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…

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open

The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open reveals the application of Jean-Claude Biver’s marketing approach as already applied at Hublot. There, a single in-house movement, the Unico, has been used for countless skeletonized Big Bang variants. At Zenith, Biver already had a legendary movement, El Primero, and so this year he opened up…

Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

Sinn EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph

The EZM 1.1 mission timer chronograph by Sinn is the latest version of their classic EZM 1 released in 1997, 20 years ago. The EZM 1.1 also celebrates the opening, on 31 August 2017, of Sinn’s new headquarters at Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse 21, Frankfurt. At this new and larger building, Sinn make their watches, and customers can…

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open, launched in 2017, is a direct reflection of Jean-Claude Biver’s influence on the brand that he currently directs. He specifically wanted to open up the dial completely. The Chronomaster was previously available with an entirely solid dial, and a version with a half-open dial revealing just the balance…

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

Zenith El Primero 36,000 vph

The El Primero movement by Zenith is a watchmaking legend, with its rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour – 5 Hertz – that improves precision and provides an accuracy of a tenth of a second in chronograph readings. It was first introduced in 1969 and so we’re not far off 50 years. The three overlapping…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Chronograph

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Chronograph

In 2017 Mühle-Glashütte presented their new Lunova collection. The name is based on the Latin words “lumen” and “nova,” light and new. The watches in this range all have cases made by Mühle-Glashütte, with a total polished finish or a high proportion of surfaces with polished finish. They also have graded dials and a pilot’s…

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

The Manero Fyback by Carl F. Bucherer was first presented in 2016, with three new colour variants added in 2017 and shown here. The watch could be described as a dressy chronograph, with large skeletonized hands in the same material as the case, but with no SuperLuminova, and hour indices whose shape mirrors the hands.…

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph

This Pulsograph chronograph – with a pulsometer scale – is part of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection, which comprises watches made using traditional watchmaking techniques, and so that incorporate the expertise of the Minerva manufacture in Villeret. Watches in this collection have certain distinguishing features such as applied hour markers, a Roman numeral XII, dauphin…

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…

Audemars Piguet Chronograph Summer Edition 2017 men's, pushers and crown

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Summer Edition 2017 men’s

Audemars Piguet periodically update their Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, which was the first Royal Oak chronograph to be introduced about 24 years ago (1992-1993). The men’s Royal Oak Offshore Summer Edition 2017, reference 26408OR.OO.A010CA.01, has a 44 pink gold case, a silvered dial with the “Méga Tapisserie”  guilloche pattern (a sportier version of the original…

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,…