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Watches in Depth - The Tourbillon

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by Jason on 15 août, 2011

When it comes to complications, the tourbillon is the top tier of the watchmaker’s art. It is one of the most difficult complications to execute, one of the most expensive to buy, and one of the most superfluous in function. Tourbillons have had a sort of renaissance in the last 20 years, with ever more exotic and exponentially more complex variants, but the basic principle dates back to the 18th century when Abraham Louis Breguet was looking for a way to beat gravity.

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New Alpina Startimers

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by Jason on 1 août, 2011

Since we introduced Alpina to the Montreal market some three years ago, we here at Matt Baily’s have seen the brand evolve from a small manufacturer of quirky sport watches into a well-respected marque producing very desirable watches for very reasonable prices. This year Alpina has introduced a slew of new entry-level models that are very reasonably priced while still showing a marked improvement in quality. Chief among these new models is the Startimer Pilot series, which was announced earlier this year alongside the Sailing collection. After several months of anticipation, we finally have the Startimer collection in store, and they do not disappoint.

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Watches in Depth - Chronometers

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by Jason on 28 juillet, 2011

For centuries the pursuit of accuracy and stable rate in clocks and watches has been the driving force behind innovation and quality. The pursuit of accuracy is a cause that has significant trickle-down effects to even the least expensive mechanical watches, much moreso than the pursuit of ever-more complicated pieces. Where a highly complex watch is a bold and visible display of watchmaking prowess, the pursuit of absolute precision is the application of immense skill that often goes unnoticed by the consumer. The chronometer is a finely crafted mechanical watch that exhibits the highest degree of accuracy possible, with official certification to declare it as such. Outside of high-complications, the building of chronometers is one of the top tiers of watchmaking.

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New U-Boat U-1001 47 In Store

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by Jason on 25 juillet, 2011

This week on the blog we introduce the U-Boat Classico U-1001 47mm Limited Edition, a scaled down and dressed up version of the U-1001 diving watch, now available in-store at Matt Baily's.

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Watches in Depth - The Chronograph

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by Jason on 15 juillet, 2011

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.

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New Frederique Constant and Alpina Models In Store

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by Jason on 4 juillet, 2011

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.

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New In-Store: Rubber B Straps for Rolex

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by Jason on 23 juin, 2011

New in store is a very cool product for your Rolex watches – Rubber B straps. Made in Switzerland with high quality vulcanized rubber, these straps are designed to perfectly match Rolex cases with form-fitted lugs and special end-pieces that connect to the Rolex OEM fliplock clasp.

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Watches in Depth - Mechanical vs Electronic

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by Jason on 20 juin, 2011

Not too long ago I wrote an FAQ on watches and watch technology for the benefit of our readers and clients... In the spirit of my original FAQ I have decided to begin a series of in-depth blogs on specific subjects – different complications and their variations, the engineering and mechanical work involved in a movement, how a watch is serviced, and other topics for people who wish to learn more about luxury watches.

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New Hamilton Thin-o-Matic In Store

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by Jason on 6 juin, 2011

As I’ve mentioned in the blog before, we are seeing a return to classic and simple designs in the luxury watch industry after years of huge and bold sporty watches... A perfect example of this trend is the new Hamilton Thin-o-Matic, an updated re-edition of a classic dress watch from Hamilton’s golden age.

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Matt Baily and AskMen Grand Prix Pre-Party Thursday June 9th

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by Jason on 3 juin, 2011

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!

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