Author: The Snob Slayer

Titanium, the metal inspired by Greek demigods Mosaic from Turkey representing a couple of Titans – britannica.com In our childhood dreams (or at least in the author’s), we had Japanese comics which were full of invincible robots with weapons bearing suggestive names. And the name of “titanium”, a real, solid but extremely light material with such a peculiar name, could not escape the suggestions of this epic world. But back on earth, the metal having such an intriguing name has become a protagonist of modern watchmaking (and not only because Chronos – the demigod of time – was a Titan).…

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Man’s dream has always been to fly. And when he learned to do so, he found that he could quickly reach foreign countries by flying. And this caused a prime problem, namely, that of having to track time in different places in the world at the same time – for example, in our home country and in the country where we are at that very moment.

And so, someone – an airplane pilot – invented the concept of the watch that shows two timezones at the same time. The concept “landed”, making dual time watches popular. Shall we find out which are the best watches of this type?

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When we think of the GMT watch, we think back to the early days of international air travel. Those were somewhat daring days for civil aviation, when aircrafts were designed directly from World War II bombers with their powerful rotary engines blasting through the sky, whipping the nacelle and its contents along several intermediate stops before reaching the passenger’s ultimate destination.
Of course, the world has changed dramatically since then; air travel is now almost a commodity, with the growth of modern low-cost carriers. But the significance and purpose of our GMT watches have never changed, nor has their distinctive allure, which we’ll explore together.

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Much like the many, if not all, micro-brands, SOVRYGN was established by an enthusiast of limited-edition watches. The man behind the company is Hamzat Balogun, a watch fan from Ottawa in Canada. Balogun launched his company in 2018, just a year after graduating from Carleton University. Founded as an abbreviated form of the term Sovereign, the word SOVRYGN is a metaphor for high quality and craftsmanship. A few weeks ago, the company launched a new Kickstarter project for its latest watch model – the Calendar, but after a short time, SOVRYGN canceled the project. We were lucky enough to get one of the…

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The growth to which the watchmaking world has been subjected has amazed many, even industry experts. Above all, it has surprised the large number of new brands coming to the forefront of the global watchmaking scene. The phenomenon of microbrands, which are taking the place of the old fashion watch brands, is a growing trend, and events dedicated to them are increasing across the globe. And the launch of the Chicago edition of the WindUp Watch Fair is part of this ongoing phenomenon.

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image from norqain.com About Norqain Watches Norqain is the prototype of a micro that has made it. Or at least, that is making it. That the watch market is flooded with microbrands literally popping up like mushrooms is nothing new. And many of these micros disappear precisely as they appeared on Kickstarter: into thin air. But others do make their way, and to make it, they must come up with something new. Norqain was born in 2018, and already since its founding, it has been doing something different from others. It devotes itself, with conviction, to practical and sporty watches,…

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Jean Claude Biver – Image by timeandtidewatches.com Jean Claude Biver, one of the living legends of watchmaking, has joined as a strategic advisor to Norqain’s board of directors The career of Jean Claude Biver-or JCB, if you will-has the impressive. JCB is the man who brought Blancpain back to life. Who worked to reorganize Omega and relaunch Hublot, inventing a style. Loved and hated, JCB is arguably the man you never expected for a brand like Norqain. Images by norqain.com Who is Norqain? If you have never heard of it, it is an ex-micro founded in 2018 in Switzerland by…

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The development in metallurgy has been paramount in the evolution of watchmaking. The discovery of materials and the changes in watch movement throughout time have made it possible to produce what watches are today. As a result, we’ll go on an exploration to discover exotic and light titanium as a material. Why is titanium used in watches? Titanium is well-known for its physical qualities, such as being highly corrosion-resistant, being antimagnetic and its light weight. It is, however, not easy to work with, which is why, even though it was discovered as far back as 1789, it only began being…

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In a world where stock market crashes are becoming increasingly common, when cryptocurrencies and NFTs are growing at a dizzying rate, and where real estate and raw materials values swing dramatically owing to geopolitical events, it’s only natural that the speculative mania would spread to other areas. And the world of watches is only an extension of this since people are now “investing” in art, classic cars, and even barrels of whisky. So let’s have a look at whether these much-touted prospects are true or false. Are Watches a Good Investment? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to invest in a…

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