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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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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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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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Jacob Arabo And Luca Soprana On The Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon



Not for nothing is Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., known for his jewelry and also for his diamond-set high jewelry watches. He’s also famous for having been the first to mine the intersection between high luxury and pop culture, and though celebrities have been an appendage to luxury marketing for as long as there have been celebrities, it was really Jacob who was responsible for making luxury watches aspirational for pop music celebrities and their fans – as well as for film stars, supermodels, and other major media figures. Over the last 10 years, however, he’s also moved into horology in a more technical way, making mechanical timepieces featuring unusual complications that really do manage to be dramatically different from what anyone else is doing. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/jacob-and-co-astronomia-tourbillon-jacob-arabo-luca-soprana

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Inside The Archives With Tudor



We will warn you right now – this one gets nerdy. But, we mean that in the best possible way. Over the past few years, there has been an increased interest in the historical watches from the Tudor Watch Company – no doubt due to the fantastic modern watches shown by the brand. We’re talking the Heritage Chronograph, the Black Bay, the Pelagos, the Heritage Advisor, and the Ranger. Many of the watches mentioned here are direct results of historical watches from the Tudor archives, a rich bank of bright colors and risk-taking designs. Today, we are proud to present you with an unprecedented look inside the official archives of the Tudor Watch Company. Yes, these are the watches owned by Tudor themselves, many of which have never left its Geneva Headquarters – and this includes more than one prototype that was never put into production. For more, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/inside-the-archives-of-the-tudor-watch-company

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Inside The Manufacture With A. Lange & Söhne



There is something decidedly different about A. Lange & Söhne. You can feel it the first time you step inside any one of Lange’s boutiques, or see the backside of a Datograph for the first time. There is quiet excellence everywhere. Each Lange watch is made entirely in-house, and has been for some time. In this original HODINKEE video, we take you inside the Lange manufacture in Glashütte for a look at what make this German brand so special. It should be noted that we were among the very last groups to be allowed to photograph and film inside the Lange manufacture – moving forward photography will be prohibited – which makes this look even more special. For more, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/Inside-a-lange-and-sohne

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Inside The Overseas Collection With Vacheron Constantin Artistic Director Christian Selmoni



Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s Artistic Director, has, as they say, watchmaking in his blood. He’s the fourth generation of a family of watchmakers hailing from the Vallée de Joux, although when he first joined Vacheron Constantin in 1992, it was as Purchasing, Planning & Manufacturing Director. He assumed a more direct creative role in 2001, as Product Director, and became Artistic Director in 2010. Along the way, he was responsible for helping to guide many of Vacheron’s most critical creative initiatives, including the creation of watches based on the collection of masks in Geneva’s Barbier-Mueller Museum, and of course, the development of the supercomplication reference 57260. For more, go here: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/inside-vacheron-constantin-overseas-collection

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Introducing The Bre & Co. Origami Watch



When 3D printing pioneer Bre Pettis set out to make a watch, he wanted it to be more than a watch. He wanted it to be, in his own words, “a gold medal of friendship” that he could hand to the most important people in his life. Well, it’s been a few years since that initial thought, and after much development, and some partnerships with a few unlikely manufacturers, we have the Bre & Co. Origami Watch. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/bre-and-co-origami-watch-video

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A Visit To NOMOS Glashütte



Late last year, our trusty producer, Will, and I had the joy of traveling to Germany to visit the folks from NOMOS Glashütte – a brand that is no stranger to us at HODINKEE, or you, as readers of HODINKEE. NOMOS is a small independent watch brand of roughly 260 employees based in Berlin and Glashütte with a very simple goal – to make (mostly) in-house, affordable, and well-designed wristwatches. No quartz, just good old-fashioned well-made movements that range in cost, for the majority of the collection, between $1,500 and $4,000 – a noble goal if there ever was one. We know all this, but I wanted to know more, so that in detail, I could answer the questions “who or what is NOMOS?” and “how do they do what they do?”. In this special Inside The Manufacture, I’ll answer this for you. For more, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/inside-nomos-glashutte

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Reference Points: The F.P. Journe Tourbillon



There is not a more fascinating watchmaker in the world than Francois-Paul Journe. He is indisputably talented, a savant-style technical genius who cares not for the traditional pleasantries that are typically associated with being a watch industry executive. This is likely because he is not in fact a watch industry executive at all – F.P. Journe himself sits on the upper level of his downtown Geneva manufacture, far away from the marketing and operations managers, with all the other watchmakers. He’s charming when he wants to be, abrasive when he doesn’t. His creations are innovative enough to inspire a fawning cabal of global collectors to await his next creation and, in some cases, to purchase it site-unseen. F.P. Journe is a special man, and the tourbillon is something special to him. Today, we take you through all of F.P. Journe’s tourbillons to date. And, to narrate the story? Mr. Francois-Paul Journe himself. Obviously. This is your official HODINKEE Reference Points for the F.P. Journe Tourbillon. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/reference-points-fp-journe-tourbillon

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The Road Through Britain: Robert Loomes



In July of this year, HODINKEE embarked on a 12-day journey around Great Britain to explore all things British horology – from the current state of watchmaking to the depths of timekeeping history. European Editor Arthur Touchot and Senior Digital Producer/videographer Will Holloway, along with drone specialist Mauro Bellanova, logged over 1,400 miles, heading north from London to the Isle of Man and back, with a handful of stops along the way. This was all made possible in part through the support of Bentley Motors, which generously lent us a Flying Spur W12 for the journey. This is the second episode in a five-part series. Enjoy. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/episode-2-robert-loomes

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The Road Through Britain: Bremont Watch Company



Until now, this series has focused on watchmakers with rather small clienteles. But there are others In Britain hoping to convince larger audiences, and perhaps even, challenge the Swiss in the long term. One such company, which you’ve probably already heard of, is Bremont. In this week’s episode, we visit the company’s facilities in Silverstone and Henley-on-Thames, and find out just how close they are at bridging that gap. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/episode-3-bremont-watch-company

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The Road Through Britain: Somlo Antiques



If you want to purchase a vintage Omega timepiece from an authorized dealer, there’s literally only one shop in the entire world that can help you: Somlo Antiques. The little shop located at the northwest corner of the Burlington Arcade has very little to do with British watchmaking – other than the fact it’s owned and operated by an Englishman with a penchant for British pocket watches – but we just had to make a stop in London to see why it’s the destination for everything vintage Omega. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/episode-4-somlo-antiques-vintage-omega

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