Forget everything we said about FC being an entry level brand, because the Citizen owned Swiss brand just produced an 18K gold case tourbillon which is beautifully finished. Now this is a bold move, since it doesn’t say Breguet, Arnold & Son, Lange & Sohne etc on the dial, so it’s priced a bit cheaper, but still £22,995 is kinda tasty for an FC watch. … Continue reading Watches and Wonders: Frederique Constant Goes For Gold
The watch event this week in Switzerland has flushed out some new variations on the classic Reverso model from Jaeger LeCoultre. The Reverso Duoface Tourbillon in pink tone, 18ct gold, is perhaps the most exclusive with a POA tag on the website. So if you haven’t got 30K or more lying around spare, don’t ask. The uber-slim 9.5mm high flippable tourbillon is a masterpiece of … Continue reading Watches & Wonders: JLC Offers New Reverso Options
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 said they were selling of various prototype watches, which are … Continue reading Xeric Prototypes: How Rare Do You Want It?
These new Breitlings are never going to be mainstream choices. The classic lines, raised numerals on the dial, vintage chrono pushers and almost pocket watch styling mean that for many younger buyers these look old fashioned watches. Something your Dad would wear, bit like a Harley Heritage Softail. With leather tassles. Then there’s the prices. At £47,000, or £55,000 for the Willy Breitling edition, these … Continue reading Luxury Tourbillons From Breitling Are Future Classics
In case you have won the lottery, or recently sold a large house in the South-East of England and need to spend 100K quickly, here’s the word on a new Breguet Tourbillon from Swatch Group. “To mark the date of creation of the Tourbillon by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the brand unveils its latest model from the Tradition collection: a timepiece featuring strong colours highlighting what has … Continue reading Breguet Tourbillon 7047: Too Laid Back For Its Own Good?
Grand Seiko is producing some outstanding work this year and Watches & Wonders is the place to see it. Just superb detailing, next level craft. Respect. The price? About £310,000 says the FT today. Yeah that beautiful art costs lots of time and money. Here’s the word from GS; Grand Seiko reaches a new milestone in its sixty-two year history with the introduction of its … Continue reading Grand Seiko Kodo Tourbillon is Something Special
And not just any luxury watch, but one that mere mortals can aspire to own because the prices are kinda Omega/TAG level at about £3500 plus VAT. That’s still over 4200 quid, so let’s not get carried away and start calling watches like these `inclusive.’ No, inclusive would be a basic bitch Casio from Argos, or a Pagani auto on Ali Express for 80 notes … Continue reading BA111OD. Sounds Like a Barcode, Actually a Luxury Watch Brand
Tourbillon watches are fascinating to look at; that spinning wheel-within-a-wheel system in minature, whirling away. Great invention by Breguet, especially when you consider the limits of late 18th century technology when fabricating metal parts. So this project by HK based Aision is well worth a look if you fancy a tourbillon but don’t want to pay Swiss prices. At around £560 on pre-order it is … Continue reading Kickstarter Watches: Aision Tourbillon Looks Good Value