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.
  • 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 >

  • The 2015 Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve

    Date posted: 11-10-2015

    This year at Baselworld, Glashutte Original announced new variations to both the PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve models for the first time since they were redesigned in 2012. While fans of the brand are certainly familiar with the "Pano" watches, what makes them unique from the rest of the Glashutte Original collection is the way that they feature offset dials and either a... read article >

  • BALL Trainmaster Moon Phase: Welcome Back, Lit Moon.

    Date posted: 11-05-2015

    Prior to the release of the 2015 Trainmaster Moon Phase, two other three-hand BALL moonphase watches have preceded it. The first was the Engineer Master II Moon Phase, which came out in the mid 2000s. It featured the signature 40mm Engineer Master II case, a backlit crown-operated moon phase, and Arabic twelve, nine, six, and three o'clock markers made out of tritium tubes. read article >

  • The Ball Trainmaster Cleveland Night Express

    Date posted: 11-03-2015

    Today, Ball is a brand of many faces and influences. There are modern shock-resistant tool watches, themed pilot and dive watches, and pieces where the luminescence is the central design theme. The Trainmasters have traditionally been the most formal Ball watches. read article >