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What is “Rebanking”

Amplitude is the measure of the amount of rotation in the swing of the balance wheel, in either direction, expressed in degrees,typically in the range of about 270 to 315 degrees. When amplitude is too high, you get knocking or rebanking. An amplitude of 270 means that a point on the balance wheel is turning 3/4 of a full circle. As amplitude hits 360, the wheel is making a full rotation, and.. Read More

What is a Field Watch?

When a soldier would go into battle, carrying extra weight on equipment was simply not practical. When warfare is being fought, there isn’t enough extra weight for a soldier to carry a bulky pocket watch. Worse yet, pulling out a pocket watch to check the time would just be impractical for the situation. The field watch combines functionality with minimalism. It can be worn on the wrist while its simple.. Read More

Why I Dislike the Rolex “President”

Let me clarify this title by saying that I have no issues with Jean-Frederic Dufour, the CEO of Rolex.  I do have a problem with some of the Rolex “President” movements. The Day-Date or “President” as the model came to be popularly known, debuted in 1956 with calibre 1055 beneath the dial. The President is the watch made famous by Lyndon Johnson. The “quick set” feature on the Day-Date, allowing.. Read More

Universal Geneve Polerouter

Watches weren’t always made as simple objects or to function solely as fashion accessories. Instead, most watches have roots in functionality first and foremost. That, at least, is the case with the Universal Geneve Polerouter Date. The Swiss designer Gérald Genta, who was born in 1931 and died in 2011, helped change the way watches looked with his bold designs. Through collaborations with various companies, Genta has had a hand.. Read More

Watches in The Ring

Maybe once a year, a prize fight comes around to let the world know boxing is still an immensely popular sport. Last weekend, that fight came around as Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez took on Gennady Golovkin II, otherwise known as Triple G, in a rematch fight in Las Vegas. Though the first match ended in a split draw and Álvarez won by decision on Sept. 15, Triple G is winning.. Read More

Water Resistance in Watches

Perhaps it says it on the back of your watch. Or maybe it’s written in small text on the face. We’re talking, of course, about a watch’s water resistance. Water is necessary for many things to run smoothly, like humans and plants. But when watches and water mix, the results can vary and lead to one unhappy — albeit busy — watchmaker. So what is water resistance? That term, if.. Read More

It’s Hip to be Square

In the band’s 1986 smash hit, Huey Lewis and the News famously sang that it’s hip to be square. The single reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts. But that was more than 30 years ago. So is it still hip to be a square? If you’re following along with recent watch trends, then the answer might be yes. Watches, since their inception, have typically come with rounded faces. Clocks.. Read More

Watches with Moon Phase Complication

The moon has always played a major role in man’s movements and daily existence, from the ebb and flow of tides to religious ceremonies, crop harvests and maritime navigation, which is why it has always been historically important to keep track of its orbit. The phases of the Moon were tracked thousands of years ago in crude fashion, the moonphase was commonly found in the more complicated pocket watches in the.. Read More

LeCoultre Reverso

Many watches trace their roots to functionality over form before eventually evolving into elaborate, expensive timepieces. Likewise, many watches also have roots in sport. The Reverso is no different. First introduced in 1931, this watch was made specifically for British Army officers playing polo in India. The officers needed something that would tell them the time, yet also would hold up to the constant bobbing, swinging and other movements associated.. Read More

Rolex King Midas

Appearance is everything, or at least how the old saying goes. If you’re truly looking to make a statement, some flashy clothing will go a long way to make you stand out. Just look at the red carpets at the Grammys, Met Gala or even pro prospects at the NFL and NBA drafts where “out-there” clothing, designs and concepts are on full display. If your idea of making a bold.. Read More