It’s the end of August and we take a close look at Panerai’s new tourbillon pocket watch and also what some diehard Paneristis think about the direction the brand is taking. Elsewhere, we review IWC’s very classy new Portuguese Chronograph Classic, Schofield’s exquisite Signalman DLC and Chanel’s very shiny J12 Chromatic. Lastly, we check out Ball’s stealthy Engineer Hydrocarbon Black and Harry Winston’s new watches for this year.
1. IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic Watch Review
2013 is the year of the Ingenieur for IWC, but that has not stopped them from updating their Portuguese collection. New for this year is the Portuguese Chronograph Classic, which should not be seen as a replacement for the standard Portuguese Chronograph, but rather as a higher-end alternative. In this article, we detail the differences between the two and tell you all you need to know about this new offering from IWC.
2. Chanel J12 Chromatic Watch Review
Although Chanel was not the first to use ceramic in their watches, the white ceramic J12 which was released over a decade ago did popularize the material. Today, many high-end luxury watch brands are releasing models using ceramic as a case material. The Chanel J12 Chromatic is a high-tech variant of ceramic, and infuses titanium into the ceramic material, making it extra strong and durable. Here is our take on their J12 Chromatic dive watch.
3. Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review
If you know anything about cars and Pagani, the Schofield Watch Company can be said to be the horological equivalent. Everything offered by the company is formed through the singular vision of one man, Gille Eilles, a British watch designer with an almost fanatical obsession to detail and keeping high standards. Here, we review not only the famous Schofield Signalman, but also their strap kit and watch wallet.
4. Chanel Premiere: Possibly The Best Ladies Watch Of 2013
In general, I think most women’s watches are too flashy and blingy, but understandably so. Women love shiny things (I speak generally, of course) and the brands are just giving them what they want. However, there are a few women pieces that stand out for me and the Chanel Premiere is one of them, mainly because it is not flashy just for the sake of it. The design of the Premiere is so painfully simple and elegant.
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Black Watch Hands-On
Ball’s Engineer Hydrocarbon watches are arguably their most recognizable, thanks to the prominent and unique crown guard. Earlier, we showed you the Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne and this time round, we are looking at its DLC sibling, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black. With a black DLC case, this new watch is perhaps Ball’s most stealthy one yet and the ETA 2892-2 movement within also features the brand’s new SpringLock shock protection system.