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The Road To Basel Episode 3: In-Depth With The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Three



Driving through the Vallée de Joux, you pass more watch brands than you can count. But we went straight to the heart of the town of Le Sentier to visit Jaeger-LeCoultre. There we sat down with Marketing and Technical Director Stéphane Belmont to take a closer look at one of Jaeger’s latest creations, the Gyrotourbillon Three. For more, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/the-road-to-basel-episode-3-in-depth-with-the-jaeger-lecoultre-gyrotourbillon-three

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F.P. Journe’s Chronometre Optimum Explained



A detailed description of FP Journe’s latest timepieces, the Chronometre Optimum. For full details, visit HODINKEE: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/in-depth-the-fp-journe-chronometre-optimum

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Inside The Vault With Girard-Perregaux



In this HODINKEE exclusive, we go inside the vault of Girard-Perregaux, North America. No one has ever been allowed inside…until us. For full details, visit HODINKEE: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-inside-the-vault-of-girard-perregaux-north-america

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Scenes From The Christie’s Rolex Daytona ‘Lesson One’ Auction



We’ve already told you about the incredible $13 million Rolex Daytona sale that took place this past week in Geneva. Fifty watches were sold, fifty records were set. The excitement in the air was palpable, and now you can get a little taste of what it was like to be there for yourself. Enjoy. For more, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-scenes-from-the-christies-rolex-daytona-lesson-one-auction

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The New Geophysic True Second From Jaeger-LeCoultre



Today we will be showing you two new watches. They are new in the sense that they are completely never before seen references, with not only entirely new calibers but entirely new calibers built an entirely new way. But these watches won’t shock you – Jaeger-LeCoultre is too clever for that. No, these two watches are a continuation of a theme first set forth by the watchmaker’s watchmaker in spring of 2014. It was then that we saw the rebirth of the Geophysic, a classical watch with a specially tuned movement that would provide amazing accuracy and durability without sacrificing elegance. Today, we take this idea two steps further. For the full story, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-jaeger-lecoultre-geophysic-true-second

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A Detailed Explanation Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958



This is one we’ve been waiting for. Ever since that day about six months ago when Jaeger-LeCoultre showed us the very first working samples of its new Geophysic 1958, readers have wanted to know more about it. The question we most often received when would it be available for purchase? The answer to that is, well, right now. For the full story, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-a-close-examination-of-the-jaeger-lecoultre-geophysic-1958

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The Road Through Britain: The Royal Observatory Of Greenwich



Sadly, every journey must come to an end, and ours was no exception. After spending 12 days on the road, covering more than 1,000 miles across Great Britain, including quite a few parked in a ferry across the Irish Sea, the finishing line was in our sights, and lucky for us, it was conveniently marked on the ground. The Greenwich Meridian would signal the end of an epic road trip. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/episode-5-the-royal-observatory-of-greenwich

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Servicing An Omega Speedmaster At Manfredi Jewels



Consider there are significantly more old watches that need service each year than there are new watches that need to be made, and yet the Swiss invest so significantly into watchmakers for creation and yet barely consider after-sales service. In this video, we head up to Manfredi Jewels in Greenwich, CT, to talk about this, and see why now more than ever we need qualified repairmen via a detailed look at servicing one of the most iconic timepieces in history – the Omega Speedmaster Professional. For the full story, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/servicing-the-speedmster-at-manfredi

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The Road To Basel Episode 1: Seeing The Unseen With Vacheron Constantin



See the original story here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/the-road-to-basel-episode-1-seeing-the-unseen-with-vacheron-constantin

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Review: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue



The Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, a Basel World 2013 release, has all the makings of the watch of 2013, from a consumer standpoint. It may not tout any technical firsts or take any aesthetic risks, but what it does, it does really, really well. Here I’ll provide you with a window into my own relationship with the brand new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue….

Read the full review here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/a-week-on-the-wrist-the-tudor-heritage-chrono-blue

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The Entire Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Collection, Chiming



With its history dating back to the 1600s, the minute repeater is arguably watchmaking’s most romantic complication. And today no maker produces more storied and special minute repeaters than Patek Philippe. Recently we had the amazing opportunity to go hands-on with nine, yes NINE, modern Patek Philippe minute repeaters side-by-side in a sound proof chamber – and of course we had to film and record everything for you. Check out the full story here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-the-entire-patek-philippe-minute-repeater-collection-chiming-for-your-enjoyment

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The Road To Basel Episode 2: Inside The Atelier With The Legendary Philippe Dufour



On the road from Geneva to the sleepy village of Le Solliat in the Vallée de Joux, one will drive past the likes of Audemars Piguet, of Patek Philippe, of Blancpain and Breguet, of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin. This one road is home to what is the vast majority of the finest mechanical watchmakers on the planet – the epicenters of horological micro-engineering that we fawn over on the wrists of friends, at the annual trade shows, and on auction catalog covers. And yet, when we drove down this very road last month en route to Basel World 2013, it wasn’t any of these grande manufactures for which I was giddy with excitement. No, it was a visit to a small schoolhouse turned one-man watch studio that had me grinning from ear to ear. It was a visit to the atelier of legendary independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour, and here we document this incredible morning we spent together: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/the-road-to-basel-episode-2-inside-the-atelier-of-the-legendary-philippe-dufour

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Seiko Credor Eichi II

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Madison Fine Time: Vintage Patek Philippe Museum In New York



Imagine one of the world’s foremost collectors of vintage Patek Philippe opening up his vault to the world. That is exactly what Michael Safdie has done with the newly opened Madison Time in NYC. This new hybrid of museum / boutique offers the chance to see every important reference Patek Philippe of the 20th century under one roof, and the option to take one home.
For the full story, visit HODINKEE: http://www.hodinkee.com/video-introducing-madison-fine-time-new-yorks

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Introducing The MB&F MusicMachine 2 Limited Edition In Gunmetal, Exclusively For HODINKEE



You know, there are a lot of people doing good things out there these days, but a few doing great things. So when we can, we strive to do our best to support the few who are truly doing things differently than the rest, often times with a goal in mind that is much larger, and more selfless than the rest. Max Büsser and his friends (MB&F) is one that, from the minute I began to cover timepieces with any regularity, I knew was something special. His machines are fanciful, daring, occasionally bordering on the absurd, but always exceptionally well made, and the product of unrelenting passion for, not the easiest way to do things, but for the way things should be done – something that we at HODINKEE firmly believe in. And that is why today, we are proud to launch a limited edition partnership with MB&F for five truly incredible mechanical works of art: The Music Machine 2 “Gunmetal” made exclusively for HODINKEE. For more, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/mbandf-music-machine-2-for-hodinkee

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A Visit To Manfredi Jewels In Greenwich, CT



There are just a small handful of truly meaningful watch stores in the United States. This group of forward-thinking, daring, and creative jewelers are, in some cases, responsible for breeding the generation of watch buyers that kept the entire industry afloat during some of its hardest times, and built it into the period of development and innovation that we are currently enjoying. Without these select watch retailers, there would be no industry to enjoy. Roberto Chiappelloni’s Manfredi Jewels in Greenwich, CT, is at the forefront of this group, and today, we take an inside look at this amazing bastion of watchmaking. For more, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/watch-shopping-at-manfredi-jewels

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A Week On The Wrist: The Heuer Monaco 1133



The Monaco might be one of the most recognizable watches of the 20th century, no doubt due to a phenomenal amount of money spent by TAG Heuer in celebrating its connection with Steve McQueen during the filming of the absolute best really bad movie of the 1970s, LeMans. But, what is the original Monaco like to wear, and live with? We see this watch posterized so much, it’s often easy to overlook what this watch is like from a personal perspective, and while I’ve owned vintage Carreras and a self-winding Autavia, I’d never actually spent much wrist time with an original Monaco. Until recently, when I spent a full week with the vintage Heuer Monaco 1133(G) on the wrist. Here is what I thought of it: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/heuer-monaco-review

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A Visit To Shinola Detroit



For full details, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/visit-to-shinola-detroit

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Watch Shopping Chicago: A Visit To The New Marshall Pierce



It seems as if the idea of the family-run, multi-brand, authorized watch store is going the way of the dodo – as luxury groups push to control every aspect of distribution (including the margin) via factory-owned boutiques. What we as consumers miss with these hyper-controlled selling environments is the opportunity to see watches from multiple brands next to each other, and to establish a relationship with the people behind the store itself. And then you have the new Marshall Pierce & Co. in downtown Chicago. For the full story, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/watch-shopping-chicago-a-visit-to-the-new-marshall-pierce

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Jaquet Droz Charming Bird

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