How about a Cold-Press Golden Coffee Lager? Or perhaps Salted Caramel? Mexican Dark Chocolate Stout? How about a beer brewed with 100% Wheat? At Modist Brewing, unique and non-traditional options abound.
Brewmaster and Head Mad Scientist Keigan Knee flips the brewing process on its head by starting first with the flavor and profile and then works backwards from there. This designer approach is attainable through the use of a customized mash filter system, which is one of only a handful in the world.
The TUDOR Black Bay Dark is a superb compliment to Modist’s Deviation 004, a stout with smooth dark chocolate and vanilla bean notes. Both are subtle and unassuming at first, but have great presence, and the brew’s cinnamon and red chili notes play with the red accents on the dial and bezel triangle.
Likened to a French press instead of a drip coffee system, Knee can use ingredients in a way that would be very difficult for a normal brewing system. This system also allows them to operate efficiently: their grain and water usage is a fraction of what traditional breweries consume. The added benefit is an ability to really push the envelope in ingredients and technique, which can certainly be seen in some of their creations! This ingenuity has earned Modist some well-deserved praise, including recently being named Growler Magazine’s Best New Brewery.
So, if a kettle soured, tropical fruit milkshake IPA sounds good to you (and it should, we can verify that it is delicious!), go and pay a visit to Modist! Experience their new style of craft beer on tap at their taproom in downtown Minneapolis, just two blocks north of Target Field. Their unique brews are also available in 16oz cans at select liquor stores and restaurants in the Twin Cities.
The sun is out and grilling season is in full swing! So dust off your tongs and fire up the grill with Watch Department Manager, Aaron, as he shares a few of his top grilling tips.
Like most folks, my wife and I love good food. We find enjoyment and satisfaction by purchasing quality ingredients and creating our own specials right at home. We enjoy experimenting with different seasonings and trying out new techniques on the grill. When investing in high quality ingredients, it pays to have high quality tools like a great grill, temperature probe and a timepiece to assist you. I constantly use my watch when grilling and make notes on timing, temperatures and technique. It is especially helpful to perfect the cooking times of your succulent creations. Guests are always impressed when everything comes together at the same time. One of our favorite cuts is the bone-in ribeye—a Cowboy or Tomahawk ribeye around 2.5″ thick is a showstopper! Every grill master has a few tricks up their sleeve, so take a peek into my notes on how to grill a mouthwatering steak. Happy grilling! —Aaron
Aaron’s Tips For Grilling The Perfect Steak
Step 1: Season the steak with cracked pepper and a little granulated garlic a day or two in advance. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.
Step 2: Take the steak out an hour before you place it on the grill and hit it with some Kosher or pink Himalayan salt.
Step 3: Set your grill up for indirect heat and bring the temp to 275°F. I prefer an oak/hickory hardwood charcoal and I nestle in a good size chunk of mesquite into the burning coals when grilling beef.
Step 4: Place the steak on the grill and turn it every 10-15 minutes until you reach an internal temp of 110-115°F. This could take 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the steak and wrap it in foil. Now set your grill up for direct heat by bringing the temp up to 400-450°F.
Step 5: Place the steak back on the grill to develop a nice exterior crust. After 2 minutes give it a quarter turn for some impressive grill marks. Grill for 2 more minutes, then flip for 3-4 minutes. I look for an internal temp of 125-128°F. Remove and place it back in foil for a few minutes.
Step 6: We finish with a warm garlic butter/blue cheese sauce that we prepare on the stove in advance. It is easy to do and you can adjust amounts to your taste. Add a little heavy cream at the end and fresh horseradish if you wish.
Step 7: Look at your watch and time yourself on how long it takes for you to eat the succulent masterpiece.
1. The Rolex Submariner was first introduced in 1953. What year did Rolex add a date option to the Submariner model?
2. Panerai partnered with which major event this year?
A. America’s Cup Yacht race
B. Indianapolis 500
C. WWE Royal Rumble
D. US Chess Federation SuperNationals
3. What is a foudroyante?
A. Sub-dial indicating fractions of a second. This watch complication is also known as a flying seconds hand
B. Small lens on the crystal to magnify the date
C. Swiss dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot heated with a candle and eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks
D. Case back gasket on ceramic dive watches
4. What grand complication gives you more efficient timekeeping?
B. Perpetual Calendar
5. What does an “A” after a Patek Philippe reference number signify?
A. Annual Calendar
B. Steel case
C. Automatic movement
D. Limited production
Q. Rumor has it, your wife cleans all your fish. Is that true?
A. My mother cornered her early in our relationship and advised her, “Never clean a fish. If you do it once, you will be doing it the rest of your life.” She catches more fish and larger fish than I do, but I remain the official fillet creator at our house.
Q. Do you have a favorite spot/place to fish or favorite fish?
A. My favorite spot to fish is at the helm of my old Lund boat. Most fisherman never reveal a good fishing hole. If they do, be skeptical. There are many species I love to fish but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the elusive walleye. The walleye is a challenge to catch as well as great table fare, especially for breakfast. I prefer it pan fried in olive oil with a light breading and a sunny side up egg on top.
You may not recognize him without the suit! While Aaron is formally our Watch Manager, he holds another important position at our store—resident outdoorsman.
Q. Where did you get your passion for fishing?
A. My parents and grandparents both loved to fish. My parents were school teachers so we spent summers at the lake. Fishing was in my blood early in life just like my passion for timepieces. My grandfather worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1940’s and 1950’s, when fine mechanical timepieces were highly coveted. Lives depended on absolute accuracy in those days. He passed his desire for timepieces down to me as well as fishing.
Q. Are you one of those guys where fishing trips equate to staying in high end lodges?
A. I would like to say yes, but my wife or one of my fishing buddies may see this article so I will be honest. I enjoy roughing it when I am in the great outdoors, this means different things to different people. Accommodations are typically minimal for us. My wife loves to camp in the back of our truck which we call “The Silverado Motel.“
Whether walleye fishing with his wife or communing with the friendly locals, you’re sure to find Aaron enjoying the beauty Minnesota has to offer every chance he gets.
Q. Do you have any advice for people that may be interested in the outdoors?
A. In Minnesota you need to invest in good equipment and don’t make excuses. You can always look at the weather and talk yourself out of doing something outside. Some of my best outdoor experiences have been in the harshest weather Minnesota can dish out.
Q. Do you have any special equipment that you always include in your outdoor endeavors?
A. Yes, I am rarely in the outdoors without my favorite headlamp, some dry matches, and my Stainless Steel Rolex GMT. We all have a phone to give us our time and info but electronics in the outdoors are not always reliable due to moisture and battery failure etc. A quality mechanical time piece is reliable, waterproof, shock resistant and can be used as a compass, which many people don’t know. In my opinion, the best time of the day to be in the outdoors is at sunrise and sunset. It is nice to glance at your wrist to see how much time before sunset rather than digging in your pack in the rain or snow to find your phone and risk dropping it in the ice-fishing hole. I have one phone at the bottom of a Minnesota lake and I suspect I am not the only one.
With an uninterrupted legacy of 178 years of creating the finest watches in the world, Patek Philippe knows a thing or two about how to excite connoisseurs of fine watchmaking. Each March, as the world’s preeminent watch brands assemble at Baselworld to unveil their brilliant new creations, we can’t help but get giddy with excitement over each new announcement. With so many fascinating debuts, it’s hard to choose… but here are a few of our favorite releases from Patek at Baselworld 2017.
Calatrava – Ref. 6006G
One of the unique Baselworld releases from Patek Philippe was their Calatrava Ref. 6006 which will replace the Ref. 6000 series that were originally released at Baselworld in 2005. This new debut retains many of the beloved features of the Ref. 6000 while incorporating some updated aesthetic elements.
The classic white gold case was enlarged from 37mm to a 39mm case, creating a more prominent stature on the wrist with its larger dial. The dial incorporates a fresh look in ebony black with skeletonized baton-style hands and a new analog date hand with a red arrow pointing directly to the date. Powered by a caliber 240 PS C movement, the Calatrava Ref. 6006G pays homage to the 40th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s acclaimed caliber 240 movement. With its design components subtly reworked, the Ref. 6006G breathes new life into the Calatrava collection with its sleek and striking elegance.
Patek Philippe also released a visual update of their Ladies’ World Time Ref. 7130, with a bright and beautiful color. The new 7130G features a captivating peacock blue dial and is completed with a matching alligator strap. Accentuated with over a carat of diamonds, the striking color of this timepiece is wonderfully complimented by the sparkle of perfectly set diamonds in the bezel and buckle.
Not only is this timepiece absolutely stunning, it is also incredibly functional. The world time function displays the time around the world at a glance by simultaneously displaying a 24-hour indication of the current time in each time zone. Fitted with a caliber 240 HU, the Ref. 7130G is powered by the same automatic movement that is behind most of Patek Philippe’s world time watches. Illuminated by diamonds, the delicate guilloche dial paired with soft peacock blue makes this timepiece unapologetically feminine.
Paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, Patek Philippe released a bold new look for the collection: the Aquanaut Ref. 5168G. Fitted with a 40mm steel case and a black dial, the original Aquanaut was the archetype of a sports watch. The Ref. 5168G is the first Aquanaut in 18k white gold and, with a 42.2mm case, it boasts the largest case size ever seen in the line. Its warmer hue clearly sets itself apart from stainless steel and although the case was enlarged, the proportions and iconic styling elements remain intact.
This is also the first time that an Aquanaut has been available with a blue dial or strap option. Playing off of the Aquanaut’s classic black dial, the new Ref. 5168G features an embossed dial that graduates in color from night blue to black along the edges. This new release is sure to be a hit amongst fans and collectors and is a fitting tribute as we celebrate 20 years of the exceptionally successful and sporty Aquanaut collection.
One of the big surprises at Baselworld this year was the unveiling of Patek Philippe’s popular annual calendar chronograph, Ref. 5960, with a white gold case on a leather strap. The 5960 collection has seen several visual iterations over the years including the 5960P in platinum, the 5960/1A in steel, and now is available for the first time in white gold.
Borrowing some styling cues from the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G, the new Ref. 5960/01G has a much sportier vibe with a textured blue dial and a brown calf leather strap. White and red hands provide a wonderful contrast against the underscored blue dial, which really rounds out the sporty look of this timepiece. A more subtle difference is the updated chronograph control, which now feature guilloche pushers that were inspired by vintage Patek models. The Ref. 5960/01G combines a sporty look with a slight vintage feel to create a fascinating new introduction from Patak Philippe.
Another beautiful offering from Baselworld was a new version of Patek Philippe’s classic men’s Chronograph Ref. 5170, which is now available in platinum for the first time. Fitted with a 39.4mm platinum case, the Ref. 5170P was clearly made to be a dress watch first with the added benefit of a chronograph function.
Its blue sunburst dial graduates in color from blue to black, offering a bold new vision for the classic chronograph. The elegance of the timepiece is undeniable with its platinum case and the incorporation of baguette diamond hour markers to replace the Breguet numerals on the dial. The latest in a legacy of great manually wound, two-register chronograph timepieces, the Ref. 5170P is a powerful combination of functionality and elegance.
Baselworld brought a flurry of excitement for Patek Philippe’s newest creations but there was also a lot of hype surrounding their massive upcoming public exhibition. The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition will take place from July 13-23, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The 10-day event will showcase Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horologerie. Encompassing over 13,000 square feet, The Art of Watches grants visitors access to exceptional collections of pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530. The best part of all… the exhibition is free and open to the general public! Visit The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition for more information and event details.
Held in Geneva, Switzerland each January, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the first of the two major world exhibitions for the Swiss watch industry. Thousands of media personnel, collectors and retailers storm Switzerland for the first glimpse at the latest innovations in watchmaking. The event creates a flurry of excitement for watch enthusiasts eager to see what their favorite brands will announce and what will be the hot, new watches for the coming year.
While Baselworld retains claim as the largest event each year, don’t let the unassuming exterior of Geneva’s Palexpo fool you… what lies inside is an oasis of haute horology. Explore this recap to discover some of our favorite pieces from SIHH 2017 that represent the newest releases in modern watchmaking.
The Clifton Club is an entirely new collection for Baume & Mercier that features a classic style blended with sporty aesthetics and a pop of color. This sporty collection is a great compliment to Baume & Mercier’s existing offerings of more classically traditional designs. Available in five versions, the Clifton Club is a great option for men looking for a multipurpose, stylish sports watch.
Baume & Mercier continues their relationship with Shelby in 2017 with a new limited edition collection of Shelby-themed timepieces—the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra. This new collection features an entirely new case design and two new movement options. The Clifton Club Shelby Cobra is available in two versions, fitted with either a self-winding chronograph or a flyback chronograph movement.
Following the release of the Geophysic Universal Time in 2015, Jaeger LeCoultre has upped the ante this year by adding a flying tourbillon. The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is the first timepiece to feature both a flying tourbillon and a world time function. Cased in platinum, this impressive timepiece is visually captivating and limited to 100 pieces.
The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time wasn’t the only announcement from the brand at SIHH regarding their Geophysic collection. Jaeger LeCoultre also announced that the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Travel Timewill now be available on a new interchangeable bracelet. The size of the bracelet can be quickly adjusted and it features a patent-pending lever system that allows the bracelet to be swapped for a strap quickly and easily without the use of a tool.
Celebrating the Master Control collection’s 25th anniversary, Jaeger LeCoultre released special edition timepieces of the Master Control Date, Chronograph and Geographic models. The existing versions are enriched with vintage inspiration including a two-tone sector dial, light blue accents and skeletonized baton hands. These design elements are sure to appeal to those who enjoy a vintage touch in their timepieces.
One of Jaeger LeCoultre’s most complex collections, the Duométre collection, is receiving a fresh look. The Sphérotourbillon, Quantième Lunaire and Chronographe models now feature magnetite grey dials framed in a 42mm pink gold case. This new interpretation further enhances the Duométre’s appeal with its masterful complications, unique style and exceptional movement design.
Jaeger LeCoultre’s elegant and refined Rendez-Vous collection of ladies watches is getting larger! In addition to the ever-popular 34mm case size, the Rendez-Vous Night & Day will now be available in a larger 38.5mm case. The collection is available in steel or yellow gold, with or without diamond accents.
At SIHH this year, Panerai announced their newest and most advanced timepiece to date, the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days (PAM700). Centered around a 49mm Carbotech case, this impressive timepiece is crafted from high-tech materials and boasts a 50-year guarantee. The use of these innovative materials has reduced friction to a minimum, enabling the movement to require no oil or lubrication of any kind. To create an extremely dark black appearance, the dial is coated with carbon nanotubes which practically absorb all light that hits the dial.
Another unique innovation was announced by Panerai at SIHH 2017, a new revolutionary material called BMG-TECH. The name stands for Bulk Metallic Glass which is a material made from a special glass-like alloy that is very light, high strength and has an extreme resistance to wear. While BMG-TECH doesn’t seem drastically different in appearance, the material is harder and lighter than steel, and is incredibly resistant to external shocks and magnetic fields. Panerai’s Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3 Days (PAM692) will be the first mechanical watch created with this revolutionary material.
Previously only offered in precious metals, Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda 1950 collection will now be available with a stainless steel case. At 40mm, the steel version is slightly larger than the precious metal versions and is available with a black or white dial. The timepiece features a PF702 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve which can be admired through the sapphire case-back.
Parmigiani Fleurier’s Toric collection has always been synonymous with high-complication timepieces, with these models historically possessing minute repeater functions. At SIHH, Parmigiani unveiled the Toric Chronometre, a COSC-certified chronometer with date. While it retains the signature style of the collection, the aesthetic of the Toric Chronometre is more understated and streamlined. The Toric Chronometre is available in four different versions—a white or red gold case paired with either a black or white dial.
Parmigiani unveiled a new version of their popular Bugatti Aerolithe timepiece with some exciting aesthetic updates. Designed to pay homage to the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe Coupe, this timepiece is filled with beautiful details that are reminiscent of the design of the car. Equipped with a flyback chronograph, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance uses the same PF335 automatic movement as the previous version. There is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits in the double tachometer, which has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to Bugatti’s signature colors.
1. Which Rolex offers a second time zone function?
A. Rolex Explorer II
B. Rolex Sky-Dweller
C. Rolex GMT-Master II
D. All of the above
2. The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication sold at auction by Sotheby’s on November 12th, 2014 for what amount?
A. $4 million
B. $6 million
C. $8 million
D. $28 million
3. The leather and alligator watch straps for Parmigiani Fleurier are produced by which company?
D. Christian Louboutin
4. TUDOR was started by the founder of what other watch brand?
C. Patek Philippe
5. Panerai’s use of “Black Seal” is in historic reference to what?
A. Italian Frogmen who wore black uniforms during WWII
B. Type of leather used for watch straps
C. Sticker that held the watch box closed in the 1930’s
D. Pet seal that lived in the factory warehouse
6. The Atmos clock by Jaeger LeCoultre is powered by a highly sensitive gas blend, Ethyl Chloride. A single degree of temperature variation will supply enough energy to power the Atmos for approximately how long?
A. 30 minutes
B. 1 hour
C. 12 hours
D. 48 hours
7. What is the current motto for Baume and Mercier?
A. The best a man can get
B. Because you’re worth it
C. Life is about moments
D. Betcha can’t eat just one
The Watch Fair is your opportunity to shop expanded collections from the top Swiss watch brands with special event pricing. The event also gives you the rare chance to see prototype timepieces and extremely rare, unreleased models. Enjoy this exclusive preview of a few of the specialty timepieces available this weekend only at The Watch Fair!
For a man, fatherhood can be one of the most blissful events in his life. So often the joy and the sacrifice of a father goes unnoticed. Don’t let your appreciation for all he does go unnoticed. Father’s Day is the perfect time to thank him for being such a wonderful father, husband, and friend with a Swiss watch from Wixon Jewelers!
We know it’s hard to shop for the man who has everything. You know he wants a fine timepiece but with so many brands, styles, and sizes to choose from, you have NO idea where to start. We’ve put together a simple watch buying guide to help choose the perfect gift.
If dad is a business professional who often wears a suit and tie and travels on business, we suggest you start with Patek Philippe. Their men’s Calatrava collection, such as the Ref. 5196G or Ref. 5296R, are the epitome of Patek Philippe watches and a testament to their continued innovation and perfection. Their timeless and elegant design offer a watch that can be worn for decades without ever going out of style.
Patek Philippe – Ref. 5196G
Patek Philippe – Ref. 5296R
The need for speed! There are several great options if he is a car or motorcycle enthusiast. Today, top watch brands have broadened their collections by creating unique partnerships with automobile and motorcycle companies. Parmigiani Fleurier partnered with supercar company Bugatti to create some incredible men’s watches which are adorned with the Bugatti logo. The design of the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aerolithe was inspired by the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe and is an amazing timepiece. Just like driving a Bugatti, when you are wearing this watch, you will turn heads.
Parmigiani Fleurier – Bugatti Aerolithe
For the athletic, sports guy you need to find a timepiece that can be worn both on and off the field. Watches like the TUDOR Pelagos are designed to withstand the rigors of underwater use yet can be worn every day. The Baume & Mercier Capeland retains a sense of vintage inspiration while having a very modern look. One of the standout aesthetic aspects of the Capeland is the classically styled chronograph buttons on the right side of the case, giving you a sporty look with an elegant feel. The Capeland is available in several versions, which help match to their personality.
TUDOR – Pelagos
Baume & Mercier – Capeland 10006
If he prefers the great outdoors over an office with-a-view, we recommend a sporty timepiece that features a big bold dial with rugged durability. If your husband is into boating and sailing, the Pershing 002 by Parmigiani Fleurier is the perfect timepiece. It is a sporty timepiece that features a 42mm case with a stunning bold red dial.
Parmigiani Fleurier – Pershing 002
What about the world-traveling dad? He’s constantly on the go so he needs a watch that allows him to keep time in more than one location. Watches with dual time zones have a high utility value by enabling the wearer to independently read two different time zones at a glance. Parmigiani’s Tonda Hemispheres features a small dial to track dual time zones, while the Panerai Radimoir 3 Days GMT utilizes a second hour hand to display the second time zone.
Parmigiani Fleurier – Tonda Hemispheres
Panerai – Radiomir 3 Days GMT (PAM421)
You may think that he’d rather have the latest iPhone than a fine timepiece but you might be mistaken. Fine timepieces contain many moving parts and functions which can be appreciated by techies and engineers of all kinds. A watch that possesses unique features, functions and advanced complications is truly an engineering masterpiece. The Duomètre à Chronographe by Jaeger LeCoultre is a true marvel of modern watchmaking precision. Using a concept nicknamed Dual Wing, the movement utilizes two individual watch devices that have their own supply of power but connected through one regulating mechanism.
Jaeger LeCoultre – Duomètre à Chronographe
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Wixon Jewelers was proud to welcome master watchmaker and founder of Parmigiani Fleurier, Michel Parmigiani, to Minnesota! Mr. Parmigiani, along with U.S. President Thierry Collot, stopped by Wixon Jewelers as part of a whirlwind U.S. Tour for a Meet & Greet with watch and horology lovers. (Pictured above (L-R): Dan & Hope Wixon, Michel Parmigiani, Thierry Collot)
One of a Kind Experiences
How often do you get the chance for a glimpse into the passion and personal history of both a brand and the man behind it? Parmigiani enthusiasts had the rare opportunity to not only talk to the visionary watchmaker, but to see an impressive collection of rare and extraordinary timepieces hand selected by Mr. Parmigiani himself. From one on one conversations to a signed note and photo with Michel, this was truly a unique event!
Getting up close and personal with limited edition timepieces was a rare treat for our clients. With a number of new releases and classic favorites, including special selections from the Bugatti and Tonda collections, as well as the Ovale Pantographe, there was something for everyone. One of the highlights was an exclusive one of a kind Toric Westminster. Check out the video below to hear the chimes of this impressive timepiece.
Known as the premier jewelry store in Minnesota, Wixon Jewelers in Minneapolis specializes in engagement rings, fine Swiss watches, gemstones and diamond jewelry. We offer our clients more than just fine jewelry and timepieces; we offer them a level of service, trust and expertise that our competitors simply cannot match.