We are now into the last month of year and this means Christmas is just around the corner. Therefore, to get into the mood and help plan your Christmas shopping, we will be taking a look at a couple of gift guides and wish lists. In addition, we also review new watches from Arnold & Son, Omega and Zenith. Next, we learn more about the history of ETA and why it is so important to Swiss watchmaking. Finally, we pay a visit to UK’s premier watch exhibition, Salon QP.
1. Editors’ Holiday Watch Wish List Buying Guide For 2013
The season of giving is soon upon us and if you are looking for some gift ideas, look no further than our Holiday Watch Wish List. Inside, you will find picks from all of us, ranging from high-end makes right down to your micro-brands, spanning a wide gamut of price points and also styles. Let’s get shopping!
2. A Brief History Of ETA: THE Swiss Watch Movement Maker
We have all heard about ETA, but how much exactly do you know about this entity other than the fact that a large majority of the watch industry depends upon it for movements? How did ETA get into this position and just how important is it really to the industry? Find out all these and more in our epic article on ETA.
3. Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Watch Review
Zenith is a brand that has been making a strong comeback of late, and following on the success of its recent releases such as the Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 and El Primero Striking 10th, we now have the Captain Winsor Annual Calendar, which features an annual calendar module from MIH. Find out what we think about it in our review.
4. Arnold & Son UTTE “Ultra-Thin Tourbillon” Watch Review
Some watch brands go over the top in their complications, but Arnold & Son revels in understated simplicity. The brand has made huge waves at Baselworld this year and one of the standout pieces was their UTTE watch. Ungainly name aside, it holds the record for the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement at just 2.97mm thick. Watch out, Piaget.
5. Hands-On With Omega’s Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss Watch
In combating magnetism, watchmakers have traditionally resorted to insulating the movement with a soft iron cage. This is a tried-and-tested method and it works well. However, to take things further required radical thinking and pointing the way forward is Omega’s new Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss watch. Instead of a soft iron cage, the movement in this watch was made using non-ferrous materials which makes it almost impervious to magnetism. Just so you know, unless you find yourself in an MRI scanner, you are not likely to experience anything near 15,000 gauss of magnetism.
6. SalonQP 2013: A Most Personal Exhibition Of Fine Watches, Remarkable Brands And Astoundingly Difficult Crafts
Salon QP is touted as “UK’s premier fine watch exhibtion” and this year saw major brands like Chopard Piaget, and Zenith, as well as smaller ones such as Julien Coudray and Peter Roberts exhibit their fine wares. Our contributor, David Bredan, made the trip down one early morning from his hometown in Budapest, and here are all the cool things he saw.