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Kristian Haagen loves watches. So much that he can’t stop talking about them. He has been a timegeek since he was ten years old. Never good at playing soccer he turned to the windows of his local watch maker and fell in love with the horological industry. He has written four books on watches, has published thousands of watch related articles in International media and works as watch estimater for auction house Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers.

Beauty school drop out


Education is vital. Knowledge is wealth. We all know that. Which is why I am so very sorry that I had to cancel my attendance at the second level in the A. Lange & Söhne Academy in Glashütte. Not only do I interrupt my education in fiddling with high end horology, hand polish gold chatons, learning the importance of patience and finding your zen in traditional watch making at its finest.

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When in Dresden… you must Lange.


...you must Lange. At least this is what I did during a sunny day at the Elbe river that runs through the spectacular German city. This was not your usual press trip as I was instead invited to shoot some pre-event pictures of the iconic Lange 1 – a watch that will celebrate its 20th anniversary this October.

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Battle of the nautic designs


Recently I handled the Breguet Marine ref. 5817 of rose gold. A really nice watch, just shy of 40 millimetre and rather gentle on the wrist. Before trying this critter on my wrist I had never given the Breguet Marine line much attention, but I must admit that certain details on the watch appeal to me: the fascination swirl decoration of the dial, the large winding crown and sturdy crown shoulders as well as the waffle rubber strap with rugged folding clasp.

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The skippers watch essentials


I recently spend two glorious days onboard the fine William Fife ketch from 1936, Eilean, which was immaculately restored by Panerai. The skipper of Eilean appropriately wears a PAM526 Luminor 3 Days Regatta Flyback Chrono of titanium and I thought it would only be reasonable to show what a man of the seas would offer in a picture of his named "Watch Essentials".

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Omega Road Trip


Oh what fun we had when we rode around in that camo-colored Aston Martin Cygnet, scouting for decent locations. We really didn't need neither Cygnet nor locations as the watches we brought were the real heroes of the day: Omega Seamasters. Not only the newly presented Seamaster 300, but also a couple of Aqua Terras.

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Dining, wining and Mark’ing


I recently had the opportunity to again wear the Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016. A wonderful watch that is inspired by the original Mark II from 1969. However slightly chunkier, with a better bracelet and automatic Co-Axial calibre 3330, a self-winding movement complete with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph.

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