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Ulysse Nardin Classico Paul David Nardin

Recent Ulysse Nardin debuts, with the exception of the firm’s new Diver Le Locle, have been complicated timepieces that do much to underscore the watchmaker’s deep technical abilities. Known for its marine chronometers, its artistic dial making and, of course, for its pioneering role in developing …

Watches

Unconventional Time: A Trio of Unusual Timepieces

Many, if not most, watch-aware enthusiasts enjoy timepieces as a means of self-expression. This typically requires developing a sense of style quite independent of current fads or fashions. Sure, many enthusiasts focus on popular or highly revered brands and designs, but not every collector wants …

Watches

UTS 4000M Professional Diver

As we noted in a post late last year about UTS Watches here, Nicolaus Spinner, the founder and chief engineer of the German-based company, leaves nothing to chance. Since Spinner started his brand more than seventeen years ago he has been the only person to decide whether each of the two hundred …

Fashion

The Two Tones of Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas

Vacheron Constantin in 2016 celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Overseas collection with a substantial re-boot. That much-lauded debut offered five new models and twelve references, all with interchangeable leather or rubber straps and most with metal bracelets. Since then we’ve seen additional …

Watches

Citizen Eco-Drive One

Measuring only 2.98mm front to back, Citizen’s Eco-Drive One drew considerable attention when it was introduced last year as the slimmest light-powered analog wristwatch available. As our coverage of the debut noted here, Citizen launched the collection with one 800-piece tungsten-cased …

Watches

Davosa Evo 1908 Automatic

With a broad range of value-oriented Swiss-made mechanical and quartz watches, Davosa has been quietly making a name for itself in the broad collector community for years with affordable, classically designed timepieces. And while many of its designs are overtly sporty, a recent dressier, …

Watches

Geoffrey Roth & American Craftsmanship

Arizona-based jeweler Geoffrey Roth began to create his own watches more than eighteen years ago. His designs are deeply personal and his collection boasts a selection of shaped and round cases made in-house with CNC machinery and then finished by hand. Roth’s dials are fashioned from sterling …

Rose Gold

Solar Flair: The Breguet Marine Équation Marchante

Typically watches with an equation of time complication require that the wearer engage his or her brain, ever so slightly. Because such watches usually show the equation of time, which is the difference between real solar time and local time, watch dials typically indicate this with a sub-dial and …

Watches

MB&F Launches a Rocket

As its own destination, the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva is always a treat to visit. Lively ‘kinetic’ art, shiny metallic sculpture, robots and even a few very unusual timepieces await anyone who ventures to the Gallery in Geneva’s old town. And of course now there are two more such destinations …

Watches

Baselworld 2017: Up Close with the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Bulgari’s ultra-thin timepiece trifecta garnered considerable attention at Baselworld 2017. Three years after debuting the thinnest tourbillon (the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon), and just a year after showing the world’s thinnest minute repeater (the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater), Bulgari this year …

Watches

SevenFriday S1/01

This latest addition to the SevenFriday S-Series finds the young Zurich-based brand hewing tight to its industrial theme. Launching officially this week, the new SevenFriday S1/01 features an openwork dial atop a solid caseback set with an NFC chip (which IDs the watch via the firm’s app).<p>With a …

Watches

Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition

When Seiko first began a partnership with famed Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1983, the resulting watch designs were usually very sporty, asymmetrical Seiko chronographs with cases that were user-friendly to any racer on two or four wheels.<p>This summer Seiko revives that …

Watches

Freeman’s Offers a Diverse Vintage Selection at Friday Auction

Freeman’s auction house this Friday will offer a host of interesting vintage timepieces at its Philadelphia headquarters (and online), including many standouts from Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Rolex.<p>But not all the top lots in Freeman’s ‘Watches of Distinction’ sale on April …

Watches

Baselworld 2017 Review, Part II: Two Technical Treats

With its Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650 (Patek Philippe Advance Research), Patek Philippe in 2017 celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Aquanaut collection with something extra special. Not only do we get five hundred examples of a dual-time, 47.6mm by 45mm white gold Aquanaut, but collectors …

Watches

Movado Museum Dial 70th Anniversary Bauhaus Limited Edition

Direct from its special Baselworld 2017 exhibition display called “Design Genius and the Dot that Changed the Face of Time,” Movado’s Museum Watch this year is seventy years old, and Movado has issued a special, colorful edition to celebrate.<p>Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt designed …

Bauhaus

Baselworld 2017 Favorites, Part 1

Our first look at the highlights of Baselworld 2017 focuses on value, the often-mythical junction of quality, style and price.<p>Yes, many watchmakers at Baselworld this year are debuting cutting-edge technology and/or high-end design, often with exhilarating results. Take a look at the Slim d’ Hermès …

Watches

Franck Dubarry Debuts Crazy Wheel

In the nine years TechnoMarine flourished, it sold more than 2.5 million diamond-set steel, gel and rubber watches. Founder Franck Dubarry’s idea to combine precious gems with non-precious materials to make distinctive fashion watches was well ahead of its time, and his design cues have seeped …

Watches

Baselworld 2017: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Ladies

Carl F Bucherer’s second-generation in-house CFB A2000 movement is a pleasure to observe in action, in part because the peripheral rotor never hides the bridges and gears within.<p>You may recall that last year Bucherer watchmakers enhanced the A2000 to include a new 4hz beat rate – up from 3hz in the …

Fashion

Raymond Weil Honors Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Les Paul

Raymond Weil adds to its musical repertoire in 2017 with several new tuneful horological compositions. Long dedicated to celebrating its love of all types of music, the Geneva-based brand just a few weeks ago announced its expanded partnership with U.S.-based guitar-maker Gibson, while this week at …

Watches

Required Reading: New edition of "Breguet, Watchmakers Since 1775"

The staff at iW has discovered a must-read for all timepiece lovers: The second edition of "Breguet, Watchmakers Since 1775. The Life and Legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet," which has just been published.<p>In 452 beautifully illustrated pages Emmanuel Breguet describes the life and work of his …

Watches

NOMOS Debuts Club Campus at Baselworld 2017

Ostensibly for graduates, the NOMOS Club Campus and Club 38 Campus watch collections will undoubtedly attract enthusiasts with any degree of education in watch appreciation.<p>NOMOS in 2017 adds two steel-cased models to its existing entry-level Club collection. Where previous Club offerings editions …

Watches

Baselworld 2017: Hermès, Playing With Time

For nearly a decade Hermès has advocated for a more playful relationship with time. The Swiss-based timepiece division of this global luxury giant has suggested, through a series of unusual watches, that the watch-aware public might consider a) suspending time to take a pause from the daily rush, …

Baselworld 2017: Citizen Debuts Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M

Citizen this week adds another notch in its already impressive list of light-powered watch achievements. Citizen debuts the new Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M, effectively the first light-powered watch that function this deep (1,000 meters). The firm’s extensive research and development …

Baselworld 2017: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

With a brushed steel bezel and a new date window, Tudor’s new Heritage Black Bay Steel expands Tudor’s offerings in the dive watch category. The new model maintains the 41mm-diameter case dimension of the existing Heritage Black Bay watches while modifying the in-house caliber inside with a date …

Porsche Design at the Rolex 24

Daytona Beach, FLA: At 2:30 a.m. less than a handful of spectators peered through a continual drizzle as tens of millions of dollars of high-end automobiles wove in and out of the greasy, wet track during one of the most important races in the world: the Rolex 24 at Daytona.<p>We were guests of …

Father To Son

Oscar Waldan’s vision of watch making is unyielding. Clearly classicist when it comes to watch design, Oscar started buying high-grade mechanical movements in the 1970s just as so many brands were abandoning the type. Over the years he managed to secure a superb stockpile of El Primero, A. Schild, …

Montblanc Reaches Summit, its First Smart Watch

Just days after TAG Heuer launched its ambitious second-generation smartwatch, which we told you about here: TAG Heuer-Connects with Modular Options, Montblanc debuts its own digital wristwear: the Montblanc Summit, the brand’s first full-fledged smartwatch.<p>The Summit provides far more than …

TAG Heuer Connects With Modular Options

The new TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, the Swiss watchmaker’s second-generation smartwatch, stars a LEGO-like adaptabliity that allows the wearer to choose from 56 different case, dial, lug and strap combinations. Yes, the Google and Intel-enhanced digital features are beautfully realized with …

Speake-Marin’s Skulls and Snakes

For years Peter Speake-Marin’s watch designs have drawn collectors in search of original design and technically impressive watchmaking.<p>Since 2008, the British -born, Swiss-trained watchmaker has focused his creative watchmaking solely on his own eponymous brand, at first developing his signature …

Baselworld 2017 Preview: Angelus U21 and U22 Tourbillons

With a carbon fiber main plate, the Angelus U21 and U22 Tourbillons extend an Angelus story that started last year with the Angelus U20. Like that much-acclaimed skeletonized tourbillon, with its blue titanium bridges and sapphire mainplate, these two new Angelus watches emphasize high-tech …