Monday, 14 March 2016

Read the Brand New Watches By SJX

Conceived by Singapore's leading design studio, the new Watches By SJX is now online. All existing stories can be found on the revamped site - plus exciting new content to come. Take a look right here.

Romain Gauthier Unveils the Logical One in Titanium

At Baselworld 2016 Romain Gauthier will unveil the Logical One in titanium, a marginally more accessible version of his top of the line timepiece equipped with a constant force mechanism.

First introduced three years ago, the Logical One is Romain Gauthier's flagship timepiece, equipped with an unusual chain and fusee mechanism. Originally available only in precious metals, the Logical One will make its debut in titanium at Baselworld 2016, rendering it slightly more affordable.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Tudor to Unveil Black Bay Bronze at Baselworld 2016

Tudor will introduce a bronze Black Bay dive watch at Baselworld 2016 that will be larger in diameter as well as powered by an in-house automatic movement, according to Rolex Passion Report.

Run by vintage Rolex dealer Philipp Stahl, Rolex Passion Report has let the cat out of the bag, revealing one of the upcoming watches Tudor is slated to unveil at Baselworld 2016, the Black Bay Bronze. 

Richard Mille Melds Carbon Composite with Gold Leaf in new NTPT Composite

Richard Mille continues to forge ahead in carbon composites with its new gold leaf and carbon cases on a pair of new ladies' watches, the RM 07-01 Gold Quartz0TPT and the RM 037 Gold NTPT Carbon.

Having pioneered the use of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) carbon composites in watch cases, Richard Mille is once again injecting new elements into the distinctive striped material. Both Gold Quartz-TPT and Gold NTPT carbon have 10 micron-thick sheets of gold leaf in between the composite layers, giving the new materials brilliant gold striations.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Introducing the Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph, Retro Styling with an In-House Movement

A vintage-style diver's chronograph powered by an in-house movement, the new Eterna Super KonTiki will make its official debut at Baselworld 2016. Specs and the price below. 

Inspired by the KonTiki dive watch from the 1970s, the Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph is powered by the calibre 3916A, an impressively spec'ed in-house movement. It's the latest addition to a line of watches named after the Kon-Tiki expedition, a journey across the Pacific Ocean in 1947 on nothing more than a wooden raft named after the Incan sun god.

In the News: Thaksin Shinawatra, Deposed Prime Minister and Watch Collector

Long reputed to be a watch collector, Thaksin Shinawatra is profiled in this weekend's Financial Times, sporting a "top-of-the-range Patek Philippe watch". A casual sampling of public photos reveals an impressive variety of watches on  the exiled former Prime Minister of Thailand.

Thaksin with the Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat. Credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

In this weekend's "Lunch with the FT" in the Financial Times, Thaksin Shinawatra is described as being "visibly pleased with his newly acquired top-of-the-range Patek Philippe watch" during the lunch interview in Singapore. FT correspondent Michael Peel helpfully tweeted a photo of Thaksin during the session, revealing what might be a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon ref. 6002G - unsurprising given Thaksin reputation as an accomplished watch collector.

Friday, 11 March 2016

How Good is the Mark XVIII - IWC's Entry Level Pilot's Watch?

Introduced at SIHH 2016, the Mark XVIII is most affordable watch in the Pilot's Watch line-up from IWC, the newest instalment in a long line of bestselling, time-only aviator's watches.

The IWC Mark XVIII is the aggressively priced, entry-level watch in the new Pilot's Watch collection launched at SIHH 2016 endowed with the right qualities. With a palatable design, aviation heritage and affordable price, the Mark XVIII will probably sell well. But how good is it actually?

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Introducing the Stowa Marine Singapore Edition "Singapura Red Hill"

Based on the Stowa Marine Automatic, the Singapura Red Hill limited edition is inspired by an ancient legend of a heroic boy, spiteful king and killer swordfish. Here's all you need to know, including specs and the price.

A collaboration between German watchmaker Stowa and Red Army Watches, a Singapore watch retailer, the Marine "Singapura Red Hill" commemorates an a fable about a heroic boy who saved an island kingdom from murderous fish, only to be executed by a spiteful monarch who resented the boy's fame.

Fiona Krüger Introduces the Petite Skull, Mechanical Memento Mori for the Wrist

Fiona Krüger presents a smaller, sleeker version of her trademark skull-shaped wristwatch with Petite Skull, featuring an elaborate guilloche dial. Specs and price follow below.

A Scottish designer who studied in Switzerland, Fiona Krüger's watches developed out of her postgraduate project. Inspired by mementos mori in art, including a skull-shaped timepiece owned by the luckless Mary Queen of Scots, Krüger's first timepiece was an oversized skull-shaped timepiece. She'll soon launch the followup to that at Baselworld 2016, the Petite Skull.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A Peek Inside the Newly Reopened Audemars Piguet Boutique in Singapore

Audemars Piguet just reopened its flagship boutique in Singapore, now restyled and enlarged, making it the largest such store in the world. We take you on a quick tour of the fresh premises.

Sitting just off Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping boulevard, the revamped boutique is over 2000 sq ft, the largest Audemars Piguet boutique in the world. Liberally decorated with oak and stone, the store leans heavily on Audemars Piguet's hometown of Le Brassus for inspiration.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Seiko Introduces PADI Special Edition Dive Watches, Including "Pepsi" 6309 Remake

To mark its newly minted partnership with PADI, Seiko has unveiled a pair of special edition dive watches, a Kinetic GMT Diver and Prospex Automatic Dive "Pepsi". You'l find specs and pricing below.

Founded just months after Seiko launched its first diver's watch in 1965, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's biggest diver training organisation. The Japanese watchmaker just inked an agreement with PADI to promote diving and marine conservation, an occasion that has produced a pair of special edition dive watches, including a 6309 diver remake in blue and red, echoing the colours of the PADI logo.

The Verdict: Up Close with the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite

Elaborately constructed but easy to use, the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite is one of the most fully-featured travel watches on the market. We go up close to find out how good it is.

Dual time watches, along with alarm timepieces, rarely get the respect they deserve. They are typically regarded as undemanding complications, even if they are complex and clever. That contrasts with say, a tourbillon, which is often venerated, sometimes mistakenly. And so it will be for the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, a smart and solid travel watch.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Introducing the Nord Zeitmaschine Freesdial - Telling Time with Moving Hands & Moving Dials

NORD Zeitmaschine continues to develop intriguingly complicated time display mechanisms with the new Freesdial featuring a retracting minute hand and moving minute track. Here's all you need to know, including the price.

Excelling at creatively complex time display mechanisms, NORD Zeitmaschine will introduce its third model at Baselworld 2016. Named Freesdial after the dynamic scales for the minutes that constantly move as the time passes, the watch also displays the date as well as a second time zone.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Chopard Introduces the L.U.C Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Chopard combines its wonderfully constructed chronograph movement with a perpetual calendar in the limited edition L.U.C Perpetual Chrono cased in Fairmined gold.

Two years ago Chopard unveiled its first in-house, manually wound chronograph movement in the L.U.C 1963. True to the traditions of the L.U.C line - the jeweller's range of high horology watches with admirable movements - the movement inside was impressively put together. Now it has received a major upgrade with the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono.

Friday, 4 March 2016

A Detailed Look at the Ultra-Rare Lange 1 Honey Gold

One of rarest watches made by A. Lange & Söhne in recent years, the Lange 1 Honey Gold combines the German watchmaker's proprietary gold alloy with a movement featuring additional and elaborate decoration. Here's a detailed look at one of the 20 made.

Introduced in December last year but never announced publicly, the Lange 1 Honey Gold is a limited edition of just 20 watches proffered to key clients of A. Lange & Söhne. This exceptionally rare watch is a first generation Lange 1, with a case made of honey gold, as well as a unusually decorated movement reminiscent of the Handwerkskunst timepieces.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Up Close with the Richard Mille RM 19-01 "Natalie Portman" Blue Sapphire

Natalie Portman fashioned the RM 19-01 Spider Tourbillon, a hand-wound wristwatch decorated by a diamond-set arachnid. We go up close with a blue sapphire-set RM 19-01 Asia Edition.

A trendy ladies' timepiece designed by the talented American actress who is a Richard Mille ambassador, the RM 19-01 Natalie Portman is a tourbillon wristwatch with a skeleton movement featuring a baseplate in the form of a stylised spider. And this particular specimen is the Asia Edition, distinguished by the more than 800 blue sapphires set on the front and flanks.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Döttling Introduces Entry-Level Luxury Safe for Watches

Protecting pricey timepieces in style just got a bit more affordable with the Döttling FocusLine, a series of more affordable, high security safes.

Döttling is best known for its extravagantly unnecessary safes that sometimes cost more than the objects inside. They usually start at US$100,000, climbing to a quarter million dollars or more. The German safe maker even offers a portable, bulletproof watch case with a built-in tracking device. But just like luxury watchmakers Döttling is also adapting to the times with the FocusLine, its lowest priced series of safes to date, starting at €9000, or about US$9800.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Up Close with the Patek Philippe Grand Complication Ref. 5073P

One of the most extravagant Patek Philippe grand complications, the Ref. 5073P is a minute repeater with perpetual calendar, and over four carats of baguette-cut diamonds.

While its cousin without diamonds, the Ref. 5074P, is somewhat stealthy, the Ref. 5073P is unashamedly loud. The bezel, lugs and dial are set with large, baguette-cut diamonds, making the 42 mm case, already large by Patek Philippe standards, seem even larger. There is an undeniable, elemental appeal in a highly complicated watch with a gorgeously finished movement, that also happens to be extravagantly lavish. 

Monday, 29 February 2016

Introducing the H. Moser & Cie. Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue in Stainless Steel

The first ever H. Moser & Cie. wristwatch in stainless steel, the Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue is a stripped-down version of the brand's signature complication. Here's a summary, including the price.

Highly regarded for its sensibly clean layout, the H. Moser & Cie. Perpetual Calendar does a lot with very little. Now it gets even simpler - even simpler than the first Concept Perpetual Calendar unveiled earlier this year - with the Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue that is pared down to almost nothing, and in more affordable stainless steel to boot.

Event Report: An Awesome Gathering of Watch Collectors in Kyoto, Japan

Every year a group of distinguished Japanese watch collectors gather to share their passion, inevitably resulting in an awesome assembly of some of the world's best and rarest timepieces. Here's a peek into the most recent conclave.

Japan is home to some of the most accomplished watch collectors on the planet, including a group of Tokyo-based aficionados who meet annually, resulting in a truly extraordinary gathering of watches that is always diverse, tasteful and uncommon. This year's congregation took place in February 2016 in the ancient city of Kyoto, once the Imperial capital of Japan.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Hands-On with the Cartier Santos 100, Now with an In-House Movement

Cartier recently reintroduced the Santos 100 Carbon with minor aesthetic tweaks and more importantly, the in-house 1847 MC movement. Here's a hands-on look, with original photos and pricing.

One of the most famous square watches ever, the Cartier Santos started life as an early wristwatch conceived for Brazilian aviator Albert Santos-Dumont in 1904. Over the last century the Santos has evolved into myriad forms, including the Santos coated in scratch-resistant amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC), now equipped with an in-house movement for the first time. The Santos 100 Carbon was only just unveiled at SIHH 2016, alongside the similarly styled Ballon Bleu Carbon.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Renaud of Renaud & Papi Comes Out of Retirement

Dominique Renaud is back with his own brand after 16 years in retirement, and slated to present his first wristwatch, the DR01 Twelve First, before Baselworld 2016. Here's a teaser for the upcoming timepiece.

His last name is famous as half of Renaud & Papi, the complications specialist Dominique Renaud co-founded with Giulio Papi in 1986. Now owned by Audemars Piguet, Renaud & Papi is highly regarded for the complicated movements it develops for brands like Richard Mille. He retired in the year 2000, but now Dominique Renaud is back. 

Breguet Acquires Clock Made for Bugatti Royale, Once the World's Most Expensive Car

Breguet recently acquired for its museum a dashboard chronograph originally intended to be installed in the Bugatti Type 41 "Royale", once the most expensive automobile in the world.

Delivered to Bugatti in 1932, the dash-mounted clock was one of nine such timepieces Breguet made for the French carmaker in the early 1930s and is now destined for the Breguet Museum. These were intended to be fitted to the centre of the steering wheel of the Bugatti Type 41, a monumental car best known as the "Royale". More than 20 ft long, the Royale once held the record as the most expensive ever sold when one changed hands for over US$15 million.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Introducing the Angelus U20 Skeleton Tourbillon in Carbon Composite and Sapphire

With a movement that appears to be floating inside the case, the Angelus U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon combines carbon composite, titanium and sapphire crystal for a lightweight, transparent timepiece. Here's an overview, including specs and pricing.

Being the sister company of movement maker La Joux-Perret, Angelus has the good fortune of being able to make unusual movements. Soon to be unveiled at Baselworld 2016, the new U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon is an example of that, featuring a sapphire crystal base plate and blued titanium bridges.

Monday, 22 February 2016

A Detailed Look at the Akrivia Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour

Helmed by a pair of surprisingly young brothers, Akrivia is less than four years old but its movements possess the finesse and flair of more established makers. Now we go up close with the brand's most complicated watch, the Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour.

Akrivia is a nascent independent watch brand founded by a pair of brothers from Albania. Though young - the elder is just 29 - the Rexhepi brothers have managed to design and manufacture impressively constructed and gorgeously finished movements. Their most recent, and most complicated, timepiece is the Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour.