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The Year in Horology: What to watch for in 2016

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The Year in Horology: What to watch for in 2016

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Will the advent of the smartwatch mean the death of the traditional mechanical watch? It's a question many are now asking, as leading luxury brands such as TAG Heuer and Breitling embrace new technology, adding smart and connected watches to their product lines.

But classic timepieces have faced down threats from new innovative designs in the past. As with quartz and digital watches, an increasing number of consumers will likely add a smartwatch to their accoutrements this year. Though as with previous upgrades, the majority of these buyers will see them as more of an addition rather than a replacement for the classical wristwatch.

In "The Watch Book," a new horological encyclopedia released by German luxury publisher teNeues, wristwatch expert and historian Gisbert Brunner agrees. "Chronometric luxury and long-lasting value cannot be found among these newfangled inventions," Brunner writes.

Indeed, 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for traditional mechanical watch enthusiasts. In addition to Brunner's book, the market for both modern and vintage mechanical watches is growing apace, with buoyant auction prices and increased value for collector items complementing the sales of new, and in some cases, more affordable designs.

This has also paved the way for independent brands to enter the market, with some like Detroit-based Shinola, New York-based Autodromo and Antwerp-based Ressence eschewing the conventional wisdom that a watchmaker must be based in Switzerland to be taken seriously.

Several newcomers will also be exhibiting for the first time at SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), the first major international watch event of the year, held January 18-22 in Geneva.

On the auction front, Antiquorum and Bonhams will lead 2016 with February sales of important modern and vintage timepieces in Hong Kong and London respectively. Sotheby's follows suit on March 8 in London.

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That Breitling watch app combo looks rather spiffing indeed. Horrendously priced I'm sure but rather spiffing :good:



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Post by great dane » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:50 am

Haven't worn a watch for at least 15 years, and before that I only did when absolute necessary :dunno1:

I don't see myself swoop the phone for a watch anytime soon, and the phone serves perfectly as pocket watch :cent:



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:58 am

Ja but then again you know what us Uber Pilots are like :haha:

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Post by 87Juliet » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:04 am

Yoh... That Breitling is pure pilotp0rn!! WANT!! NOW!!



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:30 am

I always wanted a Rolex GMT Master II. So back in 2003 when I got a little bonus on one of my VIP flights I bought the watch in Taipei (genuine Rolex store) for about $2800 back then. The watch in the beginning kept time quite well and never really needed to be updated. Than when I moved to SA in 2004, I decided to take it in for a service. Ever since the watch needs to be reset every week as it looses about 3 minutes per week. Conclusion, I should have stuck to a Casio or Seiko watch instead of this expensive piece of junk.



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Post by C D Kruger » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:45 am

Been wearing my Seiko 5 automatic for the last 10 years no service or any problems :clap:



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Post by 87Juliet » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:25 am

Moertoe Pilut wrote:I always wanted a Rolex GMT Master II. So back in 2003 when I got a little bonus on one of my VIP flights I bought the watch in Taipei (genuine Rolex store) for about $2800 back then. The watch in the beginning kept time quite well and never really needed to be updated. Than when I moved to SA in 2004, I decided to take it in for a service. Ever since the watch needs to be reset every week as it looses about 3 minutes per week. Conclusion, I should have stuck to a Casio or Seiko watch instead of this expensive piece of junk.


I want one of these, and I don't really care if they lose a couple minutes a week... Just a gorgeous piece of kit...

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:27 am

Two tone looks good, but they are crap watches 87J....



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:02 am

This is me at the moment. Tres Elegant I would say :good:

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Post by Bell 407 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:16 am

The trouble is, I am still wanting to make this a purchase :clap:

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Post by Bell 407 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:06 am

Richard Mille & Airbus Are Releasing a $1 Million Watch

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Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille has partnered with luxury jet maker Airbus Corporate Jets for the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph. Its open-worked design allows for breathtaking views of the intricately constructed technical interior, while a number of parts within the movement have been finished with an aeronautical coating to prevent corrosion.

The watch is encased in Titanium-Aluminum alloy, the same one used on the Airbus jet turbine blades, with a secondary ceramic bezel that mirrors the shape of an ACJ window. Additional details include Torq set screws and a jet engine-inspired crown.

The RM 50-02 ACJ is limited to 30 examples and will run you just over $1,000,000 USD. Visit the Richard Mille website to locate a store.

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Post by great dane » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:09 am

Bell 407 wrote:The RM 50-02 ACJ is limited to 30 examples and will run you just over $1,000,000 USD. Visit the Richard Mille website to locate a store.

Am I the only one that think this is somewhat expensive :yikes:



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Post by Bell 407 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:13 am

great dane wrote:Am I the only one that think this is somewhat expensive :yikes:

Yes, at R17,000,000 I think you might be on to something there :thinking:



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Post by 87Juliet » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:30 am

Anyone see some of the gorgeous pieces that were launched at the IWC Pilot Watch launch earlier this week? Some spectacular pieces


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Post by 87Juliet » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:37 am

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Post by Bell 407 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:37 am

Very nice indeed :good:



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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:36 pm

The 5 best watches in the world right now

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Post by 87Juliet » Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:03 pm

None of those tickle me at all funnily enough...

Bremont, Avi-8 and Oris are making beauties though!




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