In the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, expert institutions were founded to test and certify the quality of the wristwatch’s precision. The most important and famous one today is Switzerland’s C.O.S.C., but as Sabine Zwettler reports, there are others including Omega's Master Chronometer certificate.
Ken Gargett reports that while the Sullivans Cove distillery in Hobart, Tasmania could hardly be further from Scotland, in double-quick time it has established a record that most distilleries around the globe would envy, including more medals, awards, trophies, and golds than Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt at their peaks. Does the concept of Australian whisky sound like an oxymoron to you? Read this and you might change your mind.
In the Wimbledon 2019 men’s final Novak Djokovic (Seiko) duked it out with Roger Federer (Rolex). Djokovic prevailed in an epic five-set match that lasted almost five hours, setting the record for the longest men’s final at Wimbledon, and lifted the trophy with a Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 on his wrist. What other interesting watches did resident spotter Nick Gould find in the crowd during the fortnight? Find out here!
Ferrari is not a brand of evolution, but revolution. It likes to push forward, fueled by Italian passion, to innovate and revolutionize to make its cars faster and more agile. This is pretty much true for Hublot as well, though such a thirst for innovation also means regularly introducing new models. Here Martin Green reviews the latest from the Hublot-Ferrari partnership: the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.
Officine Panerai is known for making dive watches or, more specifically, military-inspired dive and sports watches. The connection with the sea isn’t just a part of Panerai, it IS Panerai. And so one of the brand's goals is to now become as eco-friendly as possible by creating zero-impact manufacturing combined with ethical and environmentally friendly business practices across the board in addition to using recycled materials in its watches. Joshua Munchow takes a look at how this is coming along.
General everyday contact with magnets isn’t going to cause your beloved wristwatch any real harm, but overdoses of magnetism may still present a problem, causing erratic timing and even stoppage altogether as watchmaker Ashton Tracy explains. What to do when this happens?
Ah, watch cases! As regular readers may recall, GaryG has a particular fascination with the outer shells that encase, protect, and enhance the ticking mechanical wonders within. And if watch cases fascinate, why not visit a few case makers? Let’s go!
What is the most precious element of any watch brand? Its manufacture? Its skilled employees? Its brand ambassadors? Its boutiques? Martin Green thinks that it's none of those, because the most important asset of a brand is its so-called DNA. Here he explains how brands better used their heritage at the 2018 SIHH.
The new "Chopin" watch brand is from an unexpected place: Poland. Łukasz Doskocz's home country might be well known for its fine spirits, excellent cuisine, expansive nature, and exceptional hospitality, but watchmaking? Not so much. However, Łukasz feels that this first watch deserves some of our attention.
Accidents happen. Even to extraordinarily valuable timepieces. How are these catastrophes put back into working condition? What’s the time and the cost involved? Chris Malburg takes us into the emergency room of a world-class manufacturer to answer these questions and more.