We begin our last roundup of 2015 with one of the most visible brands in the world today, Hublot. Thanks to the marketing genius of Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot is now one of the most recognizable brands in the world. This is despite its relatively short history – founded only in 1980 – and today, Hublot can be said to be the crown jewel of LVMH’s watch division and a brand that many young watch lovers aspire to own. However, Hublot watches are pricey, so let’s take a look at what is offered in their entry-level watch, the Classic Fusion Titanium.
Moving on, we pay a visit to Ferretti Watches, a very special boutique in Italy. Owned by Francesco Ferretti, who happens to be a vintage watch collector, this boutique is home to one of the most amazing vintage Panerai collections in the world. And still on the subject of vintage Panerai, we also share a short documentary that tells the amazing story of a very rare 1938 Panerai Radiomir with a Rolex movement. If you love stories of the war and vintage watches, you’ll keep a lookout for the video on the next page of this roundup.
1. Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self
I always thought that acquiring a birth year watch would be a very meaningful and fun thing to do. First of all, if you are like me and have been around for a couple of decades, looking for a birth year watch isn’t all that easy, as it would mean seeking out a vintage watch. Secondly, I think there’s something really special about having a watch that has been around for as long as you have. With that in mind, it is not unusual now for watch-loving parents to be purchasing birth year watches for their new born children. And in this case, we have a story from aBlogtoWatch’s very own Matt and why he chose the Oris Aquis Date Diamonds as a birth year watch for his newborn daughter.
2. Cost Of Entry: Hublot Watches
Thanks to clever marketing, Hublot has risen to become one of the most visible watch brands in the world. For instance, Hublot was savvy enough to win the rights to be the official timekeeper of last year’s FIFA World Cup, and as a result, hundreds of millions of people around the world were introduced to the brand. In this article, we take a look at Hublot’s entry-level piece, the Classic Fusion Titanium, to see what it offers for watch lovers who are keen to get a taste of Hublot ownership.
3. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Watch Hands-On
Tourbillon watches from A. Lange & Söhne are always special, but this new 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst is a little bit more noteworthy. It was specially created to celebrate the company’s 200th anniversary, and it’s only the fifth Handwerkskunst watch to be released by A. Lange & Söhne. Handwerkskunst means “artisanship” in German, and these exceptional watches are meant as a showcase of the company’s craftsmanship. In the case of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, this means a fantastically yummy-looking hand-finished dial.
4. Bremont Jaguar MKIII Watch Hands-On
Many watch lovers are also car lovers, and I think it’s because they both have a mechanical heart. As a result, there is no shortage of watches with designs that are inspired by their automotive counterpart. Many of the designs fall flat, but thankfully, this is not the case with the Bremont Jaguar MKIII watch. Paying homage to the legendary Jaguar E-Type, the Bremont Jagaur MKIII’s dial was clearly inspired by the tachometer of the E-Type. In my eyes, this is one of the rare automotive-inspired watches that has a design that clearly pays homage to its subject and yet still remains cohesive and aesthetically pleasant.
5. Moritz Grossmann BENU Tourbillon Watch With Human Hair Hands-On
German watchmaking is rapidly gaining both recognition and fans across the world. And today, the top German watchmaking houses are certainly in no way inferior to the very best that Switzerland can offer. One of newer brands to spring out of the German town of Glasshüte is Moritz Grossman, and this is the BENU Tourbillon watch. Find out how this watch uses human hair in creating its movement and what other aspects make it so unique in our hands-on article.
6. Why Movement Screws At German Lang & Heyne Cost €100 Each
Still on the topic of German watchmaking, we pay a visit to the manufacture of Lang & Heyne. Lang & Heyne are a small high-end German watch brand that operates in the same stratospheric bracket as neighboring A. Lange & Söhne and Moritz Grossmann, with a focus on traditional watchmaking techniques. To show just how much work is put into each Lang & Heyne watch (the company plans to make only 200 watches per year), let’s consider the effort and labor required to create a blued screw. After taking into account cost materials and human labor, each blued screw at Lang & Heyne costs approximately €100 to make. Find out why by hitting the link below.