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Jaquet Droz Introduces New Grande Seconde Moon in Black Enamel

Jaquet Droz added a moon-phase complication to its growing collection of Grande Seconde timepieces at last year’s Baselworld. As we await the revelation of the brand’s full array of new products at Baselworld 2018 in March, Jaquet Droz has offered us a glimpse of the latest version of the Grand Seconde Moon, now fronted by a handsome black enamel dial.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel - front

Like its predecessors, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel features on its double-level grand feu enamel dial an...

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The F.P. Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante

It’s only been a week since we left Geneva, but there’s still plenty of watches from SIHH 2018 left to chat about. One watch that we’ve been itching to discuss is the F.P. JourneChronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante, which represents the latest addition to the brand’s underappreciated LineSport collection.

The F.P. Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante

The F.P. Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Bleu from Only Watch 2017.

You may remember F.P. Journe’s contribution to the Only Watch auction back in...

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Come Slither: Christophe Claret Introduces the Mamba Maestro

At SIHH last week, Christophe Claret showed off its latest limited-edition timepiece inspired by one of the world’s most venomous snakes. In the Maestro Mamba, the sinuous body of a snake slithers around the open movement, over-and-under the hours and minutes hand, to the side of the MEMO function, and next to the balance spring.

Christophe Claret Mamba Maestro

As you can see, the architecture of the Maestro makes perfect sense for a serpent to make its home. The strap is authentic green Mamba skin, sourced from the African...

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Kari On: Meet Horological Rockstar Kari Voutilainen

A dozen years ago, Kari Voutilainen was a horological ghostwriter, working anonymously for various high-end watch brands. Except for the few, one-of-a-kind pieces he made under his own label, his work bore the names of others. Now he’s a watchmaking star.

Watchmaker Kari Voutilainen

Watchmaker Kari Voutilainen

The turning point came at the 2004 Basel Fair, when Voutilainen had a conversation with his famed fellow independent Philippe Dufour. Dufour had just seen a watch with an extraordinarily intricate movement assembled...

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Doubled Time: Van Cleef Arpels Midnight Heure d’Ici Heure d’Ailleurs

As per its usual SIHH tradition, Van Cleef & Arpels rolled out an array of notable timepieces for ladies this year, including an amazing astronomical complication that we will explore in depth in the coming weeks. Not to be overlooked, however, was the one new gentlemen’s watch that the master jeweler unveiled — the Midnight Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs, a clever new take on the classical GMT watch.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Heure d'Ici & Heuere d'Ailleurs - front

The Midnight Heure d’Ici & Heuere d’Ailleurs combines

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Expert Advice: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

I begin this article with a small confession. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it is an example of how easy it is to be tricked. It was probably around 2003 when I started searching for an Oyster bracelet for my Rolex Datejust (which came on a Jubilee bracelet). I quickly found one on eBay and, after doing a quick feedback check on the seller, I decided to hit the “Buy Now” button.

I don’t recall the exact price but it was reasonable enough, certainly not so cheap t...

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Time Squared: Hermès Re-Introduces the Carré H Timepiece

One of the most high-profile luxury maisons to join the SIHH for the first time in 2018, Hermès chose to highlight not an unexpected complication, like 2015’s Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar, but a revamped version of a modernist design-oriented piece first unveiled in 2010, the square-cased Hermès Carré H.

Hermes Carre H - Grey - front

Designed by French architect and industrial designer Marc Berthier, the Carré H (carré is French for “square;” three guesses what the “H” stands for) was...

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