Speake-Marin Resilience Black Dial

Speake-Marin Resilience Black Dial

The Resilience was first launched in 2012, and in 2016 Peter Speake-Marin has introduced it with a black dial, in his signature 42 mm Piccadilly case in red gold. The black enamel dial has gold-coloured Arabic numerals and the Speake-Marin topping-tool logo above the numeral 6. The PVD gold-plated hands are in the Speake-Marin “Foundation”-style.…

Speake-Marin Velsheda

Speake-Marin Velsheda Gothic

The single-hand Velsheda by Speake-Marin began life in 2004 as the Shimoda, a visually striking piece with one single hand, but one in which you couldn’t tell, from the dial, that the piece was running. It returned as the Velsheda in 2014, named after a British J-Class yacht, with a central seconds wheel in the…

Speake-Marin

Company profile: Peter Speake-Marin was born in 1968 in Essex, England, studied watchmaking at Hackney Technical College in London and then at WOSTEP in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He began working at Somlo Antiques in London, establishing its watch restoration department. Working on pieces by Arnold, Breguet, Frodsham, Nelson, Patek Philippe and other classic watchmakers enabled him…

Hamilton Broadway Auto Chrono 43mm

This chronograph is part of Hamilton‘s new Broadway collection inspired by New York’s skyscrapers, and it is accompanied by the three-hand day-date model and a quartz version. The Hamilton Broadway Auto Chrono 43mm has the same elegantly curving steel case as the three-hand Day-Date version, but it looks a lot thicker. The case is in…

Hamilton Broadway Day-Date Auto 42mm

New for 2016, the Hamilton Broadway collection was inspired by New York’s skyscrapers, interpreted on the dial by narrow vertical ribbing. This range is a new addition, designed to fill a position somewhere between the military looks of the Khaki and the modern Jazzmaster models. An interesting feature is what looks like a slightly darker…

Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman

With its new 2016 Khaki Navy Frogman pieces, Hamilton is showing its ability to compete with brands such as Tudor and Rolex, at much lower prices, with watch types including the day-date and diver’s. In the latter category, Hamilton has some historical traditions, because it supplied the U.S. Navy Seals with diving watches, and it…

Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Gold

Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Gold

Hamilton, according to CEO Sylvain Dolla, is going great guns, in particular on its top three markets the USA, Japan and Italy, but also in many other countries, with Thailand and Turkey enjoying notable growth. Every ten years, Hamilton produces a gold watch aimed particularly at collectors, at a price well beyond the brand’s normal…

Hamilton Face-to-Face

Preview: Hamilton Face-to-Face Chronograph

Several watch brands have experimented with transforming watches, such as Montblanc whose Metamorphosis II has a dial that morphs from a time-date format to a chronograph format by means of a mechanical transformation that takes about 15 seconds. This was a limited edition of 18 pieces, price on request so presumably a few hundred thousand…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire IW500917

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire IW500917

The IW500917 is the luxury version of the Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912, IWC’s interpretation of the Type A B-Uhr watch. The 46mm case is in red gold, and likewise hands, conical crown and back. The watch is powered by the in-house 51111 calibre, running at 21,600 vibrations per hour, 3 Hertz. Power reserve is over…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IW500912

This is perhaps the closest (along with the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII) that IWC gets to the Type A B-Uhr watch in their pilot’s watch collection launched in January 2016. It has a double-riveted strap by Santoni, a conical screw-in crown, and a simple dial design with just date and power reserve subdial added to…

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun IW389001

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun IW389001 and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 are very similar, using the same movement and having the dial arrangement with combined analogue totalizer for chronograph minutes and hours at the top of the dial. They both use the same in-house 89361 movement. They are different…