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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: IWC’s Kurt Klaus celebrates his 80th birthday, Bell & Ross’s BR-X1 chronograph, Graham’s Silverstone RS line and more.

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This Week in Watches: October 24, 2014

This Week in Watches: Ralph Lauren’s sleeper hit, Waltham returns (sort of), Haspel partners with Brooklyn Watch Co. and more.

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Lange Live Watchmaking

A Look Back at Germany’s Storied Watchmaker

This year Walter Lange turned 90, and the company his grandfather built celebrates 20 years since its post-Cold War rebirth. In commemoration, here’s a look back at some of GP’s best Lange & Söhne coverage.

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To Glashütte, with Love

A Lange-Term Love Affair

I’ll never own a Lange & Söhne timepiece. Yet ask me what my favorite watch brand is and I’ll spit out their name without hesitation. Here’s why.

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Valhalla, I Am Coming

Unrelenting Weather and Endless Beauty in Iceland

Iceland exists as if out of the mind of a science fiction writer — not in the futuristic sense, but as some timeless place, where the elements that created the earth meet the people who harness its power. It is perhaps the most exotic place on Earth. And it’s only a five-hour flight from Manhattan.

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Bien sûr !

Timekeeping Selects: OMEGA Seamaster Professional “SHOM”

For the 11th installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting an OMEGA Seamaster Professional “SHOM” ($3,500), designed for the study of French coasts in 1973 by the Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 14, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling commemorates AOPA’s 75th anniversary, the return of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958, interstellar watches from Zenith and Geo.Graham and more.

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The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth — and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here’s a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

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The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Ocean Racer

To the Victor, an IWC Chronograph

IWC has created a commemorative timepiece for the Volvo Ocean Race, which will also to serve as motivation for the competing teams since it happens to be the prize for the winner of the coveted “24 Hour Record”. Here are the details.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 7, 2014

This Week In Watches: A return dive to the mysterious Antikythera device, a Nomos watch celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, smaller watches from IWC and much more.

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Port in a storm

Viewfinder: Basecamp of Impressions

Remember when you were a kid, building a tent out of a bed sheet or making camp in the backyard? This short film taps into our love of tents and the notion of the base camp, a place full of potential, of plans, of gathering strength for adventures to come — and a place to return to when the proverbial yak dung hits the fan.

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Because they’re there

Domestic Ascents: Five American Peaks to Summit

From the Archives: Ready for some rarified air? Here are five of the best American peaks to summit, whether you’re a novice or an expert.

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Capital Gains

Five Watches to Burn Your Bonus On

You did well this year. Now — what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.

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Frankenwatch Supreme

Building the Hypothetical “Perfect” Watch

The term “Frankenwatch” is pejorative, suggesting an impure timepiece cobbled together from parts of questionable origin and vintage. But ask watch collectors to name the best parts from any watch, and they’ll eventually dream up an imaginary watch that only a mad doctor could love. Here’s GP’s very own.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 30, 2014

This Week In Watches: a dive watch with a killer movement, Shinola gets sporty, CT Scuderia goes square, and Richard Mille takes on Chinese mythology.

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Nothing Poor About It

Timekeeping Selects: 1960s Hamilton “Poor Man’s Heuer” Chronograph (Sold)

For the tenth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a “Poor Man’s Heuer”: a 1960s Hamilton chronograph just off of a fresh service in remarkable condition for $1,700.

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Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.

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Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

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Farr and Away

Viewfinder: The Farr 40s

Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.

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On His Race's New Tack

An Interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race

From the Archives: How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years.

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Into the void

Climbing All 14,410 Feet of Mt. Rainier

From the Archives: For climbers, Mount Rainier presents a tantalizing challenge given its accessibility to a major urban center and the established routes that zigzag up its flanks. Only about half those who attempt to summit it succeed each year, the other half turned away by weather, unstable conditions or fatigue. It was also the scene of one of the worst mountaineering accidents in North American climbing history when an ice fall killed 11 climbers in 1981.

It sounded like a good challenge.

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Case In Point

Why the Watch Case Matters

From the Archives: Most discussions about watches and their value begin and end with the movement: Swiss versus Japanese, in-house versus outsourced, finishing and complications. But in reality, the movement is only part of the story. All too often overlooked is the humble watch case, which can be equally artful, interesting, and difficult to produce.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 23, 2014

This Week in Watches: OMEGA’s 50th anniversary tribute to Goldfinger, JeanRichard collaborates with French street artist Gully, a watch promoting awareness of mitochondrial disease and much more.

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A Watch for all seasons

How To: One Watch, Four Ways

From the Archives: There are worse ways to spend your hard-earned money than on those pinnacles of the mechanical art. But there’s something to be said for wearing one watch all the the time. Buy one watch, wear it through thick and thin and create your own patina rather than purchasing someone else’s. Here’s how to do it.

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24-Hour Timekeeping

Timekeeping Selects: Tissot Navigator World Time (Sold)

For the eighth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting a 24-hour timekeeping gem, the Tissot Navigator World Time ($1,650). Beyond its unique method of displaying time, the Tissot’s excellent condition is not to be missed.

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Rediscover your sunroof

Tested: Whispbar Rack System

During a month of hauling kayaks atop a Volvo XC90, the Whispbar proved truly innovative and escaped many of the pitfalls found in other carrying racks.

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Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear — a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 9, 2014

This Week in Watches: Vacheron’s new addition to its Platinum Collection, the Pinion Revival 1969, Shinola’s American rubber, the Richard Mille 11 Flyback Chronograph, a mechanical pacemaker and more.

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When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

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A sleeper awakens

Timekeeping Selects: Heuer Autavia (SOLD)

For the seventh installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a beautiful Heuer Autavia ($4,400) chronograph that was hidden away in a desk drawer for 25 years.