the brand's designers decided to offer, for the first time, an Admiral's Cup diving watch. The Deep Hull is a limited edition and does not hide in the shadows. It is encased on a rugged, 48mm hunk of high-grade titanium.
2010 June 23
Perhaps the most popular Bell & Ross watch last year was the BR 03-92 Phantom. To follow up that success, the company released the chronograph version of the 42mm Phantom this year. The name derives from the fact that these watches are theoretically invisible. All the elements including the hour markers and hands are jet black. If it were not for the slight relief and difference in textures of the components of the face, the time would be illegible during the day. Once the shock caused by the odd dial wears off, however, the time is rather clear. In the dark a bright contrast is offered by the highly luminescent markers, which glow with a strong, dark green light. This monochromatic style was developed by Bell & Ross as an homage to military stealth, but ironically works very well at attracting the gaze of curious watch enthusiasts.
2010 June 23
Bell & Ross created a very strong buzz at Baselworld 2010 in March thanks to the multitude of great, new watches that they released. Amongst these are two BR 03, 42mm square Instruments based on the Heritage style that was introduced the year before. I wrote about the BR 03 Heritage models in a previous post on the Baily Blog, so I will not go into details here. A simple three-hand and a chronograph version are offered. Both are showcased in the video below.
2010 June 19
During a visit to Paris two weeks ago I was lucky to be invited to visit Bell & Ross at their communication offices in the storied centre of the city. Mr. Roberto Passariello and Ms. Axelle Rogan were very welcoming and showed me the new models in full detail. I filmed the meeting and will be posting the watch presentations of individual Bell & Ross watches in the coming days.
2010 June 17
What makes a watch successful? Sometimes it is advertising, sometimes it is the brand name, but sometimes it is because the watch is a great timepiece and offers great value. The Alpina Extreme Diver models have made many watch buyers very happy since their release a little over a year ago. Despite being amongst the most expensive, non-manufacture models in the collection, you are getting a lot of quality and style for the money. Early in 2010 several new variations have been added in the collection. I was invited to play with them at Alpina headquarters in Geneva, where I shot a video review for MattBaily.ca.
2010 June 16
The Club Automatic is the first of the watches to be presented. I introduced the Club Collections in a previous post on the Baily Blog. It essentially represents Alpina's take on elegant styles. It does not veer too far away from the company's distinctive character and the watches are far from plain or traditional. In the following video you will see three versions of the three-hand Club Automatic and how it looks on the wrist. Make sure you watch it in 1080p HD to enjoy these fine pieces in all detail.
2010 June 14
Now that Hamilton watches are established in the high grade, entry price level, automatic watch category, the company is committed to offering the same value to women. To start, Hamilton has released several beautiful, automatic-winding, mid-sized watches this year. The JazzMaster Medium 34 is the most elegant model of the bunch. It displays an understated, clean style.
2010 June 12
It would be pretty safe to say that all watches look better in real life than in pictures. The Jazzmaster Slim 43mm is as good an example as you can ask for. It also embodies what we are trying to achieve with the product videos on MattBaily.ca. In photographs, the Slim Small Seconds seems classic and simple, and that ends there. The dial is understated and the case is but a round fitted with a leather strap. This all changes once you have the piece in your hands. The more time is spent with the Slim 43mm the more one appreciates its elegant balanced design and incredible value.
2010 June 11
During my visit to the headquarters of Hamilton Watches, there were several new models that really impressed me. Two amongst these are for women. The RailRoad 38mm, which I will be posting a video of as we get closer to its release date, was one. The other was the Jazzmaster Seaview Medium that I will be presenting on this Baily Blog post.
2010 June 10
Hamilton watches have a lot of history making watches for the military and specifically for pilots, so the release of the Khaki Pilot was not a huge surprise. There are certain styles that have become so classic and so embedded in our perception of what a watch should look like, that it is hard for companies to ignore them. The "Big Pilot" is one of these styles. Hamilton has taken this style and infused many of their trademark features into it, notably great value, and a clean design that bridges the gap between vintage and new, and between sporty and elegant.
2010 June 02
In today's review I'll be showcasing not one, not two, but three Rolex Submariner Dates that we have in stock. This hat trick is perfect because we have a cross section of the line - the stainless steel, the steel and gold (two tone), and the solid gold models. So enjoy my extended presentation of the Rolex Sub trio. - JC
2010 May 27
Originally launched in the 1950s as a pilot's chronograph for the French air force, the Breguet Type 20 Transatlantique faded into obscurity for many years, overshadowed by flashier and more complicated pilots chronographs. That was, until Breguet decided to re-issue the Transatlantique as the Type XX / XXI flyback chronograph.
2010 May 18
Bell & Ross was one of the most talked about brands at Baselworld 2010. This is thanks to some fantastic and defining novelties such as the BR 03-92 military Ceramic and an entire new collection of vintage-inspired timepieces. Because of this, some of the BR 03 novelties were somewhat overshadowed, but for Bell & Ross fans like us their release was very exciting. The BR 03 Heritage models are amongst these low-flying novelties. They depict the style of the larger BR 01 Heritage that enjoyed much success over the past six months. A three-hand and chronograph version, previously unavailable in the larger BR 01 size, were presented.
2010 May 17
Having seen it at Baselworld 2010 and not having the time to go back to the Bell & Ross booth to take a picture of it, I have been awaiting this moment impatiently. Finally Bell & Ross has released official images of this awesome little number, the BR 03-94 Phantom.
2010 May 14
Since we started carrying Alpina Watches at Matt Baily, the brand has offered decisively sporty watches. The Extreme Avalanche models, for instance, are not only rugged and water resistant, but look the part of luxury sport watches with their robust bezels and rubber straps. The company slogan, "Be a Player," is personified by Alpina's ambassadors, who are important players in their fields varying from sports car racing to slalom skiing. The new Club collections, released at the last Baselworld fair by Alpina, honour a different type of player. The Club watches are dedicated to urban players, presenting more elegant face and case without sacrificing the sporty DNA that Alpina has become known for.
2010 May 13
Michele watches just got even more fun with the addition of a new colourful collection. The Tahitian Jelly Bean collection is "as undeniably fun as [it] is luxurious." The collection is made up of six colour variations are priced bellow $400 in Canada.
2010 May 06
As part of our series of videos taken at the U-Boat booth at Baselworld 2010 Matt Baily presents the U-Boat U-1001/1. This 55mm, titanium, Italo Fontana creation is robust. These pieces are equipped with structural strength suited for professional, deep sea dives, but demarcated with signature U-Boat style rather than technical graduations and markings.
2010 April 16
In the past few years Bell & Ross has been testing the waters with several watches made of or with ceramic. The BR-03 White Ceramic and BR-S Ceramic models are examples that pleased many watch buyers. These buyers are in search of the quality of high-end watches adorned with the unique esthetic characteristics of ceramic. At the Baselworld 2010 fair in Switzerland, a new Bell & Ross ceramic watch was released that takes advantage of this hot substance in ways that are more suited to the company's design philosophy. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Military Ceramic showcases the material's technical qualities alongside its esthetic qualities.
2010 April 15
The 12 Hours of Sebring GMT Chronograph was released this year by Alpina watches at the Baselworld 2010 fair. Its striking, luxurious, and sleek style has attracted quite a bit of attention. You can read the article I wrote about this watch on the Baily Blog titled "Alpina Official Timekeeper 12 Hours of Sebring 2010 Limited Edition." I liked the Sebring GMT Chrono when I saw it on pictures, but once I actually got to play with it at the show I fell in love with it. Its only downside is that Alpina will only manufacture 158 of them, but I guess that this is good for those who manage to get one!
2010 March 25
MattBaily.ca is producing HD videos in order to share as much of Baselworld 2010 as possible with our clients and fans. I have been finally been able to edit the first two HD videos. These pertain to the two awesome U-Boat watches that where revealed this year. The first is the Flightdeck Ceramic Bezel featuring - as you may have guessed - a black ceramic bezel and a sleek carbon fiber dial. The second is the exciting U-42 limited edition that I have been talking about in this and this recent posts. The beauty of the U-42 is that it offers many of the features from the impressive case of last year's ultra limited U-1942 - albeit in a smaller 53mm package - but at a fraction of the price. It is definitely worth taking a look at.
2010 March 24
My recent blog entry about the U-Boat U-42 left much to be desired. The brand's publicists released a pre-Basel sneak peak of the back of the watch, giving me very little to report on. Finally, I was introduced to the whole U-42 at the impressive U-Boat booth in the prestigious Hall 1 of the Baselworld Fair.
2010 March 05
The Hamilton Khaki X-series of watches have offered an array of sporty, sizable watches with functional bezel systems and well-worked, impressive straps. The popular watch-geek destination www.timezone.com has reported a new addition to the Khaki X-watches that we should be introduced to in a few weeks by Hamilton themselves - the limited edition Khaki X-Landing.
2010 February 24
It is natural for fathers to want the best for their sons. When it comes to watches, a high-quality Swiss timepiece has often been too expensive to justify as a gift for a young man, even though many companies offer specifically suitable models. Traditionally, mid-size watches, which are smaller then the full, man sizes yet still considerably larger then woman's, have served the young market segment. But often these mid-size models are as expensive as their full-size counterparts. This probably explains why most young people's first high-end watch is handed down from their parents. If you are not quite ready to hand over your luxury watch however, Frédérique Constant revealed a new watch that targets young watch lovers and is priced accordingly to their tumultuous and dynamic lifestyles. A Frédérique Constant Junior is a good introduction to luxury watches for any young watch lover and, thanks to high quality Swiss manufacturing, will last for future generations as well.
2010 February 12
Every year, many watch lovers anticipate the publication of the Wristwatch Annual. This catalogue of the most important luxury watch brands is a sort of holy scripture for collectors, enthusiasts, and watch professionals alike. Each of the roughly 130 companies represented showcase their most important and newest models. Every watch displays important details such as case size, movement calibre and specifications, available variations, and a good estimate of the watch's USD retail price. The 2010 Wrist Watch Annual continues the tradition with some added features and an immensely handy and ever-growing illustrated glossary.
2010 February 09
Once a masterpiece is conceived in the mind of the artist, it takes time and care to completed it. It must satisfy the stringent demands and expectations of collectors. It took most of a year since Bell & Ross unveiled their Minuteur models for the first one to be available to the public, but for thirty lucky collectors it will be worth the wait.
2010 February 02
Now in its second year of collaboration with the exciting endurance race, Alpina is celebrating this year's event with a new, limited edition, chronograph watch. The Official Timekeeper 12 Hours of Sebring 2010 commemorates the 58th anniversary of the race, which attracts over 150 000 spectators every year and kicks off the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season. The decisively sporty allure of this new limited edition of 158 pieces will appeal to motor-racing fans thanks to its themed styling and specifically selected features.
2010 January 26
What kind of "American Brand" would Hamilton be if it did not obsess with aeroplanes and speed? The company has an entire family of watches that are dedicated to flight, containing some popular models like the X-Wind and X-Copter. The newest addition to the Aviation family of watches is the X-Mach; able to calculate your Mach number (how fast you are going relevant to the speed of sound). I would love to hear stories of individuals putting this function to the test in real life while I will be content to measure what Mach number I am able to reach on my flight simulator.
2010 January 19
In the past few years there has been an increase of mechanical, luxury ladies watches. An growing number of women appreciate the fine aspects of a Swiss mechanical movement as much as the fashion and jewellery aspects of watches. In order to distinguish a mechanical watch from quartz, companies have often placed an aperture on the dial to demonstrate parts of the mechanism underneath. Frédérique Constant is one of the several companies to have played with this feature by shaping the aperture or integrating it in the design of the dial. The Frédérique Constant Ladies Automatic Love Heart Beat for instance, uses the round window in place of the O in the word love that is inscribed on the watch's dial with diamonds.
2010 January 12
Ever since the seventies, when Gerald Genta gave the world the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, less elegant watches made of non-precious metals have become accepted as luxury items. Never before as in the past decade, however, has traditional high-end horology been so intertwined with casual style. Manufacturers such as Bell & Ross, Roger Dubuis, Jaeger Lecoultre, and Corum have delighted watch enthusiasts with fantastic creations that blur the line that separates traditional elegant luxury and rugged functionality and style. Perfectly balanced between these two aspects of watchmaking is the runner up 2009 Watch of the Year, the limited edition Corum Ti-Bridge.
2010 January 05
Frédérique Constant has set themselves apart from other luxury watch brands in its class. During its young history, the company has reached several plateaus of excellence such as the ability to conceive and manufacture mechanical movements entirely in-house. While this earns them a prestigious spot amongst so-called "Manufacture" brands, their prices don't reflect the moniker and the company's reputation for great value persists. The Frédérique Constant Maxime Manufacture is the a perfect example of the top quality and value offered by the FC collection of watches.
2009 October 22
Before the BR-01 Instrument was released by Bell & Ross, their most popular watches were probably those in the Vintage collection. The Vintage 123 - thanks to its considerably smaller price tag than the BR Instruments and timeless styling and elegance of the Fifties and Sixties - is perfect for the first time buyer of luxury watches. The avid watch lover or collector will also find that it suits his or her desire for quality, tantalizing finish, and details.
2009 August 14
The Perfect Watch For First-Time Buyers and Long-time Aficionados Alike The Hamilton Jazzmaster Slim collection hit the shelves about three months ago and has only received positive comments from our clients. This is for good reason. As you handle the watch and try it on it is evident that the Slim captures today's watch trends perfectly. This is thanks to its tasteful, clean design, its contemporary 43mm width, a low profile, and amazing value.
2009 August 13
In the past year, the usage of ceramic has been greatly popularized by brands such as Chanel, Hublot, and Bell & Ross. Although its benefits were known to the watch world for many years, it is only recently that the general, watch-loving public has become appreciative of the material's qualities. Chanel has offered the J12 ceramic watch for many years now. Bell & Ross, while comparably a newcomer to the ceramic game, have slightly preceded the boom with the production of the BR-03 Ceramic. I have chosen to compare two popular models from Chanel and Bell And Ross in order to highlight the advantages and allure of ceramic on watches.
2009 August 05
Hamilton's new Khaki BASE Jump watch was released in April at the 2009 Baselworld fair. It will soon be available at the Matt Baily boutique. I had the chance to look at one at the store before I left for Switzerland. Here are some notes.
2009 July 28
The most recent U-Boat watches to arrive at Matt Baily were fitted with the new version of the Classico Straps. Many aspects of the straps have improved. The most important improvement is the construction of the strap. The leather used for the body is still very thick, but it is a lot softer and supple then its predecessor. This means that the straps of a new watch will take a lot less 'breaking in' then before.
2009 March 31
The case, in glass bead blasted steel with black 'carbon powder coating', measures 46mm. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.
2009 March 27
CORUM raises the curtain on its classically elegant and resolutely contemporary Ti-Bridge model. This powerful and technical watch houses CORUM's second mechanical movement, the new Caliber CO 007.
2008 November 19
Women are getting more and more into wearing a men's full size watches. It is extremely fashionable to wear a large high-end timepiece, the term a men's or women's watch is out the window. Bell & Ross has a new model that has elegance and beauty with the 39mm square size that is comfortable for either sex to appreciate.
2008 November 09
Corum has enlarged its iconic Admiral's Cup line with a new boldly designed model - the Challenge 48 Black Flag.
2008 November 09
The Corum Admiral's Cup Black Hull 48 sporty chronograph has been developed as a handy and stylish tool for measuring short time intervals.
2008 March 12
There is a growing appreciation for pilot watches. My theory is that all us baby boomers are at the age where every day seems to be harder than the next to read anything. The large sizes with luminous hands and markers, make it easy on the old eyes.
2008 February 28
Throughout the three years that we have had U-Boat watches, they have grown from fashion, quartz watches to well-built luxury watches with mechanical Swiss movements. Amongst the most recent models is the Flightdeck CAB W. It runs on the infamous Valjoux (ETA) caliber 7750, and is encased in a 50mm case, blackened by PVD treatment, and fitted with a sapphire crystal.
2008 February 19
This week we'll be looking at the Admiral's Cup Tides 48mm, a sporty, stylish, and bold watch from Corum.