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.

Introducing | Autodromo Driving Watches

Introducing | Autodromo Driving Watches

New brands pop up on the market every single day but we’ll admit very few are actually worth mentioning. Autodromo is one of those few as the brand enters the market with a unique perspective and offers up top-quality watches at an affordable price point. The brand makes watches for motoring that are inspired by the classic dashboards of mid-20th century European racers and utilize Swiss Ronda quartz movements and K1 sapphire-coated glass throughout all their models. The first three models to come from the brand are the Veloce, Brescia and Vallelunga. Designer Bradley Price has done a tremendous job creating these contemporary timepieces and we’re expecting him to stick around for a good while.

Look below for more detailed looks at all the available models and head on over to Hodinkee for the finer details.

Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique Opening with Dwayne Wade

Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique Opening with Dwayne Wade

Earlier this week, Hublot held an event at Miami’s Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, celebrating the official opening of the Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique opening. Dwayne Wade was on hand, sporting is own creation — the Hublot King Power “D-Wade”. Dwyane made his mark as a designer in creating his very own limited edition watch in collaboration with Hublot. “The elements reflect my personal style and love for basketball”, he said of the watch which features his jersey’s #3 and a bball net design on the strap.

Wade enjoyed the soiree with girlfriend Gabrielle Union and Hublot Managing Director Ricardo Guadalupe while guests danced to tunes spun by DJ Khaled. Proceeds from the Hublot King Power Dwyane Wade watch will go to support the Wade World Foundation in its efforts to promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.

Hodinkee x Club Monaco | Vintage Watches Made in the USA

Hodinkee x Club Monaco | Vintage Watches Made in the USA

There’s something special about the work that Ben Clymer of Hodinkee does. He connects readers with products that they normally wouldn’t be able to see and talks about complicated timepieces in a way that folks can relate to and the unique content he dishes out on the daily is by far some of the best watch coverage on the digital web. He’s been steadily growing his following and this is one of his many “stamps of approval” in the past few months. He’s been doing some close work with TAG Heuer and Audemars Piguet and has ongoing collaborative efforts with the teams over at Gilt. Now, Club Monaco commissioned Ben to find some vintages military-style watches that were made right here in the US of A as part of their Made in the USA collection in conjunction with Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean. Of course, he delivered and now the goods are being sold at the Club’s New York flagship at 21st and 5th and Toronto’s Bloor Street location. There are less than ten pieces in total and we’re not sure which ones are even left but we suggest getting in to one of these shops if they’re local and check out the beauties for yourself.

Read more about the collaboration on Hodinkee.

Volvo Ocean Race | IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition

Volvo Ocean Race | IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition

IWC Schaffhausen, the official sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, has released the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” to coincide with the official start of this “Everest’ of sailing. For those not familiar, the Volvo Ocean Race takes the world’s most dedicated and skilled sailors around the world in nine race legs, testing them at every moment. It gets under way with the In-Port Race at the Spanish port of Alicante and takes in six continents and four oceans before the crews hit the final stretch in the summer of 2012 in Galway, Ireland. The voyage tacks 39,270 nautical miles (72,728 km), putting the crews in some tough tides, ice-cold storms, 15-metre-high waves and much more.

This special edition Portuguese honors this unparalleled race and the crews’ outstanding achievements. It’s made from titanium and is functional, highly reliable and elegant as well. IWC delivers a beauty that’s water-resistant to 6 bar and fatures a screw-in crown with crown protection, giving it a rugged edge that can withstand just about anything. The IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement is on the inside and is fitted with a fly back function as well as an analogue display with two hands in a sub dial for long stop times. For a challenge as demanding as the Volvo Ocean Race, the black rubber strap with folding clasp closure is perfect and the sapphire-glass back adds to the aesthetics of this timeless watch. The engraving “Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” can be seen on the back of this well-designed and impeccably crafted chronograph.

Introducing | Club Monaco Made in the USA Collection

Introducing | Club Monaco Made in the USA Collection

The GQ Eye turns us to a first look at Club Monaco’s new ‘Made in the USA’ Collection. The Club teamed up with Michael Williams of ACL to bring us this carefully selected collection of apparel and accessories, all of which are made right here in the states. The offerings range from shirts and ties to blazers and trousers. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee was also brought in to deliver a amazing list of vintage military watches that will be available exclusively at Club Monaco’s new 5th Avenue men’s shop. Other collaborations in the works include Tanner Goods, Cunningham Classics, Archival Clothing, London Undercover, Goruck, Dandux, Ernest Alexander, American Optical, Wolverine and Terrapin Printers & Engravers.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf

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Introducing | Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days

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Introducing | The MB&F Legacy Machine 1

Introducing | The MB&F Legacy Machine 1

Our friends at Hodinkee have been hinting at MB&F releasing another masterpiece but what we didn’t know is that it would be part of a completely new line of timepieces. The LM1 is the first watch of the Legacy Machine line, one that actually looks more like a traditional watch except, well, it’s not. We say this because MB&F has been known to go above and beyond anything the watch industry expects and they didn’t disappoint.

The LM1’s design takes inspiration from 19th century pocketwatches and some of the earliest wristwatches known to exist. The watch features slowly oscillating balance wheel right on the front of the watch. It operates at 2.5 Hz / 18,000 beats per hour, and gives the wearer a look into the constant motion of any mechanical wristwatch. The movement’s designed by Jean-Francois Mojon, the same man behind IWC’s recently announced Siderale Scafusica. The timepiece has 279 components and a power reserve of 45 hours.