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Boardwalk Empire Nucky Thompson

Watch Matchmaker Series – Boardwalk Empire’s “Nucky” Thompson

Boardwalk Empire’s “Nucky” Thompson gets a new watch! – Watch Matchmaker Series

As part of the Watch Matchmaker Series we have extracted the following article from Meehna’s new home Longitude – Christies Watch Blog, following on from previous on screen characters and their lack of a quality timepiece, Martin Green has picked on Nucky Thompson from the award winning Broadwalk Empire..

These articles are great reading and enlighten us to the thoughts of the writer and celebrity or on-screen persona of the highlighted star. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do and look forward to Meehna and her team over at Longitude providing us with many more great reads. Here is a snippette of Martin’s thoughts on a timepiece fit for Nucky of Broadwalk Empire….

Boardwalk Empire Nucky ThompsonBy Martin Green for Longitude – Christies Watch Blog

Watch auctions are basically a way of connecting top of the line watches with collectors and connoisseurs who appreciate them. A watch needs to suit you, especially when you are an actor playing a particular role. That’s why in the past we have matched “Suit’s” Mike Ross and gentleman K. Cooper Ray with a watch suited for them.

Now it is time to do this once again; this time for Steve Buscemi and his alter-ego Nucky Thompson. Steve Buscemi is not your typical actor. No broad shoulders, large muscles or a smile that seems to come straight out of a toothpaste commercial. No, Buscemi is more your everyday guy, with an extraordinary talent for character acting.

To see what Martin suggests Nucky wears on his wrist… Trust me it’s definately worth a read the full article can be found at Longitude – Christies Watch Blog

In Martin’s own words “I’m convinced that his taste for the finer things in life would definitely make him recognize and appreciate the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Vacheron. A character actor needs a character watch! I call that a double match!”


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Vintage ROCKS!

Indeed, vintage watches rock! There is no doubt about it. Whether you go for a Rolex pre-Daytona ref. 6248, Universal Geneve Polerouter or perhaps one of the many Omega Seamaster’s, a vintage watch has a charm of its own. This is perhaps even enhanced when this watch is not only from yesteryear but also fitted with diamonds, because what really rocks are vintage rocks! Here we have a couple of vintage watches, set with diamonds. Some are more vintage than others but all will you put proudly on your wrist.

Piaget’s connection to the Royal game of Polo can rival that of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Of course there is the famous Polo, but what to think about this 1995 Legende Lipizzan in special polo-edition? This watch was created in reference to the Lipizzan stallions, which most people know from the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Even when you have nothing with horses, a Lipizzan stallion is bound to impress you. That can also be said from this watch. Straight, geometric lines combined with two different type of “lugs” create a unique look, that is even reinforced by the use of both yellow and white gold. The dial features two blue polo sticks, and the same amount of brilliant cut diamonds to represent the ball. A very tasteful detail. Under the hood is Piaget’s famed ultra slim caliber 9P2, a manual wind marvel. But then again, that is Piaget’s trademark, from the early 60’s down to more recent record breaking tourbillon’s! Continue reading

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine reference 81180 – Do we need more?

Sometimes high end watch making seems like an endless challenge of making watches as complicated as possible. Especially in the last decade we’ve run out of complications to combine, since everything has already been tried. So we come up with different ways of showing the time or speeding up hands to such an extent that probably in a year of two you can hear a loud bang from under the crystal of your watch, created by a hand that went through the sound barrier as soon as you engaged its chronograph.

True classics die hard, but sometimes a dash of current times can do even a classic good!

Stuff of dreams but about as necessary as sugar coated cherry on top of your apple sauce, since most occasions in life are perfectly served by a simple, elegant watch with two hands. One hand is inconvenient but three or more hands only add stress. Continue reading

Vacheron Constantin Introduces Vintage with the Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs

Vintage is hot. If you follow the auctions, it’s the heritage pieces from companies like Patek Philippe, Rolex and Cartier that drive the market to great heights. We are also seeing gaining strength from complicated pieces from Vacheron Constantin. In my opinion, Vacheron Constantin watches are an undervalued proposition. The company has a rich heritage with beautiful designs and movements. And, you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a wonderful piece of  their history.

Recognizing a bit of lag in communication with the public, Vacheron Constantin wants to raise the watch community’s level of awareness about their product and its value. They know they have a rich 257 years worth sharing. In a unique program, the brand dipped into their treasure chest to offer vintage pieces to the public, either acquired at auction or curated from their own reserve.

The new collection is called Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs. Vacheron Constantin’s Heritage department in Geneva certifies the selection of vintage pieces, which are offered exclusively at the brand’s boutiques in Geneva, Shanghai and New York City. I visited the New York location on Madison Avenue and saw some of the cool pieces, which I will share below.

Working with Vacheron has its advantages. You don’t have to worry about servicing the timepieces purchased through them because they take care of that, which is nice because servicing can tack on several hundreds if not thousands of dollars to the purchase price. In addition, you get a presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity and a one-year guarantee. Something goes wrong, just drop off the watch at the boutique. I know they have a watchmaker on staff in the New York boutique.

See a sampling of selection of vintage pieces in NYC after the jump.

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Vintage Watchmaking Equipment: A Rare Find

Working on watches takes more than eagle eyes. Handling such small parts requires magnification. Now there are high-tech microscopes to assist watchmakers in their craft. But before the modern era, the thought of using a microscope was a novel idea.

Swiss citizen Mr. Herman Haefliger, then residing in Denver, Colorado, came up with a new tool he thought was pretty unique. He called it the Combined Microscope and Object Holder, which he invented specifically for watchmakers that had a magnification of about 10X.

Haefliger filed for the patent in 1917 and received it in 1918.  In the application, Haefliger claims poor watchmakers had to fumble with one hand to work on a movement while holding a magnifying glass in another. I can’t imagine that loupes or glasses with magnifiers weren’t in use at this time. Haefliger obviously fluffed up his petition to make the invention seem more important.

The real question is: Is/was this thing practical? Try reaching your arms around the microscope to get at the movement for repair or examination. Very awkward to say the least. Apparently, Haefliger sold quite a few of these so he convinced some folks of his new invention’s utility.

Here we have live pictures of one of Haefliger’s watchmaker’s microscope circa 1920 along with a copy of the instruction manual and patent. Thanks to a generous collector in Los Angeles, we get a rare glimpse of this “new-fangled” machinery, which was state-0f-the-art for the time. See a full picture of the microscope  and patent after the jump. Continue reading

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