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  • Parmigiani Senfine – On Its Way To 90 Days of Power Reserve

    The name Senfine is perhaps giving too much hope, meaning “eternally” in Esperanto, but this concept watch by Parmigiani is already showing some promising results when it comes to power reserve. Where your average mechanical watch has probably a power reserve of somewhere between 40 hours and 10-days (there...

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  • The difference between a tourbillon and a carrousel

    What is the difference between a tourbillon and a carrousel? Gain exclusive insights into the workshop of the oldest watch brand in the world! Blancpain is unique in the world of watchmaking as it is the only house which has mastered the art of placing a carrousel in a wristwatch. Carrousels were originally conceived to defy gravity and the associated rate errors when the watch is in a vertical position. In this way, carrousels are like tourbillons. But watch connoisseurs often get confused in trying to understand how carrousels...



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  • #TBT Clebar Chronograph Venus 178

    “Clebar” is apparently slang in French for wet dog. I suppose that’s better than a cat, but it’s still not overly flattering. Then, we have Robert-Jan’s colorful take on the word – he thinks it sounds like an ill-gotten malady that would often require a shot of penicillin. Either way, Clebar is also the name of a watch brand and a certain chronograph model is the subject of today’s #TBT.   I’ve had this watch for roughly a year now and it’s a study in mystery no matter how you...

  • Hands-On Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph Review

    The fact that Longines decided in 1984 to stop producing their own movements and use ETA instead, does not mean they don’t have interesting timepieces for ‘techies’. As long as CEO Walter von Känel is on board, this is not going to change (as he told us here), he is focusing on affordable main stream watches for a large audience. For the smaller group that we belong to, watch enthusiasts, they have their Heritage collection where they grab back to watches from their rich history (since 1832). Since Longines...

  • #TBT Seiko 6159-7010 Tuna

    Normally Michael Stockton takes care of our weekly recurring TBT feature, but due to extensive traveling he was unable to this week. To keep this installment of TBT true to him, I would like to talk about the Seiko 6159-7010 Tuna that I bought a couple of months ago. Lately, Mike is blaming me for his shopping spree concerning vintage Speedmaster watches. I actually delivered his latest (as far as I know that is) to him in Frankfurt two weeks ago, I am sure he will dedicate a TBT...

  • #TBT Omega DeVille Chronograph 146.017

    It’s always weird to write from the skies but here I am, tip-tapping away. What else is odd is that today’s #TBT subject has been in my possession for less than 12 hours and I was so taken by it that I figured this week was as good a time as any to discuss it. You’ll note that, once again, something in gold is on my wrist. I do promise this won’t become an addiction, but I do implore you to drop your guard, if only slightly, for the...

  • Hands-on Sinn U212 (EZM16) Review

    It is no secret that I have a weak spot for Sinn watches. Although not all of their models are to my liking, the fact that they never fail to deliver interesting and highly functional timepieces never bores me. Today, I have their EZM16 model in front of me, also known as the Sinn U212. EZM stands for Einsatzzeitmesser and means that it is part of their collection of watches that has been specifically designed for a particular purpose. Key features are excellent readability and that the form of...

  • #TBT Universal Geneve Polerouter Jet

    Dress watches can provide the new or seasoned collector with a great opportunity to pick up a high quality vintage watch for a fraction of the price of a similarly aged sports specimen. Case in point, vintage Rolex Datejusts – ok, they’re not that dressy – are typically undervalued by multiples when compared to similarly dated Submariners and GMT’s. All the goodness is there from a build quality perspective and, of course, the movements are in-house. Vintage Rolex, though, is certainly not the only haven for this type of...

  • Hands-On Oris Calibre 111 Review – An Oris Artelier Timepiece With In-House Movement

    “Real watches for real people” is the slogan of Oris and although I seldomly take these kind of lines very serious, this one does make sense actually. Real people, like you and me, who have to save-up for a nice watch, a real watch. Don’t be mislead by all the images of tourbillon watches or minute repeaters shown everywhere, they only represent a very small market. Oris showed us that they were able to move the watch industry, or more important, its consumers, with their €1700 Euro Sixty-Five divers watch....

  • #TBT Jardur 850 Chronograph

    First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish you, our readers, a Happy New Year. With a new year comes an entire 366 days, Blaise informed me of the leap year, of excitement and uncertainty. Regarding the vintage market, we can’t predict what will occur in 2016, but it’s likely that things will remain hot. Therefore, we’ll continue to try and scope out value in a market increasingly devoid of both deals and supply. Today’s subject meets that criteria and despite its case color, I think you’ll end...

  • Santos de Cartier – A Star Is Leaving the Stage!

    The one watch in the world, that has probably been the most wanted,  most loved, most hated and most copied watch for decades, is without any doubts the ‘Santos’ from Cartier. Of course there have been other famous models by other companies, but no brand has been in the spotlight for so long, with just one model. Cartier Santos Story Cartier’s decision, now 37 years ago, to release a steel/gold and therefor more commercial and affordable variation on their first mens watch, the Santos Dumont, was more or less,...

  • Hands-On REC P-51 “Mustang Watch” Review

    P-51 rang a bell with me, as I read a lot of Buck Danny comic books when I was younger and I have a dad with a huge interest in WW2. However, when Jonathan Kamstrup (CEO of REC Watches) told me this watch had a dial made of a metal sheet from a 1960’s Mustang car, the use of the P-51 type confused me a bit. According to REC Watches though, the designer of the original Ford Mustang car compared the sleek profile of that 1960’s car with the...

  • MCT Sequential Two – Hands On!

    Last week it was exactly one and a half year ago, that I wrote an article about the MCT Sequential TWO for RevoOnline. At that time the watch was not on the market yet and the white gold version I photographed, was still an unfinished prototype. So time to get my hand on a production model, but now in pink gold! Why am I doing another story on the same watch? Well just because this is one of the most amazing jumping hour watches (wrong word) that came on...

  • #TBT Leonidas Military & Heuer Bund Chronographs

    A Happy Holiday to all of you who are celebrating!  Forgive the late publish today on Christmas Eve, but I’m currently on holiday in the state known as “Flori-duh” – where the craziness may begin early, but little gets done until late.  Double that with a household full of kids and you really get the picture!  Enjoy the time…and grab an egg nog and sit down for a lengthy read! December 4, 2015 was the Friday before I left Germany for the USA in the name of business and...

  • Hands-On IWC Ingenieur Reference 3239 Review

    The IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 that I review here was introduced in 2013, IWC’s year of the Ingenieur. You have to know that  IWC is restyling an entire collection, every year, to keep it fresh and up-to-date. So in 2013, IWC introduced a number of new Ingenieur models. From a simple straight-forward stainless steel model to a carbon version and a platinum model with perpetual calendar. Well, if you are a long time reader of Fratello Watches, you probably know that I have a preference for so-called ‘purist’ watches....

  • #TBT Tissot Navigator Yachting – Before

    Our host with the most, Mike is on holiday now so he passed on the torch for this week’s #tbt. However as you can expect when I get to do this every once in a while it is always a bit out of the ordinary. As some of you might remember I already wrote about this model over a year ago. That was among my very first articles published on Fratello Watches about  Cool and Affordable Vintage Pieces. This week I have Part 1 of a project that hopefully...

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar – Unique In Its Kind

    When Jaeger-LeCoultre released their Master Calendar in 2013, I wasn’t sure what to think about it, since there is so much competition in this section. Most of these calendar watches have the same dial layout, with a day and month aperture just below ’12’ and a moon phase above ‘6’, set on a light coloured dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s version did not really add anything, to what was on the market already, besides the beautiful manufacture caliber of course. This year however, Jaeger-LeCoultre announced another version of their Master Calendar but...

  • #TBT Benrus Sky Chief Chronograph

    Within the world of the small pilot’s chronograph, the Benrus Sky Chief is king. Ok, that’s a bold statement, but I think there’s some merit behind it. I read a decent number of forums and ingest all sorts of vintage watch-related social media, and something has always stood out to me about the Sky Chief; there are very few apologists about the watch despite its diminutive size. Well, I had only seen one of these in person before in a large case of other vintage chronographs and it did...

  • #TBT Nivada Grenchen Datomaster

    In past market updates, I’ve mentioned that one of the greatest attributes within the hobby relates to the fact that there are always “new” old models to discover. A daily browse on eBay or any number of forums will often reveal models for sale from brands long gone or slight model variants that may strike one’s fancy. This near-continuous ability for discovery keeps the hobby fresh and also allows new entrants a way to buy something credible, while keeping things on a more affordable level. So, it’s with this...

  • Jolly Roger, a Special Edition of the Luminox US Navy SEALs watch

    At Fratello Watches we have a clear preference for mechanical watches. However once in a while we, and it might seem that it’s mainly me, come across a quartz watch which attracts attention. This time, about a week ago, I got noticed of a very limited edition of an already special Luminox watch model. Let me explain. Luminox’ are Swiss Made watches and equipped with a unique self-powered illumination system. This unique light technology (LLT) ensures an at-a-glance visibility, no matter what the conditions are. Different to other luminous...

  • Speedy Tuesday – Hands-On Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Review

    Last year I made a mistake. When the Omega Speedmaster Pro Apollo XI 45th Anniversary came out, with the titanium case and Sedna gold bezel, I didn’t order it straight-away. What followed, was a search for a decent priced (which means – not over list price) Apollo XI watch. In the end I was offered a couple of them, but all way over the initial list price in Euro currency. So, I decided to prevent that from happening again and I ordered the new Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 13...

  • #TBT Hamilton Chrono-Diver Chronograph

    A Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! Sometimes, albeit rarely, I’m pleasantly surprised when I open a package containing a watch I’ve bought online. More often than not, it’s the condition that is enlightening, but every once in awhile, it’s the overall build quality and design of the piece. Today’s #TBT highlights such a case where I really thought I was adding an “also-ran” to my horde, but the result was far more positive. The fact that the watch is a Hamilton makes it even more pleasurable. Why? Well,...



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