June 21, 2013
by Kenny Yeo
How time flies, it’s the end of yet another month and time for yet another installment of our bi-weekly roundup of the best watch articles from here and around the internet.
In this edition, we find out what our Contributing Editor James Stacey thought of his first ever visit to Baselworld; we visit the Patek Philippe manufacture; check out a cracked Panerai; and get up-close with what is possibly the world’s most affordable tourbillon watch and Grand Seiko’s understated but stunning 44GS watch.
1. Baselworld 2013 – Through the Eyes of a First-Timer
Baselworld is perhaps the closest a watch enthusiast can get to watch heaven on Earth. Spread across multiple halls the size of football fields and also across multiple levels, it is a sensory overload of watches. Just look at the amount of coverage we did for Baselworld!
It’s been a couple of weeks since Baselworld ended, but if you are still suffering from Baselworld withdrawal symptoms, why not check out our Contributing Editor James Stacey’s eye-opening account of his maiden visit to Baselworld?
2. Watch Complications: A Brief History Of Useful To Useless
A watch complication can be loosely defined as any function of the watch that goes beyond the display of hours, minutes and seconds. Personally, I think that complications are what make watches so interesting. To be able to time the passage of time or another time in another country using moving mechanical parts is, to me at least, fascinating.
However, I also feel that haute horology today has sometimes become nothing more than a case of oneupmanship. A quadruple tourbillon? Sure, that looks pretty but is it actually doing anything? And does anyone really need to know the sidereal time? I’m glad that I’m not the only one that feels this way.
3. AATOS Tiago Review: The Cheapest Tourbillon Watch In The World?
Tourbillons are beautiful to gaze at, but the sad fact of the matter is this: Swiss-made tourbillon watches are out of the reach for the general masses. Even some of the most affordable cost upwards of $30,000. But what if I told you you could have a tourbilllon watch for less than $1000? Unbelievable? How about I up the ante and say you could have one for under $500?
Aatos has one for just $412. Yeah, that’s not a typo. I bet you must be tempted now. But before you go out and get one, check out our review of what could possibly be the cheapest tourbillon watch in the world.
4. 4N 4N-MVT01/D01 Watch Hands-On + Flash Sale
In the world of mechanical watches, the most simple-looking watches are often the most complex and a watch that best represents this concept is the 4N-MVT01/D01. The 4N-MVT01/D01 is a watch that tells time digitally with moving discs using a movement developed by the masters at Renaud & Papi. It might look simple, but the movement consists of over 500 components and took four years to develop. In some ways, I like to think of this as a kind of “mini” Harry Winston Opus 11. Hit the link below for more details and to see the video of this stunning movement in action.
5. Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
It’s hard to put down in words how much I love the Grand Seiko 44GS. Unveiled at Baselworld, this watch is a reproduction of the original 44GS from over 46 years ago. It measures just 37mm wide and looks plain to the untrained eye. However, the original 44GS was the watch that set the tone and style of the Grand Seiko that followed it. Our Contributing Editor James was lucky enough to be able to have an up-close and personal session with these new watches and as you would expect, the new 44GS is beautifully made.