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Prior to the electronic age of tracking time, absolute accuracy was the unachievable goal that so many watchmakers had strived for with spring and lever. When you think about it, it really wasn't all that long ago that annual chronometric and observatory competitions would laud the winners of mechanical accuracy for timekeepers that strived for an unachievable perfection based solely on the power stored in a metal spring.

The phrase “making the trains run on time” has become synonymous with the idea of a well-oiled and properly functioning system. So, it’s only logical that trains and train travel would be deeply associated with watches and clocks that keep hyper-accurate time. Beyond this, there is a look and feel to a railroad watch that makes them almost instantly recognizable and distinguished from other timekeepers.

Gavox is a brand we’ve talked about a few times here on worn&wound. Whether making Type XX inspired chronographs for the Belgian Air Force, or riffing on Marine Chronometers, Gavox has a tendency to surprise with their watches. Despite their young age as a brand, each model has achieved something new and different, and frankly been very attractive both aesthetically and financially. Well, their newest watch, the Aurora, is a game changer for the brand and an industry first.

It’s been 45 years since Citizen launched the electro-mechanical X-8 Chronometer, the world’s first solid titanium watch.

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“Jorg Gray produced one of the most famous and exclusive watches in the world…and here’s the kicker, it costs less than $500 and technically isn’t available to the general public,” observes James Schaefer, Jorg Gray’s global sales manager.
Schaefer is referring to the iconic Jorg Gray JG6500, affectionately known as “The President’s watch.” While this particular watch is and was only available to the Secret Service, the good news is that a nearly identical version is available to the general public. But this watch is only one piece of the Jorg Gray brand, a product line designed to provide affordable, high quality alternatives for a myriad of personal style situations. Let’s get behind the dial and review the marketing and unique brand promise of this intriguing

Timex, a global leader in watchmaking for more than 160 years, will be opening a new store in Japan this month. Located in Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district, the two-floor brick-and-mortar will operate as a flagship store for the brand, with the intention to expand in the future.

 

So I’m walking the halls at Mandalay Bay’s JCK exhibition checking out the latest watches to show-off in upcoming issues of AboutTime. As I’m on a bee-line from my last appointment running late (as usual) for my next, I see Jimmy Olmes, founder/owner of Reactor watches manning his exhibit space and showing his line to one of his regular customers. Even though I’m running late and in a hurry I always make it a point to check out people’s wrist-wear when possible. Knowing Jimmy for years means that even on a fly-by he’ll suffer a quick glance from my prying eyes to check out what’s on his wrist. That’s when I stopped in my tracks.

With its classical Greek architecture, proud pineapple-topped rotunda, 70-foot-tall clock tower, and tetrastyle Tuscan-fluted column entrance, the exterior of the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, is an impressive sight. Inside, the Museum is a treasure trove of scientific and cultural knowledge with a collection of over 12,000 items ranging from wristwatches and alarm clocks to monumental and atomic clocks, a Library and Research Center with over 30,000 books and thousands of feet of archival material. Funded in part by thousands of members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), a truly international community with about 150 Chapters worldwide and its own Publications and Education Departments, this nonprofit’s humble origins are hard to imagine. Now a half-city block of horological dedication, the organization began as a small collection of timepieces housed in one man’s living room. Indeed, the tiny acorn has grown into a mighty oak.

There is a well-established fascination with the marriage of old and new styles and technologies, extending from steampunk through the reimagined skinny suits and accessories of the Mad Men era, and now, Votic Watches. Anyone who has ever played with a vintage American pocket watch knows the allure of the product. These watches were strong, dense, evoking imagery of an age when products were made with true, unadulterated materials and assembled by craftsmen who toiled under early electric lights or gas lamps to make watches that could take it. Votic has captured this zeitgeist by marrying vintage pocket watch movements with new 3D printed metal cases and creating new wristwatches with a uniquely American flavor. And they did it all through Kickstarter.

Most watch collectors are familiar with the name Abraham Louis Breguet. Considered by most to be among the finest and most talented horologists of all time, his watches became the preferred choice of nobility, with commissions from kings, queens and emperors alike. Today his name lives on through the exquisite and extraordinarily expensive timepieces produced under the Breguet name through the stewardship of the Swatch Group.  Even though his watches were, and still are, beyond the means of your average collector, at least his most famous invention, the tourbillon escapement, has been made available to almost anyone who loves mechanical watches.

Created by Ricardo Antonio Perez in 2012, Rapp watches showcase the founder’s own vision of style and design with each new line of timepieces adding another thoughtful dimension to the brand’s overall personality. From the more playful Shustring and Pink Naples collections to the dressier Angry Dragon, or the retro inspired Motorboat, Mr. Perez brings his own flavors and experience to each new design.

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