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As a pre-Baselworld 2014 announcement Blancpain will release a lovely new dress watch simply called the Villeret that we feel fits into that rare category of a daily-wear formal timepiece. Watches that work as regular daily wear watches must successfully combine versatile style, convenience, comfort, and of course utility. Most of these timepieces tend to be sport watches, and dress watches such as the Rolex Datejust or President that are good for daily wear are a bit less common. So why is the attractive 2014 Villeret a good choice for daily use?

Today, we'll be looking at another great entry into what I'm calling the Office Diver category (more on that in a minute) from our friends over at Magrette.  We first brought you word of the watch late last year (here), and today we've got the hands-on review of the Moana Pacific Professional - one of the brand's best watches yet.  Curious?  Read on!Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

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The 1815 Tourbillon includes the spot mechanism and combines it with a zero-reset complication. This not only stops the tourbillon when the crown is out but also resets the seconds hand to zero. This latter feature is a much rarer function (you can find it in a few Glashutte Original Senator watches actually) and when combined with a stop seconds function allows for optimal control when setting the time.

Romain Gauthier Logical One Secret Is Not So Logical After All

Romain Gauthier Logical One Secret Is Not So Logical After All

Speidel began manufacturing ID bracelets in 1951 during the Korean War – the first product was the Photo Ident (shown on the right) – a combination bracelet with a photo and expandable wristband, which was advertised on television and became an immediate success. The ID was worn by members of our armed forces as a way to keep their loved ones back in the States close at hand and in their thoughts as they defended our nation.

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The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking is not new, but it is often overlooked, maybe because it is the oddball in the A. Lange family. The most distinctive feature about the watch is that it tells the time digitally, which is somewhat rare for a mechanical watch but also makes it extremely legible. Secondly, it is also features a sonnerie complication, which has been integrated very nicely–the two hammers responsible for chiming the time are clearly visible on the dial. But despite the slightly unusual styling, turn the watch around and you will be greeted by a marvelously finished movement like all other A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.

Last December we announced that Girard-Perregaux had donated a timepiece for a charity auction to support the UKRO (University Kidney Research Organization). The cause? The best. The timepiece? Gorgeous. Full disclaimer, the charity was started by aBlogtoWatch founder Ariel's uncle. Further disclaimer, Ariel proudly had nothing to do with the timepiece donation.

"Profundo" translates from Spanish into "deep." While these watches aren't deep under water, the message here is that they can stay in water for apparently very long lengths of time and be perfectly OK to be removed from the bag and be put on your wrist. It helps that the bags are filled with distilled water. What I like is that the retail packaging totally sells the concept of the watch. Nothing is said on the front except the name of the brand and the slogan "engineered for water," which has clearly been adopted from IWC's slogan of "Engineered for Men."

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I actually asked TAG Heuer why the hands needed to have colors at all and they said it was because of their modern DNA and focus on sports. That is nice and all, but I think there is a very good argument to be made in support of creating at least one version of these specific early adopters of the CH 80 movement-based Carreras to have mostly black and white dials with out extra colors. It would be interesting to more or less recreate the classic monochromatic looks of the historic pieces in at least some form, especially given the layout of the new in-house made movement.

I will be honest in saying that Maurice Lacroix has made me like features in the Pontos S Diver that I don't tend to like in other watches. Examples include inner rotating bezels, cases with two crowns on the same side, red colored minute hands, and oodles of NATO straps everywhere. Each of these are part of the design, but they are done in a way that makes me not just tolerate them, but appreciate them. Let's discuss the bezel first. Dive watches have rotating timing bezels that are usually operated from the outside. Some have inner bezels that use a crown to turn. I tend to not love the look of these (just a personal choice), but here, the inner bezel works very well. First of all, when looking at the dial it doesn't scream "there is a highly contrasting rotating part in here." The bezel could just as easily remain stationary and look very nice. Second, the system to operate the inner bezel uses a special crown that requires a short press inwards to unlock it and then it can be turned. Often these require unscrewing the crown, which I find annoying. Last, the crown for the bezel is placed in such a way so as to be at the 2 o'clock position while the main crown is still at 3 o'clock. Sometimes watchmakers place the main crown lower at like 4 o'clock in order to be symmetrical. I get why they do it but I've just never liked how that looks. For me, the crown layout on the Pontos S Diver is ideal when having two crowns.

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Of course, the logical presumption if you locate a "mystery" vintage watch from a major brand name, with zero information about it, is that you have something either incredibly collectible, or totally fake. You'd think that the collector would have just sent the watch to Breguet in the first place, but such efforts are not without their risk, and are incredibly time consuming. Eventually, he sent the vintage Breguet dive watch to Breguet and after a few weeks (consider that insanely speedy for a Swiss watch brand), he received an assuring call.

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Typically the boys at Grieb & Benzinger make their luxury project watches out of historical movements such as a 100 year old Patek Philippe minute repeater or split second chronograph. For the Blue Merit they have endeavored to use a much more modern movement taken out of an A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon Pour le Merite. So yes, a limited edition Tourbillon Pour le Merite watch from the mid 1990s was essentially sacrificed for this Benzinger-esque transformation. Was it worth it?

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Another new feature on the dial is the "∞" (infinity) character that Ulysse Nardin places over the "Perpetual" label. Perhaps we will see this on all perpetual calendar watches from the brand moving forward. Overall the piece is very interesting and I look forward to checking it out more soon. Ulysse Nardin will produce the Perpetual Manufacture as a limited edition of 250 pieces total. I imagine that is 125 piece in each metal. ulysse-nardin.com

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I am sorry to disappoint the superlative loving masses but there is no one best watch and I regret to inform you that I don't have a standout favorite timepiece or watch brand. It is worth noting that what prompted me to assemble the collection of thoughts in this article is the experience of several years of people innocently repeatedly asking me these questions. The inquisitive remarks themselves are no doubt natural but few people seem to be satisfied with my response. When it comes down to it, I cannot in good faith claim a single best or list of best watch brands, nor will I put myself in a position to choose "just one watch I could own if I had a choice." Here is why, and this gets philosophical at first...

While the original RM 036 was dedicated to Jean Todt and his initiative for road safety – as the sensor was supposed to warn the driver upon reaching “unsafe” amounts of G’s –, this time around the brand went for a collaboration that is more dynamic in its nature and perhaps more exciting for fans of motor racing. They teamed up with French rally driver Sebastien Loeb. Loeb is the most successful driver in the history of World Rally Championship (or WRC for short), having won the championship nine times in a row. In fact, he is one of the fastest and most consistent drivers ever. Just search for his name and Pikes Peak on YouTube and you will see what I mean. Despite the negligible chances of anyone using this freak-ish instrument under racing conditions, Loeb is one of the few out there who can really put it to the test.

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I will continue to say that Jaeger-LeCoultre makes some of the best sport watches around and Jaeger-LeCoultre will continue to communicate very little about them. For the last several years with remarkable consistency, Jaeger-LeCoultre has released one or two new sport watches that offer a great style, interesting and useful complicated movements, masculine designs, and fair prices. This year that aggregate of qualities finds itself in the limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic timepiece.