Monthly Archives: October 2016


The #Haagenbracelets – a taste of freedom on the wrist

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#Haagenbracelets What is a Haagen bracelet we hear you say? Well, we have teamed up with our good friend kristian Haagen in order to make his stylish bracelets available for Monochrome readers. This style of bracelets dates back to the 1960’s, when they could be seen on the wrists of surfers on every beach worth surfing, from Malibu […]


The Doxa Sub 300, The Dive Watch Personified

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Back in Baselworld 2016, Doxa introduced its 50th Anniversary Sub model, a great dive watch with unquestionable pedigree. We will discover why this dive watch is so important by looking back at an early Doxa Sub 300, belonging to one of the preeminent Doxa collectors – and a great friend of Monochrome and me, personally […]


The L.U.C Time Traveller One, Chopard’s First Worldtimer

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This week in London, auction house Philips played host to a special exhibition commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the creation of Chopard’s first in-house movement; the calibre L.U.C 1.96. It was also the perfect setting for the introduction of two new series into Chopard’s L.U.C family; the L.U.C GMT One and the L.U.C Time Traveller […]


Win a Seiko Presage SSA303J1 Wrist Watch

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Here’s the next give-away, and it’s the third time we’re giving away a wrist watch. The watch that you can win is the from the new Seiko Presage collection, and to be precise it’s the Seiko Presage SSA303J1. This week I’m in Japan, visiting several Seiko manufactures where I’m learning more about the Seiko brand, the […]


The Zenith Cronometro Tipo CP 2

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For vintage lovers, the launch of any re-edition is both a blessing and a curse. It does recognize the beauty of a piece from the past, but at the same time the new interpretation often invokes disappointment over any change from what was seen by many as already perfect. To be fair, any watchmaker finds […]


The Astrograph Pen From MB&F And Caran d’Ache

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MB&F is primarily known, of course, for its Horological Machine wristwatches. However, anyone who’s followed MB&F over the years, or visited MB&F’s M.A.D. Galleries, which showcase unusual design objects ranging from electric guitars to motorcycles, knows that founder Max Büsser’s interests go far beyond just watches. We’ve seen some very unusual clock designs from MB&F, […]


Doxa Delivers 31 Limited Edition Watches To Fabien Cousteau For Mission 31

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We learned, by happenstance, that during Mission 31 we cannot use digital dive computers on our dives outside the habitat to time our excursions. They lock out, actually get bent!” Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau, explained to me as he fiddled with the bezel of his orange-dialed dive watch. It was the […]


The Doxa SUB 200 T-Graph Searambler, And Some Thoughts On What Makes Vintage Tool Watches Special

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I am an unabashed lover of purely utilitarian watches. To a fault, in fact. The more purpose-built, the better. This has led to a collection of timepieces that leans heavily (literally and figuratively) towards bulky oddballs like a Seiko MarineMaster “Tuna Can,” a first generation Citizen Aqualand, an Oris ProPilot Altimeter, and an old Breitling […]


The New Vacheron Constantin Harmony Collection

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Vacheron Constantin is unveiling 10 new references in its recently launched Harmony collection, and they’re making their U.S. debut this weekend at WatchTime New York at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. We had a chance to spend some time with several of the new timepieces and snap some photos. The watches all have the collection’s telltale cushion shape — […]