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Timepiece Tuesday: Raymond Weil Maestro Frank Sinatra

Timepiece Tuesday: Raymond Weil Maestro Frank Sinatra

Legendary musician and man of style Frank Sinatra would’ve turned 100 this year. And to commemorate his centennial, musically inclined watchmaker Raymond Weil made a special edition of their Maestro dress watch. More often than not, tribute items are more about cashing in on a name than actually making something worth wearing, but they did a good job of making this watch thoughtful, understated and, most importantly: something that wouldn’t look out of place on the wrist of a Rat Packer.

Let’s take a closer look...

Timepiece Tuesday: Marc+Spring Gives New Meaning to “Timeshare”

Timepiece Tuesday: Marc+Spring Gives New Meaning to “Timeshare”

You’ve heard of timeshares before (usually in the company of billowy aloha shirts and drinks with umbrellas). But here’s a new one: Marc+Spring, an online startup launching this week that offers fractional ownership in high-end wrist candy—allowing you to wear a Patek Philippe for an allotted amount of time, without having to pony up the entire 90-grand price tag.

Here’s how to get a piece of the action...

Timepiece Tuesday: Your Best Bets on the Auction Block

Timepiece Tuesday: Your Best Bets on the Auction Block

Antiquorum just announced that their next hotly anticipated  “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction will be held on US soil in two weeks.

So if you happen to be in NYC on April 15, you might want to consider snagging a little wrist candy in person—but if you’re not in town, you can always place absentee bids online.

And sure, you’ve got the option to spend up to six figures on a few of these beauties, but we sifted through the lots to find your best bets at under five grand...

Timepiece Tuesday: The New Ressence Type 3

Timepiece Tuesday: The New Ressence Type 3

There’s been a lot of talk about smartwatches lately... But Ressence makes the sort of smart watch (two words) that we can get behind. The brand pushes the boundaries of watch innovation, by using existing technology—in the mechanical sense—to make a watch that’s more interesting than anything that needs to be charged every few days. (Nor will their watches ever require a software update.)

And they just unveiled their newest creation: an update to their groundbreaking Type 3.

Timepiece Tuesday: 10 Watches You Should Spend $10,000 on Instead of the Apple Watch

Timepiece Tuesday: 10 Watches You Should Spend $10,000 on Instead of the Apple Watch

There weren’t really any big surprises at yesterday’s Apple event in Cupertino.

We basically got a rehashing of what to expect from the Apple Watch and when to expect to be able to buy one (April 24). And we finally learned what to expect to pay. The base price of $349 seemed like a forgone conclusion, but the big reveal was that the “Edition” line of watches would cost upwards of $10,000. Yep, you’re starting at five figures for the opportunity to buy a gilded version of the same $349 watch. Naturally, we’ve got a better idea of how to spend that 10 grand, on some serious timepieces.

Herewith, the 10 watches you should spend $10,000 on instead of the Apple Watch.

Timepiece Tuesday: Swatch Relaunches Sistem51

Timepiece Tuesday: Swatch Relaunches Sistem51

It seems like Swatch has been around forever, making bare-bones Swiss watches favored by kids, minimalists, ’80s enthusiasts and, more recently,  high-powered CEOs.

But they’d gone largely unheralded by horology buffs, until they unveiled the Sistem51 line of watches at Basel World a few years ago. The fully automatic watches (named for the 51 parts hermetically sealed into the case) were made entirely by machine and boasted some impressive stats for a watch that costs less than it would to service most high-end timepieces.

And since Swatch just relaunched the Sistem51 in five new models, let’s take a closer look at what’s new:

Timepiece Tuesday: The Pebble Time

Timepiece Tuesday: The Pebble Time

You may remember  back when we covered the Pebble Steel—the first smartwatch attempting to look like a real watch—but it looks like Pebble has gone back to their techie roots with their latest watch.

Today they unveiled the Pebble Time, a totally revamped smartwatch with a color screen, slimmer profile and new interface. All aimed, presumably, to compete with  the Apple Watch.

With over a million in funding raised in less than its first hour on Kickstarter today, it’s worth taking a closer look at what all the fuss is about.

Timepiece Tuesday: Five Watches for Her, from $50 to $1,500

Timepiece Tuesday: Five Watches for Her, from $50 to $1,500

As you’ve probably surmised, there’s a certain romantic holiday happening this weekend.

And if you’re still searching for the right token of your affection, let us suggest giving the gift of time. Of course, depending on a number of different factors—length of relationship, her tastes, your wallet—gifting a watch can mean different things. And different price points.

So this Tuesday, we’ve laid out the five watches that she’ll love, which will set you back as little as 50 bucks or as much as $1,500.