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
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
The blue enamel is created by master enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team, who also worked on before Presage watches with enamel dials. Yokozawa first began working with enamel in 1971 and has immense experience with all the substance, allowing him to create a method that can efficiently and reliably create fired enamel dials.The dial of the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition was created in the exact same fashion as grand feu enamel dials on high-end Swiss watches. The final result is a deep blue dial which changes color depending on the light.To match the blue enamel dial, the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition includes a matte blue crocodile strap also includes large white Roman numeral hour markers that the manufacturer states are predicated on Seiko’s first pocket watch, the “Time Keeper” from 1895. Additionally, it has spade and whip fashion hour and minute hands covered in white lacquer. However, what’s really cool is the seconds hand, which features a tiny golden crescent moon counterweight which makes it seem as if the moon is sweeping across the night sky.The motion within is Seiko’s ever-reliable caliber 6R15, that has all the features you would expect from a modern automated grade. It hacks and may be hammered by hand, and it also includes a slightly above average power reserve of 50 hours. My only criticism is that it defeats at a slightly slower speed of 3Hz, so the seconds hand doesn’t move quite as smoothly as state an ETA-2824 or Sellita SW200. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition pays homage to the moon with a golden crescent of the moon put on the sapphire caseback.
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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