This is the second article in a three-part series on bronze watches by contributing writer Justin Mastine-Frost. This weekly column addresses the various aspects of owning and caring for a bronze watch that extends beyond the obvious passion for patina. Today’s topic focuses on the pros and cons of aging bronze naturally versus with chemicals.
As mentioned in part one of this series, one of the more desirable traits of any bronze watch is how the metal will patina with age. Again,...Read more: Living with Bronze, Part 2: Toying with the Aging Process
There are vintage-inspired watches that try really hard to ape the look of the historical model that they’re re-creating for a modern audience, and there are those that strive instead to channel that original model’s essence as a base with which to build new complications upon. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris Chronograph — one of the standout models from this year’s all-new Polaris collection, inspired by the classic Memovox Polaris divers’ alarm watch from 1968 — is emphatically among the...Read more: Borrowed Time: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
A second time zone indicator ranks among the most useful watch complications, and not just for pilots and other people who fly frequently. But not all of these time-zone displays operate intuitively. They often have a 24-hour hand that can be reset in single- hour increments via the crown, but a watch of this kind may be better suited for frequent long-distance callers than for frequent flyers because when you’re spending time in a foreign country, you want to be able to read the local...Read more: A Hands-On Review of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer
Barely six months into the position as CEO of Ulysse Nardin, Patrick Pruniaux led the brand to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) with the cutting-edge essence that defines Ulysse Nardin. Not only is Pruniaux’s attitude and presentation of the brand lively and exciting; the products and the exhibit space brought home two important facets of Ulysse Nardin: innovation and a daring spirit.
Granted, the Ulysse Nardin products unveiled at SIHH this year – from the Freak Vision to
Bovet is a unique brand in the landscape of contemporary horology. On one end, it is unconstrained by anything other than its owner’s (former pharmaceutical executive Pascal Raffy) fantastical imagination; on the other end, everything produced by Bovet is almost unmistakably influenced by the brand’s almost two-century-old history of pocketwatch production. This blend of perspectives, plus the fact that Bovet is also one of a select few brands that produce its own hairsprings and...Read more: The Third Act: Bovet Releases the Récital 22 Grand Récital
In 2017, Raymond Weil introduced Caliber RW1212, the family-owned Swiss brand’s first in-house-developed movement, inside a classical two-handed watch in its flagship Freelancer collection. Just one year later comes the next evolution of that movement in the Raymond Weil Freelancer Calibre RW1212 Skeleton, a new, openworked timepiece unveiled at Baselworld 2018.
Like its predecessor (which I reviewed here), the watch has a 42-mm...Read more: Raymond Weil Launches Skeletonized Version of its In-House Caliber RW1212
Last Saturday, a three-year-old colt named Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, charged through the finish line of a historically sloppy track to become the winner of the 144th Kentucky Derby. The thrilling win, the fifth Derby victory for Justify’s trainer, Bob Baffert, was the culmination of an eventful and interesting weekend — the third I’ve had the privilege to attend as a media guest — hosted by the race’s official timekeeper, Longines. Here are some highlights, along...Read more: Longines’ Ticking Thoroughbreds: The Winning Watches of the 144th Kentucky Derby