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REVOLUTION DIGITAL Vol 22

REVOLUTION is a quarterly magazine that lives and breathes horology. Published in 12 countries in a wide range of languages, REVOLUTION is an integrated lifestyle title that celebrates the mechanical watch as the primary tool for self expression. REVOLUTION covers all aspects of watchmaking and the watch industry, from the vibrant personalities who inhabit this rarefied sphere to exquisite timepieces that exemplify the pinnacles of craftsmanship, technology and hallowed tradition. For the individual who appreciates the finer things in life, REVOLUTION is a paean to the one true luxury in this world — time.

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1 min.
david beckham for tudor

Having played for three major soccer clubs and earned 115 selections in the English football team, with 59 of them as captain, David Beckham has certainly left his mark in soccer history. In a career spanning 21 years, the gifted player had helped his clubs to score victories in six English Premier League Championships, two Major League Soccer Cups, one Spanish League Championship, and one UEFA Championship. However, trophies aren’t all that the high-flying soccer legend has amassed. Beyond the pitch, Beckham is a modern style icon and watch collector who has acquired an impressive range of timepieces, including a fine selection of modern and vintage Rolexes. It was from there that he unearthed the gem that is Tudor, whose revival, in the past six years, has been nothing if…

6 min.
past times : richard burton

By the age of 25, Welsh-born actor Richard Burton (1925-1984) was hailed as the new Laurence Olivier. At 36, his role as King Arthur in Moss Hart’s musical Camelot (1960) saw him acclaimed as “the King of Broadway”. In 1961, while filming Cleopatra, he and Elizabeth Taylor became the most celebrated Hollywood lovers of all time. When Olivier cautioned his friend by telegram: “Make up your mind, dear heart. Do you want to be a great actor or a household name?”, Burton cabled back “Both!” But when the actor died in 1984, his unfulfilled potential was blamed on compromising bad film choices for fees, alcoholism and the soap opera surrounding his jet-set life with Taylor. The son of a Welsh miner and a barmaid, Richard Jenkins was the twelfth of 13…

8 min.
split seconds: uk

CLOCKS ROCK IN BASEL While we continue to await the oft-reported return of the pocket watch – usually voiced by hipsters and vendors sitting on hundreds of them – the high-end clock is making a comeback. Cartier’s Mystery clocks have long been objects of desire, while product designer Marc Newson has brought a new allure to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s fantastic Atmos clocks. Watch brands such as Parmigiani Fleurier, MB&F and Bremont helped kick off the revival in proper clocks, the last-named recently showing its second Marine Chronometer, decorated by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. Parmigiani wowed us in 2015 with its models made for Lalique, while MB&F has collaborated with legendary clockmaker L’Epée for the science fiction-inspired Balthazar, Melchior, Sherman and Destination Moon. L’Epée, it turns out, is the secret ingredient, with two more watch…

8 min.
they wear it well

CHRIS MODOO CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CHESTER BARRIE “I’ve always cared about clothing, fashion and how I want to look and a watch is very much a part of that. In the 1980s, I was very much into designer sportswear – Lacoste, Fila, that sort of thing. At that time, I wore a Swatch because it fitted that sports casual look of the era. I went on to work for Thomas Pink – I was in my twenties and it was an exciting brand with the taste I was then looking for While at Pink, my style went a bit ‘fogey’. Alongside the tailoring, at this point I started wearing a pocket watch on a chain, either in my waistcoat or my jacket’s top pocket. My career then took me to Ede &…

9 min.
in history and use

Sitting on the gunwale in a pitching sea, 80 feet above the reef, a diver wriggles into his tacky rubber suit and heavy fins. After spitting in his oval mask, he awkwardly shoulders a cylinder of compressed air, cinches his belt of lead weight and puffs in his twin-hose regulator. On one wrist, a compass and depth gauge; on the other, a dive watch, its luminous dial soaking up the tropical sun’s rays. He glances over his shoulder one last time, then reaches down to spin the rotating bezel on his watch, aligning its zero marker with the minute hand, then presses his mask to his face and rolls back into the Caribbean. This is scuba diving, circa 1957. The rotating bezel is the hallmark feature of the dive watch, recognizable…

6 min.
testing the ktm 1290 super duke gt

When I first threw my leg over the new KTM Super Duke 1290 GT, I was surprised at how small it felt. I had recently ridden the KTM 1290 Super Adventure and that bike was a beast, so I was expecting the GT, with essentially the same stonking engine, to be as big or bigger. I’m just under six feet tall, so I really appreciated the lower seat height, which allowed me to put both my feet nearly flat on the pavement while astride the GT. I thumbed the bike into life and the pleasant sound of the KTM’s power plant, a 1301cc marvel of power and control, filled the air, bouncing off the buildings and the pavement around the KTM dealer in downtown Geneva. After signing my life away for this week-long…