Two big releases this year come in ceramic. First, we see the Offshore Diver in ceramic. And for the first time, with exhibition caseback…and still rated to 300 meters Then, Audemars Piguet presents a 44mm Offshore Chronograph in ceramic See also FEATURE ARTICLE: Audemars Piguet at SIHH 2013 by... Read more
Inspired by a classic Baume & Mercier timepiece from the 50s, this new 42 mm dress watch is a stunner. There are a number of models in the Clifton collection, and the 18-carat rose gold emblematic model is powered by a beautiful La Joux-Perret manual-wind movement. All are perfectly... Read more
Once upon a time, high above Sunset Boulevard, there was an intimate penthouse dinner at the Chateau Marmont. From the terrace, all of Los Angeles glowed as far as the eye could see. Pateks swirled around the room; even on the dinner plates. And ticking quietly by candlelight was... Read more
Bremont will be at The ACE Hotel New York Bremont co-founder Nick English will be at the Loft Suites in The ACE Hotel on Monday 18th February and takes great pleasure in inviting you to the view latest addition along with the best of the Bremont range, and to... Read more
January to the mechanical watch lover is akin to the opening of the season for baseball fans or the Daytona 500 for those endeared with NASCAR. This is the month of the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH) where many of the top luxury watch brands release their... Read more
Produced beginning in 1963, this Daytona features a gorgeous multi-colored dial known to collectors as the “Paul Newman” dial. This example was made in 1968, and uses the Rolex caliber 722 movement, based on the Valjoux 72. The dial is in fantastic condition. Read more
Grönefeld One Hertz “Classic” in titanium Grönefeld One Hertz “Ice” Grönefeld One Hertz “Fire” Grönefeld One Hertz: Ruthenium Grönefeld One Hertz: Rose Gold Edwin Read more
This Omega Seamaster De Ville cal. 601 is one of my most-worn watches. Read more
The Centrigraph and Centrigraphe Sport (CTS) remind me of fraternal twins. They share much of the same DNA but have very different look and feel. I really like the different scales used on each 20 second sub-dial. The CTS is simplified and playful while the Centigraphe is more technical... Read more
As detailed by Vacheron’s Alex Ghotbi, Vacheron Constantin has a long history of producing watches integrated into coins, going back to approximately 1850, with their first coin wristwatch perhaps produced as early as 1938. Concealed within this American $20 Liberty Head double eagle gold coin is the world’s thinnest... Read more
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Here’s three of ’em. (Watches as owned by TomG). Read more
The Repetition Souveraine, reference RM, is one of the most impressive and sophisticated FP Journe watches manufactured. The watch is as beautiful to look at as it is captivating to hear. The design is understated, elegant, ultra thin, incredibly light and super comfortable to wear on the wrist. In... Read more
Cartier Crash, Ref. 091-91 in Yellow Gold Cartier launched the original Crash watch in 1967. In 1991, Cartier re-introduced this spectacular, asymmetrical wristwatch in a limited series of 400 pieces. Thought to have been inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealistic paintings, in actuality, it came about following a fatal car... Read more
DoubleSplit! This edible joint you can order at a 3 star Michelin restaurant in the Netherlands – I am NOT kidding! Ingredients are chocolat, lemon, mint and hempseed oil. Edwin Read more
(Watches from the collections of TomG and myself). Read more
40mm Black Label CS + 38mm Automatique + 40mm RG CS The CS dial was completed redesigned to make room for the date on the dial of the Octa Automatique. The second hand subdial was moved to the far right almost reaching the end of the dial. The 5... Read more
“The Art of Cartier” at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid
The highlight of Antiquorum’s December sale is a unique Patek reference 5016 fitted with a black dial with red and silver print. With a perpetual calendar with retrograding date, tourbillon, and a minute repeating mechanism, the 5016 was Patek’s most complicated wristwatch until the release of ref. 5002, the... Read more
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The ruthenium dial is one of the most magical in the collection. Depending on the angle of light the ruthenium dial transforms as quickly as a chameleon. Every feature comes to life. Notice the blue steel power reserve indicator and hands, the rotating remontoir and details inside the sub-dial.... Read more
Hi All; Hanhart made watches in the Black Forest area of Germany, close to the French border. During WWII their flyback chronographs were used extensively by the German Luftwafffe, and after the war they continued to manufacture these chronograph movements, but they were given to France as part of... Read more
1979 IWC “Jumbo” Ingenieur SL ref. 3003. (Watch owned by TomG). Read more
The early Resonances have such a rustic look to them. I really enjoy the small font used for the power reserve indicator and the fat ink dots around the tourbillion chapter ring. Everytime I look at this watch I feel like Mr. Journe just finished making some adjustments to... Read more
According to Cartier’s Carole Forestier, this photo is perhaps the very first ever taken of the two together… Best, Paul Read more
Howdy, I visited Salon QP and have a number of articles in the pipeline. In the meantime, here is a quick snippet of the watches at the event to whet your appetite… More to come over the next few days. Cheers, Alex Read more
Here’s a shot I like. (Watches owned by TomG). Read more
Carl Fabergé produced a number of automata, often as surprises within his Imperial Easter Eggs. The first record of a Fabergé elephant “surprise” was the Diamond Trellis Egg made in 1892. In 1929, this mechanical elephant was presented in a wooden box as a Christmas gift to King George... Read more
Every detail of the Resonance oozes beauty! The titanium combination is my favorite. I love the rose gold accents, the stark white subdials with guilloche center, and the polished titanium case. Looking closer at the dial I love the titanium chapter rings, the flat head rose gold screws and... Read more
The past year has been enlightening; to not only spend quality time with several independent watchmakers, such as: Peter Speake-Marin HMS and Resilience HMS prototype (piece unique), Tourbillon MR (piece unique) and Perpetual Calendar (1 of 20) Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 Martin Braun Perpetual calendar flying tourbillon with retrograde date... Read more
The Star Wars watches were released today, I got a phone call about half an hour after the shop opened and headed in after lunch. Maybe the first “live” photos of one on the web. What’s this? A nondescript looking black box. It’s got another box inside. And yet... Read more
An English made Dent half hunter 18k watch with barleycorn guilloche engraving, with 3/4 plate movement, 2 piece cream enamel Willis dial and wonderful double ‘pear’ hour hand: Read more
Movements are the heart and soul of a Journe watch. I can stare at them for hours. Here are an Octa, CS, and Resonance: And a CT, Repetition Minutes, and Tourbillon Titanium: Read more
The F.P. Journe Centigraphe is one of the coolest chronographs in the market. The design is unique with three dials that measure time from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes and is operated by a a rocker located at 2 o’clock. The movement is made from 18K... Read more
One of my particular passions; these are but a few of mine. Read more
We are only a few months away from the launch of the much anticipated Chronometre Optimum. The watch is expected to be FP Journes’s most accurate timepiece to date – bringing together all his years of experience and knowledge. If you thought the CS was a precision chronometer then... Read more
Hi All; Well, in Chronometer tested movements anyway! The 2011 numbers are really interesting. Rolex: 751,285 (23% improvement on 2010) Omega: 509,301 (49% improvement on 2010) Breitling: 154,456 (26% improvement on 2010) I am amazed at how much Omega has improved on their numbers. – James Read more