HODINKEE Pop-Up Store in San Francisco

HODINKEE Pop-Up Store in San Francisco at Taylor Stitch

Well, if blessing New York with an amazing pop-up of vintage watches a few months back wasn’t enough, our friends at HODINKEE have setup a similar offering for folks in the Bay area for this weekend. Mission-based retailer Taylor Stitch is playing host to the first ever West Coast HODINKEE pop-up store and we’ve got a preview of what to expect before making your way over to Valencia Street. Beyond all the timepieces, HODINKEE is bringing along some of the goods from their online shop which offers up Italian-made watch straps and pouches for your most valuable possessions.

The offerings will range from classics to cult watches like a vintage IWC Ingenieur and Omega Bullhead chrono, to a veritable British Military issued mono-pusher chrono from Lemania. We have really special collector’s pieces like an early Heuer Carrera Dato from 1967 with a black dial (try to find another one for sale right now), to one of the rarest vintage Rollies around – the Ref 1530 (an automatic watch in the case usually used for quartz – aka Rolex’s answer to the Royal Oak and their first watch with a sapphire crystal).

The show starts today and runs until Sunday evening, with daily hours being from 11am to 7pm. Taylor Stitch is located at 383 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. Scroll down to catch a glimpse of what to expect.

Now Open | IWC New York Flagship Boutique

IWC Schaffhausen New York Flagship Boutique on Madison Ave

IWC Schaffhausen has opened their first US and New York City boutique, a 3,000-plus-square-foot, bi-level space which carries on the company’s special tradition with IWC’s classic collection of fine timepieces, as well as an assortment of limited-edition models. Beyond all the horology goodness the boutique houses, it’s also much of a modern marvel as it features some really amazing design cues throughout while the decor lets you know it was by artisans. There’s really something special about it as the flagship boutique’s unique atmosphere invites customers to an inspirational voyage into the fascinating stories attached to the brand and each of its product families.

The IWC Boutique is open now and is located at 535 Madison Avenue.

First Look | Rolex Sky-Dweller

HODINKEE is currently taking over Basel World and they've just dropped first live shots of the Rolex Sky-Dweller. From a distance, the Sky-Dweller looks likea Day-date but get a bit closer and you'll see a second timezone via an...

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KAWS x Ikepod Horizon Watch

The folks over at HODINKEE have a first look at Ikepod's recent collaboration with graffiti artist turned designer KAWS, the result of which is this special Ikepod Horizon. KAWS personally designed the dial and delivers to us this 44mm beauty...

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Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Sporting Chronograph

Ralph Lauren releases their Safari RL 67 Sporting Chronograph just in time for SIHH. It features a durable canvas wristband in olive green and combines it with a matte grey bezel. The analog watch face shows roman numerals layered a...

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute To ‘Mad Men’

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute To 'Mad Men'

Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to AMC’s Mad Men series with a limited run of these Reverso Ultra-Thin timepieces. The television show about 1960s Ad Men has had a successful run over the past few years and though we’ve seen many brands take inspiration from it in their ad campaigns and whatnot, this is one of the very few collaborative efforts that have actually hit the market. This one will be cherished by watch aficionados and Mad Men loyalists alike. Hodinkee tells us only 25 pieces will be made with each baring the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce logo hand-engraved onto the Reverso’s caseback.

It will come in walnut commemorative box featuring the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce logo embossed on the top, along with a personalized commemorative letter from Roger Sterling (see below), several high quality Jaeger-LeCoultre advertisement reproductions, pictures of the Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to “Mad Men”, and a copy of Roger Sterling’s book “Sterling’s Gold”, autographed by show creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute To “Mad Men” will be available at JLC boutiques starting next month in a limited, numbered edition of 25 pieces. More images of the beauty below, all of which were captured on set, taken in Roger’s actual office. Head over to Hodinkee for more details.

IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar

IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar at SIHH 2012

Ahead of SIHH 2012 later this month comes a look at the IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph, the latest edition to the Swiss watchmaker’s Pilot Collection. The beauty is powered by the new in-house caliber 89365 movement as opposed to the Valjoux 7750 which was found in the past versions. The new caliber is more advanced and robust than its predecessor as it features a flyback function and a 168-hour power reserve. The design is military-inspired with a case that’s made from scratch-proof grey ceramic. The dial’s a matte anthracite color with camo-colored beige hands and chapter ring and a green textile strap to finish things off. More details to drop once this beauty is unveiled at SIHH along with four other models from the Pilot collection.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi has been an Audemars Piguet brand ambassador for nearly three years now, joining motorsports legend Michael Schumacher, and now he’s been presented with his own version of the Royal Oak Offshore chronograph watch. For almost 20 years, the Royal Oak Offshore has embodied the inexhaustible creativity and technical excellence which the Manufacture has devoted to serving performance and style. It’s a wondrous beauty and one of the finest chronos on the market.

Audemars Piguet presents a 250-piece special series of the Royal Oak Offshore dedicated to the young Swiss champion.

Hodinkee Store at The Pop Up Flea NYC, Dec 2-4

Hodinkee Store at The Pop-Up Flea NYC

We’re a day away from the launch of this year’s Pop-Up Flea here in NYC and some pretty major news just came through the wire. Online watch publication Hodinkee is launching their first Pop-Up Store at the event. So what’s up for grabs, you ask? The type of stuff you expect to be reading about on Hodinkee. Ben Clymer & Co. have done an amazing job lining up the offerings. We’re talking vintage watches, old clocks, pocket watches, vintage watch advertisements and posters, and other old-timey watch miscellanea. They’ll even have a bunch of NATO straps in different colors, along with some Horween leather and suede NATOs and straps.

We have just a ton of great stuff, ranging from just $350 up to a few thousand. We will be accepting all major credit cards and we promise you, this will be the best vintage watch buying opportunity in New York city in all of 2011. We’ll have a good range of Rolex (more affordable than you think) Omega (including some seriously awesome Speedmasters), Heuer, Universal Geneve, LeCoultre, Longines, Hamilton, Breitling, etc.

The Pop-Up Flea kicks off tomorrow at 3PM and will run Saturday and Sunday as well. You’ve got three days to get your hands on some really exceptional product. For a more detailed look at some of the offerings, head on over to Hodinkee.

Ralph Lauren on Watches

Ralph Lauren on Watches

From Hodinkee comes a short conversation with iconic American designer Ralph Lauren on watches. Though the talk is only a few minutes long, the topic is covered with great detail and shows Mr. Lauren’s passion for fine made goods. Though there’s a struggle between the type of watch he’s wanted to make and what is concievable and accepted in the industry, we think some of the pieces RL has released over the years are progressive in their own ways but timeless nonetheless.