Breitling has launched a few motorcycle related watches over the last year or so and we salute that, being bikers as well as watch fans here at NWC mag. The latest variation on the Top Time retro chrono model is the Deus Ex Machina model, which is a branding partnership with the surf clothing, lifestyle and custom build biker hangout from Australia. Originally, Deus Ex … Continue reading Breitling Top Time Deus Ex Machina: One For The Hipsters
There was a trend for green watch dials last year, but lately NWC mag has been seeing grey make a bit of a comeback. Yes the 80s colour that sold a million loafer shoes, chain knit jumpers and Farah slacks across Essex is back. You can see grey doors on new houses, inside the kitchen/diner areas are kitted out with grey appliances. But regardless of … Continue reading Yep, Grey is The New Green When it Comes to Dials
You know what? Jaeger LeCoultre is performing a miracle in the watch market right now, just by surviving. This old school watch maison has a seriously uncool image amongst the wealthy Top G types who buy about 70% of new watches costing 10K or more these days. They favour the blingtastic brands like Rolex, AP, Patek, Hublot, Breitling maybe, perhaps something left field like a … Continue reading New Master Control Chronograph, With Pink Gold, from JLC
If you told me that this Luminox Pacific Diver, with its beefy 44mm case width, 200m of resistance and bright turquoise colours, had a Sellita SW200 movement inside, then I’d be shouting take my money. Even at £779, it’s a superb diver; unidirectional bezel, screwdown crown, sapphire crystal, bright, great lume too. But there’s a Ronda quartz movement in there and so the price point … Continue reading Summer Watches: This Luminox Rocks. It’s a Quartz Though
The AVi Co-Pilot models from Breitling has a classic feel, with a 42mm case width, chrono functions, plus the three sub-dial and big number layout that ticks the traditional box. It’s a conventional watch, available with a leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. No messing about, no trick segmented dials, skeletons, open hearts or blending of digital tech with mechanical movements. All the better for … Continue reading Breitling’s Refreshed Classic AVI Aviators Hit The Target
There is no doubt that China loves skeleton dial watches. If you check out Ali Express you’ll see tons of them there, in every case design, every segmented dial, tourbillon, open heart, twin balances etc. Then there are brands like Corum, ostensibly Swiss but very much a China owned brand these days, with a range of skeleton dial watches. So it’s good marketing from TAG/LVMH … Continue reading TAG Monaco Skeleton: Nice Colours, Bit Too China Focused?
The worldtimer watch is one of those 1950s jet age fashions that defined people as being modernists of their era. They needed to know what the time was in Rekjavik or Singapore, but you Bert Higginbottom, slaving in a factory in Rochdale, did not. It was for pilots and global trade merchants, oil explorers and margarine salesmen – the worldtimer was a tool watch before … Continue reading Omega’s WorldTimers Are Heavenly Bodies
We have a lot of time for Swiss brand Formex at NWC magazine. Why? Simple really, they love creating beautiful watches, packed with features, that are Swiss made and yet affordable for mere mortals. Yes, a Vacheron Constantin Overseas, Hublot Big Bang or a Richard Mille is a superb thing, but it costs the same as a small house in the wilds of Grimsby. Formex … Continue reading Formex Reef Collective: Bespoke Bronze Beauty