It’s the new year, and we are starting this roundup with a bevy of new watches. To kick things off, we have a new Radiomir from Panerai featuring the company’s new in-house hand-wound P.5000 movement that offers 8 days of power reserve. Next up, we check out Roger Smith’s exquisite new Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase Watch – if you are a fan of independent watchmaking, you don’t want to miss this. We also take a closer look at Hublot’s new Big Bang UNICO watch and Czapek & Cie.’s Quai Des Bergues watch. And if you are thinking of acquiring a new watch this year, be sure to check out the watch buying and collecting tips that we have gathered from around the web.
1. Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days PAM610 Watch Review
For Panerai lovers or Paneristis, no Panerai watch collection would be complete without a “base” model. Now, “base” in Panerai speak does not mean an entry-level model. It simply refers to two-hand models with just the basic time indication – no running seconds hand, no sub-dials, no date… nothing. And one of the latest base models from Panerai is the new Radiomir 8 Days Acciaio. Announced last year, it boasts Panerai’s new in-house hand-wound P.5000 caliber which offers 8 days of power reserve and comes in a finely constructed stainless steel case. I think it’s one of the best Radiomir models that Panerai offers today.
2. Laurent Ferrier Interview On Smartwatches & Turning A Hobby Into A Brand
Laurent Ferrier is a very interesting brand and also person. Most of you might know Laurent as one of the leading independent watchmakers today; and that before Laurent started his eponymous brand, he was once the Creative Director of Patek Philippe. But what most of you might not know was that he actually came in third overall at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. I’m sure most of you will agree that that’s seriously impressive. In this interview, Laurent speaks about his watches and also shares his thoughts about smartwatches.
3. Roger Smith Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase Watch Hands-On Preview
The name Roger Smith probably needs no introduction. But in case the name doesn’t ring any bells, Roger is an independent watch maker and is best known for being the only apprentice of the late George Daniels. Today, he is one of the world’s foremost independent watch makers and is also one of the few to make his watches almost completely by hand. Roger recently announced a couple of new watches and this is a look at the most complicated one of the lot, the Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase watch, which is his take on the popular triple calendar and moonphase complication.
4. Czapek & Cie. Quai Des Bergues Watch Hands-On
Czapek & Cie is an interesting new watch brand that readers might want to keep tabs on. To begin, the name of the brand comes from François Czapek, who collaborated with Antoni Patek between 1839 to 1845. Antoni Patek would later team up with Adrien Philippe to create Patek Philippe, but it’s probably safe to say that this probably would not have happened if not for the earlier collaboration between Antoni Patek and François Czapek in the first place. This is a hands-on look at the first watch from the company – the Quai Des Bergues, a hand-winder with an impressive power reserve of 168 hours, or 7 days.
5. Hublot Big Bang UNICO Watch Review
As Ariel writes in the beginning of this review, it seems that no matter what is being said or written about Hublot, the brand is here to stay. And not only that, Hublot as a brand seems to be only getting stronger and stronger. Hublot has always been great at marketing, but that doesn’t mean that their products aren’t up to snuff. To fully appreciate Hublot, you’ll need to take a close look at their Big Bang UNICO watch – one of Hublot’s staple watches and their core collection. The good thing is that we have a review of it right here, so hit the link to find out more.
6. Urwerk UR-110 Eastwood Watch With Ebony Wood Bezel Hands-On
When Urwerk debuted its UR-110 watch back in 2011, it was one of the most unusual watches we had ever seen. Five years on, it remains an eye-catching watch, which is a testament to the UR-110’s groundbreaking design. There have been many variants of the UR-110 since then, but the UR-110 Eastwood Watch that we are featuring here is said to be the swan song for this unique watch. What makes this watch even more unique is that it has a bezel made out of wood.