Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral, diamond-set version

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral

Bucherer describe their new jewelled Manero Peripheral as a women’s watch, but personally I think that this timepiece is virtually unisex. The diamonds on the bezel are discreet and almost have a functional aspect: there are sixty diamonds, and so they mirror the divisions of the minute scale. The version with a chocolate-brown mother-of-pearl dial…

Hermès Arceau Trés Grand Modèle

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

The Arceau watch by Hermès was designed almost 40 years ago, by Henri d’Origny in 1978, but looks contemporary still today. The Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle is distinctive for its asymmetric lugs that recall a stirrup, and above all for the lovely sloping font which according to the brand evokes a galloping horse. The watch…

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture Grand Feu

The new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu blue dial has three unique selling points. An in-house self-winding movement. A blue dial also made in-house, by Ulysse Nardin group’s dial manufacturer Donzé Cadrans. And a competitive price, €8,900, $8,800. Not much more than last year’s limited edition Classico Manufacture. Guilloché enamel dial Donzé Cadrans…

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome Steampunk 46 Auto Camo

Romain Jerome is a brand not based on watchmaking, but on story telling. Each of their pieces has a very powerful identity generated by design, colour, and the materials and texture used for case and bezel. This style was developed initially by Yvan Arpa, from 2006 to 2009, and then by Manuel Emch, CEO of…

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary

The Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary celebrates 90 years from Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. He left Roosevelt Field, an airport near New York, at 7:52 on 20 May 1927, and reached La Bourget airport near Paris 33 and a half hours later. It was the first…

SevenFriday S3/01

SevenFriday S3/01

The SevenFriday S3/01 was designed to look like something under a car bonnet. The large case, 47 x 51 mm, has a black rubber surround that suggests a car tyre, and the black silicone strap has red stitching that evokes seatbelts. Openworked dial The dial is deconstructed, with stubby hour and minute hands projecting from…

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…

Hamilton Khaki Air Race

Hamilton Khaki Air Race

Hamilton created the Khaki Air Race watch to celebrate their sponsorship of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, for which they are official timer from this year, 2017. It doesn’t have any of the traditional pilot’s watch features, but the visual design has a lot in common with Panerai, for example the Radiomir 1940…

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

After the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon and the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, Bulgari claims another record with the Octo Finissimo Automatic, thinnest automatic watch in the world. Multifaceted cool The Octo Finissimo Automatic by Bulgari is extraordinary to see, touch and wear. It’s not small, at 40 mm, but its thickness of 5.15 mm really makes…

NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus

With Club Campus, NOMOS Glashütte have identified a section of the market – watches for celebrations – and have created a package specially for it, at an attractive price. Baume & Mercier do the same sort of thing, targeting their entry-level Classima and My Classima watches at customers who want to celebrate something, a degree,…

Nomos Ahoi Neomatik

NOMOS Glashütte Ahoi

NOMOS Glashütte don’t release figures about how many watches they sell, but it’s clear that they are doing well. It’s the German brand with best sales in terms of number of watches sold, and in 2016, which was a problem year for many watchmaking companies, they had a 10% increase in turnover. Their secret? Simple,…

TerraCieloMare Milano San Babila

TerraCieloMare Milano San Babila

The Milano San Babila by Italian brand TerraCieloMare (TCM) is a watch that illustrates two important trends: extending the range to women, and the colour green. The watch has a 38mm case making it a unisex piece, and the green colour of the dial is a nice match to the bezel in marine bronze, which…

Raymond Weil Maestro Buddy Holly

Raymond Weil Maestro Buddy Holly

Raymond Weil creates some watches dedicated to musicians, and the Maestro Buddy Holly has one of the coolest small seconds hands that I’ve seen in a while. The counterweight in the form of Buddy Holly’s glasses is a lovely touch. The watch is nice for its understated approach. Apart from the Buddy Holly signature below…

Lang & Heyne Georg

Lang & Heyne Georg

Georg by Lang & Heyne is a tribute to classical German watchmaking, but the display caseback reveals an in-house calibre with some very contemporary characteristics. Lang & Heyne, a company based in Dresden Lang & Heyne was founded in Dresden in 2001 by Marco Lang (born in 1971) and Mirko Heyne. Mirko left in 2003…

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…

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…

Louis Moinet Metropolis, pink gold

Louis Moinet Metropolis

Metropolis by Louis Moinet, presented in Geneva in January 2017, expresses a move by the company headed by Jean-Marie Schaller to create something more contemporary, at a lower price point than their previous watches. Schaller calls Metropolis an “urban watch,” with a very architectural structure. The case frames a series of levels, with the dial…