A $20 Item Every Gentleman Should Own & The Importance Of Strategy Gaming + The Rajasthan Chess Set The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 13, 2018
Nobody can deny that daily exercise and working hard are some of the most important and essential contributing factors to a successful, happy, and healthy life. But often we forget that it is not only our bodies that need maintaining, but our minds too.
In today's video video I share an item I believe everyone should consider owning - a handmade chess set I recently bought online. I discuss the health benefits of strategy gaming and why it is one of my favorite pastimes to help relax, stimulate my mind, and have fun with others. I discuss a brief history of chess, my favorite strategy computer games, and why chess is the king of all games.
A Legend Returns After 100 Years - The Coolest Oris Reissue Yet - 1917 Automatic Pilot Watch Review The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 16, 2018
Today I am reacquainted with a watch I saw in Switzerland last year, which left a lasting impression. The Oris Big Crown 1917 (01 732 7736 4081) automatic pilot's watch is a 2017 limited edition reissue of a timepiece that is not only from the early days of aviation, but closely tied to the history of the brand itself.
In a watch market oversaturated with mid-century and vintage inspired re-issues, this watch takes it all the way back to the turn of the century and the early days of wristwatches, resulting in something unique, classy, and refreshing. Whether you are a budding Red Baron, or just want to add a pilot watch with flare to your collection, this is definitely worth checking out.
5 Years With The Submariner - How My Perceptions Of The Most Iconic Rolex Watch Have Changed The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 19, 2018
In the coming weeks, I’ll celebrate the 5 year anniversary marking the acquisition of my Rolex Submariner (Reference 116610LN) for a milestone birthday.
The Sub (or Subby as I call it) has always been a grail watch for me, and out of all the watches in my current collection, it’s the one I’ve had the pleasure of owning for the longest time. One could almost say it’s a pillar of the collection or the main battleship of the fleet!
In this video I discuss the general perception of the watch among enthusiasts, how it relates to other watches I own or have experienced, my own changing feelings towards it, and what I would like to change about it if I could. Do I still consider this the greatest Rolex watch of all time? Watch to find out!
**Rolex's Most COMPLICATED Modern Watch: The SKY-DWELLER | RANT&H**
In this week's episode of RANT&H, Christian dives into the more technical side of one of Rolex's most FASCINATING modern releases: the Sky-Dweller.
While it may not seem the bit on the surface, the Sky-Dweller is actually Rolex's most complicated production model at present. The Sky-Dweller combines both the Annual Calendar and the Dual Time Zone complications to create a piece that, if we're being honest, looks far simpler than that. While Rolex certainly has a history of producing more complicated pieces, this is the most complicated modern production model by far.
So what's an annual calendar do, exactly? Well, in short, it's a date complication that is inherently aware of which months have 30 and which ones have 31 days. Unlike a perpetual calendar, though, it has NO clue what to do about the jump from February to March. Unlike how the month is traditionally displayed (via a subdial), Rolex uses a red indicator behind each of the hour markers, corresponding with the number of each month. It's a really interesting, unique way to reimagine the traditional date display, and I really dig it.
As for the Dual-Time indicator, that one's a bit more obvious. There's a disc in the center of the dial that is marked with numbers from 1-24, and the triangle on that subdial indicates which hour it is in the second time zone. What gets insane, though, is the ability to control all of this through one crown, without any extra pushers or crowns for the complications. This is accomplished thanks to the so-called "Command Bezel" which, depending on how it's set, indicates to the crown which feature of the watch it's controlling. It's incredibly fascinating, complicated, and looks pretty badass in the process.
Published on Jan 21, 2018
In this first installment on SIHH 2018, the alternative watch show to Baselword in March, I would like to explore the most interesting and influential dress watch releases. These range from the world's slimmest mechanical watch to the most advanced chronograph from the likes of Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and IWC.
-IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 150 Years
-IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition 150 Years
-Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
-Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#2 Perpetual Calendar
Published on Jan 21, 2018
In this second installment of my coverage of SIHH 2018, I would like to discuss the new sport & casual watch releases from a new diver from Jaeger LeCoultre to a new Big Pilot from IWC and a new version of the iconic Panerai Luminor.
-Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris 2018
- IWC Big Pilot Big Date Edition 150 Years
- Panerai Luminor Base Logo
-Panerai Luminor Due 38mm
-Cartier Santos 2018
-Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Titanium & Platinum 15202IP
-Montblanc 1858 Automatic/Chronograph/Geosphere
SIHH 2018 Day 1 Rewind: Featured Watch Brands, New Watch Models WatchBox Studios
Published on Jan 15, 2018
“Day One” of Watchbox’s SIHH 2018 luxury watch deep-dive began in the new Carré des Horlogers, a collection of the independent watchmakers and independent watch brands that have gravitated to SIHH from Baselworld over the last half-decade. As Baselworld had shrunk, premier independent brands including MB&F, HYT, and (Kari) Voutilainen have found their natural home among peers in the Carré des Horlogers.
MB&F led the line with its HM8 MoonMachine 2, a collaboration with Max Busser’s “friend” Stepan Sarpaneva. The MB&F HM8 features a number of Sarpaneva’s signature design cues including his “corona” halo and man-in-the-moon moonphase blazon with… Sarpaneva’s own face. 12 pieces will be offered in each of titanium, blackened titanium, and titanium with rose gold. The MB&F Legacy Machine 2 Split-Escapement was on hand to demonstrate MB&F’s latest interpretation of “retro-futurism” in high horology.
HYT joined the fray in 2016, but SIHH 2017 marked the hydro-mechanical watch brand’s first serious set of new model launches at the Geneva venue. HYT launched both the yellow-gold HYT H0 lug-less watch and a lug-less version of its existing HYT H2 model, now dubbed “H20.”
Jerome DeWitt marked his brand debut at SIHH with a personal touch from him and his business manager, his wife Viviane. The DeWitt watch brand is undergoing a reorganization and rebirth for 2018, and the Jerome DeWitt took great personal pride in sharing his timepieces led by the new automatic DeWitt Academia Endless Drive, a scrolling time display with power reserve.
The brand from Le Sentier enters 2018 with a new model line: Polaris by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The full-line Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection launches on 50th anniversary of the original 1968 Polaris – the definitive model – and the 10th anniversary of the limited-edition Tribute to Polaris. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection includes the Polaris Automatic, Polaris Date, Polaris Chronograph, and the Polaris Chronograph WT/ World Time. Watchbox Studios is proud to feature all versions of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection individually and in a full-family panning shot.
Girard-Perregaux wants SIHH 2018 to be remembered as the year of the Laureato. The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph is the headliner for 2018, but it is by no means alone. The Laureato Automatic Ceramic, the Laureato Skeleton Flying Tourbillon offered diversity of complication and materials. At the head of the class was a world premiere, the Girard-Perregaux Triple-Axis Tourbillon Minute Repeater. The colossal 48mm titanium repeater features exceptional chiming volume and a tourbillon that pivots – simultaneously – on three axis. Appropriately, a grand complication deserves a grand price, and the Girard-Perregaux Triple Axis Tourbillon Minute Repeater commands a cool $400,000 U.S.
IWC Schaffhausen marks an anniversary of its own at SIHH 2018.
IWC’s 150th Jubilee collection is topped by a flagship complication, the IWC Portugieser Constant Force. The watch, IWC reference 5902-02, features an oversized tourbillon with deadbeat seconds, a constant force mechanism, a 96-hour power reserve, and a moonphase display. The watch, a grand complication, is powered by the manual-wind caliber 94805. As a rarity among rarities, the 46mm platinum IWC Portugieser Constant Force is limited series of 15 pieces priced at roughly $250,000 U.S. It is the rarest and most costly of IWC’s 150th anniversary limited editions.
The IWC Portuguieser Chronograph Automatic – the bestselling IWC Portuguese model of all time – receives a comprehensive redesign for 2018. Now designated reference 3716, the Portugeiser Chronograph Automatic gains an IWC manufacture caliber 69355 to replace the former Valjoux 7750.
Vacheron Constantin opens its 2018 account with a new entry-level collection dubbed “Vacheron Constantin FiftySix.” All units of the Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection are automatic, 40mm, and available in either pink gold or stainless steel. The FiftySix collection includes the Date, Day-Date, and Triple Calendar with moonphase. All examples are styled to include a multi-surface dial with a sunburst metallic hour track and a frosted/opaline center dial.
Roger Dubuis enters 2018 with a heavy heart and renewed sense of purpose following the late 2017 passing of its namesake founder. The 2017 Lamborghini collaboration continues unabated at SIHH 2018. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is designed to take cues from the V12 engine of the Lamborghini Aventador supercar. Its twin balances are connected via a differential gear coupling that averages and cancels the error from each independent escapement.
The Top 5 Most Iconic & Best Value Casio Digital Watches Under $50 - Reviews & Brief History The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 24, 2018
Today I take a trip down memory lane and review 5 watches that offer the best value for money when it comes to iconic digital timepieces under $50.
Without a doubt, Casio has one of the most interesting and unique legacies when it comes to producing watches, and this legacy is perfectly highlighted by the watches featured in this video.
First we take a look the ultra retro cinematic legend that is DataBank CA-53W made famous by the Back To The Future movies. We then compare it to its successor and pinnacle of the DataBank range with the DBC-661. Next we move on to the most iconic and successful watch ever made by Casio - the small but mighty F-91W. We look at its fascinating history, variants like the A-158W and also the dark side of its horological narrative.
We conclude the video with a tried and tested favorite that has survived space flights and is favored by military all over the world. We are of course talking about the DW5600E-1V which is one the modern descendants of the original G-Shocks and maybe the best beater watch ever made under $50.
A Month With A Sinn 104, The Perfect 3 Piece Collection & AP Royal Oak Or Rolex Submariner? The Urban Gentry
Streamed live 20 hours ago
In today's live show I catch up with my friend and professional actor/producer Duncan Casey. A month ago I lent him my Sinn 104 as he has never owned a German watch. Today he shares his likes and dislikes of the watch and we then discuss our perfect 3 piece watch collections. I also try to help him decide which watch to buy next as he is considering selling his Rolex DateJust and Omega Speedmaster in order to consolidate is collection and then buy his next luxury final watch. He is stuck between buying the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or a Rolex Submariner two tone for his next piece.
Which should he buy?
A Seiko Special - 62MAS Prospex Dive Watch Unboxing & Another Seiko Saturday Giveaway The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 28, 2018
Today's quick video is something of a Seiko special. First I unbox the SPB051, a modern reissue of the legendary 62MAS - the diver that has now joined the highly respected ranks of the Prospex professional diver watches. I share my initial impressions of a watch inspired by one of the most important timepieces ever made by Seiko because it was Japan's first dive watch back in 1965.
To follow, I announce the winner of our latest Seiko Saturday giveaway! Winners are selected every month for the quality, uniqueness, or inventiveness of their wrist watch checks. To enter for a chance of winning, simply get creative and hashtag #SeikoSaturday on Instagram or Facebook.
Published on Jan 28, 2018
In today's video, I would like to explore the most accessible pieces of machinery used by astronauts - watches. These watches range from only a few hundred to a few thousand pounds but each provide an insight into an era of timepieces and the steps taken by man to conquer space.
-Seiko 6139-6002 "Pogue" (vintage)
-Bulova Lunar Pilot
-Sinn 140 St
-Omega Speedmaster Professional/First Omega in Space
The Best Space Going Automatic Chronograph - The Fortis Cosmonaut Classic Comparative Review The Urban Gentry
Published on Jan 30, 2018
When it comes the space going chronographs, there is always one clear winner. The most revered and iconic is undoubtedly the Omega Speedmaster. But what about automatic chronographs? Among the many strong contenders, the winner happens to be the watch worn the most in outer space.
Today I finally review my second generation Fortis Cosmonaut Official chronograph (630.22.141) - which I bought late last year - and compare it to its modern day "Classic" equivalent (401.26.141). I investigate what has changed over the decades and which are more collectible. I discuss its unique and prestigious history, and how the watch came to be the choice of the Russian Federal Space agency in 1994.
Don't Buy A Chronograph Until You Have Seen This! - Valuable Lessons With A Vintage Britix Watch The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 1, 2018
Today I share some extremely valuable lessons and insight from the recent purchase and restoration of a vintage chronograph I acquired last year.
After collaborating with my watchmakers, I decided to share everything I learned from them with you. I wanted to know what to look for when buying a vintage watch, what movements to avoid, which ones are less risky, and the costs of repairing and servicing a vintage watch to get it back to running like new.
Published on Jan 30, 2018
In today's video, I would like to discuss a long awaited video on the history of the early Breitling Navitimers before Breitling's bankruptcy. These watches show a piece designed to be a true pilot's instrument with unprecedented funtionality which show a progression from manually wound to early automatic chronographs.
Published on Feb 4, 2018
In today's video, I would like to take a look at several watches from the past month including the new Breitling Navitimer 8 range which has caused much controversy, the new smaller Oris Aquis, and a beautiful new recreation of a classic Hamilton at a baffling price.
-Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm
-Oris Aquis 39.5mm
-Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph
-Omega Seamaster Olympic Games
-Breitling Navitimer 8
The Ultimate Everyday Watch Under $500 Vs The Best Under $5000 - Rolex Explorer & Seiko SARB033 Duel The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 4, 2018
How does the best "everyday" automatic wrist watch under $500 compare to one of the best at ten times that price? What are the differences? Advantages? What do you get for that extra money? In response one of these frequently asked questions, I decided pit two favourite watches of the channel against each other to try and understand.
How will the legendary and classically styled Seiko SARB0033 compete against the iconic luxury level Rolex Explorer 114270? Feel free to keep your own scores along for a bit of extra fun and please share your results and observations in the comments.
2018 Baselworld Predictions For Rolex - The Rolex I Wish They Would Reissue + Live Q&A The Urban Gentry
Streamed live 4 hours ago
Today I go live for some miscellaneous Q&A and talk watches. I also discuss and share my own 2018 Baselworld predictions for Rolex. Including a new "Coke" GMT Master II, a polar white dial version of the Explorer 214270 and a wishful wildcard like a Datocompax 6036 triple calendar. Please share your predictions in the comments below and lets see what happens next month!
Well, I had to review this one at some point, didn't I? You know what you are getting with this little Seiko5 and for the most part, what you are getting is good. Have you seen a cheaper Seiko auto? Let me know in the comments below!!
Published on Feb 7, 2018
In today's video, I would like to review the Marathon General Purpose Quartz - a field watch with true military credentials. This watch offers tritium illumination, a high quality Swiss movement and impressive build quality for the price of a fashion watch. This watch was very kindly sent in by Page and Cooper which is my watch seller of choice here in England and the official service centre for Sinn watches. I would, however, like to emphasise that I have not been paid for this review.
One Week With The Seiko SBDC053 - 62MAS | Is This A New Class Of Dive Watch? Just Watch
Published on Feb 5, 2018
The Seiko SBDC053 - 62MAS is beautifully made and uses great materials, but is it too pretty to be a proper tool watch and to dive with? Is it too bulky for a dress watch? We answer these questions and more!
The Ultimate Bespoke Luxury - Watches From The Bovet Castle - A Tour & Interview With Pascal Raffy The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 9, 2018
Today I share another look into my tour of watchmakers in Switzerland. In this episode, not only do we go behind the scenes at one of the most luxurious watchmakers in the world, but we also interview the owner and visionary behind the brand itself.
Bovet Fleurier is a truly unique brand that has a long heritage of making exquisitely decorated and elaborate timepieces. With Pascal Raffy's inspirational and infectious passion, the brand now combines the style of its distinctive old world elegance with the most complex cutting edge watchmaking to create some of the world’s most awe inspiring timepieces.
Join us as we go behind the scenes to see the final stages of decoration with one of their renowned artisans. We’ll then witness the last stages of assembly of the Recital 20 Asterium and 19Thirty watches with its one of a kind Bovet Amadeo covetable system. Lastly, we’ll hear some wise words and insight from Pascal Raffy in our exclusive interview. Most astonishing of all, the majority of this work takes place in a castle that sits majestically in the beautiful Swiss countryside and was once owned by the Bovet family.
Top 10 Types of Watches To Avoid - Don't Buy A Watch Until You've Seen This! The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 11, 2018
In today's video I share the top 10 types of watches to approach with caution, in order to minimize the risk of wasting your money. The following ten are not in order of importance but for reference only. Please feel free to share the watches you avoid buying in the comments below.
Published on Feb 11, 2018
In today's video, I would like to discuss various alternative options for those who want a good value and well made luxury watch under £10,000. These watches vary from the ultimate elegance of a dress watch to the cutting edge of sporting timepieces.
-Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio PAM00610
-Grand-Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE205
-Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm
-Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium Duoface Small Second
-Zenith El Primero Defy 21
The Casio Waveceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR Wristwatch: The Full Nick Shabazz Review Nick Shabazz
Published on Feb 13, 2018
Today, we're going to take a look at a very interesting little Solar Atomic watch from Casio, the Wave-Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR, which has all the function of the Oceanus, a funky analog-digital face, and a very compelling pricetag.
Published on Feb 14, 2018
In today's video, I would like to discuss a new addition to my watch collection which has taught me a great deal about watch repairs and mechanics. This Glycine from the 1970s represents a beautiful but compact look at the casual dive watch.
Published on Feb 18, 2018
In today's video, I would like to discuss a selection of the most interesting and impressive watches of Japan - a nation known for its precisionn engineering. These watches range from rugged and every-day watches to the cutting edge of engineering and craftsmanship. These include watches from Seiko, Grand Seiko, Citizen and Credor.
Insane Watch Swaps - The 1st VC Overseas, A Tudor Black Bay & The Rolex Explorer Bros End + Bloopers The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 18, 2018
In todays video I am joined by fellow watch obsessive GCR to share first impressions of the latest additions to his watch collection.
We take a look at two fantastic sweet spots and value propositions on the used luxury watch market. We discuss an insane watch swap involving the first Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and why the Tudor Black Bay ETA versions are the ones to buy right now. We also announce the bittersweet end of the “Rolex Explorer" brothers and share a few bloopers at the end for your enjoyment.
Top 7 Toughest Watches For The End Of The World Or Zombie Apocalypse - The Best Options $50 To $10k The Urban Gentry
Published on Feb 20, 2018
Top 7 Toughest Watches For The End Of The World Or Zombie Apocalypse - The Best Options $50 To $10K
In today's video I round up the 7 toughest watches that would serve you best in an end-of-civilisation scenario. No matter the budget or end of days event (alien invasion, rampaging Godzilla, giant asteroid, nuclear war, or zombie apocalypse), these choices will have the Gentry keeping time in any situation!
We start with a look at my favourite mil-spec watch, the TSAR & GSAR from the legendary Canadian brand Marathon. Next I discuss the useful practicality of the Casio Protrek PRW-3000 series that could save your life. I then share my personal choice, none other than the trusty ceramic Submariner by Rolex. I follow up with the Sinn UX, perhaps one of the toughest watches ever made and the pinnacle of German ingenuity.
The German theme continues with the sun powered Nomos Sonnenuhr, followed by the ever relied upon and Japanese invented G-shock. Tough as nails as these timepieces all are, there can only be one winner and that title goes to the Swiss with the Victorinox INOX, the only watch in the world that can survive being run over by a 64 ton tank and much, much more!
What would your end of the world horological choice be? Share your selection with your fellow doomsday preppers in the comments below!