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We first debuted the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar watch back in April 2013 here. We learned that Zenith was borrowing the in-house made El Primero Caliber 4054 that debuted in the Zenith Captain Winsor watch for a pilot watch. The concept was a bit odd, but the movement certainly deserves a longer and prosperous life in a range of watches. And who is to say that annual calendar complications are for dress watches only? Having said that, is the Rolex Sky-Dweller (that has an annual calendar) a dress or sport watch? I can't tell.

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The philosophy at Rolex seems to be very pragmatic, if a human does it better, then let a human do it, if a machine does it better, then let a machine do it. In fact the reason more watchmakers don't use machines is two-fold. First of all machines are huge investments and in many instances keeping people around to do it is less expensive. Second, they don't have the production demands that Rolex does. In fact, Rolex is fortunate to have the ability to equip its facilities with robotic help where needed.

This is the most recently written article to make the list, being written in mid-November 2013. Nevertheless, we learned a lot while visiting the four Rolex manufacture locations and wrote this piece which is probably important to know for anyone interested in watches.

It is perhaps the tremendous success of the ROO and its subsequent copycats that has turned so many collectors “off” to big luxury sports watches.  After all, nothing kills a trend like an overabundance of a popular thing.  Furthermore, the association of the ROO as wrist-bling for gangsters and wannabe rock stars can be a little overbearing for more restrained timepiece collectors.

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For one, there are the so called major manufactures (for the sake of comprehensibility we will now exclude the brands using supplied movements). These large companies have a great number of different departments, all dedicated to a very limited number of tasks. These include research and development, manufacturing of components (which has many different branches all to itself, depending on the piece in question), assembly and decoration of the movement parts and testing and finalization of the product. All of these fields have their own dedicated experts, those who are the masters of the field they are working in.

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In the very beginning stages of mechanical timekeeping, the great, great, great, great grandfathers of modern day watches were clock makers. They were challenged and tasked to not only create mechanical contraptions that told time, but also to solve the problem of an energy source to drive the timing device. This was cleverly achieved by a system of weights and pulleys, which was basically harnessing gravity.

Jaeger-LeCoultre follows one of the most traditional tricks in the book for making a conservative tool watch a bit more "sporty" by having it mostly all monochromatic save for a small dash of color - usually red. That red shows up in the crown (a bit) as well as the red chronograph seconds hand. This type of timepiece is a poster-child for how a small dash of color can work so well. Having said that I think a white versus red chronograph seconds hand would have worked equally well.

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Note that photographing most Panerai watches is exceedingly difficult given the large domed sapphire crystal. Even though Panerai applies an anti-reflective coating, there is going to be a lot of glare. Given the simple dial and prominent hands and hour markers it doesn't seriously effect legibility, but it is a part of the Panerai ownership experience.

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The next step was sourcing the movements. According to Rpaige, the majority of the movements used in these watches were produced from 1897 - 1929, with perhaps a few exceptions. The movements are also all American, and depending on the watch, they contain either a vintage Waltham or Elgin movement. Both of these companies were once major producers of watches in the United States. Many experts further agree that during this period, watches made in the US were the finest in the world. The Waltham movements were produced in Massachusetts, while the Elgin movements were produced in Illinois. The movements have slight differences of course, but are very similar. Each is manually wound, each has the time with subsidiary seconds dial, and each has original factory decorations.

ABTW: What did you like so much about the watch?

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First, a quick history lesson for those not all that familiar with Nomos' watches. Nomos is based in Dresden in the Glashutte area of Germany and has been designing and manufacturing watches since 1990, when three employees and a single phone line (shared with a local restaurant) came together shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Perhaps the most optimistic news for 2013 are the price drops that have made the Seiko Astron even more accessible. Further, I think the new pricing applies to all the models even the ones from last year. The Seiko Astron SAST025 in black steel on the silicone strap retails for ,850 (down from ,300 for similar versions), and the SAST015 retails for ,650 (down from ,200).

Conversation With Jerome Lambert, New CEO Of Montblanc

Conversation With Jerome Lambert, New CEO Of Montblanc

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Wearing Experience

For that, you actually need to look past the angular skin (though, with 110 alternating brushed and polished surfaces, that might be a tad hard to do). What I really want to draw some attention to is the movement that's beating away. With it's silicium escapement, 50-hour power reserve, and high-beat (36,000 VPH) nature, you've basically got what amounts to a Zenith El Primero movement (you can read more about the El Primero and column wheel chronographs here).

These are all good questions, and knowing the typically sober nature of most pilots, I feel that some aviators, but mostly a lot of watch people, are going to be drawn to the ProPilot Altimeter piece. I mean when it comes down to it, pilots tend to sink most of their disposable income into their planes above all else. Oris actually has a legitimate argument that the watch isn't just for pilots, but also for adventurers, hikers, skiers, or others who want to know their altitude.