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. Baume & Mercier have recently shown a great deal of attention to sociological aspects, with watches designed specifically as gifts for special occasions. With the Clifton Club…

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…

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander, blue and brown

In 2016 and 2017, Peter Speake-Marin is presenting several pieces in small editions, in order to express many ideas without expanding the existing collection. At SIHH in Geneva in January 2017, the Wing Commander was presented in two limited editions, each 28 pieces, with white dials (an innovation with respect to previous Wing Commander models…

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole

Laurent Ferrier trained at the Geneva school of watchmaking, and, like all watchmakers, completed the course by constructing his own “school piece.” It expressed his ambition of perpetuating fine 19th century watchmaking. In the Galet Micro-Rotor Montre Ecole, Laurent Ferrier celebrates that piece, and translates the pebble-like rounded smoothness of pocket watches into a wristwatch.…

H. Moser Endeavour Concept Cosmic Green Limited Edition

H. Moser Endeavour Concept Cosmic Green Limited Edition

The Cosmic Green by H. Moser is another expression of the brand’s stance with respect to the “Swiss Made” concept, and the fact that legislation on use of this label doesn’t offer much of a guarantee to customers buying a watch. Neither does it help people working in the Swiss watch industry. I don’t think…

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds XL Paramagnetic

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds XL Paramagnetic

The Venturer Small Seconds XL Paramagnetic by H. Moser & Cie. has a balance spring made from the new alloy PE5000, developed by the company Precision Engineering AG, part of Moser Watch Holding. PE5000 is shock-resistant and paramagnetic, and, after a development period of 7 years, it is now being used in a watch for…

Steinhart Aviation Dual Time Premium

Top 10 three-hand watches under €1,000 2016

A mechanical watch is always something of a luxury, but there are some objects out there that enable you to discover the pleasure of co-habiting with something that can live at least as long as you will, that has its own tiny beating heart, and that will never need a new battery. Here are some…

Piaget Polo S

Piaget’s Polo has a long history. It was released in 1979, a watch in solid gold with a distinctive appearance provided by the stripes that continued from the bracelet over the dial. New Polo S and its distinctive case The new Polo S is very different, because it is in steel, and has a totally…

Bell & Ross BR S Rose Gold

Bell & Ross BR S Rose Gold

The Bell & Ross BR S Rose Gold, launched for Christmas 2016, transforms the brand’s instrument-panel aesthetic into a high-end pink gold piece that recalls Bulgari, with its clean design and simple baton hour markers. A nice touch is the date window, which, even though it is at 4.30, has upright figures (usually, when a…

Drive de Cartier

Drive de Cartier Automatic

Cartier are the number 3 watch brand in the world, after Rolex and Omega, and ahead of Longines and Tissot. Perhaps the secret of Cartier’s success is shown by their new watch Drive, launched in seven variations, with cases starting in steel and reaching pink gold, from time-only to flying tourbillion, and prices starting from…

U-Boat U-47

U-Boat U-47

U-Boat makes big watches with features that include large chunky leather strap, crown protector, left-hand crown, and a dial with bold, luminous indications. Do they remind you of anything? Panerai of course. U-Boat watches are created by Italian designer Italo Fontana, whose company is based in Gragnano, not far from Lucca in Tuscany, and so…

SevenFriday Series Q Model Q3/01

SevenFriday Series Q Model Q3/01

SevenFriday specializes in watches with simple movements made to look complicated by means of an industrial design aesthetic. The latest piece, Q3/01, has a regulator-type minute hand, hours shown on a 24-hour scale, and a second hand with three short hands of different colours, red, green and yellow, read one after another on a 20-second…

Zinvo Blade Phantom

Zinvo Blade

The Zinvo Blade was introduced last year at a very low price – $199 – and this year there are several new variants. The basic price is now $280, €258, but, considering that it’s a mechanical watch, it is still very “accessible luxury” as the brand defines their mission. That is, if you think that…