Stowa Flieger Verus 40

Stowa Flieger Verus 40

The Flieger Verus 40 by Stowa is a stunning new interpretation of the Type A pilot’s watch pattern, proof that the application of good design can transform even the simplest format into an attractive and striking piece. How have the Stowa designers achieved this subtle transformation? By increasing the scale of the markings. They are a…

Ball Engineer III Starlight

Ball Engineer III Starlight

The Ball Engineer III Starlight is a sports watch with a dial featuring large, blocky numerals that look a bit contrived, but there is a good reason for this square-geometry design. The numerals are built of micro gas tubes to provide unparalleled night-time visibility, far better than the usual luminescent paint. There are also gas…

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Automatic

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Automatic

With the FiftySix collection, Vacheron Constantin is reaching out to a wider section of the public than its previous audience of super-wealthy customers. The FIftySix Automatic is now the entry-level piece in Vacheron Constantin’s range, available in steel at a price of €11,800. So it’s still a very expensive watch, but Vacheron Constantin is a…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

The Saxonia Thin has been part of the A. Lange & Söhne collection since 2011, and since then a number of different versions have been introduced. This year’s piece is a 39-millimetre watch, just 6.2 mm thick. Its size makes it accessible to both men and women, and the aventurine glass dial, deep blue strewn…

A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split

Right at the top of the great Ancient Egyptian pyramids, at the top of millions of ton of stone, there was originally a pyramidion, a miniature version of the entire pyramid forming the very apex, a single piece of granite or limestone a metre or two high covered in gold leaf. And, in the most…

RGM Model 222-RR

Top 5 twisted dial watches

12 o’clock at 12 o’clock? Boring! Let’s try something else. There are several watches in which the dial is twisted with respect to the usual arrangement. Here is a selection in ascending price order. Let me know if I’ve missed some! Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 – €2,960 The Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935…

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic

Style is automatic, say Tissot in their promotional video for the Swissmatic. This new watch is the Swatch Group’s response to the risk posed by the waves of cheap mechanical watches arriving from Asia. It has a unisex, minimalist design, a mechanical movement visible through a sapphire caseback, and those two words that have a…

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm

Zenith is one of the very few brands that has a real in-house tradition of early aviation watches. Louis Blériot crossed the Channel in 1909 with a Zenith watch on his wrist, and that piece has inspired a long series of classic pilot’s watches by the brand, all based on that original. Next year will…

Archimede OutDoor Protect with full lume dial

Archimede OutDoor Protect with full lume dial

The OutDoor Protect by Archimede is a tough sports watch, with a specially hardened stainless steel case, a 20 atm, 200-metre water resistance, brushed case finish, screw-down crown, and a version in which the entire dial is coated with luminescent paint. Luminescent dial and hands It’s the full lume dial that makes this piece different…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde

The Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde by Blancpain was presented at Baselworld in 2018. It presents an interesting combination of features. In addition to the usual time indications, the watch has a retrograde day display, a big date, and both are adjusted by the brand’s patented under-lug correctors. This allows the case to be kept…

Tom Ford 001

Tom Ford launches a new watch

The Tom Ford 001 is the fashion brand’s first watch. It has a rectangular case, a quartz movement, and interchangeable strap. It is an attractive timepiece with a case that is curved when seen from the side, so that it rests nicely on the wrist. The case has integrated lugs with the strap simply sliding…

Locman Ducati Automatic

Locman Ducati Automatic

Italian company Locman signed a deal with Ducati early in 2017, and now the results have been launched, three limited-edition watches that have both brand logos on the dial. The Locman Ducati watches were presented during the Milan Furniture Show as part of the Fuorisalone events, at the brand’s flagship store at Via Manzoni 29,…

Glashütte Original Sixties

Top ten graded dial watches

A graded dial adds an effect of three-dimensionality to the watch, giving a flat dial a domed effect, or enhancing a dial that is already profiled. I would have thought that there would be more, but in actual fact there are not so many graded dial watches on the market. Here is a selection in…

Glycine Airman 46 Automatic GMT

The Glycine Airman 46 Automatic GMT was presented in 2017, the latest version of what has become a classic model for the brand. It looks more like a diving watch than an aviator, with its 24-hour bezel and hour and minute hands with a shape normally seen on divers watches. It has some unusual features,…

Parnis Aviator B7

Parnis Aviator watches

Parnis is a Chinese company that makes a lot of watches that are directly inspired by famous brands, above all Panerai. They also make pilot’s watches, many inspired by IWC but in this case they are less obviously copies because the pilot’s genre exists in its own right. Leaving aside doubts as to the legality…

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tribute

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tribute

If ever there was a flash of genius, it was the Grande Seconde by Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Just why he created that incredibly modern pocket watch in 1784 remains a lost secret, but there is no doubt that it remains a masterpiece of design, with the eye captured by the oversize seconds hand, and the smaller…