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Allen Farmelo

At age 7 Allen fell in love with a Timex boy's dive watch his parents gave him, and he's taken comfort in wearing a watch ever since. Allen is especially curious about digital technology having inspired a revival of analog technology, long-lasting handmade goods, and classic fashion. He lives in a one-room schoolhouse in The Hudson Valley with his partner and two orange cats.
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Modding Watches: Gutsy Engraving and Third-Party Cases

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People modify nearly all aspects of watches, but those intrepid souls who dare to irrevocably …
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Introducing the Ball Engineer II Skindiver Heritage Limited Edition, Now Available for Pre-Order

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Ball was built around early railroad timepieces, yet in the 1960s they produced a professional dive watch dubbed Skindiver. The Skindiver is back, now in …
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The Co-Axial Escapement: an Horological Hit

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The co-axial escapement—generally regarded one of the most significant contributions to mechanical horology in the past two centuries—will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary as Omega’s …
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Introducing the Pelton Sector Nickel Silver LE, with an American-Made Case and Dial

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This Fall, we introduced Pelton Watches to our readers with a hands-on review of the Sector and a podcast interview with Deni Mesanovic, Pelton’s founder and …
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Review: anOrdain Model 1

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For the minimalist 38-millimeter Model 1, Scotland’s anOrdain spent over 4,000 hours over three years trying over 160 enamel types from five different countries before …
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10 Great COSC-Certified Watches Under $2,500

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Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres translates into English as the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, but everyone just calls it COSC. Some say “cosk” and …
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Introducing the Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Ref. SPB085

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While Grand Seiko is home to the Japanese manufacturer’s most revered techniques and materials, in 2016 the Presage line went global to offer up some …
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Review: Bravur Scandinavia in Midnight Blue

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Though I pride myself to some small degree on my ability to accurately determine a watch’s diameter by eye, the 39-millimeter Bravur Scandinavia threw me …
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Introducing the Archimede Outdoor 41 AntiMag

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Originally known as “trench watches” during WWI, by the 1980s, outdoorsy brands like L.L. Bean …