Author: The Snob Slayer

When it comes to watchmaking, the first brand that comes to 99% of people’s minds is Rolex. And there’s little to say: the green-and-gold Swiss Maison has dominated the market for decades, racking up a string of successes that have made it one of the world’s most well-known and respected brands. That’s why we want to offer you our little analysis of Rolex and what are its most interesting watches, especially at this particular moment in history where, for the first time in about two decades, the prices of these timepieces on the second-hand market have lowered. The first waterproof…

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The concept of the automatic watch movement was discovered by a Swiss watchmaker, Abraham Louis Perrelet, in the late eighteenth century and then developed by Breguet, when French watches were the reference in horology. Still, it could have been more successful then, as watches were mainly pocket watches, and their adjustment and winding happened daily, so the concept of automatic watches for men remained in the drawer of useless tech for a long time. But then, around 1920, when the watches migrated from the pocket to the wrist, it was rediscovered by a British watchmaker, John Harwood; he created the…

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As we know well by now, fans of the house of the crown have a habit of giving different nicknames to their favorite watches. Especially the most successful ones, namely the Submariner and GMT Master series, have seen a large number of quirky nicknames for the timepieces in them, of which “Kermit” – the cute little frog from the Muppets TV series – is a case in point. So let’s find out together what a “Rolex Kermit” really is and how many types there are (yes, there are several). A trio of different Kermits – image from fratellowatches.com Which Rolex…

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To call it an expected success frames the outcome rather nicely. Watches of Italy, now in its third edition, and moved a month later due to problems with the date coinciding with the Italian political elections, met and exceeded all the goals it had set for itself. The watch lovers crowd at the Museo Orsi – image from WOI Over the weekend of Oct. 15/16, more than 4,000 visitors wandered through the booths set up inside the Orsi Museum in Tortona – amid a charming exhibit of vintage agricultural machines – to visit the 56 exhibitors. And with a hint…

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Military watches represent the pain and pleasure of so many horology enthusiasts. Unfortunately, along with railroad watches, these, especially vintage ones, represent one of the market’s most falsified categories of timepieces due to the sometimes truly inflated prices they have assumed over time. But you know: the appeal of the uniform, and the tactical watches coming with it, is unquestionable, and here is why we are about to discover them together.

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The WindUp Watch Fair, one of the first events dedicated to microbrand enthusiasts, which kicked off a series of similar events in the U.S. and worldwide, was lauched by Worn&Wound in 2015 to give even “smaller” brands a chance to be admired by watch enthusiasts. And a good trade show – where brands can display and sell their products – is an ideal opportunity to be seen and appreciated, mainly because many of the more artisanal brands do not sell through traditional distribution but only online. Such welcome initiatives like WindUp give them a chance to get noticed. Not forgetting…

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“Venezianico watches were born out of a passion for watchmaking and a love for our territory, which we want to make known and appreciated through creations inspired by the essence of Venetian style.” We think that, in these words from Alberto and Alessandro Morelli, the two founders of the company, there is much of what animates a Maison like Venezianico (formerly Meccaniche Veneziane). While it isn’t easy to pronounce, especially for an Anglo-Saxon, you can do it like a pro as it was ve-ne-zea-ni-koh. This respect for your legacy tells a lot about the company spirit that is an integral…

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People have always liked to give names to the objects they use, whether out of necessity or for pleasure. A tradition that derives, perhaps, from what we did with ships from the earliest times, although a boat is a unique piece, while watches, at least usually, are instead mass-produced. But this does not make them escape another mechanism ingrained in the human mind, namely the so-called pareidolia. A difficult term to indicate the human mind’s tendency to compare two different objects, relating them primarily to known shapes. Let us examine together, then, this phenomenon and how it applies to our…

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After the forced hiatus of the last two years, exhibit initiatives are resuming with great vigor, especially with less widespread brands that are difficult for enthusiasts to examine. And in this vein lies microLUX, which makes its Austin debut at the Ao5 Gallery in the Arboretum shops in November, after the success of its last Chicago edition. People crowding the Chicago edition of microLUX – all images from microLUX “The physical exhibit format is particularly interesting for watch fans and boutique manufacturers,” explains Rich Park of the YouTube channel, whatsonthewrist, and founder of microLUX, “because it gives enthusiasts the chance…

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