Hands-On: The Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull Black, A Festive Watch With A Secret

Fiona Krüger is a bit off the beaten track, even by the somewhat iconoclastic and even eccentric standards of independent watchmaking. First of all, in one of the most unapologetically and deeply traditional-gender-role-oriented industries on Earth, she’s an independent woman brand owner and designer. Secondly, in an industry dominated by sage-like elders (or so they’d like you to think) she’s young – just 30 years old. And, thirdly, there is absolutely nothing traditional whatsoever about her approach to watches and watchmaking: her watches, which are inspired by Mexican Day Of The Dead calaveras (stylized, ornate depictions of human skulls) are some of the most fun you can possibly have with a skull on your wrist.

3 years ago

Review: Swatch Sistem51 Irony

Since the early 1980’s, Swatch revolutionized the watch market by producing affordable Swiss watches that appeals to a wide range of audience, this time it stepped it up with the Swatch Sistem51 Irony.…

3 years ago

Testing (really testing) the Arnold & Son Constant Force Tourbillon (and see if such mechanisms have a chronometric interest)

The watch we’ll test today is worth of a chronometric contest. It has been created with a unique goal in mind: being as accurate as possible, in all positions and during the whole range of its power reserve. Usually, we would have written a review exposing the case, the dial, the finishing or the wearability of the piece. However, with the Arnold & Son Constant Force Tourbillon, this would have been short. We had to test it, and when I mean “test”, I mean looking at it on a watchmaker’s bench, with professional measuring tools. So here we are, with the test (and not the review) of this demonstration piece, and answers about the utility of such complex devices in a watch.

3 years ago

Introducing – Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata, a Complex Alarm Watch with Cathedral Gong

The concept of the Sonata by Ulysse Nardin is not new, but still, you’ll see later in this article, it’s a really captivating concept. Several watches have been created with the Sonata complication, however, most of them, even if mechanically attractive, were bold, highly sportive and masculine watches. Since a few months, Ulysse Nardin is giving a new identity to its watches, with more subtle and more elegant designs, and it will be the case for this Sonata too. Here is the Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata, a complex and unique watch, with a melodic cathedral gong for tis alarm complication.

3 years ago

LIST: 4 ways the Tudor Pelagos can go from desk to diver without missing a beat

tudor-pelagos-list-1Are you sitting down? You’d better be, because I’m about to drop a truth bomb of bunker-busting proportions. Most dive watches out there in the real world never see anything deeper than the local pool. Shocking, I know. The truth is, there’s plenty of dive watches out there that look the business, but are less than optimal underwater. Others though, are quite capable of multitasking – looking just as good in office or marine environments. The Tudor Pelagos is one such watch. Here’s four reasons why. #1 – Distinctive design While the Pelagos takes its dial-side inspiration from the watches of French naval divers, the bold visual language of the snowflake hands and chunky hour indices makes just an equally strong style statement. It doesn’t matter if your hero is Cousteau or Le Courbusier, the Pelagos can handle either challenge #- Best in class bracelet One of the best features of the Pelagos is the titanium bracelet and clasp, which can be extended and micro-adjusted on the wrist. This means it will always be the perfect fit, whether you’re wearing it over your wetsuit, or with your work suit. #3 – Titanium tough The sharp, scratch-resistant titanium case and ceramic bezel…

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3 years ago

Discover “Passion for Watches”, the Benelux Watch Fair (Nov. 18th – Nov. 20th)

As watch journalists, we tend to focus on two main events during the year: the SIHH in January and Baselworld in March. Even if these two fairs are the main events of the year and if they are now opened to the public (partially), they remain mainly professional events, for retailers, photographs and, like us, journalists and bloggers. However, as a collector or passionate, you won’t see much. Smaller, yet highly interesting events exist around the world, and for those who live in Benelux or North of France, there is Passion for Watches, the Brussels’s based watch fair, which will have its 2016 edition from November 18th, 2016 to November 20th, 2016.

3 years ago