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Zenith takes Indy for the first Brickyard Invitational

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Last weekend, Zenith Watches, along with event sponsor SVRA took over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for a weekend of vintage car racing. Professional Watches was fortunate enough to get an invite to the festivities. The weekend began with a dinner and cocktail reception with Zenith. On Saturday, we headed to the track for a full day of festivities. When we arrived at the Zenith suite, we watched the first few circuit races and had lunch. Afterward, we took a tour of gasoline alley and the pits to get an idea of what cars we’d see on the circuit. I was shocked to see such a wide range of vehicles. From a vintage 1911 car driven at Indy, a vintage 1988 Oldsmobile Skoal NASCAR, a 1960s Indycar, and all the way up to modern muscle cars. The SVRA was well

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A step inside of Audemars Piguet's US Service Center to see my Royal Oak receive a factory service (Part II)

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Movement servicing The main watchmaking floor at AP Clearwater is a sight to be seen. Before entering, guests and employees are required to don shoe booties (to protect from dust and dirt). The watchmaking room resembles more of a clean room than a facility for repairing and servicing luxury timepieces. Each watchmaker has a state of the art workbench and all of the tools they need to do their jobs. The watchmakers are assigned their daily work by their manager and the workload is prioritized by challenge and complications to ensure the watchmaker has a wide variety of different pieces to work on throughout the week. The movement is disassembled to the main plate and parts are put into a carriage for cleaning My watchmaker, Billy Janshon, was assigned my piece earlier in the week. He has been with AP

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A step inside of Audemars Piguet's US Service Center to see my Royal Oak receive a factory service (Part I)

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Intro Audemars Piguet’s legendary manufacture has been based at Le Brassus in the heart of the Vallée de Joux since 1875. They are one of the very few brands that have retained their independence from the larger conglomerates. An Audemars (Jasmine Audemars) and a Piguet (Olivier Audemars, great-grandson of co-founder Edward Auguste Piguet) still serve on the board of directors. The storied brand has a rich history of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and innovation. While AP’s main manufacture is based at Le Brassus, the brand has service centers throughout the world. These service centers provide after-sales service, accessories, and a place for owners to connect with the brand. The US service center is based in Clearwater, FL. For years, the concept of watch servicing has been a mysterious affair. Many choose to send their watches to a friend that “knows watches” or

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A day on the water with Bremont watches

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Overview The Americas Cup sailing yacht race came to NYC earlier this month and I had the privilege of attending the race on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The New York event was a qualifying race in a series of preliminary events, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. These preliminary races are part of the 2015-16 America’s Cup season. America’s Cup is running these qualifying races throughout the world. Events in Portsmouth, Sweden, Bermuda, and Oman have already occurred. Races in Chicago, Portsmouth and Toulon will occur later this year. The final race for the America’s Cup trophy will take place in the summer of 2017 in Bermuda. History (portions via americascup.com) For those of you unaware of the history of the Americas Cup, let’s take a quick look back to 1851 when a schooner sailed past

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Hamilton Jeweler’s Watch Fair in Princeton, NJ

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Since their founding in 1912, Hamilton Jewelers has been selling the finest jewelry and timepieces to clients from all walks of life. Their main store in Princeton, New Jersey is a local landmark, steps away from the esteemed halls of Princeton. Hamilton started their watch fairs over a decade ago in an effort to open their doors to casual and serious watch collectors. The fair at their Princeton location is an experience that you don’t want to miss. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the watch fair at their Princeton location. Hamilton rolled out the red carpet (literally) for our group of collectors and social media influencers. We spent the day talking to brand representatives from around the world that flew in to work alongside Hamilton’s sales staff. Hamilton provided refreshments and special financing for the many people

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Pre-owned Heads and Tails with Govberg Watches

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Many people know Govberg watches, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the east coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll be bringing you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Summer watches As summer approaches, many of you may be looking for the perfect swimsuit or beach attire. Have you thought about what watch you’re going to wear? Maybe you have a dress watch and need a good dive watch. Perhaps your vintage diver isn’t the best option to go swimming in the ocean with. On a

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Pre-Owned Heads and Tails with Govberg watches

Josh Shanks

Many people know Govberg Jewelers, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the East Coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll bring you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Textures In horology, textures can come in many different forms. Perhaps it’s the texture of a dial, a supple rubber strap, the feel of an exotic leather strap, or simply, the feel of a sharp crown. After a working our way through Govberg’s pre-owned inventory of nearly 1,000+ watches, here are some of my favorites: Texture: Rubber This

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Top Five Wishes for Basel

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On Wednesday, March 16th, the annual Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show, will open a day early for press access. My favorite thing about press day (besides the sparse crowds) would have to be the product releases. Most exhibiting brands will announce their novelties prior to the opening of the show to the public (which is March 17th). You can count on the blogosphere and Instagram to be buzzing with talk of these new releases and, of course, everyone’s opinions on the hits and misses of the show. Over the last few weeks, I’ve talked to many people in the watch community to ascertain thoughts and feelings on the potential releases for 2016. Below you’ll find my top five wishes for Basel. We welcome your thoughts in the comments section. Top Five Wishes for Basel 1. New Rolex Daytona in stainless

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My current watch crush, the multi-colored Audemars Piguet Diver Chrono

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Overview At this year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet released a wide variety of novelties. From haute horology minute repeaters (i.e. Grand Sonnerie), double balance wheel Royal Oaks, the return of yellow gold, and, of course, some awesome fashion forward multi-colored divers. This year’s novelties definitely got my heart beating. Honestly, as a collector of AP, I was very surprised by the diver move. In the last few years, AP has been moving away from limited editions (particularly within the Offshore range) and has instead focused their efforts on building on their heritage (Royal Oak line, Grand Comps, and Ladies’ pieces). You can imagine my delight when I saw a new sporty diver line in multiple colors (Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue). It was a surprising and innovative move for a very calculated and traditional Swiss brand. Ever since SIHH ended, I’ve

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Hands-On with the new Overseas collection

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This year at SIHH, Vacheron Constantin completely overhauled their Overseas collection, introducing five new models (representing 12 references), all equipped with manufacture movements, including three new calibers. Most notably – and the topic of much conversation – Vacheron Constantin has redesigned the case of the Overseas models. This is the biggest design departure since the transition from the 222 (introduced in 1977) to the recent look that has been around since 1996. The Overseas still shares many design elements from the original reference 222, such as the fluted bezel, as well as its sporty properties such as shock resistance, water-resistance, and anti-magnetism. However, gone are many of the straight angles, which are now curved, particularly at the lugs and case edges. The manufacture release says, “The curves of the case ensure seamless integration with the bracelet or strap, a feature

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