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.


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Introducing the Longines Heritage Military COSD, a Remake of the WWII Paratrooper's Watch

Taking inspiration from a wristwatch once made for British special forces during the Second World War, the Longines Heritage Military COSD is a decently priced, military- style timepiece. You'll find specs and the price below. 



A remake of a timepiece Longines once supplied to the British military's Combined Operations Supply Depot (COSD) during the Second World War, the Heritage Military COSD is reasonably faithful to the original and affordably priced. In short, it has all the qualities that makes Longines' other historical reissues appealing.


Friday, 19 February 2016

A Detailed Look at the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon

Big, bold and intricate, the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon combines one of the most beautiful chronograph movements with a perpetual calendar and tourbillon to create one of the most complicated watches made by A. Lange & Söhne.



Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon - a long name for a complicated watch that was the flagship of the collection A. Lange & Söhne unveiled at SIHH 2016. A large and imposing watch, the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon is an old-fashioned complicated timepiece featuring Lange's signature chronograph with a perpetual calendar on the top as well as a tourbillon.


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Introducing the Slim d'Hermes, Now in Slate Grey or Midnight Blue

Hermes adds colour to the Slim d'Hermes automatic with new metallic finish dials in slate grey or midnight blue that will be unveiled at Baselworld 2016, along with something for the ladies with a diamond-set version.



The elegant but quirky Slim d'Hermes was first introduced last year in silver, but the palette will soon widen with additions to the line at Baselworld 2016. Hermes will unveil two new dials colours at Baselworld, slate grey and midnight blue, alongside new strap options as well as a diamond-set bezel.


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Hands-On with the De Bethune DB25 World Traveller

De Bethune recently introduced its first dual time zone wristwatch, and like all its other timepieces the DB25 World Traveller is constructed and finished to a remarkably high standard.



De Bethune watches are always unusual and gorgeously finished, even when equipped with a straightforward complication. Such is the case with the DB25 World Traveller, an elaborately executed dual time zone wristwatch.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Hands-On with the Elegante 48 mm - F.P. Journe's Quartz, Sports Watch for Men

Originally unveiled as a fuss-free ladies' watch, the Elegante is now available in a larger size for men, while still keeping the quartz movement that goes to sleep to preserve battery life. Here's a hands-on look at the watch, including original photos and the price.



F.P. Journe introduced the Elegante in 2014, a watch conceived as a sporty-ish ladies' watch with a smart quartz movement that goes into hibernation after 30 minutes of being at rest. The Elegante sold well enough that a men's version was just introduced this year, equipped with the same quartz movement, except in a larger case that's 40 mm wide and 48 mm long.


SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels continued to focus on lavishly decorated watches with novel complications conceived for ladies at SIHH 2016. Here's all you need to know about its line-up complete with original photography. 



Van Cleef & Arpels excels at delicately pretty ladies' watches, usually elaborately gem-set or enamelled. The jeweller's offerings at SIHH 2016 stuck to what it does best, with jewelled fairies and enamelled butterflies taking pride of place on watch dials.


Monday, 15 February 2016

Watches&Wonders To Take Place Every Two Years

Watches&Wonders, the annual luxury watch fair in Hong Kong, will now become a biennial event, with the next one happening in September 2017.


At Watches&Wonders 2015 there was much speculation if the event would happen again, given the sliding demand in for fine watches in Hong Kong and China. Conceived before the slowdown began, Watches&Wonders first happened in 2013, intended as a consumer focused exposition of the latest timepieces from brands of the Richemont Group, owner of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC. Watches&Wonders' appeal was its proximity to the consumer, as opposed to the SIHH trade fair in wintry Switzerland.


SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Vacheron Constantin

Face-lifted and improved, the new Overseas was the focus of Vacheron Constantin's showing at SIHH 2016. Here's all you need to know about its line-up complete with original photography and prices. 



Vacheron Constantin unveiled the new Overseas at SIHH 2016 to much fanfare, with photographer Steve McCurry of Afghan Girl fame in attendance. Having revamped the Overseas design and kitted out the whole line with in-house movements, Vacheron Constantin is banking on it becoming one of the benchmarks in the luxury sports watch segment.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Richard Mille

With a retracting fountain pen as well as a wristwatch designed with a builder of private jets, Richard Mille garnered a lot of attention at SIHH this year. Here's all you need to know about its line-up complete with original photography and prices. 



Richard Mille always manages to surprise each year, and so it did at SIHH 2016. While other watchmakers are squirming amidst slowing demand, Richard Mille is sailing through being the ultimate horological status symbol. Or more specifically, soaring past, with the flagship new wristwatch being the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph, designed in collaboration with Airbus Corporate Jets. And Richard Mille also debuted its first fountain pen, made of carbon composite and featuring a mechanical retraction mechanism.


Introducing the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer, Now in Dark Blue

One of its signature timepieces with unusual features for precision time-setting, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer will make its debut with a dark blue, grained dial at Baselworld 2016.



Introduced several years ago, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer is a clever timepiece inspired by vintage precision clocks made for navy ships. Originally available only with a silvered dial like those found on the original marine chronometers, the Senator Chronometer will soon be launched at Baselworld 2016 with a dark blue dial featuring a grained finish.


Friday, 12 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Roger Dubuis

Ladies' watches made up almost the entire line-up unveiled by Roger Dubuis at SIHH 2016, with the Velvet wristwatch presented in a diverse range of styles. Here's all you need to know about its new watches, complete with original photography and prices. 



For a brand best known for its oversized men's watches with tourbillons, Roger Dubuis' about-face to focus on ladies' timepieces at SIHH 2016 is significant, perhaps implying there are limits to the market for high-end men's watches. All of the ladies' watches introduced this year are surprisingly diverse variants of the Velvet, ranging from one in carbon composite to others decorated in enamelled blossoms.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Piaget

Piaget presented a small collection with two unusual watches at SIHH 2016, one being the thinnest high jewellery watch, and the other a novel mechanical movement with an electronic regulator. Here's all you need to know about its new watches, complete with original photography and prices. 



With the luxury watch market lacklustre, Piaget's SIHH 2016 line-up of watches was compact, with its new jewellery additions more numerous. Unsurprisingly, one of the new watches was a record-setting ultra-thin watch. Being the maker of the thinnest mechanical watch, and also the thinnest chronograph, Piaget claimed yet another title in the slimness stakes with the Altiplano 900D, the slimness high jewellery timepiece. 


Hublot Introduces the Big Bang Unico Sapphire

Hublot has just announced its first ever all-sapphire Big Bang Chronograph, with the case middle, bezel and back made of clear sapphire crystal. Here are the details, including the price.



In a preview of what it has in store for Baselworld 2016, Hublot has revealed its first ever chronograph in sapphire crystal. The Big Bang Unico Sapphire is an almost completely transparent watch, with most of the case machined from clear sapphire crystal, with a few components in titanium and clear resin. 


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Parmigiani

Parmgiani continued to impress with new in-house movements - including the 70-day power reserve Senfine concept - as well as exceptionally elaborate haute horlogerie complications at SIHH 2016. Here's all you need to know about its new watches, complete with original photography and prices. 



Being a vertically integrated and financially independent watchmaker, Parmigiani has the liberty to do what it likes, and the results are usually admirable. True to form Parmigiani's line-up at SIHH 2016 was heavy on top of the line high complications, but also included two impressive new movements.


Speake-Marin Introduces the Resilience Limited Edition in Black Enamel

Featuring a dial in glossy black enamel, the new Resilience in red gold is a limited edition of just eight watches. You'll find specs and the price below.



Named "Resilience" because its vitreous enamel dial is fade resistant and lasts almost forever, the original model bearing that name was fitted with a white enamel dial. Now Speake-Marin has made a small run of Resilience watches with a black enamel dial, a colour scarcely used because of the difficulty in producing it.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Panerai

Panerai stayed true to form for 2016, with a new line-up comprising watches inspired by "tropical" dial vintage originals, as well as a new, entry-level and in-house movement. Here's all you need to know about its new watches, complete with original photography and prices. 



More than most Panerai is a brand heavily reliant on its heritage, and so it was at SIHH 2016, with Panerai taking inspiration from the past, near and distant. And in line with its recent direction of the brand, much of the focus is on aesthetics, rather than new movements.


Eberhard & Co. Creates Chronograph for Omani Armed Forces

Eberhard & Co. has been tasked with producing a series of chronographs for the officers of the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, featuring a desert camouflage dial.



With the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman a recognised watch collector with a significant collection - not to mention the Rolex wristwatches with Omani crests that command huge premiums at auctions - the fact that officers of the sultanate's armed forces will be issued an Eberhart & Co. chronograph is no surprise. The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces has commission a limited series of the Camouflage Contograf featuring a desert camouflage motif dial, with the emblem of the Omani armed forces on the case back.


Monday, 8 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Montblanc

At SIHH 2016 Montblanc continued its strategy of classically styled watches, back by fiercely competitive pricing, including with its new 4810 range. Here's all you need to know about its new watches, complete with original photography and prices. 



Of the brands that exhibit at SIHH, Montblanc has been the most aggressive in pursuing a strategy of affordability, ensuring all its watches are priced competitively. Each year sees Montblanc introduce a new complication that's the lowest priced in its segment, something that continued at SIHH 2016.


Saturday, 6 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Jaeger-LeCoultre

SIHH 2016 was all about the Reverso, with Jaeger-LeCoultre giving the line a makeover that included tweaking the signature case for better ergonomics. Here's all you need to know, complete with original photography and prices. 


Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Reverso at SIHH 2016, marking the occasion with a streamlined line-up of Reverso watches, with the option of customising certain models. While the classic Reverso look remains, the new watches have a distinctive new character, along with a slightly redesigned case. Also notable is that fact that Jaeger-LeCoultre did not present a significant new complicated timepiece, as it did at past fairs. The prudent and measured approach to the 2016 line-up echoes what was found at IWC.


Christie's to Sell Wristwatches Worn in James Bond's Spectre

A host of props, costumes and memorabilia from the latest James Bond film Spectre will soon go under the hammer to raise funds for various charities. Amongst the 24 lots are three wristwatches, including the Omega Seamaster 300 worn by Daniel Craig.



Christie's in London will soon offer for sale objects from Spectre at James Bond Spectre – The Auction, a thematic sale dedicated to the 2016 James Bond film. The most important timepiece in the sale is undoubtedly the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre (lot 9) worn by Daniel Craig in the film, one of just eight prototypes made. Estimated at £15,000 to £20,000, history suggests it will sell for significantly more - the last watch worn by Craig in a film went for over US$250,000.

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: IWC

Traditionalists will like the new IWC Pilot's Watches, which made up the entirety of its offerings at SIHH 2016. The face-lifted aviator's timepieces are styled more attractively, and also more affordable. Here's all you need to know, complete with original photography and prices. 



IWC face-lifted its entire line of Pilot's Watches at SIHH 2016, giving existing models a makeover that tended towards the unfussy and practical. And IWC also adding a handful of new watches to the line-up, namely the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph and a smaller pilot's watch for ladies. Importantly, the new Pilot's Watches are mostly priced lower than the models they replace.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Introducing the Speake-Marin Veshelda Gothic One-Handed Wristwatch

Speake-Marin's novel, single-hand Veshelda is now available in titanium, with a vitreous enamel dial featuring Gothic numerals.


One of the earliest wristwatches made by Peter Speake-Marin was the Shimoda, a one-handed wristwatch named after the Japanese client that ordered it. Two years ago Speake-Marin revived the idea with the Veshelda that will be face-lifted for Baselworld 2016. The Veshelda Gothic new and improved: the case is lightweight titanium while the dial is fired enamel.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Greubel Forsey

At SIHH 2016, Greubel Forsey made itself more accessible - relatively speaking - with the time-only Signature 1, presented alongside a variant of its double balance wheel timepiece. Here's all you need to know, complete with original photography and prices.



Best known as a specialist in exquisite, exotic and expensive tourbillons, Greubel Forsey introduced its first ever time-only wristwatch at SIHH 2016 - a sign of the times perhaps. Named the Signature 1, this entry-level wristwatch is hand-wound and features an extra-large balance wheel, and is naturally decorated to the usual exceptional standard typical of Greubel Forsey.


Bernard Madoff's Patek Philippe Ref. 130 Chronographs Up For Sale

A pair of vintage Patek Philippe wristwatch chronographs once owned by Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff will soon go under the hammer, along with jewellery.

Photo Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers

Seized by the U.S. Marshals Service from convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff, the two Patek Philippe ref. 130 watches will be sold at auction on February 16, along with jewellery that once belonged to Madoff's wife.

Introducing the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Master Co-Axial

Omega has bestowed its latest generation Master Co-Axial movement on the Speedmaster, along with a moon phase so detailed it reveals an astronaut's footprint on its surface. You'll find details and the price below.



At Baselworld 2016 next month Omega will unveil the Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer, an enhanced version of its classic with a moon phase display at six o'clock. It's powered by the newest Omega movement, the calibre 9904, which includes all of the brand's innovations, including exceptional magnetism resistance and an Si14 silicon hairspring.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Up Close with the Patek Philippe Grand Complication Ref. 5951P-013

The most complicated, integrated chronograph made by Patek Philippe, the ref. 5951P is compact but offers much to admire. We go up close with it, complete with detailed photographs of the movement.



First unveiled in 2010 with a funky, and arguably ill-suited, red and black dial, the ref. 5951P subsequently evolved into a more pleasing version with Breguet numerals. Featuring the Geneva watchmaker's top of the line chronograph movement topped with a perpetual calendar module, the ref. 5951P is a example of what Patek Philippe does best - traditional, high-end watchmaking.

Hands-On with the Omega Globemaster Master Co-Axial (With Original Photos & Price)

Styled after the vintage Omega Constellation, the Globemaster may be vintage-inspired but it's powered by a cutting edge movement. Here's a hands-on look at the Globemaster, complete with review, photos and prices.



Introduced at Baselworld in March 2015, the Omega Globemaster is only just reaching stores. Though lacking the pop culture credentials of the Speedmaster Snoopy or Seamaster 300 Spectre, the Globemaster Master Chronometer is arguably Omega's most significant wristwatch of 2015, being the culmination of a decade long effort to develop a more robust and reliable movement.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Jaquet Droz Introduces the Grande Seconde Off-Centered in Onyx & Stainless Steel

The emblematic Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde will soon be available in a more affordable guise with the introduction of a stainless steel model at Baselworld 2016. Here's a quick rundown, including the price.



Historically available only in gold with lavish dials like paillonne enamel, Jaquet Droz will introduce the very first Grande Seconde in stainless steel at Baselworld 2016. It joins the Grande Heure Miunte Quantieme introduced last year as a more accessibly priced, entry-level model.

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier was all about chronographs at SIHH 2016, with a line-up that is made up of a new Shelby Cobra limited edition and the top of the line Clifton chronograph with triple calendar. Here's all you need to know, complete with original photography and prices.



Unusual amongst all the brands that exhibited at SIHH 2016 is Baume & Mercier for the sole reason that it is a brand focused on affordable watches, though more competition is up ahead as fellow SIHH brands reposition their wares in response to the market. The new additions to Baume & Mercier's collection of men's watches for the year were all chronographs and remain accessibly priced.


Monday, 1 February 2016

SIHH 2016 Personal Perspectives: Cartier

With lots of affordable watches and a sprinkling of high-end complications, Cartier had something for everyone at SIHH 2016, with its flagship Drive de Cartier managing to be different yet traditional at the same time. Here's all you need to know, complete with original photography and prices.


Like many other brands at SIHH 2016, Cartier's offerings went back to basics, or more specifically, back to its roots. Much of its line-up was instantly recognisable as Cartier, including the newly designed, cushion-shaped Drive de Cartier. Even the watches with a more modern bent, like the Santos 100 Carbon, will please traditionalists.