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A Complicated Beauty

Photo Essay: A. Lange & Söhne Double Split

We’ll never own a watch like the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split, the world’s only mechanical split seconds and split minutes chronograph. Not many people will. But just wearing it for a month was a privilege, like taking a lap in a vintage Aston Martin DBR or sipping a dram of 1962 Macallan. To try to distill down its essence to a mere hands-on review seems almost blasphemous. So we won’t. This is a watch to be gazed on and lingered over. Enjoy the photos.

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An Enigma -- no, seriously

Bremont Codebreaker

The boys at Bremont have done it again, this time with their limited edition Codebreaker ($18,700 in steel), honoring the UK’s Government Code and Cipher School (GC & CS) at Bletchley Park. As with their previous limited edition pieces (like the HMS Victory and the P-51), Bremont co-founders Giles and Nick English weren’t content to merely limit production and slap a number on the case back.

timekeeping-promo-logo-gear-patrolIntroducing the fresh new face of TIMEKEEPING, a weekly chronicle on the utility, design, tradition and innovation of watches.
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From Geneva with Love

Photo Essay: An Evening with Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe has a well-earned reputation as one of the premiere watch manufactures in the world, and their recent exhibition in New York City underscored this fact with what can only be described as a shock-and-awe campaign of stunning effectiveness. We would know — we were there. Read on for our photo essay of the event.

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Go Speed Racer

Time on Our Hands: TAG Heuer Carrera Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition

Heuer’s venerable chronograph has an up-and-down history, but 2013 sees a triumphant 50th anniversary of the Carrera name. The limited edition Carrera Monaco Grand Prix ($5,600 on rubber) is one example of the new breed of TAG Heuer Carrera, a chronograph that looks back on its first half-century but is more than ready to face the next one. We got our hands on one.

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An enigma wrapped in a riddle inside of a mystery

Timekeeping Icon: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Today, the Daytona is one of Rolex’s most popular models, and no one is surprised when a rare vintage model achieves a half-million dollar hammer price at auction. This is ironic, because not that long ago, Rolex dealers could hardly give these models away. It’s not too often that a watch goes from a sales dud to a piece for which people will wait years (just for the honor of paying full retail price), but that’s what makes the Daytona such a fascinating story.

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Itchy trigger fingers, apply here

Time On Our Hands: Graham Chronofighter Oversize

The Graham Chronofighter Oversize ($6,900) is the latest offering from a brand that has long caught our eye. It’s a watch decked out with unique dial layouts, applied sub-dial magnifier portals that look like they’re straight out of a Jules Verne novel, an imposing size… and then there’s the trigger.

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Number 1 on the runway

Want This, Get This: IWC Pilot Chronograph or Alpina Startimer Chronograph

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. The watch companies maintain a continuous flow of tantalizing images of their new creations, the Web is rife with chronic watch flippers offering good deals on minty timepieces, and suddenly that watch you’re wearing is starting to look a little rough around the edges. Time for an upgrade. But reality steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, and your watch love remains unrequited. What’s a guy to do? Want This, Get This presents a lustworthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch.

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PICK IT UP BY MIDNIGHT

Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon

The Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon ($12,045) may have been crafted for the eminent car company, but it could just as easily have been made for the Dark Knight.

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Swiss Myth

Victorinox 1989 Original Chronograph Limited Edition

We’ve always had a love for the timepieces of Victorinox Swiss Army, so a new limited edition version of the Victorinox Swiss Army 1989 Original Chronograph ($495), the first watch they ever made, really tugs at the heartstrings.

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Doppel the fun

Habring² Doppel 3

Last year HABRING² — a small Austrian independent brand spearheaded by Richard Habring, creator of the Valjoux 7750-based rattrapante complication for IWC — won the Sports Watch of the Year award from the Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève for its Doppel 2.0. Not content to rest on his laurels, Habring’s upped the ante with the Doppel 3 (~$8,800), a limited-production gem.

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A workout for your fingers? Worth it

Magrette Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD

We’ve been watching New Zealand niche watchmaker Magrette since the 2008 release of their Panerai homage, the Regattare. Founder and designer Dion Wynyard McAsey based the brand on his love for watches, design background and passion for his home country. Since the company’s founding, he’s released a host of beautiful watches, many at affordable prices with the kind of quality that makes a name in this very competitive industry. One of his newest releases, the Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD, is a wonderful example of solid components, great design and affordability.

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From the deck to the desk

Timekeeping: Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer

The history of maritime exploration and discovery would read a lot differently without the advent of the marine chronometer. Prior to its development, ships hung close to familiar coastlines; when they ventured further out to sea, sailors had to rely on celestial navigation and plain dumb luck to get where they wanted without crashing on…

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Swiss air force

Victorinox Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition

Victorinox is known for their cutlery and perhaps less so for their watches. Well, the Victorinox Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition is certainly both a head turner and a mouthful. With a 43.5mm case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Swiss automatic chronograph movement and a depth rating of 330 feet, it’s got all the bearings of a…

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Braveheart’s watch

Timekeeping: Fraser Timepieces

There are some things for which Scotland is known: single malt whisky, Sean Connery and bagpipes, to name a few. You may soon be able to add wristwatches to that list. Young Scottish product designer, Gordon Fraser, is a watch enthusiast who wanted to create a watch that would be accessible to other guys like…

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Light the fires and kick the tires

Timekeeping: IWC Top Gun Miramar

IWC has fired their first volley of SIHH 2012 and it’s right on-target. Say hello to the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar. Named for the birthplace of modern naval air warfare where the best of the best go to get better, this anti-magnetic timepiece sports an advanced in-house flyback chronograph movement within its…

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Flieger Like an Eagle

Timekeeping: Archimede Pilot Chronograph

While it is widely acknowledged that the best watch movements come from Switzerland, watch collectors and industry insiders also know that some of the best watch cases are made in Germany. Maybe it’s due to the strong heritage of craftsmanship and steelworks or just a national appreciation for good design and impeccable manufacturing. Companies like…

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I Feel The Need...

IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Top Gun Edition

Part Iceman and all Maverick, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun ($12,000) pays homage to the fearless pilots at the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, who epitomize courage and skill. IWC has emblazoned the Top Gun emblem (and thankfully not Tom Cruise’s mug) on the back of the titanium and black…

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Complications? Yes. Complicated? Let's discuss.

Timekeeping: The Chronograph, Deconstructed

The follow-up to our last Timekeeping feature (The Dive Watch, Deconstructed), Jason Heaton delves into the hallowed world of the Chronograph. There is no other type of watch that requires as much interaction from its wearer as the chronograph. Even at rest a chronograph dutifully waits, its sweep hand standing still, alert and vertical, inviting…

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Italian Design, German Engineering: The Best of Both Worlds

TX Watches 730 Series FLY-Back Chronograph

TX watches are designed and constructed in Europe, the standard for and origin of quality watches. The TX brand is a member of the Timex watch family. They are undeniably good looking and come in a number of styles that range from very sporty orange rubber bands to sophisticated black leather. A particularly good-looking watch…

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Big Package, Big Benefits

Invicta 3449 Corduba Collection Oversized Chronograph

A lot of fuss has been made over things coming in small packages lately. From the sound of it, only the finest and most enjoyable wares the world has to offer can come in small packages. For certain types of “things” this small package business can be the truth, the new and improved Amazon Kindle…

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What's White, Black, and Red All Over?

TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph

As the brain child of the German Jewelery and watch manufacturer, Heinz Schwarz, the TeNo brand stands out primarily for its creative mixing of new and old materials. Distinguished by its bold use of red, white, and black, the New TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph is no exception and in many ways seems designed…

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Striking Wrist Appeal That Still Saves Your Wallet

Boccia Titanium Chronograph Watch

Working for a Gear site while cooped up with a bunch of watch nuts eventually starts to rub off. Now if I had actually hit that Lotto jackpot like I was supposed to in my life plan, this new found love for time pieces would have led me straight to the high end luxury brands…

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Defining Elegant Simplicity

Max Bill Junghans Watches

Max Bill (1908-1994) was a man whom others fancied as a ‘universal creator’. His work spanned many mediums including architecture, sculpture, painting, education, politics, typeface design, graphic design, industrial design, and product design. Bill designed a host of watches and clocks in the late 1950s and early 1960s for German watchmaker Junghans, which has been…

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A Great Looking Watch with a Rather Famous Fan

Jorg Gray 6500 Commemorative Edition Chronograph Watch

I’m not ashamed to admit that, compared to several of Gear Patrol’s other staffers, my knowledge of timepieces is limited. For instance, Brian’s primer on upgrading your watch knowledge was a revelation, and frankly I appreciated someone stating all the basics in such an easy to consume fashion. That said, based on my brief exposure…

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Orange, Black, And Watched All Over

Jorg Gray JG1900 Chronograph

The Jorg Gray JG1900 chronograph does the Gear Patrol flagship colors proud. Designed with an active lifestyle in mind, the 43mm Jorg Gray houses a high precision Japanese chronograph movement in a solid stainless-steel case that’s water resistant to 100 meters. In case you’re wondering, the black strap is made of calf. The JG1900′s black…

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Touch Activation Just Got A Whole Lot Cooler

Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 2 Racing Chronograph

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: A limited series of AMVOX2 Racing Chronographs was recently unveiled by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Two versions will be available, a black PVD titanium model with a black dial, as well as a titanium model with a white dial (pictured above). A unique perforated waterproof leather strap will outfit these exclusive sports…

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New Movement, New Status

Breitling Chronomat B01

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: Breitling recently launched their new Chronomat B01. Announced prior to Baselworld, this chronograph features Breitling’s first 100% in-house movement; Not only is the watch an outstanding timepiece, but the integration of Breitling’s new movement is a huge accomplishment, vaulting the company into the elite ranks of true manufacturers.

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One Benjamin Goes Further Than You Think

10 Best Watches Under $100

A wristwatch is a must have for any man. Quite simply, it completes his wardrobe. I would even venture to say that a man looks naked without one. In fact, it’s probably the only universally acceptable accessory for guys. We understand that most of you are in savings mode and while there are extravagant options…

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Wyler Genève Dakar Rally Watch

182 Timepieces For 6,000 Miles The 2009 Dakar Rally takes place in South America, January 3rd. A 6,000 mile grueling route (see the route) who’s winner won’t be determined until the finish. That means two things: we’re bound to see some incredible moments from the rally and we’re presented with an official watch. A fine…

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IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Model 3764-03

IWC recently redesigned their entire Da Vinci line of timepieces and their looks are impeccable. The black dial with silver subdials exudes tasteful luxury. It’s perfect as a dress watch with a touch of sportiness. The 43.1mm by 51mm timepiece has a black crocodile leather strap. The black on black with silver complexity is timeless….