Calibre de Cartier Diver

Diving watches and ISO 6425

There are diving watches, and diver’s watches. They are not equivalent terms. Diving watches in general are designed for use underwater and so have a number of specific characteristics, principally water resistance of at least 10 bar/100 metres and a unidirectional rotating bezel. On the other hand, watches that have “Diver’s” on the dial have…

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2017 reference 6104-4654-99A

Blancpain’s watch for Valentine’s day 2017

The latest watch in Blancpain‘s Valentine’s Day series, this watch features the classic heart motif in buff-top rubies on the dial, and a Cupid’s arrow seconds hand, enhanced by the mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set bezel and lugs. But the watch is much more than just hearts, diamonds and arrows. Inside the case is the new…

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt Micromelt

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt

To say that the Excalibur Quatuor by Roger Dubuis is an example of thinking out of the box would be a negative exaggeration. It has literally exploded the box. Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon to constantly vary the position of the balance and even out the variations in rate caused by gravity. Roger Dubuis thought:…

Piaget Altiplano 60th anniversary models with colourful dials

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Altiplano. “Today,” said Piaget CEO Philippe Leopold-Metzger, who will be retiring on 31 March 2017, “it has become the line that we sell most, and most transversally, with 40% sold to women. We are working on complications, introducing the chronograph two years ago, and now we are…

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Collection

Fizzy graded colours, squared cushion-shaped cases, a 1960s look: the new Sixties Iconic Square Collection by Glashütte Original continues the theme already launched by the Original Sixties Iconic collection. This is a limited edition collection, with just 25 pieces available for each of the five colours. Dials are made in Pforzheim by a company that…

Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe Edition Or

Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe Edition Or

The Ovale Pantographe by Parmigiani Fleurier is a watch unique in the world. Its hands change in length as they progress around the dial. Parmigiani first launched this concept in 2011 with the Parmigiani 114, later released as the Ovale Pantographe in 2013. This year, the Ovale Pantographe is available in two limited editions, in…

Terra Cielo Mare Avio Tipo F pilot’s watch

Terra Cielo Mare is a family-run Italian company, and not surprisingly their pilot’s watches are inspired by episodes from the history of Italian aviation. The new Avio Tipo F has a design that recalls the early aviator models with stylized numerals and hands with faceted areas of SuperLuminova. The dial is a dark blue instead…

Bremont ALT1-ZT51

Bremont and Basel-on-Thames

British brand Bremont has decided not to exhibit at the upcoming watch fair in Basel – Baselworld, starting on 23 March – opting to organize its own watch event in London from 27 February to 3 March 2017. Bremont will take over a central London location for a week to showcase its new 2017 watches.…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon

In 2017, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents three new versions of watches in the Duomètre range, all with magnetite grey dial and pink gold case. The Sphérotourbillon is a superb watch, packed with significant content, refined over the course of the years. This version of the Sphérotourbillon looks far more modern than the previous model presented in 2012,…

Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer

I really like this watch, for several reasons. First of all, it’s a bit crazy. A massive, bulky piece, 50 mm in diameter, 15.2 mm thick, the sort of exaggerated passion that is quite unusual for a measured, Germanic brand such as Montblanc. It has a refreshing brashness. Second, it has some features which, refined…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duo

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duo

The new Reverso watches that Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced this year – following last year’s unorthodox, colourful Christian Louboutin collaboration as part of the 85th Reverso anniversary – are wholly classical pieces that confirm the incredible resilience of the design. Reverso is without doubt considered as the classic watch with unorthodox case design, successful above all…

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

The Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is the highest-priced watch in the new Da Vinci collection by IWC, and it includes three complications: tourbillon, chronograph and retrograde date. It is powered by the new in-house 89900 calibre, self-winding, running at 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hertz. It has some significant technical features. Advanced materials in the 89900…

Watch business, better outlook for 2017

The latest figures from Swatch Group demonstrate the pain suffered by the watch industry in 2016. After the Richemont Group’s announcement back in October 2016, reporting a 45% drop in profits in the six-month period up to 30 September 2016 in comparison with the previous year, Swatch Group has released its consolidated figures for the…

IWC Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36

IWC extends its collection of watches for women with three Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 models, all of which share the fundamental characteristics of the new Da Vinci range – mobile lugs for easy wearability whatever the wrist size, domed crown, recessed circle on the dial, Santoni strap – along with the moon phase…

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes

It takes a lot of effort to understand the logic behind Greubel Forsey’s editions. This version of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes is an “Edition Historique” that marks the end of the series of this particular model. Three versions of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes have been made: Asymétrique, Contemporain and Vision, and the watch illustrated in…

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges

It’s as if some brands had giant ghosts drifting through the corridors of their Manufactures, the ghosts of dead watchmakers calling the people there, saying “remember us, your glorious past!” They are ghosts that make it difficult to design watches that belong to the future. For a brand like Girard-Perregaux, the ghost is very big,…

Drive de Cartier Extra Flat

One of the two new models in Cartier’s Drive collection in 2017 (with the Drive de Cartier Moon Phases), the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat lives up to its name, with case thickness less than 7 mm. In pink gold, it’s cool; in white gold, it becomes the perfect dress watch, with an uncluttered dial,…

Drive de Cartier Moon Phases

Cartier launched its Drive collection in 2016, and two new models were added in early 2017. The Moon Phases watch has the distinctive squarish shape that hallmarks Drive de Cartier, width 41 mm, thickness 12.15 mm. The octagonal steel crown is set with a faceted synthetic spinel. The silvered flinqué dial does a lot to…