George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin

Starmen: George Clooney meets Buzz Aldrin

Omega has presented a short film called Starmen, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster and the 48th anniversary of the first landing on the moon. George Clooney, who has been into space on screen, in Gravity, Solaris and Tomorrowland, converses with his childhood hero Buzz Aldrin in the Electric Cinema Shoreditch, London. They…

Ball Watch Co. Engineer III Endurance 1917

Ball Watch Co. Engineer III Endurance 1917

Ball Watch Co. has introduced the Engineer III Endurance 1917, launched for pre-order with delivery in November 2017 at a special price. These watches celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which concluded with their return to the UK on 29 May 1917 after three years of endurance in the Antarctic. Endurance was…

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph

This new chronograph by Bell & Ross was introduced together with the Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic, and it shares the same grey-orange-white colour scheme based on the equipment used by the French coastguard service. The Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph could be described as a “sports chronograph” with a water resistance of 100 metres with the crown and…

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic

The Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic by Bell & Ross was designed as a tribute to French coastguard helicopter rescue services. In addition to this automatic version, a chronograph with pulsometer scale is also available. The orange, grey and white colour scheme was directly inspired by the equipment used by the Garde-Côtes services. The water resistance of…

Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Heritage

The Bell & Ross pilot’s watch, with square case and four bezel screws, a layout inspired by cockpit instruments, has become a modern classic, occasionally copied (here is an example). In the BR0192-HERITAGE version, the dial layout is more reminiscent of an altimeter than a traditional pilot’s watch, with four large numerals in a distinctive…

Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve

Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve

This year, Carl F. Bucherer have introduced two new limited-edition versions of the Manero PowerReserve, with blue and green dials. The Manero PowerReserve was first presented in 2013, in the classical colour schemes, silver and black. The two new blue and green pieces are enhanced by the leather straps in colours matching the dials, and…

Oris Big Crown PA Charles de Gaulle Oris Limited Edition

Oris Big Crown PA Charles de Gaulle

Oris is famous for its pilot’s watches, and one of its classic models is the Big Crown, first introduced in 1938. This is now made in a number of versions, with several special editions. The new PA Charles de Gaulle Oris Limited Edition is dedicated to the French aircraft carrier named Charles de Gaulle, and…

Bovet 1822 Récital 20 Astérium

Bovet 1822 Récital 20 Astérium

The Récital 20 Astérium by Bovet 1822 is a watch that keeps track of astronomical time. Instead of using the usual perpetual calendar function, in which the watch takes the leap year cycle into account, and so adding an extra day every four years, the Astérium follows the true course of time, determined by the…

Helm Vanuatu user experience

This article follows the earlier presentation of the Helm Vanuatu which, at US$ 275 plus shipping, is one of the lowest-cost mechanical watches around. Using the watch confirmed pretty much everything that I wrote in February 2017. A nice touch is the hand-written note that you see when you open the box. Helm also provide…

Kai Lenny riding

Ten watches for the beach

On the beach, you need a watch that can stand up to wind and water, a rubber or canvas strap, and a colourful appearance. Several brands have issued some pieces that fit the bill. Here is a selection in increasing price order. 1. Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba looks like a…

Chopard Happy Sport Summer 2017

The new Happy Sport watches released by Chopard for summer 2017 are women’s watches that demonstrate some of the major trends in contemporary timepieces. Quartz movements make things easy for their users, at least until the battery runs out. Previous versions of Happy Sport already had interchangeable straps, and this user-friendly characteristic is enhanced by…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

There’s a lot of good stuff in the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph. It has a superb movement, made by Breitling, with column wheel and vertical clutch. It has an excellent waterproofness rating at 200 metres, with screw-down crown and chronograph pushers. It has the look and feel of the Black Bay family with its…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41

The Heritage collection by Tudor began in 2010 with a new edition of a 1954 diving watch. That piece was 41 mm in diameter, with all the classic elements of a dive watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel and a 200 metre water resistance. Last year, a new 36 mm Black Bay was presented, and…