This Week in Time: 16th to 22nd January
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In just two days the first watch event of the year will take place so expect a lot of this week to be featuring some brand new piece. These three Jaeger-LeCoultres are from watch photographer extraordinaire atomoore and each of them are as beautiful as the last. I'm unfamiliar with the piece on the left but judging by the case I assume it is a jump hour piece however I could be completely wrong. The middle piece is an awesome early LeCoultre piece with "floating" crystals to show the time. I don't think I need to explain what the last one is.
I've gone on record over at 8past10 saying that the Universal Geneve Tri-Compax is easily my favorite watch that the company made. Usually I favor the earlier pieces but this later more sporty watch from theydid is really neat as well. The addition of a black tachymetre bezel, wider dauphine hands and slightly sporty case truly change the watch. The black dial allows the white subdials to really pop and the moonphase has never looked better. I still prefer the older dress piece but this watch shows just how versatile a good design can be!
It is the first day of SIHH2016 and boy what a day. Easily one of the wackiest and odd designs was this, the Urwerk T-Rex which looks like it has crashed landed from a different planet amongst the more traditional display usually on show at the event. Urwerk released some amazing watches this SIHH with, what I believe to be, the most technological advancement of the event being the EMC TIme Hunter but for the design alone I love this watch. I also love the designs in the background of arnoldputra's photo. Makes me jealous that I have drawing ability of an eight year old.
Whilst I doubt they will ever make a huge popular comeback like mechanical watches have after the quartz crisis, I think that pocket watches do deserve a mention now and then. This is the Montblanc Orbis Terranum in steel , limited to 110 pieces, the first pocket watch by Montblanc ever. The benefit of a pocketwatch over a watch is that you have so much more space on the dial to work with which is why this 53mm dial with twenty four cities, a world map and day night indicator doesn't look cramped at all. Props to kristianhaagen for the photo. If you aren't following him already then what are you doing!?
You know what, sometimes it doesn't have to be about technological achievement or being "the first watch in the world to do X". Sometimes it is just about having a smile on your face. Watch geeks, this is Sherman. He's adorable and I want one. Thanks to varungq for grabbing this picture of Sherman, arms wide to give you a big hug.
Taking a quick break from everything SIHH related, let's spare a moment for the rest of us who aren't over in Geneva like alushe909. I'll be honest and say that I've never heard of Obris Morgan watches before but from what I see here I kinda like them! I like the clean and legible dial that is perfect for a tool watch like this. One of these days I need to get myself a tool watch just so I can join in on the perlon strap craze, it didn't quite work on my Zenith! Need something with lugs like this one!
Sometimes the words of others just perfectly encapsulate what you're thinking. All credit to spanishrob for these wise words "The naked truth. Nothing hidden, all natural and every honest detail on #thelovedpatek. This is over 1500 days of consecutive use and has seen more than most of your watches combined. Of course I wish she was mint but what started with an innocent scratch became a movement to love your timepiece; for it to become more than an investment but rather an appreciation for horology, art on your wrist, not in a museum. And ultimately realizing that your timepiece was unique and more importantly, your legacy. Long after you're gone, people are going to look at your watch and say either: "Wow, that's such a mint watch, looks like he barely wore it, we'll be able to sell it for so much!" Or, "Wow, he really wore it and must of had so many adventures with it. He would want his great grandson to continue his legacy; remember that life's an adventure and more fun when you don't play it safe."