Zeppelin Automatic Pulsometer with Big Date

Zeppelin is one of the brands made by Point Tec, a company founded by Wilhelm Birk in 1987. It is based in the village of Ismaning, not far from Munich. Point Tec makes about 150,000 watches per year, making them one of the largest watch manufacturers in Germany. They are proud of their German origin,…

Mido Commander Big Date

Mido Commander Big Date

Using a “big date” to celebrate an anniversary is not original (I think that Glashütte Original has done this before and probably a few other brands as well) but it is appropriate in Mido’s case, founded on 11 November 1918. So this is the centenary year. The Commander Big Date is an attractive, dressy watch…

Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock

The Sherlock watch

I was interested to see a rather unsubtle example of product placement involving a watch in the BBC series Sherlock. In series 2, episode 2, The Hounds of Baskerville, Benedict Cumberbatch checks his watch just before entering the military site. It doesn’t play any part in the plot. The watch is “The Sherlock Watch” by…

Win a vintage Tutima Glashütte chronograph

Tutima’s original 1941 Flieger flyback chronograph is a watch that I have always admired, one of the first flyback chronographs, featuring the fluted rotating bezel with red marker that has since become a Tutima hallmark. Now one of these historic pieces – that Tutima say has a commercial value of about €8,000 today, which surprised…

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Lady 6700-01

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Lady 6700-01

The Saxon One Lady by Tutima is a nice size for women at 36 mm, 10.7 mm thick, and the cushion-shaped dial with flat truncated pyramid styling gives it distinctive looks. The basic model has a stainless steel case with differentiated satin and gloss finish, and more elaborate models have a ring of 48 diamonds…

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Saxon One Royal Blue by Tutima Glashütte is a beautiful chronograph with a lovely shade of blue used for the dial. It is unusual in that it is one of the few chronographs offering a radically different display: in this case, with centre-pivot hands for both chronograph seconds and chronograph minutes. Everything is nicely organized and well…

U-Boat Classico 47 U-1001 TIT

This watch, designed by Italo Fontana and built by his company U-Boat, was first introduced in 2011 and is now available in a new version, a 300-piece limited edition in titanium – hence the name U-Boat Classico 47 U-1001 TIT (I guess that signor Fontana has a less than 100% grasp of English slang). As…

Tutima Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte is a brand that has no hurry about presenting new watches. The brand completed their relocation to Glashütte in 2011, and two years later, they presented four lines, Saxon One, Grand Flieger, M2 and Patria. From then on, they have been concerned principally with consolidating their position on the market. The new Saxon…

Avvent'Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and his company NHC (Nouvelle Horlogerie Calabrese) is a watch with a political mission. The watch has conventional hour and minute hands, and the dial has a trapezoidal window positioned between two hour markers. Every hour, this part of the dial rotates through 30°, and a trapezoidal aperture opens between adjacent…

Rolex Sky-Dweller 2017

Rolex Sky-Dweller 2017

Sky-Dweller is an unusual watch, now available in Rolesor, the name that Rolex give to the use of gold and steel together in the same watch. In this piece, the bezel, crown, and centre bracelet links are made in yellow gold. Other parts are in 904L steel. In another version, the combination is between white…

Rolex Sea-Dweller ring command bezel

Rolex Sea-Dweller 2017

The Sea-Dweller by Rolex is a classic diving watch, but the question is, why buy the Sea-Dweller that costs more than its main competitor, the Rolex Submariner? The answer is that the Sea-Dweller looks larger and tougher, with the dramatic serrations on the rotating bezel, and the technical feel of the case with its helium…

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fashion brand Fendi is more familiar for its furs and leather accessories than its watches. Selleria (which means saddlery) is a name that dates back to the 1930s when it was introduced for bags. The brand’s Selleria watches are more recent, and Fendi have given their timepieces some features that set them apart from the…

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic AL-525G4TS6

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic

Alpina has a long tradition of pilot’s watches, and supplied some continental air forces with timepieces in the first half of the 20th century. The Startimer Pilot Collection, launched in 2011, has become the brand’s best seller. In 2017 the new Startimer Pilot Automatic is a classic pilot’s watch, with an automatic movement, with a…

Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2017

MotoGP is an important part of Tissot’s sponsorship activities, and every year the brand celebrates this partnership with a new watch. The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2017 is dedicated to Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo, currently riding for Ducati. It is large (45 mm across, 16 mm thick), bold in its black and rose…

Tissot Ballade

Tissot Ballade, the cheapest chronometer-certified watch?

Tissot says “it’s time to make technological precision accessible.” While the Tissot Ballade is by no means the cheapest mechanical watch in the world, priced at €895 for the gent’s model, it could be the cheapest chronometer-certified watch. Clous de Paris detailing Tissot have added some details that give the watch an appearance typical of…

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono

Hamilton’s latest version of the Khaki Aviation X-Wind is an example of a fairly common trend in watches, making them look complicated and tough. This must be one of the meanest, toughest and most complex chronographs of all, with three crowns in addition to the usual chronograph pushers, and three rotating bezels. All this equipment…

Hamilton Ventura Classic

Hamilton Ventura 2017

The Hamilton Ventura was introduced on 3 January 1957, and so this year, 2017, Hamilton is commemorating the 60th anniversary of this distinctive triangular watch. It was designed by Richard Arbib and it was the first electrical, battery-powered watch in the world. It was initially named the Hamilton Electric 500 before becoming the Ventura. In…

Hamilton ODC X-03

Hamilton ODC X-03

At first sight the task of encapsulating the enormous distances of space into the restricted space of a watch seems impossible. But that is what the Hamilton ODC X-03 sets out to achieve. It depicts the view from the porthole of an imaginary spacecraft as it approaches a three-lobe space station in orbit above the…

Longines Master Collection L2.893.4.92.6

Longines Master Collection grey and blue

The Longines Master Collection comprises some of the best-selling watches in the world, helping Longines maintain its place as fourth top-selling Swiss watch brand after Rolex, Omega and Cartier. The top seller by Longines is a watch in the Master collection, which was launched in 2005 and has all the characteristics required for good sales:…