INTRODUCING: Change the time with a twist of the bezel on the IWC Timezoner Chronograph

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IWC Schaffhausen’s Timezoner Chronograph is a good-looking watch that packs an impressively technical punch. On the face of it it’s a chronograph with a worldtime function. This could have been an overly complex watch, but the reference 3950 is also one of the most user-friendly we’ve seen in a long time – featuring a clever mechanism that allows you to adjust both home time and the 24-hour second time zones with a simple twist of the bezel. Of all the 24 pilot’s watches IWC released this year (that includes completely new watches and relatively minor upgrades to existing models) the… Read More

VIDEO: “My girlfriend said to me… ‘you scratched my back honey… But you scratched it with a Patek.’” Talking romance and the future of watches with Kristian Haagen

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Kristian Haagen walks the walk, talks the talk and owns the watches. To go to the next level in this watch caper you need some skin in the game. Haagen’s collection is all game. It’s incredible. The A.Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar in platinum, the Zeitwerk, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 to name just three. Ringing any bells? Yep, he’s all that, and aside from stare lovingly at his watch winder, he also somehow manages to be an editor, publisher (we are huge fans of Hashtags and Watches), tastemaker and an avid lover of camo. We caught up recently at a watch… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue video review

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Cartier’s masculine Calibre de Cartier Diver received a colourful makeover for this year’s SIHH, shedding its black detailing in favour of a shimmering blue. It’s a bright, summery hue that simply dazzles on the guilloche dial and ceramic bezel, and boy does it give the normally dressy, 42mm diver a fresh lease on life. This watch is a sea breeze on a hot day, take our word. Cartier has released three versions – steel, steel and pink gold and a full pink gold version. The blue looks good with the steel, but it looks great with pink gold. Cartier Calibre de… Read More

HANDS-ON: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duo 85th Anniversary

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For the next twelve months Jaeger-LeCoultre will be celebrating the mighty Reverso – an 85-year-old bona-fide icon that deserves a place in any serious watch collection. JLC announced a range of Reversos at SIHH earlier this year, but more importantly they announced a restructure of the entire Reverso line. Their aim – to evolve the collection while staying true to their history. The Reverso has been distilled into three, established stylistic impressions: the Reverso Classic, the Reverso Tribute and the Reverso One. The Reverso Classic collection remains reassuringly seductive, staying true to the art deco styling that’s always defined the… Read More

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

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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… Read More

HANDS-ON: The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P

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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… Read More

GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar video review

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For Jaeger-LeCoultre, SIHH 2016 was all about the Reverso. Their gentrified sports watch turns 85 this year and, proving that you can indeed grow old gracefully, the brand released a series of very handsome tribute pieces. In fact, JLC have launched an entire new Tribute line, a collection that builds on the momentum of the extremely popular Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931 models (initially released to commemorate the model’s 80th anniversary). The new Tribute line honours the spirit and the heritage of the original. The Reverso Tribute Calendar fits contemporary and classic into a very neat package. The pink gold case… Read More