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Joining the line up this year is the brilliant new Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948, a modern Reverso that takes its design cues from a model from the late 40s. Earlier edition models from this collection focus on the earliest Reverso designs from the 30s, whereas this piece takes a slightly more modern, post-war feel.


The exciting thing about smartwatches is that most smartwatch operating systems now available offer users the ability to not only change their watch faces, but to also upload customized ones. A website called (Face Repository) is one of several places where people can browse free watch dial faces (and later paid ones, I am sure) for Android Wear-based smartwatches like the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, LG G, and many other upcoming Android Wear operating system-based devices. While the operating system does come with a few watch dials, the beauty for wearers is the amazing customization features that they offer.

While I didn't know the term mirascope previously, like many people, I was familiar with what they actually are. In the Christophe Claret Aventicum watch, the mirascope subject is a engraved gold bust of the ancient Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. It appears to float over the dial as though you can touch it, but in reality, nothing is there. The effect is due to two bowl-shaped mirrors that sit under a top bowl section with an opening. The dual parabolic mirrors face each other. The subject is actually placed right below the opening of the upper mirror. While most mirascopes are fun objects of wonder for children, this is, of course, the first time I've heard of one being produced in miniature for a wrist watch.

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Mechanical worldtimers, watches that can display the time in multiple timezones, have been around since the 1940s. But for unparalleled convenience and accuracy, nothing beats a GPS watch. Citizen can be said to be the pioneer in GPS world time watches when it released its Eco-Drive Satellite Wave in 2011. The new Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 is the successor to that and features a cleaner and more legible dial, and also a high-end titanium case.

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For dinner, we were back in West Hollywood at an amazing place called Church Key. I was told it was a very L.A. place, and it did live up to its reputation. The energy was amazing, and dinner flew by. Our party talked everything from movies and relationships to parenting and, of course, watches. Everyone already knew each other, but it felt like they had known me for years. After an amazing dinner, I was taken to Soho House for a nightcap. A members only club, it was a great way to end the night. Ariel and I waxed poetic over watches & tequila, as I took in a one-of-a-kind view of the city from their private balcony.

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aBlogtoWatch: Was there a specific piece that blew your mind on that trip?

The HM5 (reviewed here) is one of my favorite Horological Machines. In addition to being amongst the most affordable (really not saying much), it is also amongst the most wearable. A driver's watch, in the traditional sense, allowed the wearer to read the time at a glance from the side of their watch, with their hands on a steering wheel. The concept is probably about 100 years old, in some form or another, and while it doesn't necessarily apply today, the idea is interesting. I am not sure when the wedge-style driver's watch came about, but the design has led to an interesting "wearing experience" that is probably at its apex with the Horological Machine No. 5 (originally nicknamed "On The Road Again").

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Cartier is the most important brand in terms of revenue for the Richemont Group, and each year, the famous watch and jewelry maker does not screw around when it comes to new releases. The new Clé de Cartier collection is perhaps the only new mainstream –oriented new collection that we saw during the entire show which presented both a new case and movement. We also fully expect Cartier to further flesh out the Clé collection in the years to come with additional material choices and complications. For 2015, the Cartier Clé (which stands for “key”) is available exclusively in gold cases, but we feel that Cartier will more than likely add steel versions in the future. The largest Clé case size is for men and is 40mm wide in a sort of tonneau-shaped case with a round dial.

Whatever you do – running, walking, or otherwise – the Wellograph will track your fitness level for the day (as displayed by the heart icon in the lower right), and, of course, chart out the information of how active you have (or have not) been that day. On the watch, this is fairly basic information. It is only when you get the data into the mobile app and let it analyze it for you that you get a richer experience. Unfortunately, it does not seem that their website (which you can log into) is setup to display this info on the web, as I am more used to with other trackers.

With grip provided by a Haldex all-wheel drive system, the original Bugatti Veyron was, at its release, the fastest production car in the world, with a top speed of 253.81 mph (408.47 km/h). For perspective, consider that the record bested by the Veyron had been set in 1993 by the 627 hp McLaren F1 - the Veyron was the next generation of speed. 2009 saw the introduction of the Grand Sport 16.4, which featured a removable targa roof, allowing you to enjoy a bit of sun while the cops readied your latest speeding ticket.

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ABTW: Earlier, I asked if your watch tastes more closely aligned to your automotive work these days. To flip that around, how does your watch collection/collecting influence your vehicle designs?

Like a traditional watch the Apple Watch will focus on a crown for most of its functions. However, where it all becomes very new and unique is how the digital crown functions in a way that we have never seen before in a smartwatch. The crown was designed to make navigating the beautiful interface a more efficient and simple experience than on previous smartwatches, as here it is to be used together with the multi-touch gestures on the touch screen as well as the buttons set into the side of the case.

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Even though the company has had its ups and downs from the start, the biggest asset of Ikepod was serving as a very genuine funnel of what Mr. Newson sees as being the pinnacle of wrist watch design. While Newson didn't have per se an executive role in the company, "he" designed their watches, and his word was (mostly) law.

The 2014 Timewalkers are the Timewalker Chronograph 100 and this Montblanc Timewalker Extreme ref. 111197. Once again, we see Montblanc experimenting with a DLC coating on the Timewalker case. At 43mm wide and shaped a bit like a bowl, the Timewalker case is full of interesting details and is flattering on the wrist. Montblanc is not alone in wanting to take a successful case design and offer it in black. This Montblanc Timewalker Extreme is by no means the first time they've done so, but this particular version was offered in a matte, versus polished, black finish. The DLC coating is very hard and highly scratch resistant.

ABTW: Well, that certainly is one way to make the watch your own! It sounds like you've got quite the extensive range - is there a watch that's been "the one that got away”?

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Tourbillons with multiple axis points are a particular pain to produce and design because you have tourbillons within tourbillons. The Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon consists of a central one minute (60 second) tourbillon, a middle 30 second tourbillon, and an outer 2 minute (120 second) tourbillon. This means that each axis point rotates at a different rate, and the visual result is very impressive. There is also an incredible density of small parts.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Duometre lineup contains some of the brand’s most complicated and innovative watches. The Duometre or Dual-Wing concept is unique in that it has two distinct power sources: one for timekeeping, and the other powers the watch’s complications. As for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon, this Dual-Wing concept has allowed Jaeger-LeCoultre to create the world’s first tourbillon that is adjustable to the second using a small seconds flyback system that resets to zero. To further aid in timekeeping, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon has a multi-axis tourbillon and a special cylindrical balance spring. This is one mega watch that is well worth closer examination.

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