Ressence Type 5B

Ressence Type 5B

Ressence, founded in 2010 by Benoît Mintiens in Antwerp, Belgium, has achieved a lot over the last six years. In November 2013, the Type 3 was awarded the Horological revelation prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). This year, 2016, Ressence have once again entered a watch into the competition, Type 5B, this…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrgraphe is part of the Métro collection. The names that Parmigiani gives to its watches are often rather unusual (different to the long succession of descriptive words that many brands use, such as “Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon”), and “Metrographe” was coined to give the watch an urban, metropolitan,…

Watches as investment

If you ask advice from a collector about a watch as investment, he or she will invariably say: buy a watch because you like it. If you want to have something precious and see its value go up over the years, buy a bar of gold. But even a collector likes to be able to…

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Marine

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph

The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph is one of the three watches that the brand has presented in a marine chronometer style. Its complex square case is 45 mm in size, made in rose gold and rosewood, evoking the 19th century chronometers used on board ships. It has the commendable water resistance rating of…

Bell & Ross instrument de Marine

Bell & Ross Instrument de Marine

Bell & Ross achieve success for their higher-priced watches (their core business is from $2,000 to $6,000) by ensuring that demand is always higher than supply. Demand comes from quality design and originality, supply is restricted by limiting production. This piece, BR 01 Instrument de Marine, is a good example. Bell & Ross are tapping…

Louis Moinet Memoris

Column wheel

The great divide in chronographs is between cam chronograph movements, in which the pushers rotate a cam (or coulisse) which in turn moves a series of levers, and column wheel chronographs, in which the pushers rotate the column wheel which then operates the levers. The column wheel provides smoother pusher operation and is the higher-end…

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition, steel and titanium

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition

The Grand Prix de Monaco is held every two years and sees vintage racing cars competing on the Monaco Formula 1 circuit. Every two years since 2002, Chopard has been the sponsor and timekeeper for the event, and has presented a limited-edition watch celebrating the race. The Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race…

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Just writing about a watch by A. Lange & Söhne gives me gooseflesh. Their pieces have a combination of technical creativity, watchmaking artistry and aesthetic discretion that is second to none. From the front, you have no idea of the marvels inside, and even when you turn it over, there are just a few beguiling…

IWC Aquatimer

Water resistance

Water resistance ratings as they are published and indicated on watches are very misleading. Most watches are rated at 3 bar, or 3 atmospheres, corresponding to 30 metres water resistance. So you may think, wow, 30 metres depth! No problem about taking my watch when I go swimming, or keeping it on in the shower…

Chopard L.U.C XP 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony

Chopard L.U.C XP 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony

The Chopard L.U.C XP 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony is a limited-edition watch for women, with a dial in Tahitian mother-of-pearl, and a movement decorated with Fleurisanne engraving. Inside, the L.U.C 96.23-L calibre is very slim, contributing to the watch’s graceful lines. It is a new version of the Esprit de Fleurier launched in…

Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition

Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition

The new version of the Mido Commander Chronometer Limited Edition is similar to last year’s piece, but with different dial colours, and now with chronometer certification. Below the day and date, the lettering “Commander Automatic” has been replaced by “Chronometer Automatic.” The watch is Mido’s only piece with chronometer certification. The dial has distinctive looks…

Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie

Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie

With the Imperiale Joaillerie, Chopard demonstrates its dual identity as watchmakers and jewellers. The watch has a self-winding mechanical movement, enclosed in a case set with 581 sapphires, for a total of 47.98 carats, and requiring over 1,000 hours selecting, cutting and setting the gems. The rainbow setting is stunning, with colours running right through…

Balance wheel with regulator and beat corrector

Rate symmetry

Rate symmetry is involved with the regulation of a mechanical watch. It is connected to the fact that every cycle of the balance wheel consists of two swings, first in one direction and then in another. At every swing, the impulse pin on the balance roller shifts the pallets across, from one side to the…

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono

The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono by Chopard combines two complications, flyback chronograph and perpetual calendar. Its looks are dominated by the orbital moon phase display with its blue background, contrasting with the dark grey ruthenium-plated dial. The continuous seconds hand is on the moon phase subdial. The two subdials above are nicely organized to show two…

Frederique Constant

Company profile: Frederique Constant was founded in 1988, by Aletta Bax and Peter Stas They launched their first collection in 1992, comprising six models fitted with Swiss movements. The company developed its manufacturing capacity and it has been designing and making its own movements since 2004. The Frederique Constant mission is that of accessible luxury,…