2013 has been an interesting year for Chopard. On one hand they officially unveiled a new collection of Classic Racing SuperFast watches with in-house made movements, and on the other hand they have released this curious new collection of very well-priced Mille Miglia models that are purported to be a limited edition for 2013 alone. Is that the deal or is this an experiment for the future?
Topic | Hands-On
While its everyday necessity undoubtedly is questionable, its splash of blue, its constellation of stars and the Moon’s humble but recurrent domination collectively enable this small window to lend a unique charm to any watch dial. Since its restart during the early 1990’s, A. Lange & Söhne has presented twelve models with this complication, but for the most part they did not entrust it with a more important role…
Do you know what happened to Glashutte-based watch brand Tutima over the last few years? They underwent a major corporate pivot and completely changed their entire production of watches and also replaced all the ETA movements they used to use with in-house made movements. Yea, and they did all this in a relatively short period of time. ..
Now widely available for purchase as the Omega Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss, this new Aqua Terra uses their calibre 8508, making the >15,000 Gauss the world’s first completely anti-magnetic watch.
Earlier in 2013 MB&F announced its first non-watch item, the MusicMachine produced in collaboration with the last remaining music box maker in Switzerland, Reuge. Anyone who has been around the watch circuit knows about Reuge because their products often appear at watch trade shows and in some high-end watch stores.
I recently sat down with Mr. Francois-Paul Journe, here in Los Angeles, at his newest brand boutique on Sunset Blvd… Last week, a rather good watchmaker claimed to me that Francois-Paul is perhaps the greatest living watchmaker. I repeated this sentiment to Journe to get his opinion on the comment. He chuckles at first, expressing his gratitude for being alive, then proceeds to explain…
You may have not have heard about Kentex watches. If you haven’t don’t blame any lack of your paying attention to watch brands. The Japanese company is rare in the Western world, and probably not exactly common in the East either. What you should know is that for the most part their watches offer excellent value for the money, with an impressive level of not only quality but features. Let’s look at the new for 2013 version of the Kentex Marineman.
You may be asking yourself, “what is an ExoTourbillon and what can it do for me?” Aside from making you feel younger and more virile, an ExoTourbillon is a unique and rare species of tourbillon found in the small Swiss mountain town of Villeret. There you’ll find Montblanc’s Villeret factory formerly known as Minerva.
An easy watch for IWC lovers to enjoy is this new model in the Ingenieur collection that incorporates a lot of what we enjoy about the brand. This may be the first time, or among the few times that IWC has used its rattrapante movement in an Ingenieur piece. Rattrapante is a fancy name for split second chronograph, or as IWC refers to it in this watch, a “Double Chronograph.”
It feels like quite a long time since we first saw the Omega Seamaster Bullhead at BaselWorld this past spring. Now officially announced, this quirky new chronograph was inspired by the 1969 Seamaster Driver (aka the Bullhead) and sports only a few changes when compared to the original, and very rare, Omega Bullhead.
A special, intimate, exclusive evening with Jaquet-Droz. Another one of the Swatch Group’s sub-brands with a long history and tradition making some of the finest and most poetic timepieces available today.
While Van Cleef & Arpels is mostly focused on products for women, they do have some men’s watches. They’ve actually had more in the past, but as of a few years ago they did indicate to me that more men’s watches would be part of their future. As promised, Van Cleef & Arpels relaunched the Pierre Arpels collection last year (hands-on here), and this year they’ve added to the collection with an interesting new bracelet…
Most Luminox watches contain Swiss quartz movements but that isn’t representative of the entire collection. We quite like mechanical Luminox watches and today we’d like to share a hands-on experience with some pieces in the Luminox Modern Mariner Automatic 6500 series collection.
I happen to love watches like this. Take a little inspiration from antiquity, mix in traditional horology, and add some modern design. Before you know it, you have some totally interesting and wild timepiece that does not fit into any particular box. This is the 2013 limited edition Hublot Antikythera SunMoon watch. Part calendar watch, part astronomical watch, this is horological obsession at its best…
What you see here is a piece unique (one-of-a-kind) version of the Jaquet Droz The Bird Repeater watch. We felt that showing off this particular hand-engraved and diamond-studded version of the piece was a good way to offer a nice hands-on look at the first actual automaton watch from the brand with a very historical relationship to automatons…
Several years ago, Glashutte Original released a 1960s inspired watch called the Senator Sixties. It was controversial at the time, and personally I wasn’t all that into it. My feelings probably hinged on the fact that it wasn’t the type of watch I expected from the brand. Though after some revisions I’ve come around and find the most modern interpretation of the Senator Sixties (the Panorama Date) genuinely cool. It still isn’t what I consider “classic Glashutte Original,” but I genuinely like it.
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