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Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Limited Edition

Eterna this week debuts a bronze-cased timepiece to mark the 70th anniversary of KonTiki, Thor Heyerdahl’s famed cross-Pacific expedition. About a decade after the Norwegian explorer made his journey in 1947 with five Eterna timepieces on board his minimally equipped raft, this Swiss watchmaker …

Fashion

Baselworld 2017 Preview: Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport I

With a black dial, contrasting red seconds hand and a tachymeter, the Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport I becomes this German brand’s first truly sporty model within its previously casual/dress Teutonia collection. The new watch, a preview of Mühle-Glashütte’s 2017 Baselworld debuts, underscores the …

Watches

Harry Winston Avenue Classic Cherry Blossom

The annual cherry blossom festivals that enliven botanical gardens across the country are still weeks away. Perhaps looking forward to the festivals’ colorful introduction to spring, Harry Winston has just debuted a glittering reminder to save time for a visit to the nearest botanical garden to …

Watches

Baselworld 2017 Preview: Oris Artelier Caliber 113

Oris last month unveiled Artelier Caliber 113, the fourth in the company’s acclaimed series of 43mm manual-wind, long-power-reserve watches with in-house movements. This latest addition to the series was previewed well ahead of the March 23 start date for Baselworld 2017, where the watch officially …

Watches

Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle

Corum this week debuts the latest version of its always eye-catching Golden Bridge, an open-air linear movement initially devised more than three decades ago by AHCI co-founder Vincent Calabrese. In recent years Corum has displayed this capsule-shaped movement, fully upgraded to modern …

Fashion

Jaquet Droz: Petite Heure Minute

Jaquet Droz debuts a pink-dialed timepiece that perfectly embodies the traditional Valentine’s Day color scheme. The Petite Heure Minute features a dial made of polished astorite, a pink-hued gemstone that also glitters with gold and silver inclusions and, unusually, is linked to the Titanic.<p>It …

Design

Early Baselworld 2017: Seiko's Presage Enamel Collection

Seiko earned accolades last year when it debuted its Presage series of well-priced chronographs with enamel and Urushi (lacquer) dials. This week, with an eye on creating a similar buzz at the upcoming Baselworld (which opens on March 23), Seiko launches a new Presage collection using the same …

Watches

On the Wrist: The Mudmaster GWG-1000

G-Shock is known for a lot of things, but subtlety isn’t one of them. The Mudmaster GWG-1000 does nothing to change this perception. In fact, it goes in the exact the opposite direction with its overtly masculine “Armored Tool Design” case and sturdy, textured rubber strap. Indeed, if any watch …

Watches

Bulgari Rounds Octo with New Octo Roma

Bulgari’s Octo designs, the foundation of many Bulgari collections, feature complex eight-sided cases topped by round bezels. You’ll see the Octo base anchoring several successful recent Bulgari introductions, notably Bulgari’s Octo Velocissimo chronographs (with its El Primero-based calibers), …

Watches

Breitling, Bentley Supersports B55

Breitling’s B55 Connected caliber made its debut inside the Exospace B55 Connected about two years ago, ushering this aviation-focused Swiss watchmaker into the smart watch era, joining fellow Swiss makers like TAG Heuer, Frederique Constant, Mondaine, Bulgari and others that also offer app-loaded …

Watches

Bell & Ross Horograph & Horolum

Bell & Ross debuts two watches, the BR03-92 Horograph and BR03-92 Horolum, in anticipation of Baselworld 2017, which begins March 23. Both new watches are ‘circle-within-a-square’ models in the aviation-instrument-style collectors know well from this brand.<p>The first model, the BR03-92 Horograph …

Steel

G-Shock Partners with Chari & Co.

Casio G-Shock has teamed with New York City bike shop-turned-street-style brandChari & Co to design a limited-edition men’s watch (500 will be made).<p>Soon available at the Chari & Co store in New York and at shopcasio.com and the G-SHOCK Soho Store in New York, theGA500K features a new case design …

Fashion

Colorful Dials & Traditional Techniques Highlight Glashütte Original’s Sixties Iconic Square

In Pforzheim, Germany, this past fall I watched a technician peer into a scope built into a decades-old dial-cutting machine. With utmost precision, the technician proceeded to apply a whirring, diamond-tipped round blade into a blue dial, carefully cutting a series of tiny grooves around the …

Watches

Anonimo, Nautilo Sailing Edition

This timepiece is a contemporary reinterpretation of Anonimo diving watches originally designed by the military engineer Dino Zei. (Recall that Zei was the designer at Officine Panerai prior to its purchase by Vendome/Richemont in 1997. Zei then started Anonimo.)<p>This special edition (300 pieces) …

Watches

Frederique Constant, Worldtimer Manufacture

This Swiss manufacturer, which emphasizes an impressive price-to-value ratio, expands its Worldtimer Manufacture range with a new brown-dial edition cased in 42mm rose-gold plated steel. The newest watch for globe trekkers maintains a traditional world time layout that features city names on the …

Fashion

Niall One.M

Kansas City watchmaker Niall adds a carbon fiber-cased timepiece to its lineup of U.S.-assembled watches. Called One.M, the 42.2mm watch is made from a single block of extremely durable carbon fiber and weighs only 29.7 grams or .95 ounces. Inside is a Swiss quartz movement.<p>The watch, which Niall …

Watches

Zenith Heritage 146

Zenith retrofits an El Primero fast-beat chronograph movement into one of its classic 1960s designs to create this latest watch, which debuted in January. Zenith underscores the new watch’s unabashedly retro look with the choice of a tropical brown dial or a blue dial atop a typical date-free 1960s …

Watches

Four Traditional Clockmakers

<b>Clock enthusiasts today seek a deeper look into the mechanical details of their favorite timekeepers</b><p>More than ever, clock collectors are fascinated by the microcosm of interacting clock wheels and the combination of engineering and aesthetic design.<p>While such enthusiasts are among the minority at …

West Yorkshire

SIHH 2017: Contemporary Watch Design

It’s no surprise that traditional design and refined watchmaking take the center stage at any large-scale watch event. After all, our reverence for beautiful timepieces begins with an understanding of the centuries-old history of fine watchmaking–including all its traditional designs and …

Watches

SIHH Highlights Part II: Audemars Piguet & Panerai

In addition to high-value and dressy timepiece debuts we discussed in our earlier look at SIHH 2017 watchmakers also offered plenty of sporty and technically focused watches for our consideration this year.<p>Audemars Piguet, Panerai, Roger Dubuis and Ulysse Nardin each offered interesting variations …

Watches

Made in Germany: Inside Glashütte Original

<b>Inside Glashutte Original’s</b> <b>watchmaking</b> <b>and dial making facilities, with a close look at the impressive new Caliber 36.</b><p>Glashütte Original’s introduction of Caliber 36 at the 2016 Baselworld was for many observers a technical highlight. With comparatively little fanfare, the German watchmaker upgraded …

Swatch

SIHH 2017: Richard Mille

<b>RM 07-01 AND RM 037</b><p>This maker of watches that boast myriad high-tech materials inside and outside adds a new notch to its belt: gem-set NTPT carbon. Recall that Mille has since 2103 employed NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon as one type of signature material. Forged to create men’s models …

Watches

Baselworld 2017 Preview: Hermès: Quantième Perpétuel Platine

As it prepares for Baselworld 2017, slated to commence on March 23 Hermès fits a platinum case around its Quantième Perpétuel to create the newest addition to its popular Slim d’Hermès family, the Quantième Perpétuel Platine. This new model retains the perpetual calendar, date, month, dual-time and …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Ulysse Nardin

At its debut SIHH Ulysse Nardin focuses on its deeply held ability to craft fine enamel dials. The newest Classico Manufacture attests to that skill with its rich blue Grand Feu enamel dial made by the Ulysse Nardin company Donzé Cadrans, an enamel dial specialist. The 40mm steel watch displays …

SIHH 2017: Ressence

With a cushion-shaped case and a slightly thinner (11.5mm) case than its earlier iteration, the Ressence Type 1 Squared is effectively this brand’s first dress watch. And at 41mm in diameter it could also be considered the first unisex case for the Belgium-based maker technically unusual timepieces.<p>…

SIHH 2017: Greubel Forsey, Part II

In addition to the brand’s show highlight, the titanium Grande Sonnerie, which we introduced to you last week, Greubel Forsey has also added new models in several of its best-known collections and have also debuted an interesting new Art Piece. At the same time the brand introduced Mechanical Nano, …

IWC at SIHH 2017: New Da Vinci Updates

While we previewed many of the new 2017 Da Vinci watches from IWC last month, the remaining Da Vinci updates have been unveiled this week in Geneva at the SIHH. These include:<p><b>The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph</b><br>This 18-karat red gold watch combines a classic tourbillon with a retrograde date …

A. Lange & Söhne at SIHH 2017: Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite

Highlighting its 2017 SIHH debuts, German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne has added a perpetual calendar to its already complex Tourbograph Pour Le Mérite, which in 2005 was the first wrist watch to ever incorporate a fusée-and-chain transmission with a tourbillon and a rattrapante chronograph.<p>The …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Montblanc Expands TimeWalker

In addition to the bronze-tinged 1858 collection Montblanc previewed last month, Montblanc has expanded its racing-focused TimeWalker line for 2017. Here are the highlights:<p><b>TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100</b><br>This 50mm titanium wristwatch can be converted into a pocket …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Baume & Mercier

<b>Clifton GMT Power Reserve</b><p>Baume & Mercier expands its Clifton collection at SIHH 2017 with a useful dual-time complication. This blue-dialed 43mm steel watch offers a cleaner-dialed echo of the firm’s much-discussed Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar from last year, which wowed many observers …