Ball Roadmaster M Chronograph: Solid Performer, But Worth £3900?

The latest addition to the Ball range is the Roadmaster M Chronograph, which has that trademark gas tube lume, black, blue or white dials, ceramic bezel and a lockable chrono pusher, so you won’t accidentally start the stopwatch feature. It’s a 41mm wide case and sits pretty high at just over 14mm on the wrist….

Pragnell Watches Posts Latest Financials

Pragnell of London, Leicester and Stratford-upon-Avon, are one of the bigger independent watch shop chains in the UK. The company has posted its latest financial results and they make for interesting reading. Prior to 2020 a substantial amount of business was with EU customers, but after Brexit was finally agreed in early January 2020 Pragnell…

Northern Watch Shop Reportedly Raided by National Crime Agency

Your NWC mag editor noticed that The Sun had reported that WatchTrader & Co in Newcastle on Tyne had been raided by the UK National Crime Agency and watches seized, pending investigations regarding legit ownership. The shop basically acts as a broker on many high end watch sales, selling pre-owned Rolex, Breitling, Hublot, Mille, Patek…

Are Phillipp Plein a True Luxury Watch Brand?

We only ask after making a brief visit to Spain recently and seeing two shops stocking large displays of watches by Phillip Plein, which is a brand we hadn’t heard of before. Tourists from Germany, Ireland, the UK and Netherlands must like PP watches, or the shops in Fuengirola, Malaga and Torremolinos wouldn’t stock them….

Rado’s Collab Captain Cook is a Sleek Number

Rado has been working with an Austrian designer to create a special collab edition, Captain Cook model, that ticks the right boxes for many women. It’s a medium sized watch at some 37mm across, so it is easy to read. The dial is set with tiny jewels, which adds that glam edge, plus the gold…

Zenith Defy Fusalp: Cool Winter Collab?

Are you hitting the slopes at Zermatt this season? We at NWC magazine are trudging through slush to Aldi, but if you live that celeb influencer lifestyle then you’ll want an example of the latest Zenith collab, the Defy Fusalp, on your wrist. It’s skeleton dial, dashing white or black case colours, plus the in-house…

Footballers Are Magnets For Watch Thieves, Here’s Why

The recent burglary of Raheem Sterling’s house, where a reported jewellery and watches haul worth 300K retail was pinched highlights how footballers are an easy target for watch thieves in the UK. Sterling was playing in the World Cup and his family were reportedly at home when the raid took place, with thieves using weapons…

Xeric Prototypes: How Rare Do You Want It?

If you love collecting watches then you’ll know that owning a super rare model is a good feeling. Black dial Omega from the 60s, maybe a Rolex quartz ( yeah they made a few) or perhaps a fully functioning 1950s Dan Dare pocket watch with the original box. It’s all good. So Xeric emailed and…