The Best New Releases from Geneva Watch Week
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by Sam Kessler
16h ago
The big news this month was of course Watches & Wonders, but despite Geneva’s Palexpo playing court to watchmaking royalty both accessible and prestige, there was plenty more going on in elsewhere in the city. After all, not every watchmaker is part of a big group. So, to avoid cool timepieces being subsumed into the hype of Watches and Wonders, here are ten of the coolest releases you might have missed from last Geneva Watch Week. Space One Tellurium Following on from the success of the space-age ( and sold out) Jumping Hour Space One launched the futuristic Tellurium. Featuring a plan ..read more
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5 Quartz Grail Watches Collectors Will Love
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by Thor Svaboe
2d ago
Quartz is a term imbued with many connotations, from 1970s market-imploding Bond villainy to a £50 Timex. A vast majority of small Swiss brands disappeared during the Quartz Crisis of the early 1970s, and it has taken the industry close to half a century to claw back market shares. But even with the market’s intense focus on small-cased vintage dive watches and Swiss craftsmanship, the tide has turned. Even haute horology caters to the tempting affair of non-mechanical power. While closing in on the Big Swiss in the luxury market, Grand Seiko offers lab-grown quartz power visible under a sap ..read more
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What Is Movement Frequency and Why Is It Important in Watchmaking?
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by Sam Kessler
3d ago
We throw around a lot of different horological numbers and watch specifications; it’s kind of our thing: case sizes, complications, and all the good stuff in life. But there’s one number we’ll often gloss over that perhaps we shouldn’t, a number that’s every bit as fundamental to the chronometric performance of a timepiece as its hands. I’m of course talking watches and movement frequency. What is frequency in a watch movement? If you’ve ever glanced at the specs of a watch and seen some absurd number rendered in vph/bph (vibrations per hour/beats per hour) or a much smaller number in the sa ..read more
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Omega Launch New Speedmaster Chronoscope Ahead of Paris 2024
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by Sam Kessler
3d ago
I honestly had no idea but apparently there are 100 days (slightly under by the time you read this) until the Olympics kick off in Paris. The reason I know this now? Omega has taken the opportunity of the countdown to release a new Speedmaster Chronoscope Paris 2024 edition, draped in the colours of the competition. Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, moving from highly accurate stopwatches all the way through to cutting-edge tech for timing down to the millionth of a second. When every second counts, they’re the ones doing the counting. But just as enduring as ..read more
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Our Founder’s Favourite Releases from Watches & Wonders 2024
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by Tom Pettit
4d ago
You’ll rarely find me writing these type of articles, because honestly who wants to read the wish list of some watch nerd with questionable taste. But you know what, this year I’ve decided to buck the trend. If you’re going to own a watch news platform you might as well inflict your opinions on others. So to go alongside the slew of great timepieces we’ve already covered, here are some of my personal favourite releases from Watches & Wonders 2024. After a week of traipsing the hallowed halls of the Palexpo searching for a good coffee, trying to explain to our social media apprentice that ..read more
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Daniel Roth Returns with the Tourbillon Souscription
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by Sam Kessler
4d ago
Daniel Roth is one of the legendary independent watchmakers, right up there with George Daniels, François-Paul Journe and Philippe Dufour. He earned his stripes at Audemars Piguet where he learned to fine-tune ultra-thin movements before becoming an integral part in the revival of Breguet. In 1988 he set out to create his own, eponymous brand where he could explore his own concepts and ideas, it was the closest thing to an overnight sensation that you get in horology. Now, almost four decades after its founding, the Daniel Roth name is back on everyone’s lips, as the brand have been revived ..read more
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The Best Microbrand Watches to Buy in April 2024
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by Sponsored
5d ago
Lorca Model No. 1 GMT Somewhere along the line, GMTs lost that glamour innate to the golden age of air travel, the glory days of Pan Am and the like. Now it’s just a raft of GMT-Master II imitators. Which is why it’s great to see something like the Model No. 1 GMT, Lorca’s first watch. Retro white on black crosshair dial (or reversed with silver) with slim, elongated indexes, it reads like a refined pilots’ watch, as it should. The same goes for the fixed bezel, which rather than being split between two colours, consists of engraved, black-filled numbers in steel. The result is a streamlined ..read more
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Style Products for April 2024
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by Sponsored
6d ago
Jordan Bespoke GTO Holdall, From £1,995 The Jordan Bespoke GTO Twin Briefcase was created in response to customer feedback regarding the popular GTO Holdall. Its dimensions of 46cm x 30cm x 12.5cm are specially chosen to accommodate 15” and larger laptops. Plus it’s also equipped with multiple pockets and stowage space for accessories, cables, phones and more. Jordan Bespoke are a British brand producing Italian made leather luxury goods inspired by the motoring and motor sport industries, with many collaborations with top car manufacturers. The GTO Twin Briefcase is available in multiple, cu ..read more
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Piaget Modernise a Vintage Icon with the Polo Date 150th Anniversary Edition
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by Michael Sonsino
1w ago
Earlier this year Piaget resurrected a 1980s icon in the form of the Polo 79 and now, for Watches & Wonders, they’ve released a modern hybrid that combines elements of that timepiece and the contemporary Polo. This hybrid is called the Piaget Polo Date 150th Anniversary Edition. It’s a limited edition timepiece that takes signature features of the vintage model and reimagines them within the design codes of modern Piaget. We’ll jump straight to the dial because that is where the party is happening. Instead of the usual horizontal grooves seen in models like the Polo Field, the 150th ..read more
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Patek Philippe Launch Grand Complication Alarm Travel Time Ref. 5520RG in Rose Gold
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by Michael Sonsino
1w ago
While blue is a popular colour among Patek Philippe’s releases this year with the Nautilus and Aquanaut, there are plenty of others as well. At the top end, as part of their Grand Complication range they’ve introduced the updated Alarm Travel Time Ref. 5520RG. Revisiting the original model from 2019 with a fresh case and dial. Alarms are an interesting complication in mechanical watchmaking as they’re surprisingly rare in comparison to how ubiquitous they are on digital timepieces. The most famous alarm watch is the Vulcain Cricket, which earned its name from the loud, clear tone of its ala ..read more
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