RECOMMENDED READING: 5 reasons why Patek Philippe is the most coveted watch brand in the world

5 most unattainable watchesThere are lots of in-depth, scholarly dissertations of why Patek Philippe is, and always will be, immensely coveted by collectors. But, in the spirit of Mark Twain, who said along the lines of, “I apologise for the long letter, I didn’t have time to write you a short one,” we found an impressively short post on collectability.com that sums it up with military-style efficiency. A sample from the article, on the subject of scarcity and rarity: “With such a wide variety of production, and over 180 years of making watches, it is especially notable how few Pateks actually exist. It is estimated that fewer than one million Patek watches have been made since the day the company started. (This is a relatively tiny number when one considers that several of the other major watchmakers produce over one million timepieces per year.)” We won’t steal all the thunder from this superbly written article, but will give you the TLDR top line on the five reasons the brand is the most highly sought in the world (and this is simply indisputable in the current day) to whet your appetite even more. Craftmanship – “From the day Antoine Norbert de Patek started the company, the…

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Introducing – The Chronoswiss SkelTec and Opus Chronograph

Chronoswiss is best known for its regulator watches, such as the Classic Regulator Manufacture or radical Flying Grand Regulator Open Gear ReSec, but the brand is also well-known for skeletonisation. In the mid-1990s, the Opus became the first skeletonised automatic chronograph produced in series and watches like the Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton Limited Edition continue […]

VIDEO: We take a look at 5 of the best Longines watches from 2020

best Longines watches from 2020If you can say one thing about the Longines releases from 2020, it is that they certainly aren’t boring. With interesting new references being released from across Longines’ various collections, as well as the launch of the brand new Longines Spirit collection, it has been a significant year for the Saint-Imier based brand. The Heritage collection continues on its run of faithfully reinterpreted watches from Longines’ deep archives and, for those with more contemporary tastes, the Record and HydroConquest collections have something appealing for the ballroom and beach respectively. So to recap what has been a pretty impressive year from the winged-hourglass, we wanted to take a look at what we think are some of the best Longines watches from 2020. Pricing and availability: The Longines HydroConquest Green is AUD$2400, and is available at Longines Boutiques or at the Longines online store. For more, visit Longines right here.  The Longines Heritage Marine Nationale is AUD$3050, and is available at Longines Boutiques or at the Longines online store. For more, visit Longines right here. The Longines Spirit 40mm is AUD$3200, and is available at Longines Boutiques or at the Longines online store. For more, visit Longines right here. The Longines Record Australian Limited Edition…

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The Mondaine Official Swiss Railways stop2go BackLight has a couple of party tricks ready for your sleeve, and it's in our shop now

The Mondaine Official Swiss Railways stop2go BackLight is indisputable proof that Swiss precision timekeeping is more than mere wristwatches. At first glance this might seem like a great example of mid-century modern, or even Bauhaus-inspired design minimalism, in a utilitarian case. You will only understand fully if you’ve been to one of the pristine Swiss railway stations and glanced up at the eerily exact station clock before your train to Genève arrives four seconds early, never late, and leaves on the second. This very same crisp white face is present on each model from Mondaine, intensely legible in monochrome – if you were asked to draw a watch dial, chances are it would look like this. Large blocky printed indices and Arabic numerals leave you in no doubt as to the time of day, while the bright red chunky lollipop seconds hand pops off the dial together with the red Swiss Railways logo. So, this is dependable quartz, it has an interesting history and failsafe legibility, but what makes this 41mm functional steel watch special? As darkness descends and you might be worried that the non-lumed hands will fail to keep you informed, you’re in for a quiet surprise. Fascinating…

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Hands-on – Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition

Mido, a brand owned by the Swatch Group, is mostly known as a great competitor in the accessible luxury segment, with well-executed pieces offering great value for the money – take as an example the Ocean Star Diver 600, you’ll see what we mean. Mido is also a brand with a rich history and some […]

Introducing – Raketa Big Zero Malevich Watch (Live Pics & Price)

Russian watch brand Raketa is back with another surprising watch inspired by Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich’s radical Black Square painting. A far cry from Raketa’s tool watches, the limited edition “Big Zero Malevich” features a big black square smack in the centre of the dial. A collaboration between Raketa and the State Tretyakov Gallery […]