Berthet Arte Noir Skeleton

Berthet company profile

Company profile: Berthet was founded by Joseph Berthet, son of a teacher, born in Savoie. He learnt watchmaking in Switzerland over the course of about 12 years before returning to Charmauvillers, close to the Swiss border, in 1877, setting up his own watchmaking workshop in 1888. He was joined by his brother and his three…

Berthet Agilis reference H43RETRO

Berthet Agilis reference H43RETRO with retrograde minutes

The Agilis by Berthet is based on a classic hand-wound movement that is modified in-house to create the retrograde minutes display at the top of the dial. Berthet perform an operation similar to that performed by Vincent Calabrese with his company Nouvelle Horlogerie Calabrese: they use standard ETA/Unitas movements and modify them to do something…

Berthet Arte Noir Skeleton

Berthet Arte Noir Skeleton watch

Arte Noir by Berthet is a skeleton watch, 42.5 mm in diameter and 11.9 mm thick, with a hand-wound 6498 movement that is skeletonized in-house, to a design by house engineers Gérard and William Berthet. The watchmakers use a range of techniques to remove parts of the bridges, including CNC micro-machining, laser cutting and micro-cutting…

TW Steel Ace Spitfire chronograph

TW Steel Ace Spitfire

The Ace Spitfire is a new collection by Dutch brand TW Steel. It is a chronograph with the brand’s usual big and bold design style, and a Sellita SW510 movement.

Nomos Glashütte Orion 309

Top five dress watches under €2,000

What is a dress watch? A watch that can be worn with a dinner jacket or other formal wear. Today, celebrities do what they like with the classic black tie format, but the rules still exist, and you can look good even with a suit that complies with the most rigorous standards. It’s as if…

Filippo Loreti Milano Black Red Automatic

Filippo Loreti Review. Milano Black Red Automatic

This Filippo Loreti review describes the Milano Black Red Automatic by Filippo Loreti. It is a watch with a self-winding Miyota movement, and an Italian-inspired design that gives it unique looks. At the price of €489, it is a readily accessible timepiece, with a lot of details that make it a pleasure to wear. It…

Stowa Flieger Verus 40

Stowa Flieger Verus 40

The Flieger Verus 40 by Stowa is a stunning new interpretation of the Type A pilot’s watch pattern, proof that the application of good design can transform even the simplest format into an attractive and striking piece. How have the Stowa designers achieved this subtle transformation? By increasing the scale of the markings. They are a…

Aerowatch Les Grandes Classiques Gent Automatic

The Gent Automatic by Aerowatch has a sort of distinction and refinement that I would associate with the “gentleman” concept that has been used by a number of brands recently. Even though it is a very moderate 39 mm in diameter, and so in terms of size it could be worn by both men and…

Ball Engineer III Starlight

Ball Engineer III Starlight

The Ball Engineer III Starlight is a sports watch with a dial featuring large, blocky numerals that look a bit contrived, but there is a good reason for this square-geometry design. The numerals are built of micro gas tubes to provide unparalleled night-time visibility, far better than the usual luminescent paint. There are also gas…

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Automatic

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Automatic

With the FiftySix collection, Vacheron Constantin is reaching out to a wider section of the public than its previous audience of super-wealthy customers. The FIftySix Automatic is now the entry-level piece in Vacheron Constantin’s range, available in steel at a price of €11,800. So it’s still a very expensive watch, but Vacheron Constantin is a…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

The Saxonia Thin has been part of the A. Lange & Söhne collection since 2011, and since then a number of different versions have been introduced. This year’s piece is a 39-millimetre watch, just 6.2 mm thick. Its size makes it accessible to both men and women, and the aventurine glass dial, deep blue strewn…

A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split

Right at the top of the great Ancient Egyptian pyramids, at the top of millions of ton of stone, there was originally a pyramidion, a miniature version of the entire pyramid forming the very apex, a single piece of granite or limestone a metre or two high covered in gold leaf. And, in the most…

RGM Model 222-RR

Top 5 twisted dial watches

12 o’clock at 12 o’clock? Boring! Let’s try something else. There are several watches in which the dial is twisted with respect to the usual arrangement. Here is a selection in ascending price order. Let me know if I’ve missed some! Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 – €2,960 The Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935…

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic

Style is automatic, say Tissot in their promotional video for the Swissmatic. This new watch is the Swatch Group’s response to the risk posed by the waves of cheap mechanical watches arriving from Asia. It has a unisex, minimalist design, a mechanical movement visible through a sapphire caseback, and those two words that have a…

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm

Zenith is one of the very few brands that has a real in-house tradition of early aviation watches. Louis Blériot crossed the Channel in 1909 with a Zenith watch on his wrist, and that piece has inspired a long series of classic pilot’s watches by the brand, all based on that original. Next year will…

Archimede OutDoor Protect with full lume dial

Archimede OutDoor Protect with full lume dial

The OutDoor Protect by Archimede is a tough sports watch, with a specially hardened stainless steel case, a 20 atm, 200-metre water resistance, brushed case finish, screw-down crown, and a version in which the entire dial is coated with luminescent paint. Luminescent dial and hands It’s the full lume dial that makes this piece different…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde

The Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde by Blancpain was presented at Baselworld in 2018. It presents an interesting combination of features. In addition to the usual time indications, the watch has a retrograde day display, a big date, and both are adjusted by the brand’s patented under-lug correctors. This allows the case to be kept…

Tom Ford 001

Tom Ford launches a new watch

The Tom Ford 001 is the fashion brand’s first watch. It has a rectangular case, a quartz movement, and interchangeable strap. It is an attractive timepiece with a case that is curved when seen from the side, so that it rests nicely on the wrist. The case has integrated lugs with the strap simply sliding…