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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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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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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 …

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Time Well Spent: Archimede Pilot Chrono

Here at Bridge and Barrel, we love the big brands and some of the beautiful watches they produce year after year, but we also pride ourselves on bringing quality and affordable watches to the masses. Archimede is a brand that embodies the very same spirit, by providing a top-notch look with very affordable pricing. The history of Archimede originates in …

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Edox x Extreme Sailing Series 2015

Watches and sailboats; seems like the perfect match doesn’t it? Expensive, high-end timepieces are often associated with luxury and wealth, much like owning a yacht. You’ll often see movie stars and shipping magnates on beautiful 100-foot yachts in white linen shirts, wearing the latest gold and/or diamond studded timepiece. Last weekend’s experience in Sydney could not have been more different, …

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Under The Skin: Videos by The Watch Gallery London

The Watch Gallery is one of London’s leading watch boutiques, and apart from being involved in several special edition timepieces each year, they have created these 3 videos that go ‘Under The Skin’ of a watch. With a focus on the watch case, dial and movement, using 3 iconic, but very different timepieces from their boutique. These short videos should give …