One of the most intriguing watches we saw at SIHH last week was the Ressence Type 2 e-Crown Concept. Ressence has never been afraid to push boundaries with its watches, just take a look at the original Zero Series from 2011 that introduced the brand’s novel way of telling time to watch enthusiasts everywhere. What’s new with the e-Crown Concept, however, makes the time-telling discs from the Zero Series look like a Sega Dreamcast compared to an Xbox.
The e-Crown Concept introduces a...Read more: Ressence Embraces the Future with the Type 2 e-Crown Concept
Fresh from a collaboration with Armin Strom on the Mirrored Force Resonance, Kari Voutilainen debuted a new watch at SIHH 2018 in Geneva last week. Inspired by the Finnish watchmaker’s Vingt-8 movement, the in-house caliber at the heart of the 217QRS represents Voutilainen at his absolute best.
One of the major highlights here is the retrograde date that is integrated directly into the main plate. To set the date, all you have to do is press the crown down, moving the date hand a day. On...Read more: Introducing the Voutilainen 217QRS
Two of the more popular vintage-revival watches released last year were the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 and 1948. The pieces, which now sit in boutiques alongside the critically-acclaimed Overseas collection, caught the attention of many publications early last October for their integration of the 1940s triple calendar design and Vacheron’s excellent contemporary manufacturing abilities. They also contributed to Vacheron’s growing Historiques collection which also inc...Read more: Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 and 1948
SIHH 2018 is finished. Kaput. Done for. That doesn’t mean that we still don’t have plenty of new watches to discuss. One of the most interesting collaborations we saw last week in Geneva was between MB&F and Sarpaneva. MB&F, as you probably know, is one of the world’s foremost producers of avant-garde timepieces. However, Sarpaneva is a brand that you might not be familiar with. The brand is run by Stepan Sarpaneva, a Finnish watchmaker with a bit of a thing for moon...Read more: MB&F and Sarpaneva Join Forces for the MoonMachine 2
When one encounters a watch with a black PVD case, one would usually expect the base metal under the dark coating to be steel, or possibly titanium. But Urwerk — which most recently had tongues wagging, and whisky palates salivating, with its development of the world’s most complicated flask — has never been known to do the expected. Hence its headliner release at SIHH 2018: the Urwerk UR-210 Black Platinum.Read more: The Weight of Darkness: Urwerk UR-210 Black Platinum
With SIHH 2018 barely in our rearview mirror (with additional coverage still to come), we have already begun receiving sneak peeks of new watches to be launched at the next big watch fair, Baselworld, in March. Here’s one we couldn’t wait to share with you: the new Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection, five limited editions commemorating Omega’s 86 years as official Olympic timekeeper.
The five watches — each limited to 2,032 pieces, a reference to the year 2032, in which O...Read more: Introducing the Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection
After officially leaving back in June 2017, Peter Speake-Marin is no longer associated with the marque that bears his name. However, Speake-Marin the brand still had a strong showing at this week’s SIHH fair. While it had a number of interesting new novelties, there’s one watch that really stood out to us: the London Chronograph Valjoux 92.
What’s fascinating about this watch is that while it’s a new introduction for 2018, the movement has been sourced from the late...Read more: Modern or Vintage? Speake-Marin Combines Both with the London Chronograph Valjoux 92