Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph

This new chronograph by Bell & Ross was introduced together with the Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic, and it shares the same grey-orange-white colour scheme based on the equipment used by the French coastguard service. The Vintage Garde-Côtes Chronograph could be described as a “sports chronograph” with a water resistance of 100 metres with the crown and…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

There’s a lot of good stuff in the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph. It has a superb movement, made by Breitling, with column wheel and vertical clutch. It has an excellent waterproofness rating at 200 metres, with screw-down crown and chronograph pushers. It has the look and feel of the Black Bay family with its…

Hublot Big Bang Blue

Hublot Big Bang Blue

The Hublot Big Bang Blue is a new version of the brand’s Big Bang flyback chronograph, perfect for the beach (more beach watches here). Its blue color scheme, with blue and white natural rubber strap or blue alligator strap with white rubber lining and blue stitching, recalls Hublot’s collaborations with the brand’s ambassador Lapo Elkann,…

Royal Oak Chronograph, pink gold, blue dial, pink gold bracelet, reference

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 2017

The Royal Oak Chronograph by Audemars Piguet is undoubtedly one of the unique, hallmark chronograph designs, with the classic Royal Oak case given extra character by the shape of the pushers and crown. It’s been with us since 1997, for 20 years, and to celebrate this anniversary, 2017 sees the introduction of seven new models.…

Breitling Navitimer 01

Breitling Navitimer 01

The Breitling Navitimer 01 is an absolute classic in the field of aviation watches. It was introduced in 1952, and since then it witnessed the arrival of civil jet planes, the quartz revolution, and the return of mechanical watches as luxury products. It also illustrates the progressive increase in watch size, starting at 40 mm,…

Singer Track1 opener

Singer Track1

What is the connection between Iron Maiden and watchmaking? Heavy metal, I suppose, but the story of the chronograph Track1 by new watchmaking company Singer Reimagined goes a bit further. Singer is a company that was founded by Rob Dickinson from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, U.K., cousin of Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden’s lead singer, and it…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

The new version of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe has a lot that is the same as the previous model. Same graceful case, same lugs, same pushers, same movement. The differences are all on the dial. The tachymeter scale suggests a move towards automotive sport that is very much a feature of the new watches…

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18

This watch by Montblanc is interesting for many reasons. There are a few other watches that measure time to a precision of 1000th of a second, but the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is probably the watch with the clearest display. Its movement reveals the heritage of Minerva and its traditional manufacturing unit…

Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica 44 mm PAM00725

Top five regatta chronograph watches

Regatta chronographs are relatively rare, but this year there are a few new watches designed specifically to provide the countdown function. Panerai has committed considerable resources to the 2017 America’s Cup, with partnership deals with the defending Team Oracle USA and to the Softbank Team Japan. Bremont was partner to Team Oracle for the World…

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, reference 3903, is exactly that, a classic. The Portugieser Chronograph has been in IWC’s collection from 1996, when it was the Portuguese Rattrapante; the Portuguese Chronograph was introduced in 1998. From the start, it had Arabic numerals and vertically-arranged subdials. In 2013, the watch acquired the combined minutes and hour…

Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT

A lot is going on at Seiko. Even though the Grand Seiko brand was launched in 1960, for 50 years it remained something of a secret, with watches only available locally. It was launched internationally in 2010, and the first Seiko boutique outside Japan will open on 21 June 2017, on Brompton Road in London.…

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

Often, when one brand buys another, the brand that has been absorbed gradually disappears from sight, such as the case of Bulgari and its purchase of Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth in 2000. Today, the two smaller brands have been entirely integrated into Bulgari, and there is no mention of the independent designers on the…

Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono

Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono

Hamilton’s Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono is closely based on their 1968 Chronograph B, as you can see from the two images below. The main difference is size. The 1968 Chronograph B was 36 mm in diameter, normal for men’s watches at that time, while the new Intra-Matic 68 is 42 mm in diameter, reflecting today’s…

Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

The Avenger Hurricane Military by Breitling is truly super-tough in its looks, and its gigantic 50 mm case requires a bodybuilt wrist to wear it. I’m always a bit suspicious about unfit people wearing camouflage trousers, who make me think “Hey, come on, who are you kidding?” with the same sort of annoyance that I…

Cvstos SeaLiner Chrono Regata Blue

Cvstos SeaLiner Chrono Regata

Cvstos spells things out. Definitely Cvstos and not Custos, and Regata, not regatta, because Regata is the original Medieval Latin word for a boat race. The Sealiner Chrono Regata, presented in 2016, was designed specifically for timing the complex series of manoeuvres leading up to the start of a regatta. Everything about this watch is…