September 16th, 2014

Jaquet Droz Museum Pocket Watch

Earlier this month, the Swiss watchmaking house Jaquet Droz has presented its piece unique: the Museum Pocket Watch. The watch was literally built around a time-worn 18th century movement that was lovingly (and also painstakingly) restored to its present glory in JD own workshops. Originally missing certain vital parts, the restored mechanism, as archaic as it is, looks magnificent and stately inside its massive 18-carat red gold body.

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September 11th, 2014

Glycine F104 Automatic: Bigger Case, New Dial

While the original Glycine F104 (ref. 3933) wristwatch that the Swiss watchmaker has delivered back in April looked absolutely killer to me with its clean, vintage-inspired design, somebody at the company’s HQ has probably decided that sales are not quite satisfactory. Enters the Glycine F104 v.2, which is now available in a choice of four or five dials, and even includes a version with a steel black PVD bezel with 46 diamonds (1.80 carats, yuck!)

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September 9th, 2014

2014 Breitling Colt Caliber 73 SuperQuartz Chronograph

Unlike the much-awaited Apple iWatch (we will see it in a matter of hours), the 2014 Breitling Colt Caliber 73 SuperQuartz Chronograph doesn’t even try to destroy the competition. With its classic massive body, easy-to-grip unidirectional rotating bezel and traditional high-contrast dial, the new timepiece simply delivers in a single, relatively affordable package everything you ever wanted from a Breitling, but never were quite ready to pull the trigger on their more expensive models. Powered by a COSC-certified version of a well-known quartz mechanism, the device won’t stun you with the same level of craftsmanship as an automatic mechanism decorated by a skilled hand of artisan, but instead will offer you an almost unrivalled level of precision and dependability.

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September 4th, 2014

Longines Twenty-Four Hours Chronograph Monopusher (ref. L2.797.4.73.0)

With its stainless steel body deliberately oversized to remind you of those gigantic pilot’s watches of pre-WWII era, and a modern self-winding movement with column-wheel chronograph system, this new Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph (ref. L2.797.4.73.0) delivers a strong blend of masculine presence, clever industrial design and technical ingenuity. However, the price that Longines wants you to pay for this beautiful watch seems to be a bit too steep putting it into the same category with such established (but thankfully too common) monsters as Tag Heuer Carrera, Omega Speedmaster and, of course, IWC Portofino. Will the vintage-styled design save this beautiful specimen? Well, time will certainly tell.

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August 29th, 2014

Saint Honore Euphoria Quartz 35mm (Ref. 721108 6AYDR)

With its a bit exaggerated styling, the new Saint Honore Euphoria Quartz (Ref. 721108 6AYDR) ladies wristwatch may scare away a lot of women looking for a subtle, inconspicuous timekeeper. However, if you are not afraid of getting your fair share of limelight, this eclectic but beautiful accessory may be a very nice choice.

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August 27th, 2014

Breguet Reine De Naples Princesse (Ref. 8968)

The new Breguet Reine De Naples Princesse (Ref. 8968) automatic wristwatch delivers you a nice blend of a classic-looking ovoid body with all the usual stuff like a notched side strip and crown, which is quite ergonomically placed at 4 o’clock, and a decisively modern off-centered dial with stylized numerals and a very light variation of the traditional Breguet hands.

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August 21st, 2014

Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo Ambri Piotta (Ref. 21016)

The new Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo Ambri Piotta (Ref. 21016) is a classic hand-wound three-hander that features a surprisingly easy to read dial and is powered by the legendary Unitas 6498 caliber. Initially designed for pocket watches, the huge mechanisms look perfectly at home in this mildly oversized wristwatch.

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August 20th, 2014

Chr. Ward C70 3527 GT Limited Edition Chronometer (Ref. C70-3527GT-SRK)

The new Chr. Ward C70 3527 GT limited edition wristwatch (ref. C70-3527GT-SRK) looks like it was inspired (and also heavily influenced) by chronographs that were selling back in 1960s and, perhaps, 1970s. Cheerful (and perhaps even playful), the watch features the signature exaggerated minute track designed to look like scales on a sports car’s instrument panel, and extremely contrast color scheme for its busy dial, but is powered by a way more precise thermo-compensated quartz movement. Designed and manufactured by ETA, it surpasses any “normal” quartz caliber by an order of magnitude when it comes to the tiny amount of time it gains or loses during a whole year of operation.

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August 15th, 2014

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Titanium (Ref. IW355701)

Unveiled early this year at SIHH 2014, the IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Titanium (Ref. IW355701) is perhaps the first tool watch that actually looks great. Its lightweight titanium case is meticulously crafted and features a much elaborated high-tech finish. With its easy-grip rotating bezel and crisp (although a bit busy thanks to its mechanical depth gauge display) dial, the wristwatch would look very organic in a sci-fi movie like Oblivion or maybe even Prometheus.

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August 14th, 2014

Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition (Refs. FC-393RM5B4 and FC-393RM5B6)

Available in two versions, each of them limited to 2888 pieces, the new Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph is an example of a very good industrial design with its large, clean dial both easily readable and pleasant to look at. Although its functionality (more on that later, you are going to raise at least one eyebrow) is somewhat limited compared to the previous Runabout Chrono, this model still makes a very strong impression.

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