Sinn 857 UTC VFR

The 857 UTC VFR by Sinn is a pilot’s watch, certified by the newly-instituted German standard DIN 8330, specially devised for watches used in aviation, where they may be subjected to magnetic fields, positive and negative variations in pressure and temperature, and G-forces. In addition to these qualities, this watch has a dial of superb…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar

2016 marks the 85th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s Reverso, with several models celebrating the occasion, including this piece, the Reverso Tribute Calendar. It’s very easy to take a brand like Jaeger-LeCoultre for granted: they have a discreet, laid-back attitude. They don’t boast a lot about their achievements. They have many qualities: they have been a true…

Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ

Peter-Carl Fabergé, son of the founder of the jewellery company that specialized in the fabulous eggs that won him fame and fortune with the Tsars of Russia, always looked for the finest masters in any craft. The maison continues this policy still today, with its watch movements entrusted to Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, founder of Geneva watch…

Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer

Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer

The Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer by Corum is made in two versions, one in titanium, and one in titanium with a rose gold bezel. It’s a large piece at 47 mm diameter, 17.2 mm thickness, and it is hallmarked by Corum’s characteristic nautical flags in the place of numbers, and the 12-sided bezel. It…

Manufacture Royale 1770 Haute Voltige

Manufacture Royale 1770 Haute Voltige

Theatrical balance With the 1770 Haute Voltige, Manufacture Royale transforms time into performance art. It selects the most significant parts of the movement – the 14mm-diameter balance wheel and the escapement – and puts them above the dial, in isolation from the rest of the movement which is hidden below. The geometry is beautiful, with…

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M GoodPlanet GMT, reference 231.92.43.22.04.001

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M GoodPlanet GMT

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M GoodPlanet GMT has a fresh, marine look about it, with its white dial and blue highlights. The case is in titanium, 43 mm in diameter, and quite chunky at 14.15 mm thickness. Its finish is mainly brushed, with polished details and bezel. The water resistance of 15 bar, 150…

MB&F LM1 Silberstein

Everyone loved the MB&F LM1 released in 2010, with its large, theatrical balance wheel suspended over the dial and under the dome-shaped watch glass. This year, MB&F presents a collaboration with French watch designer Alain Silberstein, whose liking for primary colours and shapes produced the engaging MB&F LM1 Silberstein. This piece follows another collaboration, the…

Rolex Cellini Dual Time

The 2016 version of the Cellini Dual Time by Rolex has a brown guilloché dial, and a subdial at 6 o’clock showing the time for a second time-zone. (Of course, you can still purchase the Cellini Dual Time in its previous silver-colour and black dial versions). Though the subdial has hour and minute hands, it…

Bremont Boeing 100

Bremont Boeing 100

What colour do you paint an aircraft cockpit? For many years, Boeing chose brown, presumably because according to their research this colour was the most relaxing for crews. More recently they have returned to grey cockpits, like most other Western-made aircraft, while Soviet-era Russian and Eastern European aircraft had blueish-green cockpits. In any case, “Boeing…

Bremont ALT1-ZT51

Bremont ALT1-ZT/51

The ALT1-Z chronograph with GMT function has been part of the Bremont collection since 2007. This year, the design of the piece has been revised, with applied hour indices, and the 24-hour scale moved to the inner bezel. As the bezel has Bremont’s Roto-Click bi-directional inner bezel, operated using the crown at 8 o’clock, the…

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap

Montblanc has reacted fast to the advent of smart watches. The e-Strap is a small, discreet device that slides onto a standard watchstrap and pairs to a smartphone. It offers functions that include an activity tracker, notifications for incoming communications, remote controls for the phone’s camera and music player, and a system that allows you…

Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum, reference 115071

Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum, reference 115071

With respect to the previous version of this watch, Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, this piece is much more attractive, with its colourful globe, and more expensive, €5,890 as compared to €4,990. The case has also been increased in size from 41 to 43 mm, and the caseband has a stepped profile. The world-time function…

Panerai Radiomir 1940

These four Panerai watches, PAM00627, 628, 657 and 658, retain the brand’s classic DNA but they embrace modernity in a more consciously designer appearance. They have the functions that are most practical for a contemporary executive: power reserve indicator, and second time zone, with quick-setting hour hand. The cushion-shaped case has a lenticular profile when…

Bovet 1822 Récital 18 The Shooting Star

Bovet 1822, Récital 18 The Shooting Star

The first timepieces in history were the earth and the moon. Our prehistoric ancestors observed the sequences of day and night, the seasons and the phases of the moon, and used them to devise the earliest forms of measuring time. In this watch by Bovet 1822, the case, 46 mm in diameter and 18 mm…

MB&F Legacy Machine N°1

This is a watch that was presented back in 2010, but I’m writing it about it today just because it is a good illustration of the fact that, even in a mature industry such as watchmaking, real innovation is still possible, and when you see it, it brightens the day of any watch lover. There…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Lady

Ulysse Nardin have an impressive ability to make watches that look very different to most and that incorporate a lot of design thought. The Executive Lady, a model first introduced in 1996, is a watch for women in three stylish colours with a lot of diamond glitter on bezel and dial, but nonetheless it has…

Harry Winston Opus 14

So, the Opus series has survived Harry Winston’s change of ownership – now part of Swatch Group – and it will apparently continue, though new Opus watches will be launched less frequently than in the past. Judging from Opus 14, the concept has also changed. The Opus series of watches by outstanding watchmakers were hallmarked…