Editor’s note: I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing next to a stripper pole with a lovely girl named Agnes, who toured me through all the functions of the brand new RM069 random-phrase-generating watch by Richard Mille. We then tried it out, so to speak. Lots of fun. But is it fun enough to risk nine years of jail for, if you don’t happen to have the funds to buy one of the only 30 models in existence? That’s a question one mugger has plenty of time to ponder now. Zach has more… – Andrew While we are currently exploring ’11 Days of Londoners’, which celebrates some of the brilliant people that live in the UK capital, let it be acknowledged there is a dark side to the town. Last week another Londoner was targeted for their rare luxury timepiece. It is clear criminals of the UK are tuned into the watch marketplace, and are watch spotting potential victims for their rare and expensive watches. Gang member Mehdi Didda and his associates had taken to camping outside of high-end stores and boutiques, stalking their prey over multiple days for the right time to pounce. Ngoc Cao…
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Putting the professional precision and functionality of G-SHOCK’s latest MASTER OF G timepieces to the test doesn’t require a hard-core adventure…but it helps.
Bell & Ross watches are, for a good reason, often associated with pilots and military forces. This has been the brand’s raison d’être since its inception. Serious, stealth, instrumental, the emblematic BR 01 and BR 03 collection, with its “circle within a square”, sums up the brand’s design language perfectly. Yet, from time to time, […]
You voted, and here’s The People’s Champion.
Celebrating ten years of genuinely innovative watchmaking, Ressence revisits its oil-filled Type 3 watch and delivers a message of hope in these days of gloom and doom provoked by the pandemic. With a new dial designed by Stefan Sagmeister and the words “Now is Better” displayed on the minutes track, the Ressence Type 3X is […]
A decade of Ressence continues with a classic reinterpreted.
Limited-edition collaborations in the watch industry are growing in popularity in 2020. We wanted to dig a bit deeper and get some behind-the-scenes insight on the sumptuous new hook-up between Fratello Watches and Oris. We can really only liken this combination to a glass of Bordeaux in a rich golden goblet for the wrist. I mean, look at it. Here, Fratello founder Robert-Jan Broer reveals how the partnership started and the hidden details that make this 300-piece run feel so distinct and fresh. How did this partnership and collaboration come about? What is the origin story here? We had a meeting with Oris in 2018 at Baselworld. They had just released the first bronze model with a green dial, and our editor Michael Stockton was enamoured with the watch and bought one. A year later, at Baselworld 2019, they came with a steel watch with an oxblood red dial – which Michael thought was absolutely stunning. He began to think about how it would look in the bronze case, so he managed to track down a separate oxblood red dial and have our watchmaker install it into his bronze watch. He then showed it to me, and we both agreed…
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The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is one of the brand’s all-time classics, a watch that has helped Oris weather the storm in the 1980s and a watch with a specific resonance on the Dutch market. This watch is special for the brand and, without surprise, it is the watch that the Fratello team selected […]
A collaboration most crimson.
Who doesn’t love a good limited edition, especially when it’s in the form of an unlikely collaboration? There is something about acquiring a watch that’s not only beautiful but rare that makes it feel all the more special. Not all limited editions are created equal, of course, but when all the details are just right, the resulting watch becomes even more desirable by dint of its exclusivity. Our friends at Fratello Watches have just created such a timepiece. They’ve teamed up with Oris to create some serious awesomeness, rich with the #details we crave, in the form of the Oris x Fratello Watches Oris Big Crown Pointer Date. And yes, it is a limited edition. The case The bronze case of this watch is 40mm in diameter, 12mm thick, and 48mm lug to lug – putting it right in the Goldilocks zone in both size and fit for the modern watch wearer. There is something wildly attractive about a satin finish when rendered on a gold tone such as bronze. On that metal, the brushed effect stands out by offering a sense of visible depth. Here we have an almost entirely satin-brushed case with only the thin inner ring behind…
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