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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.
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 December 09
Some of you may have already noticed but we've started to introduce product videos on a select few items around the site. Below you'll find two of our latest additions, as well as a list of others you may have missed. We promise to keep you informed of further product videos and are considering introducing a video feed. Stay tuned!
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.
2012 January 18
Alpina introduces its new 50mm Heritage Pilot model, a limited edition watch inspired by 1930s aviation designs set to debut at the Baselworld 2012 show.
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.
2011 August 22
Frederique Constant (and sister company Alpina) have a history of interesting sports sponsorships. Alpina sponsors the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, while Frederique Constant has been a part of the Lake Geneva Regatta for classic boats (commemorated by the Runabout series), and has also worked with the Austin Healey owners club for the Healey line. The latest limited edition from Frederique follows that same idea of a classic watch for a classic event – the Peking to Paris chronograph commemorates the legendary automobile rally between China and France.
2012 July 16
Bell & Ross has been releasing many new and distinctive watches lately, departing from their tried-and-true Instrument series to offer some more unique timepieces. Last year we saw the release of the WW1 series, inspired by early wristwatches adapted from pocket watches often used during the First World War. This year they continue the vintage military theme with the introduction of the WW2 Bomber Regulateur, a rather strange watch designed to emulate a particular style of timing instrument used during the Second World War.
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.
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.
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.
2012 February 20
I’ve written about Graham watches in the blog before. It’s an interesting brand that has its roots in classical English watchmaking (though nowadays everything is made in Switzerland). What I have here is the prototypical Graham Chronofighter RAC, a classic design that, along with the Swordfish, has come to define the Graham style. While most people are familiar with the Oversize series of gigantic watches, not that many are aware of Graham’s more modestly sized offerings. While the Oversize is a sport watch that will dominate the wrist, the classic Chronofighter is an elegant, distinctly English design that straddles the line between classic and sport.
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.
2012 January 09
2012 January 16
When it comes to big, bold, haute-horlogerie sport watches Audemars Piguet is the brand to beat. Since 1972 their signature Royal Oak series has become a legendary model that has aged gracefully and received numerous evolutionary updates over the decades to keep it fresh. The Royal Oak Offshore, in particular, has become a huge hit for the brand since it was introduced in 1993, and it remains their signature model. This week I will be profiling one of the most popular Offshores, the so-called “Safari” edition.
2012 October 31
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in the Swiss town of Villeret, Blancpain has become one of the top haute-horlogerie brands on the market today. They produce a number of styles ranging from restrained elegance to bold sport, and a limitless selection of complications. Unfortunately it is often overshadowed by the “better known” players in the high-end Swiss watch market – Blancpain often plays second fiddle to sister brand Breguet, and has less recognition than the powerhouse manufactures of Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger le Coultre. Thus Blancpains are often under appreciated, which is a shame as some of their timepieces - like the Villeret Dual Time we have here - are quite stunning and can offer impressive value on the used market.
2013 April 15
Bell & Ross a présenté bon nombre de nouveaux modèles originaux ces derniers temps et s’éloigne de ses modèles Instrument testés et approuvés pour offrir des montres originales. L’année dernière, la collection WW1 est apparue sur le marché, inspirée par les premières montres à bracelet qui étaient elles-mêmes une adaptation de la montre de poche, qu’on utilisait souvent pendant la Première Guerre mondiale. Cette année, le thème militaire vintage se poursuit avec l’arrivée de la WW2 Bomber Regulateur, une montre plutôt singulière conçue pour imiter un minuteur de bombe qu’on utilisait particulièrement durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.
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 January 30
When perusing watch reviews and blogs, you’ll often read about ETA and Valjoux movements, or perhaps “manufacture” calibres. Perhaps you have heard of module complications or modified calibres in various brands. To the uninitiated this sort of under-the-hood jargon can be a bit confusing, and it warrants some clarification. Even seasoned watch lovers might not be aware of what is involved in the creation of a watch movement, and how many brands share common parts and calibres. So in the spirit of watch nut education, I present the latest instalment of Watches in Depth – Movement Calibres.