HANDS-ON: The Eterna KonTiki Super Chronograph – a bang-for-buck in-house chrono

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A peer of the Submariner and the Fifty Fathoms, the Eterna KonTiki is one of the all-time great dive watches, with its own equally cool backstory. In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to the Polynesian islands on a 14-foot balsa-wood raft called the Kon-Tiki. The 6900km journey took 101 days, and at its end Heyerdahl proved that South American exploration and settlement of the Pacific was possible. He and his team completed their epic voyage with Eterna timepieces on their wrists, and so, in 1958 Eterna adopted the KonTiki name for its adventure-oriented line of watches. The watch has evolved… Read More

HANDS-ON: Bell & Ross hits the highway with the BR03-92 AeroGT

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We’ve already met the brooding chunk of finely machined steel that is the BR03-94 AeroGT chronograph. Well, today we’re having a look at its less complicated brother – the BR03-92 AeroGT. While the fundamentals of this time-only AeroGT are very similar to the many other BR03-92 models – namely the square 42mm case, the distinctive case screws, short lugs and chunky strap – in reality this feels like a completely different watch. That’s thanks to the stripped back, cut-away dial and the slick rally strap, complete with go-faster red piping. Aside from being incredibly fun to wear, this watch demonstrates Bell… Read More

IN-DEPTH: The King is Dead! Long Live the King! The 2016 Rolex Air-King ref. 116900

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The story in a second It was definitely a surprise when we saw it at Baselworld, but now the unconventional design of the new Rolex Air-King is starting to win us over. Rolex famously espouses a philosophy of evolution, not revolution – and its product releases are so reliably incremental that you could, well, set your watch by them. Except when they’re not. Every so often Rolex does something that breaks from its evolutionary mantra. Witness the Sky-Dweller, the platinum Daytona and now, the latest generation of the Air-King. There’s so much new about this watch that the only real link to… Read More

HANDS-ON: Nothing but net – the Tissot Quickster NBA Teams special collection

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If you’re a watch fan who also happens to be mad for one of the top twelve NBA teams, then we’ve found your perfect timepiece. Earlier this year the NBA and Tissot announced a groundbreaking new integrated timing system using LED glass technology developed specifically for the American League. The new clocks will be rolled out across 29 NBA arenas in the 2016-17 season. But while improvements to timekeeping in basketball are all well and good, what we’re really interested in is the watches. Enter the Quickster. On its own this sporty, 42mm quartz chronograph is striking – we especially… Read More

IN-DEPTH: Got any blacker? The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark

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The story in a second: It’s time you met the dark horse of the Black Bay family After four years of tantalising, tactical releases culminating in the near perfect surprise announcement of the Black Bay Black last year, we weren’t expecting a new Black Bay in 2016. Well, we were wrong. Tudor gave us not one, but three completely new takes on its modern classic (and updated all the existing models to boot). So now, in addition to the colourful trio of red, blue and black we’ve got the mighty bronze, the petite 36 and today’s subject, the midnight hued… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Sand Storm – the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronograph Desert Type video review

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One of my favourite Bell & Ross designs of recent times is the Desert Type. That combination of black case and cream dial is pure hotness, and it’s a colourway that suits the brand’s military aesthetic to a tee, so I was very happy to see a ceramic cased chronograph introduced at Baselworld. What makes this such an appealing watch (in the video I call it weirdly sexy – something I stand behind) is that it’s all about muted contrasts and matt tones. The flat ceramic, the dial and even the soft beige calfskin strap. All the elements are working together, creating a… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Nothing to hide – the Bulgari Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton video review

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Our love of the Octo is well documented – and real. You wouldn’t expect such an unconventional, octagonal case shape to be so stylistically flexible, but it is. And this year Bulgari showed off the Octo’s darker side with the Ultranero collection. Most blacked-out watches tend towards the tactical end of the spectrum, so the Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton is a genius move, and a refreshing change of pace. Its broad pink gold bezel, architecturally skeletonised BVL 128SK movement and black DLC-treatments create a delicate balance of form and space, and show the Octo in an entirely new light.