News – GPHG 2020 Finalists Announced (Full List)

Every year, the watchmaking industry celebrates creativity and ingenuity with the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) or the so-called “Oscars of the Watchmaking Industry” – see the report for the 2019 edition here. The most advanced, the most innovative and the most creative timepieces will be awarded prizes at the GPHG 2020. Before the ceremony takes […]

2 weeks ago

Video – Discovering the Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon, During Geneva Watch Days

A couple of weeks ago, the MONOCHROME team visited Geneva Watch Days, which will probably be the only major watch fair for Europe this year. On this occasion, we visited brands, talked with their teams and, of course, saw some of the models recently introduced in the metal – and yes, after months of digital-only […]

3 weeks ago

Live video of 5 of the best watches from Geneva Watch Days, on the wrist

Wow, so that was an experience I didn’t expect to have in 2020. A few days in Geneva, yes. But in August, with the sun out and zero time spent in Palexpo halls? Nonetheless, wherever there are new watch releases, Time+Tide is always on the ground. In no particular order, here are what I thought were five of the best watches at the Geneva Watch Days exhibition. Girard-Perregaux Laureato Infinity 42mm The new Laureato Infinity 42mm really floated my boat this week. GP’s Laureato sports watch is probably my favourite line out there, so I always get a buzz seeing a new iteration. And 2020, for all its other misgivings, didn’t disappoint. I like the Laureato for its no-nonsense dial and sleek hexagonal bezel, and to have it in black onyx with rose gold markings is a winning evolution. Not many luxury sports watches can be dressy but, once again, the Laureato has proved it can.  Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph Few chronographs have taken my fancy this much of late, but it’s the combination of the playful spin on a late ’90s piece and the sexy rubber strap with aluminium links that’s done it for me. At a significantly lower price point…

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1 month ago

5 amazing watches showing at the Grand Seiko "Nature of Time" exhibition in New York City (including the one I'd give an organ for)

Is your feed currently flooded with the Grand Seiko “Nature of Time” Exhibition in New York City? There’s a reason for that. Taking place Downtown in the SoHo area, in partnership with Watches of Switzerland, this event has completely raised the bar for watch pop-ups. As thoughtful in design as the watches themselves, the exhibition provides fans of the brand (both old and new) a completely immersive and spacious display of some of the best – and rarest – models the brand has to offer. According to Grand Seiko, the unique Nature of Time Experience was inspired by Japan’s spring and the fleeting beauty of the sakura cherry blossoms (which are also the inspiration for the dial of the SBGA413 Spring model, which you can see here). Grand Seiko has also worked to incorporate the ancient Japanese philosophy of mono no aware – appreciate the beauty of ephemeral things – to create one of the best and most beautiful brand experiences I have had the pleasure of visiting. If I am being totally honest, I really felt like I was in a space that was more than just a point of sale. It was more akin to a museum.  The…

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2 months ago

Event – Baselworld Schnitzel Dinner And Wondering If It Will Happen Again

Every year, since my second year attending Baselworld, and always on the Saturday halfway during the 10-day fair, there’s the infamous schnitzel dinner. With the current state of Baselworld, Rolex and Patek moving to the Geneva-based fair and leaving behind the Baselworld management, MCH shareholders, exhibiting brands and journalists wondering if we will ever see a next edition of this for-the watch-world so important fair, I’m wondering…  Tonight would have been the 10th edition of the Schnitzel Dinner where all the cool independent watchmakers and online journalists gather, to eat schnitzel and fries, and to drink beer, and most importantly, to have a good time. Will there ever be a next edition of Schnitzel Dinner? 

5 months ago

Event – Baselworld Schnitzel Dinner and Wondering if it Will Ever Happen Again

Every year, since my second year attending Baselworld, and always on the Saturday halfway during the 10-day fair, there’s the infamous schnitzel dinner. With the current state of Baselworld, Rolex and Patek moving to the Geneva-based fair and leaving behind the Baselworld management, MCH shareholders, exhibiting brands and journalists wondering if we will ever see a next edition of this for-the watch-world so important fair, I’m wondering…  Tonight would have been the 10th edition of the Schnitzel Dinner where all the cool independent watchmakers and online journalists gather, to eat schnitzel and fries, and to drink beer, and most importantly, to have a good time. Will there ever be a next edition of Schnitzel Dinner? 

5 months ago

The Petrolhead Corner – Photo Report – Retromobile 2020, Paris Classic Cars Fair

If like us you’re a classic car enthusiast, the name “Retromobile” should ring a bell… And if not, it’s about time for you to discover what this superb event is all about. Retromobile is an annual classic auto show held in Paris, since 1976. It is traditionally the first major classic car show of the […]

8 months ago

A journey to the coldest RedBar meeting on earth – Part 2

RedBarEditor’s note: If you missed the first part of this story, you can find it here, and enjoy as Bruce tells the tale of his journey through the frigid trees of the Calgary countryside to a watch meetup with the RedBar crew. Here is the second part of his epic adventure.  I quickly discovered a logistical challenge in that the pub tables were so long, it was difficult to mingle with people who weren’t in my immediate area. My photographer sidekick had already gotten up and was making the rounds and snapping pictures, so I proceeded to get into a conversation with the gentleman on my immediate right-hand side about Seiko and his love for dive watches. I got out my watch roll and showed him the new Seamaster among others. About half a beer later, I chatted with the person to my left and we were comparing his white dial Grand Seiko with my white dial Datejust and the finishing differences between the two. The person to his left also got in on the debate and, before I knew it, my Datejust was making its way to the far end of the long table. I looked to the right…

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8 months ago

The first ever Australian Hublot boutique in Sydney offers an exciting future

Hublot boutique in SydneyIt’s been a very busy month in Sydney’s watch retail space with a number of brands opening their doors, and an exciting Swiss brand has entered the fray with the first ever standalone Australian Hublot boutique in Sydney. Located in the heart of Sydney on King Street, the new space embodies the brand’s motto of “The Art of Fusion”, blending marble and glass in the form of alchemy that only Hublot has mastered. Throughout the boutique, the walls are covered in mirrors and pop-art, expressing a playfulness of light and space that is also expressed in Hublot’s watches, especially through their use of different case materials. The new Sydney boutique also features a private suite for VIP entertainment, which aims to reflect the values of Hublot, which CEO Ricardo Guadalupe describes as “a young, dynamic and contemporary brand”. Most importantly for fans of the brand around Australia, however, is the watches that will be offered at the new location. The new boutique will receive priority allocation of some limited edition stock, giving Australian Hublot enthusiasts unparalleled access to the brand, never before seen in the country. Hublot are also working on a special edition Sydney watch, which will only be…

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9 months ago