Baume et Mercier Clifton Tourbillon

IMG_3567Now, I should have gotten to this much sooner, but I have had an extremely busy summer and fall, and with that How to be Swell took a bit of a back seat, sorry to leave you guys hanging. Part of what I was busy doing was hanging out in Geneva checking out some beautiful watches in their native land. I even made a stop at The Richemont group, home of Baume et Mercier. There was so much to see, and I hope this post was worth the wait. This watch I am about to tell you about certainly is, it’s the flagship of the Baume Mercier catalog. Continue reading

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The Rolex D-Blue Dial Deepsea Sea-Dweller James Cameron expedition

Rolex Deepsea DBlueLast year I wrote all about a record breaking dive With James Cameron and National Geographic and a record breaking watch from Rolex, if you get a minute you can read it here. This year there are some excititng announcements on that historic dive.  At 10,908 meters (nearly 36,000 feet) The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the ocean on earth. On March 26th, 2012  filmmaker and explorer James Cameron in partnership with National Geographic made the first solo dive to and scientific exploration of the Mariana Trench. Making this kind of a dive was no small feat, and to commemorate Cameron’s expedition as well as the  documentary of said expedition called Deepsea Challenge 3D, Rolex has released a new edition of a great watch. Personally I was hoping for the actual Deep Sea Challange model to be publicly released,. However, what they did introduce is still rather exceptional. They have delivered a new version of the Deepsea Sea-Dweller with a gradient “D-Blue” dial that fades from deep blue to black. The coloring is intended to invoke images the ocean’s depths, diving lower and lower until you reach a point completely void of light. Continue reading

Hodinkee’s “Talking Watches” with Jean-Claude Biver

As a blogger myself, I frequent a number of other watch blogs and websites, one of my favorites is Hodinkee. They have a beautiful site (check it out), and do an excellent job of covering the watch industry as a whole, from top to bottom and everything in between. They have a reoccurring feature that I really enjoy called “Talking Watches”, where they interview some famous collectors and see their collections. I typically view, enjoy and move on, but this episode really caught my attention. It featured a titan in the watch industry, one Mr. Jean-Claude Biver. Continue reading

The Swell Things About Being a Dad

My boysThere is a certain wonderment about being a dad. I have two young boys, and they are the greatest thing in my life. I am not young anymore, and  my friends and I are constantly reminding each other of our age. We use reference points such as “do you remember such and such car, or tv show growing up?” It all dates us easily, but I don’t feel old.  You see, I spend a quite a bit of time with these two young men in my house. You would think that the bottomless fountain of energy thy have would not allow me to keep up. On the contrary, my favorite place to be is on the floor with them.

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Omega “bullhead” Chronograph

This is an absolutely swell watch re issued from omega this year. Its a great funky looking watch with one of their new coaxial movements in. I love the vintage look of many of these watches being issued lately, but this one is one of the most interesting to look at, I especially like the red stitching and lettering and the racing strap.  Re blogged from Hodinkee:

The late 60s were an exciting time for Omega. The Constellation line was in full stride, the Speedmaster was heading into space, and the Seamaster Bullhead was finding love in a growing sea of sporty chronograph fans. More than 40 years later, the Speedmaster is still on top of its game and the Constellation is… well it’s still here (though a far cry from the 561s of the 60s). The Bullhead however, was been but a faint memory, only discussed within the nerdiest of WIS “watch idiot savant” circles (you know who you are). That’s about to change though, thanks to a faithful re-issue of the 1969 Bullhead Chronograph unveiled in Basel this year.

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Record setting Rolex sells for 1.2 Million

I was reading some watch news this week and stumbled across this Gem, normally I wouldn’t post this, but I couldn’t help but be enamored with this beautiful watch. Sold at Christie’s which is renowned for some high dollar watches and jewelry sales, this Rolex has set the record at 1.2 million. It is a 1949 Oyster Perpetual Rolex made by Marguerite Koch with a cloisonné’ dial featuring a ship at sea, and it is totally swell. Continue reading

The Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

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It seems as though everyone making watches these days, especially the ones on the cutting edge of technology, are looking to the past for design inspiration, and I like it! Vintage-inspired pieces were all the rage at this year’s Baselworld, and from one of my favorite watchmakers came the remake of an absolutely iconic divers watch. Omega introduced the new Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial, based on the original Seamaster 300 from 1957. It has a 41mm case, sapphire crystal and exhibition back, and the distinctive broad-arrow hour hand. It is also water-resistant to 300m, hence the name. Continue reading