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.
  • Interview with Eric Singer: His thoughts on the Milan KISS SpringLOCK Test

    Date posted: 11-14-2013

    On October 23rd, 2013, the world famous American hard rock band KISS had a concert in Nippon Budokan in Tokyo (Japan). During the concert, Eric Singer, drummer of KISS played the entire concert wearing the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne. The watch was equipped with SpringLOCK, BALL"s new system that helps absorb repetitive shock. As expected, the watch did extremely well! read article >

  • The Trainmaster Roman: Off the French Track

    Date posted: 11-11-2013

    The Trainmaster Roman is the only Trainmaster that is new this year that is not a chronograph. It is a well thought out piece that plays with the conventions of the traditional numbering of Roman Numerals on watch dials. read article >

  • The Ball Trainmaster Cannonball II: The Dress Chronograph with SpringLOCK

    Date posted: 11-02-2013

    BALL's SpringLOCK technology, is rolling out in three models this month: The Cannonball II, Hydrocarbon Airborne and Spacemaster Blackrock. While the latter two watches are both sport watches, the Cannonball II is the only dress watch coming this fall that will feature this new technology. read article >

  • The Zenith Chronomaster Bullitt: Evolution of the "Black Watch"

    Date posted: 10-11-2013

    At first glance the 45mm Zenith Bullitt is striking, but it"s worth a deeper look as it showcases both Zenith"s abilities as a case manufacturer and mechanical innovator. First, the metallurgy is different than their other black cases. read article >

  • The Serein Diamond Moon-phase: Beautiful during the Day and at Night!

    Date posted: 10-07-2013

    Have you ever seen a $2,000 ladies watch with a functioning moon-phase indicator and a diamond bezel? In the new Serein Classic Moon-Phase, Michelle has made their most innovative watch in years by adding a fully functioning moon-phase complication to one of their popular pieces. read article >

  • The 2013 HydroConquest Automatic: Blue, Black & White dial models

    Date posted: 10-02-2013

    There are 11 new three-hand models of the hydroconquest automatic this year; four new 39mm, and seven new 41mm models. Below are photos of three variations of the 41mm Hydroconquest; blue, black, and white with black bezel. read article >

  • BALL For BMW Chronograph

    Date posted: 09-27-2013

    If the Ball for BMW watches look different than the main watches in the collection, it"s because they are. While BALL CTO Philippe Antille was involved in bringing a mechanical innovation that is exclusive to the BALL for BMW series, the collection has an entirely different designer than the main BALL Collection; Magali Metrailler of Jeager LeCoultre fame. read article >

  • Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC

    Date posted: 09-23-2013

    The basic case design of the Aquis DLC is not new but is an adaptation. The stylistic base is the identically cased 46mm "Aquis Small Second" with a black dial. Indeed, the markers, lume, and matted ceramic bezel are taken directly from this pre-existing model. read article >