Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic AL-525G4TS6

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic

Alpina has a long tradition of pilot’s watches, and supplied some continental air forces with timepieces in the first half of the 20th century. The Startimer Pilot Collection, launched in 2011, has become the brand’s best seller. In 2017 the new Startimer Pilot Automatic is a classic pilot’s watch, with an automatic movement, with a…

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M

The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M is a fine all-purpose watch, now with Omega’s Master Chronometer certification by METAS that expresses the brand’s objective of progressively extending its anti-magnetic properties to the whole range, and a new design. The watch has been given a symmetrical feel by moving the date window from 3 to…

Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport II

Mühle-Glashütte have extended their range with some sports-inspired watches such as this Teutonia Sport II, directly derived from automotive sports. There is some company history behind this: in the 1920s, Mühle & Sohn were making speedometers, rev counters and dashboard clocks for car brands. The automotive spirit is expressed above all by the colour scheme,…

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic

Bell & Ross Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic

The Vintage Garde-Côtes Automatic by Bell & Ross was designed as a tribute to French coastguard helicopter rescue services. In addition to this automatic version, a chronograph with pulsometer scale is also available. The orange, grey and white colour scheme was directly inspired by the equipment used by the Garde-Côtes services. The water resistance of…

Kai Lenny riding

Ten watches for the beach

On the beach, you need a watch that can stand up to wind and water, a rubber or canvas strap, and a colourful appearance. Several brands have issued some pieces that fit the bill. Here is a selection in increasing price order. 1. Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba looks like a…

Chopard Happy Sport Summer 2017

The new Happy Sport watches released by Chopard for summer 2017 are women’s watches that demonstrate some of the major trends in contemporary timepieces. Quartz movements make things easy for their users, at least until the battery runs out. Previous versions of Happy Sport already had interchangeable straps, and this user-friendly characteristic is enhanced by…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41

The Heritage collection by Tudor began in 2010 with a new edition of a 1954 diving watch. That piece was 41 mm in diameter, with all the classic elements of a dive watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel and a 200 metre water resistance. Last year, a new 36 mm Black Bay was presented, and…

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,…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club

Top ten sports watches

Sports watches are a growing trend. They generally have some of the characteristics of diver’s watches, or pilot’s or automotive watches, but with a water resistance of 100 metres which makes them everyday watches that can easily stand up to splashes or light surface swimming. Baume & Mercier have identified a sociological category, “gentlesportsmen,” people…

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba

You could call this a “diving watch light.” It’s an example of the “sports watch” category that is receiving a lot of attention from many brands (click here for the Top Ten Sports Watches). The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba looks like a diving watch, with unidirectional rotating bezel and screw-down crown, but its water resistance…

Mido Multifort Escape M032.607.36.090.00

Mido Multifort Escape, a sports pilot’s watch

Mido is a Swatch Group company that makes watches at accessible prices. The Multifort Escape is a watch that has a lot of pilot’s watch features, such as the simple dial layout with Arabic numerals, hands with SuperLuminova, and large conical crown, but it has other elements that give it extra character, for example the…

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date

Montblanc’s entry-level 2017 sports watch has a 100 metres water resistance that makes it an all-weather watch, and a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be used for taking approximate times, or for keeping track of a second time zone. But while many sports watches this year have a diving watch inspiration (such as the Baume…

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…

Breitling Superocean Héritage II

Breitling Superocean Héritage II

Breitling has redesigned the Superocean Héritage line, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the collection. A comparison show that the new Superocean Héritage II is not so different from the 1957 model, which had an endearing arrangement of circular and spike-form hour markers, shorter hands and no date window: And it’s not so different from the…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club

The Clifton Club by Baume & Mercier is one of a relatively new breed, sports watches with the connotations of a diver’s watch, but intended for everyday use (click here for the Top Ten Sports Watches). Baume & Mercier have recently shown a great deal of attention to sociological aspects, with watches designed specifically as…