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Interview: Eric Wind

Interview: Eric Wind

The business of watch collecting is largely based around having an extensive knowledge of condition and originality, with many newcomers getting burnt by incorrect watches. One face that has been at the centre of guiding the community as to what truly...

My Watch with Richard Milner

The rise of the Heuer Autavia over the past few years has been an interesting phenomenon to watch unfold. What was once an affordable and readily available watch has become dramatically more expensive and sought after by collectors. For the...

Interview: Max Busser

True originality is something of a scarce notion in the modern watch world, with copycat brands, regularly borrowing from the successes of others. One brand that can quite comfortably be described as ‘original’ is MB&F, with their weird and wonderful...

Highlights

The Knowledge: Escapements

At first glance, understanding the mechanics of a watch movement can seem a daunting task, with the sheer volume of rotating wheels on multiple levels, having the tendency to make it appear more complex than it really is. Naturally, there are...

The Man Behind the Watch

During the 1960s, tensions between the United States and Russia were at their highest point in history. The threat of nuclear attack seemed all too possible, with highly advanced long-range rockets being developed, carrying with them the capability to devastate...

INTERVIEW: Laurent Ferrier

The Laurent Ferrier brand-name has become known for producing watches of such a high quality, both aesthetically and technically, that they have become commonplace in the minds of collectors and enthusiasts, however, there are many fascinating details of Mr. Ferrier's...


Interview: Aurel Bacs

The term ‘influential’ is something that gets thrown around a lot these days, largely due to the birth of the ‘internet influencer’, with disproportionately large collections of followers being the reason for the attributed ‘influence’, however, there are very few...

Interview: Eric Giroud

Watch design is a subject of great discussion and debate among collectors, who love to over-analyse each minute detail of a case or dial. The real challenge, these days, is designing something both aesthetically pleasing, while not resembling anything else...

My Watch With Sacha Davidoff

The topic of the Omega Speedmaster has evolved a great deal over the past ten years or so, going from being something that collectors wouldn’t have considered acquiring, to being the hot, new, must-have piece. One duo, which have been...

Paul Newman's personal Rolex Daytona

Over the past five to ten years or so, there have been many watches which have gone from relative obscurity, to becoming the ‘must-have’ piece for any serious collector. Watches from the likes of Universal Genève and Heuer have piqued collectors'...

Interview: Ryan Schmidt

Of all the horological literature out there, many texts can be unapproachable for your average collector, with terms and theories so complex, that they may as well be written in Chinese. One enthusiast, named Ryan Schmidt, noticed this issue, and...

Three Military Issued Omega Watches

Of all the watch brands out there, few have quite as many major affiliations as Omega. From being the official time-keeper of the Olympics for close to 100 years, to adorning the wrists of the astronauts who walked on the...

My Watch With Philip van Dedem

Hunting for vintage watches can be, in some respects, similar to an old English saying; you wait ages for a bus, and suddenly three come along at once. The search for the perfect piece, in original condition can be a...

Auction: Daniels Space Traveller

There are very few pieces on the face of the earth, that are truly deserving of the term "holy-grail-watch"; something, for the most part, that varies from collector to collector depending on personal taste. There are, however, a handful of watches out there...

The Knowledge: Escapements

At first glance, understanding the mechanics of a watch movement can seem a daunting task, with the sheer volume of rotating wheels on multiple levels, having the tendency to make it appear more complex than it really is. Naturally, there are...

Interview: Roger Smith

Independent watchmaking has always been at the core of our interests here at A Collected Man. The much romanticised notion of the lone genius watchmaker, working away at mechanical excellence with nothing but his or her hands, is all too...

My Watch with Constantin Rau

So often, in the watch collecting community, there are stories which go almost entirely untold. Lost artefacts which are miraculously found in impossibly perfect condition. This is very true of the story of this week's edition of My Watch, with...

Interview: Alex Ghotbi

The watch industry is littered with self-proclaimed experts, specialists and historians with only a handful of those actually worthy of such titles. One such individual who has certainly earned his stripes, after quitting a steady job, is Alex Ghotbi; a...

The Man Behind The Watch

Here at A Collected Man, we often obsess over the stories behind watches, be it a connection to space, racing, or in this case, aviation, there are intriguing tales to be uncovered. Since the arrival of air-travel, the watch has...

My watch with Matt Hanson

For collectors of near enough anything, there is often one special piece that they could never part with, even when offered irrational sums of cash. Be it for sentimental reasons or otherwise, these pieces come with stories which are rarely...

The Man Behind the Watch

During the 1960s, tensions between the United States and Russia were at their highest point in history. The threat of nuclear attack seemed all too possible, with highly advanced long-range rockets being developed, carrying with them the capability to devastate...

INTERVIEW: Rexhep Rexhepi

Rexhep Rexhepi is a name in the watchmaking-world which some may be unfamiliar with, however he is fast becoming one of the break-through greats. Having started his career at the ripe-old-age of 14, he has quickly climbed the ranks, working...

From the Collection

Following on from our recent conversation with Mr. François-Paul Journe, we decided to take a closer look at three particularly early F.P. Journe watches: the Chonometre A Resonance, Octa Calendrier and the Octa Lune. Each of these pieces feature a...

Interview: François-Paul Journe

Introducing a man as well known in the watch community as François-Paul Journe, of his eponymous brand F.P. Journe, seems rather ludicrous. In brief, Monsieur Journe is in some respects the torchbearer to the legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet, widely deemed...

JFK's Omega 'Ultra Thin'

Among the watch collecting community, the subject of presidential watches is a topic which frequently arrises. Even the very first President of the United States, George Washington, had a pocket-watch which has become a very important part of his legacy....

INTERVIEW: Laurent Ferrier

The Laurent Ferrier brand-name has become known for producing watches of such a high quality, both aesthetically and technically, that they have become commonplace in the minds of collectors and enthusiasts, however, there are many fascinating details of Mr. Ferrier's...

Four Longines You've Never Heard Of

The Longines brand has a mixed history that tends to polarise its fans into two categories. The first of which, for its modern persona, as an exceptionally successful, manufacturer of wristwatches at a multitude of price points. The second being...

Interview: Mike Tay

With auction season behind us, stories of lots, performances and what it all means ruminates in the minds of collectors. One such collector, Mike Tay, has been present in the industry since the late 90s, making his mark as the...

First Look: The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur

We at A Collected Man would assume our readers would be very familiar with the Laurent Ferrier brand by now. However, for the handful that may not be, Laurent Ferrier is an independent watchmaker with history at Patek Philippe and...

Watches with Nicknames

It might seem odd that wristwatches with such names as Daytona, Speedmaster, Autavia or Submariner should acquire nicknames, but they do. Not only do they pick up nicknames, but many of these watches are concreted into history as a result...

Six Predictions for the Phillips Geneva Auction: Five.

As auction season rolls around again in Geneva, with impressive lots from all of the major auction houses, we thought we would take a look a handful of pieces included in the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Five, more specifically six predictions...

The Independents

In the afterglow of this year’s Baselworld, it would be naive not to address the elephant in the room; though it’s a topic which comes with both positives, and negatives. It’s no secret that new watch sales have been in...

Between the hours of - interview with Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is a very highly regarded author, critic, columnist, broadcaster, consultant, debater and curator. Perhaps his most influential achievement was the opening of the Boilerhouse Project with Terence Conran in the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum in...

Jack's Legacy - The Autavia Years

During the early 1960s, the watch industry had its own arms race to create the worlds first automatic chronograph; the contenders were Breitling, Heuer, Buren-Hamilton, Seiko and Zenith. All succeeded, but who was first? According to Jeff Stein in Project...

INTERVIEW: PHILIPPE DUFOUR

Early in April, we took a trip to a famous valley in the Jura mountains, synonymous with the great and the good of Swiss watchmaking. We had an appointment to see a famous watchmaker, with a story or two to tell... The beating...

The Story of the "Dirty Dozen" - The First Wristwatches Specially Commissioned for the British Army

We all love military watches. It’s hard not to with the romance of a wristwatch bearing the scars of war and painted with the patina of a time long past. As a relic of a previous life, it is easy...

Interview: Roger Smith

Roger Smith is an independent British watchmaker, formerly apprenticed to the late George Daniels. His relationship with Mr Daniels is the subject of an upcoming documentary, “The Watchmaker’s Apprentice”. In our exclusive interview, he explains how he came to live...

Interview: Kari Voutilainen

Arguably, we live in a world where luxury is less and less exclusive. Suppliers mass-market their products and become victims of their own success, falling short of the expectations of their most discerning clients. In parallel, true originality, alongside individualism...

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