Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport I

Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport I

The new Teutonia Sport I by Mühle-Glashütte is the sports version of the Teutonia family, and so it joins the vast sector of automotive-inspired watchs. The touches of red on dial and strap provide an immediate identification with motor sports, reinforced by the technical-looking strap texture and the nice red piston-ring groove on the pushers.…

Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130

Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130

At Baselworld 2017, Eberhard & Co. celebrate their 130th anniversary with a new version of their classic Chrono 4 with four counters in a row. The counters display minutes, hours, 24 hours and small-seconds, with date at 12 o’clock. It’s a very unusual chronograph, launched originally in 2001. The arrangement was patented by Eberhard and…

Baume & Mercier Shelby Cobra Limited Edition 10344

Baume & Mercier Shelby Cobra Limited Edition

The Baume & Mercier Shelby Cobra Limited Edition reference M0A10344 is a flyback chronograph and a tribute to the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé car. It’s a good-looking piece, undoubtedly the most distinctive watch in Baume & Mercier’s 2017 collection. Like previous versions of the flyback chronograph in the Capeland series, this watch is fairly expensive…

At last, a new chronograph layout, by Fabergé

Baselworld is approaching, and all the watch nerds going there know that we’re going to see the usual swathe of chronographs based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre, which has been with us since 1973 and shows no signs of wanting to retire. This movement has helped perpetuate the chronograph layout with two or three subdials,…

Speake-Marin New Blue Seafire

Speake-Marin New Blue Seafire

The New Blue Seafire is part of the Spirit collection by Speake-Marin, comprising men’s watches with a military inspiration. As is customary for the brand, this watch is completely different to anything else out there and in particular, it has nothing in common with the customary pilot’s watch aesthetic. There are distant echoes in the…

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…

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…

Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1

This is the first watch presented by Richard Mille in 2017, and it reflects the partnership that he signed with McLaren in 2016, a ten-year agreement. It is based on Richard’s authentic passion for McLaren: he watched the McLaren team’s debut in Monaco in 1966. The watch incorporates high-tech materials such as titanium and Carbon…

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

The start of a regatta is pure adrenalin. You’re stooging around trying to keep your eyes on the imaginary starting line between the jury boat and the buoy, as well as on the other boats, and then there is a series of signals, for example one at five minutes from the start, signalled by raising…

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic

This is a preview of a watch that TAG Heuer will be presenting in Geneva later this month (January 2017), a chronograph entirely in ceramic, including the bracelet. It is based on the Carrera Heuer-01 launched in 2015, with a 12-piece case that allows a range of combinations of materials and colours. The 2017 version…

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

The incorporation of Minerva, a watchmaking company founded in Villeret in 1858, into Montblanc has added a lot of depth to the brand’s range of products. At Villeret, it’s all about traditional watchmaking, using traditional machine tools. The watches emerging from Villeret are priced much higher than those made at Montblanc’s other manufacturing unit in…

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing celebrates the brand’s partnership with America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, and it gets some good stuff from the deal. The Artemis Racing logo is very effective and it appears on one of the metal elements on the rubber strap, and on the 30-minute chronograph at 9 o’clock. There…

Seiko Presage Chronograph SRQ019J1

Top five vertical clutch chronographs 2016

Chronographs with column wheel and vertical clutch have some significant benefits with respect to those with horizontal clutch or with cam chronograph movements. There is virtually no extra energy absorption when the chronoograph is running, and in some vertical clutch chronographs, the balance wheel amplitude actually increases slightly. You can leave the chronograph running all…

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

The Royal Oak is a true legend in watchmaking, from its design – created by Gérald Genta in one night (the story goes), inspired by an old-fashioned diving helmet attached to a diving suit with screws – to its name, taken from a series of eight Royal Navy warships, in turn named after an old…

Richard Mille RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph

Five most illegible chronographs 2016

There are some chronographs whose dial is designed specifically to facilitate readings of elapsed time. On the other hand there are a few in which the dial makes it difficult or impossible to measure a span of time. The chronograph function becomes a purely decorative motif, and the pushers a sort of anti-stress game. All…

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

Things have changed at the top. Just a few years ago, virtually all high-end Swiss watch brands were enjoying double-digit growth. Already at the start of this year Richemont cut watchmaking jobs in Switzerland, affecting principally Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget, and, according to trade union reports, there are plans to axe another 200 jobs,…

Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon Fibre Extreme

Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon Fibre Extreme

For any brand, success or failure depends on brand credibility, the right product, and the right price. Oris is not one of the best-known names in watchmaking, but it has a lot of brand value, carefully nurtured by a move towards vertical integration – making more and more of its product components in-house. The Oris…