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13.06.2016

HANDS-ON: The Erroyl Regent Nero, a value-packed calendar that hits all the right notes

Editor’s Note: In our penultimate post on Australian watch brands, we take a look at Erroyl’s second watch, and discover that this one definitely isn’t suffering from second album syndrome. Around this time last year, Erroyl had only just launched its first model – the Heritage. In the subsequent 12 months, the fledgling brand has done very well in combining quality components and finishing with thoughtful design and wallet-friendly price. Its latest model is the Erroyl Regent, which has the more difficult task of meeting and exceeding those expectations that were forged with the Heritage. The first thing you notice about the Regent are its similarities…

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02.06.2016

INTRODUCING: The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech (ref. PAM00661)

After a surprisingly quiet SIHH, Panerai chose to reveal a host of new models at an exclusive event just four months later in Florence. There’s a lot of new wrist-candy on offer, but one particular piece caught our collective eye – the Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech, or PAM00661 if reference numbers are more your thing. Carbotech, a technology that up until recently was only seen in aviation and supercars, was first debuted by Panerai on last year’s Luminor Submersible. A composite carbon polymer material that’s both incredibly strong and incredibly light, outperforming ceramic and titanium in both metrics, it also…

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30.05.2016

HANDS-ON: The Haigh & Hastings Classic – Aussie style with a serious Swiss pedigree

Editor’s Note: Last year we held a special week of stories focusing on local watch brands, and in a fit of creativity we called it ‘Australian Watch Week’. Twelve months down the track, many of the brands have come up with a fresh crop of models, and we’re going to be having a close look at some of the stand outs over the next few weeks. First up, Haigh & Hastings. Perth-based Haigh & Hastings has spent the past few years developing a reputation for solid sports and diving watches, as we saw with the M2 Diver last year. The…

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24.03.2016

OUR WATCH STORY: Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer’s Bell & Ross BR-X1 Carbone Forgés

We recently had a chat with with Renault Sport F1 Team drivers, the Danish Kevin Magnussen and English rookie Jolyon Palmer, just a few hours before the first race of the 2016 F1 season. Both were sporting the official watch of the team – the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Carbone Forgé. As we sat down, we noticed a tattoo on Kevin Magnussen’s right forearm of a traditional pocket watch. T+T: Kevin, I can’t help but notice your tattoo – can you tell us the significance of the pocket watch? KM: My life is about time. Timing is everything for me.…

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23.03.2016

EXCLUSIVE: Time+Tide gets champagne showered at the Australian F1 GP thanks to Renault and their new sponsors, Bell & Ross

There’s an unavoidable sense of enthusiasm in the Renault Sport F1 garage at the Albert Park racetrack in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the lead-up to the first Formula One Grand Prix of 2016, the Australian Grand Prix, and it’s that particular brand of light-heartedness that can only come with this kind of fresh start. It’s not all fun and games, though. You can still feel the pressure among the engineers, drivers and support staff. But it’s underscored by a great sense of community, and of humour. The world of Formula One is characterised by camaraderie as much as rivalry, after all. During the off-season Renault secured the…

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22.03.2016

NEWS: Zenith partner with Distinguished Gentlemen to fight prostate cancer, crowd cheers

One September morning each year all over the world, thousands of men wake up early to don their most  dapper outfits, wax their moustaches, and mount their cafe racer motorcycles to ride together through their cities. Their aim? To raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. On Monday, the roar of engines interrupted the normally hushed halls of Baselworld as a cavalcade of bikes and classic cars announced the partnership between the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and Zenith. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride began in 2012 in Sydney, but its popularity quickly spread internationally. Last year, over 60,000 people in almost 80…

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22.02.2016

HANDS-ON: The Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 42mm

Until recently, Panerai has been remarkably consistent in their brand DNA and product offerings, but the new PAM 655 is further proof of a new direction for the company. Panerai, long synonymous with masculine, military watches, has taken a step away from that image to create the smaller than usual Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. In case you were wondering, the mellifluous word ‘acciaio’ means steel – an elegant Italian word for an elegant Italian watch, which isn’t a word typically associated with the brand that rose to fame on Sly Stallone’s wrist. But there’s no denying it. With its…

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12.02.2016

NEWS: Bell & Ross partner with Renault Sport Formula One Team

Formula One and fine watches have always gone hand-in-hand. Late last year TAG Heuer shocked the F1 community when they announced they would be ceasing their 30-year relationship with McLaren, instead becoming a power unit (AKA the engine) sponsor for Red Bull Racing. In another surprise move, Bell & Ross have just announced a fresh partnership with the newly-formed Renault Sport F1 Team as a sponsor in 2016. Bell & Ross are all about the world of aviation, so this is an unexpected new direction, but a prestigious one, placing them in the same league as Ferrari and Hublot, Mercedes…

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08.02.2016

HANDS-ON: The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P

One of the more surprising releases to come from this year’s SIHH was a limited edition piece from Piaget, the kings of thin. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first in-house quartz movement, Piaget announced the Emperador Coussin XL 700P, featuring an unusual hybrid of quartz accuracy and mechanical engineering. To understand this watch, you have to understand its history. In 1976 Piaget announced the 7P calibre, a thin quartz movement intended to directly challenge the cumbersome Beta 21 quartz mechanism the company helped develop in 1969 with 19 other Swiss manufacturers. Quartz was the exciting new technology of…

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23.01.2016

HANDS-ON: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph in yellow gold

STORY IN A SECOND: When the first Royal Oak was released in 1972 in steel it was a revelation. Now, in 2016, there’s a milder ripple of surprise, but surprise nonetheless, to see it return in the least on-trend of golds, yellow. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the enduring giants of horology. Since its release in 1972, the iconic Genta design has spurred industry trends, copycats, controversies, and has inspired a renaissance in luxury sports watches, introducing them to an entirely new generation. The Royal Oak was the first luxury steel sports watch, but, in the lyrical…

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21.01.2016

HANDS-ON: The IWC Big Pilot Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IWC have taken to the skies at SIHH 2016 – the place they’re most at home – with an entirely revamped Pilot’s line. Among the many models, the limited edition Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” is the one that captured our attention. It’s an homage to one of the most-loved stories of the 20th century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. IWC combines his iconic character and his passion for aviation in this special Big Pilot’s watch. The rich, midnight blue sunburst dial displays the annual calendar, first seen in last year’s Portugieser releases. Day, date, and month…

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08.01.2016

INTRODUCING: The Rado HyperChrome Automatic in brown ceramic

Synonymous with ceramic watches, Rado are rightfully considered an industry leader in the field, so it was big news at Baselworld last year when they announced the first ever brown ceramic models. What makes the rich brown so special is that the ceramic powder is imbued with the colour before it’s fired, rather than being coated with a surface colour. It’s a complicated process, particularly when you consider that components shrink by 23% during the kiln sintering stage. But the result is a case that shows different hues under different lights, warms to the wearer’s skin temperature, is scratch resistant…

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07.01.2016

INTRODUCING: The Bremont Jaguar MKI

There’s a substantial overlap between watch people and car people, and that’s particularly true of classic car enthusiasts. Hence, in 2014 when Jaguar announced it was producing six recreations of its iconic Lightweight E-Type, English watchmaker Bremont announced that it would release a complementary limited edition range of Lightweight E-Type watches. With cases created from white gold and aluminium from the reproduction Lightweight’s off-cuts, each of the six Bremonts featured the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of its corresponding car, and a rotor made from aluminium used in the original 1963 Lightweight. With price tags hovering around $US1.5m for the cars…

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17.12.2015

INSIGHT: 20 years of the Breitling Emergency

There are few watches that live up to their marketing hype, and even fewer that can claim to have genuinely saved lives. Breitling has long been considered the pilot’s watch of choice, but it was the Breitling Emergency that solidified the company’s commitment to aviators and adventurers around the world with one truly unique complication — the personal locator beacon. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, we explore one of the most unique watches ever made. The story began with Ernest Schneider, the man who acquired Breitling in 1979 when it was on the verge of collapse, and kept it…

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25.11.2015

INTRODUCING: The Bell & Ross BR 126 Carbon Orange

Well before Bell & Ross became synonymous with bold squares, they were all about clean, simple, highly readable watches of a much more conventional shape. The BR 126 was a welcome return to round when it debuted as part of their ‘Vintage’ collection in 2010. Since then, Bell & Ross have used it as the base for a number of limited edition pieces. The latest is the BR 126 Carbon Orange. Inspired by the legibility of a plane’s on-board instruments, the bold colour scheme certainly makes it an easy watch to read and reference quickly. The colour palette also adds…

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22.04.2015

HANDS-ON: The Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse

The story in a second: Even though the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 supports a worthy cause, the Solar Impulse project, we’re more than a little disappointed that this watch has nothing to do with Star Wars. The latest limited edition of Skywalker X-33 celebrates the Solar Impulse project. The Solar Impulse is an amazing plane that is on track to circumnavigate the globe, powered only by sunlight (currently it’s somewhere over China). So it’s fitting that the watch honouring this worthy endeavour is Omega’s niche, digital Speedmaster. This version is based on the European Space Agency-certified Skywalker X-33 that we…

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27.11.2014

REVIEW: Hands on with the Bell&Ross BR01 B-Rocket

In 2011, Bell&Ross caught the attention of both watch and motorcycle enthusiasts when they helped to create a motorbike that blurred the lines between cafe racer and bobber. Recently they rekindled their collaboration with Shaw Harley-Davidson to create a unique salt racing motorbike that is influenced heavily by early jet aeroplanes, called the B-Rocket. To accompany the bike, Bell&Ross released two limited-edition watches. Time+Tide was lucky enough to be invited to inspect the only BR01 B-Rocket watch in Australia, and one of only 500 in the world. The piece, which is based on their aviation-inspired 46mm BR01 series, pushes the…

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