roger dubuis

Adieu Monsieur Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis, founder of the like-named brand, died on 14 October 2017. He was 79. Roger Dubuis, born in 1938, started his career in about 1957 at Longines in Saint-Imier, working for nine years on repairs in the after-sales department. In 1966 he moved to Patek Philippe, working on complication movements before setting up his…

Breguet Classique 7147

Breguet Classique 7147

If there were a competition for the best gentleman’s watch, Breguet would enter the Classique 7147. The brand staged the launch of its “Classic Tour” in London on 4 October 2017, “honouring the art of living of a true gentleman” by presenting craftspeople who emulated “the day of a perfect gentleman who, after slipping his…

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

For ten years now, Hermès have been combining their French DNA with Swiss watchmaking, and their watches include complications that provide an alternative, ironic depiction of time. The Hermès vision is not about performance and the absolute control of time, but rather a more playful view of this fourth dimension. In 2011, Arceau Le temps…

Breguet pocket watch n° 3624

A gentleman’s watch by Breguet

The story of Breguet n° 3624 is a nice fit for today’s burgeoning use of “gentleman” as a marketing term. The Marquis Malaspina went to Paris in 1881 and took the opportunity to visit Breguet’s store, at that time at 12 Rue de la Paix. He went to Breguet because their watches were simply the…

NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm

NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm

Wow, I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it. The NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm is one of the piece currently featured on the men’s style website Mr Porter, which has recently launched a selection of Nomos Glashütte watches. With a rose gold case, it is higher-end than most of the brand’s…

Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph combines two classic watch complications into a single timepiece that privileges clarity on the dial. Most Patek Philippe watches reflect the idea of a practical timepiece, but this is something of an exception because the date subdial interrupts two of the three chapter rings, the seconds scale, and…

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

The L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined by Chopard is a watch that shows a lot of thought “out of the box.” The designers have succeeded in creating something totally different to anything else on the market by means of an unusual stamped sunburst effect, with a spiral pattern that justifies the name chosen for the…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage reference IW501005

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage IW501004 and IW501005

With their large conical crown, classic dial design and riveted leather strap, these two new Big Pilot’s watches by IWC have an authentic look, close to the original 1940s IWC pilot’s watch, reference 431 (scroll down for photo). The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is in two versions, IW501004 with a titanium case, and IW501005…

Bravur BW003S-B

Bravur BW003

Bravur is a brand based in Stockholm, Sweden, with a manufacturing unit in Båstad. It was founded in 2011 by industrial designers Magnus Äppelryd and Johan Sahlin. Up until now they had made quartz watches with a distinctive minimalist design. They have now introduced BW003, their first mechanical watch, with a Swiss-made movement. At the…

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph 168589-3002

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

The new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph is made in two versions, for men and women, with two dial sizes and different colours. They all have a movement that is not made in-house, but in any case COSC-certified. They are lower-cost versions of the spectacular Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL, and they share a lot…

Fendi

Fendi

Company profile: Fendi began its story in Rome in 1925, a fur and leather shop run by Adele and Edoardo Fendi. From 1946 on, ther five daughters Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda joined the business. Anna’s daughter Silvia Venturini Fendi joined the company in 1994 and is now Creative Director for Accessories and Men’s…

Fendi IShine

Fendi IShine

The new Fendi IShine is a jewellery watch with an interesting basic concept: rotating the crown changes the stones displayed between the hour markers on the dial. There are three different sets of stones: white topaz, pink and red gradient topaz, and black spinels, set around a central dial section in faceted mother-of-pearl. The crown…

Tiffany Metro

Tiffany Metro

It’s always a pleasure to see a mechanical watch for women, and even more so when it’s as good-looking as this. The new Metro collection by Tiffany & Co. is hallmarked by an asymmetric case, which determines the shape of the unique bracelet with a series of gracefully curved elements, designed to emphasize the space…

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition

This year’s Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition by Chopard is, like last year’s model, a celebration of motor racing. The dial has an engine-turned dial finish, and counters inspired by vintage car dashboards. The case has automotive-inspired pushers, and an unmistakable rubber strap that looks just like a tyre. The solid caseback hides a Valjoux…

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL

The Mille Miglia Classic XL by Chopard is a very cool chronograph, one of the finest of the year. For several reasons. It’s a limited edition, just 90 pieces. It has a logical dial. There are not many chronographs with this degree of clarity. On a pure white background, all the scales are perfectly functional…