February 14, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! We begin February by taking a look at Breva’s new Genie 02 Altimeter watch and one of the earliest Rolex Submariners, the iconic Reference 6200 “Big Crown”. Speaking of divers, we are also are taking a closer look at Audemars Piguet’s new striking all-white ceramic Offshore Diver. Finally, we learn more about the history of Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronograph watches and what makes them so special, and see what are the most noteworthy ladies watches from this year’s SIHH.
1. Important Early Cartier Men’s Watches
Many of you might regard Cartier as a jewelry brand, but did you that they were in fact one of the pioneers of wrist watches? Today the brand makes some very high-end and exciting pieces, such as Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire Watch, but their roots were simpler, though no less important. Here is a look at some very early Cartier watches.
2. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 Watch Review
Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms was, along with Rolex’s Submariner, amongst the first true dive watches. Throughout the years, Blancpain has gradually improved the watch’s technical capabilities whilst retaining its iconic good looks, making it one of the classiest and most instantly recognizable dive watches today. Here is an in-depth look at the latest generation of this legendary dive watch.
3. Six Watches I Want Them To Make Again
Ever lusted after a vintage watch and wished it would be “reissued” by the brand? If I had my way, I would wish for the Rolex Explorer II Reference 1655 to be re-released. And like Ariel, the Panerai Radiomir Reference 6152 as well. Find out what are the other watches that Ariel wish would be re-released.
4. How Software Helps Design Complicated Watches Like The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon
Franck Muller is renown for its complicated watches and the movements which power them are often comprised of hundreds of tiny parts. How then do they design these movements and make sure that everything fits properly and that parts do not clash with one another during operation? Click the link below to find out.
5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands-On
One of the most striking watches that Audemars Piguet debuted at this year’s SIHH has got to be their all-white ceramic Offshore Diver. Already, the Offshore Diver watches are big, beefy watches, but in all-white, this watch is even more outstanding and commands serious wrist presence. Here’s a closer look at this eye-catching watch.
6. Breva Genie 02 Altimeter Watch Hands-On
Breva is a relatively new high-end Swiss brand that is known for its earlier Genie 01 Barometer watch. This year, they introduced a new watch called the Genie 02 Altimeter, which is the first watch in the world to include a mechanical altimeter. A niche function to be sure, but nonetheless one that showcases the brand’s desire to make watches that features what they themselves call “environmental sensors”.