Tutima Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte Saxon One M

Tutima Glashütte is a brand that has no hurry about presenting new watches. The brand completed their relocation to Glashütte in 2011, and two years later, they presented four lines, Saxon One, Grand Flieger, M2 and Patria. From then on, they have been concerned principally with consolidating their position on the market. The new Saxon…

Avvent'Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and NHC

Avvent’Ora by Vincent Calabrese and his company NHC (Nouvelle Horlogerie Calabrese) is a watch with a political mission. The watch has conventional hour and minute hands, and the dial has a trapezoidal window positioned between two hour markers. Every hour, this part of the dial rotates through 30°, and a trapezoidal aperture opens between adjacent…

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fendi Selleria Fendimatic

Fashion brand Fendi is more familiar for its furs and leather accessories than its watches. Selleria (which means saddlery) is a name that dates back to the 1930s when it was introduced for bags. The brand’s Selleria watches are more recent, and Fendi have given their timepieces some features that set them apart from the…

Tissot Ballade

Tissot Ballade, the cheapest chronometer-certified watch?

Tissot says “it’s time to make technological precision accessible.” While the Tissot Ballade is by no means the cheapest mechanical watch in the world, priced at €895 for the gent’s model, it could be the cheapest chronometer-certified watch. Clous de Paris detailing Tissot have added some details that give the watch an appearance typical of…

Hamilton Ventura Classic

Hamilton Ventura 2017

The Hamilton Ventura was introduced on 3 January 1957, and so this year, 2017, Hamilton is commemorating the 60th anniversary of this distinctive triangular watch. It was designed by Richard Arbib and it was the first electrical, battery-powered watch in the world. It was initially named the Hamilton Electric 500 before becoming the Ventura. In…

Longines Master Collection L2.893.4.92.6

Longines Master Collection grey and blue

The Longines Master Collection comprises some of the best-selling watches in the world, helping Longines maintain its place as fourth top-selling Swiss watch brand after Rolex, Omega and Cartier. The top seller by Longines is a watch in the Master collection, which was launched in 2005 and has all the characteristics required for good sales:…

Longines Heritage 1945

Longines Heritage 1945

The Longines Heritage 1945 is an expression of the undying popularity of revival watches: Longines in particular seems to have an inexhaustible archive of vintage timepieces from which to select its re-editions. This piece is delightful for its light copper-hued dial with brushed finish, and an appearance hallmarked by the sense of space created by…

The first Grand Seiko, re-created in yellow gold SBGW252

First Grand Seiko limited editions

These three watches are recreations of the first Grand Seiko dating back to 1960. They are in steel, yellow gold and platinum, and their size – 38 mm in diameter, and about 11 mm thick – makes them superb dress watches – at least the steel and platinum versions. There is only one problem: price.…

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,…