H. Moser & Cie.

Company profile: Heinrich Moser was born, ninth in a family of twelve children, in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in 1805, into a family with watchmaking traditions: his grandfather Johannes, and his father Erhard were watchmakers. His birthplace is still visible, the house named “Zum blauen Himmel” on Lower Vordergasse. Heinrich trained under his father and grandfather and…

HYT H2 Tradition

HYT has been asking itself what its watches would look like if they had been made in the 18th century. The result is the H2 Tradition, with the same H2 fluid engineering as in the original H2 watch launched in 2013, with hours shown by blue fluid in a capillary tube and driven by two…

H. Moser versus Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was announced by Tim Cook on 9 September 2014, and it immediately sent shivers through the spines of everyone involved in the mechanical watch industry, in particular in Switzerland. This was understandable, because in the 1970s, the introduction of cheap quartz watches from Japan and the United States put about two-thirds of…

Blancpain Ladybird for Saint Valentine’s Day 2016

Blancpain has presented its 16th Valentine’s day watch, a small, elegant and romantic piece, whose highlight is a removable charm in the shape of a white gold arrow with ruby heart. It can be attached at 12 or 6 o’clock as desired. Blancpain’s charms first appeared at Baselworld 2015, though to be honest they are…

Cartier Panthères et Colibri

Cartier Panthères et Colibri

This watch, one of Cartier’s new pieces to be introduced at SIHH later this month (January 2016) shows that there is still plenty of room to invent new functions and new styles of display, as long as you have the capability of designing your own movement. This is a watch for women by Cartier, and…

Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton

Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton

Clé de Cartier was one of the brand’s most interesting innovations at the SIHH watch fair in January 2015, with a crown that is easy to pull out and operate because of its rectangular shape. While a small circular crown requires robust fingernails to pull it out, with the Clé de Cartier, you just have…

Wempe

Company profile: Wempe, based in Hamburg, Germany, has boutiques all over the world, and it is an official retailer for many high-end watch brands. The company also makes its own timepieces in Glashütte, and it designs and makes jewellery. Its watch collection includes various types of timepieces, such as dress watches, sport watches, diver’s and…

Two new pilot’s watches by IWC Schaffhausen

Four years after the last pilot’s watch collection by IWC Schaffhausen presented at SIHH in 2012, this year the brand is once again renewing its range of watches inspired by historic aviation patterns. IWC’s production in this area is significant because amongst the brands making versions of the classic Second World War B-Uhr watches (Beobachtungs-uhren,…

Hautlence HLRQ 04/05

Hautlence introduced its HLQ calibre – which, like the brand’s very first HL movement, had jumping hours on the left and retrograde minutes on the right, but with the addition of a date window at the bottom of the dial – in 2009, and the HLQ calibre saw the light in 2013. In 2015, two…

Hautlence HL Black Ceramic

The HL Black Ceramic is a good example of Hautlence’s mission to create different ways of telling the time. It is the new version of an existing model – the Hautlence HL, the brand’s very first calibre presented a couple of years after the brand’s foundation in 2004 – with jumping hours on the left,…

Hautlence

Company profile: Hautlence was founded in 2004 by Guillaume Tetu and a group of friends, with the mission of making watches that tell the time in a different way. They achieve this by means of innovative design, created by a sleek and flexible structure. In fact the company consists of just ten people, including two watchmakers…

Top 10 watches 2015

This top 10 watches list is a subjective selection of the most interesting watches presented in 2015. 1. Stowa Rana This is a watch that shows how good design can give a completely new look to a watch with a classical ETA movement. It was born from a collaboration between Hartmut Esslinger, German-American designer now…

Manjaz Dev Open Heart

Manjaz is a Swiss brand that has been in operation since 1996 (the brand itself dates back to the 19th century), and it has particularly strong links to the Chinese market, where it has over 600 points of sale. It is expanding rapidly in Europe, and even here its principal customers are Chinese tourists visiting…