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Daring Elegance

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Daring Elegance

Todd & Marlon stand for Daring Elegance but what is that? The Italian actress, model, author and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini perfectly summarize it in one sentence: “true elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.” 

We assume that elegance is a standard and as such, that it should define the same boundaries or freedom of grace and style for everyone. This, in a way, is the true definition of “elegance” but we do not like stereotypes. We do believe that elegance should be the reflection of everyone own style yet reflecting grace and poise. It can be an overstatement. It can be bold. It can be brave. Yet it should not offend others because our freedom ends where the freedom of others starts.
 

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Watch Movements – Beginners Guide

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Watch Movements – Beginners Guide

We all use a watch, whether a wristwatch, a wall-clock or a watch in the mobile phone. However, only few really know how a modern wristwatch measures the passage of time. Watches are very complex machines and most of the documents meant to explain how watch movements and mechanisms work are often difficult to understand and/or to assimilate. On the other hand the mechanic of most common watches is based on very simple principles not that difficult to understand and assimilate. Under this optic, watch movements can be explained in a very simple way and “beginners guide” should start from explaining those overall principles.

We will try to simplify as much as possible the explanation and clarify the way watches measure the passage of time. In a second phase we will go a bit more in details so to familiarize with the most common parts of a watch but we will not cover every single part of a watch movement. Before doing that, let’s clarify that for the purpose of this article we will consider only three types of watch movements: manual and automatic movements and quartz watches. Manual and automatic movements are called mechanical as they are made of only mechanical parts like gears and springs. On the other hand the quartz movements have an electrical circuit but may also have some mechanical parts. 

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Watch Case – Shape Evolution

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Watch Case – Shape Evolution

Once upon a time there was a watch. It was a watch with a round shape … This is how the story of the watches started long time ago. From the sundials, water clocks, clepsydra and the first portable watches the history of the watches has always been about rounded shapes. Only in the late ninety century / early twenty century we see the appearance of the first watch cases with shapes different from the well known rounded ones (e.g. Louis Cartier 1908 and Vacheron Constantin 1912 tonneau-shaped watches). At the beginning they were based on rounded caliber movement fitted in a watch case with square / rectangular shape and then, in a second phase, new movements with rectangular shapes started being manufactured (e.g. rectangular Gruen Quadron about 1925).

Since then many other shapes have been designed and commercialized. The creative work has gone well behind the exploration of two-dimensional shapes and also complex structures are now considered for modern watches. The following section underlines the many different shapes from the most classics to the most innovative.

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the most unusual and unique watches

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the most unusual and unique watches

This article is dedicated to the creative minds, the most innovative and sometimes less appreciated watchmakers who craft the most unusual and unique watches. Some of their creations are worldwide renowned, others are known only by the professionals and amateurs. No matter whether they are the most expensive watches in the world or whether they are sold next door, they are all unique! We celebrate their creations and especially their entrepreneurial spirit, bravery and “badassery”!

 

The question is what makes a watch really unique? In a way or another every watch is unique - the only one of its kind – even the replicas are unique because they are never exactly the same as the original (luckily!). Hence, before talking about the unique and most unusual watches it is worth explaining what we mean for that. 

 

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black watches

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black watches

Black is defined as the darkest color but in reality black is not a color. Black is achromatic or “without color” – black is defined as the absence of light or its complete absorption. We all have used black during our life whether in our clothes, accessories, gadgets, vehicles ... in one way or another black has been a small or big part of our life. Some use the black color to hide feelings, fears or insecurities (or weight) but many other use it to exude power, control or to intimidate. Black is the most versatile color and suits everybody. It is the color of the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) and this is the reason why it is the most used color! In fact, human being is attracted by the seven deadly sins and can’t stop ending up in either one or multiple of them. We might talk more about the concept of the appeal toward the seven deadly sins in another post but, for the time being, consider only that there are big companies that leverage this concept to create empires - think Sequoia Capital and one of their investment selection criteria or think the most successful movies and the fact that they have characters than represents in a more or less subtle way the seven sins.

 

The horology industry has not been immune to the black color phenomenon and over the years the use of black has been intensified. Thanks to the use of new manufacturing and decorating techniques as well as the introduction of new materials the use of black color on wristwatches has increased. The interest by some celebrities has then further enhanced the trend for black watches. From just being an accent, a detail in the watch, the black color is now being used across all elements with certain watches being exclusively in black.

 

This post is about the black color and about when and how the black has started being part of the horology industry. However, before jumping into the watches let’s see why black is the color of the seven deadly sins.

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where to buy watches

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where to buy watches

You made your mind and decided to buy a new watch! So where do you start from? And where are you going to make the purchase? Buying a wristwatch might be a frustrating experience if not well planned… especially when “wristwatch” refers to a certain value item and not to the very affordable watch bought on an impulse.

This post is intended to help people navigating more effectively in the retailer landscape whether classic brick-and-mortar, internet or others when it comes to buying a new timepiece.

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The 25 Most Interesting Facts About Watches

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The 25 Most Interesting Facts About Watches

There is a piece of history that always accompanies us – the watch! What is on your wrist (if you have one) is the result of thousands of years of research and development - Sumer and Egyptians are among the first to have developed and used watches. Since then every single culture or population in any geography started developing systems and deviced to measure the passage of time. The first watches were leveraging the movement of the sun, water or sand and even the consumption of candles. Modern watches have nothing to do with the initial developments but they are the direct consequences of that work and the many stories and anecdotes that came with it. You might expect that only scientist and “technical” people influenced the watch development but you might discover that even movies had an impact. We could write an encyclopedia with those many stories but we wanted to bring to you only our top 25 interesting facts – from historical facts to curiosities, anecdotes and even simple technical information.

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17 Luxury Signs of World’s Most Expensive Watches

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17 Luxury Signs of World’s Most Expensive Watches

Human beings always had a passion for measuring the passage of time. This was the case thousands of years ago and always will be. However, over time this passion become more than just about measuring the passage of time. Nowadays who still uses a watch, most of the time, does it also for other reasons. With the current mobile phone penetration there is really no need for a watch … so why people still use it? We could argue the many reasons but the reality is that a watch is a way to express oneself. Like with a piece of jewelry (the main one for a man!) the watch tend to indicate the social status or the character and kind of lifestyle of a person. It is an extension of self. Some choose watches to feel part of a specific group (e.g. Rolex owners) or elite (e.g. Patek Philippe owners). Others, instead, want to stand out and differentiate themselves from the crowd and expensive watches might help with that. This is not to say that everyone who wants to break through the clutter needs an expensive watch but some do. Among those last there are very few that love to spend a fortune on watches and the world’s most expensive ones are created for them (and sometimes for celebrations). So what are the ingredients to craft the world’s most expensive watches?


We have identified 17 luxury signs that set the world’s most expensive watches apart from the rest. The below sections (click on the post image to expand) underline those characteristics with a very brief description.  

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24 hour watches

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24 hour watches

A 24 hour watch is exactly like any common (12 hour) watch with the only difference that in this kind of watch there is one hand that completes a full rotation in 24 hours instead of 12 hours. Most of the 24 hour watches have two hands to indicate the hours: one is based on the standard 12 hours cycle while the second one completes the rotation in 24 hours. Some, instead, have only one hand to indicate the hours and this is the 24 hour hand.

In this post you will see the difference between a 12 hour watch and a 24 hour watch and you might appreciate how to read a 24 hour dial.

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Quartz Watches

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Quartz Watches

A wristwatch is generally made of five parts: i) a clockface which shows the timing, ii) a mechanism that measure the passage of time, iii) the gears that link the clockface to the mechanism iv) a source of energy and v) the case and bracelet.

The most common watches are either mechanical (manual or automatic) or quartz and the main difference between them resides in the source of energy and the way the passage of time is measured.

In the mechanical watches the energy is generated by either a manual winding or by the natural motions of the wearer's body which activate a series of gears that measure the passage of time and also drive the hands in the clockface.

Like the mechanical watch, also the so called quartz watch has gears inside to count the seconds, minutes, and hours and to sweep the hands around the clockface. However, the gears are regulated by an electric circuit instead of a mechanical one. In the watch there is a battery which sends electricity to a quartz crystal. The crystal oscillates at a precise frequency and generates regular electric pulses (one per second) that can drive a small electric motor to turns gear wheels to spin the clock's second, minute, and hour hands. Alternatively the pulses might power an LCD display.

The so called crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency, so that quartz watches are at least an order of magnitude more accurate than mechanical watches. The first quartz watch was built in 1927 and in the 80s they become more compact and inexpensive, and thanks to their precision they are now the world's most widely used timekeeping technology.

Todd & Marlon believe that every second count and having an accurate view of the time is a must. For their first timepiece Todd & Marlon have then selected a Swiss Made movement because of the quality and Quartz for its reliability and accuracy. This specific caliber is made of hundreds of parts (including 1 jewel) and it has been customized to fit the specific 24 hour dial of #YOURTIME watch.

A 24 hour watch works exactly as a common (12 hour) watch with the only difference that in this kind of watch there is one hand that completes a rotation in 24 hours instead of 12 hours. Most of the 24 hour watches have two hands to indicate the hours: one is based on the standard of 12 hours while the second one completes the rotation in 24 hours. Some have only one hand to indicate the hours and this is the 24 hour hand. In the first collection of Todd & Marlon the watches have only one hand indicating the hours (24 hour) in order to keep it clean and simple.

 

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