Élégante by F.P. Journe

Élégante by F.P. Journe

Élégante is a quartz watch, but unlike any quartz watch seen before. It has a mechanical motion detector, visible on the dial through a small window, so that if you put the watch down, the hands stop moving after 30 minutes. But the electronic movement still keeps track of time. When you put it back…

Skydance by Louis Moinet

Skydance by Louis Moinet

Skydance is a women’s watch by the brand Louis Moinet presented on occasion of the Geneva show SIHH. In addition to the Richemont Group brands – Panerai, Cartier, Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, IWC and so forth – SIHH also presents some smaller, artisanal brands. LVMH brands Hublot, Zenith and Tag Heuer are…

Wancher Storm Jet Chronograph

Wancher Storm Jet Black Chronograph

It feels a bit strange writing about the Wancher Storm Jet chronograph on 14 January 2018, the day before the start of SIHH, the show in Geneva that presents new watches by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, names such as Cartier, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and so forth. But one…

Strela Cosmos CO42LAB

Strela Cosmos CO42LAB

The Strela Cosmos CO42LAB is a reproduction watch made by the Strela company which operates in Munich, Germany, founded by Russian-born engineer Juri Levenberg. It assembles watches with Russian-made movements, and they offer the chance to buy a watch with an interesting hand-wound cam-controlled chronograph movement visible through the caseback, at an attractive price: €745.…

Zeppelin 7060-4

Zeppelin 7060-4 GMT Power Reserve

The Zeppelin 7060-4, part of the LZ 129 Hindenburg Ed. 1 series, is an unusual watch, with classical looks and enough quirkiness to set it apart from most others. In addition, it has an interesting price, by virtue of the Japanese-made self-winding Miyota movement. Dial design Where you would normally see the numeral 12, there…

Zeppelin Automatic Pulsometer with Big Date

Zeppelin is one of the brands made by Point Tec, a company founded by Wilhelm Birk in 1987. It is based in the village of Ismaning, not far from Munich. Point Tec makes about 150,000 watches per year, making them one of the largest watch manufacturers in Germany. They are proud of their German origin,…

Mido Commander Big Date

Mido Commander Big Date

Using a “big date” to celebrate an anniversary is not original (I think that Glashütte Original has done this before and probably a few other brands as well) but it is appropriate in Mido’s case, founded on 11 November 1918. So this is the centenary year. The Commander Big Date is an attractive, dressy watch…

Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock

The Sherlock watch

I was interested to see a rather unsubtle example of product placement involving a watch in the BBC series Sherlock. In series 2, episode 2, The Hounds of Baskerville, Benedict Cumberbatch checks his watch just before entering the military site. It doesn’t play any part in the plot. The watch is “The Sherlock Watch” by…

Win a vintage Tutima Glashütte chronograph

Tutima’s original 1941 Flieger flyback chronograph is a watch that I have always admired, one of the first flyback chronographs, featuring the fluted rotating bezel with red marker that has since become a Tutima hallmark. Now one of these historic pieces – that Tutima say has a commercial value of about €8,000 today, which surprised…

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Lady 6700-01

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Lady 6700-01

The Saxon One Lady by Tutima is a nice size for women at 36 mm, 10.7 mm thick, and the cushion-shaped dial with flat truncated pyramid styling gives it distinctive looks. The basic model has a stainless steel case with differentiated satin and gloss finish, and more elaborate models have a ring of 48 diamonds…

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Saxon One Royal Blue by Tutima Glashütte is a beautiful chronograph with a lovely shade of blue used for the dial. It is unusual in that it is one of the few chronographs offering a radically different display: in this case, with centre-pivot hands for both chronograph seconds and chronograph minutes. Everything is nicely organized and well…

U-Boat Classico 47 U-1001 TIT

This watch, designed by Italo Fontana and built by his company U-Boat, was first introduced in 2011 and is now available in a new version, a 300-piece limited edition in titanium – hence the name U-Boat Classico 47 U-1001 TIT (I guess that signor Fontana has a less than 100% grasp of English slang). As…

Tutima Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte is a brand that has no hurry about presenting new watches. The brand completed their relocation to Glashütte in 2011, and two years later, they presented four lines, Saxon One, Grand Flieger, M2 and Patria. From then on, they have been concerned principally with consolidating their position on the market. The new Saxon…

Avvent'Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and his company NHC (Nouvelle Horlogerie Calabrese) is a watch with a political mission. The watch has conventional hour and minute hands, and the dial has a trapezoidal window positioned between two hour markers. Every hour, this part of the dial rotates through 30°, and a trapezoidal aperture opens between adjacent…

Rolex Sky-Dweller 2017

Rolex Sky-Dweller 2017

Sky-Dweller is an unusual watch, now available in Rolesor, the name that Rolex give to the use of gold and steel together in the same watch. In this piece, the bezel, crown, and centre bracelet links are made in yellow gold. Other parts are in 904L steel. In another version, the combination is between white…

Rolex Sea-Dweller ring command bezel

Rolex Sea-Dweller 2017

The Sea-Dweller by Rolex is a classic diving watch, but the question is, why buy the Sea-Dweller that costs more than its main competitor, the Rolex Submariner? The answer is that the Sea-Dweller looks larger and tougher, with the dramatic serrations on the rotating bezel, and the technical feel of the case with its helium…

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fashion brand Fendi is more familiar for its furs and leather accessories than its watches. Selleria (which means saddlery) is a name that dates back to the 1930s when it was introduced for bags. The brand’s Selleria watches are more recent, and Fendi have given their timepieces some features that set them apart from the…