Welcome & Meetup on Saturday, April 23
Thank you for expressing interest in a Chicago meetup this spring! Right now, we are planning to have the meetup on Saturday, April 23. It will be in the early evening through the night — drinks followed by dinner for those who would like to stick around. Location is still TBD, but will likely be somewhere in the Loop or West Loop, close to the train stations so that it is accessible to both city and suburban travellers. I’ll do my best to find a private, secluded location so that our precious mechanicals are safe. Closer to the date of the get together, I’ll send out one email with a form requesting a hard RSVP, and then an email with location details about a week out once we get the RSVP number.
For now, polish those collections off and find a travelling case! And stay in the loupe by checking out the latest horology news below.
Comparing the Tudor Black Bay 58 and Black Bay 36
Like most, I’ve been in love with the Tudor Black Bay 58 (Ref. M79030N-0001) since it was released at Baselworld in 2018. The “58” is a reference to the vintage Tudor the new Black Bay 58 is modeled after, the Reference 7924 “Big Crown”; read our history of the Tudor Submariner here for more. While a little more under-the-radar, I’ve also had my eye on the slightly smaller and bezel-less Tudor Black Bay 36 (Ref. M79500) since it was released at Baselworld 2016. Instead of deciding to purchase just one watch like a normal person, right now I have both, like a real watch idiot savant. But I only have room in my collection for one Tudor Black Bay. So, I decided to write an article comparing the two: case, dial, movement, the whole kit. Tbh, as I set out to write this post, I still haven’t decided which BB I’m going to keep and which I’m going to sell, but hopefully this exercise will help me decide.
Gear Patrol on Asian Watchmaking. The guys at Gear Patrol dropped an amazingly in-depth profile on “Asian Watchmaking”, tracing its history by looking at specific watches over the years: the first Seiko 5, the Astron, Credor — you know the hits.
The Podcasts about Watches that You Need to Know. Sometimes reading about watches isn’t enough, so here are some of my favorite watch-related podcasts (and a few #menswear ones) to tide you over on the morning commute.
John Mayer’s and Andy Cohen’s Matching Rolexes. I’m oddly obsessed with John Mayer’s Instagram TV show, if only because it’s a way to see the watch god’s collection. He recently showed off a platinum Rolex, and pal Andy Cohen had a matching one.
Tudor Submariner: A Brief History
Okay, at this point, everyone knows, Tudor is going to re-release a new reference of its iconic Tudor Submariner collection this year. Tudor has done little to dissuade these rumors, and now seems to be actively encouraging the hype (and of course, its Black Bay collection shows the brand’s affinity for re-releasing old hits).
Here’s a couple thousand words about the history of the Tudor Sub so that you can speak intelligently about that new ref come Baselworld. And maybe get your AD to move you up the waitlist?
Photos from the front lines: A photo report from Hodinkee’s NYC meetup. I’m sure Chi can do it better. Oscars round ups galore, a subtle endorsement by Gaga, and GQ’s best-dressed men have a lot of watch swag. Worn & Wound kills it with a BB 58 video review. Drop: a Farer split-second flyback chronograph. Monochrome has some fun with Rolex Baselworld predictions (polar Explorer I?!), oh and Tudor too… love that Photoshop magic. Stitch Fix’s data-driven fashion model meant $1.2 billion in sales last year. The inside story of Barack Obama’s baller bomber jacket. And do AirPods make you look rich?
Thanks for reading, and look for more Chicago get together information soon!
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