The rising trend of watches for him and her

Watches for him and her – his and hers watches, couples watches or pairing watches – have been an important trend in Asia – above all China, Korea and Japan – for many years, and there are signs that it is gradually moving westwards. As purchases by tourists visiting Europe are increasingly important in boutiques’…

Jaquet Droz Eclipse

Two new versions of the Eclipse, a watch that Jaquet Droz introduced in 2010. It’s a timepiece that has all the Jaquet Droz DNA: a symmetrical dial designed to be uncluttered, leaving as much free surface as possible, and a few quirky touches such as the wiggly hand showing the date and the unusual system…

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Butterfly Journey

This watch by Jaquet Droz is an interesting way of creating a limited edition. Each series, one in red gold and one in white gold with diamonds, consists of eight pieces, like eight frames from a film, showing a butterfly as it flits across the flowers. It recalls the multiple images created by Eadweard Muybridge…

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic

The Grand Flieger collection by Tutima is directly descended from the pilot’s chronograph made in the late 1930s and early 1940s, that was fitted with the UROFA 59 flyback chronograph movement. It is shown in the photo below, image courtesy of Tutima: The historic chronograph was comparatively small when compared to the B-Uhr watches made…

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Carps

Three koi carp are swimming in a pool amidst lotus flowers and rushes, and the fish are depicted using layers of translucent blue enamel creating an effect of depth, almost an optical illusion. While the fish and their shadows are shown realistically in this Jaquet Droz piece, the other elements on the dial are stylized,…

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower

Classic Jaquet Droz: the 8 symbology in the shape of the case, and the automation that enables a lotus flower in the top part of the case to open and close at the push of a button, revealing a diamond at the centre. While the Lady 8 series by Jaquet Droz (shown at right in…

Jaquet Droz

Several fashion designers have become the subject of movies: Isaac Mizrahi (Unzipped, 1995), Karl Lagerfeld (Lagerfeld Confidential, 2007), Valentino Garavani (Valentino: The Last Emperor, 2008), Coco Chanel (Coco before Chanel, 2009), Yves Saint Laurent (Saint Laurent, 2014), Martin Margiela (The Artist is Absent, 2015), and Raf Simons (Dior and I, 2015). Not to mention Devil…

Blancpain Day Night Retrograde

This complex and beautiful piece by Blancpain combines a lavish amount of bling with intricate mother-of-pearl crafting and an unusual mechanical movement featuring two retrograde functions, for hours and seconds, and a day-night indicator. It’s a combination that would seem to suit the variegated tastes of women for watches, and it mirrors what other brands…

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

This watch by Blancpain, part of the Fifty Fathoms Collection, is a limited edition diving watch and the first of a series in the Blancpain Ocean Commitment programme. For each piece sold, €1,000 will be donated to scientific expeditions. Owners become members of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle, giving them special benefits such as opportunities to meet…

Richard Mille RM 011 Red TPT Quartz

It’s a quartz watch by Richard Mille, but not the sort of quartz watch disparaged by lovers of mechanical timepieces. In this instance the quartz is part of a new composite material used for the case, a combination of NTPT carbon and TPT quartz with an intense red colour produced by the red resin used…

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Collection

This new collection of five watches by Glashütte Original have the bright colours that are becoming a familiar trend in contemporary watches. Slim, circular, thin enough to be a dress watch, their 39 mm case diameter makes them a unisex watch. Looking back to the Spezimatic They combine engaging colour and design with interesting historical…

Bulova moon-landing watch to be auctioned

The story of Omega and NASA is common knowledge, but there was another watch that went into space and was used on the moon. Dave Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 mission, took his own Bulova Chronograph with him as a back-up for the NASA-issue Omega Speedmaster, and used it during his extra-vehicular activities on…

Blancpain Shakudō

This piece by Blancpain is a complication watch, not for the hand-wound calibre 15B movement that provides just hours and minutes, but for the subject matter on the dial. The more you look at the image the more you find. The Hindu god Ganesh has a trunk winding artfully around the central pivot, and is…

Tutima M2

This watch was developed from the Tutima Military Chronograph, also known as the NATO, reference 798, introduced in 1984, a chronograph with centre-sweep chronograph seconds and minutes hands, and the unusual feature, for a watch of this type, of the day as well as the date. The NATO had a Lemania 5100 movement, a calibre…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date

The Villeret Collection by Blancpain comprises the brand’s most classical watches, and this year, for the first time, it includes a watch with big date display, with two windows for optimum legibility. The self-winding calibre 6950, with 285 components, was designed specifically to maintain the watch’s slim profile, and to allow a date change exactly and…

Tutima

Company profile: Tutima is one of those heroic German brands in the sleepy valley of Glashütte, in Saxony, that thrived until the end of the Second World War, was destroyed by an air-raid, and was later reborn and went on to reach new levels of success. But the Tutima story is a little different from…

Longines Conquest Jumping

Longines are very active in the world of showjumping, and this watch was made specially to time the performance of a horse and rider in a showjumping competition. Its major characteristic is that it can measure lengths of time to the nearest one-hundredth of a second, by means of a quartz movement, which enables the…

Ferdinand Berthoud FB1 Chronometer

Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is a new brand owned by Chopard, whose Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele acquired the right to use the name in 2006. Like other analogous relaunches of watchmakers of the past, such as Arnold & Son and Graham, Ferdinand Berthoud is not just a way of purchasing a chunk of watchmaking history: it reflects…