Glashutte Original Senator: Flyback To The Future

Glashutte have a very trick tourbillon watch on the market and it’s something that really goes back to the 18th century roots of modern wristwatches. Yes, we know they were all pocketwatches in those days, but smaller ladies pendant watches evolved to suit wealthy female fashionistas in the 19th century and then WW1 produced the necessity of wristwatches for trench warfare. A pocket watch being … Continue reading Glashutte Original Senator: Flyback To The Future

JLC Polaris Chronograph: Bespoke Luxury, Heritage Details

Jaeger leCoultre is one of those Swiss brands that many watch fans feel unsure about. Yes the Reverso is a classic art deco design, but would you buy one, especially now it costs over 11,000 euros for the entry level model? Nope, ten grand is better spent on something with more oomph and more resale value too. Then there’s the Master Control day date chrono, … Continue reading JLC Polaris Chronograph: Bespoke Luxury, Heritage Details

JLC Polaris Chrono: Fade to Grey

A new twist on the Jaeger-le-Coultre Polaris Chronograph features a gradient grey dial, which kinda reminds us of those old 1980s SLR camera filters used to add some Ingmar Bergman edginess to Car or Bike mag road tests. It’s nice, and some will ove its restraint. Maybe now is the era of the understated luxury Swiss watch? At 42mm across, with its rounded pushers and … Continue reading JLC Polaris Chrono: Fade to Grey

Limited Edition Baume & Mercier: Very Nice, But 17K Down The Drain

Don’t know why, but the modern Baume and Mercier brand has never floated my boat. Like Maurice Lacroix, most Baume & Mercier models always seem overpriced for what they offer, especially in terms of resale values on the pre-owned market. OK, a perpetual calendar is one of those Swiss features that impresses. Accuracy, precision, day/date features – like having an old school desk flip calendar … Continue reading Limited Edition Baume & Mercier: Very Nice, But 17K Down The Drain

TAG Carrera Celebrates Porsche 911/Carrera Heritage

TAG has a new Porsche tie-in watch on the market, available in two variants. The watch celebrates the lasting legacy of the Porsche 911 sports car, sometimes sold as the Carrera too. Bill Gates, that well know climate change activist is believed to own a collection of the iconic rear engined sportscars. But that’s OK, he’s rich, we are just climate deniers… Anyhoo, there are … Continue reading TAG Carrera Celebrates Porsche 911/Carrera Heritage

Rolex Buys Bucherer; Expect a Concierge Experience on Rare Rolexes

This is an interesting acquisition for Rolex. For decades Bucherer has been a premier name in watch customisation, and some might say, improvement over the original spec. It’s always been much more than a watch retailer, even though it has a kind of old school Selfridges image, with luxury showrooms, targeting big spenders in European capital cities. What people with obscene amounts of money want … Continue reading Rolex Buys Bucherer; Expect a Concierge Experience on Rare Rolexes

Handmade in Japan? There’s an Alternative to Grand Seiko

It’s a brand called Minase and they just launched their new Uruga range. These 42mm watches feature a design based on a traditional Japanese puzzle, bit like those old boxes you see in films sometimes, with secret buttons and twist-to-unlock features. That would be cool if the Uruga did that, but all you can see is that the case and bracelet has no visible screws … Continue reading Handmade in Japan? There’s an Alternative to Grand Seiko

Yep, Grey is The New Green When it Comes to Dials

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