Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Dragon Motif watch

This watch, presented at Watches & Wonders currently running in Hong Kong, is of course perfect for the Chinese market with its dragon motif, but Cartier has in fact been utilizing Chinese motifs from the late 19th century. The Pasha de Cartier 42 mm Skeleton Dragon Motif watch is a splendid sight, interweaving diamond-set bands…

IWC goes women

The people at IWC certainly know how to keep a secret. Forever IWC Schaffhausen has been a men’s brand. The news that they are making watches for women, announced today, 29 September 2014, comes as much as a surprise as George Clooney getting married to Amal Alamuddin at just about the same time. Up until…

Two new entry-level Hamilton watches

During the 19th century, Hamilton, founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was “The Watch of Railroad Accuracy”, and two new watches in the RailRoad collection are based on pocket watch designs from that era. The brand now combines powerful links to its American origins with Swiss movements. Its watches are made in Bienne, Switzerland, and it is…

Hermès Arceau Temari

While the Hermès Dressage L’heure masquée is an ingenious watch with an original movement designed to express an unusual concept of time, the Arceau Temari by Hermès is a jewellery watch in which the motif on the dial is the principal feature. Temari is a Japanese word meaning “hand ball.” They were made from remnants…

Touchable: the T-Touch Expert Solar by Tissot

Today is 26 September 2014, which means we’re nearly there, nearly at the fourth quarter of the year. For the watch industry, the fourth quarter is very important, because it ends with the gift-giving season, and so it’s a time of year when watch brands want to stay very close to the market, introducing new…

Horological Machine N° 5 by MB&F

The latest watch by MB&F is called HM5, and its main characteristic is its sleek black colour. Instead of using a conventional black PVD coating, MB&F looked for another material, and as they couldn’t find anything black, steely and polishable, they asked a supplier to develop a new material. The result was CarbonMacrolon, a black…

Ralph Lauren and his Stirrup watches

The Stirrup collection was introduced in 2009 and is still a cornerstone of the Ralph Lauren collection, with models for men and women. Ralph Lauren is a lifestyle brand, making garments and accessories in its instantly recognizable sport-influenced style, and so it was only natural that they should launch their own watches as well, with…

Malte Tourbillon Openworked by Vacheron Constantin

The first watch made by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755 already had an openworked, engraved balance-cock, and over its 260 years of history, the brand’s craftspeople have become expert in this art. The Malte Tourbillon Openworked, reference 30135/000P-9842, is a mechanical, manually-wound watch, in a large case in platinum, 38 x 48 mm, 12.73 m thick.…

A. Lange & Söhne and the moon

Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, reference 139.025 August the Strong, Elector of Saxony, founded Europe’s first collection of scientific instruments, the “art chamber” in Dresden, in 1728, and it is now the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in the Zwinger building, Dresden. For many years, it was a research institution, and the local time for Dresden was set…

Poinçon de Genève, new hallmarking system

Poinçon de Genève, the Geneva Seal, is a quality mark introduced in 1886 to certify the quality of watches and that they were entirely made in the city or Canton of Geneva. It was created because at that time, in the late 19th century, a few Geneva retailers were “importing” watches from Vaud or Neuchâtel…

Watches for Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton presented their own special-edition watches by IWC Schaffhausen, with each edition limited to 250. IWC have a partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, in an agreement that has been renewed until 2018. Not surprisingly, both watches are chronographs in the Ingenieur range, presented at…

Top ten women’s watches that aren’t insulting

Insulting? According to Yann Gamard, CEO of Glashütte Original, Nayla Hayek asked him to make a watch that “wouldn’t insult her.” Perhaps the insulting things that she had in mind was wtaches that are just downsized men’s watches, or watches covered from top to bottom in diamonds. In any case, the result was the Pavonina…

Octa Sport by F.P. Journe, now in titanium

F.P. Journe is a company that doesn’t make many watches. Somewhere between 800 and 900 a year. So approximately a thousand times less than Rolex. But they all have a distinctive appearance, often inspired by 18th-century watchmaking thought. François-Paul signs all his pieces with the Latin motto “Invenit et Fecit” reflecting that golden age in…

Top 10 perpetual calendar watches 2014

This article on the best perpetual calendar watches 2015 look at these challenging timepieces, which require a lot of movement development. A lot of information has to be displayed, and at certain moments, a lot of energy has to be available to change several indications at once. For example, at midnight on 31st December, day,…

Chronograph watches, an overview

One of the favourite types of mechanical watch is the chronograph, the complication that enables it to be used as a stopwatch as well as for telling the time. It’s probably the most practical complication of all (after the calendar complications), and not just for racing: it can be used for a variety of everyday…

Ten good things about the Apple Watch

Yesterday, 9th September 2014, Apple presented their Apple Watch, with a video with commentary by Jony Ive (Senior VP, Design, at Apple). There’s lots of good stuff. I think it will work well on the market. The pre-launch gossip included the phrase “Switzerland are worried about the iWatch.”  I don’t think that’s the case. But…

Top five pulsometer chronographs

Pulsometer chronograph watches (sometimes they are called pulsimeter chronographs) were once more common than they are today. They were used by doctors for taking a patient’s pulse. A pulsometer chronograph is a normal chronograph with an extra scale around the edge of the dial: all you do is start the chronograph, count 30 pulse beats,…

Terrascope by Jeanrichard

Jeanrichard’s collection is based on four major families, Terrascope, Aquascope, Aeroscope and 1681, the latter named after the year in which Daniel Jeanrichard made his first watch and then set up his first workshop in Les Bressels, near La Chaux-de-Fonds. The brand has a lot of heritage, but today they are strongly connected to the…

Is it worth buying a watch at a street market?

This watch is an Enicar Automatic Sherpa Superdive. The caseback shows an oyster and pearl in relief, the word “Seapearl” and various other rather worn lettering, including the word “Ultrasonic.” Is it worth buying and restoring a watch like this? Enicar is one of the many Swiss brands that were thriving until the onset of…