Author Archives: Evgueni Matoussevitch



Evgueni Matoussevitch

Yep, this is me. Just had my beard trimmed. I am Evgueni Matoussevitch, a founding father of this weblog since 2008. Bought my first mechanical watch in 1986 and it took me ten more years to realize that I have a problem: at some point in time watches became my passion. Well, it could be worse.

Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary LE: Finally, a Bentley Watch You Can Wear
in Swiss

Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary LE: Finally, a Bentley Watch You Can Wear

Well, not really "finally" because this new limited edition watch is based on the last year's Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green model. The correct title would sound like "That's Why This New Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Chronograph is One More Chance to Get Yourself a Bentley Watch You Can Wear," yet it would be too long (and too clickbaity,) so, please, forgive me this attempt at sensationalism.

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22 Mar 2019
Homage to Mark XI: IWC Bronze Pilot 36mm Special Edition Automatic
in Swiss

Homage to Mark XI: IWC Bronze Pilot 36mm Special Edition Automatic

Today, on January 15th, 2019, at SIHH 2019, the Swiss watchmaker has officially presented the new IWC Bronze Pilot 36mm Special Edition Automatic wristwatch: a beautiful homage to a timekeeper that was introduced over 70 years ago and was worn by the British Royal Air Force pilots for many years to come. Featuring a deliciously compact and surprisingly -for a watch powered by a self-winding caliber- slim case machined from a bronze alloy, it looks stunning new and has a great potential to age graciously together with its owner.

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15 Jan 2019
Ulysse Nardin Diver 42 Automatic Three-Hander
in Swiss

Ulysse Nardin Diver 42 Automatic Three-Hander

Designed for a person who thought that Ulysse Nardin's earlier Diver Chronometer 44 was too pricey, too big, and too cluttered for a diver (or, perhaps, for a person who is happy with the watch and wanted to augment their collection with a simpler version of the watch,) the new Ulysse Nardin Diver 42 automatic three-hander offers a beautiful, clean exterior, superior build quality, and a mechanism that, alas, is a bit too simple for the price that the Swiss watchmaker asks for this thing.

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19 Dec 2018
Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer (ref. C01-43AWT2-S00W0-CC)
in British

Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer (ref. C01-43AWT2-S00W0-CC)

The new Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer (the model with reference number C01-43AWT2-S00W0-CC with a "Camel" leather strap is reviewed here, but there are two more versions available with "Tan" and "Blue" leather bands,) is the young watchmaking brand's latest attempt to conquer the niche of dressy UTC watches. This time, the watch offers a better calculated combination of good qulity, great exterior, and a nice automatic movement that is equipped with a complication that is manufactured exclusively for Chr. Ward by its long-standing Swiss-based partner.

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06 Dec 2018
Grand Seiko Sport Collection Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition (Ref. SBGE245G)
in Japanese

Grand Seiko Sport Collection Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition (Ref. SBGE245G)

In a matter of days, the Japanese conglomerate Seiko will start selling the new Grand Seiko Sport Collection Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition (Ref. SBGE245G) hybrid-powered wristwatch. With the luxury gadget being limited to the Japanese domestic market, the watch will be a bit difficult to come by if you happen to live on the other side of the globe. Yet, the device is so beautiful, so impressive that is seems to be absolutely worth going into all the trouble to get one.

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01 Nov 2018
Steinhart Nav.B-Chrono 47 Baumuster B Grey Edition (ref. 106-0877)
in Swiss

Steinhart Nav.B-Chrono 47 Baumuster B Grey Edition (ref. 106-0877)

Earlier this year, the German watchmaker Steinhart has issued their new take on the concept of a "vintage-modern pilot's watch". Successfully blending vintage exterior with a classic caliber and modern CNC machinery, the new Steinhart Nav.B-Chrono 47 Baumuster B Grey Edition (ref. 106-0877) offers, perhaps, the best "value for money" ratio for those interested in buying a relatively affordable brand new pilot's timekeeper.

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18 Sep 2018
Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition in Collaboration with MR PORTER
in Swiss

Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition in Collaboration with MR PORTER

Created in collaboration with MR PORTER, one of their major partners that sells all things luxury, the new Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 is limited to just 1000 pieces, packs a great in-house chronograph caliber, and, as real estate agents like to say, is priced to sell in a market over-saturated with equally elegant pilot's watches produced by well-established brands like Omega and IWC.

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29 Aug 2018
Casio G-Shock Rangeman (ref. GPR-B1000-1 / 1B) with Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation
in Japanese, Quartz

Casio G-Shock Rangeman (ref. GPR-B1000-1 / 1B) with Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation

To some, the new Casio G-Shock Rangeman (ref. GPR-B1000-1 / 1B) line of adventure watches may look like a glorified steam engine trying to compete with sleek and glossy bullet trains. Still, offering solar-assisted GPS navigation, adequate (although not stunning) battery life, as well as a bunch of other usable (the watch won't bother you with incoming messages alarms, but will let you retrace your route step by step if you somehow get lost in a wilderness) functions, this gadget looks like a reliable backup for your standalone professional GPS tracker.

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17 May 2018
Buyer’s Guide: 15 Best Pilot’s Watches to Choose From
in Buyer's Guide

Buyer’s Guide: 15 Best Pilot’s Watches to Choose From

Looking at our stats, I see that demand for recommendations regarding diving watches is a seasonal thing with most visitors coming in summer and then gradually declining till Christmas only to start growing again in early January. "Pilots" are different animals: I have an impression that people are always interested in "aviators" regardless of the time of season. So, for your reading pleasure, a choice of fifteen timekeepers from under $200 to more than $10,000 as priced by online retailers that I find worthy of being considered while shopping for your new (or maybe your very first!) pilot's watch this year.

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09 Feb 2018
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