JLC Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph: The Sailor Who Strapped Me

August 9th, 2013 by admin


“Your papers… are in order,” intoned the buff security guard at the checkpoint, returning my entry permit as he waved me on. “Welcome to the top secret C’angee Naval Base”.

Thanking him, I wondered what sort of top secret facility would actually declare itself as such. But I quickly snapped back to reality at the thought of my mission today. It had been 3 years since my meeting with the horological superspy K*Pang, and I was not particularly keen to renew this acquaintance, given what happened the last time we met. Read the rest of this entry »


Comparative Review: AP Royal Oak Ref 15400ST vs Ref 15300ST

March 2nd, 2013 by Dirty Willy

In 1972, Audemars Piguet introduced a stainless steel wristwatch destined to be an instant classic. Designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak would almost single-handedly rescue Audemars Piguet from insolvency during the difficult years of the Quartz revolution, and play a large part in establishing AP as one of the leading watchmakers today… but you already know this story.

What you may not know is how the new Royal Oak, reference 15400ST, compares against the old Royal Oak, reference 15300ST. Well, if you’ve been following this blog (and I know you’re out there, that guy who keeps stealing images without my permission), you’d have guessed that Tourbullion almost always approves of older stuff, including cheese and fine vinegar. I’m not going to lie; the 15300 is clearly the superior watch here, but hold on! I actually have a proper thought process this time, and I urge you to read on till the end of this article. Please.

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PAM 320 1950 3-Days Automatic GMT Review: How to Buy A Panerai

October 17th, 2012 by Dirty Willy

Panerai Pam 321: 3 Days GMT

              As a purveyor of purple-coloured jeans and hip gyrating exercises onboard crowded trains, I appreciate the importance of making a statement, where and when it counts. So if you’re the type of collector who craves attention and recognition after shelling out thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars for a luxury timepiece, there can only be one watch for you… a Panerai.

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Rolex Sea Dweller DeepSea: Strolling in the Deep Sea

March 21st, 2012 by admin

One fine day, in the underwater city of Bigini Bottom*, two good friends Spongeslob Sparepants* and Patrick FuBar* are taking a stroll…

 *names have been changed to preserve the actual location and identities of potential defendants

Spongeslob Sparepants: I’m walking, I’m walking, I’m walking along…

Patrick Fubar*: I’m walking along, I’m walking alon… (spots something) Whoa! Spongeslob! What in the name of shiny metal things is that shiny metal thing?!

Spongeslob: Eh? Let’s get it out! Read the rest of this entry »

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39: Diary of a Watchmaker

February 12th, 2012 by Dirty Willy

JLC Master Ultra-Thin 39 Moon

Sunday, 17th June

Dear diary, today I find myself again in an argument with my co-workers. Christophe has just left my office after complaining that my watches are too skinny.

But what does Christophe understand? Thin is beautiful!! Not like those horrible Master Compressors that he keeps trying to sell to American rap stars and Navy Seals!

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