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

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… Read More

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

  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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More