In 2017, the second oldest Swiss watch brand, Favre-Leuba, celebrates its 280th anniversary with a groundbreaking watch. The Raider Bivouac 9000 is the first mechanical wristwatch capable of measuring altitudes of up to an incredible 9,000 meters above sea level.
The 48-mm titanium case houses an aneroid barometer, which allows the watch to indicate the elevation at a given point by reacting to the changing air pressure surrounding it. Drawing and learning from its own past, when Favre-Leuba was...Read more: The Ultimate Instrument for All Altitudes: Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000
A torpilleur is a small, swift-moving boat designed to carry torpedos into battle against larger, more heavily armed battleships (I googled it so you didn’t have to.) With its new Marine Torpilleur Military, unveiled last week ahead of its formal introduction at SIHH 2018 in Geneva, Ulysse Nardin pays tribute to its storied past as a supplier of pocket chronometers to many of the world’s navies in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Nearly all of Ulysse Nardin’s modern watches...Read more: Ulysse Nardin Salutes its Military History with Marine Torpilleur Chronometer
“My last wish and dream is that in 100 years anyone can travel around the universe and live in space and both humans and aliens are wearing G-Shock and the aliens are saying, ‘G-Shock is wonderful,’” says Kikuo Ibe, founder of the Casio G-Shock a few hours before the brand’s big 35th anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Mr. Ibe — if you couldn’t tell — is an eccentric man who is a far cry from your typical watch...Read more: The Casio G-Shock’s Big Night
Many of the trendsetting and innovative brands we’ve covered throughout this series have been responsible for a number of “firsts” in the industry — the first wristwatch, first diver, first modern pilots’ watch, first automatic chronograph, first supercompressor, first watch in outer space, to name a few. Horology is one of those vocations that has accompanied mankind through all our accomplishments and failures, glories and catastrophes. Yet, if a watch brand has been out of produ...Read more: Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Gallet “Heritage Edition” Racing Chronograph
It’s about that time again. At 8:30 A.M. EST tomorrow morning, the Hôtel des Bergues in Geneva will be filled to capacity as Only Watch 2017 gets underway and enthusiasts from around the world bid to claim these one-of-a-kind timepieces. Of particular note this year: the Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010, which is the first of its kind produced in titanium; an otherworldly collaboration between Laurent Ferrier and Urwerk; and a colorful F.P. Journe chronograph unlike anything you’ve...Read more: Live Photos: Highlights from Only Watch 2017
It’s that time of year again: the days are shorter and the air chillier, holiday decorations are on their way to store windows, and luxury watch brands are offering sneak peeks of selected new timepieces launching this coming January at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. First up is Cartier — by far the largest brand showing at the world’s most elegant watch salon — with two new high-complication watches equipped with so-called “mysterious” m...Read more: Cartier Unveils Two New “Mysterious” Complications in its Fine Watchmaking Collection