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  • Panerai Radiomir Limited Edition PAM 249 California

    2013 July 01

    We’ve been on a Panerai kick lately here at Matt Baily’s. In the past several months we’ve accumulated a significant selection of rare and interesting PAMs to suit any taste, and a few interesting pieces to appeal to those discerning Paneristi who want something hard to find. The PAM 249 is one such timepiece, a watch that has become an iconic model for the brand and one of “the” limited edition pieces that every serious Panerai collector should have in their stable.

  • Panerai PAM 183 Radiomir Black Seal

    2013 April 08

    When someone works with watches on a daily basis, they tend to develop a list of particular watches. The watches on the list are the essentials – the best, the necessities, the icons. They are the watches that every watch lover should own at some point in their lifetime. It’s the desert-island list for watch nuts. My list includes a spot for the Panerai Historic Collection Radiomir – a watch that, in my opinion, is one of the finest designs of the 20th century. It represents all the qualities I look for in a watch – a rich brand and model history, an iconic design, harmonious proportions, and fine finishing. And of course it looks and feels fantastic on the wrist.

  • SIHH 2009 Review: Panerai, Cartier, and a new Brand

    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.

  • Panerai Pam 233 vs IWC Big Pilot 5002 - Part III of III

    2010 November 17

    This week, Jason wraps up his head-to-head comparison of the Panerai PAM 233 1950 GMT and the International Watch Co. Big Pilot ref 5002.

  • Stallone Jumps on the U-Boat Bandwagon

    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.

  • Matt Baily Blog Cage Match - IWC Big Pilot 5002 vs. Panerai 1950 GMT PAM233

    2010 October 11

  • Cage Match Part II/III - 5002 vs 233

    2010 October 19

    This week, it's part two of our three part bout between the horological heavyweights - the IWC Big Pilot 5002 vs the Panerai PAM 233.

  • January 2011 Watch Clearance – New Deals for the New Year

    2011 January 22

    2011 is here, and so are a new set of Specials to give you the best value for your money. Visit our Specials section to see what is new on clearance for our New Year New Deals sale.

  • A Review of SIHH 2010 - Several Watches That Stood Out

    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.

  • In-House Movements A Must? Nicolas Hayek Sends Wakeup Call to Swiss Watch Industry

    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.

  • New U-Boat U-42 Chronograph and 47mm Limited Editions

    2011 December 12

    Last year U-Boat came out with the U-42 limited edition series, a 53mm titanium monster based on a diver’s watch designed in 1942 by Ilvo Fontana, grandfather of company president Italo Fontana. The U-42 was a very distinctive watch that offered a totally unique look in the U-Boat line, one that competed more with the likes of Panerai and Audemars Piguet (but for much less money). This year U-Boat has expanded the U-42 lineup to include an automatic chronograph, as well as a midsize 47mm model to suit more average wrist sizes.

  • F1 Grand Prix has come and gone

    2008 June 12

    We show cased a plethora of heavy high end pieces in our window. The Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon was the main attraction as well as the all rose gold Bell & Ross BR01 97 Power reserve, Corum Golden Bridge, all gold Corum Admirals Cup Challenge 44 with brown dial. Other pieces that showed great interest was the Bell & Ross BR01 92 Blue, the all gold Bell & Ross BR02 with Carbon dial.

  • Still a good time to buy a watch

    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.

  • Ancon Watches

    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.

  • Bell & Ross WW1 Monopoussoir

    2012 October 03

    The WW1 series has been garnering a lot of accolades for Bell & Ross. A break from their “traditional” Instruments, the WW1 collection has a unique style that ends up being a very distinctive dress watch. Styled to resemble pocket watches converted into wristwatches (complete with add-on strap lugs) the WW1s are quite unique in the market – the closest comparison I can think of would be the Panerai Radiomir with its wire lugs and cushion case. This year BR expanded the collection by adding several new versions, including the 42mm Argentium and Jump Hour models, and the 45mm Monopusher (officially called the Monopoussoir). These models mark a significant step upmarket for Bell & Ross.

  • Strap Field Test - How water affects watch straps

    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.

  • New Bell & Ross WW1 Military and Heritage

    2011 December 05

    Bell & Ross watches have long been a Montreal favourite. We were the first dealer in Canada for the brand, and had them before they released their iconic Instrument series. Nowadays the Instrument is BR’s flagship, but they also produce a series of interesting round designs in the Vintage series. The latest additions to the Vintage line are the WW1 wristwatches, a series inspired by very early military watches that were adapted from pocketwatches.

  • New Bell & Ross BR02 Divers

    2012 June 15

    Bell & Ross is best known for it’s Instrument series of watches, but they produce a number of interesting designs. It’s the price of their fame – the massive popularity of the Instrument has overshadowed a lot of their other offerings, which is a shame as Bell & Ross produces some very interesting watches - that aren’t square. One of my favourites outside of the Instrument collection is the BR02 Diver, a massive 44mm tonneau-shaped tool watch that stands out in a sea of ho-hum dive watch designs.

  • New Alpina Heritage Pilot

    2012 July 26

    Alpina has been on a roll lately, introducing the hit Startimer and Sailing models last year. This year they updated the Extreme Diver with a new version, similar to the Sailing but with a ceramic bezel, and now they have introduced the highly anticipated Heritage Pilot. With a massive 50mm case and a design heavily inspired by 1930s pilot watches, the Heritage is a very interesting timepiece from a brand that has been making waves in the entry-level/midrange Swiss market as of late.

  • Oris BC4 Retrograde Pilot Watch

    2012 February 06

    This week we here at Matt Baily received a new line of Swiss watches – Oris. Continuing our tradition of seeking out interesting small brands that offer good value for nice timepieces, we took on Oris as a way to round out our collection of cool sport watches. And the brand doesn’t disappoint – they offer a number of interesting models that are well made, good looking, and reasonably priced. One model in particular caught my eye – the BC4 Retrograde, a pilot-style watch with a cool complication that sets it apart from the crowd.

  • A History of Bell & Ross at Matt Baily

    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.

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