When I was growing up there was a phrase to describe a powerful man. It was ‘man mountain’. My dad would say, “you should see this new guy in the football club, he’s a man mountain”. Despite not being on anyone’s list for a football team, be it Aussie Rules or rugby (though possibly soccer…) Jerome Lambert is a man mountain of the most forceful variety. He makes things happen. And so far in his career at A. Lange & Söhne and Jaeger-LeCoultre, they’re good, exciting, game-changing things for the watch industry. The trend has not ceased with him at the… Read More
We’ve already explained what honey gold – the unique alloy used to case this special edition of A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 – is, but it’s really a metal that benefits from close inspection. Of course, in an ideal world you visit your local Lange stockist, but if that’s not realistic we’ve got the next best thing. This video clearly shows off the warm, not-quite-yellow yet not-quite-red nature of the honey gold alloy. And who better to explain the watch than A. Lange & Söhne’s PR Director, Mr Arnd Einhorn – a man comfortable highlighting the key features of this… Read More
Every year Baume & Mercier release an emblematic limited edition that speaks to the brand’s 185-year history and legacy. This year, they’re celebrating with something unusual – a beautiful and complicated pocket watch. This red gold Clifton 1830 features an unusual five-minute repeater, which strikes the time to the nearest five minutes when you operate the slide at five o’clock. The prettily finished movement is powered by a Dubois Depraz module, which is shown off behind the sapphire caseback. Pocket watches, more than any other timepiece, are suited to commemorating big events, so it’s apt that the way this Baume… Read More
One of the most elegant watches released at Watches & Wonders was the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 from Vacheron Constantin. The distinguished maison had an impressive run of hits last year, starting with their Harmony collection and hitting a high note with the staggering Ref. 57260. But while these announcements showcase the brand’s innovations, this model speaks directly to the past – particularly Vacheron’s highly regarded chronographs. The Cornes de Vache 1955 is inspired by one of their most prized vintage models – a very limited watch (only 36 were made) dating from 1955. Vacheron Constantin have maintained the… Read More
With SIHH 2016 just a few days away, we at Time+Tide are very much looking forward to seeing the new models in Cartier’s Clé family. While our fingers are crossed for a stainless steel Clé, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the others that was released at last October’s Watches & Wonders fair – the Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hours, which adds an impressive party trick to the bold watch. And who better to explain this typically Cartier complication than their International Marketing & Communications Director, Mr Arnaud Carrez.
The latest addition to Montblanc’s Vasco da Gama range – a broad collection of limited editions that celebrates the spirit of adventure and exploration – is the Dual Time Vasco da Gama. Clean and clever, the Dual Time was one of Montblanc’s most popular SIHH 2015 releases, and this Vasco da Gama version ramps up the global nature of a twin time watch – quite literally – by adding a globe in the seconds hand, and inlaying a night sky into the second time zone indicator. We approve.
This year’s Watches & Wonders fair was a maelstrom of interviews, photoshoots and press presentations. For those few days in September and October, life was a blur. Was I off to Roger Dubuis or Richard Mille? Had we just photographed Piaget or Panerai? My interview with the calm and considered David Seyffer, watch expert and curator of IWC’s museum, was a welcome change of pace. Earlier at the IWC booth I’d spied a number of vintage watches set well back from the brand’s latest novelties, including an array of heritage Portuguese watches which inspired the collection that was such a… Read More