INTRODUCING: The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night Watch

Cartier may be better known for simple timekeeping classics like the Tank or the Santos. But it’s no secret that the French maison also hosts a history full of complicated – and equally as iconic – designs. In fact, even before the Tank or the Santos were the style icons they are today, Cartier were mystifying the world with mysterious movements. Like that of their Model A mystery clock, and the cleverly stylised sun and moon day/night display of the Comet clock (AKA the Planet clock), both of which date from 1912. As a prelude to SIHH 2018, Cartier have, for the first time, combined both these designs into the aptly named Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night Watch. The watch starts with the 40mm case – available in 18k white or pink gold – and the quintessential Cartier beaded crown, set with a sapphire cabochon. It’s actually the dial where things really get interesting. Radiating from the centre is a section of guilloché, which is then met by a surrounding ring of brown satin sunburst. With the minutes presented on the bottom half and hours at the top. Indicating the minutes is a right-to-left tracking, bright and blued steel retrograde…

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VIDEO: 5 reasons you should have the Tudor Heritage Chrono

We’ve been engaging in a little bit of watch personality matching this week, pairing daring divers up with the Pelagos, and dashing sartorialists with the Heritage Black Bay. But what if you sit somewhere between the two? Sporty and casual, but overall, stylish. Well, by now it should come as absolutely no surprise that there is a third option. The colourful Heritage Chrono. So, if you want an eminently practical chronograph with more than a splash of colour, this could be the watch for you. And while there’s a more subdued black dialled version, our money is — and always will be — on this seventies-tastic blue and cream number.

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EVENT: Longines celebrate their 185th anniversary deep in the heart of their biggest market

On Thursday night, Longines celebrated their 185th anniversary in Beijing, China, with a party in the Forbidden City that wrought the brand’s legacy deeply with the history of the Chinese people, taking guests into extraordinary places and spaces. The Forbidden City dates back to the 15th century when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China. It has been a museum since the 1920s and, from now until Sunday, it also plays host to Longines’ 185-year-old history, with an exhibition displaying extremely rare and epochal watches and items that usually reside in the brand’s museum in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. And, rather than being a hugely impressive party trick – to stage an event in such a sacred location – it was, in fact, quite appropriate. It’s a context, and an association, that accurately reflects the 150-year-old connection between the country and the Swiss brand. The first Longines watch arrived in China in 1867. Regular distribution followed shortly after. Now, China is Longines’ biggest market, with the brand enjoying the number one position in the country for its price point and occupying a very large and special part of the President Walter von Känel’s heart. Mr von Känel,…

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19.11.2017  |  Andy Green

SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 14, 2017

For those who haven’t checked their (perpetual) calendars lately — wake up! It’s November, yes — there’s only a few weeks left of the year, and I honestly have no clue where the time went, but it’s gone. Christmas is just weeks away, and before we know it, we’ll be welcoming 2018. Anyway, here’s what happened this month … First up, I caught up with Nicholas Hooper for a coffee at my local. Nicholas was down from Sydney, and packing some pretty serious heat — a HYT H2 Tradition, which retails for a cool $260,000 AUD. Certainly not a piece you see every day, it wasn’t entirely surprising to see on Nicholas’s wrist as he’s the Australian distributor of HYT. Personally, I quite liked the white gold case and enamel dial (albeit minimal). It was a real treat to photograph, and had quite the wrist presence. Those who keep an eye on my Instagram account would’ve noticed I spent the long weekend with a pair of Bulgari Octos. I won’t go into too much detail here, as there’s a full review to come (next week), though I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Ultranero. For me, these two…

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