SIHH 2016

HANDS-ON: The 2016 IWC Pilot’s Chronograph hits new heights

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If you’ve been paying even marginal attention to IWC over the past seven months you’ll have noticed it’s on a bit of an aviation kick, refreshing the entire Pilot’s family and adding some tantalising novelties like the limited edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ edition of the Big Pilot and the ingenious Timezoner. Impressive as these are, they’re not the bread and butter of IWC’s Pilot’s line. That falls to fresh faces like the Mark XVIII, and updated stalwarts like this one, the Pilot’s Chronograph. If you were to look quickly at this new reference (IW377710, or IW377709 on Santoni leather) next to the… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: From tough guy to dapper gent – the Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio video review

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  Panerai is very much a ‘what you see is what you get’ sort of brand, with an identity built around being the archetypal ‘tough guy’ watch. Which was why the PAM 655 surprised us. Sure, it’s still got the iconic cushion-shaped Radiomir case, but apart from that, there’s a lightness and airiness to this watch that’s refreshing. Partially that’s thanks to its size; the 42mm case is far from overwhelming on the wrist, and to the P.4000 movement helps make it quite slender too. But it’s also the dial – because this is the first time white has been seen on this… Read More

HANDS-ON: A bold new look – the Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph

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Over the past few years we’ve grown to expect a certain style of timepiece to come out of Montblanc’s watch department – traditionally inspired designs, with a dash of complication, often at a price that’s hard to beat. Watches like this or this. So when we saw a large, sporty tourbillon cased in a combination of high tech materials it would be fair to say we were surprised. Unexpected though it is, there’s no denying the good looks of the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph, a limited edition that serves as a timely reminder that Montblanc’s fine watchmaking is more than the Villeret and… Read More

HANDS-ON: Size does matter, the 2016 IWC Big Pilot Edition “Le Petit Prince”

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When IWC released the original Big Pilot in 2002 it captured imaginations, marking a defining moment in the early noughties trend for ‘big’ watches. It was a brute, with its hulking 46mm case and utilitarian aesthetics. And if the original ref. 5002 Big Pilot had been as pared back as its WWII inspiration, would it have captured the hearts and minds of the watch-loving public quite as much as it did? Probably not. The IWC Big Pilot was, without doubt a luxury pilot’s watch. It’s a post-modern statement piece that’s the horological equivalent of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. This year, IWC… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: We take the Cartier Drive de Cartier in steel for a test drive

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Cartier’s standout release for this year is the Drive de Cartier collection. Note that we’re saying ‘collection’, because, counter to tradition, Cartier has done a Beyoncé and released all the Drives in one fell swoop – none of this slow-drip release business. This means you don’t have to wait until 2018 for the steel version to hit the stores. This is a very strong watch for Cartier, and one a lot of you are going to be interested in. The Drive is a watch that simply gets it right, from the broadstrokes to the details – it’s a men’s watch… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds video review

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In a few short hours we’re going to get a chance to spend some quality time with A. Lange & Söhne’s latest collection. Now, we saw them at SIHH, but that was an all too brief encounter, and we didn’t really know what we were looking at. It was a blur of movements and dials. Now, after a few month’s reflection we keep coming back to the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, and we can’t wait to take a second look. It might not have the same visceral impact as the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, but it’s still a very serious watch…. Read More

HANDS-ON: The Montblanc Twincounter Date, if you don’t like date windows you should date this watch

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Montblanc produce a wide range of watches, from mass consumer-friendly time-only pieces all the way up to their top-of-the-tree Villeret collection. While each price-point is more than holding its own in the current day, with CEO Jerome Lambert injecting more value and excitement than ever before, the sweet spot in Montblanc’s line-up in my opinion is the Heritage Chronometrie collection. It’s here that you’ll find timepieces such as their impressive perpetual calendar, as well as the Dual Time and the Complete Calendar. The Heritage Chronometrie watches are defined not only by their classic, predominantly mid-century styling, but also by the… Read More