While we were at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong in September 2015, we caught up with Mr Jean Conrié, Country Manager of Baume & Mercier Australia and New Zealand and we couldn’t help but notice the dress watch with distinctive central moonphase on his wrist. Turns out it’s from the new Classima collection (reference 10219 for those playing at home). So we took the opportunity to get Jean’s firsthand thoughts on this clean and elegant 40mm piece. Baume & Mercier have designed the Classima to be the perfect first ‘good watch’, and everything about it, from the dressy dial… Read More
The Geophysic True Second was a late entrant in our hypothetical ‘Best Watch of 2015’ list, after its release at Watches & Wonders in October, but gosh it’s an impressive piece of kit. We’ve already given you the blow-by-blow breakdown of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s latest expression of masculine elegance, but to truly appreciate the dissonance of that ticking second hand on a mechanical watch, you really need to see it in action. Lucky for you we’ve prepared this helpful video review.
For a brand like Jaeger-LeCoultre that’s renowned for slender and refined timepieces, this year’s focus on the utilitarian Geophysic represents a slight – but significant – change of course. Originally released in 1958 as an extremely precise scientific instrument, the Geophysic was first reissued in 2014, to unanimous acclaim. The latest version – the Geophysic True Second – honours this spirit and builds on it, marking an important evolution of the collection. Visually, it’s a simple, round, 39.6mm watch that sits a comfortable 11.7mm high, cased in brushed and satin steel. The dial is completely new; gone are the sword… Read More
The story in a second: You’ve seen yellow, red and white gold – but have you ever seen honey gold? Looking at Lange’s latest limited edition, you’d be forgiven at first glance for thinking it’s a regular white gold 1815 – their clean-cut manual winding piece. But look again, and it seems to have taken on a yellow tint. No, you’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This is a chameleon of a watch. The 40mm case is made from a unique 18k alloy called honey gold, characterised by its warm tones, hovering between yellow and rose gold. Used within… Read More
As our jet lag begins to subside, we’ve whittled down the key emerging trends from Watches & Wonders. Step right this way to find out what’s likely to be making waves in 2016. Pocket watches Don’t worry folks, you haven’t mysteriously woken up in 1915, to find yourself surrounded by dapper gents wearing gold half-hunters. And rest assured the wrist watch is still king. But Watches & Wonders demonstrated that there’s definitely room in the timekeeping landscape for pocket watches. We saw a minute repeater from Baume & Mercier, an epic and expensive skeletonised steampunk creation from Roger Dubuis and… Read More
As we said in Part 1, the Richard Mille Erotic Tourbillon was the most talked about watch of Watches & Wonders, 2015. But, to be fair, the watch did its fair share of talking, too, as eager groups of journalists, celebrities and VIPs filed through the booth testing it out – and giggling, or blushing, at the sassy suggestions. In Part 2, we sober up and get as serious as we were sexual in Part 1. Here, it’s all about how this watch was designed. The solutions to the hands obscuring the ‘oracle’ section, getting the largest number of phrases… Read More
Along with grey dials and pocket watches, one of the most distinct trends of Watches & Wonders 2015 was the high calibre of women’s watches. From diamonds to divers the ladies were spoilt for choice. Here are six of our favourites. Piaget Limelight Stella The Limelight Stella is Piaget’s first complicated watch designed explicitly for women. The watch is a harmonious balance of shapes and the large moonphase aperture is one of the most elegant we’ve seen in a long time. Check out our video review of it here. RRP $42,500. Van Cleef & Arpels Oiseax Enchantés Extrordinary Dials While… Read More