Urwerk is one of these contemporary independent brands that usually leaves an impression when you visit them to see their novelties. It’s not that they only show something new, or something outrageously good every time I visit them, but rather it’s how I feel after seeing their timepieces.
It’s hard to believe that the Grönefeld brand is now 10 years old. Seems like yesterday I was visiting them for the first time at Baselworld five years ago. As I have written in the past, the Dutch Horological Brothers have an infectious positive vibe about them. You cannot spend a few minutes in their presence and not sense the passion, love, and attention to details they apply to each of their watches. It has been 10 years of Grönefeld, what could the brothers have to show and make me like the niche brand even more? Read on for a brief first look at the 2019 novelty and also an up coming summer special feature with them.
Oris is one of these rare watch brands that seem to be genuinely liked by almost everyone in the watch community. I have yet to meet a fellow watch lover and discuss Oris and not hear pretty much only positive comments. How have the brand from Hölstein acquired such rave positive reviews and accolades? What are they doing right?
While it is not clear how well these two new family of Hublot Ferrari will do on the market, the bold new design of the Scuderia and the innovative case and movement of the classic fusion should help the relationship and perhaps win the hearts of the passionate Ferrari collector who is also into watches.
I am happy that Hublot keeps innovating around the watches it releases as part of this partnership. I believe that, if there is a secret to the success of the brand and maintaining its passionate following, it is that. And since innovation and pushing the limits of mechanics is squarely in the spirit of Ferrari I think this match will remain in mechanical heaven.
If you are a Ferrari collector or enthusiast I would highly recommend you go visit your local Hublot authorized dealer to get to see the new Classic Fusion first hand. I think once you do, if the Hublot brand was anywhere near your passionate heart, these watches will ignite the flames to help push you to the limits. It is my favorite watch from the brand at the show. I believe it could be yours too. hublot.com
Collaborating with DC Comics, RJ got exclusive access and authorization to create watches that include aspects of these superheroes or supervillains. Of course, Batman would be one of these watches and so would Spiderman, but perhaps the more interesting models are the villains. Let’s take a closer look.
My last appointment at Baselworld 2018 was also one of the more memorable ones. Not necessarily because I found my next watch there, but because of the over the top, out of this universe watches that Jacob & Co. always produces. Whether you like the brand or not, in recent years they have been pushing the boundaries of style, taste, and horology. And for that I am a curious and cautious fan.
The Urwerk AMC is the latest result from this division. Inspired by a 17th century innovation by Abraham-Louis Breguet, who, in his obsession to produce more accurate timepieces, invented the Pendule Sympathique, where a master clock is used to auto-regulate a pocket watch, Urwerk decided to recreate the same concept but this time with much more modern components.
If you ever wondered what it would be like to enter a time machine and visit 17th and 18th century Swiss Valée des Joux? For one, you'd be able to see what it was like creating watches from scratch and by hand. Using ingenious machines to assist, the local craftsmen from the famed region created some of the most desirable and innovative watches ever produced.
Well, while no machines will take us to this glorious past, one new manufacture from the region is achieving exactly the same, but perhaps better by using modern materials and techniques. Romain Gauthier and his eponymous brand is the brain and soul behind this miracle. Born and raised in the Vallée, Gauthier's watches are the perfect blend of tradition mix with modern materials and thinking.
For this year, the common ancestry and heritage are showcased fully with the introduction of a special flyback chronograph that matches the rare 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series sports car: the Chronotimer Exclusive limited. As a matter of fact, only owners of the car will be able to also order a watch, customized to match the color scheme of the car.
Let me start by stating my biases up front: NOMOS is a brand that I love. I own two watches from the Glashütte manufacture and I wear them often. This year at Baselworld, the typically low key, conservative, and Bauhaus-leaning brand has opted to introduce something new and different, something old, and something fun. Will my opinion of the beloved German watches change?
In all Hublot continues for me to constantly release innovations that are true to their motto of fusion. It's a philosophy that works for them and allows merging of multiple worlds. Whether it be the Berluti leather watches, or the usage of ceramic with gold, or their partnership with Ferrari, most of the resulting watches are brash and grab attention. And for me that's mostly a good thing, since if you are already driving a Ferrari, or aspire to be, you've already reconciled any negativity that may come with such attention grabbing wheels.
And with the new "Red Magic" watch, Hublot has perhaps achieved an innovation that will keep them in the driving seat of the segment of the watch market they currently dominate. The red BigBang Unico is unbelievably bright and cool. Not a watch I would wear every day but with a black leather jacket as in photos, it's just plain cool. And when Hublot releases other colors I could see fans of the brand going back to childhood memories to remember their favorite colors in order to decide which one to get.
Additional details on these watches and all of Hublot's Baselworld novelties can be found on their web site. hublot.com
When Russian master watchmaker Kostantin Chaykin released his Joker watch last year, I (like many others) immediately felt it would be a hit. Besides being relatively affordable at under $10,000 USD, the watch's fun and whimsical appearance was sure to afford the owner a unique object on the wrist and a constant smile to the face at every glance. How do you put a price on happiness, however, small...
The GPHG 2016 winner for best men's watch, the Grönefeld 1941 Remontroire is an 8 seconds constant force escapement movement, intricately hand-finished with mirror-polishing and gold chatons; using a beautifully and classically crafted case, standing at 39.5 mm wide and 10.5 mm high. The dressy two-hander with seconds subdial at 6 o'clock comes in a variation of dial color combinations.
If you have not seen the new Defy models in person I urge you to visit your local Zenith authorized dealer and try them on in person. You are sure to discover a bold modern watch with innovations that few other brands can offer at this price point.
After trying them on, albeit for a few rushed minutes, I believe these new Zenith Pilot models are worthy of your attention and are priced (except gold) reasonably, between $5,700 for the small 40 mm Pilot to $7,100 for the Type 20 Chronograph version, and $7,700 for the new Tipo CP-2 Flyback. Find details at your local authorize dealer or on Zenith's web site.
Here is a collection of pictures I took during Oris's annual party / concert this year at Basel World. Again, easy, open bar party, with cool people and inviting only local bands that are trying to make it into the difficult music business. The result: great conversation, great music, and great dancing. In other words, what makes us real as humans.
As the proud owner of the original Oris Carl Brashear bonzo watch introduced a few years ago to celebrate the life and accomplishment with the Master Chief Diver at the dawn of navy atmospheric diving, I was a initially disappointed that Oris had decided earlier this year to add another limited bronze watch to its lineup. My first reaction was well there goes another watch brand over-capitalizing on a successful model, and diluting the value of their current customers. But did they?
Christophe Claret and his eponymous brand are one of the jewels of independent watchmaking with a constant eye on innovation as well as pushing the watchmaking art. Claret's mission since the mid 1980s has been to produce watches that breaks the mold of convention while using artful imaginative art and mechanics. Here are three of the most notable watches from the brand for 2018.