An ongoing topic of conversation in the watch industry is value. Offering more value for money seems to be high on many watch brands’ minds and perhaps none more so than TAG Heuer. With Jean-Claude Biver at the helm now, TAG Heuer is doubling down on its efforts to create more affordable watches that will appeal to a younger audience. However, that doesn’t mean that TAG Heuer has become boring, because one of the most exciting watch at Baselworld was their Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon Chrongraph watch. Boasting a tourbillion and chronograph, this watch will retail at a very attractive and relatively attainable price, making it irresistible for many collectors. We’ll begin this round-up by taking a closer look at this alluring watch.
Speaking of value, we also investigate watches outside of Switzerland. You see, the Swiss have long maintained their superiority in horology. But is that really the case? Well, the science and art of watchmaking isn’t solely the domain of the Swiss. In fact, the history of watchmaking counts the English and French as being important contributors too. So in this round-up, we take a look at some other brands outside of Switzerland that are worth checking out as well. Some examples include Habring², Seiko, Mühle Glashütte, and more.
1. TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Review
Since Jean-Claude Biver took over as TAG Heuer’s CEO, the brand has been focusing on releasing more value-for-money watches. And at Baselworld 2016, the company released its new TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon Chronograph watch, which, at around $16,000, is probably the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon watch on the market. But wait, not only does this watch have a tourbillon, it is also a chronograph. If you love your complications, you would be hard pressed to find another watch that offers so much bang for buck.
2. Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42mm Watch Hands-On
Vintage-inspired dive watches are hot right now, and Oris knows it. Just last year, Oris made waves in the dive watch community when it released the very handsome Oris Divers Sixty-Five. It was a watch based on a model from, yes, 1965, and features a very vintage-inspired design and a gorgeous domed bubble sapphire crystal. It was a huge hit. And now, a year on, the company is capitalizing on the original Divers Sixty-Five watch with a new model that comes in a larger 42mm case. Apart from being bigger, it also has a different dial design. Can this new watch continue in the footsteps of its younger sibling? That’s what we are here to find out.
3. Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Black Night NTPT Carbon Watch Review
It is said in some circles that wearing a Richard Mille is the equivalent of a secret handshake. The sight of one on the wrist immediately lets people in the know identify the wearer as one with – how should we put this – “significant financial means.” So what is it about Richard Mille watches that makes them so special and desirable? Our Senior Editor David Bredan spent some time with the Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Black Night NTPT Carbon watch to find out.
4. Timepiece Culture In The Making As Tony Stark (Iron Man) Wears Smartwatch & Traditional Watch In ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Movie
How many of you pay attention to what watches stars wear in movies? I’m guessing a lot of you. One of the biggest franchises in recent history is Iron Man, who is played to perfection by Robert Downey Jr. Being a billionaire businessman, it is only natural that Robert Downey Jr. gets to wear a number of expensive watches in the Marvel movies. But in the latest Marvel movie, he also dons a special watch that turns into a special glove that lets him go toe to toe with the Winter Soldier. We haven’t seen this before, and it will be intriguing to see what this means for future Marvel and Iron Man movies. Will Stark be ditching traditional watches now? Or will they still have a place on the wrist of the self-proclaimed genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist?
5. Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
If you are on the look out for a watch that is unusual, you could do a lot worse than Hamilton’s Jazzmaster Face 2 Face Limited Edition watch. Launched in 2013, it was unique in that it had two faces and two movements. For 2016, Hamilton’s Face 2 Face II Limited Edition watch has been refined with different dial layouts and a different movement. It still has two faces, but it has only a single movement now. Find out how this watch works in the link below.
6. Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On
For 2016, Ulysse Nardin is updating its Marine collection with the new Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar watch, which combines two very useful and practical complications. Enabling this is the brand’s new in-house UN-153 movement which is an improvement over the original UN-150 chronograph movement debuted in the Marine Chronograph Manufacture watch from 2013. Despite the addition of the annual calendar complication, this new watch remains highly legible thanks to the logical display of all information on the various sub-dials. Particularly pleasing to us is the sensible location of the date window at 6 o’clock. If you are looking for a complicated watch with somewhat quirky looks, then this watch is not to be missed.