Editor's Choice: My Favorite Articles From Timepiece Chronicle in 2017

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January: A Brief History of the California Dial

The California dial is a strange oddity of watchmaking that for some reason has stuck around for 80 odd years. Half roman, half Arabic, the dial combination was used on a handful of Rolex and Panerai models in the 1920s and 1930s. Why is this split personality dial known as 'California'? No-one is exactly sure but I spoke to a man who thinks he knows the answer. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

February: Full Alert! A History of Alarm Watches

Alarm watches remain, at least in my eyes, the most useful complication that no-one really makes anymore. With Vulcain being purchased halfway through the year, the fate of alarm watches is uncertain with only Tudor and Jaeger-LeCoultre making 'affordable' watches with the complication. Whatever the future of the complication, its past is fascinating. Click here to read the full article

 
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March: Inside & Out: Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar

$8000 has never felt quite so much like a value proposition! This watch, along with the Flyback Chronograph, proves that Frederique Constant is dedicated to bringing once out-of-reach complications to more and more people. When the Swiss watch Industry is still struggling, they serve as an example of how to do things right. Click here to read the full review.

 
 

April: Inside & Out: Niall One. M

Niall have continued to peak my interest with every new watch they've released. Whilst they are never my favorite watches, they always get my brain working about preconceived notions about watchmaking and luxury. Is carbon-fiber a material 'worthy' of being used in a luxury watch? Can a luxury watch have a quartz movement and still be considered luxury? The One.M is a fascinating watch that is unique in the world of American watchmaking. Click here to read the full review

 
 

May: Inside & Out: Bremont Airco Mach 2

I love this watch. It shows that it is possible to create a new, classic design without dusting off old watches from the last century. Somehow Bremont were able to make a predominately grey watch feel vibrant, fun and elegant all at the same time. Love or hate 'em, you must admit that Bremont are leading the way with new and interesting designs.  Click here to read the full review.

 
 Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

 

June: A Brief History of the Rolex Milgauss

The Rolex Milgauss, one of the most recognizable Rolex watches that no-one ever seems to buy. From niche tool for scientists to niche luxury watch for those who think the Submariner is too maintain, the Milgauss is fascinating. What was the most technically pioneering Rolex of the 1950s is now a colorful oddity with no real place in Rolex's collection. Want to know why? Click here to read the full article.

 
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JULY: Inside & Out: Graham Chronofighter Nose Art Anna

I was shocked at how much I enjoyed wearing this watch. Its large and is made even larger by the crown guard and chronograph trigger. Yet this 44mm watch wore small on the wrist. The painted pin-up girl on the dial (the titular Anna) charmed me and the history behind nose art fascinated me. Click here to read the full article.

 
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AUGUST: IN-DEPTH: THE HISTORY OF GRAND AND KING SEIKO

This was the first long form, in-depth article about a focused topic that I wrote for Timepiece Chronicle and it is one of my favorite articles that I've ever written. It's not perfect; I didn't have time to mention the sports Grand Seiko models that exist and I brushed over many of the new Spring Drive movements for the sake of time, but I'm still very proud of it. If you've ever wondered about what Seiko can accomplish when they go for high end watchmaking, then this is the article for you. Click here to read the full article. 

 
 An Omega Seamaster 300 CK2913. Photo courtesy of Watches of Knightsbridge

An Omega Seamaster 300 CK2913. Photo courtesy of Watches of Knightsbridge

 

September: In-Depth, A History of the Omega Seamaster

What I love most when researching these in-depth articles is finding out something new. For this article on the Omega Seamaster, I learnt that for many years the most desirable Seamaster was not the 1957 original, but the 1960 re-design. These newer watches were used by British military divers and I had no idea! It goes to show you that no matter how much you think you know, there is always something more to learn. Click here to read the full article.

 
 The Zenith El Primero. Photo courtesy of Zenith.

The Zenith El Primero. Photo courtesy of Zenith.

 

October: THE History of the El Primero

The Zenith El Primero movement might not have been the first self-winding chronograph released, but its easily one of the best ever made. Reliable, accurate and beautiful to look at, the El Primero has stood the test of time for the past 48 years and will continue to do so for as long as they make it. Click here to read the full article.

 
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November: Inside & Out Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle

I firmly believe that a watch can be good at almost any price point, and that you end up restricting yourself by being too focused on luxury watches...but with that being said, man oh man it's good to hold a $35,000 watch in your hands. It's also equally nerve-wracking because I can't afford to fix it if I drop it! Click here to read the full article.