Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante steel

Top 10 aviation watches

This selection comprises watches inspired by aviation, but without the Type A and Type B B-Uhr watches that are so numerous that they have categories for themselves, and likewise the early pilot’s watch genre that is also well-populated. This top ten list is in ascending price order. 1. Torsten Nagengast Timeline i16 Aviator Basic pilot’s…

Anonimo Nautilo Leopard sports watch

Anonimo is a sponsor of Leopard Racing teams; Leopard is a natural energy drink, and the company sponsors TCR (touring car), Moto3 motorcycle racing and Blue Leopard cycling teams. Anonimo has presented a limited-edition version of its Nautilo with an attractive “Blue Leopard” colour. Distinctive shade of blue The particular shade of blue that Leopard…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

The new version of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe has a lot that is the same as the previous model. Same graceful case, same lugs, same pushers, same movement. The differences are all on the dial. The tachymeter scale suggests a move towards automotive sport that is very much a feature of the new watches…

Anura Rafael Write Time pen and tourbillon watch

Anura Rafael Write Time

Great name, and a perfect description of this product. The Write Time by Anura Rafael is a tourbillon watch housed in a conical sapphire crystal case, that can be converted into a fountain pen. It recalls the days when watchmakers strived to create curious objects for the enjoyment of their wealthy patrons, people like Pierre…

SevenFriday S3/01

SevenFriday S3/01

The SevenFriday S3/01 was designed to look like something under a car bonnet. The large case, 47 x 51 mm, has a black rubber surround that suggests a car tyre, and the black silicone strap has red stitching that evokes seatbelts. Openworked dial The dial is deconstructed, with stubby hour and minute hands projecting from…

Mido Multifort Escape M032.607.36.090.00

Mido Multifort Escape, a sports pilot’s watch

Mido is a Swatch Group company that makes watches at accessible prices. The Multifort Escape is a watch that has a lot of pilot’s watch features, such as the simple dial layout with Arabic numerals, hands with SuperLuminova, and large conical crown, but it has other elements that give it extra character, for example the…

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date

Montblanc’s entry-level 2017 sports watch has a 100 metres water resistance that makes it an all-weather watch, and a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be used for taking approximate times, or for keeping track of a second time zone. But while many sports watches this year have a diving watch inspiration (such as the Baume…

Archimede Klassik 36 BIC dress watch

Archimede has presented a new dress watch, Klassik 36 BIC. Dress watches are usually a male accessory; the Klassik 36 BIC is 36 mm in diameter and so is ideal for women, or for men with smaller wrists, though in actual fact it looks fine on just about anyone, and 36 mm was the classic…

Bremont Airco pilot’s watch

Bremont Airco pilot’s watches

The Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary on 1 April 2018, and Bremont have anticipated this occasion with the two Airco pilot’s watches. Bremont Airco Mach 1/BK Bremont has its own distinctive style and the Airco Mach 1/BK, which is closest to the classic Type A pilot’s watch, has several features that give it its…

Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica 44 mm PAM00725

Top five regatta chronograph watches

Regatta chronographs are relatively rare, but this year there are a few new watches designed specifically to provide the countdown function. Panerai has committed considerable resources to the 2017 America’s Cup, with partnership deals with the defending Team Oracle USA and to the Softbank Team Japan. Bremont was partner to Team Oracle for the World…

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, reference 3903, is exactly that, a classic. The Portugieser Chronograph has been in IWC’s collection from 1996, when it was the Portuguese Rattrapante; the Portuguese Chronograph was introduced in 1998. From the start, it had Arabic numerals and vertically-arranged subdials. In 2013, the watch acquired the combined minutes and hour…

Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT

A lot is going on at Seiko. Even though the Grand Seiko brand was launched in 1960, for 50 years it remained something of a secret, with watches only available locally. It was launched internationally in 2010, and the first Seiko boutique outside Japan will open on 21 June 2017, on Brompton Road in London.…

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

Often, when one brand buys another, the brand that has been absorbed gradually disappears from sight, such as the case of Bulgari and its purchase of Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth in 2000. Today, the two smaller brands have been entirely integrated into Bulgari, and there is no mention of the independent designers on the…

Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono

Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono

Hamilton’s Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono is closely based on their 1968 Chronograph B, as you can see from the two images below. The main difference is size. The 1968 Chronograph B was 36 mm in diameter, normal for men’s watches at that time, while the new Intra-Matic 68 is 42 mm in diameter, reflecting today’s…

Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

The Avenger Hurricane Military by Breitling is truly super-tough in its looks, and its gigantic 50 mm case requires a bodybuilt wrist to wear it. I’m always a bit suspicious about unfit people wearing camouflage trousers, who make me think “Hey, come on, who are you kidding?” with the same sort of annoyance that I…