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2011 octobre 10
Rolex has many storied models that have become legendary among watch aficionados and collectors alike. There are the ubiquitous Submariner and Sea-Dweller models, and the pilot’s favourite GMT Masters, and of course the ever-popular Datejust and Day-Date models that have become symbols of classic style and distinction. But one model range is often forgotten in favour of its more glamourous siblings – the Explorer series. Reaching back over 50 years, the Explorer has long been an understated and rugged sport model that has a rich history that should put it into the pantheon of other Rolex sport models.
2011 août 15
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.
2011 juin 20
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.
2011 avril 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 mars 28
In part one of three part series, Jason gives a brief history of the Rolex Daytona - a watch that is celebrating 50 years of production in 2011.
2010 juillet 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 janvier 22
On the first of December, 2009 a new exhibition was inaugurated in Quebec City highlighting several antique timepieces of the Assemblée Nationale. The idea of the Horloges et Débats exhibit is to showcase the delicate, personal work done by watchmakers at the turn of the 20th century. A collection of fifteen patrimonial clocks are presented with the building's clock tower as the focus. This impressive clock was created by famous Quebec City native, watchmaker, inventor (of the telephone receiver), and politician Cyrille Duquet. This temporary exhibit is an interesting stop for watchmaking enthusiasts living in, or visiting the beautiful provincial capital. It also persuaded me to delve a little into the Canadian watchmaking industry.
2010 janvier 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.