Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

The EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph by Sinn is the latest version of their classic EZM 1 released in 1997, 20 years ago. The EZM 1.1 also celebrates the opening, on 31 August 2017, of Sinn’s new headquarters at Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse 21, Frankfurt. At this new and larger building, Sinn make their watches, and customers can…

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open, launched in 2017, is a direct reflection of Jean-Claude Biver’s influence on the brand that he currently directs. He specifically wanted to open up the dial completely. The Chronomaster was previously available with an entirely solid dial, and a version with a half-open dial revealing just the balance…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer 1062-113/01

Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer

The Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer by Ulysse Nardin is a watch that combines astronomical functions with a world timer, in a display based on a series of concentric circles. This watch was originally just the Moonstruck, presented in 2009, reference 1062-113; it is now the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer, and it offers an interesting combination of functions.…

Tiffany East West Automatic

Tiffany & Co.

Brief profile of Tiffany & Co.: The young Charles Lewis Tiffany borrowed $1,000 from his father to set up a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” with his friend John B. Young in New York, at 259 Broadway in New York, 1837. They quickly developed a reputation for their original jewellery and silverware. One of their…

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

The Classics Index Automatic is a dress watch by Frederique Constant, at an entry-level price starting at 950 Swiss francs, €850. “Let more people enjoy luxury,” say the brand, and they also make the daring claim that this watch helps turn a man into a true gentleman. The watch is made in two versions, steel,…

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

The El Primero movement by Zenith is a watchmaking legend, with its rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour – 5 Hertz – that improves precision and provides an accuracy of a tenth of a second in chronograph readings. It was first introduced in 1969 and so we’re not far off 50 years. The three overlapping…

Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo

After similar one-off pieces dedicated to the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, and the Grand Prix de Monaco (both 2016), Ateliers deMonaco have presented the Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo. A single piece depicting the Montecarlo casino on the dial, powered by the brand’s tourbillon movement XP1. I had imagined that this sort of watch was…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

It’s typical of A. Lange & Söhne that the view through the caseback is far more showy than what you see on the front. The slim case and narrow bezel highlight the wide open space of the mother-of-pearl dial, where everything is reduced to the minimum. Turn it over and you see the engraved balance…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Tag Datum M1-43-26-LB

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Tag Datum

The Lunova Tag Datum by Mühle-Glashütte gives you an extra choice if you’re looking for a watch smart enough for business use but has sports-level toughness, namely a 100-metre water resistance. It is superficially similar to the Lunova Datum, but in addition to the indication of the day of the week, it also differs in…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Datum

The Lunova Datum by Mühle-Glashütte is part of the new Lunova family introduced in 2017, hallmarked by cases that have a larger proportion of polished surfaces than is usual for the brand, and a graded dial. The result is a watch that is both sporty and classical, equally at home on a boat or in…

Patrick Pruniaux, new CEO of Ulysse Nardin

Patrick Pruniaux, new CEO of Ulysse Nardin

On 17 August 2017, the Kering group announced that Patrick Pruniaux, 45, will be the new CEO of Ulysse Nardin as from 28 August 2017. He will report to Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering’s Luxury – Watches and Jewellery division. He replaces Patrik P. Hoffmann who “is looking to move in a new direction for…

Little Lange 1 Moon Phase by A. Lange & Söhne, moon phase and small seconds

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase

The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is a women’s watch with all the prestige of A. Lange & Söhne’s watchmaking sophistication. It mixes feminine grace with the fascination of a hand-wound movement. It follows the 2016 Lange 1 moon phase, which is 1.7 mm larger, and basically a men’s watch. Unlike that watch, the Little…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Chronograph

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Chronograph

In 2017 Mühle-Glashütte presented their new Lunova collection. The name is based on the Latin words “lumen” and “nova,” light and new. The watches in this range all have cases made by Mühle-Glashütte, with a total polished finish or a high proportion of surfaces with polished finish. They also have graded dials and a pilot’s…

Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite

This complication watch, Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite, by A. Lange & Söhne has a fusée-and-chain constant force transmission, a tourbillon, a split-second chronograph, and a perpetual calendar. It completes the Pour le Mérite line of development: the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was launched in 1994, the first wristwatch with both tourbillon and fusée-and-chain transmission, and…

Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport II

Mühle-Glashütte have extended their range with some sports-inspired watches such as this Teutonia Sport II, directly derived from automotive sports. There is some company history behind this: in the 1920s, Mühle & Sohn were making speedometers, rev counters and dashboard clocks for car brands. The automotive spirit is expressed above all by the colour scheme,…

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike

A. Lange & Söhne make some of the most distinctive, rare and unusual watches in the world. The Zeitwerk Decimal Strike is a good example, a limited edition of 100 watches, with the jumping hours and minutes indications already seen on the Zeitwerk introduced in 2009, and on the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater presented in 2015.…

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph

Hygge – top ten hyggelig watches

There doesn’t seem to be much in common between Danish-style cosiness and watches. Men’s watches are usually about technology, sports, precision, toughness and money, and women’s watches are often about style and glitter. But there are a few that have a warmer, softer, cosier feel, mostly based on colour and materials that could have something…