Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph

Hygge – top ten hyggelig watches

There doesn’t seem to be much in common between Danish-style cosiness and watches. Men’s watches are usually about technology, sports, precision, toughness and money, and women’s watches are often about style and glitter. But there are a few that have a warmer, softer, cosier feel, mostly based on colour and materials that could have something…

Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase

Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase

The Elite Lady Moonphase by Zenith has a size perfect for women, 33 mm diameter, with a case thickness of 9.25 mm. With respect to the previous version, its size has been reduced from 36 mm to 33 mm. It is powered by the self-winding Elite Calibre 692, designed and built in-house by Zenith, and…

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur is a timepiece in classic marine watch style, with its white dial and slender Roman numerals. It has a power reserve indicator at the top and a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, incorporating a circular date window. The name “Torpilleur” refers to torpedo boats, which became part of a…

Longines Legend Diver

Longines Legend Diver

The Longines Legend Diver Watch is a new edition of a diving watch dating back to 1960. The first re-edition was launched in 2007: this version is different in that the watch is now available with a milanaise bracelet. Not your classic diver’s watch It’s an attractive timepiece with some typical 1960s characteristics, such as…

Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II

Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II

The Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II is a watch made as part of Oris’ support for Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides medical care in rural parts of Australia by means of a fleet of aircraft. The watch has a bi-directional rotating bezel with a pulsometer scale. Rotating bezel with pulsometer…

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton reference 81015-52-002-52A

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton

Girard-Perregaux’s CEO Antonio Calce says that Laureato will be fundamental to the brand’s future. There’s no doubt that this sports watch is perfectly in tune with contemporary style, and it has distinctive looks, with its shaped integrated bracelet and octagonal bezel. It may have suffered, over the years, its similarity to other watches designed in…

Locman Montecristo All Carbon Automatic

Italian brand Locman was founded in 1986, and quickly developed an in-house capability of working with carbon. Their Nuovo Carbon model introduced in 2003 was possibly the first watch in the world with a carbon fibre case. For 2017, the Montecristo All Carbon has been redesigned, with a smaller case and more fluid lines. With…

Omega UK/CK2292 – Spitfire Watch

Dunkirk and Omega’s pilot’s watches

Christopher Nolan’s desire to make the film Dunkirk as realistic as possible included watches, and in particular a pilot’s watch worn by Tom Hardy who plays a Spitfire pilot. Omega have issued a press release in which they describe three watches supplied by the company to Britain’s Ministry of Defence. Omega had already supplied watches…

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204

Piaget have introduced a tourbillon in its Altiplano collection for the first time. The Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204 is part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for Altiplano, launched in 1957. Altiplano’s ultra-thin case and minimalist dial brought it immediate success and determined its staying-power in the world of watches. Case and dial The watch…

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

The Manero Fyback by Carl F. Bucherer was first presented in 2016, with three new colour variants added in 2017 and shown here. The watch could be described as a dressy chronograph, with large skeletonized hands in the same material as the case, but with no SuperLuminova, and hour indices whose shape mirrors the hands.…

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph

This Pulsograph chronograph – with a pulsometer scale – is part of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection, which comprises watches made using traditional watchmaking techniques, and so that incorporate the expertise of the Minerva manufacture in Villeret. Watches in this collection have certain distinguishing features such as applied hour markers, a Roman numeral XII, dauphin…

Perrelet Weekend

We are accustomed to Perrelet’s watches being a bit different, such as the models with a dialside turbine, or the double rotor that also enlivens the dial. The Perrelet Weekend on the other hand is a classic watch, an everyday timepiece that could easily be a dress watch in the simplest versions. Circular case, baton…

Oris Aquis Small Second Date Diver Ref. N° 01 743 7733 4159 RS, 45,50 mm

Oris Aquis Small Second Date Diver

The Aquis Small Second Date Diver by Oris is a new diving watch, with a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a water resistance of 50 atm, 500 metres. The concept is that the seconds hand isn’t so important in a diver’s watch, because the fundamental hand is the minute hand, used with the…

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral, diamond-set version

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral

Bucherer describe their new jewelled Manero Peripheral as a women’s watch, but personally I think that this timepiece is virtually unisex. The diamonds on the bezel are discreet and almost have a functional aspect: there are sixty diamonds, and so they mirror the divisions of the minute scale. The version with a chocolate-brown mother-of-pearl dial…

Piaget Altiplano 900P pink gold

Piaget Altiplano 900P pink gold

The Piaget Altiplano 900P pink gold was launched in 2014 to mark the brand’s 140th anniversary, and this year, 2017, the 60th anniversary year of the Piaget Altiplano, a new pink gold edition has been introduced. It’s a limited edition of 200 pieces, available from April 2017, price €27,300. It’s still the slimmest mechanical watch…

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch

This watch celebrates James Bond’s rank as commander in the Royal Navy. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch also appears in the year marking three Bond anniversaries, the 50th of “You Only Live Twice,” 40th of “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and the 20th of “Tomorrow Never Dies.” In each of these films, Bond…

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin

The new Royal Oak Extra-Thin by Audemars Piguet marks an anniversary: 1977, the year when the first 39mm Royal Oak in yellow gold was introduced. It became known as the Jumbo, and at that time it marked a new departure, the use of precious metal for the Royal Oak, which had been introduced in 1972…

George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin

Starmen: George Clooney meets Buzz Aldrin

Omega has presented a short film called Starmen, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster and the 48th anniversary of the first landing on the moon. George Clooney, who has been into space on screen, in Gravity, Solaris and Tomorrowland, converses with his childhood hero Buzz Aldrin in the Electric Cinema Shoreditch, London. They…