Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830

This watch is interesting in several ways. It shows that Baume & Mercier, a brand that has dedicated a lot of effort to reducing the prices of its entry-level watches, is also committed to movement innovation in higher-end pieces. The Clifton Manual 1830 is in red gold and has a new movement with a hairspring…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Several brands do these super-modern skeletonized tourbillons, in which the architecture is reduced to the minimum. Roger Dubuis creates star-shaped bridges, Blancpain does sci-fi spiky, Cartier does its amazing Astrotourbillon. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon has a rectangular geometry for the bridge visible from the front, creating a watch of incredible simplicity, dominated by…

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

At watch fair SIHH in January this year, Ulysse Nardin presented three new movements. Plus the Innovision concept watch, and more recently the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon. An enormous creative effort. The Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer celebrates the days when marine chronometers were instrumental in determining a ship’s position. It has the looks of those classical…

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

The new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu blue dial has three unique selling points. An in-house self-winding movement. A blue dial also made in-house, by Ulysse Nardin group’s dial manufacturer Donzé Cadrans. And a competitive price, €8,900, $8,800. Not much more than last year’s limited edition Classico Manufacture. Guilloché enamel dial Donzé Cadrans…

Romain Jerome Octopus Lume

Romain Jerome Octopus Lume

Romain Jerome isn’t a brand that makes tool watches, but they created a watch called the Octopus, launched in 2012, that had an 888-feet water resistance (270 metres) and an internal rotating bezel that could be used to measure elapsed time. In 2017 Romain Jerome has returned to the theme, updating this watch and giving…

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

This is an edition limited to one single watch. It combines a tourbillon movement probably made by Concepto for Romain Jerome, and a hand-painted dial featuring the Pokémon characters. Romain Jerome has an ongoing cooperation with The Pokémon Company International, giving this watch an exclusive rarity value. They say that it will be assigned on…

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome is a brand not based on watchmaking, but on story telling. Each of their pieces has a very powerful identity generated by design, colour, and the materials and texture used for case and bezel. This style was developed initially by Yvan Arpa, from 2006 to 2009, and then by Manuel Emch, CEO of…

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Pop

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Pop

Romain Jerome have perfected a very efficient formula that enables them to sell watches in non-precious cases (though complex with a lot of attention to finish), with movements purchased from third-party suppliers, at premium prices. They achieve this by means of agreements with companies licensing instantly recognisable subjects, and small editions that satisfy customers’ desire…

Romain Jerome RJ X Donkey Kong

Romain Jerome RJ X Donkey Kong

The RJ X Donkey Kong is a tribute to the like-named arcade game, and it is a limited edition of 81 watches in reference to the year in which the game was first released, 1981. Gaming arcades weren’t my scene and so I have to rely on what Romain Jerome tells us: before starring in…

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

A graffiti artist goes to the metro station, chooses an expanse of wall in a stairwell, and creates an enormous colourful composition. Then a few days or weeks later, along come the municipal painters who repaint the wall. All that is left of the graffiti artist’s work is the stair handrail, still decorated with gaudy…

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

At first sight, it’s a tourbillon watch with a big date, but there is more to the Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII than meets the eye. One thing is difficult to see in the official photos: the case is slightly angled, wedge-form, only 4.5° but nonetheless it creates a sort of theatrical stage effect. In the…

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ Deep Black

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ Deep Black

Omega haven’t exactly gone over the top with effort on this one. This is a watch celebrating their partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand in the 35th America’s Cup, one of the two watches it has presented for the occasion. While several other brands have designed watches capable of timing the countdown to the start…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club

Top ten sports watches

Sports watches are a growing trend. They generally have some of the characteristics of diver’s watches, or pilot’s or automotive watches, but with a water resistance of 100 metres which makes them everyday watches that can easily stand up to splashes or light surface swimming. Baume & Mercier have identified a sociological category, “gentlesportsmen,” people…

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba

You could call this a “diving watch light.” It’s an example of the “sports watch” category that is receiving a lot of attention from many brands (click here for the Top Ten Sports Watches). The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba looks like a diving watch, with unidirectional rotating bezel and screw-down crown, but its water resistance…

Mido Baroncelli Heritage M027.407

The 2017 version of the Mido Baroncelli Heritage is even closer to the idea of an entry-level dress watch than last year’s piece. The 39 mm polished 316L steel case is very slim at just under 7 mm, and the white grained dial has minimalist baton hour markers and a discreet date window at 3…

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

The Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary celebrates 90 years from Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. He left Roosevelt Field, an airport near New York, at 7:52 on 20 May 1927, and reached La Bourget airport near Paris 33 and a half hours later. It was the first…

Early pilot’s watches

Many watch brands include one or more models based on the earliest style of pilot’s and military watches, with large, chunky numerals in Art Deco style reflecting the years (1905-1920) in which they first appeared. Other characteristic features may include a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, and a large case size, because in those…