Thursday, 30 July 2015

Introducing the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon, a Self-Winding, Ultra-Thin, Flying Tourbillon (with Specs, Pricing)

The world's thinnest automatic flying tourbillon, the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon also boasts the lightest tourbillon cage ever, and is offered with a variety of dial finishes, including white or black jade.

Just 3.4mm high, the calibre PF517 inside the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is the slimmest automatic flying tourbillon on the market. Developed and made by Parmigiani, the PF517 movement has several features typical of extra-thin calibres, including a micro-rotor and a flying, instead of a standard, tourbillon.

Introducing Hungarian Watchmaker Aaron Becsei and the Bexei Dignitas (with Original Photos & Price)

Made from scratch by hand, the Bexei Dignitas Pure is the work of Aaron Becsei, an independent watchmaker whose unique brand of work combines a Gothic aesthetic with elaborate movement finishing.  

Based in Hungary, Bexei Watches is essentially Aaron Becsei, who crafts his timepieces quite literally from scratch. Having completed a triple axis tourbillon in 2008, Becsei's simpler offering is the Dignitas, a hand-wound, time-only wristwatch with a unique aesthetic and a compellingly beautiful movement.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hands-On with the Corum Coin Watch, Made From a Real Indian Head $10 Gold Piece (with Original Photos & Price)

Corum revives one of its classics with the Coin Watch Indian Head, with a genuine American Indian Head eagle ten dollar coin decorated with enamel.

Coins have long been used as watches, sliced in half with the movement in between. But most early coin watches used the coins to contain the movement. Corum's innovation in 1965 was to use the coin as the dial, with the rear half of the coin as the case back. Now that idea has been revived with the Heritage Coin Watch Indian Head, containing a rare ten-dollar gold piece designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Up Close with the Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton in Pink Gold (with Original Photos & Price)

One of the hallmarks of Cartier's Fine Watchmaking line is the diverse collection of skeleton watches, the latest of which is the Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton in pink gold, with a movement suspended in clear sapphire. 

Originally introduced in white gold, the pink gold version of the Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton made its debut at SIHH 2015. Less about complex mechanics than the visuals of the skeleton construction, the new Cartier Sapphire Skeleton has the same skeletonised movement with a sapphire crystal base plate, but combined with the warmer tone of pink gold.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Introducing the One of a Kind De Grisogono New Retro Black Stripes Only Watch 2015

Famed for its liberal use of black diamonds, De Grisogono has created a one-off version of its vintage-inspired New Retro for Only Watch 2015, with the subtle touch of black diamonds on the reverse of the rose gold case.

A departure from the flamboyant watches De Grisogono made its name with, the New Retro is inspired by a vintage cigarette case from the 1950s belonging to founder Fawaz Gruosi. With rounded edges and an oblong form, it is also reminiscent of travel clocks from the period. A unique version christened the New Retro Black Stripes has been created for charity auction Only Watch 2015, with four rows of black diamonds hidden on the case back that distinguish it from the ordinary version.

Hands-On with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter, Modelled on the Carrera 30 of the 1960s (with Photos & Price)

Based on the vintage Heuer Carrera 30, the Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter is the newest addition to TAG Heuer's line of chronographs inspired by historic motorsports watches.

With a rich history of motorsports chronographs to mine, TAG Heuer's latest vintage-inspired chronograph looks to the Carrera 30 (a reference to its 30-minute register) of the 1960s. Pleasingly retro with a box-shaped sapphire crystal, the Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter chronograph features a seldom-seen telemetric scale on the dial. It joins the Monaco Calibre 11 as the key vintage-inspired models in the Baselworld 2015 line-up.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Florilège, with Cloisonné Enamel by Anita Porchet (with Price)

Decorated with floral motifs from a 19th century botanical text, the latest trio of Vacheron Constantin's Métiers d’Art Florilège feature dials hand made by noted enamel artisan Anita Porchet. 

Decorated with guilloche and cloisonné enamel by noted enameller Anita Porchet, the 2015 edition of the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Florilège is based on plates from The Temple of Flora, published in 1799 by by Robert John Thornton, an English botanist. Three different species of flower are depicted on each of the three models: the Curved Renealmia, the Rose centifolia, and the tulip, with each dial engraved on a rose engine than enamelled by hand.

A Detailed Look at an Early F.P. Journe Tourbillon Remontoir d’Égalité

One of F.P. Journe's signature complications, the Tourbillon Remontoir d'Egalite is one of the most notable modern tourbillon wristwatches. The early F.P. Journe tourbillons are timepieces have charm and character, evident in the rough edges and idiosyncrasies.

Introduced in late 1999, the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Remontoir d'Egalite was the first ever wristwatch tourbillon with a constant force mechanism. In production for just under five years, from 1999 to 2004, with about 350 produced, including the 99-piece ruthenium limited edition. There are four distinct generations of the watch, each of which differs from the other in its details, despite being similar visually. This is a third generation watch with the desirable "shiny" gilt dial.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Watch Nerd's Review of the Apple Watch

Probably the most widely reviewed watch on the planet right now, the Apple Watch has been the subject of many debates about its functionality. Its quality from a watch nerd's perspective has yet to be evaluated, until now. And the results are overwhelmingly favourable for Apple.

The Apple Watch is reassuringly well made, especially considering its price, which starts at US$349 for the basic Sport model. Compared to timepieces from mainstream watch brands that cost the same, the Apple Watch wins hands-down in terms of tangible build quality. The watch industry is generally sanguine about the impact Apple Watch will have on their business, but they should take a leaf from Apple's playbook on how to build a well-made watch at a low price.

Bulgari Introduces the Limited Edition Lucea High Jewelry, Set with Over 400 Baguette-Cut Precious Stones (with Pricing)

Bulgari has added a massive dose of sparkle to its flagship ladies wristwatch, the Lucea, with various stone settings, including diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

Unveiled just last year, the Lucea is Bulgari's new signature women's watch, distinguished by a prominent crown and a bracelet inspired by its trademark Serpenti bracelet watch. The Lucea High Jewellery adds lavish precious stone setting to the mix, with each of the three versions set with over 400 baguette-cut gemstones.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Akrivia Introduces the Tourbillon Regulator, Powered by a Hand-Finished, Symmetrical In-House Movement

The latest creation by new independent watchmaker Akrivia, the Tourbillon Regulator features a proprietary movement designed to be symmetrical, and finished by hand.

A recent addition to the ranks of independent watchmakers, Akrivia was founded by Rexhep Rexhepi, who hails from Albania. Based in Geneva, Akrivia makes and finishes watches the traditional way. The Tourbillon Regulator is the newest addition to its collection, powered by the in-house AK-04 movement.

Introducing the Million Dollar Roger Dubuis Excalibur Star of Infinity, a Skeleton Double Tourbillon Set with Over 300 Diamonds (with Price)

For Watches&Wonders 2015, Roger Dubuis dresses up its flagship Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon with nearly 15 carats of baguette diamonds, even on the movement.


Continuing with the skeleton movement theme established at SIHH 2015, one of the highlights from Roger Dubuis at Watches&Wonders in September will be the Excalibur Star of Infinity. Set with 312 diamonds, including 34 on the star-shaped barrel bridge on the movement, the Excalibur Star of Infinity is equipped with the RD01SQ, a hand-wound skeleton movement with twin tourbillon regulators.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Explaining the Long and Short of Ever Lengthening Power Reserves

Slowly but surely, mechanical timepieces have seen their power reserves lengthen, especially in the last decade. Once considered a special feature but now increasingly common, longer autonomy is a simple but exceptionally convenient feature.

One of the most accomplished long power reserve movements, the IWC calibre 5000

In days long past, wristwatches usually had a power reserve of two days, give or take. Most people only had one watch, worn day in and day out, so a short power reserve was never a concern. And because back then wristwatches were small with correspondingly small movements, long power reserves were difficult to achieve since there wasn’t space in the movement for a large enough mainspring.

Hublot Introduces the Classic Fusion House of Mandela to Honour Nelson Mandela

Hublot has unveiled a pair of limited edition Classic Fusion wristwatches created in collaboration with the late Nelson Mandela's foundation, with a portion of the proceeds from their sale going to the charity.

The House of Mandela, a charitable foundation set up by the former South African leader, worked with Hublot to develop the limited edition Classic Fusion. Limited to 95 pieces, the Classic Fusion House of Mandela is available as a 45mm men's watch or in a 42mm case set with 1.15 carats of diamonds for the ladies.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Introducing the Montblanc Star Classique Singapore Special Edition SG50 (with Pricing)

Made to mark Singapore's 50th anniversary, the Montblanc Star Classique Singapore Special Edition is a limited edition of 50 pieces, with part of the proceeds from its sale going to charity.

A slim, 39mm wristwatch, the Montblanc Star Classique Singapore Special Edition has a mother of pearl dial, with the city state's lion emblem on the seconds sub-dial, alongside a tiny "SG50". SG50 refers to Singapore's 50th anniversary in 2015, marking 50 years since independence in 1965. 

Hands-On with the Corum Heritage Bubble, a Revival of the Millennial Sensation (With Original Photos & Price)

Named after the shape of its enormous crystal, the Corum Bubble was a runaway hit in the early 2000s, becoming a bestseller for a few, heady years. Now the Bubble has made a comeback.

Almost exactly like the original but slightly larger, the Corum Heritage Bubble has the same exaggerated sapphire crystal, so thick it distorts the dial. The shape is immediately familiar, having been ingrained into the popular mindset given how fashionable the original Bubble was 15 years ago.

Up Close with the New Lange Datograph Up/Down in Pink Gold (with Original Photos & Price)

Unveiled just earlier this year, the pink gold Lange Datograph Up/Down offers a striking contrast with its black dial, along with the exemplary L951 movement.

As chronographs go, the Datograph from A. Lange & Söhne is one of the greats. Not because it's innovative or cutting edge, but because the movement is gorgeous. First introduced in platinum, the Lange Datograph Up/Down was introduced in pink gold at SIHH 2015. Aside from the case metal, everything else remains the same.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Linde Werdelin Introduces the Oktopus Frogman, Developed Together with Denmark's Naval Special Forces

Developed for members of the frogmen corps of the Royal Danish Navy, the Oktopus Frogman is a pared down, no-nonsense version of Linde Werdelin's diver's watch.

Danish sports watch maker Linde Werdelin has developed a titanium dive watch for the members of Frømandskorpset, the Danish Frogman Corps. An elite force of combat divers, the Frogman Corps helped develop and test the Oktopus Frogman, available exclusively to current and former members of the corps.

A Detailed Look at the Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity, an Exceptionally Large, Architectural Tourbillon (with Original Photos & Price)

Equipped with an oversized tourbillon that fills up more than half of the dial, the Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity is a reminder of why visual impact is so important in a tourbillon. 

Despite pretensions to the contrary, tourbillons are largely aesthetic, rather than functional. That being the case, a tourbillon should be visually impressive, even dramatic, a tiny spectacle on the dial. The Franck Muller Vanguard manages that by sheer dint of size, with a tourbillon bridge that is some 21mm in diameter, completing dominating the dial.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Squelette, An Extra-Thin, Skeletonised and Enamelled Wristwatch for Watches&Wonders

Jaeger-LeCoultre combines open-working and enamelling in the Master Ultra Thin Squelette that measures just 3.6mm high, clinching the title of thinnest watch in the world.

As a warm-up for the Watches&Wonders fair that takes place in Hong Kong at end September, Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced the Master Ultra Thin Squelette decorated with Métiers Rares, or "rare handcrafts", like skeletonisation and enamelling. And it's powered by the calibre 849, a hand-wound movement introduced in the 1970s that remains amongst the slimmest ever, despite its age.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Hands-On with the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Sport in Titanium (With Original Photos & Price)

The lightweight version of F.P. Journe's foudroyante chronograph, the Centrigraphe Sport features an unusual complication with twin gear trains that can potentially measure 1/100th of a second, a feature inherently appropriate for a sports watch.

First introduced in aluminium four years ago, the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Sport is now offered in titanium, which weighs a tad more but is still a featherweight at 70 grammes or so. It's equipped with the calibre 1506, a novel chronograph with a foudroyante (or lightning) seconds hand that can theoretically measure 1/100th of a second. Despite limitations to its functionality, the fraction of a seconds chronograph is the most coherent complication in a sports watch.

Introducing the Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Retrograde Only Watch, a Unique Travel Time for Charity

Harry Winston has created a unique version of the Ocean Dual Time Retrograde in white gold with blue and red livery for Only Watch 2015.

Decorated in a flurry of red, black and blue, the one of a kind Ocean Dual Time Retrograde is Harry Winston's entry for charity auction Only Watch. It offers twin time zones, local time on the sub-dial at one o'clock and home time on a retrograde indicator running from six to 12 o'clock. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Study Finds Tripling Of Luxury Watch Imports During Chinese Leadership Transition

Much of the slowing demand for luxury watches has been blamed on cooling demand in China and Hong Kong, as evidenced by falling sales in Greater China. A 2013 academic study sheds some light on why this is happening.

Not the sort given as a gift
Published in 2013 by a pair of economists at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing, Swiss Watch Cycles: Evidence of Corruption during Leadership Transition in China examined the link between the five yearly transition of power in China and Swiss watch imports into China. For the period between 1993 and 2010, the paper found that imports of Swiss watches tripled during each leadership transition.

The Verdict: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph and the New Calibre 3300 Movement (with Original Photos & Pricing)

Vacheron Constantin introduced its long anticipated in-house chronograph movement at SIHH 2015, inside the the Harmony Chronograph Cal. 3300, a limited edition to mark the brand's 260th anniversary. 

After a long wait, Vacheron Constantin finally took the covers off the calibre 3300 chronograph movement earlier this year at SIHH 2015. Its first modern, in-house chronograph movement, the calibre 3300 made it debut inside the Harmony Chronograph, a cushion-shaped, limited edition wristwatch introduced to mark the 260th anniversary of the Geneva watchmaker.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Up Close With The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G (With Original Photos & Pricing)

Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G is the most controversial new release from Patek Philippe this year. Despite being drastically different from any other contemporary Patek Philippe, the Ref. 5524G not so much radical as it is generic. 

Eliciting reactions ranging from ambivalence to outright loathing, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G has managed to garner plenty of publicity for Patek Philippe. The reason the Ref. 5524G is controversial is its styling, which departs radically from anything else Patek Philippe has to offer.

Chronoswiss Introduces the One of a Kind Ouroboros Quarter Repeater for Only Watch 2015

Decorated with a hand engraved serpent devouring its own tail, the Chronoswiss Ouroboros is unique quarter repeater made for Only Watch 2015.

Chronoswiss' contribution to charity auction Only Watch is a one of a kind version of its signature quarter repeater. Featuring a dial made of solid white gold, the watch gets its name from the dial decoration depicting the ouroboros, an ancient symbol of rebirth with a snake eating its own tail.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Hands-On With The Longines Pulsometer Single-Button Chronograph (With Original Photos & Pricing)

Longines' latest vintage-inspired wristwatch is the Pulsometer Chronograph, modelled on early wrist chronographs of the 1920s made for medical personnel.

The Pulsometer Chronograph sticks to a tried and tested Longines recipe: a believable and authentic vintage aesthetic with a reliable modern movement. And of course the incongruous date function. The concept isn't new, but the watch is well made, decently priced and feels honest.

Introducing the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Only Watch in DLC Titanium

H. Moser & Cie. has created a unique version of its cleverly constructed, minimalist Perpetual Calendar for Only Watch 2015, featuring a black titanium case and a date disc with hand-written numerals.

One of the most original perpetual calendar movements on the market, the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is clear, concise and exceptionally legible. Moser has created a one-off specimen of the perpetual with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated titanium case and dark grey fume dial for Only Watch 2015.

Harry Winston to Unveil the Long Awaited Opus 14 in October 2015

Harry Winston is set to continue the landmark series of complications with the introduction of the much anticipated Opus 14 at the end of October 2015.

After a one year hiatus - the Opus XIII was introduced in 2013 - the Opus 14, or perhaps Opus XIV, will make its debut at the end of October this year, according to an announcement by Harry Winston.

That puts to rest rumours that the series had met its end. Nothing has yet been revealed about the Opus 14, especially if it's developed in-house or in collaboration with an independent watchmaker as is tradition.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Detailed Look At The Tudor North Flag, Equipped With Its First In-House Movement (Review, Original Photos & Pricing)

A brand new design reminiscent of 1970s styling and an integrated bracelet, the Tudor North Flag boasts the new, in-house MT5621 movement, an impressively spec'ed calibre with a three day power reserve and silicon hairspring.

The North Flag represents many firsts for Tudor: it's equipped with the brand's first in-house movement visible through its first display back. And it has a power reserve indicator, yet another first. But more important the North Flag has a well constructed movement with useful features, packaged inside an high quality case - at an affordable price.

Voutilainen Unveils One-Off GMT-6 With An Enamel Dial For Only Watch

Kari Voutilainen has created a unique dual time zone GMT-6 fitted with a brilliant blue champleve enamel dial and equipped with the proprietary calibre 28 for Only Watch 2015.

Voutilainen joins all all-star cast of independent watchmakers like F.P. Journe and Speake-Marin who are contributing to charity auction Only Watch 2015 with the GMT-6 Only Watch. This one of a kind GMT-6 is one of the rare Voutilainen wristwatches to have a champleve enamel dial, made of a disc of solid white gold decorated with guilloche then enamelled in translucent blue on its centre.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Introducing The Sinn T1 B and T2 B, Titanium Dive Watches With Matte Blue Dials (With Prices)

Sinn has added colour to its line of titanium dive watches with the T1 B and T2 B, both equipped with matte blue, electroplated dials.

Launched in 2013 with conventional black dials found most dive watches, the titanium Sinn T1 (EZM 14) and T2 (EZM 15) offer a lightweight alternative to its successful range of dive watches made from dense submarine steel. Both titanium watches are now available with dark blue dials, as well as the option of a blue rubber strap. 

Up Close With The Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Skeleton (With Original Photos & Price)

Equipped with an in-house, expertly decorated movement and housed in an expensively made case, the Tonda 1950 Skeleton is typical of Parmigiani's oeuvre

Owned by a charitable foundation with deep pockets, Parmigiani is a vertically integrated manufacture proficient in high complications as evidenced by its SIHH 2015 line-up. But even its simple watches like the Tonda 1950 Squelette are far from plain.

Chopard Introduces The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Only Watch 2015, A Unique Piece For Charity Signed By Mark Webber

For Only Watch 2015 Chopard has created a unique version of its Superfast Chrono Porsche 919, the only one ever made in titanium with a black DLC coating. 

Chopard's contribution to the Only Watch charity auction is the titanium Superfast Chrono Porsche 919, the first and only time it has been made in the lightweight alloy. It's also signed on the back by Mark Webber, now on the Porsche Le Mans team and former Formula 1 driver.

Introducing The Solid Gold, One Of A Kind Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch For Only Watch

Only Watch is embracing the future with the unique Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch in rose gold accompanied by an iPhone 6, soon to be sold for charity.

Frédérique Constant has created a one of a kind version of its analogue Horological Smartwatch for charity auction Only Watch 2015. Fitted with a dark green dial and packaged in an 18k rose gold case, the Horological Smartwatch can connected to a smart phone via Bluetooth, which is why this unique edition is packaged with an iPhone 6.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Up Close With The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel With A Blued Grained Dial (With Pricing)

Equipped with an impressive list of features - tourbillon with cylindrical hairspring, perpetual calendar and automatic winding - the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel describes itself well.

Jaeger-LeCoultre tends to iterate its complicated movements over several years, introducing new versions every so often. The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel, referred to as MGTTCQP from now on, is now available in several variants since being introduced in2013 for the 180th anniversary of Antoine LeCoultre setting up shop Le Sentier. The latest was unveiled at SIHH 2015, featuring a grained blue dial with a touch of lapis lazuli.

Stowa Announces The Flieger Klassik Sport, With A Larger, 43mm Case (With Pricing)

Stowa has just unveiled the Flieger Klassik Sport, an enlarged, 43mm version of its bestselling pilot's watch modelled on the Luftwaffe B-Uhr.

Now larger and with increased water resistance, the Stowa Flieger Klassik Sport still retains the signature look derived from the 55mm beobachtungsuhr (B-uhr) worn by German airforce navigators during the Second World War. While the original Stowa Flieger was just 40mm in diameter, the Flieger Klassik Sport has a 43mm case diameter, more suited to contemporary tastes.

Introducing The Hautlence Vortex, Featuring A Rotating Escapement And Jumping Hours (With Pricing)

Equipped with the second generation of its impressive rotating escapement calibre,  the Hautlence Vortex displays the time via jumping hours and retrograde minutes, housed in a titanium case with panoramic sapphire crystals. 

The Hautlence Vortex reimagines the brand's flagship complication, the rotating escapement with jumping hours. First introduced in the HL2.0, the movement is the most complicated movement Hautlence has developed, comprised of some 552 parts, exceeding the number of components in a minute repeater. Instead of sitting vertically on the wrist, the Vortex is laid out horizontally, instantly making it more wearable.

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées Skeleton For Only Watch 2015

A skeleton watch with a red enamel chapter ring, the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées Skeleton Only Watch 2015 is a one of a kind wristwatch Vacheron Constantin has created to raise funds for charity.

The Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées are a trio of skeleton watches introduced by Vacheron Constantin last year, featuring open-worked movements inspired by the architecture of Gothic buildings. Ordinarily available with black, grey or blue enamelled chapter ring, the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées gets a bright red enamel treatment for the unique Only Watch edition.

Monday, 13 July 2015

MB&F Unveils The MusicMachine 3, The Star Wars-Inspired Music Box (With Pricing)

The MusicMachine 3 is the third music box from MB&F, but like the brand's watches and clocks, the MusicMachine departs from convention. Shaped like a TIE fighter, it plays tunes from James Bond and The Godfather.

Established as a maker of timepieces in avant-garde shapes, MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser has expanded the brand into clocks and music boxes in the same vein - having them made with traditional methods but in radically novel forms (the previous MusicMachine was Star-Trek inspired). Shaped like a TIE fighter, the MusicMachine 3 (MM3) is a collaboration with Swiss music box maker Reuge and JMC Lutherie, a guitar maker.

DKSH Puts Maurice Lacroix Up For Sale In The Face Of Slowing Sales

The slowdown in the luxury watch business has led Swiss trading house DKSH to put Maurice Lacroix on the block, for an estimated price of SFr100 million.

Four years after DKSH took a majority stake in Maurice Lacroix, the watchmaker is up for sale. With revenue of about SFr120 million according to Bank Vontobel, Maurice Lacroix is suffering the effects of depressed demand for luxury watches, especially in Hong Kong and China, which together account for a quarter of Swiss watch exports. And the recent strength of the Swiss franc exacerbated the slowdown. 

What Would You Ask Georges Kern, Chief Executive Of IWC?

Chief executive of IWC Schaffhausen and of the most successful leaders in modern watchmaking, Georges Kern will soon be sitting down for an exclusive interview with us. And he will also take questions from our readers, so you get to take part.

IWC chief executive Georges Kern will arrive in Singapore in mid-July and will sit down for an one-on-one interview. Despite having only 24-hours in Singapore, IWC’s leader has not only agreed to an interview, but he has agreed to take questions from our readers. 

Introducing The Breguet Type XXI In Platinum Only Watch 2015

Breguet has created a one of a kind version of its Type XXI aviator's chronograph, cased in platinum for the first time, and fitted with a dark grey dial. 

Ordinarily available only in rose gold or steel, the Type XXI is the larger, jazzed up version of Breguet's classic Type XX pilot's watch. For Only Watch 2015 Breguet created a one-off specimen of the Type XXI in platinum, a metal never used before on this model, featuring a dark grey dial with parchment-coloured Super-Luminova.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Up Close With The F.P. Journe Octa Sport Titanium (With Original Photos & Price)

With titanium replacing aluminium, the Octa Sport Titane is entry level F.P. Journe sports watch, yet it retains all the qualities of its precious metal cousins, namely a slim case and elegant proportions.

Introduced last year, the Octa Sport Titane is F.P. Journe's entry level sports watch, part of the second generation lineSport in titanium that replaces the first generation aluminium models. Identical to the aluminium model save for the case material, the Octa Sport Titanium is lightweight and surprisingly elegant for a sports watch. But is it better than a Royal Oak Extra-Thin Or Nautilus?

Up Close With The Rado HyperChrome Brown Ceramic (With Original Photos & Price)

A pioneer in the use of ceramic for watches, Rado unveiled its first chocolate ceramic watch cases at Baselworld 2015 with the HyperChrome Brown Ceramic.

Rado's latest addition to its palette of ceramics is dark, matte brown. Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the HyperChrome Brown Ceramic (offered as a chronograph, automatic and automatic with diamonds) combines chocolate ceramic with rose gold accents, a surprisingly appealing look that's different from the usual black or white ceramic watches.  

Saturday, 11 July 2015

EDITORIAL: Silicon And Soul

Silicon is already the next big thing in watchmaking, having gone from experimental and exotic to being widely adopted by major brands. But is it at odds with the fundamental purpose of mechanical watchmaking, to demonstrate craft and skill?

The Rolex Syloxi silicon hairspring

Finishing, assembly, regulation – all of these require manual labour, craftsmanship even. Historically the human touch was needed because of the imprecision of raw components. Tolerances were insufficiently fine, so hand finishing and regulation had to be done. Levers and wheels had to be ground down and refined, and the balance wheel had to be poised. 

But advances in manufacturing mean such techniques have evolved, becoming decorative rather than functional. The lavishly decorated movements visible through a sapphire back don’t actually need most of the lavish decoration. 

Blancpain Unveils The Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar In Black Enamel For Only Watch 2015

A unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar with a striking black enamel dial was conceived for Only Watch 2015, becoming one of the handful of watches by Blancpain fitted with such a dial.

Originally introduced in 2012, the Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar is a wristwatch conceived for the Chinese market but one that is admirably different. Instead of an enamelled dragon or phoenix, it features a completely new complication, one that displays the traditional Chinese calendar. Blancpain's contribution to charity auction Only Watch is a unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar fitted with a black enamel dial.

Introducing The Nomos Lambda 39mm - Smaller But Still Precious (With Pricing)

Nomos' top of the line timepiece is now available in a smaller, 39mm size, while preserving all its other qualities, including the rose gold case and decorated in-house movement.

Having made its debut in 2013, the Lambda raised the ambitions and positioning of Nomos, a brand best known for its affordable, honest watches backed by quirky, appealing marketing. The Lambda is available only in 18k gold, while being equipped a highly finished in-house calibre. Originally offered only with a 42mm case, the Lambda is now available with a smaller, 39mm case, along with a new black dial.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Hermes Creates A Unique "In the Pocket" For Only Watch 2015

A unique version of its convertible pocket watch is Hermes' choice for its contribution to charity auction Only Watch 2015.

A pocket watch that can be converted to a wristwatch thanks to a handmade leather holder, the "In The Pocket" is Hermes' signature pocket watch, powered by the H1837 automatic movement made by Vaucher. Originally available only with a silver dial in rose gold or palladium, a one of a kind "In The Pocket" has been produced for Only Watch 2015.

Exhibition On Watchmaking In East Germany Opens At The German Watch Museum Glashütte

An exhibition dedicated to the revival of German watchmaking in post-war Glashütte during the years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) has opened at the German Watch Museum Glashütte, courtesy of Glashütte Original.

The Glashütte Original Senator Sixties (left) with the vintage Spezimatic that inspired it

The special exhibition at the German Watch Museum Glashütte, located just round the corner from the premises of Glashütte Original and A. Lange & Söhne, covers post-war watchmaking in Glashütte, a small town near Dresden. Its exhibits cover the timepieces and literature of state-owned, East German watchmaking, which despite it drabness, was responsible to rebuilding the watch industry in the town, keeping it alive until the Berlin Wall fell, allowing the Glashütte brands to thrive as a capitalist enterprises.