Dixmont Automatic with Date, 24 Hour Display & Power Reserve Indicator Watch Review

Dixmont Automatic with Date, 24 Hour Display & Power Reserve Indicator Watch Review

There's been a lot of interesting comments and opinions over the last few weeks about the necessity of a power reserve indicator on the watch face. From the comments on facebook and here on EWR, here is a bit of what people had to say: "I like the idea of the power reserve. I generally don't need it as I keep my automatic watches on a winder..."

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Buying Watches: Vintage, Unique and Second Hand Watches in Guangzhou

Buying Watches: Vintage, Unique and Second Hand Watches in Guangzhou

As soon as I walked into GuanYang Watch, a small shop in a typically overcrowded market area, I knew I had found a gem. They deal in strictly second hand and vintage mechanical watches (as well as antique clocks). This may not sound special, but when you're surrounded by an obsession for new luxury, finding unique vintage and quality second hand Swiss watches is apparently very rare in many Chinese cities. 

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Guangzhou Automatic with Day, Date, Month & 24 Hour Display Watch Review

Guangzhou Automatic with Day, Date, Month & 24 Hour Display Watch Review

Typically I'm not crazy about watches with 4 sub-dials, as things can tend to get a bit overcrowded. But the perfect symmetry of the sub-dials on the face works here because of the minimal use of color. The complications of this watch are basically that of a calendar. So if you happen to forget (a) the time (b) the day (c) the date, and (d) the month -- worry not!

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CLOSED - The first EWR monthly giveaway: Dixmont Automatic with Date & Power Reserve Indicator

CLOSED - The first EWR monthly giveaway: Dixmont Automatic with Date & Power Reserve Indicator

I'm thrilled to announce the first East Watch Review giveaway! Thanks to the cool people over at Guagnzhou Five Goats Watch Company for sponsoring this months giveaway. This is a very attractive Dixmont automatic mechanical watch with a a date window, a 24 hour sub dial, and power reserve indicator. There are two ways to enter the contest....

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Mostly Counterfeits & Occasionally the Real Thing: Watch Shopping on WeChat

Mostly Counterfeits & Occasionally the Real Thing: Watch Shopping on WeChat

You may not be familiar with WeChat, one of China's (and thus one of the world's) largest social media and messaging apps. According to this list, it has 549 million active user accounts and over a billion registered users since launching in 2011. With those kind of numbers, it's no surprise to see a lot of commerce taking place, and watches are definitely part of that mix.

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800,000RMB ($129,000 USD) Enamel Dials by Artist Xiong Songtao

800,000RMB ($129,000 USD) Enamel Dials by Artist Xiong Songtao

From his workshop an hour outside of Beijing, cloisonne enamel artist, Xiong Songtao creates these intricate dials. From an article I recently found on icrosschina.com:

"His first cloisonne enamel dial sold for 800,000 yuan at Beijing Poly Autumn Auction in 2012. At just 33mm in diameter, it featured 10 different flowers outlined with gold wire of 0.04mm in diameter - thinner than a human hair."

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Chinese Army Bans Smart Watches & Wearable Tech

Chinese Army Bans Smart Watches & Wearable Tech

So I was at the Apple store in Beijing a few years ago when the latest version of the iPhone was released, and to say that Chinese are excited about new tech products would be the understatement of the century. The line for the new iPhone was out the door and was basically backed up (down) to Shanghai. Likewise, I was recently in Hong Kong for the Apple Watch release and the excitement was the same, if not even more so. All that to say this: the Apple Watch is going to be an absolute monster in China. But unfortunately for....

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Why China? Good Question.

Why China? Good Question.

When thinking about watches, China may not be the first place that comes to mind. But make no mistake, China is already a huge player in the global watch industry. As China continues to grow, its reach into the world of horology can only get deeper and more involved.

Did you know: in order to be considered Swiss Made, only 51% of the value of the movement must be Swiss. (The only other requirement...

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