Archimede Pilot 250

Archimede Pilot 250

The Archimede Pilot 250 is a 50-piece limited edition built to celebrate 250 years of watchmaking in Pforzheim: in 1787, the Markgraf Karl Friedrich of Baden gave watchmaker Jean François Autran permission to set up a watch factory in an orphanage in the town. The Pilot 250 has a 42 mm case in brushed stainless…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

The new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel has a lot that is traditional Tudor, and some features that are innovative for the brand. The bezel is new, in stainless steel with circular brushed finish. For the first time on a Black Bay watch, it has a date window. This will make it popular with people…

Royal Oak Chronograph, pink gold, blue dial, pink gold bracelet, reference

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 2017

The Royal Oak Chronograph by Audemars Piguet is undoubtedly one of the unique, hallmark chronograph designs, with the classic Royal Oak case given extra character by the shape of the pushers and crown. It’s been with us since 1997, for 20 years, and to celebrate this anniversary, 2017 sees the introduction of seven new models.…

Eberhard & Co. Scafograf GMT

Eberhard & Co. Scafograf GMT

In addition to its Chrono 4 models introduced in 2017, Eberhard & Co. has presented the Scafograf GMT. This follows on from Scafograf 300, launched last year, which won the Sports Watch Prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Scafograf GMT has some sports watch features, such as a 100 metre water resistance,…

de Grisogono New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon

de Grisogono New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon

Fawaz Gruosi of de Grisogono launched the New Retro collection two years ago. These rectangular, 1950s style watches were inspired by the shape of his cigar case, and feature a watchcase consisting of two curving sapphire crystals united by a gold caseband. New Retro had a degree of resemblance to another period design, the East…

De Grisogono Eccentrica S01 full-set

De Grisogono Eccentrica S01

There are some brand owners that have a very hands-on approach, and Fawaz Gruosi is definitely one of them – others include Pascal Raffy of Bovet and of course Jean-Claude Biver. According to Fawaz of de Grisogono, “Creative design is about constantly reinventing oneself while remaining true to one’s identity. Preciously safeguarding the attributes of…

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony perpetual calendar

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony perpetual calendar

The Patrimony perpetual calendar that Vacheron Constantin presented in 2017 is a new version of an existing watch – last year it was presented in platinum with silvered dial. All the calendar information is shown on three subdials, day of the week at 9 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, month and leap year cycle at…

Peter Speake-Marin

Peter Speake-Marin and The Naked Watchmaker

When a watchmaker who has dedicated 16 years’ work to his own brand decides to leave and do something new, it comes as quite a surprise. This what occurred on 16 June 2017, when Christelle Rosnoblet, CEO of Speake-Marin, issued a press release saying that “After 16 years during which he shaped the image and…

Breitling Navitimer 01

Breitling Navitimer 01

The Breitling Navitimer 01 is an absolute classic in the field of aviation watches. It was introduced in 1952, and since then it witnessed the arrival of civil jet planes, the quartz revolution, and the return of mechanical watches as luxury products. It also illustrates the progressive increase in watch size, starting at 40 mm,…

Singer Track1 opener

Singer Track1

What is the connection between Iron Maiden and watchmaking? Heavy metal, I suppose, but the story of the chronograph Track1 by new watchmaking company Singer Reimagined goes a bit further. Singer is a company that was founded by Rob Dickinson from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, U.K., cousin of Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden’s lead singer, and it…

Panerai Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio 47mm PAM01305

For their 20th participation at the Geneva watch show SIHH in January 2017, Panerai extensively updated their collection with five new Submersible models. The Panerai Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio 47mm is a watchmaking classic, updated in detail design and movement. Its large size is counteracted by the use of titanium for the case…

Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater

Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater

There are some brands that make a few watch models that make me think, but do you really need to do that? Such as erotic watches – often made to commission with two people doing things with animation in a personalized position – for which apparently there is an incessant demand. And then there are…

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2

The first Art Piece watches by Greubel Forsey contained a tiny sculpture, small enough to fit in the eye of a needle, and a magnifying sysem so that you could see it. In the new Art Piece 2 Edition 2, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey say, actually it’s the watch that is a work of…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830

This watch is interesting in several ways. It shows that Baume & Mercier, a brand that has dedicated a lot of effort to reducing the prices of its entry-level watches, is also committed to movement innovation in higher-end pieces. The Clifton Manual 1830 is in red gold and has a new movement with a hairspring…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Several brands do these super-modern skeletonized tourbillons, in which the architecture is reduced to the minimum. Roger Dubuis creates star-shaped bridges, Blancpain does sci-fi spiky, Cartier does its amazing Astrotourbillon. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon has a rectangular geometry for the bridge visible from the front, creating a watch of incredible simplicity, dominated by…

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

At watch fair SIHH in January this year, Ulysse Nardin presented three new movements. Plus the Innovision concept watch, and more recently the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon. An enormous creative effort. The Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer celebrates the days when marine chronometers were instrumental in determining a ship’s position. It has the looks of those classical…

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

The new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu blue dial has three unique selling points. An in-house self-winding movement. A blue dial also made in-house, by Ulysse Nardin group’s dial manufacturer Donzé Cadrans. And a competitive price, €8,900, $8,800. Not much more than last year’s limited edition Classico Manufacture. Guilloché enamel dial Donzé Cadrans…