24 Hours of Possibilities

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24 Hours of Possibilities

What do you do with 24 hours every single day? We all have the same time in a day and what makes the difference between us is the way we spend those 24 hours. As simple as that! Many of us don’t realize what can be achieved in 24 hours and always stressed by time and complain about not having enough. So, let’s start from reframing time to understand what could be achieved in a day.

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PASSION MEETS FASHION  RIGHT ON TIME

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PASSION MEETS FASHION RIGHT ON TIME

Todd & Marlon Luxury Watches to Support EMERGENCY’s Worldwide Medical Assistance

 

July 18, 2017 – EMERGENCY USA is pleased to announce the donor support of New York Based luxury Swiss timepiece designers Todd & Marlon. Online sales of the exquisitely crafted Todd & Marlon timepieces will contribute to the surgical and medical assistance EMERGENCY provides to men, women and children in countries besieged by war around the world.

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Todd & Marlon and THE SUMMIT collaboration

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Todd & Marlon and THE SUMMIT collaboration

Todd & Marlon new communication campaign features THE SUMMIT to bring to life the effortless elegance of the past.

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Todd & Marlon introduces the Dean Martin exclusive edition

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Todd & Marlon introduces the Dean Martin exclusive edition

Boutique luxury watchmaker Todd & Marlon proudly introduces the exclusive timepiece inspired by the iconic entertainer Dean Martin. Evoking some of Mr. Martin’s style cues and passions the timepiece has been designed to be the perfect companion for the contemporary man.

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Todd & Marlon and Dean Martin collaboration

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Todd & Marlon and Dean Martin collaboration

New York, NY – Luxury watchmaker Todd & Marlon proudly announces a collaboration on behalf of Dean Martin to develop an exclusive timepiece inspired by the iconic entertainer. This opportunity, brokered by Artist Legacy Group, is a very exciting milestone for the boutique watchmaker.

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The NEAT Day

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The NEAT Day

Many of us have a “routine day” and this is often organized around the working hours and the many meetings we have to attend. We try to force fit the rest of our life around and sometimes in between the working hours. Some do it successfully and are satisfied with it but many others keep struggling for the best balance. Reality is that we should not think about working day and then organize accordingly – we should think about the NEAT day! NEAT is an acronym which stands for: Nourish, Evaluate, Accomplish and Think. Those are the four things we should do every single day in our life.

In this chapter we will explain the meaning of the four blocks and how to possibly organize the day around them.

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WATER RESISTANCE INTRODUCTION

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WATER RESISTANCE INTRODUCTION

Nowadays we take for granted that most watches are water resistant and by that we assume that we could deep dive with them. Reality is that water resistant watches are relatively new (early XX century) and that it is not possible to dive with many of them. In fact, only some of the so called water resistant watches can be used for diving depending on their level of resistance to water pressure.

In fact, there are no waterproof watches, but there is always a limit to the level of water pressure a watch can withstand. In a water resistant watch this limit is generally clearly indicated either in the dial or in the back of the case and it is expressed either in meters, feet or atmospheres. If the watch does not indicate the limit but just that it is “water resistant” then the only thing one can do with it is washing his/her hands. Conversely, the limit indicated gives a clear direction about what is possible to do or not to do with the watch.     

Unfortunately, the indication of the limit is not clear and for some people it might even be misleading. The following section underlines the meaning of water resistance and what to look at in order to ensure we make the best use of our watches.

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10 Activities for Commute Time

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10 Activities for Commute Time

Lots of people commute everyday from home to the office and sometimes for long hours. The commute is seen by many as a waste of time and often as a needed compromise to get a good job and a valuable place of living. Commute hours and days accumulate over time and they might become a relevant part of an entire lifetime. Hence the question – how can we get the most out of the daily commute?

There are lots of things that can be done during the commute time. It all depends on the way people commute though. Some people might drive hence need hands-free activities while others use public transportation and might not have access to telephone line and/or internet. No matter how people commute there is always something that can be done to make it more productive and worthwhile.

The next section underlines our top ten activities to do while commuting.

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Elements of a Leather Strap

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Elements of a Leather Strap

If you are after a classic look then you must own a wristwatch with a leather strap. Leather straps, in fact, are a must for the most classic wristwatches though they can also fit casual and even sport models. Thanks to the incredible variety of types of leather and related treatments, it is possible to manufacture straps from the most classic to the most sporty one. Natural leather is the most prestigious and flexible material that can be used for a wristwatch strap. As such, we thought it might be interesting to underline the many elements that contradistinguish leather straps.

 

The different elements of a leather straps can be classified into the following categories: material, finish and treatment, padding and stitching, structure and closure. For the purpose of this chapter we are not going to cover the closure but if interested you might check our chapter Buckles and Claps. The following section briefly covers the other elements of a leather strap.

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Clasp and Buckle

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Clasp and Buckle

The closure is the most understated yet the most instrumental element of a wrist watch. Without a closure, in fact, a traditional wristwatch cannot be secured to the wrist - with the exception of bangle watches. Despite this key function only few people pay attention to it and only few watchmakers focus on this element to express their creativity.

Wristwatch closures can be classified mainly into two classes: clasp and buckle closures. Clasps are generally used on bracelets made of rigid material (e.g. metal, ceramic...) though lately they been used also for straps made of soft materials (e.g. leather, canvas…). On the other hand buckles, because their intrinsic structure, are used only on straps made of soft materials.

The following sections underline the different types of claps and buckles.

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Panic and Procrastination

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Panic and Procrastination

One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over... your problem won't improve with age.” – Warrant Buffett.

This statement makes sense most of the time and as such people wisely advise not to procrastinate. However, in certain situations, procrastination can actually help solving problems or avoid creating new ones.

Everyone knows that procrastination does not help people or companies moving forward. In fact, by definition, procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. Hence how could this possibly help? Most of the time, in fact, it does not help. In few cases, conversely, procrastination might help moving forward and in rare cases it can lead to an even faster or cheaper solution. Difficult to believe! You have been “fighting” procrastination since you discovered its meaning and the related impact on the developments and now you might discover that you can leverage procrastination? Yes, you can!

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10 Reasons to Wear a Wrist Watch

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10 Reasons to Wear a Wrist Watch

You don’t actually need a wrist watch! People have been living for generations without wrist watches. People have been obsessed by the measure of the passage of time since ever but the wrist watch has been introduced only in the last 200 years. Nowadays there is even less of a reason to use a wrist watch considering that time can be measured by the widespread mobile phones. Hence why people still use a wrist watch? And why you do need one in case you don’t have it yet! 

There are essentially ten reasons why you need a wrist watch. In certain cases you don’t really have a choice, in others you might still decide not to use a wrist watch but you might need to make some compromises. The following sections underline those ten reasons.

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Watches for Every Style and Occasion

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Watches for Every Style and Occasion

People tend to behave and present themselves differently depending on the specific situation. The intrinsic nature of a person does not change however he/she might be perceived differently for example at formal event vs an informal party with close friends or family. The difference in perception is essentially driven by two elements: the behavior itself and the presentation/look of the person. In fact people tend to define their look depending on the specific occasion while always keeping to certain extent a link to their overall personal style.

Jewelry and watches are an integral part of the look of a person and as such they are generally chosen based on both the personal style and the specific occasion. Some people might even be able to afford a collection of watches to use in different occasions. The people who cannot afford a collection tend to buy a watch that fits their personal style and tends to be versatile enough to be used for multiple occasions. For simplicity we frame the different kind of watches based on the three main styles and the three main occasions. However, reality is much more complicated and styles/occasions don’t always have a clear cut.

Notably the people with a sporting style tend to use the same watch for multiple occasions or sometimes they just use sport watches of different quality/manufacture for different occasions. The following sections underline the differences between the different types of watches.

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#YOURTIME A' Design Awards Winner

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#YOURTIME A' Design Awards Winner

We are pleased to announce that #YOURTIME Luxury Timepiece have been awarded the Silver A' Design Award in the category of Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design by the grand jury panel of the A’ Design Award & Competition which consists of internationally influential press members, established designers, leading academics and prominent entrepreneurs.

The A' Design Awards are the world’s most influential and largest design awards, presented each year in Italy. It is a great honour for us to receive this prestigious award and we would like to thank all of our friends and partners for their support and help along the way.

This award gives recognition to the excellence of design on the international stage. 

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 Luxury Timepieces with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Luxury Timepieces with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

New York, NY – Todd & Marlon LLC, established in June 2015, announces today the start of the commercialization of their first collection of luxury timepieces #YOURTIME. The collection will be initially available via a pre-sales campaign on Kickstarter while the production runs in parallel. Then, in summer 2016, the collection will be made available on Todd & Marlon e-commerce site and at some exclusive retail partners.

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Chronographs, Chronometers and Certifications

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Chronographs, Chronometers and Certifications

The three Cs: Chronograph, Chronometer and Certification are among the most discussed words in the horology industry but not always well understood by the broader public. In fact, the first two Cs are often confused – both words start with “chrono” which comes from Greek and means nothing more than “time”. However, the second part of the word is what makes the drastic difference in meaning. Chronometer, in fact, refers simply to the measure (Greek “metron”) of time (Greek “chrono”) and is used to identify watches with high accuracy. On the other hand, chronographs are part of the so called movements with complications and are intended to feature not only hours and minutes but also other measures (generally on secondary sub-dials). This means that a chronometer might be associated with a chronograph but this last might not necessarily be a chronometer. Finally “certification” generally applies to the chronometers and we will see specifically which one, how and why.

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Delegate Meaning and Techniques

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Delegate Meaning and Techniques

The word “delegate” comes from Latin de-legare which literally means “send with a task”. Nowadays more commonly defined as the act of entrusting a task to another person (generally less senior). As such, the delegation act implies a trust relationship between two people in which one person gives a task to the other one. Hence, only when a trust relationship is established between the two parties then an act of delegation might happen. It is very important to underline the trust factor as this is the main difference between the act of delegation and the act of assigning a work/task. Delegation means sharing authority, responsibility and accountability.

Then why do we need to delegate? And when and what do we need to delegate? There are essentially two reasons why people should delegate: either because lack of time or because other people might do the work better (or faster or cheaper). This is valid for both personal life and in business. Mastering the different delegation techniques can even be instrumental for the success of a person no matter of how he/she defines it.

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Tourbillon – King of watch “Complications”

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Tourbillon – King of watch “Complications”

The most expensive watches tend to have movements capable of measuring more than just the passage of time in hours and minutes. Those extra measures are achieved via the so called “complications” or "grand complications" when several of them are combined together. Common complications in commercial watches are day/date displays, alarms, and chronographs. Other complications might include: perpetual calendars, rattrapante chronographs, sonneries, moon phases, 24 hour dials and multiple time zones. The higher is the number of complications the more difficult is the overall process of designing, making and assembling the movement especially considering the space constraints and this ultimately drives the higher cost of the resulting luxury timepiece.

Most people, however, define complications also other mechanisms that do not add new measures but still increase the complexity of the overall watch movement. Some of those are intended to improve watch accuracy or make the movement more interesting while in operation. In this context the “king” of the complications even if not technically a complication is the tourbillon (or tourbillon escapement). 

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Just Say NO - Save TIME

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Just Say NO - Save TIME

One of the first words we learn is “NO” – a very powerful word that unfortunately we tend to forget as we grow up. Some people might learn it once again when they become parents as this is one of the first words we say to the kids. In general, however, we use it less and less as we grow up. There seems to be some differences across geographies and cultures, but overall as we grow we become faster in saying “yes” and we tend to reduce the “no” occasions. “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough” - Josh Billings. Generalizing, American and Germans tend to be the most frank and direct in showing a disagreement while Asian tend to be most reticent to using the word “no” and Italians tend to be indirect. Lots of generalization but the point is that, over time, we learn to please people and say “yes” instead of “no”. What we don’t realize is that via saying “yes” to something or someone, at the same time, we say “no” to something else. Conversely via saying “no” we can create new opportunities “What you don’t do determines what you can do” - Tim Ferriss.

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Watch Bands - Metals and Treatments

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Watch Bands - Metals and Treatments

With the move from pocket watches to wristwatches a new element had to be taken in consideration – the watch band or fastening element in general. The first watch bands (or watch straps) were made of leather, textile or metal then followed by rubber and other more innovative materials. The most exclusive watches tend to have either leather straps or metal bands. Metal bracelets are in general the most durable ones and wear well in all kinds of weather conditions and usage occasions. Their lifespan might be as long as the one of the watch itself while all other kind of bands/straps might require replacement over more or less long periods of time. In this chapter we will focus on the metal bands and explore some important factors to consider when choosing the type of metal and treatment (other materials might be covered in future posts).

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