1530 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date


The 1530 is an esoteric cult watch. It can’t be described briefly, the result of many macro forces. It can be described as, ‘The mechanical Oysterquartz that isn’t quartz, which Tissot will never admit was almost certainly a design reference for the PRX, and is surprisingly rare with dial that can go very tropical-yellow’. Not…

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43050 Vacheron Constantin Mercator


Before the first Zeitwerk, Vagabondage, or Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin went out on a limb with a very unique time display. It was 1994 and Audemars Piguet had just released the Star Wheel. Where the inspiration for the Star Wheel came from a 17th c. Papal clock, VC had an idea waiting in their own history.…

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‘Small Floating’ Dial 6240 Rolex Daytona


This was the start of the screw down Daytona pusher. Okay, maybe not the very start, it’s not a Solo, but reference-wise with millerighes (more on that later). This is the ref. 6240 and it would not be a stretch to say that all screw-down Daytonas exist because of this reference’s lineage. Two years after the…

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‘Frog Foot’ Dial 1016 Rolex Explorer


This is a 1016, which as we all know is the answer to every possible watch question. However, it’s a very peculiar sort. It’s the sort of 1016 for a collector who has already owned a 1016, who then looks down one day and thinks, ‘Yes, this is lovely, but I wish the Rolex coronet…

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Doré Dial Patek Philippe 3940


The 3940 has gone through a bit of a transition in the last 5 years, from simply being the discontinued QP to being recognized as, arguably but with significant consensus, the sole reference which most defines the modern era and reinvigorated the marque. However, no one seems quite able to decide just what the most…

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5402BA Audemars Piguet Royal Oak


In the below image, I would happily wear the watch on the left every day for the rest of my life. The watch on the right, not so much. To the untrained eye, they are the same watch. To us, they are as different as Macallan is to Budweiser, despite both being brown drinks. The…

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Meteorite Dial Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller


Meteorites are perpetually traveling, searching around through spacetime before eventually striking a larger body like Earth. Now, there are surprisingly few elegant-refined leaning GMT offerings. There are endless GMT/travel watches which scream, ‘I’m a professional doing serious things, manly tool watch things.’ But really only a handful that offer old-style Pan-Am easy smile and sophistication…

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26586IP Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar RD2


This is not a normal Royal Oak QP. It’s the RD2, very possibly the last watchmaking-first complicated Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet which placed emphasis on their technical ability rather than their marketing ability. It looks like a Royal Oak that’s picked up intermittent fasting as a hobby, still 41mm in footprint but an unbelievable…

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740.036 A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon


It was a question, less than a decade ago, if the very top end of A. Lange & Söhne could ever seriously challenge the apex complicated models of Patek Philippe. The comparison is useless, the two manufactures approach watchmaking with such distinct philosophies. But, if there were any remaining doubt, surely this ref. 740.036 puts…

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