Letter From The Editor – MONOCHROME Wishes You a Splendid 2021

2020… What a year… what a year! Both on a professional as well as on a personal level this was a bizarre year, and not only due to that nasty Corona pandemic that is terrorizing humankind. Politics also reared its most ugly head on various sides of the globe and Baselworld, an old watch institution, […]

4 weeks ago

Hands-on – Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar

Earlier this year, during the digital presentation of Watches & Wonders, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a refreshed take on its Master Control collection. Among the four watches representing the updated 2020 design features is the Master Control Chronograph Calendar, a captivating combination of complications that immediately caught our eye. Equipped with a column-wheel chronograph and triple calendar […]

4 weeks ago

Independent Watchmaking – Introducing The Cramain Mark II Constant Force

At MONOCHROME, we’re always thrilled to see the launch of new independent brands, specifically when we’ll be talking of high-end and truly hand-made horology. Cramain was founded by a young duo, Kilian Leschnik and Dr Julian M. Stiels, out of the shared vision to create timepieces that would be crafted solely by their own hands, with […]

4 weeks ago

Hands-on – The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold

Part of the trilogy of timepieces to celebrate the 175th anniversary of watchmaking in Glashütte, the 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” is, along with the Saxonia Thin, the simplest watch in the brand’s line-up. As an anniversary watch, the 1815 Thin is cloaked in Lange’s delicious Honeygold. As a member of the […]

4 weeks ago

Introducing – Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar, Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year commences on the 12th of February and welcomes the Year of the Metal Ox. Blancpain commemorates the occasion with a new version of its Traditional Chinese Calendar, a masterpiece of horological complexity that combines Chinese calendar indications with elements from the Gregorian calendar. Housed in a large 45mm platinum or red gold […]

4 weeks ago

Introducing – The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Buffalo Watches

Jaquet Droz has always placed a lot of emphasis on its Ateliers d’Art watches. Developed in the company’s La Chaux de Fonds workshop in Switzerland, these watches boast centuries-old artisanal techniques that have been passed down the family line from one generation to another throughout its 250-year heritage. These include miniature painting techniques and relief […]

4 weeks ago

Buying Guide – 5 Elegant and High-End Dress Watches of 2020

The dress watch, an accessory that every man needs is the simplest but most elegant type of watch. Refined, discreet, visually simple but mechanically satisfying, they are all about exclusive materials and finishing, balanced proportions and luxurious but not ostentatious appeal. As 2020 comes to an end, here’s a selection of five of our favourite […]

1 month ago

Introducing – Edox SkyDiver Neptunian Dive Watch

I’ve said this many times; dive watches are a dime a dozen these days. You’ve got Rolex, Blancpain and Omega (among others) covering the high end, while Seiko, Hamilton and Oris bring things down to Earth. From a usability standpoint, few things separate these offerings as depth ratings vary from 100 to 300 metres and […]

1 month ago

Introducing – The Habring² Felix Foudroyante with Salmon Dial

While Habring² is certainly famous for its impressively simplified take on the DoppelChronograph (split-seconds), something Richard Habring developed while working for IWC, there are more displays that are dear to the brand. This includes first a precision display, the jumping seconds or dead-beat seconds. Another one that Habring² has often used in the past is […]

1 month ago

Introducing – Marco Lang Watches and the Inaugural Watch, the Zweigesicht-1

If you’re into watches, and specifically independent watchmaking, Marco Lang is a name that should sound familiar to you. Indeed, Lang is one of the most revered German watchmakers and one of the founders of the brand Lang & Heyne. Despite having left the manufacture in 2019, Marco Lang is still a passionate watchmaker and […]

1 month ago