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James D. Malcolmson

Contributing Watches Editor

James D. Malcolmson has been covering the Swiss watch industry as a journalist for more than 15 years. As a contributing editor to Robb Report and the editor of Robb Report Watch Collector, he has enjoyed an insider’s perspective and witnessed a new appreciation of fine mechanical watches blossom in the United States. James visits the factories and workshops in Switzerland several times each year, and brings a unique comparative knowledge of the various techniques used in the industry today to Robb Report’s readers.

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If baffled by the watch term “equation of time,” you are not alone. This watch complication is so esoteric and usually so poorly presented that it leaves most watch enthusiasts nonplussed. However,...
One of this year’s most anticipated new watches is not, strictly speaking, new. The sturdy Royal Oak Offshore series by Audemars Piguet, which debuted in 1993, has experienced a resurgence in...
The movement of the new Lange Double Split from A. Lange & Söhne (310.317.9852, www.lange-uhren.com ) is so stunning that it is tempting to wear the watch with the transparent caseback facing up...
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