The Monaco Grand Prix kicks off on May 26, and amidst the high octane and hairpin turns, it’s widely expected that we’re going to get some sort of announcement from TAG Heuer that’s celebrating the 50th anniversary of what’s arguably TAG Heuer’s most famous watch, the Monaco. And while we can’t be sure about details like the dial and other specifics, we can be pretty sure that it will be a chronograph, and certain that the case will be square. And while we’ve certainly looked at some of the greatest modern Monacos, our work doesn’t have a patch on Calibre 11, who have assembled an exceptionally comprehensive guide to the vintage Heuer Monaco. The backstory and the finer details in the Monaco story are well worth a read. Something you can do here.
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Karsten Frässdorf is a watchmaker driven by the pursuit of chronometry.
While we usually see Omega on the sporty side of things, with complications that range from the date to the annual calendar or the chronograph – except that one central tourbillon watch – complicated watches are not really part of the Biel-based brand. This was until 2017, when Omega introduced, as an exclusive limited edition in platinum, a Worldtimer version of the Seamaster Aqua Terra. This complex watch now comes back in regular production, with multiple editions in steel or in Sedna gold.
A thoroughly modern take on a classic dress watch.
Some thoughts on smaller watches, a few style tips, and the virtues (and challenges) of silent meditation.
The use of bronze as a case material in watchmaking has surpassed trend to establish itself as a mainstay. Certain bronzed, beautiful models have achieved legend status, such as the Panerai Bronzo, the OG of modern bronze watches, but just as many go undiscovered and unheralded – we compiled a quartet of very different offerings, from big and square, to a very cool indie execution from an Asian-based brand, to the extremely odd pairing of bronze with ceramic. All watches are taken from our recent Buying Guide, which you can access free, and in full, here. Zelos Mako 500 Singapore-based Zelos Watches are a prime example of why microbrands matter, by using unusual materials like carbon fibre, meteorite and, in this case, bronze. The brand offers great quality at a more than reasonable price. That’s evident here, with a wavy radial patterned dial that adds visual depth and reminds you that this diver is good for 500 metres. Case size 40mm Case material CuSn8 Bronze Movement SW200 Price $799 USD Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze In 2017, Bell & Ross caused a splash and introduced their first ever square cased dive watch. This year they’ve done it again,…
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Blancpain releases a special edition of 300 pieces of its iconic Fifty Fathoms diver, this time in honour of the French Combat Swimmers Unit. The case size and movement of the 45mm Fifty Fathoms have not been altered but the watch is emblazoned with official French Army insignia on the caseback and other telltale signs […]
It takes a lot of physical abuse to make a watch as iconic as an Omega Speedmaster verge on unrecognisable. But the owner of this watch tried. When photos of a badly beaten 1969 Omega Speedmaster started doing the rounds on Instagram, it had our immediate attention. So many questions: What the hell are ‘welding warts’? And what are they doing all over the case and pushers? What kind of monster does this to a Speedy, or any watch? And, most importantly, what kind of a maniac would take on a restoration project like this in the first place? “He was merciless. For him, the Speedy was not a status symbol, [or a] collector’s item, he could not care less about Omega or Moon missions, landings or space exploration. He just loved it, full stop.” To answer those questions in turn, welding warts are blobs of hardened solder, and they usually coat the area around where a welder is doing their work, and whatever is on their person. The monster who did this is indeed a welder. And the lunatic that agreed to try to restore the watch is Australian watchmaker Nick Hacko. We contacted him as soon as the…
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The Senator Chronometer has been around since 2009 and is still one of the most acclaimed watches in the entire Glashütte Original collection. Inspired by marine chronometers, it was also the first Glashütte Original watch to flaunt official chronometer status. And then comes the elegant design, the typical Saxon details and the movement itself (sorry, we love this watch here). In order to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Glashütte Original has decided to give its Senator Chronometer an elegant, contemporary facelift. And here it is.
A look back at a wonderful travel watch from the heart of German watchmaking.