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2013 October 30
![H78615335 thumbnail](http://dev.mattbaily.ca/site-media/img/item/thumbnail/H78615335_thumb.jpg "Hamilton H78615335 Available at Matt Baily") "Holy dive watches Batman!" After discussing the ultra-competent, ultra-deep diving Bremont Supermarine S2000 last week, I want to dial back those Batman job parameters and look at what Robin does for a living. When taken out of Batman's shadow, you have to admit that The Boy Wonder is a pretty competent operator. He is capable of covering the Dark Knight's flanks in an ambush, answering the phones, and injecting a little levity into the working life of an otherwise dour blunt-instrument-of-Justice. Having a diver for beating around is a given in the male watch repertoire. Even if you don't need its capabilities, a diver makes a statement about the ruggedness and adventurousness of the wearer. For many, it's the only type of watch worth considering for daily wear. All deep divers are not created equal but, for our purposes, let's just call anything rated 500 metres or more, "Batman". Apart from extreme pursuits or sheer love of engineering prowess, we don't need Batman. Enter Robin.
2013 September 30
The second installment of Jeff Buchanan-Dorrance's guest column for the Baily Blog, this week Jeff profiles the Bremont Supermarine S2000. Last week, I shared with you the extraordinary capabilities of the Bremont MB (Martin-Baker) series of timepieces and their committment to building aviation-themed watches capable beyond any challenges you could ever hope to throw at them. Bremont has also made significant inroads into the military aviator community, issuing squadron- and mission-specific timepieces prized by their owners and the military units they honour, as well as collectors of interesting and durable watches. Bremont is winning fans worldwide with their quality, innovation, and friendly (gasp) and responsive (double gasp) customer service. (Part of me wants to write, "an industry first!") Clearly, they want us all to have an enjoyable experience.
2013 September 25
Today on the Baily Blog we are welcoming the first contribution from guest columnist Dr. Jeff Buchanan-Dorrance. Always on the prowl for interesting and significant timepieces, Matt Baily brought in a Bremont ALT-1C two-register chronograph early in the Summer and it was suggested to me as an unusual alternative to the "usual (Swiss) suspects". They were considering taking the brand on so--liking what I'd heard about Bremont--I had them order a couple of watches for me. "Tested Beyond Endurance" is the working motto for Bremont, an English watch company with its' roots in aviation. The company was formed by two brothers who shared a passion with their father for timepieces and piloting vintage planes. Their father died in a plane crash and both brothers have also been seriously injured pursuing their aviation passions.
2013 September 11
We here at Matt Baily like to think we have a knack for finding cool and up and coming brands. We like to stay ahead of the curve and seek out interesting marques before they hit it big, so that we can be on the ground floor to help them develop. We also pride ourselves on exclusivity. So when we were tipped off about an interesting Hong-Kong based brand called Ancon producing cool and affordable bronze watches, we thought we’d check them out and see what was up.
2012 April 07
From now until April 30th, get 30% off all in-stock Rado timepieces for men and women! A partir de maintenant jusqu'au 30 Avril obtenez 30% sur tous les montres Rado en stock pour les hommes et les femmes!
2012 March 12
In recent years we in the watch industry have seen an explosion of popularity in one sector of the market – vintage watches. In the last 20 years vintage watches have been steadily rising in value, and demand is getting stronger each year. You can see the influence of this demand in the new watch market, with almost every major company making re-editions of classic designs or retro-themed timepieces that attempt to capture the stylistic essence of vintage models. Vintage, it seems, is the in thing – not just in watches, but also in cars, clothing, music, furniture… Every part of the market seems to be under the influence of old-world design.
2012 March 01
This week we share an interesting story of loss and recovery from one of our clients.
2012 February 13
So far in the Watches in Depth series I’ve given coverage to the most important and most popular forms of complication – chronographs, tourbillons, calendars, and repeaters. These complications are well served in the current market. What about the odd complications, the one offs, the rarities that never became widespread? This feature is to highlight the forgotten complications that are often overlooked and under served in the modern market.
2012 January 09
2011 July 15
One of the most popular complications in watchmaking is the chronograph, the watch that doubles as a stopwatch as well as a timekeeper. It’s been one of the most prolific complication in the 20th century, second only to the basic calendar complication, and are accessible from entry-level Swiss brands all the way up to the top of the watchmaker’s craft. The chronograph has a long history in fine watchmaking, and has long been a symbol of mechanical prowess combined with everyday functionality. After having become so popular and commonplace, many people overlook just how complicated a fine chronograph mechanism really is.
2011 June 03
On Thursday, June 9th AskMen.ca will be hosting a Montreal Grand-Prix Pre-Party event at the Time Supper Club (997 Saint Jacques Ouest, Montreal) sponsored by Cadillac. Matt Baily's will be on hand to give style and consumer advice about watches, alongside cigar experts from Casa del Habano, car experts from Cadillac, style experts from Le Pascha, and couture advisors from Pelligrino Castronovo. Doors open at 7pm and the party goes until 10pm. Come join us for a night of fun, fashion, and luxury!
2011 May 15
VIDEO: New Bell & Ross watches from Baselworld 2011, including the Red Radar, the WW1 Vintage, the new Airborne, and the BR01 Ceramic.
2011 April 26
An interview with Matt Baily's Jason Cormier on choosing the right watch and how to pick a watch size.
2011 April 18
The Marvin Watch company has been around for over 160 years, and this week Jason gives a short history of the brand from 1850 to the present, covering the development of the company, its disappearance, and its rebirth in 2002.
2011 February 23
Follow Jason, Mel and the store on Twitter! Jason_mattbaily, Mel_mattbaily, and Matt_Baily.
2011 February 17
Jason profiles the latest additions to the U-Boat lineup, including the new Titanium Ceramic Classicos, the U-51 Chronograph, the U-42 limited edition, and the U-1001 IPB.
2011 February 16
Jason unveils his mightiest creation - a comprehensive Luxury Watch FAQ for beginners and experts alike. Browse the Matt Baily Knowledge Base for info on everything watch related from complications, servicing, warranty info, history, and more. http://www.mattbaily.ca/watch-faq/
2011 February 16
In this week's blog, Jason takes a look at the new Bell & Ross Vintage series of watches.
2011 January 27
In this week's blog, Jason gives a brief profile of the new Marvin Malton and Sebastien Loeb watches now available in store at Matt Baily's.
2010 December 01
We prepared a Holiday Gift Guide featuring our luxury items in an attempt to inspire you and make your holiday gift shopping a little easier.
2010 November 05
Coming up in November are three new brands, Tissot, Hera, and Bedat & Co., along with new watches from Frédérique Constant and Alpina.
2010 November 05
The Marvin Watch Co. LOEB Limited Edition has been revealed! Jason has the scoop and official photos of the new watch.
2010 September 24
This Fall the Matt Baily boutique is receiving some of 2010's hottest watches including the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Military Ceramic, BR Vintage 123 and 126, and the Marvin Malton series.
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 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 15
Summer time offers us warm weather and a plethora of activities. This Baily Blog post lists five of the best summer watches available at the Matt Baily boutique in Montreal QC, Canada.
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 09
From 2005 to 2010, Matt Baily has been a proud authorized retailer of U-Boat watches. During that time the we witnessed the company re-invent itself and their products get better and better. Whether you are a fans of large, luxury watches or not, there is no escaping the intrigue of Italo Fontana's designs. This Baily Blog entry recapitulates U-Boat's past five years as seen from within the Matt Baily boutique.
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 29
Nicholas G. Hayek was often referred to as the man who saved the Swiss watch industry. By consolidating some of the most important brands and founding Swatch to marry mass production with Swiss quality manufacturing he thwarted the negative effects that the advent of inexpensive, Japanese quartz watches were having on the Swiss manufacturers. Mr. Hayek was 82 on June 28th, when he died suddenly. His larger-than-life personality and hands-on business attitude will surely be missed by his colleagues.
2010 June 28
In the world of watchmaking, there are a select few movements that become legendary in themselves. These movements can become examples of the heights of the watchmaking tradition, or perhaps simply an example of good rugged engineering. The Zenith El Primero has become one of those movements - for its quality, innovation, and its rugged design - a rare example of when a movement becomes more famous than the watch it came in. Here at Matt Baily we have two excellent examples of the El Primero's versatility - a diamond-adorned ladies open-heart model with power reserve indicator, and an elegant but delightfully complicated men's model with triple-date, moonphase, and chronograph functions.
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
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 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 10
Not surprisingly, Switzerland is full of legendary watch places. Geneva houses many of the best known brands, La Chaux-de-Fonds is home to several others including the the Musée International d'Horlogerie, Vallée de Joux is an other municipality with important manufactures. Biel/Bienne, a city peppered with huge names such as Rolex and Omega, is where I was off to for a visit to the Hamilton headquarters and get a closer look at their new watches for 2010.
2010 June 08
Matt Baily is now the first, retailer of Marvin Watches in Canada in decades. Marvin Watch Co. carries a very long history and have produced millions of watches over the span of centuries. We are excited about this brand, because it matches the unique personality of our boutique. While luxurious and of high Swiss-grade quality, Marvin watches focus on value and creativity.
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 21
Being invited to visit Frédérique Constant and Alpina' headquarters in Geneva, I packed my G11 and HD camcorder and made my way to Plan-les-Ouates. This neighbourhood, as I found out, is home to some of the most prestigious watch companies in the world. Since I had never visited this area before, I opted for the roughly thirty minute walk from the train station to discover it. On the way I encountered manufacturing facilities for Rolex, Patek Philippe, and several other watchmaking giants.
2010 May 19
Having written recently about the U-Boat U-1001/1, I took a brief plunge into the world of diving watches and what they offer. There are very specific requirements for a watch to be considered a diving watch. While these features are outlined in detail by international standards, the most important ones can be summarized by considering what is essential to underwater timepieces. They must function when submerged and under great pressure and allow the wearer to easily and quickly measure the elapsed time at different crucial instances during the dive.
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 14
The beauty of vintage Austin-Healey cars is hard to deny. Soft, round curves, glossy chrome accents, hand stitched leather interiors are all appealing features. Frédérique Constant is one of the watch manufacturers that relate to this classic design. Teaming up with Healey collector clubs around the world, FC became the official timing partner for many themed races including the most recent 2010 Healey Challenge in the UK. What better way for a watch company to celebrate such a partnership than with the release of a limited edition timepiece? Alas the Frédérique Constant Healy Chrono Automatic.
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 08
A continued collaboration between Harrison Ford and Hamilton has produced a new collection of environmentally aware timepieces. The Khaki Team Earth collection, based on a classic aviator style is meant to raise awareness for Conservation International, an organization who strives to empower communities to protect biodiversity and the environment.
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 May 05
When speaking of Mother's Day, Michele comes to mind. This is because this is the brand at Matt Baily that most often crosses generational lines. As many Michele watches were purchased by parents for their daughters is as many that have been chosen by men and women as gifts for their mothers.
2010 April 26
"An American Brand." Hamilton's moniker is derived from their origin as an important watch manufacturer in the United States, but also stipulates the look and feel of their timepieces. A classic, retro design is common amongst Hamilton watches and reflects the company's strength in the fifties and sixties, when Hamilton was a household name. Highlighting this distinct personality over the past few years has helped the brand return to notoriety, but this time all over the world. At Baselworld 2010, the new models that were displayed at the Hamilton booth varied considerably in style. Some round, some asymmetrical, some even digital. All, however, portray an authentic and clear connection to some aspect of the brand's storied past.
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 April 07
As I mentioned already on several occasions, Italo Fontana did not disappoint this year at Baselworld. Several very exciting U-Boat watches models where revealed. Amongst them were three new versions of the Classico Titanium Chronograph, which was released last year in a limited series of 200. These 53mm wide, 17mm thick, titanium marvels are equipped with ceramic bezels and fantastic race-car-dashboard-like dials. Each variation will also be limited to only 200 pieces.
2010 April 06
It is undeniable that the leader in mechanical watchmaking is Switzerland. Very few other countries - namely Germany and Japan - are even on the map as manufacturers of quality movements. It is therefore the obvious choice for the Swatch Group to set up the Hamilton manufacturing operations in Switzerland. This question did bring to mind a blog entry I posted on the Baily Blog that discusses Canadian watchmaking, where I mention that it would be great to see manufactures establish themselves in Canada.
2010 March 30
As mentioned on the Matt Baily Facebook fan page, we were "floored" at Baselworld 2010 by the Bell & Ross' novelties. We were not able to get footage or pictures of these spectacular models, but fortunately Bell & Ross are quite active online and several videos regarding their new models have been posted on their website. The major news is the introduction of an entire new collection of beautiful watches dubbed the BR Vintage collection. This year's ambassadors of this collection are the BR V123 and V126 Heritage.
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 15
You may have noticed that the Baily Blog has suffered a slight decrease in posts about new watches in the past little while. This is likely due to our watch companies keeping many of their new surprises under wraps; saving them for the end of the week to be released at the the world's largest watch and jewelry exhibition. Starting this Thursday, however, the Baily Blog will be showcasing many new products, as Matt and Marco will be at the show taking pictures and videos, and interviewing industry experts about the watchmaking year to come.
2010 March 12
During the past few weeks, U-Boat has been hinting at the release of a new limited edition model to at this year's Baselworld fair. It would be great to have all the details, but I guess we will have to wait to see the watch at the show one week from now. Matt and I will be in Basel where we will be able to get the full scoop on the new U-Boat watches.
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 March 03
Variety is the spice of life. Michele watches have embraced this proverb with great enthusiasm! Their watch bands - for example - draw from a palette of hundred of colors and dozens of materials. On the straps, a specialized mechanism allows the owner to swap them easily using only their fingers making it possible to vary the style of your watch as often as you change your outfit. The watches themselves are quite diverse even though each one captures the signature Michele style. For a limited time, Michele will offer an even bigger selection of glamorous and exciting watches in their limited and special collections.
2010 February 26
Bell & Ross has always moved forward as a company, but it has done so in small(ish), cautious steps. This has been a key to their success and contrasts other companies like Frank Muller for instance, who's quick growth troubled them and saw thousands of their watches sold "dumped" on the grey market. The BR Instrument was an primary player in Bell & Ross' climb to fame. When it first came out it was embraced by watch lovers despite its squareness, size, and ultra-sporty, military styling. Once the watch's acceptance was evident, Bell & Ross branched into other versions of the Instrument including the smaller BR-03. Some successful experimentation with the ceramic and the BR-03 92 frame, eventually led to the creation of the BR-S ceramics. The trifecta was complete. These three different Instruments cover all the bases in terms of satisfying fans of the square Bell & Ross watches.
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 06
All-Black Watch Models of 2009 or Lets Not Tell Time Part II Nearing the end of 2008, we posted a blog entry named Let's Not Tell Time!, where Dino discussed several all-black timepieces of that time. Here we present a few of the more notable all-black watches from 2009.
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 28
Although none of the companies that Matt Baily Watches carries are represented at the private Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, our passion for fine watches runs deep. Furthermore, chances are good that some of the models I will be mentioning in this post will eventually end up in our outstanding collection of certified pre-owned watches, which includes desirable pieces by Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and more.
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 06
In 2004, Bell & Ross was a sleeping giant. Matt Baily caught on early to their potential, and joined their retailer network in time to witness one of the greatest success stories of the modern watch industry. Now recognizable all over the country, it wasn't so when Matt Baily Marchand de Montres et Bijoux became the first Canadian dealer of Bell & Ross in 2004. The Montreal boutique remained the sole retailer to sell the watches in Canada until the introduction of the BR Instruments exploded their popularity in later years. As an employee of Matt Baily, I witnessed the company"s transformation watch by watch.
2009 November 16
For over five years, Matt Baily has set itself apart from other watch stores in Montreal by bringing in exciting, new, up-and-coming brands. When looking at a possible new brand to carry, quality is the first prerequisite and is followed by value and potential. This is how we took up dealership of brands like Bell & Ross and U-Boat for which we were the first dealers in Canada. With this list, we highlight five watches from our collections that have swayed trends and turned the most heads.
2009 October 01
Bell & Ross has always manufactured watches to be fit for professional use. To assure this its designers and engineers adhere to four guiding principles. These are water resistance, precision, readability (legibility at a glance), and performance. The help of military, safety, and health professionals is often enlisted to ensure that these aspects are incorporated in each watch. The BR-01 94 Pro Titanium is a symbol of the French manufacturer's four guiding principles.
2009 September 21
In the October Issue of O Magazine, Oprah Winfrey sports a Hamilton Khaky Navy GMT. The model that she wears is The gold-tone version with the white dial and white rubber strap. According to Hamilton, the talk-show legend chose the watch to wear during the cover shoot, but loved it so much that she decided to buy it after the shoot. She is seen wearing it throughout the issue along side (amongst others) Jay-Z, who is as always wearing an Audemars Piguet.
2009 August 17
U-Boat watches having enjoyed some success in the past year, are showing it with the introduction of an extremely limited super-watch that is sure to turn heads. The U-1942 will be the largest watch available on the market with a diameter of 65mm and a production of only twenty-nine pieces.
2009 July 30
Bell & Ross' release of the BR-01 Tourbillon was very successful and has stemmed into the release of several other complicated models. Three new variations of the BR01 Tourbillon are now available as is the most complicated watch of the manufacturer's line, the BR Grand Minuteur.
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 July 20
My First visit to Geneva Geneva is not a a very big city, but is packed with things to see. If you are a watch enthusiast, then the points of interest are endless. Since I am neither a good organizer nor an early riser, I did not plan any specific route. We parked the car and walked around for the entire day stopping in a few places for lunch, coffee, and drinks.
2009 June 02
The multi-talented, home-town hero Alexandre Despatie was spotted by one of my clients wearing a 53mm, beige U-Boat Classico. Alexandre was speaking at a recent public appearance when my client noticed the bold, oversize design that U-Boat watches are known for. I find it even more fitting that I'm writing an entry about the world champion and Olympic medalist, as his twenty-fourth birthday on the eighth of June quickly approaches.
2009 May 11
For every luxury product, there are fakes and replicas, so I guess it was only a matter of time before the counterfeiters turned their attention to the popular U-Boat watches. One particular vendor situated in Montreal uses a link to MattBaily.ca to promote his products on Craigslist. The watches that he shows are replicas of the Flightdeck MSG and MSB with different colour combinations. The watches display what looks like a Unitas manual winding movement, but some have the word 'AUTOMATICO' etched into the back of the case. Some models also mention 'CRONOGRAFO' on their case-backs. This is pretty suspicious, as non of the models shown are chronographs! The vendor sometimes claims that they are pre-owned and prices range from $700 to $1,000.
2009 April 01
Here's a sneak peak from Hamilton at Basel. New diver models keeping with the very popular Below Zero line. Although we don't have model numbers or even names of these new pieces, pictures are worth a 1000 meter words. Enjoy!
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.
2009 March 24
Here is another from the pre Basel information we're getting in. Alpina Extreme Tourbillon Regulator Manufacture. Limited to 18 pieces worldwide.
2009 March 20
Here is a new model in the Khaki Collection. The case, in titanium PVD black or PVD bronze, measures 50mm. The crystal is sapphire and it is water resistant to 100 meters.
2009 March 20
Vintage and modern mix is the latest and greatest from Bell & Ross. The new BR Heritage, each timepiece features a black dial, with numbers, index marks and hands covered with a sand-colored photo luminescent coating. The crystals are anti-reflective sapphire and water-resistant (down to 100m). The bracelets are printed natural leather of heavy-duty synthetic.
2009 March 05
Je m'étais bien promis de réécrire sur ce blog dès que mon emploi du temps le permettrait. Ces derniers mois, j'ai peu rédigé mais beaucoup lu. J'ai lu entre autre que l'horlogerie Suisse subi déjà les affres de la crise économique; que la contrefaçon se porte très bien merci, que Breitling qui célèbre ses 125 ans cette année lance le calibre B01, un mouvement chrono maison, que partout les horlogers se font vieux, mais il y a de la relève dans les écoles. J'ai aussi lu que si à cinquante ans on n'a pas une Rolex, on n'a raté sa vie!
2009 February 01
This year at the 2009 SIHH show in Geneva, the new releases reflected the slowing down economy and humble state of the international luxury market. Although a few very expensive watches and movements were released, most models showcased a subdued, classic style and most of the new super-complicated models came from the old established brands such as Cartier and Vacheron Constantin.
2008 December 17
The latest in the line of Instruments to come out from Bell & Ross is the Pro Titanium BR01 94. Fashioned from the BR01 46mm size Instruments, but with a much more robust and rugged bezel, which is in line of the BR01 Tourbillon.
2008 December 02
In the past, a lot of talk and controversy has taken place about the ethics of the jewelry industry. From the sale of diamonds that helped fund brutal military activity, to the destruction of natural habitats in order to mine precious metals and stones. Finally in the past several years, our society has started to care enough about these issues that it has actually become profitable for jewelry and watch companies to adopt more eco-friendly and socially responsible manufacturing methods.
2008 November 28
The large watch fashion trend is still going strong. It makes quite the fashion statement when you see an elegantly dressed woman or celebrity wearing a large sporty timepiece. It exudes confidence and attitude, while still being functional and incredibly easy to read.
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 13
The Swiss watchmaking brand Alpina recently organized a photo contest on the theme, Outdoors, in order to illustrate the spirit of the brand.
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 November 07
Today I stumbled across a nice little YouTube compilation of Hamilton watch placements in Hollywood movies. My personal favorite: Fight Club. Take a look!
2008 October 31
One of the hottest things in the watch market today is the all black or Phantom type watches. There are a few companies manufacturing these models promoting the unreadability and unusual style.
2008 October 31
U-boat has released a catalog of all the watches it presented at this year's Baselworld Fair, last April.
2008 October 17
In these economic times of uncertainty, there are exceptional watch brands that are comparable to those of the Haute Horlogerie. There are many watch brands that are at par as far as quality and style is concerned. Watches like Hamilton which are owned by the Swatch group, who also own the movements that are supplied to watch manufacturers around the world.
2008 October 01
Paul Newman, known for his piercing blue eyes, boyish good looks and stellar performances in scores of hit Hollywood movies, has died. He was 83.
2008 September 27
Finally a rubber strap is available for 50 and 55 mm U-Boat Flightdeck models. Reflecting Italian style, the strap is stitched and looks almost like leather. A great accessory to add to your collection, you will finally be able to take your U-Boat watch to the beach or pool.
2008 September 25
This summer I had the chance to stage field studies on how different types of watch bands fare in water. You may own a water resistant watch, but if you don't have the right kind of strap on it you don't want to get it wet.
2008 September 25
Internet sales are definitely on the rise. If you Google a watch company, you will get pages of sites offering watches. Here's a little lesson in online shopping.
2008 September 18
During the 1970s the watch industry was turned on its head with the advent of inexpensive, production line, watch manufacturing that mainly took place in Japan. Swiss watchmakers were affected strongly by the new Japanese market and a crisis ensued. While old independent companies like Rolex and Patek Philippe where not in direct competition with the Japanese giants, two of the world's major watch manufacturers, USUAG and SSIH could not cope with the competition. In 1982, the two companies' creditors hired Hayek Engineering in an attempt to save the giants from bankruptcy. The work that Nicolas Hayek did during this time secured him his spot in watch making history and has often been credited with saving the entire Swiss watch industry.
2008 September 13
As the high-end market continues to flourish in these economic hard times, the watch trend is really going towards people wanting to wear something no one else has. The days of wearing a Rolex has been termed as a Texas Timex. In the past it seemed like as soon as you made a little success for yourself, one of the first thing you did is go out and get a Rolex. Although Rolex, Breitling and Cartier will always own a huge chunk of the market, Bell & Ross, Corum, U-Boat are creeping up and becoming in demand.
2008 August 26
In 2004 the Swiss Competition Committee (Comco) vetoed ETA SA's decision to reduce their supply of movements to watch manufacturers outside of the Swatch Group (ETA's parent company). ETA intended to discontinue their supply of ebauches in 2006. Ebauches are unassembled, blank movements that companies like IWC, Panerai, and Breitling modify and finish to fit their watches. These modified mechanisms are named with proprietary calibers like the Breitling caliber 13, which started its life as an ETA Valjoux 7750.
2008 August 21
Cette année encore, les bracelets cuirs ont connu une difficile saison estivale. Éraflures, craquelures, décolorations, l'été laisse des traces et les bracelets défraîchis ne sont pas toujours faciles à sauver. Bien sûr, certains produits pour traiter le cuir peuvent donner de bons résultats, mais lorsque l'humidité a envahi le bracelet, ça ne tient pas très longtemps. Force est de constater que requins et crocos furent jadis plus heureux dans l'eau...
2008 August 20
Sometimes we get a little careless, especially when we're on vacation and everything is relaxed. On a nice hot sunny day, you decide to go for a refreshing swim, but you forget to check that your screw down crown is not properly screwed in. You do a couple laps, you notice that the timepiece is all fogged up, or has water inside the case.
2008 August 14
I know you've been tempted seeing a watch in the islands or at duty free shops. What a great deal, I'll just put it on, and tell customs it's my watch if asked. The reality is, it is a criminal offense to not declare any luxury goods over $2,000.00.
2008 July 28
Being a watch salesman, we go through all sorts of people with their questions and opinions on what sort of watch to buy. There are a lot of factors involved, and it's very hard to tell you what to buy. Whether it is an investment grade piece, or just something that you saw in a magazine or on some celebrity's wrist. Choosing a Brand or Model can and should be a fun experience.
2008 July 02
There is a large market for pre-owned or used watches. Some people think of a used watch as something that is dirty or has bad Karma. While this could be hard psychologically for some people, and would be impossible to sway, a pre-owned watch could be a great way to get that watch that you find unreachable financially. Sure someone owned it before you, but a pre-owned watch sold from a reputable dealer whom you can trust, usually goes through a process of making it new again, and offer a warranty just like buying a new piece.
2008 June 20
An RCMP search of a Windsor residence uncovered a luxury counterfeit watch operation police say pulled in more than $1 million US in sales.
2008 June 15
These exquisite time pieces are probably the hardest watches to try and purchase. The craftsmanship and pure beauty of these pieces in person are exceptional. If you ever get a chance to see one of these pieces, take the time to see the detail and feel the substantial craftsmanship. Production this year will be around 700 pieces.
2008 June 06
What Roger Dubuis has done in its relatively young existence, is to position itself amongst the industry's oldest, most luxurious, and best known manufacturers. Since the company was founded in 1995, it has been braking the mold that companies like Patek Philippe had implanted for super-high end watches. Roger Dubuis founder Carlos Dias' fixation with quality, functionality, and style is well represented by the S.A.W (Sport Activity Watch) collection.
2008 June 06
As the tourists start rolling in for the Grand Prix, U Boat continues to draw them in from our store front window. There's something about their look that everyone seems to like. We have a vast array of watch brands, and every price range Bell & Ross Tourbillon, solid Gold Corum Admirals Cup Challenge 44 and the list goes on, but U Boat seems to be what every client has been drawn in to see.
2008 June 05
Montreal is a well known summer destination for travelers from around the world. It is because the city offers a fantastic array of festivals and activities for visitors to enjoy. This weekend the parties kicked off with the advent of the F1 Montreal Grand Prix. Starting on Thursday, at least four principal Downtown streets have been closed to traffic to allow pedestrians to enjoy a plethora of activities.
2008 May 30
A collector with dozens or hundreds of high-end watches wants to keep all the pieces optimally wound, because many will not be worn for days to months at a time. They should also be displayed in a beautiful way, as the pieces themselves are tiny works of mechanical art, and are often very valuable.
2008 May 28
Wind, the power of waves and the genius of men able to harness them. CORUM has been part of the nautical universe since 1960, when the brand first created a collection entirely dedicated to sailing: the Admiral's Cup.
2008 May 28
With its twelve-sided case exuding a definite sense of strength and its sophisticated lines, the Admiral's Cup collection has asserted itself as an icon among sports watches. Alongside the Romvlvs, Golden Bridge and Watchmaking Specialty collections, it is one of the four pillars on which the brand is grounded.
2008 May 22
Bell & Ross have always upheld their promise to build watches fit for professionals. Continuously they have proved their worth by supplying some of the most demanding professionals in France. Air Force pilots to bomb disposal experts have been dedicated and have used a B & R timepiece. Now to demonstrate how durable and versatile the new BR 02 Instruments are, Bell & Ross are sponsoring an amazing endeavor that pits a human and a watch against possibly the harshest environmental conditions ever.
2008 March 18
We are proud to say that we will be receiving the first Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon in Canada. This extremely exclusive watch, limited to 60 pieces worldwide, should be arriving next week.
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 22
The Basel Fair is coming up in April, and there will be a lot of new products coming out later this year. Bell & Ross is giving us a teaser with the new Bell & Ross BR02 94. The Bell & Ross BR02 line came out late last year and is designed for the true deep sea diver.
2008 February 20
The Montreal Canadiens Stage a Spectacular Record-Braking Comeback. Last night was by far the most exciting night of hockey that I've witnessed since Jacques Demers called Marty McSorley on an illegal stick in 1993. What I saw was our Montreal Canadiens staging a miracle comeback from a five goal deficit, at the Bell Centre, against the New York Rangers. Then, as if that was not enough, Captain Koivu beat Lundqvist in the shootout to win the game.
2008 February 20
The Bell and Ross BR Instrument line is taking off. The simplicity of the cockpit style dial, the full sized and sporty feel, and limited production of the regular models, have been putting a smile on many collectors faces.
2008 February 19
This week we'll be looking at the Admiral's Cup Tides 48mm, a sporty, stylish, and bold watch from Corum.
2008 February 19
Romvlvs Chronograph is a new development in the Romvlvs line, adding a complication that provides traditional functions and features even more refined finishing details which enhance its classic, stylized and elegant design. Romvlvs Chronograph is also a first in the current collection, since it is the initial chronograph in the Romvlvs line by Corum.
2008 February 08
It's not possible to trade-in a suit. Cars gain mileage, which continuously depreciates their resale value. Electronic devices become obsolete. A watch is one of the very few luxury items that will work just as well, and can be worth just as much when it is pre-owned as when it is new.
2008 February 07
Water-resistance means a watch is sealed against dust and water. It refers to the pressure the watch can withstand, measured in atmospheres or bars. Pressure is a force applied to a surface where 1 bar = 1 kg / sq. cm.
2008 January 31
In 2006, Bell and Ross teamed up with Peugeot to create a stylish, aerodynamic dashboard clock. Since then, the timepiece has remained a constant fixture in their concept cars. The 2008 release continues in this tradition, featuring the B&R clock prominently mounted to the dash. The following photos are from their original collaboration. Noteworthy, and still to our liking here at Matt Baily.
2008 January 29
Azimuth SP-1 Mechanique concept watch. Nicknamed the spaceship watch with a rendition of Earth, a globular decorative feature that makes one rotation every 60 seconds.
2008 January 25
Two new sections are now available on our site. Matt Baily is one of the few stores nation-wide that offers the opportunity of trading in your watch towards a purchase. We service all pre-owned watches to give a one-year in-store warranty. All these watches are now displayed on our new pre-owned section, with retail and asking price.
2008 January 24
Sylvester Stallone was on David Letterman recently, not sporting a Panerai, which is his usual watch of choice, this time he is wearing a U Boat watch.
2008 January 22
The case and bracelet must be cleaned to eliminate dirt and perspiration. After checking that all parts are screwed tight, gently rub the watch with an old toothbrush and soap. A household creme cleanser can be used if the watch is very dirty. Rinse with clear water and dry using a soft cloth.
2008 January 22
Always read the recommendations in the watch's manual as these will include advice about sporting activities. As a general rule, mechanical watches require particular caution and are best not worn for sports involving sudden or powerful movements, for example golf, mountain-biking, tennis or squash.
2008 January 22
Changing the date engages several wheels in the mechanism. Never make a 'rapid date change' between 10pm and 2am as this is when the date-change mechanism operates.
2008 January 18
Motor: A car engine works only when the vehicle is running. Movement: A watch movement operates 24/24, 365 days a year (thus totalling 8,760 hours).
2008 January 18
The crown is used to adjust the hours, minutes and date. Never turn the crown while wearing the watch as this could twist the winding stem and damage the movement. Always take the watch off first.
2008 January 16
With the popularity of the Bell and Ross BR01 and BR03 and BR02 Instrument line growing. There are many celebrities jumping on the band wagon.
2008 January 11
Corum has countless sponsors in the World Series of Poker. Every time you catch a series you are bound to see players wearing a Corum Timepiece. Daniel Negreanu is probably one of the most recognizable players on the circuit. He can be seen wearing an Admirals Cup Competition, as well as the new Romulus. Daniel Negreanu is one of the top money leaders in the World Series of Poker winning the grand prize in 1998.
2008 January 07
At the Scottish International Fire Training Center, Mr. Fragne, fire fighting instructor, tests the Bell & Ross BR01-96 to its limits during a flame bending exercise. Enjoy the photostream!
2008 January 01
The following is a short video about Alpina Watches, an exciting brand we've recently introduced to the Canadian market. The video features watches from several of their more popular collections including the Avalanche Extreme Regulator, the Avalanche Chronograph Automatic, as well as several others. Take a look!
2007 December 28
The Bell & Ross BR03 51 GMT is the first Titanium watch in the BR03 line up, making it feel like you have nothing on your wrist. The Carbon Fiber dial contrasts perfectly with the white numerals and hands. What is most pleasing is the second time zone subsidiary dial with orange hour hand.
2007 December 14
TB Buti was founded in 2001 in the historical center of Florence. Born from the passion of a trendsetter like Tommaso Buti, a Time Machine destined to become a unique and exclusive object.
2007 December 14
The dynamism of the brand is one of the commercial priorities, but the clue to succeed is to re-capture the 'Alpinist Spirit'. It is the Alpinist Spirit that made the brand so strong in the past.
2007 December 13
Truly a work of art the Corum Golden Bridge RG 63123.701102 is a must for any haute horlogerie collector or enthusiast. Four beveled sapphire crystals allow for an unobstructed view of the minutely detailed linear workings. The patented 18K gold Corum bridge, finely hand engraved with delicate scrolling patterns, appears to be suspended in space which supports the entire structure of the movement, its mainspring, gear train and escapement.
2007 December 13
The 48mm Corum Tides 48 18k rose gold is one of the most gorgeous watches we've seen of late. No wonder this Corum is the hardest and most sought after watch in the line. The twelve sided case is totally unique and is perfectly balanced, giving it a striking look especially with black dodecagon bezel.
2007 December 12
The new Limited Edition Bell & Ross BR01 94 Titanium Orange Instrument is living up to the successful run of the Bell & Ross BR01 Orange limited pieces of last year. The contrast of the orange hands on the stunning sheet of carbon fiber on the dial is going to make this even more desirable than its counter parts.
2007 December 12
The Bell & Ross BR03 94 Black and White Instrument gives the model a contrast and pop like the Limited Editions do, but making it part of the regular series. What impressed us the most is silver ring that frames the dial. It really gives this piece an added punch.
2007 December 10
The Bell & Ross Br03 Ceramic Instrument is like wearing an espresso cup saucer on your wrist. They really give the whole Bell & Ross BR Instrument line a breath of fresh air. Same great quality you come to expect of the 42mm stainless and titanium Bell & Ross BR03 Instrument models, but with a summery light and funky touch for the woman or man that needs that flair.
2007 December 07
New to the Bell & Ross BR line is the BR02 models in stainless steel and black carbon finishes. These models have a curved feel beautifully finished in polished and brushed stainless steel, or glass bead blasted steel with black finishing type (carbon powder coating), Bell & Ross BR02 18K Pink gold and carbon, and Bell & Ross BR02 solid 18K pink gold.
2007 December 07
We are proud to say that we will be exclusive in Canada in receiving the Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon. This extremely limited piece should be arriving before the end of the year.
2007 November 27
We are proud to say we are the first and only Canadian dealer of Alpina watches. Unbelievable craftmanship at a price point that is unheard of. Saphire crystal, regulator movements, high quality finishing.
2007 November 27
We have just received the new BR02 models. These watches are big and masculin. Perfectly finished with a high polished case and brushed steel bezel. Very comfortable on the wrist. Tough enough to go 1000 meter swimming and elegant enough for a 5 star dinner.
2007 October 26
The latest models of U-Boat coming out will have sapphire crystals. Every new model of U-Boat Classico in both 45mm and 53mm sizes will have saphire crystals replacing the K1 crystals of the past U-Boat models.
2007 October 26
In the past three months, those who have been in the store have noticed a change. Our fourteen-foot showcase is filled with designer jewelry. Pianegonda, Rebecca, Ron Hami, Mimma, and Calgaro are examples of what is now available at Matt Baily's boutique.
2007 October 26
The stunning line of Alpina watches should be arriving soon. Here is the history:
2007 October 04
We just received the stunning new collection of Admirals Cup Challenge and Admirals Cup Competition models, in titanium and gold, sizes are 44mm and 48mm respectively.