REVIEWS

REVIEW: Zenith El Primero Chronographs - 42 mm vs. 38 mm

April 10, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | REVIEWS, Zenith

Zenith El Primero Chronographs: 42 mm vs. 38 mm

The first automatic chronograph

As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.


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REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Blue Chrono

March 14, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | REVIEWS, Tudor

GALLERY: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Reinterpreting The Tudor Blue “Montecarlo”

One of the biggest trends in recent years has been the reintroduction of modern versions of vintage watches. In the case of Tudor — who relaunched their brand in the US just last year — they have produced a slew of new models based on the past. Their latest introduction, is the “Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue,” which is a modern version of the Tudor Ref. 7169 that collectors surnamed “Montecarlo.” Originally launched in 1973, the Montecarlo is one of the most storied models in the brand’s archive. The Heritage Chrono the we reviewed accurately represents the original collection, but with a number of elements that distinguish it from the original 1970s models.


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REVIEW: Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours Chronograph

January 8, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | Montblanc, REVIEWS

REVIEW: Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours Chronograph

Introduction

The Nicolas Rieussec collection pays tribute to the French Watchmaker Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec who was a pioneer in the field of chronographs. The design of the collection was inspired by the original chronograph Rieussec invented in 1821. Similar to his invention, these chronographs use rotating discs with motionless hands.


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REVIEW: Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture Worldtimer

December 18, 2013 | By Jason Pitsch | Frédérique Constant, REVIEWS

GALLERY: Frédérique Constant Classics Manufacture Worldtimer

Introduction

Frédérique Constant, which was founded by Peter and Aletta Stas in 1988, is a relative newcomer in the watch world, where it is not uncommon for a brand to be over 100 years old. But make no mistake, with 13 in-house calibers currently in production, and more coming, Frédérique Constant is as serious as any watch brand out there. At their manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, which is just outside Geneva, they currently produce almost 130,000 Frederique Constant pieces per year, along with close to 10,000 pieces for their sports watch brand Alpina.


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REVIEW: From the Boardroom to the Beach, The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Part II)

November 15, 2013 | By Jason Pitsch | Dive Time, Jaeger-LeCoultre, REVIEWS

REVIEW: From the Boardroom to the Beach, The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Part II)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph at the beach

As we mentioned in (Part I) of this review, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph is an excellent desk diver — but now we are going to tell you how it performs in the ocean. During a recent trip to the Caribbean, over the course of three days, I tested the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea in its native environment. I wore it swimming, snorkeling, skin diving, paddle boarding and boating.


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REVIEW: From the Boardroom to the Beach, The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Part I)

November 14, 2013 | By Jason Pitsch | Jaeger-LeCoultre, REVIEWS

REVIEW: From the Boardroom to the Beach, The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Part I)

Introduction

We recently tested the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph, which was first introduced in May 2012. In our review, we will show you our original photos and give your our thoughts on how the watch feels on the wrist, how it looks, and how it works — like usual. However, for this particular review, we will take what we typically do a step further. We not only tested the Deep Sea in our office and in the concrete jungle, New York City, we also took it to its native environment — the sea.


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