An Evening With Oris Watches.

Some highlights from the Oris X RedBaryr event. Photo credit: @lordnantucket (Instagram)

Recently Oris watches spent an evening with RedBar Vancouver to present the 2018 Collection as well as Baselworld novelties. The Oris Big crown ProPilot World Time. The bezel, when rotated clockwise will advance the hour hand in one hour increments.

The updated Oris Diver Sixty-Five, and the original from 1965 on the right. Photo Credit: @lordnantucket (Instagram)

A pair of Oris Big Crown Pointer Date watches. Stainless steel on the left and a bronze variation on the right with an interesting mint green dial. Photo Credit: @lordnantucket (Instagram)

One of my personal favourites the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm with blue dial. Great vintage inspired looks in a modern case size.The Oris Big Crown 1917. With railroad track hour markers, cathedral style hands, and a bold oversized onion style crown this piece is a direct tribute to early century pilot watches.

Oris Chronoris Date: an updated model taken right from 1970 with roots in racing and motorsport this case is representative of typical 1970’s era styling. Bold, racing inspired design with orange accented hour markers and running seconds hand in a “compressor style” case.

A trio of vintage Oris timepieces made it out to the event worn by RedBar Vancouver members.

The Oris Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ dive watch. Photo Credit: @jestacey (Instagram)

A brief video of the Oris collection. For more information regarding Oris watches and a complete overview of the collection please visit: https://www.oris.ch

AVI-8 Watches: HAWKER HARRIER II

AVI-8 Watches has only been around for a few years now but has managed to create a very successful line of affordable and unique looking aviation inspired timepieces. They are crafting timepieces that pay tribute to historical British aviation themes but with their own modern twist.

The AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Model Reference #AV-4047-03 Pegasus Concept Automatic. With a multi layered, hand finished dial.

The Hawker Harrier II model pays tribute to the 1960’s Harrier “jump jet” series aircraft used by the British Royal Air Force for stealth and reconnaissance missions because of its unique vertical takeoff and landing capability.

The stealthy black ion coated stainless steel case and gun metal style dial with Harrier aircraft cutout motif in the centre help to solidify a very instrumental and technical theme.

Here are some quick specs of the watch:

COLLECTION : HAWKER HARRIER II

MODEL : AV-4047-03

MOVEMENT : Heavily Modified Japanese (Miyota) Automatic 3 Hands

CASE MATERIAL : Stainless Steel

CASE DIAMETER (mm) : 45

CASE THICKNESS (mm) : 13

CASE SHAPE : Round

CASE COLOR : Ionic Plating – Black

DIAL COLOR : Gun Metal (Multi Layered And Hand Finished).

BAND : Genuine Leather Strap

BAND COLOR : Dark Green

BUCKLE : Strap Buckle

BAND WIDTH (mm) : 22

WATER RESISTANCE : 5 ATM

WATCH WEIGHT (g) : 120

This particular model uses a heavily modified 21 jewel japanese Miyota automatic movement and utilizes three rotating discs to tell the time. The outermost portion of the dial is the Hours indication, the centre disc is the running seconds, and the minutes are displayed just below the middle portion of the dial with orange markers accenting each corresponding indication. Reading the time this way will take some getting used to as this is not the conventional analog display that most people are accustomed to reading. Setting the time is actually quite simple as you only have to pull the crown out once (there is only one position) and start turning the crown until you line up the orange markers for the hours and minutes indications as the discs move.

A view of the see-through exhibition caseback with custom black AVI-8 rotor.

Final thoughts: If you like pilot watches and aviation themed timepieces but with a slightly edgy, non typical look this is a great option. The hand finished, multi layered, textured dial has alot of depth and personality that you will not normally find at this price point.

The retail price of this watch is $488.89 USD at the time of publishing this article. More information about this timepiece and a complete overview of the AVI-8 collection can be found at: https://avi-8.co.uk/collections/all And also on Instagram @avi_8

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited RedBar Edition.

Yesterday in Las Vegas the RedBar Group announced the release of a limited 100 piece “RedBar Edition” Oris Divers Sixty-Five watch. This piece is in partnership with Oris and is the second such collaboration that will be available to members of the RedBar Group and it’s affiliated chapters only.

The Limited Edition RedBar Oris Divers Sixty-Five with crimson red dial. Photo Credit: RedBar Group

Limited Edition numbered caseback with RedBar logo. Photo Credit: RedBar Group.

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five RedBar Limited Edition is $2,100 USD on leather strap and is limited to only 100 pieces.

Watch Specs:

• Case: 40mm diameter – stainless steel (Limited Edition Numbered Caseback) Multi-piece case, polished and brushed – Bubble-curved sapphire crystal on the front – Screwed stainless steel case back – screw-in crown – Diver’s unidirectional bronze bezel with black aluminium inlay – 100m water resistance.

• Movement: Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1 – automatic – 38h power reserve – 4Hz frequency – hours, minutes, seconds.

• Strap: Brown leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Also available with stainless steel bracelet or NATO style strap.

The 2018 Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical.

For 2018 Hamilton released what I consider to be one of the best vintage inspired re-editions to date. Having previously owned a vintage Hamilton from 1982 I can say that the updated 38mm case from 34mm was a much needed, and welcomed addition to the collection.

A side-by-side comparison of my 34mm vintage U.S. Army issued Hamilton on the left from 1982 and the updated 38mm 2018 vintage inspired model on the right.

The Khaki Field Mechanical still has the same practical field watch look as the original issued to U.S. Army servicemen in the mid 20th century. Hamilton has a storied past serving as one of the main suppliers of watches for the U.S. military from the 1940’s up until the 1990’s. Doing away with any unnecessary clutter on the dial this is a no frills, no-date, manually wound tool watch with hours, minutes, and central running seconds for effortless legibility at a glance. Being a military watch it features a hacking seconds mechanism and both 12hr and 24hr time indication on the dial. This piece is the perfect weekend wear and looks great on the dark green nato strap with brown leather accents giving it just the right amount of personality adding to the vintage feel.The case features a rugged looking brushed finish. It is a proper tool watch through and through. The oversized crown is easy to grip and provides easy winding.

The luminous faux patina hands and hour markers work well and at first glance you could mistake this for being a vintage watch. At $475 USD and featuring a solid workhorse manually-wound Swiss movement with 42hrs of power reserve, this piece offers incredible value for money. If you are a fan of vintage inspired, mechanical military timepieces but you are looking for a more approachable, modern case size this one fits the bill perfectly.

Here are the specs of the watch:

MODEL REFERENCE: H69429931

CASE: 38mm Brushed stainless steel. 20mm lug width. Case thickness 9.5mm.

CRYSTAL: Sapphire.

STRAP: Nato with leather accents.

MOVEMENT: ETA 2801-2 (Hand winding).

POWER RESERVE: 42hrs approximately.

For more information please visit http://www.hamiltonwatch.com/

The official authorized retailer of this watch and Hamilton watches in the Vancouver, BC area is Time & Gold.

http://www.timegold.ca

Business hours:

Monday to Friday 9:30 to 5:30

Saturdays 10:00 to 5:30

Closed Sundays.

565 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC,

V6B 1Z5,

Canada

Telephone: (604) 683-1812

Fax: (604) 682-4961

Call toll free anywhere in B.C. @ 1800-399-1988

Email: info@timegold.ca

Tutima: Historic Pilot Watches From Glashütte Germany.

The Tutima Grand Classic Flieger UTC Chronograph with signature fluted bezel, cathedral hands, and red enamel reference marker for precise timing. This piece is from my personal collection and is part of the limited 80th anniversary collection which is now discontinued.

Since 1927 Tutima has been producing aviation timepieces. Unfortunately due to the Second World War, the Great Depression, and the quartz crisis of the 1970’s, (and several other contributing factors) Tutima has had a rough and complicated history but through all of it has managed to re-establish itself in Glashütte Germany.

The Tutima Manufacture in Glashütte Germany with a modern building completed in 2011.

Watchmakers steadily working at their benches inside the manufacture.

For over 91 years the family owned company of reliable tool watches has been the go-to choice worn by the German Air Force, German Ministry Of Defence, as well as AWACS, NATO Fighter pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. The goal has always been to create highly legible, functional timepieces meant to be used in the field and capable of withstanding shock, extreme g-force, and changes in pressure and temperature all while maintaining accurate timekeeping.

The original German Air Force issue nickel-plated brass cased Tutima Fliegerchronograph. (Circa 1939). Featuring the legendary Urofa Calibre 59 movement with the first German-made flyback chronograph function.

Some examples from the Tutima portfolio both retired as well as current production pieces. A common reoccurring theme of sturdy, highly legible, purpose built timepieces with design cues paying homage to their past while still maintaining a modern and relevant appeal.

For more information regarding Tutima timepieces including their current collection please visit the website below.

TUTIMA UHRENFABRIK GMBH NDL. GLASHÜTTE

Altenberger Str. 6

01768 Glashütte/Sachsen

Germany

TEL.

+49 35053 32020

FAX

+49 35053 320222

info@tutima.com

www.tutima.com

Baselworld 2018: The Tudor Black Bay GMT.

The 41mm Tudor Black Bay GMT Model Reference # M79830RB-0002 on brown leather strap. Retail price: $3,870.00 USD.

This year at Baselworld Tudor released several watches that stole the show. Among them was my personal favourite the Black Bay GMT travel watch competitively priced at $3,870.00 USD on a leather strap. (Also available on a nato strap, or alternatively a stainless steel bracelet for $4,210 USD). Arguably this is one of the best value GMT travel watches priced under $5,000. Adding a true manufacture GMT timepiece to the successful Black Bay lineup just made this one of the most sought after watches of 2018.Photo Credit: James Stacey

Anticipate a wait list when this piece hits authorized retailers in the next couple months.

Here are some quick specs about the watch:

Case: 41mm Stainless steel.

Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 48 clicks steel with 24hr aluminum disc painted matte burgundy and blue.

Crystal: Domed Sapphire.

Dial: Black matte finish.

Movement: Manufacture Calibre MT5652 (COSC) Self winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor.

Power Reserve: Approximately 70hrs.

Water Resistance: Screw down Crown case rated to 200m (660Ft).

Bracelet/ Strap Options: Stainless steel, NATO, or leather strap.

Availability: Late Spring 2018.

Suggested Retail Price: $3,870.00 USD on leather strap, or NATO. $4,210.00 on Stainless steel bracelet.

Panerai Boutique Vancouver Grand Opening

Panerai is the latest luxury watch brand to make its way to Alberni Street and is the first stand alone boutique in Vancouver and second in Canada after the recently opened Toronto location in Yorkdale shopping centre.

Friendly and knowledgeable boutique staff showing timepieces to guests at the grand opening.
The iconic Panerai Luminor Marina dial clock makes for a great backdrop in the boutique.
From sporty to dressed up versions Panerai has something for everyone with an extensive selection of dials, and nearly limitless strap possibilities to customize your Panerai and make it your own.
Panerai North America President Giovanni Carestia touching on the history of Panerai and the unique Vancouver location.
Many pieces from the 2017 Panerai collection as well as special limited editions are available at the boutique. 

The Vancouver Panerai Boutique is located at 1008 Alberni Street, Vancouver BC. Hours of operation are 7 days a week 10am-6pm. For more information regarding Panerai timepieces please visit http://www.panerai.com/ 

First Hublot Boutique In Vancouver Celebrates With A Grand Opening

Hublot just celebrated the official grand opening of their first flagship boutique in Vancouver, and fifteenth location in North America. Hublot is one of the latest luxury watch brands to make its way to the Alberni Street corridor also referred to as the “Vancouver Rodeo Drive”. 

To mark this occasion Hublot brand ambassador Lang Lang the famed chinese pianist was in attendance and did a sit-down press event on the second floor of the boutique.

Lang Lang the talented classical pianist. Photo credit: @braindrain232 
Guests attending the grand opening for the Vancouver Hublot boutique. Photo credit: @Lordnantucket
Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver was also in attendance to support their ongoing partnership with Hublot. The La Ferrari limited production high performance hybrid sports car seen parked out front of the Hublot boutique for their grand opening. Photo credit: @braindrain232

Mechanical watches and high performance sports cars have alot in common: Both require alot of fine tuning and hand assembly including this very limited production Hublot La Ferrari timepiece: 

The Hublot MP-05: A tribute to the La Ferrari this piece was conceived by Hublot engineers to mimic the look and feel of having an engine on your wrist. This mechanical marvel is limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, has 637 components and a 50 day power reserve. Retail price: $300k+ USD Photo credit: @braindrain232
Hublot Ferrari edition timepieces. Photo credit: @braindrain232
A selection of Hublot Big Bang collection watches. Mixing high tech materials like ceramic and gold, the Big Bang line epitomizes avant garde watchmaking design. Photo credit: @lordnantucket 


The flagship boutique has the largest selection of Hublot watches in Vancouver, as well as boutique exclusive pieces. They are located at 1080 Alberni Street, Vancouver. V6E 1A3.


Breaking News: George Daniels Coveted “Space Travellers Pocket Watch” Sells for $4,325,936 USD At Sotheby’s In London.

The late Dr.George Daniels (August 19th, 1926 – October 21st, 2011). One of the few watchmakers in modern times that could create a timepiece almost entirely by hand without the use of modern machining technology. (Photo credit: BBC). 

October will mark six years since the passing of one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th century. For anyone who has the slightest interest in watchmaking Dr. George Daniels literally wrote the book for aspiring horologists. As a legacy to his contributions to the world of watchmaking and specifically handmade or bespoke watchmaking this is the quintessential guide book for future generations who wish to follow in his footsteps.

A roadmap for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts alike. A wealth of information including diagrams, pictures, and a step-by-step tutorial for crafting handmade timepieces. (Photo credit: Amazon.com and Published by Sotheby’s London Circa 1981 with revised editions in 2009).

Over the course of his lifetime he created a total of 27 handmade timepieces. It should be noted that on average it could take in excess of 2500 hours to create a single timepiece. This included hand making screws, wheels, pinions, the dial, watch hands, watch case, and a number of other complex micro mechanical pieces for the watch. An example of an exceptional pocket watch known as “The Space Traveller” completely conceived and crafted by hand without the use of automation or modern machinery:

18k gold chronograph pocket watch with patented Daniels double wheel escapement, mean, solar, and sidereal time, age and phases of moon, equation of time indication. Circa 1982 (Photo credit: danielslondon.com/). This piece sold for $4,325,936.00 USD by Sotheby’s auction house in London at the time of publishing this article.

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