Frederique Constant Manufacture WorldTimer

Frederique Constant Manufacture WorldTimer

The Frederique Constant WorldTimer has been around since 2012, and it is now available in several dial variants, all with the same in-house movement. This latter characteristic makes this watch an attractive proposition, especially when considering the price. The version presented in March 2017 has a sort of hygge look with its rose-gold-plated case€, hands…

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

Top five highlights at Salon QP 2017

I didn’t have much time at Salon QP this year, but here are five watches that caught my interest. Generally speaking, Salon QP is great as a way of introducing people in London to high-end watches, but the exhibitors mostly didn’t have any new products specifically for the show. Major brands such as IWC and…

Salon QP update – Lang & Heyne Georg

At Salon QP in London (2-4 November 2017), Lang & Heyne were present with some watches that included this piece, the Georg watch modified with an unusual interpretation of the crown. It is a bespoke piece made for a customer who has difficulties with normal crowns, and so they engineered this new pattern that combines…

Marine Équation Marchante 5887 by Breguet

Breguet Marine Equation Marchante 5887

The Marine Équation Marchante 5887 by Breguet is an unusual timepiece in many ways. Its appearance is part that of a sophisticated complication watch, part classic Breguet, and part sports watch. It is 43.9 mm in diameter, about 11.5 mm thick, in platinum or rose gold, and it has a water resistance of 100 metres,…

Zenith Heritage 146 chronograph

Zenith Heritage 146 chronograph

Zenith confirms the generalized move towards vintage styles and smaller case sizes with the Heritage 146 chronograph. It is directly inspired by a 1960s watch and it has a 38 mm-diameter steel case, 12.45 mm thick. A water resistance of 10 atm (100 metres) is higher than usual and gives you the assurance that you…

Blancpain 38 mm Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

At 38 millimetres in diameter and 10.77 millimetres thickness, the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe by Blancpain is an example of what seems to be a new trend, small, slim diving watches. Its colour, named “abyss blue” by the brand, is also on-trend. In 2013, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, the Bathyscaphe was given…

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

The distinctive feature of the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC diving watch is the water-tightness indicator that appears on the dial. It may seem like an act of courage on the part of Blancpain – after all, surely the point of a diving watch is that you can safely take it underwater knowing that…

Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook

Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook

Rado has presented three diving-inspired watches as part of their vintage Captain Cook collection, and two of them are 37-millimetre watches, so small, unisex. For a few years now there has been a swing away from very large watches, but these new Captain Cook models show that there is a definite trend towards small case…

Top ten power reserve indicator watches

In some watches, a notable feature on the dial is the power reserve indicator. This is a useful feature in the case of a hand-wound movement, but it is increasingly appearing on automatic watches, where it can be helpful as a reminder to put the watch on, or wind it, if you’ve left it in…

Rado DiaMaster Power Reserve

Rado DiaMaster Power Reserve

The DiaMaster Power Reserve by Rado is distinctive for the power reserve display on the dial. The case is in high-tech ceramic, which has a very high scratch resistance, five times higher than a comparable stainless steel. It is also 25% lighter than steel. The watch is fairly large at 43 mm, 12.3 mm thick,…

Nomos Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit

Nomos Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit

This is not a new watch. It has been around since 2011, updated in 2014, and now available on Mr Porter as well as the Nomos website. It offers the GMT function in an unusual format, and in fact it resembles a world-time watch even though in actual fact it only provides simultaneous times in…

Ryan Reynolds Piaget Altiplano G0A35130

Top ten watches for a gentleman

The gentleman is one of the fashion and lifestyle trend focuses for 2017 and beyond. There are probably thousands of possible descriptions of a gentleman, but in visual terms, one definition could be “sobriety and eccentricity elegantly combined.” Here we take a look at some of the watches specifically offered by brands in relation to…

F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland & Holland

Once upon a time a fine gun was part of a gentleman’s armoury. Thankfully today this is no longer the case, but there are still the intriguing connections between gunmaking and watchmaking – which share terms like “barrel” and “calibre” – and this watch by F.P. Journe has a very close relationship with the ancient…

Longines Record L2.821.4.11.6

Longines Record L2.821.4.11.6

Part of the new watches introduced for the brand’s 185th anniversary, the Longines Record has a very classical design, with Roman numerals, blued steel hands, and a steel case. It is the first watch by Longines to have a chronometer COSC-certified movement, ETA A31.L11, with a silicon balance spring. The self-winding movement has 22 jewels,…

roger dubuis

Adieu Monsieur Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis, founder of the like-named brand, died on 14 October 2017. He was 79. Roger Dubuis, born in 1938, started his career in about 1957 at Longines in Saint-Imier, working for nine years on repairs in the after-sales department. In 1966 he moved to Patek Philippe, working on complication movements before setting up his…

Breguet Classique 7147

Breguet Classique 7147

If there were a competition for the best gentleman’s watch, Breguet would enter the Classique 7147. The brand staged the launch of its “Classic Tour” in London on 4 October 2017, “honouring the art of living of a true gentleman” by presenting craftspeople who emulated “the day of a perfect gentleman who, after slipping his…

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

For ten years now, Hermès have been combining their French DNA with Swiss watchmaking, and their watches include complications that provide an alternative, ironic depiction of time. The Hermès vision is not about performance and the absolute control of time, but rather a more playful view of this fourth dimension. In 2011, Arceau Le temps…