Chopard Mille Miglia Porsche Club of America 60th anniversary watch lineup

The Porsche Club of America, the largest mono-brand car club in the world, will celebrate its 60 year anniversary in 2015.  To celebrate the occasion, Chopard has created 66-piece limited edition Mille Miglia watch.  Chopard, by the way, has been the sponsor of the Mille Miglia for 25 years — while I’m mentioning milestones ;-)

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A quick FYI to my Minneapolis-area locals — Wixon Jewelers is having its annual watch fair today and tomorrow.  Wixon carries a nice lineup of high-end brands and they will have a few special pieces on hand that are worth seeing such as the Patek 5270G (perpetual calendar Chrono), the Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon, the Parmigiani Kalpa Resonance, Jaeger LeCoultre Duomètre pieces (Chronograph & Unique Travel Time)  and more.  Stop by if you are in the area!

Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watches
by Kyle Stults on October 22, 2014

Zenith EL Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing DLC with Carbon Fiber dial - Perpetuelle

We all know of Zenith’s high profile involvement with extreme athlete/adventurer Felix Baumgartner (which most recently culminated in this outstanding and exclusive turquoise-dialed Christophe Colomb Gravity Control timepiece), but I thought we take a moment today to look at a less high profile form of adventure that the brand has more recently become involved with, sailing.   In its capacity as official timekeeper for the Spindrift racing team since 2014, it was only natural that Zenith might issue a commemorative timepiece or two.

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Introducing the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Collection
by Kyle Stults on October 21, 2014

Armin Strom Pure Collection Water and Fire

This outstanding new collection from Armin Strom is a great example of the brand’s fine eye for horological construction and design.  Sharp-eyed enthusiasts of the brand will likely recognize these watches as modern derivations of the  more classically styled One Week Skeleton which the brand unveiled earlier this year.  And indeed both pieces share the same in-house base caliber, the manual wind ARM09-S with 8-day power reserve.  But of course the Skeleton Pure, with colored, PVD finished movement plates has an aesthetic all its own.  Skeleton Pure will be produced in editions of 100 pieces in each of ARMIN STROM’s elements of Air (titanium), Earth (black PVD coated stainless steel), Fire (18k rose gold, shown above) and Water (stainless steel, shown above).

The Armin Strom ARM09-S with 3D-PVD finish

Armin Strom ARM09-S Pure Caliber

Armin Strom owner Serge Michel puts it this way:  “The One Week Skeleton is an homage to our brand’s founder, master skeletonizer Armin Strom.  Skeleton Pure perfectly represents what ARMIN STROM is today.”   More than just the Pure, this statement really sums up the brand today, as I see it.  What I really like about Armin Strom, and what I’ve seen over the last several years since Michel took over (and enlisting the talented chief horologist Claude Greisler), is a transition of the brand — its manufacture technology, its designs, its materials, and so on — into the modern area, while also retaining the strongest aspects of brand’s heritage, namely skeletonization and hand-made watches.
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