Top ten power reserve indicator watches

In some watches, a notable feature on the dial is the power reserve indicator. This is a useful feature in the case of a hand-wound movement, but it is increasingly appearing on automatic watches, where it can be helpful as a reminder to put the watch on, or wind it, if you’ve left it in…

Ryan Reynolds Piaget Altiplano G0A35130

Top ten watches for a gentleman

The gentleman is one of the fashion and lifestyle trend focuses for 2017 and beyond. There are probably thousands of possible descriptions of a gentleman, but in visual terms, one definition could be “sobriety and eccentricity elegantly combined.” Here we take a look at some of the watches specifically offered by brands in relation to…

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…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club

Top ten sports watches

Sports watches are a growing trend. They generally have some of the characteristics of diver’s watches, or pilot’s or automotive watches, but with a water resistance of 100 metres which makes them everyday watches that can easily stand up to splashes or light surface swimming. Baume & Mercier have identified a sociological category, “gentlesportsmen,” people…

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…

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante steel

Top 10 watches at Baselworld 2017

Baselworld is an enormous show, and this year it ran for a week starting from 23 March. The major trends emerging from the stands were a confirmation of the popularity of blue dials, the rise of sports watches – pieces with some features of diving watches but intended for everyday use – a move towards…

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII

Top 10 Type A pilot’s watches 2017

The Type A is the most familiar pilot’s watch type of all, based on one of the Luftwaffe B-Uhr specifications, with Arabic numerals, black dial, and indications coated with SuperLuminova. Its simplicity makes it easily recognizable. Most of the high-end watch brands avoid making these pilot’s watches because their iconic design makes it impossible to…

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic

Top ten diving watches under €3,000

A diving watch offers a series of technical characteristics that make them suitable for use underwater up to their rated depth. These comprise water resistance, with each watch tested in water under pressure, a unidirectional rotating bezel on which the first fifteen minutes are marked minute by minute for increased precision at decompression stops, hour…

Steinhart Aviation Dual Time Premium

Top 10 three-hand watches under €1,000 2016

A mechanical watch is always something of a luxury, but there are some objects out there that enable you to discover the pleasure of co-habiting with something that can live at least as long as you will, that has its own tiny beating heart, and that will never need a new battery. Here are some…

Top 10 watches 2015

This top 10 watches list is a subjective selection of the most interesting watches presented in 2015. 1. Stowa Rana This is a watch that shows how good design can give a completely new look to a watch with a classical ETA movement. It was born from a collaboration between Hartmut Esslinger, German-American designer now…

Top five mechanical watches for women under €3,000

There are not many mechanical watches for women costing less than €3,000. Many brands are convinced that most women prefer a quartz watch so that it keeps going autonomously for a couple of years before having to change the battery. Here are some watches for those women who like the idea of a self-winding mechanical…

Top 10 tourbillon watches 2015

My selection of ten of the finest tourbillon watches presented in 2015. 1. Cartier, Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon This is the skeletonized version of the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon, a watch that was presented in 2010. It is powered by the in-house Calibre 9451 MC movement in which the tourbillon has an elongated carriage that…

Top ten mechanical watches under €1000

In this 2015 selection of mechanical watches priced at under €1,000, the watches are listed in ascending price order. 1. Charlie Watch This watch, sold online by French brand Charlie Watch, provides an idea of what the minimum price of a self-winding mechanical watch could be. It has a calibre 9015 Miyota automatic movement made…

Early pilot’s watches, archive version 2015

Several watch brands are presenting models with a distinct resemblance to the earliest style of pilot’s watch, with large, chunky Art Deco numerals with generous luminescent paint, and a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Other classical characteristics are a large case size, and a large crown, so that pilots could operate it while wearing…