January 31, 2018
by Kenny Yeo
The start of a new year only means one thing to us watch lovers, and that’s SIHH. It is this time of year when brands from the Richemont Group show off their newest and latest watches. It goes without saying then that our coverage of SIHH 2018 was one of the most read articles of the month. SIHH 2018 aside, readers were also keen to understand why Richard Mille watches cost as much as they do. Finally, Seiko dive watches proved to be popular with our readers again.
From around the web, we have an interview with the CEO of Audemars Piguet, François-Henry Bennahmias, who talks about his bold plans for the brand in the coming year. We also visit the Orloj in the ancient city of Prague. At over 600 years old, the Orloj is one of the oldest clocks in the world. Find out how the city plans to renovate and rejuvenate it.
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie or SIHH is the first big watch event in the calendar year. And it is here at SIHH that the brands from the powerful Richemont Group show off their newest watches. Unsurprisingly then, our round-up of the top watches at SIHH 2018 and our analysis of the show was one of the most popular articles this month. What did you think of our picks? Do you think we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.
There are expensive watches and then there are Richard Mille watches. If you have spent any amount of time looking up Richard Mille watches, you’ll realize that all of them begin with at least five figures and that a great bulk of time is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, the average price of their tourbillon watches begins at around half a million dollars. Little wonder then that they are sometimes known as the millionaire’s secret handshake. So, what is it about Richard Mille watches that allow them to command such eye-watering price tags? Let us explain.
We can’t always have everything we want and that means there will always be watches that slip our grasp. And for some of them, they might even be discontinued, which makes acquiring them even trickier. That’s just the way life works and I think it is one of the things that makes watch collecting so fascinating. Here are the top 10 discontinued watches that our founder Ariel wishes he can someday own.
Even though SIHH 2018 was the biggest event in January, it seems that more readers were interested in these three black watches from Seiko as it turned out to be one of the most read articles of the month. The three watches in question are from Seiko’s Prospex dive collection and are notable because of their black coated case and faux vintage/pale orange lume. The standout piece has got to be the SRPC49K1, which is essentially a black version of the highly popular Turtle. What makes them even more alluring is that they will be limited edition models, although the exact number of pieces that will be made for each piece is still unknown.
Last year, Omega updated its Aqua Terra Seamaster collection with a slew of new models. The Aqua Terra Seamaster collection is important because it represents a breed of watches that we like to call “sport-style dress watches.” We like to think of these as sports watches that have elegant designs and that can easily be called upon to fulfill duties during black-tie events. Because of their versatility, these watches are immensely popular, and so it should come as no surprise to find that our review of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch was one of the most read articles in the month of January.
The new Prospex Special Edition PADI SBP071J is a continuation of Seiko’s partnership with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Previous Seiko-PADI watches have been popular with readers and it looks like this one is as well. The SBP071J is based on the SBP051/53 from last year, which is a modern reinterpretation of the 62Mas – Seiko’s very first dive watch from 1965. Like earlier Seiko-PADI watches, the SBP071J features extensive use of the color blue. The dial, in particular, has a new blue gradient color scheme that calls to mind the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue.