Introducing | Xetum Kendrick Watch

Introducing | Xetum Kendrick Watch

From San Francisco-based watch brand, Xetum, comes the new automotive-themed Kendrick. Xetum, led by founder Jeff Kuo, delivers timepieces that are purposely modern in design and feature automatic mechanical Swiss movements. Though the first two watches in the Xetum lineup have more of an aviation influence, the Xetum team looked to automotive instruments to guide the design of the Kendrick. The design features bold red and blue color schemes that grab your attention and are perfect for the summer months ahead, though we see this to be a great all-season watch. The Kendrick comes on a NATO or black rubber strap, both of which pair up quite nicely with the automotive theme. For the NATO straps, we’ve chosen colors that complement those of the dial, and the black rubber strap offers a sleek look to pair with the clean dial design as well as a butterfly clasp closure.

Like all Xetum watches before it, the Kendrick is designed in California and made in Switzerland. Available in three colorways — white with black, black with blue, black with white — it’s available now through Xetum for $995.

Bell & Ross BR01 Aviation Collection

Bell & Ross BR01 Aviation Collection

In 2013, Bell & Ross is enhancing the Aviation collection with three new instruments directly inspired by the cockpit – HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB – and essential to flying and navigation. The collection is directly inspired by the instrumentation of aircraft cockpits while addressing four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision, and water-resistance.Each instrument is available in limited editions of 999 pieces. The first 99 will be offered exclusively in a lavish collector’s box containing the six instruments: BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER, TURN COORDINATOR, HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB. The box is designed as a control panel where the essential instruments are laid out in T shape for optimum legibility.

Hermès Atmos Clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Hermès Atmos Clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Hodinkee has turned us to the latest iteration of the legendary Atmos clock from Jaeger-LeCoultre. This time around, Jaeger is collaborating with Hermès for the desk clocks. Atmos clocks of the past need no winding or battery. They’re powered by a gas-fueled mechanism that leads to the balance wheel beating just twice per minute, instead of the few hundred you’ll find in a wristwatch’s movement. And now, this latest creation mates the Swizz watchmaker with French fashion house Hermès. The relationship between the two dates back to the 1920s but was a halted in the 1970s when Hermès began making all their timepieces in house.

Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, the famous glassblowers, created a special double layer glass dome so complicated to produced that only the six most talented glassblowers at the firm were capable of completing the process. The air-blown dome is cut to reveal transparent pearl-like beads, and then polished to create subtle light effects. The entire dome is lined with white enamel. Magnificent. The 276 x 276 x 272 mm clock weights over 10kg and the dotted exterior allows for viewing of the incredible JLC caliber 560a Atmos movement.

This piece of work is filled with endless detailing and so sophisticated that we’re surprised that the limited quantity number is 176. It’s priced at roughly $39,000 USD.

Official | Tudor Returning to US Market

Official | Tudor Returning to US Market

Our good friends over at HODINKEE have broke the news that Tudor will be re-entering the US market later this year. Rolex has stated that Tudor will be led nationally by Mr. Russell Kelly. Look for an official press release before with more details around Basel World. For now, check out the video below from HODINKEE featuring some influential folks talking about what the return of Tudor to the United States means to them.

Inside Look | The Vault Of Girard-Perregaux North America

Inside Look | The Vault Of Girard-Perregaux North America

Hodinkee takes a deep dive into the vault of Girard-Perregaux North America, giving us a in-depth looks at some of GP’s finest and rarest pieces. Among them is a Triple Date in Platinum which we’re sure watch aficionados will love as well a pair of 1966 Chronographs. You’ll also get a chance to see GP’s new line of sports watches.

Enjoy the vid as you probably won’t catch the majority of these watches anywhere else.

MB&F HM5 On The Road Again

MB&F HM5 On The Road Again Horological Machine

Introducing MB&F’s latest Horological Machine, the HM5 On the Road Again. Though it seem relatively simple, the details are immense as expected and more complicated than one might initially think. This Seventies-inspired beauty features a hour and minute display that looks straightforward but with bi-directional jumping hours with indications reversed, reflected 90 degrees to the vertical and magnified 20%. The case design is futuristic but it’s more old school than any we’ve seen.

Introducing | Drake’s For HODINKEE Limited Edition Tie Collection

Introducing | Drake's For HODINKEE Limited Edition Tie Collection

On their way to watch-world domination, seems the folks at HODINKEE have scheduled a few stops. They’ve already gone through an amazing site redesign and even launched an in-house line of hand-made Italian straps, pouches, and travel rolls. Now, they’ve teamed up with London’s Drake’s to create a limited edition tie collection inspired by two of HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer’s favorite watches. Drake’s of London is the pinnacle of men’s neckwear and accessories for as long as even my father can remember. Today is truly a momentous day, friends. These knit ties are woven with the highest quality silk yarn in the world, and the dots are hand-sewn with silk thread. No two ties are the same.

IWC Presents The Man’s Guide to Buying a Watch | What is a Movement?

IWC Presents The Man's Guide to Buying a Watch | What is a Movement?

Hodinkee tells us Swiss watchmaker IWC Schauffhausen have introduced a new video series entitled “The Man’s Guide To Buying a Watch.” Available across several mediums including Facebook and IWC.com, the series will serve as a knowledge base for folks that aren’t yet caught up in the technicalities of mechanical watches but will surely be worth the watch for anyone — newbies and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Episode 1: What Is A Movement? features Mr. Michael Friedberg, well-known IWC collector and moderator of the IWC forum.

Eric Clapton’s Platinum Patek Philippe 2499

Eric Clapton's Platinum Patek Philippe 2499

For your viewing pleasure, Ben over at Hodinkee gives us a personal, first-hand account of Eric Clapton’s Platinum Patek Philippe 2499. For those not familiar, this watch is seen by many in the watch collecting world as the holy grail of vintage watches. We’re talking one of two in the entire World and the only one in the hands of someone outside of Patek Philippe. It’s a story nearly 25 years in the making and the Hodinkee team have given us video, imagery and words to put the value of this beautiful Patek Phlippe Reference 2499/100 perpetual calendar chronograph in platinum into perspective ahead of its sale on November 12th in Geneva by Christie’s. Video below with more info over at Hodinkee.com.

MB&F HM3 Poison Dart Frog Watch

MB&F HM3 Poison Dart Frog Watch

Hodinkee gives us a look at MB&F’s latest creation — the HM3 Poison Dart Frog. Their infamous HM3 Frog is comes in a black PVD-coated zirconium case against the 18k yellow gold screws and 22k yellow gold rotor. The contrasting details are magnificent but the looks run deeper. It’s designed after an actual poison dart frog, or Dendrobates Leucomela, whose black and yellow camouflage protects him in his natural habitat. Max Büsser and Co. have tweaked this beauty to perfection and with it being the very special piece it was crafted to be, there will only be ten pieces made available. Singapore’s Hour Glass will be the only retailer getting these.

We’ve got a few more shots of the HM3 Poison Dart Frog watch but be sure to head over to Hodinkee for more details.