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…

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…

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA PAM00726

Panerai is an official partner of the 35th America’s Cup, and it has launched a series of watches made in collaboration with the event, and with the two teams Oracle Team USA and Softbank Team Japan. The most complex of these special edition watches is the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days…

Zenith Defy El Primero 21

Zenith Defy El Primero 21, a 100th-second chronograph

The Defy El Primero 21 by Zenith was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Baselworld 2017. With its chronograph seconds hand flashing around the dial once a second, and its movement that ensures timekeeping precision by means of two gear chains and two regulators, one for time and one for the chronograph, it is a…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono, the first chronograph in the Black Bay family, has an unusual appearance, with elements recalling both motorsports and diving. The watch has a 41 mm case, with a circular-brushed steel bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale, so that you can read off speeds by timing a unit mile or…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II is the perfect example of the Rolex way: gradual modifications to an existing model, improving functionality and appearance. The 2017 Yacht-Master II doesn’t have all that much that is new – a triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock, a rectangular hour marker at 6 o’clock, new hour and minute…

Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

What Frederique Constant has succeeded in achieving over a relatively short period of time is astounding. Sufficient vertical integration to equip some of their watches with in-house movements, and pricing that they justifiably refer to as accessible luxury. At Baselworld 2017, Frederique Constant presented their “Flyback Chronograph Manufacture.” They say that the process of design…

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante steel

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

Breitling’s Navitimer Rattrapante is an exceptional watch. It has a new in-house split-seconds chronograph movement that incorporates two patents, it is COSC chronometer-certified, and it operates using the most prestigious chronograph layout, column wheel and vertical clutch. It comes in two versions, steel and gold, and the gold version has a display caseback. The dial…

Tutima Tempostopp

Tutima Tempostopp

Tutima, founded in Glashütte, Germany, in 1927, celebrates its 90th anniversary with a new version of the Tutima Fliegerchronograph made in the 1940s. At the time, the Fliegerchronograph was a landmark piece, perhaps the first German-made flyback chronograph. The flyback function was given the name Tempostopp at the time, and this has been used for…

Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator Titanium Chronograph, start-stop

Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator Titanium Chronograph

The chronograph is the most common watch complication, but the basic design has remained substantially the same for almost a century. Every year, watch brands produce new chronograph models, all with two pushers for start/stop and reset. The field is wide open for innovation, but not many companies are investing into research. No pushers, just…