HANDS-ON: A winning package at a winning price – the Mido Multifort Patrimony

Mido is one of those strange beasts in modern watchmaking – a largely under-the-radar brand that’s also owned by one of the largest corporations in the business (the Swatch Group). Already this is a good place to start, as the former factor means you can get some unexpected and unusual design choices, paired with the benefits (production quality, parts, etc) that come with being part of the Swatch Group. The Mido Multifort Patrimony is a great example of this. A sweet retro-looking watch at a seriously impressive price.  First of all, the Mido Multifort Patrimony comes in three flavours: steel with a graduated grey dial, gold tone with an anthracite dial, or this steel and blue number. They’re all 40mm across by 11.95mm high, which is pretty perfect proportions for this sort of watch in 2019. The case design is simple but stylish, with a non-fussy, low-profile crown and some decent detail on the lugs. The dial, though, is what will really get people excited. It’s a pretty straight execution from the mid-century watch design playbook, but that’s A-OK. The shimmering, subtly graduated dark blue is very on-trend, and the clearly segmented dial, complete with pulsometer scale and inner minute track,…

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RECOMMENDED READING: Is Aurel Bacs the Willy Wonka of watches?

The above question greeted me when I opened my email this morning — it was such a perfect allegory (heck, watches, chocolate and Bacs are amongst the most Swiss things ever) that I had to open it. Eventually, I scrolled through the mailing list, and came to the article, an extensive GQ profile of Phillips’ majordomo of watches, and one of the bolder figures in the world of watches. It’s a long, rollicking narrative that covers off the greatest hits (Newman’s Newman features a fair bit), and a well-researched one too. Here’s a taste: “More than any other individual, Bacs is responsible for the current hysteria in the vintage-watch market. He’s an auctioneer, yes, but like the timepiece-obsessed Flavor Flav before him, he is also a once-in-a-generation hype man—a watch enthusiast who has helped change how timepieces are talked about and sold all over the world.” Good stuff, huh. Read the whole thing over at GQ.

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16 hours ago

Value Proposition – The Depancel [Re]Naissance Launching on Kickstarter

Founded just a few years ago, Depancel is driven by the passion for old French cars such as Delage, Panhard and Facel Vega. Now launching on Kickstarter, the brand’s latest creation, the Depancel [Re]Naissance is a tribute to an iconic car, the timelessly elegant Delage D8-120. Powered by a straight 8-cylinder engine with 120bhp (a […]

INTRODUCING: The Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm in Sedna gold with grey enamel dial 

When the time came to see Omega’s 2019 collection I was pretty sure I knew what I was going to see, and what I was going to like. Speedmasters (obvs) and Seamasters mostly. And to be fair, I was not disappointed. But I was surprised. I was surprised by some very nice new additions to Omega’s thin, manually wound Trésor family. Specifically this Sedna gold number with a grey enamel dial.  I had seen this watch’s red-dialled sister earlier this year, and while it was nice, it was also a fairly flashy, esoteric piece. This watch, while similar from a specs point of view, is something else entirely. Subtle, elegant, and with not a single extraneous element. The 40mm case is very nicely sized (it could easily go smaller too), and thin at just under 11mm high. The case is simple, as are the applied batons (double batons at 12, 3, 6 and 9), with minute plots between. The Sedna gold plays really beautifully with that dark grey enamel, contrasting in colour, but matching in terms of sheen and lustre.  The view is impressive from the rear, too: the Master Co-Axial 8928 features a Sedna gold balance bridge that’s missing…

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RECOMMENDED READING: 5 watchmaking manufactures you need to know

‘Manufacture’ is one of those watchmaking buzzwords you hear fairly frequently. Basically, it’s a fancy word for factory, but in the slow-moving and hallowed halls of horology it’s so much more. Think airy, well-lit rooms with highly skilled watchmakers investing countless hours on minute details most will never see. A far cry from the typical image of the noisy, grimy factory floor.  Over at Mr Porter’s Journal, the excellent Alex Doak runs through five of the greatest, and longest-running Swiss Manufactures, from Audemars Piguet thorough to Girard-Perregaux.  Worth a read. 

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A fistful of tourbillons and a fancy fish – 3 high-end standouts from Time to Move

Time to Move, which took place last week in Switzerland, is the higher end Swatch Group brands’ alternative to Baselworld. And because they’re the prestige brands, it’s only fitting to expect some prestigious watches. We were not disappointed. Here are three watches that are less about telling the time and more about showing the world just how much fun can be had with time.  Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10  Sure, American jewellery house Harry Winston is better known for astonishingly large, clear diamonds arranged in exquisite pieces, but they’ve got pretty solid form when it comes to timepieces too. Time to Move was the first time their Geneva facility was opened up to media, and the level of care and craft involved in their high jewellery watches was impressive to say the least. But the watch we’re showing you today doesn’t have a single carat of stones on the case. But it does have four tourbillons. FOUR. One tourbillon is already an extravagance, but four?! This 53mm wide monster is pure extravagance of the most decadent kind; it’s also the first watch ever to rock four tourbillons at once. I mean, why not?  Jaquet Droz Magic Lotus Automaton No one…

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