iW International Watch Magazine

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H. Moser Dials Up a Very Dark Moon Phase

H. Moser & Cie. this week debuts an ultra-precise moonphase complication within two beautifully refined Concept cases. The new Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept is H. Moser’s latest, most minimal, interpretation of the perpetual calendar, a complication H. Moser so successfully de-cluttered …

Moon

Inside Bovet 1822, Part II

In this second installment of our two-part look at Bovet 1822, Bovet owner and CEO Pascal Raffy tells <i>iW</i> why he loves perpetual calendars, Bovet’s reasons for making a series of complicated astronomical watches and why we can expect a few more astronomical additions to the Bovet lineup over the next …

Watches

Inside Bovet 1822

The Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital, which debuted in May, was the third astronomically themed Bovet 1822 complication in as many years. The watch re-introduced many of Bovet’s technical achievements within one impressive watch. The watch is a limited-edition tour-de-force of artisanal and technical …

Watches

Vacheron Constantin Adds a Tourbillon to FiftySix

Vacheron Constantin this week adds a complication to the FiftySix collection. And in concert with the collection’s retro-inspired design (first seen this past January), the new Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon features an updated automatic movement. Instead of a standard rotor, the watch is …

For Men

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower

Jaquet Droz unveiled the first Lady 8 Flower three years ago, marking the brand’s first-ever automaton collection dedicated to women.<p>This week Jaquet Droz expands this collection with two new watches, each issued in a limited edition of eight pieces.<p>In the white gold version, the new Lady 8 Flower …

Mother of Pearl

Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel

Never shy about highlighting its many technical advances, Ulysse Nardin has placed many of them directly onto a wide-open, 44mm stage with its newest Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel. With one glance at the watch the wearer spies, raised above the dial, each primary timekeeping and regulation …

Rose Gold

Backstories: A Trio of Notable Rear Views

Regular readers of <i>International Watch</i> know to find the “Backstory” page appropriately located on the final pages of each print issue. There we feature one particularly awe-inspiring caseback image of a recently debuted watch adjacent to a short description of the movement on display.<p>Since we began …

Vacheron Constantin

TAG Heuer Launches Three Carbon Aquaracers

While TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer doesn’t get the same level of horological accolades directed at this brand’s storied Carrera and Monaco collections, the series nonetheless offers serious specs for sportier collectors. With a solid 300-meter water resistance rating, a broad selection of hyper-visible …

TAG Heuer

Grand Seiko Adds GMT to Caliber 9F

The super-precise quartz Caliber 9F, made in 1993 by Seiko for its Grand Seiko collection (years prior to the Grand Seiko spinoff) is widely considered one of the most precise quartz calibers available.<p>Seiko spared no expense when developing the device. The company’s pioneering quartz caliber …

Seiko

Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

After launching the BR-X2 Tourbillon Micro Rotor last year, Bell & Ross this week offers a skeletonized version of the watch, where, once again, the case and the movement are one in the same. Now, the movement is fully visible, pared down and set between two sapphire crystals.<p>The two sapphire …

For Men

Bulgari’s New Bronze Beauties

With its name emblazoned twice on its broad bezel –not on the dial – the Bvlgari Bvlgari watch was a sensation when Bulgari debuted it in 1975. Just two years later Bulgari created its first complete watch collection, and since that time the jewelry and watch company has developed numerous …

Mother of Pearl

MB&F & L’Epee 1839 Team Up Again for Grant

MB&F’s co-creations with L’Epee 1839 have consistently extracted smiles from even the most serious watch enthusiasts. You may recall the too-cute, dual-tread robotic Sherman, from 2016, which MB&F said “makes people smile, which is probably the world's most useful and emotionally valuable …

Mad Max

IWC Opens New Manufacturing Facility

IWC has opened a new manufacturing facility near its Schaffhausen, Switzerland, headquarters that for the first time in the company’s history combines movement and case production into one facility.<p>The 13,500-square-meter facility, which took twenty-one months to build, will house 238 workstations …

Workstations

Three Macro Micro Brands

The idea of watch micro brands is one that can often spark strong feelings. Some watch fans love the idea of a small operation, getting a unique and more affordable watch and enjoying a somewhat personal relationship with the brand owner. On the other hand, there is sometimes an anxiety brought …

For Men

Inside Bulgari

<i>A look at how Bulgari makes its high-end watches, from assembly through testing to final casing.</i><p>With about 400 employees, Bulgari’s Swiss production facilities include sites in Le Sentier, Saignelégier, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel. The company’s horological expansion in the past decade has …

Nomos Tangente Marks a Century of Bauhaus

To help mark the 100th anniversary of the famed German-based minimalist design movement known as Bauhaus, Nomos Glashütte has created a nine-part special edition Tangente, with each model limited to 100 pieces.<p>Probably the best-known Nomos model, Tangente has been in production longer than any of …

Bauhaus

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Summer Edition

Summer isn’t over quite yet, and to make the remaining weeks brighter Girard-Perregaux adds new colors to its 38mm and 34mm Laureato collection. You may recall that the Laureato made a significant comeback in 2016 as a limited series in tribute to Girard-Perregaux’s 225th anniversary.<p>Powered by the …

Girard-Perregaux

Ocean Crawler Ocean Navigator

Ocean Crawler, based in Rochester, New York, specializes in automatic dive watches. Shown here with a black dial, blue dial and with a meteorite dial, is the Ocean Crawler Ocean Navigator, which features a sapphire-protected bezel and a patent-pending dual bezel and triple-crown-equipped case. The …

For Men

The Super-Accurate Junghans Meister MEGA

There’s a lot of Swiss watchmaking history that backs this watch—over 150 years of experience—as well as over three decades of experience in radio-controlled movements.<p>The Junghans Meister MEGA timepiece was created by the Junghans designers in Schramberg, Germany, where the company resides, and …

Stainless Steel

Freelancing with Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection has been this Geneva watchmaker’s home for its classically styled watches for several years. Stocked with moderately sized automatic three-hand and chronographs models, Freelancer lately has been updated with Raymond Weil’s many homages to musical legends, …

Rose Gold

Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel Limited Editions

Blue enamel waves emanate from the center of the beautiful blue enamel dial seen on both these new Seiko Presage models. Available in a limited release of 2,500 pieces each, Seiko is making one version with a three-hand center seconds hand and a date window while the other moves the date from a …

Seiko

Celebrate with the Mido Baroncelli Big Date

Mido is commemorating its 100th anniversary this year, and it is doing just what a watch company in this circumstance should: It is introducing new watches that celebrate both its stellar past and its envisioned future.<p><b>Classical inspiration</b><p>The Baroncelli collection, first introduced in 2016, is …

Rose Gold

The Citizen Promaster at Sea, on Land and in the Air

The Citizen Promaster has been around for nearly thirty years, and during that time it has garnered the interest of adventurers worldwide for its sturdy construction, admirable safety specs and numerous functions geared toward a variety of fields. Here are some favorites that challenge the …

Cities

Rexhep Rexhepi on Akrivia & Mechanical Art

<i>With his Chronometre Contemporain debuting at Baselworld 2018, Rexhep Rexhepi and his Akrivia watch company once again attracted the attention of collectors, many of whom had already placed this young Geneva brand high on their radar. In this second part of our online feature about Rexhepi, we</i> …

Watches

Newest G-SHOCK GRAVITYMASTER Flies High

(Sponsored post) Pilots and would-be pilots are cheering model <b>GRB100</b>, the latest addition to the G-SHOCK GRAVITYMASTER series. The new watch excels at simplifying the flight tracking process with a <b>new flight log function</b> while also making it simpler to plot time and location. What’s more, with easy …

Rose Gold

Inside the Akrivia Atelier

<i>Founder Rexhep Rexhepi unites classical Geneva watchmaking traditions with a contemporary design approach to case, dial, hands and movement layout.</i><p>Classical watches offer collectors changeless beauty and elegance – both great factors for holding on to, as well as enjoying, your invested money ten …

For Men

Endurance at the Le Mans Classic

<i>Richard Mille times the vintage racecar event for the ninth year.</i><p>The Le Mans Classic offers motorsport enthusiasts one of the rare occasions to enjoy legendary racecars competing head to head on a racetrack. For three days in early July, this classic car race, with its heady mix of esthetics and …

Classic Cars

G-SHOCK Bluetooth Connected G-STEEL with a Refined Carbon Bezel

(Sponsored Post) G-SHOCK’s innovative and refined line of G-STEEL watches now offers a model with a high-tech carbon bezel. Standing out from other <b>G-STEEL</b> connected watches, this <b>GSTB100X-1A</b> offers a bezel formed from a lightweight carbon material that maintains G-SHOCK’s outstanding …

For Men

Olivier Jonquet Capitaine & Carrosse

French designer Olivier Jonquet integrates classical design cues in a watch that you would expect to cost much more than it does. With no excess pageantry on the dial, and while paying homage to pocket watches from a previous era, Jonquet creates a real vintage feel in a fully modern manufactured …

For Men

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Prepares Exhibits

(Sponsored post) The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair is gearing up for its 37th edition, which takes place September 4 -8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. As usual, <i>iW</i> will be there to check out all the newest watches from among the more than 830 exhibitors, including newcomers …

Hong Kong