Longines Record L2.821.4.11.6

Longines Record L2.821.4.11.6

Part of the new watches introduced for the brand’s 185th anniversary, the Longines Record has a very classical design, with Roman numerals, blued steel hands, and a steel case. It is the first watch by Longines to have a chronometer COSC-certified movement, ETA A31.L11, with a silicon balance spring. The self-winding movement has 22 jewels,…

Breguet Classique 7147

Breguet Classique 7147

If there were a competition for the best gentleman’s watch, Breguet would enter the Classique 7147. The brand staged the launch of its “Classic Tour” in London on 4 October 2017, “honouring the art of living of a true gentleman” by presenting craftspeople who emulated “the day of a perfect gentleman who, after slipping his…

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

The L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined by Chopard is a watch that shows a lot of thought “out of the box.” The designers have succeeded in creating something totally different to anything else on the market by means of an unusual stamped sunburst effect, with a spiral pattern that justifies the name chosen for the…

Bravur BW003S-B

Bravur BW003

Bravur is a brand based in Stockholm, Sweden, with a manufacturing unit in Båstad. It was founded in 2011 by industrial designers Magnus Äppelryd and Johan Sahlin. Up until now they had made quartz watches with a distinctive minimalist design. They have now introduced BW003, their first mechanical watch, with a Swiss-made movement. At the…

Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Bellytanker

Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Bellytanker

Most watch designers do just that – they design a watch. At Bell & Ross, they sometimes take a longer way around: they design a vehicle, and then design a watch inspired by it. In 2014, they designed the B-Rocket, a concept motorbike, and in 2016, the Aéro-GT concept car. This year, it is the…

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Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru

Tonneau cases are a classic in the category of “shape watches” and the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru by Chopard is a fine example, though a little different from most tonneaus. It is almost as wide as it is high, with a case that is a very wearable size at 38.5 x 38.8 mm. Comfort is…

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer

The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer by Chopard is an attractive piece that combines discretion and flamboyance. Discretion, because the silver-coloured case and dial are in solid gold, the dial has a sophisticated, minimalist design, and the caseback at first sight is solid. Flamboyance, because when you take off the watch and press the crown, the…

Is this the cheapest mechanical watch in the world?

This is one of the timepieces that you get if you open Amazon and type “cheap wind-up watch” or “cheap mechanical watch” in the search window. I recently met my aunt who had done just that. She wanted a mechanical watch instead of the quartz watches that she had used up until then. She has…

Emile Chouriet Soleos Lady 30 mm

Emile Chouriet Soleos Lady 30 mm

Emile Chouriet’s clients are predominantly Chinese, as the vast majority of the brand’s retail outlets are in China, and the owner and CEO is Chinese. But Emile Chouriet have a factory in Geneva, and they are dedicating a lot of effort to reinforcing the Swissness of their watches. Soleos Lady 30 mm has Emile Chouriet’s…

Mühle-Glashütte Lunova Datum

The Lunova Datum by Mühle-Glashütte is part of the new Lunova family introduced in 2017, hallmarked by cases that have a larger proportion of polished surfaces than is usual for the brand, and a graded dial. The result is a watch that is both sporty and classical, equally at home on a boat or in…

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,…

Locman Montecristo All Carbon Automatic

Italian brand Locman was founded in 1986, and quickly developed an in-house capability of working with carbon. Their Nuovo Carbon model introduced in 2003 was possibly the first watch in the world with a carbon fibre case. For 2017, the Montecristo All Carbon has been redesigned, with a smaller case and more fluid lines. With…

Perrelet Weekend

We are accustomed to Perrelet’s watches being a bit different, such as the models with a dialside turbine, or the double rotor that also enlivens the dial. The Perrelet Weekend on the other hand is a classic watch, an everyday timepiece that could easily be a dress watch in the simplest versions. Circular case, baton…

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…