March 13, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
Earlier this week, Apple finally released details regarding the pricing and launch dates of its eagerly anticipated Apple Watch. As Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed earlier, the watch will go on sale in April, so no surprises there. What’s surprising, however, is the price of the Apple Watch. Without revealing too much at this point, the prices of some variants of the Apple Watch are a tad on the high side. If you want to find out more, be sure to read our article below which summarizes everything you need to know about the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch aside, we also got the chance to finally see Patek Philippe’s epic Grandmaster Chime watch in the flesh. Questionable styling aside, this is Patek Philippe’s most complicated watch ever, so does it live up to expectations? Apart from the Grand Master Chime, we also had a closer look at some other very exquisite high-end pieces including Greubel Forsey’s new Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision and F.P. Journe’s Quantième Perpétuel watch. Finally, we also review SevenFriday’s new and very popular M-series watch. See if it manages to build on the success of its earlier P-series watches.
1. Thoughts On Seeing The $2.6 Million Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch In The Flesh
To celebrate Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, the company announced its most complicated watch ever. The $2.6 million Grandmaster Chime, which has a movement made up of 1366 parts, has 20 complications including grande and petite sonneries, minute repeater as well as a date repeater. The Grandmaster Chime was easily one of the most important watches of last year. And now, here’s our take on it after seeing it in the flesh.
2. SevenFriday M2 Watch Review
One of the most interesting brands in the past two or so years is SevenFriday. Seeming to come out of nowhere, SevenFriday is now wildly popular and has established for itself a pretty large fan base. The reason for their success can be attributed to clever marketing and an interesting design. For the price range that it operates in, you would be hard pressed to find another watch that is as visually exciting and fresh as a SevenFriday. And between the M1-1 and M2-1 from their new M-Series, I prefer the latter for its contrasting colors.
3. F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel Watch Hands-On
It is often said that F.P. Journe is one of the greatest watchmakers of this era. To understand why, one only needs to look at his new Quantième Perpétuel watch. Already, its digital display of the day, date, and month marks its as a very special perpetual calendar watch. On top of this, F.P. Journe has spent the past two or so years perfecting the movement so that all of the indications would change not just instantaneously, but also at the exact same time. This is a watch that deserves a closer look.
4. Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision Watch Hands-On
At SIHH 2015, Greubel Forsey unveiled a brand new watch called the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision watch that caught many by surprise. This is because the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is unlike any other Greubel Forsey watch before it. Sure, there’s a tourbillon (a Greubel Forsey favorite), but for all intents and purposes, this is a remarkably simple watch. But as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and so there is actually a lot more than meets the eye. To find out what’s so special about this watch, hit the link below.
5. Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices
Unless you have been living under a huge rock, chances are you would have heard that Apple recently had an event where they announced more details, including pricing and availability, about their new Apple Watch. This is the first all-new Apple device since the iPad and it is expected to fly off shelves when it is finally released next month. Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch and its price is in the link below.
6. MadeWorn American Hand-Engraved Rolex Watches Hands-On
It is hard to argue against the quality of Rolex’s watches. Ask any Rolex owner or collector and they will likely tell you that they are as bullet proof as watches get. However, while their quality cannot be denied, they do look kind of generic. Furthermore, their popularity means that there’s a high chance you will bump into someone else with the same Rolex watch as you – especially if you have one of their more popular models, such as the Submariner. Fortunately, a company called MadeWorn can help. Founded by Blaine Halvorson, MadeWorn customizes Rolex watches with engravings inspired by decoratively engraved guns. So if you want to dress your Rolex up a little, you now know who to look for.