Though the devastatingly cool new steel Daytona is the Rolex chronograph de jour, this year the brand also released new variations of their classic chrono in white and yellow gold. Today, we’re having a look at the reference 116508, in 18 carat yellow gold with a new green dial – a colour combination that no Aussie can resist. The reference 116508 is the same 40mm Oyster case, powered by the calibre 4130, accurate to within -2/+2 a day. Indeed, the only difference between this reference and earlier models is the dial. But what a dial. Yellow gold versions of the Daytona are most commonly seen with black or champagne dials – the green is stunning in its sheen and richness. Of course, green is a special colour for Rolex, but in this instance it’s a green not like the bright tones of the green Submariner or the mossy green of the new Day-Date 40. It’s a rich colour, somewhere between pine trees and British racing green, finished in a starburst technique that at once complements and contrasts with the case – to stunning effect. Of course, it’s a solid-gold Rolex, so it’s not exactly the most unassuming of timepieces. But then again why…
I’m staring at the Bulova Sea Hunter chronograph and, frankly, I’m lost. This watch has to be the most polarizing vintage watch that I own. It defines strange, but I see an almost elemental beauty in its simplicity. That being said, what the hell is this thing?!?! Where did it come from and why had […]
Jeff Kingston visits the Grand Complication Workshop of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus where the Grand Complications are assembled. He shows us different stages of assembly of the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication that debuted at the SIHH in Geneva in 2013. We will get to see different elements and how they come together, such […]
In 1972, I was living in Pennsylvania, after my folks had escaped to the suburbs from more glamorous but comparatively cramped digs in Manhattan. (That apartment was a two bedroom on 86th Street off Central Park. Still mad about that one.) My mother was a first generation immigrant to America (Dad, on the other hand, was good old solid Connecticut Swamp Yankee) and her family in New York were mostly diplomats. One of them in particular – an older brother of hers – had a senior posting to the UN, and that summer, we drove up to New York in Dad’s Ford Falcon to hit the museums, catch a piano recital at Carnegie Hall, and have Uncle Diplomat take us on an informal walking tour of the General Assembly Building.
The Moon 1969 watch, a Bovarro Swiss-made automatic timepiece, is on Kickstarter to celebrate the first lunar landing. Designed to resemble the hatch and knob on the Apollo 11 spacecraft, bezels and all, this is a watch that is both unique and functional.
Wayde van Niekerk had barely had time to catch his breath since his astounding Olympic win and new world record in the 400-meter race at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Soon after the Olympics, van Niekerk found himself in Paris on a beautiful early fall day with Richard Mille . . . and me.
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.
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: new vintage watches in the HODINKEE Shop. This week we have a diverse selection of watches, ranging from elegant dress watches to sporty chronographs, with brands like Tudor, Omega, Longines, Girard-Perregaux, and Jaeger-LeCoultre all represented. Read on to see the full selection.
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.…
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.