Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim

Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim

Montblanc has now completed its set of watch families and from this year begins a process of consolidation, reinterpreting existing models. But this doesn’t mean that the brand is resting on its laurels: just in the 4810 range, this year there are three new in-house movements, accompanied by a lot of design work. The new…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Poppy

This 39mm piece by Parmigiani Fleurier is dominated by the poppy-red dial in aventurine, with rose gold case and bracelet, diamond-set bezel and lugs (in total 112 diamonds, 1 carat), and a single ruby cabochon set into the crown. Creating a dial from a stone such as aventurine is not simple: it has to be…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Clarity

This 39mm watch takes Parmigiani’s diamond-setting to new levels, from the classic watch with diamond-set bezel to a piece in which the gems completely cover the dial. The round diamonds are in four sizes, decreasing from the centre to the outside of the dial. Smaller diamonds are used around the central pivot, and around the…

Montblanc 4810 Day-Date

Montblanc 4810 Day-Date 114853

Montblanc seems to be taking on Rolex head-on with this piece. It has the classic day-date format with day at the top and date near the crown, and the case’s water resistance, though not at Rolex Oyster standards, is still higher than most watches, at 5 bar, corresponding to 50 metres. Above all, it has…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire by Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates the brand’s 20th anniversary, from its creation in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani with the Sandoz Family Foundation. It’s a very technical piece, with a clear and functional dial. Its utility is further enhanced by the big date. It is also exceptional in that the movement is entirely…

Parmigiani Fleurier

Company profile: “One of the problems we have,” said a Parmigiani PR staff member at Geneva fair SIHH, “is that sometimes people expect us to make cheese!” But Parmigiani Fleurier make beautiful watches, and the name is of its founder Michel Parmigiani. Michel Parmigiani joined the industry at a difficult moment. He finished his studies…

Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set

Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set

This is a curious concept, two Panerai watches sold together as a set, at the price of €19,900. The two watches are symmetrical, one with the crown on the left-hand side of the case, the other with the crown on the right-hand side. The continuous seconds subdial is also symmetrically opposite in the two models.…

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio 47 mm PAM00663

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio 47 mm PAM00663

This watch illustrates why Panerai is a world apart from most other brands. It is pure simplicity, just hours and minutes, four numerals in the graceful Panerai style, eight straight hour markers, and that’s it. No date window, and that is something fantastic and courageous. The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio 47 mm PAM00663…

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio 47mm PAM0066

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio 47mm PAM00662

Panerai tells some great stories (read the top ten Panerai stories here). The Radiomir 1940 PAM00622 looks like a simple two-hand watch with a chocolate brown dial matching a vintage-look leather strap, with a lovely hand-wound 3 Hertz movement visible through the sapphire caseback. And that’s what it is, but it is also a tribute…

Panerai Radiomir 1940

These four Panerai watches, PAM00627, 628, 657 and 658, retain the brand’s classic DNA but they embrace modernity in a more consciously designer appearance. They have the functions that are most practical for a contemporary executive: power reserve indicator which is useful for a mechanical watch; and second time zone, with quick-setting hour hand. The…

Bovet 1822

Bovet 1822 company profile: The Bovet family came from Fleurier in Switzerland, and they were, like many people in that small town, active as watchmakers. In the late 1700s, Napoleon’s trade protection policies forced many Fleurier watchmakers to emigrate in order to find work, and the Bovet brothers Edouard, Charles-Frédéric and Charles-Alphonse went to London.…

Bovet 1822 Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei

Bovet 1822 Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei

The collaboration between Bovet 1822 and Pininfarina began in 2010 with the Tourbillon Ottanta, and this year’s model, Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei, differs from previous pieces in that the case is much thinner, and it does not have the Amadeo system that enables the piece to be transformed from wristwatch to pocket watch. Particularly in the…

Bovet 1822 Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso VII

There is a lot of content in this watch. It has two faces, with time indications on both, a perpetual calendar on one side, and power reserve on the other. The continuous seconds indicator, on a 20-second scale with three hands, can be seen correctly on both sides by virtue of the coaxial seconds carriage…

Romain Jerome Tetris DNA

Is Tetris educational? At first sight, the game seems to encourage spatial ability as it calls for the visualization of geometrical shapes and their rotation. But in actual fact, according to a scientific study, experienced Tetris players just become good at Tetris and this spatial expertise doesn’t transfer to other areas of cognitive ability. Nonetheless…

Top ten women’s watches 2015

Here are some 2015 highlights from the world of women’s watches. This is a type of watch that often becomes very expensive because of the jewels used to decorate case, bracelet and dial, and so I have chosen a couple of watches in the lower price range. In general I have tried to privilege watches…

Romain Jerome Skylab 48 Speed Metal Skull

Skulls are a big thing in fashion and Romain Jerome has added a skeleton skull watch to its range, with 12 colour versions. You could say that there is one for each month, but there is no real significance to the colours: CEO and creative director Manuel Emch simply chose his favourites from the possible…