Wancher Storm Jet Chronograph

Wancher Storm Jet Black Chronograph

It feels a bit strange writing about the Wancher Storm Jet chronograph on 14 January 2018, the day before the start of SIHH, the show in Geneva that presents new watches by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, names such as Cartier, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and so forth. But one…

Strela Cosmos CO42LAB

Strela Cosmos CO42LAB

The Strela Cosmos CO42LAB is a reproduction watch made by the Strela company which operates in Munich, Germany, founded by Russian-born engineer Juri Levenberg. It assembles watches with Russian-made movements, and they offer the chance to buy a watch with an interesting hand-wound cam-controlled chronograph movement visible through the caseback, at an attractive price: €745.…

Win a vintage Tutima Glashütte chronograph

Tutima’s original 1941 Flieger flyback chronograph is a watch that I have always admired, one of the first flyback chronographs, featuring the fluted rotating bezel with red marker that has since become a Tutima hallmark. Now one of these historic pieces – that Tutima say has a commercial value of about €8,000 today, which surprised…

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6420-05

Saxon One Royal Blue by Tutima Glashütte is a beautiful chronograph with a lovely shade of blue used for the dial. It is unusual in that it is one of the few chronographs offering a radically different display: in this case, with centre-pivot hands for both chronograph seconds and chronograph minutes. Everything is nicely organized and well…

Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2017

MotoGP is an important part of Tissot’s sponsorship activities, and every year the brand celebrates this partnership with a new watch. The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2017 is dedicated to Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo, currently riding for Ducati. It is large (45 mm across, 16 mm thick), bold in its black and rose…

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono

Hamilton’s latest version of the Khaki Aviation X-Wind is an example of a fairly common trend in watches, making them look complicated and tough. This must be one of the meanest, toughest and most complex chronographs of all, with three crowns in addition to the usual chronograph pushers, and three rotating bezels. All this equipment…

TAG Heuer Autavia

TAG Heuer Autavia

The TAG Heuer Autavia is a lovely re-edition of a racing driver’s chronograph first introduced in 1962, with design by Jack Heuer. The historic version chosen for the re-edition was selected by online readers from a selection of 16 vintage models, a piece originally worn by F1 driver Jochen Rindt. The new version has a…

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashütte Original‘s Calibre 37 integrated chronograph presented in 2014 was very classical, with Roman numerals and blued hands, in platinum and red gold variants. In 2017, a stainless steel version of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date has been introduced, with younger looks provided by the extensive use on blue SuperLuminova on the hands and hour…

Zenith Heritage 146 chronograph

Zenith Heritage 146 chronograph

Zenith confirms the generalized move towards vintage styles and smaller case sizes with the Heritage 146 chronograph. It is directly inspired by a 1960s watch and it has a 38 mm-diameter steel case, 12.45 mm thick. A water resistance of 10 atm (100 metres) is higher than usual and gives you the assurance that you…

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 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…

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…

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono in platinum

The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono by Chopard is a watch that the brand already had in its range, with versions in white and pink gold with dark grey dial released last year. For 2017, a new limited edition in platinum has been presented, with an on-trend blue dial. Why is blue so popular? It has dominated…

Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker

Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker chronograph

The Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker is the brand’s second watch on the Bellytanker theme. Like the three-hand BR V1-94, it was inspired by Bell & Ross’s own reinterpretation of a hot rod created by Bill Burke in 1946, using a military surplus auxiliary fuel tank from the Mustang P-51, and later a similar…

Graham Silverstone RS GMT

Graham sponsor the Swiss Gurnigel Bergrennen hill race. It took place on 9-10 September 2017, with 200 cars and 50 motorbikes that drive up a 3.7 km course uphill, from the Bernese village of Dürrbach up to Gurnigelbad, a vertical distance of 314 metres at an average gradients of 8.4%, with maximum slope of 12.6%.…

Longines Avigation BigEye

Longines often releases new versions of pieces from its historical collection, as part of the Heritage range. They are often quirky watches, such as the Lindbergh Hour Angle with its complex scales, the Avigation Type A-7 with its slewed dial, and the Heritage Diver “Lazy Eye.” The Longines Avigation BigEye has the same sort of…