Limes Nightflight pilot's watch

Limes Nightflight pilot’s watch

The NightFlight by Limes was introduced in 2000, and a new version has now been presented. It is a watch in the classic pilot’s watch style, with black dial and SuperLuminova markings, but it has some details that set it apart from the basic Type A pilot’s watch. The stainless steel case, made by Ickler,…

Swatch Sistem51 Arlequin

Swatch Sistem51

This is a watch that represents a watershed in the world of Swiss mechanical timepieces. Before the quartz revolution, all watches were mechanical, and the price range went far lower than today. For example, the Omega chronograph that NASA bought back in 1965 for testing for use in its space programme cost $85, which was quite a…

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 36 Automatic

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 36 automatic

The Excalibur 36 Automatic by Roger Dubuis has a black-blue-white colour scheme, rather like the Pirelli colours that can be seen in the Excalibur Spider Pirelli, but with a more feminine sensuality – though Roger Brand say that this watch will appeal to men as well. The 36-millimetre black DLC-treated titanium case, 9.8 mm thick,…

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon

Roger Dubuis has launched a partnership deal with Pirelli, the tyre company that sponsors Milan football club F.C. Internazionale, with its black and blue livery (click here to read about the Excalibur Spider Pirelli). The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon seems to have been designed to keep the other Milanese team – A.C. Milan –…

Emile Chouriet Soleos Lady 30 mm

Emile Chouriet Soleos Lady 30 mm

Emile Chouriet’s clients are predominantly Chinese, as the vast majority of the brand’s retail outlets are in China, and the owner and CEO is Chinese. But Emile Chouriet have a factory in Geneva, and they are dedicating a lot of effort to reinforcing the Swissness of their watches. Soleos Lady 30 mm has Emile Chouriet’s…

Manufacture Royale ADN

ADN by Manufacture Royale is a tourbillon watch with a contemporary look and an interesting display. The name is the French version of DNA. The principal display at the top of the dial shows local time, by means of a disc with a window that jumps from one hour to the next – the hour…

Longines Avigation BigEye

Longines often releases new versions of pieces from its historical collection, as part of the Heritage range. They are often quirky watches, such as the Lindbergh Hour Angle with its complex scales, the Avigation Type A-7 with its slewed dial, and the Heritage Diver “Lazy Eye.” The Longines Avigation BigEye has the same sort of…

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open reveals the application of Jean-Claude Biver’s marketing approach as already applied at Hublot. There, a single in-house movement, the Unico, has been used for countless skeletonized Big Bang variants. At Zenith, Biver already had a legendary movement, El Primero, and so this year he opened up…

Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

The EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph by Sinn is the latest version of their classic EZM 1 released in 1997, 20 years ago. The EZM 1.1 also celebrates the opening, on 31 August 2017, of Sinn’s new headquarters at Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse 21, Frankfurt. At this new and larger building, Sinn make their watches, and customers can…

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open, launched in 2017, is a direct reflection of Jean-Claude Biver’s influence on the brand that he currently directs. He specifically wanted to open up the dial completely. The Chronomaster was previously available with an entirely solid dial, and a version with a half-open dial revealing just the balance…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer 1062-113/01

Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer

The Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer by Ulysse Nardin is a watch that combines astronomical functions with a world timer, in a display based on a series of concentric circles. This watch was originally just the Moonstruck, presented in 2009, reference 1062-113; it is now the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer, and it offers an interesting combination of functions.…

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

The Classics Index Automatic is a dress watch by Frederique Constant, at an entry-level price starting at 950 Swiss francs, €850. “Let more people enjoy luxury,” say the brand, and they also make the daring claim that this watch helps turn a man into a true gentleman. The watch is made in two versions, steel,…

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

The El Primero movement by Zenith is a watchmaking legend, with its rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour – 5 Hertz – that improves precision and provides an accuracy of a tenth of a second in chronograph readings. It was first introduced in 1969 and so we’re not far off 50 years. The three overlapping…

Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo

After similar one-off pieces dedicated to the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, and the Grand Prix de Monaco (both 2016), Ateliers deMonaco have presented the Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo. A single piece depicting the Montecarlo casino on the dial, powered by the brand’s tourbillon movement XP1. I had imagined that this sort of watch was…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

It’s typical of A. Lange & Söhne that the view through the caseback is far more showy than what you see on the front. The slim case and narrow bezel highlight the wide open space of the mother-of-pearl dial, where everything is reduced to the minimum. Turn it over and you see the engraved balance…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Tag Datum M1-43-26-LB

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Tag Datum

The Lunova Tag Datum by Mühle-Glashütte gives you an extra choice if you’re looking for a watch smart enough for business use but has sports-level toughness, namely a 100-metre water resistance. It is superficially similar to the Lunova Datum, but in addition to the indication of the day of the week, it also differs in…