eBay: Investing in trust – Authenticity Guarantee

eBay, one of the largest luxury watch marketplaces in the world (over 2 million watches were sold in 2019, nearly 8 million watches sold over the past three years), has recently launched “Authenticity Guarantee,” a new post-sale authentication service for all watches sold for $2000 or more in the U.S. Watches with the guarantee are inspected and verified by independent experts. eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee aims to provide an extra layer of trust and confidence for shoppers browsing the nearly 80000 new, pre-owned and vintage watches marked with the Authenticity Guarantee badge on eBay.com/LuxuryWatches. All watches verified as authentic come with a guarantee card detailing information such as the brand, model, reference number, movement type, case material, bracelet type and serial number, as applicable.

eBay has also announced new features and experiences, including escrow payment (in partnership with Escrow.com) on watches sold for $10,000 or more, and is unveiling “eBay Channels,” a new app experience.

“For 25 years, watches have been of the top-selling categories on eBay thanks to the marketplace’s unmatched selection of luxury goods,” said Tirath Kamdar, General Manage of Luxury at eBay. “We know trust is paramount among the watch community, and with Authenticity Guarantee and adding … Continue reading...

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New Bulgari record – Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic

As followers of the watch industry are well aware by now, “Roman Jeweler of Time” Bulgari has made pushing the boundaries of mechanical-watch thinness its stock-in-trade, with each year bringing at least one new record-setting watch that combines horological complexity with waif-like profiles. This year is no exception: Bulgari launched its six years (or seventh, if you count the smallest women’s tourbillon watch, the Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon): the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Automatic Watch.

The new model’s claim to fame is that it debuts as the thinnest timepiece combining all the following features: a skeletonized, self-winding movement, a single push chronograph function, and a tourbillon. Its 42-mm standblasted titanium case, in the now-famous eight-sided Octo configuration, measures only 7.4 mm in total thickness. The crown and chronograph push-buttons are also in sandblasted titanium, as is the tapered bracelet. The openworked dial is dominated by matte gray details, particularly the two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock.

Inside the water-thin case (water resistant to 30 meters) is an accordingly slender movement, Caliber BVL 388, which rises just 3.5 mm in height despite its array of functions. Visible from the back (through a clear sapphire window) as well as the front of … Continue reading...

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2020 Seiko Presage Sharp Edged

Seiko unveils a new Presage collection inspired by Hemp Leaves

Japanese watchmaker Seiko is introducing a new subfamily named Sharp Edge into its Presage collection. The watches feature unique dials made by skilled craftsmen and artisans from four locations throughout Japan. The watch’s dial inspiration, a traditional hemp leaf patter called “Asanoha,” comes from Japan’s Heian period (794-1185 AD), a symbol that represents “growth and prosperity,” interpreted here by the pioneering modemist designer Riki Watanabe, whose designs have inspired past Seiko Presage models, most recently the Presage Cocktail Time editions. The dials’ sharply angled surface textures, which create subtle color gradations and catch the light at varying angles, are a product of traditional Japanese artistry and lend the Sharp Edge models their name.

All four references come in 39.9mm diameter cases with screw-down casebacks, water resistant to 100 meters (10 bars), encased in either stainless steel or rose-gold-plated steel. The three steel models all features Seiko’s “Super-Hard” coating (which according to Seiko is an invisible coating that renders the surface relatively scratch-free as well as adding brilliance) and come in three dial colors – blue, green and white – while the rose-gold reference has a brown-colored dial. The thin, stick-shaped … Continue reading...

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Omega Speedmaster Moon Watches produced over the years

In this article we will describe 19 Omega watches released over the years. Different models of Omega Speedmaster watches have been released for different occasions and events, so let’s start with the earliest model.

1969 Apollo XI

A limited edition of 1014 watches with gold cases, gold dials and rose-gold-plated movements commemorates the moon landing.

1975 Apollo-Soyuz

A limited edition of 500 watches with the mission’s logo on the dial, a Saturn rocket on the caseback and the words “Gemini Apollo Soyuz” was made to commemorate the Apollo-Soyuz test project.

1989 Apollo XI

Approximately 6250 watches with engraving on the side marked the 20th anniversary of the moon landing.

1991 MIR

Ten watches with engraved casebacks were made for Germany to commemorate the Mir space station. They spent three months, ending in March 1991, aboard the Mir space station

1994 Apollo XI

A limited edition of 2500 watches with steel cases and black dials, 500 with white-gold cases and crystal casebacks, and 50 with platinum cases, skeletonized movements and sapphire casebacks was produced for the 25th anniversary of Apollo XI. A series of 999 watches with steel cases, crystal casebacks and engraving on the sides was made for … Continue reading...

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Rolex caliber 3230 movement – specifications and photo

Rolex caliber 3230 is Swiss movement from 2020.

Functions: hours, minutes and seconds

Automatic (bi-directional winding) movement with 31 jewels

f = 28800 A/h/4 HZ

Power reserve: 70 hours

Diameter: 28.5 mm

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Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic fields. The movement is fitted with an optimized blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. The blue Parachrom hairspring is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring the calibre’s regularity in any position.

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IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer 2013

In 2013 IWC Schauffhausen embarks on the Formula One season as the Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. To mark this cooperation, IWC is launching the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer in stainless steel with an engraving of a racing car on the case back. When designing a Formula One racing car or a fine timepiece, watchmakers and engineers ask themselves the same questions: how we can assemble the individual parts – in an Ingenieur Chronograph there are over 300 of them, in a Formula One vehicle ten times as many – to produce the optimum result? How can we make the drive generate even more energy? The Ingenieur Chronograph Racer is equipped with one of the most efficient movements manufactured entirely by IWC, the 89361 calibre. It displays stopped times in hours and minutes on a totalizer, while times up to a minute are measured by the central stopwatch hand. It also features a tachymeter scale that shows the average speed covered over a reference distance of 1000 metres. Thanks to the flyback function, pressing the reset button brings the stopwatch hand back to zero and immediately starts timing again – a feature that is ideal … Continue reading...

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The story of Ebel

Stories are what make the world tick, and love stories have a particularly universal appeal. In this regard, EBEL has an enduringly romantis tale to tell. Based on the union of its fouders, Eugene Blumand Alice Levy (EBEL isan acronym of the initials “Eugene Blum Et Levy”), and built from ots 1911 beginnings on the twin pillars of masculine and feminine values and qualities, EBEL has unfailingly benn united by the most powerful force in the world – love.

Heritage

From the very beginning of its history, the complementary talents and interests of this couple have shaped the heritage and corporate spirit of EBEL,and have inspired all those who have followed.

Building on the historical cornerstones of luxury,elegance,and sensuality,EBEL has instilled the highest watch industry standarts to ensure the functioning of its timepieces is as smooth as their inimitable look and feel.The end result is a range of models imbued with a unique blend of soft lines,suave textures and flowing curves.

Since 1911, EBEL has consistently dedicated the talents,passion and creativity of its people to desiging and crafting distinctive watches that evoke an enduring fascination.Each and every EBEL watch merges the brand’s visionary inspiration with … Continue reading...

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IWC Ingenieur History

In the early 1970s, freelance watch designer Gerald Genta was taking a walk on the shores of the Lake of Geneva when he noticed a diver, whose helmet was secured to his diving suit with screws. This tiny detail inspired him to adopt a modernist, distinctly technical approach to form that was to revolutionize watch design. Instead of concealing the screws or functional bores, he left them plain for all to see on the bezel. For IWC Schaffhausen Gerald Genta designed the legendary Ingenieur SL, reference 1832. Five rudimentary bores could be seen in the bezel. These engaged with a special tool during manufacture to bring the bezel into position for securing with screws.

The crown and case back were screwed tight to make the watch pressure-resistant to 12 bar. The Ingeniuer SL had its market launch in 1976. Its eye-catching design stood for masculine values: it was rugged and sporty with a distinctly technical appeal, and has influenced the appearance of the Ingenieur watch family to this day.

The Ingenieur watch family’s success story, incidentally, dates back to the 1950s. It was a time of economic boom. An increasing number of technical appliances were making their way into ordinary … Continue reading...

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