Topper Blog The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.
  • Longines Heritage Military COSD

    Date posted: 12-12-2015

    Two years ago, Longines came out with a series of three watches that captured the essence of military pieces in the 1930s with the Military 1938 collection. That series consisted of a full set of automatic movements (chronograph, GMT, and three hand) on sail cloth straps. read article >

  • The Nomos Glashutte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary

    Date posted: 12-07-2015

    The Nomos Glashutte Tangente 38 for Topper Fine Jewelers 75th Anniversary is here! Unlike most watches we write about where we interpret the design intentions of the manufacturer, this piece came about as a collaborative design effort between me, my brother Russ, and the design team at Nomos. read article >

  • The BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT

    Date posted: 12-06-2015

    After a long wait, the BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT has finally hit U.S. authorized dealers. This watch follows the "Classic GMT" of the mid 2000s and the Magnate GMT which is still in production after being introduced about four years ago as the third "four hand" GMT watch in the Hydrocarbon collection. read article >

  • The Heritage Diver 1967

    Date posted: 12-01-2015

    The Heritage series has consistently been my favorite part of the Longines collection for as long as I've been working at Topper. Though I appreciate the military pieces of the 1930s and the formal style of the 1950s (Conquest and Flagship models), I find the vintage divers to be their most intriguing offerings. read article >

  • SBGR097 55th Anniversary Grand Seiko

    Date posted: 12-01-2015

    With a few exceptions, Grand Seiko models without rotating bezels, both automatic and Spring Drive, are in the 38-41mm range. At 42mm, Grand Seiko's 55th Anniversary SBGR091 is a modest outlier and is Grand Seiko's largest size for a non date automatic. read article >

  • Topper's Rob Caplan Interviews Bremont Co-Founder Nick English about Bremont's partnership with America's Cup and Oracle

    Date posted: 11-23-2015

    With Bremont Co-Founder Nick English in Bermuda at a Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Race. read article >

  • The Type 20 Extra Special Bronze

    Date posted: 11-23-2015

    It's been a few years since we've had interesting bronze watches at Topper Fine Jewelers. Back in the mid 2000's, we added an Italian brand (Anonimo) just as they were completing their first few runs of bronze-cased watches. The most popular for us was the Polluce, which was a bronze version of a robust dive watch. read article >

  • SBGA011 vs SBGA059: Snowflake Showdown II

    Date posted: 11-10-2015

    The SBGA011 "Snowflake" has been our best selling Grand Seiko model in our first few months as a dealer. Inspired by the "Snowflake Showdown" on Watchuseek that compared the SBGA011 to a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) version that features three arabic markers, we thought we'd do another showdown between the SBGA011 and the SBGA059 "boutique edition". read article >