Letter From The Editor – Holidays, Geneva Watch Days, Videos and Continued Coverage

To say that these are weird times would be the understatement of the century. As I announced in March, we would continue our coverage on watches, as we usually do, and refrain from discussing the COVID-19 situation. We’re here for watches and hopefully, we’ve been able to bring you a bit of horological solace in these weird times. And because both Xavier and I travelled much less than usual, we’ve even been able to increase our daily coverage from the world of watches. Here’s what you can expect from us in the coming period…

Introducing – The Millennium Watch Book

The past 20 years have been a particularly rich period for the watchmaking world. Fortunately, a new book is being published which aims to provide a comprehensive reference for industry professionals as well as for those who simply love beautiful watches. Here’s the Millennium Watch Book. The Millennium Watch Book is a collective work assembled […]

1 month ago

Industry News – Swiss Watch Exports Collapse by 67.9% in May 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Swiss watch industry is severe. As countries around the world contend with the health emergency, the economic effects of suspending almost all activity have inevitably impacted the Swiss watch industry and will continue to do so for months to come. With manufacturing coming to a standstill and […]

2 months ago

Introducing – The HERO-ERA Wristwatch, by Historic Endurance Rally Organisation

Every now and then a collaboration between a non-watch company or organisation and a watch manufacturer pops up, sometimes delivering a very interesting new product combining values from all involved. And if it also happens to be a logical joint effort between parties, it may tick all the right boxes. Renowned historic rally organisers HERO-ERA […]

2 months ago

Industry News – Swiss Watch Exports Collapse by 81.3% in April 2020

There is no doubt that the global COVID-19 pandemic will take a heavy toll on the watch industry. After two consecutive months of decrease (-9% in February and -22% in March), The Swiss Watch Federation (FHS) has just released its statistics for the month of April 2020 and, as expected, exports fell sharply. A direct […]

2 months ago

In-Depth – The Merging of Pocket Watches and Wristwatches – Conversions, Design Influences and Hybrids Maintain a Common DNA

Upgrading expensive mechanical devices is a centuries-old concept that prevents premature obsolescence as times change. In the American Wild West of the 19th century, black powder revolvers were commonly converted to shoot modern cartridges, forgoing the need to replace a vital necessity. Cameras are another example, such as early 20th-century screw-mount Leica rangefinders. The original […]

3 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? 

3 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? 

3 months ago

Rewind – What Makes a Dive Watch a Dive Watch?

As one of the most desirable types of watches around, the dive watch concept – which dates back to the mid-1950s – has been explored at great length by almost all the brands of Swiss, Japanese or German watch industry. Although most watch enthusiasts know what a dive watch looks like, the concept goes way […]

3 months ago

Interview – Bernard Werk, Watch Journalist who Started Watch Brand GYRE for a Good Cause

Next week will see the launch of a new Kickstarter brand called Gyre. We’ve seen quite a lot of initiatives like this in the last five years, but this one promises to be completely different. Its founder is Bernard Werk, a man whom I’ve known for more than fifteen years, a man who (back in the days) gave me the chance to write for his magazine. Bernard is a seasoned watch journalist and the owner of Watching, the oldest watch publication in The Netherlands. With Gyre he plans to raise awareness for ocean pollution while raising money for its clean-up as well. I spoke to Bernard about his fresh idea and how that turned into a 3-year hurdle race now finally nearing completion with the launch of the Gyre SeaCleaner.

3 months ago