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Time Well Spent – Defakto Vektor

At Bridge & Barrel, we are unapologetically big fans of German watches.   What often comes together is a tempting value proposition combining dial quality, carefully machined cases and fantastic customer service at a reasonable price. And this value can come at every end of the watch making spectrum. A Nomos with an in-house movement coming in under $2500 and an …

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Out and About: Baume et Mercier & Watches of Switzerland

On a Tuesday not too long ago, Bridge and Barrel were lucky enough to be invited by Baume & Mercier and Watches of Switzerland to the MCG for the Australian/Melbourne release of the Clifton Club collection (look at me now mum!). For our international readers, the MCG stands for the Melbourne Cricket Ground and is home to some of Australia’s …

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Time Well Spent: Nodus Trieste

There is good reason why dive watches, as a category, are likely (we must confess, we haven’t looked at the numbers) the best-selling and most popular watches. The prototypical dive watch has, together: an eminently legible dial for ease of use; a rugged build to withstand most of what anyone could throw at it; and a versatile design to allow …

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Time Well Spent: Richardt & Mejer Signature

This week, the good people are Richardt & Mejer have provided us with a watch from their Signature collection to test drive. Read on below for our experience with the watch and some more philosophical musings about watches in general. Preliminary Musings (skip to next heading if you aren’t interested in deeper thought) Forgive us for our somewhat bleak view …

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Stowa Back to Back

Traditionally, a comparison review compares two watches, often of different brands in the same segment (diver, dress watch etc).  Traditionally, a flieger comes in at a diameter of 40mm or above, and a Bauhaus style watch has a particular and well-known aesthetic. So, we’re breaking tradition today.  We have in two watches, the Flieger Klassik 36 (Flieger) and the Antea …

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Odell Beckham Jr. gets a very custom pair of cleats for Christmas

Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most exciting athletes in the NFL, and perhaps in all of sport right now, and to help him celebrate Christmas, Nike created a very custom version of his Untouchable 2.0 cleat. The cleat features actual grass from his high school field, so he always has a home field advantage. Check out the video …

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Red Bar Melbourne x Henry Buck’s Masterclass

With the recent inception of Red Bar Melbourne, organised by prolific collector, and all-round watch enthusiast, Ernie Tang, Melbourne’s watch nerds have found even more reason to get together and talk watches than ever before. Between organising casual get-togethers, and more brand-centric events, Ernie certainly has his hands full. One of the bigger recent meets was held in conjunction with …

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Time Well Spent: Martenero Marquis

Not too long ago, Bridge and Barrel was lucky enough to spend some time with a Martenero Founder one of the first models released by the brand. This time we’ve got the Marquis model to be put through its paces. Martenero provides the ability to customize its models, which is also available for the Marquis. We received a 38mm, black …

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In case you missed it: Peroni Style at Pitti Uomo

In case you missed it, which is probably highly unlikely, Pitti Uomo was held last month in the absolutely gorgeous town of Firenze, Italy. Strictly speaking, it’s a trade show, for menswear buyers and sellers to meet and make deals about the newest season’s offerings. That said, it’s eventually morphed into a bit of a playground for the bolder played …

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IWC x Mercedes AMG Formula 1

Fine watches and stupidly fast cars have always enjoyed a strong relationship, whether it be on or off the track. Off the track, we see homages to chronographs of old, making us wish we could be cool enough to actually drive a car worthy of the watches on our wrists. On the track however, we tend to see the most …