Zeppelin 7060-4

Zeppelin 7060-4 GMT Power Reserve

The Zeppelin 7060-4, part of the LZ 129 Hindenburg Ed. 1 series, is an unusual watch, with classical looks and enough quirkiness to set it apart from most others. In addition, it has an interesting price, by virtue of the Japanese-made self-winding Miyota movement. Dial design Where you would normally see the numeral 12, there…

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8-Day Power Reserve

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8-Day Power Reserve

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8-Day Power Reserve is a beautiful watch with Seiko’s innovative spring drive system, three mainspring barrels providing an eight-day power reserve, and superb finish by Seiko’s highest-end manufacturing unit, the Micro Artist Studio. It was introduced in 2016 as an 8-piece limited edition in platinum, and then in rose gold…

Top ten power reserve indicator watches

In some watches, a notable feature on the dial is the power reserve indicator. This is a useful feature in the case of a hand-wound movement, but it is increasingly appearing on automatic watches, where it can be helpful as a reminder to put the watch on, or wind it, if you’ve left it in…

Rado DiaMaster Power Reserve

Rado DiaMaster Power Reserve

The DiaMaster Power Reserve by Rado is distinctive for the power reserve display on the dial. The case is in high-tech ceramic, which has a very high scratch resistance, five times higher than a comparable stainless steel. It is also 25% lighter than steel. The watch is fairly large at 43 mm, 12.3 mm thick,…

NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm

NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm

Wow, I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it. The NOMOS Glashütte Lambda 42mm is one of the piece currently featured on the men’s style website Mr Porter, which has recently launched a selection of Nomos Glashütte watches. With a rose gold case, it is higher-end than most of the brand’s…

Limes Pharo Big Date with Power Reserve

Limes Pharo Big Date with Power Reserve

German brand Limes makes some watches that have something of Breguet’s looks, but in a very different – much lower – price range. The brand’s Pharo collection includes the Big Date with Power Reserve, now back with a new design. The Breguet looks come from the Roman numerals, the silver-colour dial with different types of…

Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve

Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve

This year, Carl F. Bucherer have introduced two new limited-edition versions of the Manero PowerReserve, with blue and green dials. The Manero PowerReserve was first presented in 2013, in the classical colour schemes, silver and black. The two new blue and green pieces are enhanced by the leather straps in colours matching the dials, and…

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31

In 2007, when it was introduced, the Lange 31 was the world record holder for power reserve in a mechanical watch, reaching 31 days, 744 hours. Since then, other watches have exceeded this, but the Lange 31 is still the watch with a classic case design having the highest power reserve. It’s large, 46 mm…

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton

The Octo Finissimo Skeleton by Bulgari is slim and modern, with its sleek black movement finished in black DLC and rich in contrasts provided by steel, gold and rubies. The hand-wound BVL 128SK movement is just 2.35 mm thick, hand wound, with seconds, minutes and hours, and power reserve indicator. This is a useful indication…

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari

The power kings – watches with high power reserve

Power reserve is important in two ways. In a self-winding watch, when you’re wearing it, you don’t need a long power reserve because you’re constantly winding it with your own movements, and even the minimum power reserve of 38 hours is plenty enough to keep it going when you take the watch off to go…

Emporio Armani Swiss Made ARS3200 Limited Edition

Emporio Armani Swiss Made ARS3200 Limited Edition

When high street fashion brands diversify into watches, they are generally quartz pieces, as in the case of brands such as Tory Burch and Michael Kors, even Versace, but some brands are showing interest in mechanical watches. An important player in this area is Fossil Group, an American company who make watches for a wide…

Mühle-Glashütte Robert Mühle Zeigerdatum

Mühle-Glashütte Robert Mühle Zeigerdatum

Glashütte is a small German town with a large number of watch manufacturers working independently one from another, but bound together by the town’s turbulent history. Their shared DNA can often be seen in certain design characteristics that go beyond just the words “Glashütte” and “Made in Germany,” and lots of umlauts. The Robert Mühle…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire IW500917

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire IW500917

The IW500917 is the luxury version of the Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912, IWC’s interpretation of the Type A B-Uhr watch. The 46mm case is in red gold, and likewise hands, conical crown and back. The watch is powered by the in-house 51111 calibre, running at 21,600 vibrations per hour, 3 Hertz. Power reserve is over…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912

This is perhaps the closest (along with the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII) that IWC gets to the Type A B-Uhr watch in their pilot’s watch collection launched in January 2016. It has a double-riveted strap by Santoni, a conical screw-in crown, and a simple dial design with just date and power reserve subdial added to…

Cartier Panthères et Colibri

Cartier Panthères et Colibri

This watch, one of Cartier’s new pieces to be introduced at SIHH later this month (January 2016) shows that there is still plenty of room to invent new functions and new styles of display, as long as you have the capability of designing your own movement. This is a watch for women by Cartier, and…

Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

This watch looks a bit like a 1960s clock radio, with its long rectangular case, and the brand Angelus mentions, amongst its design inspirations, televisions by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso for Brionvega and record players designed by Dieter Rams for Braun. In this tourbillon watch, a stainless steel case has seven sapphire glass windows,…

Ferdinand Berthoud FB1 Chronometer

Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is a new brand owned by Chopard, whose Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele acquired the right to use the name in 2006. Like other analogous relaunches of watchmakers of the past, such as Arnold & Son and Graham, Ferdinand Berthoud is not just a way of purchasing a chunk of watchmaking history: it reflects…