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The 10 Best Watches From Baselworld 2015

Romain Jerome Announces The Subcraft, The Mechanical Watch That Looks Digital

There's one day left in Baselworld 2015, but I'm back in New York, I've finally gotten the smell of schnitzel out of my favorite scarf, and I've had some time to look back over my notes and photos from a full week of nonstop watch-gazing. Here are the 10 watches I'm still thinking about after the show.

 

This watch really brings it. Longines packed an automatic monopusher chronograph into a streamlined 40 millimeter steel case and then added a 1920s-style dial with a bright red pulsometer scale (used by doctors to take a patient's pulse). That doesn't even take into account all the little technical flourishes in the movement, such as the column wheel that ensures crisp and accurate measurements. This is one of the first watches I saw last week, and I'm still wishing it were on my wrist. $4,200

 

 

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BLOOMBERG.COM     ARTICLE    3/27/15

TECHCRUNCH.COM     ARTICLE    3/23/15

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little something mechanical in your life. To wit: the Romain Jerome Subcraft is the company’s latest “novelty” – a watch not made for mass production – that displays the hour on a side readout and the minutes on a dial on top of the case. This $24,000 watch – that’s 2 Apple Watch Editions, give or take – is being sold in a limited edition of 99.

 

Created by Manuel Emch, CEO of Romain Jerome, and designer Alain Silberstein with some help from watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the watch has a hand-made mechanical movement inside a light titanium case. For the watch nerds out there this piece has a lateral movement, linear time display, jump hours, and a retrograde hand – all features that watch fans call complications. This means that the front display moves across the hours one by one by “jumping” from number to number and returns to the beginning after noon or midnight. There is a small luminous tube on the hour hand so its visible at night.

 

 

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Massive Gift Keeps Nation's Last Clock School Ticking

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Thinking about going to clockmaker school? You might have trouble getting in.

 

Turns out the only full-scale clock school in the country is inside Pendleton’s prison. That was the surprising discovery made about a year ago by the wife of California clockmaker Henri Klein. Viviane Klein decided to give away her deceased husband’s massive cache of clocks, tools and books to a school dedicated to clock making and wanted advice on which one.She called the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors in Pennsylvania and learned something startling.

 

 

 

Thinking about going to clockmaker school? You might have trouble getting in.

 

Turns out the only full-scale clock school in the country is inside Pendleton’s prison. That was the surprising discovery made about a year ago by the wife of California clockmaker Henri Klein. Viviane Klein decided to give away her deceased husband’s massive cache of clocks, tools and books to a school dedicated to clock making and wanted advice on which one.

 

 

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