Hodinkee tells us Swiss watchmaker IWC Schauffhausen have introduced a new video series entitled “The Man’s Guide To Buying a Watch.” Available across several mediums including Facebook and IWC.com, the series will serve as a knowledge base for folks that aren’t yet caught up in the technicalities of mechanical watches but will surely be worth the watch for anyone — newbies and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Episode 1: What Is A Movement? features Mr. Michael Friedberg, well-known IWC collector and moderator of the IWC forum.
For your viewing pleasure, Ben over at Hodinkee gives us a personal, first-hand account of Eric Clapton’s Platinum Patek Philippe 2499. For those not familiar, this watch is seen by many in the watch collecting world as the holy grail of vintage watches. We’re talking one of two in the entire World and the only one in the hands of someone outside of Patek Philippe. It’s a story nearly 25 years in the making and the Hodinkee team have given us video, imagery and words to put the value of this beautiful Patek Phlippe Reference 2499/100 perpetual calendar chronograph in platinum into perspective ahead of its sale on November 12th in Geneva by Christie’s. Video below with more info over at Hodinkee.com.
From Hodinkee, the online publication that brought you a completely new and fresh perspective on what you read about watches, comes a site redesign that will change how you read it. We’ve seen sites go through redesigns in the past but the difference here is that Hodinkee really put their users first and branched every single alteration from that. The new Hodinkee.com is what every “online magazine” should look like. At the top of the page, there’s a full-width image that corresponds with the most recent post and updates as you navigate through categories and brands. The fun doesn’t stop there as users are blessed with a new top navigation bar that allows users to access some of the site’s most exclusive and popular content in one click through the Plus(+) drop down. You can now search through categories and popular brands. Yep, want to see all of Hodinkee’s news on IWC? Look for Popular Brands in the top navigation and you’re there.
These are just a few of the several enhancements Hodinkee.com has brought with their latest redesign. There’s an intro video below worth checking out before you dig into the finest watch content on the planet.
The GQ Eye turns us to a first look at Club Monaco’s new ‘Made in the USA’ Collection. The Club teamed up with Michael Williams of ACL to bring us this carefully selected collection of apparel and accessories, all of which are made right here in the states. The offerings range from shirts and ties to blazers and trousers. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee was also brought in to deliver a amazing list of vintage military watches that will be available exclusively at Club Monaco’s new 5th Avenue men’s shop. Other collaborations in the works include Tanner Goods, Cunningham Classics, Archival Clothing, London Undercover, Goruck, Dandux, Ernest Alexander, American Optical, Wolverine and Terrapin Printers & Engravers.
Hodinkee Executive Editor and good friend of PH, Ben Clymer, recently sat down with world renowned chef Eric Ripert to have a casual chat on watches and cooking. Though the two realms may seem quite different on the surface, they actually share many characteristics and Mr. Ripert outlines some of them in this video.
Last week, I had the opportunity to join my good friends from Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, Forbes and a few other publications as well as a small group of Hodinkee loyalists for a dinner hosted by ‘dinkee and Stephen Hallock of MB&F. On display were ten horological machines from MB&F and were available to touch, feel and try on. We are now in a very small group of individuals that have been given such an opportunity to see these rare pieces in person, let alone ten of them at once. Much thanks to Ben Clymer at Hodinkee and the fine folks at MB&F for making this happen, it was truly an honor.
Mr. Yang of Gear Patrol went to work with his Fuji X100 and took some amazing shots, some of which we’ve highlighted below for your viewing. Enjoy!
Last week, HODINKEE and Audemars Piguet hosted an event at the Swiss watchmaker’s New York City boutique on 57th. On display were some of the brand’s finest timepieces, including those unveiled at this year’s SIHH in Geneva just two months ago. The Millenary Minute Repeater in Titanium, which we covered here, was on hand as were several of the brand’s grand complication pieces. It’s not a HODINKEE party without vintage pieces, folks and there were some gems pulls right from the AP museum in Le Brassus, Switzerland.
Benjamin Clymer, Editor-in-Chief over at Hodinkee, was recently invited to Timex headquarters in Waterbury, NY to dig into the iconic watchmaker’s archives. To us, the invite and visit are epic on several scales. Ben appreciates the history of watchmaking and we’re glad to see him get this opportunity. This also shows the willingness of a historic brand like Timex to open its vault, something we seldom see these days. The brand is far removed from its humble Waterbury Clock Company beginnings back in 1854 but the hard work and dedication put into their original Yankee Pocketwatch is still seen in its most current models today.
Timex is also introducing The Timex Originals collection, a new line of timepieces inspired by some of the brand’s most notable watches.
Watch the video after the jump and be sure to visit Hodinkee to check out the full scoop on Timex Originals. Hodinkee is also going to be giving a few of these pieces away so get over there and find out how you can get your hands on one.
UPDATE: Click here for info on the giveaway.