1. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PATEK PHILIPPE VINTAGE CHRONOGRAPHS
The chronograph wasn’t invented by Patek Philippe, but many of the fabled watchmaker’s greatest watches included the chronograph complication. Furthermore, there’s something about chronographs that is intrinsic to vintage watches. Often, when I’m asked to picture or sketch a vintage watch, I inevitably doodle a chronograph. Here is a comprehensive guide to vintage chronograph watches from arguably the most storied and important brand in watchmaking. If you are thinking of dipping your toes into the world of vintage Patek chronographs, this is not to be missed.
2. VINTAGE HEUER — CHASING THE GRAILS
Jeff Stein is widely considered to be the authority on vintage Heuers. He is the man behind the website OnTheDash, and he has just penned an opus on vintage Heuers. Specifically, he talks about vintage Heuer grails. The term “grails” can be ambiguous, but Stein defines it as a watch that’s a) rare, b) has a strong, broad following in the community, and finally c) must be attainable by the enthusiastic collector. If you have been thinking of adding a vintage Heuer of horological significance to your collection, this guide is not a bad place to start your research.
3. IN-DEPTH: INSPIRATION AND CREATION OF THE GRAND SEIKO THIN DRESS SERIES
Regardless of how you feel about Grand Seiko’s rebranding exercise and its subsequent decision to do away with the classic Seiko logo at 12 o’clock, it’s hard to not look at some of its new releases with ardor. The new Elegance collection is particularly interesting because it’s a sign that the brand listens to customer feedback. Some customers have, for years, lamented that Grand Seiko watches are too thick to be truly considered dressy and elegant. This is an in-depth look at how the Elegance collection came to be, with a special focus on the super-exquisite SBGZ001 and its unique hammer finish.
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4. WILHELM SCHMID ON THE LANGE ODYSSEUS, THE ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER AND COVID-19
These are challenging times for everyone, and the watch industry is particularly hard-hit. Consumers are shying away from large purchases. And as if that’s not bad enough, current conditions make it impossible for watch companies to hold events to show off their latest pieces. To understand how companies are coping, we have this interview with Wilhelm Schmid, the CEO of A. Lange & Söhne. Here, he talks about what we can expect from Lange for the rest of the year and also the company’s plan to cope with the pandemic in the short- and long-term.
5. PATEK PHILIPPE SKELETON WRISTWATCHES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE
Skeletonized watches are not particularly rare or unusual, but the way Patek Philippe’s skeletonized watches are made is truly unlike any other. For starters, every component in the movement that can be made from gold is made from gold. And because everything is left exposed, Patek finishes it to the highest standard. Everything is done by hand, and all the expertise of the brand is put on show. I know the look of these watches may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying the high level of artisanship that these watches exhibit.