My First Grail Replica Watch: Manuel Emch

My First Grail Watch: Manuel Emch My First Grail Watch

Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, “My First Grail Watch.” In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we’re speaking with Manuel Emch, who, along with being a watch designer, was at the helm of Jaquet Droz, and is currently the CEO of Romain Jerome. He also has a relatively rare distinction as having designed what he identifies as being one of his grail replica watches.

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Replica Watch

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch Watch Releases

It is funny how trends develop in the watch world, especially for relatively high-end, obscure complications. Once strange and relatively unique, the dead beat seconds complication is having a veritable renaissance perpetuated first by the more hip independent watch makers and now entering the mainstream of high luxury timepiece creations. For 2015, Jaquet Droz gets on the dead beat seconds hand wagon with a new version of the Grande Seconde called the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat. read more

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Replica Watch

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Watch Watch Releases

Over the past year or two, I have found dial configurations that purposely have things a bit off-kilter catching my eye. Do not get me wrong, I still have great love for a highly symmetrical dial. It is just that, sometimes, you want to mix things up a bit and have your familiar watch wrangled into something slightly different. That is where replica watches like the just-announced Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered come into play.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Watch Watch Releases

I will admit that, at first, I thought I was seeing a watch that was coming from fellow Swatch Group brand Glashütte Original, given their design language sometimes includes having overlapping dials as well (as shown on the Panoreserve reviewed here). While not a bad mental association to have, especially as it is all within the family, this is decidedly a Jaquet Droz piece, as it is very much a dress watch. I was struck by how it maintained a clean simplicity while still giving off that air of refinement and luxury. In other words, while this watch is stripped down to its barest elements, it was done so to make it understated, not to be a loud proclamation of sterility. While that comes from the initial impression, you really start to see refinement shining when you look into the materials used. read more

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Feeling Blue: 25 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

Watches with the blue dial/blue strap combo are still one of the hottest style trends in the watch world. Here we take a look at 25 of them, all released within the past few years. If you have a favorite watch from a brand on the blue-dial bandwagon, let us know in the comments section and maybe we’ll include it in an update.

1. Ressence Type 1² “Squared”

Ressence: Type 1² “Squared”

The Type 1² “Squared”, which Ressence unveiled at SIHH 2017, is a little bit different than other Ressence watches. For example, there’s its case material: The 41-mm case is made of stainless steel, while other models from the brand usually come in a platinum case. The shape of the watch is also different from other models — cushion-shaped instead of round. Typical for the watch is the Ressence moving dial system, powered by a mechanism on top of the automatic ETA 2824-2 movement. read more

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