Peter Speake-Marin

Peter Speake-Marin and The Naked Watchmaker

When a watchmaker who has dedicated 16 years’ work to his own brand decides to leave and do something new, it comes as quite a surprise. This what occurred on 16 June 2017, when Christelle Rosnoblet, CEO of Speake-Marin, issued a press release saying that “After 16 years during which he shaped the image and…

Breitling Navitimer 01

Breitling Navitimer 01

The Breitling Navitimer 01 is an absolute classic in the field of aviation watches. It was introduced in 1952, and since then it witnessed the arrival of civil jet planes, the quartz revolution, and the return of mechanical watches as luxury products. It also illustrates the progressive increase in watch size, starting at 40 mm,…

Singer Track1 opener

Singer Track1

What is the connection between Iron Maiden and watchmaking? Heavy metal, I suppose, but the story of the chronograph Track1 by new watchmaking company Singer Reimagined goes a bit further. Singer is a company that was founded by Rob Dickinson from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, U.K., cousin of Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden’s lead singer, and it…

Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater

There are some brands that make a few watch models that make me think, but do you really need to do that? Such as erotic watches – often made to commission with two people doing things with animation in a personalized position – for which apparently there is an incessant demand. And then there are…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830

This watch is interesting in several ways. It shows that Baume & Mercier, a brand that has dedicated a lot of effort to reducing the prices of its entry-level watches, is also committed to movement innovation in higher-end pieces. The Clifton Manual 1830 is in red gold and has a new movement with a hairspring…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Several brands do these super-modern skeletonized tourbillons, in which the architecture is reduced to the minimum. Roger Dubuis creates star-shaped bridges, Blancpain does sci-fi spiky, Cartier does its amazing Astrotourbillon. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon has a rectangular geometry for the bridge visible from the front, creating a watch of incredible simplicity, dominated by…

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

At watch fair SIHH in January this year, Ulysse Nardin presented three new movements. Plus the Innovision concept watch, and more recently the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon. An enormous creative effort. The Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer celebrates the days when marine chronometers were instrumental in determining a ship’s position. It has the looks of those classical…

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

The new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu blue dial has three unique selling points. An in-house self-winding movement. A blue dial also made in-house, by Ulysse Nardin group’s dial manufacturer Donzé Cadrans. And a competitive price, €8,900, $8,800. Not much more than last year’s limited edition Classico Manufacture. Guilloché enamel dial Donzé Cadrans…

Romain Jerome Octopus Lume

Romain Jerome Octopus Lume

Romain Jerome isn’t a brand that makes tool watches, but they created a watch called the Octopus, launched in 2012, that had an 888-feet water resistance (270 metres) and an internal rotating bezel that could be used to measure elapsed time. In 2017 Romain Jerome has returned to the theme, updating this watch and giving…

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

This is an edition limited to one single watch. It combines a tourbillon movement probably made by Concepto for Romain Jerome, and a hand-painted dial featuring the Pokémon characters. Romain Jerome has an ongoing cooperation with The Pokémon Company International, giving this watch an exclusive rarity value. They say that it will be assigned on…

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome is a brand not based on watchmaking, but on story telling. Each of their pieces has a very powerful identity generated by design, colour, and the materials and texture used for case and bezel. This style was developed initially by Yvan Arpa, from 2006 to 2009, and then by Manuel Emch, CEO of…

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Pop

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Pop

Romain Jerome have perfected a very efficient formula that enables them to sell watches in non-precious cases (though complex with a lot of attention to finish), with movements purchased from third-party suppliers, at premium prices. They achieve this by means of agreements with companies licensing instantly recognisable subjects, and small editions that satisfy customers’ desire…

Romain Jerome RJ X Donkey Kong

Romain Jerome RJ X Donkey Kong

The RJ X Donkey Kong is a tribute to the like-named arcade game, and it is a limited edition of 81 watches in reference to the year in which the game was first released, 1981. Gaming arcades weren’t my scene and so I have to rely on what Romain Jerome tells us: before starring in…

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

A graffiti artist goes to the metro station, chooses an expanse of wall in a stairwell, and creates an enormous colourful composition. Then a few days or weeks later, along come the municipal painters who repaint the wall. All that is left of the graffiti artist’s work is the stair handrail, still decorated with gaudy…