Author: The Snob Slayer

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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Ichnos (a Greek term for “footprint” – the original name for Sardinia) is a pretty recent horology microbrand, created on 2021 in the Italian island by Pierpaolo Cassoni and the young businessman Alessandro Mariani. A watch lover and YouTuber well-known in Italy for his channel Underseatime, Pierpaolo is one of the leading figures of the Italian horology Renaissance. The Arcipelago is Ichnos’ first watch, proposed in five versions with different colors inspired by the Sardinian beaches of La Maddalena archipelago. The bold look of the Ichnos Arcipelago “Due Mari” The main concept is to present again, with the aid of…

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Pilot watches have always sparked the imagination of watch enthusiasts. Maybe because everyone wanted to be a pilot or an astronaut when they were little? Whatever the case, these big, watches, with their very particular style, have become a must for those who love sportiness but don’t give up the more vintage suggestions of when aeronautics wasn’t GPS and jets but compasses and pistons. Let’s discover together what the watch companies have done to bring back this mood! What is a pilot watch? The modern pilots’ watch is a direct heir to the category of tool watches that pilots wore…

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WOI – Watches Of Italy (website in Italian only) is the Italian watchmaking exhibition that has been a great novelty in the panorama of the sector, and it is taking advantage of the hopefully mild Italian Autumn to launch its third edition, precisely on the weekend 15/16 October 2022. Buoyed by the excellent results achieved in previous editions, which speak of more than 3,000 visitors and about 50 participating companies, it aims to become even bigger and better this year. The main novelty is the introduction of an innovative exhibition-market section for vintage lovers, which is expected to involve even…

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The definition we commonly come across of what an automatic watch is, can simply be answered with “a watch that winds itself”, but there is so much more to the whole world within the small case of a self-winding watch. So let’s metaphorically open the back of our watches in order to understand how it all works! What is an automatic watch movement? An automatic watch is a mechanical watch that functions by mechanically winding a coil spring, similarly to what happens in manually wound watches. Contrarily, quartz watches need a button battery to function, which normally lasts a couple…

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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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