The Grande Seconde Quantieme by Jaquet Droz has become in a few years the cornerstone of this collection, defined by its elegant and balanced 8-figure shaped display. Combining the model’s originality, refinement and minimalism with daily practicality, it feels like the most coherent watch to get… Hence why JD is regularly bringing new versions of this watch. And the latest Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme, with its Satin-Brushed Blue dial, is another handsome edition.
Actor Jason Momoa is best known to audiences worldwide for playing the superhero Aquaman in the DC universe films Aquaman and Justice League, and the character of Khal Drogo in the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. So in terms of watches, what could fit the wrist of this big guy…? Momoa is over 6 […]
The word iconic is one of the most overused and abused words in the watch industry, however, I bet everyone agrees that the Royal Oak actually IS a true design icon. One that defined the modern luxury sport watch. In 1972, Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta created an archetype; match a sporty but clearly expensively-crafted steel watch with an integrated steel bracelet and an automatic, ultra-thin movement. Et voila, there’s the luxury sports watch, an archetype that has never seemed more relevant than today, as demand for such watches is higher, much higher, than availability.
When it comes to pure, thoroughbred manual-winding chronographs, models that are devoted exclusively to capturing elapsed times and not equipped with any other paraphernalia, A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 Chronograph is up there in the pantheon of perfection. The model we are reviewing for our three-part Battle of the High-End Chronograph series is the 2018 pink gold with black dial version, similar to the Boutique Edition of 2015 with its pulsometer scale. Like all the current variations on the 1815 chronograph theme (white gold black dial, Boutique Edition), this watch is equipped with what is possibly the most beautiful hand-wound movement on the market today.
When a model is discontinued and replaced with a new reference at Patek Philippe, two things happen: the old model tends to become even juicier bait for collectors and the newcomer is subjected to intense scrutiny. In March 2019, Patek Philippe introduced the ref.5172G chronograph to replace the longstanding and much-loved ref. 5170. Fitted with the same in-house manual-winding calibre CH 29-535 PS as its predecessor, the latest member of Patek’s chronograph dynasty comes in a white gold case with a de rigueur blue dial and a pronounced vintage temperament. Larger, bolder, less classic and more casual than the 5170, the 5172G is one of the contenders in our next battle of chronographs.
German styled watches are typically free from any unnecessary details. No frails, no fuss, just clean and elegant watches. Whether you look at brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Moritz Grossmann or at smaller independent brands, most of them offer very elegantly, stylish watches. One of these independents is Stefan Kudoke, founder and watchmaker of Kudoke Watches. Besides his intricately detailed skeletonized and engraved pieces, his HANDwerk collection follows the typical German trait. We go hands-on with the Kudoke HANDwerk 1.
A direct comparison between the large and the medium-sized Santos de Cartier raises the question: what is actually large? Normally the term ‘mid-size’ is marketing slang for a ‘ladies’ model’, but that’s definitely not the case here. We put the Cartier Santos mid size and large size, side by side. With the reintroduction of the […]
Like all the seven watches presented over the past seven months to fête the Lange I, the Daymatic is dressed for the party in a white gold case with blue trimmings on the dial. As you know, the Saxon brand is celebrating the quarter-century of its foundation watch with not one but ten models. A […]
Having reviewed both Lange’s and Ferrier’s annual calendars in the previous days, today it’s time for a face-off, a chance for these two mid-weight complication champs to engage in a mock battle. The two contestants are clearly very beautiful watches, perfectly matched in functionality and mechanical integrity, so please take a ringside seat and see if you agree with our verdict in the battle of annual calendars pitting the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar versus the Laurent Ferrier Annual Calendar School Piece.
The Galet Annual Calendar School Piece marks an important milestone in Laurent Ferrier’s career. As the fifth in-house calibre from the independent master watchmaker, this Galet model is also his first annual calendar complication. With its smooth, sensual surfaces and effortless handling, this annual calendar stole our hearts as one of the best watches presented […]