FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 27th May, 2016 FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 27th May, 2016

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 27th May, 2016

Felix Scholz


We’re in no mood for celebrating. The office is still scarred from the last episode of Game of Thrones. Seriously, we’ve been sobbing all week. But, we’re working through the pain and, with the help of a few stiff beverages and some of Nick Cave’s bleaker stuff we’re able to bring you the latest in the world of watches.

What happened

Image by Michael Imbrogno.

Last Friday, an elite group of Melburnian watch lovers attended some after work drinks with Oris – the scotch alone probably would have been sufficient, but being able to try on the brand’s latest watches – including the new Divers Sixty-Fives in both sexy steel and badass bronze – sealed the deal. General Manager of Oris Australia Peter Borghouts held court, sharing his vast knowledge about the brand and its history, as well as the inside stories on just how watches like the Sixty-Five and the Great Barrier Reef limited editions came to be.

Image by Michael Imbrogno.

What really mattered

Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase

Well, the big news is that Frederique Constant Holding, responsible for Frederique Constant and Alpina, has been sold to the Citizen Watch Company. This isn’t the first foray into Switzerland for the Japanese group, which already owns La Joux-Perret (the people behind Arnold & Son and the revitalised Angelus). Revolution reports that CEO Peter Stas and the management team will stay on for five years, and that FC will continue managing itself independently. We suspect this means Frederique Constant, which already has a solid reputation for well-priced mechanicals, will only benefit from Citizen’s global infrastructure.


In other news, Breitling continues to ruffle feathers with its lad mag approach to branding and marketing. Aviation journalist Christine Negroni attended the star-studded opening of the brand’s New York boutique and wasn’t impressed that the only women representing the brand were the women wearing pilots caps and no pants.

The week in numbers


46: Diameter of the IWC Big Pilot in millimetres. Little Prince? Nothing little about it.

6: Fun facts we learned about Tudor’s technical chops.


7: Times we wondered about the identity and life of the handsome, anonymous Cartier Drive model. We like to call him Angelo. He’s a dreamboat.