The first atomic clock, on display at the Science Museum, London.
Modern civilization owes a lot to accurate timekeeping and in particular, the atomic clock. As the atomic clock celebrates its 62nd anniversary this year, we take a trip down memory lane and look back at the history of timekeeping. In other news, one of the biggest announcements in the past two weeks was the discovery of Paul Newman’s own Paul Newman Daytona watch. We always knew that it was out there somewhere, so this discovery was pretty big news. Find out the story behind Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona in this round-up.
Finally, no round-up would be complete without a smattering of new watches and in this edition, we have a vintage-inspired Oris Chronoris watch, the Porsche customizer-designed Singer Track 1, and the “entry level” HYT H0.
1. The Atomic Clock, Accurate To 1 Second Per 300,000 Years, Turns 62 Today
Also, the Rolex Oysterflex strap also features the 5mm Rolex Easylink rapid extension for if you want more or less space in your wrist. So, even though Rolex refers to it as a “necklace,” that the Oysterflex is really a very high-end strap which Rolex is choosing to use on which is arguably their most iconic opinion. Obviously, the simple fact that we’re seeing it on only gold watches allows us know that these will not be the overriding style of Daytona strap anytime soon. I’ve a feeling that the text scanning “OYSTERFLEX” down the width of the strap will inspire some complaining.On the inside, the watch stays the same. The 4130 movement is accurate to +2/-2 seconds per day and contains a 72-hour power reserve. The 40mm-wide oyster case is water resistant to 100M and is just the same Daytona you know.The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in yellow gold ref. 116518LN will have a champagne dial with a sunray finish and black subdials, while the hour mark are going to be in Chromalight (aka lume) along with 18k yellow gold with a black PVD coating. The palms, obviously, will be in gold and Chromalight. The 18k yellow gold is likely to carry over to the safety clasp of this Oysterflex bracelet. This routine will carry over to the white gold version ref. 116519LN and Everose gold version ref. 116515LN, too. We will have more for you guys once we go hands on with these pieces such as exact pricing information.Mention Bamford Watch Department and you’re going to get mixed looks from watch lovers. Understandably, there are people who think that imitating a Rolex is practically sacrilegious. On the flip side, there are those who shield Bamford and insist that they offer a cool solution for watch fans who adore Rolex but want something a bit different, for a variety of factors. I am not fond of all of their job, but I’m quite fond of their new Heritage collection. Clearly, I’m not alone, because in just the short span of a few months since its introduction, Bamford is bolstering their Heritage set with two more watches – the Bamford Heritage Explorer I and the Bamford Heritage Bicolor Paul Newman Daytona watch.
Knowing the right time has always been important. In earlier times, it was the invention of the marine chronometer that allowed sailors to precisely calculate their longitudinal position and successfully navigate the seas. Now, it is thanks to extremely accurate clocks that we are able to have GPS that can determine our position on Earth to an accuracy of mere meters. Take a look back at the history of timekeeping as we celebrate the 62nd anniversary of one of the most important inventions of modern civilization, the very first atomic clock.
2. Oris Chronoris Date Watch Hands-On
Oris has been on a roll lately, coming with lots of great vintage-inspired watches like the Oris Divers Sixty-Five and the Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42mm. For 2017, Oris has come up with yet another great-looking vintage-inspired watch, the Chronoris Date watch. This new watch is a modern take on the vintage Chronoris that was introduced in 1970. That Chronoris from the ’70s was a chronograph, but this is a time and date only watch – hence the name Chronoris Date. It has an attractive retro look and I’m sure it is going to be a hit like the earlier Divers Sixty-Five watches. Take a closer look at it here.
3. Singer Track 1 is a $40,000 Watch From The Porsche Car Modifier
Unless you are a Porsche fanatic, the name Singer will likely be unfamiliar to you. Quick introduction, Singer makes some of the world’s most desirable customized Porsches. Go do a quick Google search – their Porsches are automotive works of art. Likewise, their Singer Track 1 watch doesn’t disappoint and thoroughly lives up to the high standards set by the brand. The Singer Track 1 watch, like their cars, pays homage to air-cooled Porsches of old. But more importantly, it is immaculately crafted and features a technically interesting movement from famed movement designer Jean-Marc Widerrecht. If you love Porsche, you must check out this watch.
4. 2017 Monaco Grand Prix With TAG Heuer Watches
Like sibling Hublot, collaborations and partnerships are a key strategy for TAG Heuer. One of the brand’s newest partnerships is with the F1 Red Bull Racing team. We went to the Monaco Grand Prix with TAG Heuer and took a look at two of their watches that represent the motorsports heritage of the brand. The first is the vintage recreation of the “Steve McQueen” Heuer Monaco and the next one is the Carrera Heuer 01 Red Bull Racing Edition watch. Give it a read for an account of the race and the watches as well as a ton of photos of both.
5. Cost Of Entry: Breitling Watches
Breitling is a popular brand among many first-time luxury watch shoppers and for good reason. If I’m not mistaken, all new Breitling watches are certified chronometers by the COSC, which therefore means they are highly accurate. In addition, many of their watches are designed to be professional instruments. In other words, they are hardy and reliable, which makes them excellent watches for everyday wear. To help our readers better understand the brand, we take a look at some of Breitling’s most affordable watches here. You won’t be able to get their iconic Navitimer unless you are willing to pay more, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get a handsome day watch that can take you from the beach to the boardroom.
6. HYT H0 Watch Review
At Baselworld this year, HYT presented their new H0 watch, which is a visual reinterpretation of the brand’s original watch, the HYT H1. You won’t mistake the new H0 for any other watch other than an HYT, and to be honest, the differences between the two watches are actually quite subtle – both watches even have the same movement. That said, the new H0 does have a significantly different and more modern and casual vibe about it. It looks organic and fun. And personally, if I had to choose between the two, I would pick the new H0 over the H1 every day.
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