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News: Baselworld 2017 — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
True to form, Rolex has unveiled a number of very subtle watch revisions for this year’s Baselworld—first up, the new Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller. The brand’s robust diver’s watch keeps its classic design, but has been modernised with the very latest Rolex engineering.
News: Profit Track 100 place for Watchfinder
Watchfinder & Co. has now added a top 50 rank in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 chart to complement a solid ranking in the award’s sister charts, the Fast Track 100. With year-on-year profit growth of 79% over the last three years—as a result of selling a watch worth an average of £5,000 every 23 minutes—Watchfinder has impressed industry figureheads with its rapid and consistent rise.
News: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph
Rolex's laid back sibling has added another piece to its Heritage collection in the form of the Black Bay Chronograph. It comes as an opportunity to introduce the new in-house MT5813 chronograph movement, complete with column wheel, vertical clutch, instantaneous date change, silicon balance spring and a power reserve of 70 hours. Like the non-chronograph Black Bay, this watch takes elements of Tudor's history, such as the 1970 Prince Oysterdate Chronograph, and amalgamates them into a new creation This results in features such as the riveted bracelet, screw down pushers and snowflake hour hand.
News: Patek Philippe 5960/1
Small news for many, big news for some: Patek Philippe's sporty Chronographe Flyback à Quantième Annuel, better known as the 5960/1, now has a black dial. This generously equipped variant has all the bells and whistles of the original, thanks to the in-house CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H movement, including a flyback chronograph, annual calendar, power reserve display and day/night indicator. Despite be decorated with a 21-carat rotor and the usual Patek Philippe flair, it's not all skin deep: an antimagnetic silicon Spiromax balance spring and virtually wear-free vertical disc clutch showcase Patek Philippe's underlying ethos for innovation in this 456-part engine.
News: Omega 1957 Trilogy
If you're even vaguely familiar with Omega, you'll know the watchmaker is quite partial to a limited edition, especially for an anniversary. But hold your collective sighs, because this new trio of limited editions is well worth a proper look. Sixty years ago, in 1957, Omega released three watches that changed its fortunes forever. Moving away from the slender, dressy designs typical of the watchmaker, Omega launched a triple threat line-up with a sportier, chunkier aesthetic. Those three watches were the Speedmaster, Railmaster and the Seamaster 300.
News: Breitling Colt Skyracer
Breitling's Colt enters 2017 with a variant that seems more adventurer-focused than ever. For a time-only watch it is feature-packed with modern tech geared at making the watch stronger, lighter and more accurate. The headlining detail is the use of Breitlight, appearing for the second time since the release of the 2016 Avenger Hurricane.
News: Bell & Ross Horograph and Horolum
Bell & Ross has updated its classic square shaped aesthetic for its new release watches, the BR 03-92 Horograph and BR 03-92 Horolum, unveiled in the run up to this year’s Baselworld. The pieces are an evolution of the brand’s style, with Bell & Ross claiming inspiration for the Horograph from the artistic works produced at the famed German art school, Bauhaus—simple, modern and functionalist.
News: Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture
With Baselworld 2017 just around the corner, Frederique Constant is taking the opportunity to debut a new watch to its Classic Manufacture Collection: the Worldtimer. The watch is capable of displaying the time in 24 different world cities, and boasts a subtle rose gold and chocolate brown colour scheme that looks both elegant and contemporary.
News: De Bethune DB25L Milky Way Watch
One of the many things people admire about luxury Swiss watches is the intricate, complicated engineering, shrunk down to a microscopic scale, transforming something vast and complex into a compact little package to be worn on the wrist. De Bethune has applied this same principle to its new DB25L Milky Way Watch, which transports the billions of stars of the Milky Way Galaxy onto the dial of a wristwatch—well, close enough anyway.
News: Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H
If there’s one thing you can say about Breitling, it’s that the aviation-inspired watch brand definitely has its own distinctive sense of style. Breitling watches ooze confidence, not simply because of the over 100 years of watchmaking experience that goes into every watch, but because of their bold and confident aesthetic. The new Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H is no exception, with its whopping 50mm case.
News: Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH
The El Primero has been an important part of Zenith’s story since it was first unveiled in 1969. Boasting the first fully integrated automatic chronograph movement, and beating at an impressive 36,000vph, the watch has made its mark not just on the brand’s history, but watchmaking as a whole. But just because the El Primero comes with such a prestigious heritage, doesn’t mean it can’t be given a modern twist—case in point, the new Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH, with its striking ‘black and white’ contrast dial.
News: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38
The Fifty Fathoms has a long and distinguished history. A predecessor to both the Rolex Submariner and Omega Seamaster, it was first developed for the French Navy as a military watch in the early 1950s. As such, it was made to be a utilitarian tool, meant to survive extreme environments and to be the ultimate companion for serious underwater operations.
News: Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse
If there’s one thing you expect your watch to do, it’s probably tell the time—but for its latest watch release, Jaeger-LeCoultre has put time-telling in the backseat, in favour of an elaborate demonstration of the brand’s technical skill. The Hybris Artistica Mystérieue’s main focus is its spectacular orbital flying tourbillon and elaborately decorated dial.
News: MB&F HM7 Aquapod
It might look like something from outer space, but the MB&F HM7 Aquapod is meant for a different kind of hostile environment entirely. This latest Horological Machine is MB&F’s first aquatic-themed timepiece, and so it follows that the watch takes its design inspiration from the streamline, biomorphic shape of the jellyfish.
News: Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860
Now that we’re on the other side of SIHH 2017, we have a whole host of new releases to take a look at—starting off with the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860. Not only is this watch is a real beauty, but it’s also the brand’s first grande sonnerie wristwatch, an incredibly complex complication that requires exceptional watchmaking prowess.
News: Watchfinder Competition Winner Announced
What’s the best way to start 2017? Setting some new year’s resolutions? Taking a long weekend trip to escape the winter blues? Or how about winning a Rolex Datejust from the leading retailer of pre-owned luxury timepieces?
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Feature: 3 Underrated Bargains
Ever caught yourself looking at a watch that’s well out of budget, thinking, ‘What if?’, only to mentally slap yourself back to harsh reality? Those most exquisite and expensive timepieces may forever be consigned to only the wildest dreams, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something rather special for the price of a mid-range Breitling. Here are three underrated watches that offer exceptional watchmaking for much less than you’d expect.
Feature: 3 Watch Collection For Less Than A Rolex Submariner
A time-only, non-date Rolex Submariner in steel will cost you, today, £5,450. You don’t need me to tell you that this is a sizeable amount of money—enough to start wondering if it’s worth getting several cheaper watches instead. Is it possible to get a varied, three-watch collection of high-quality watches for the budget? Well, we’ve certainly had a go; here it is, a three-watch collection for less than the price of an entry level Submariner.
Feature: 3 Clever Dive Watches
The International Organisation for Standards, under ISO 6425, states that a recognised dive watch should meet the following requirements: a unidirectional bezel with five minute markers; clearly distinguished minute markings on the dial; readability at 25cm in total darkness; shock, chemical and magnetic resistance; an operational indicator; oh—and of course, a 100-metre depth rating. This covers the bare minimum to qualify—but what if watchmakers went above and beyond?
Feature: 3 Watches You’ve Never Even Heard Of
For someone looking for a sporty watch in steel, chances are they will probably pick up a Rolex Submariner, perhaps a Panerai Luminor if they’ve got a hankering for something a bit more exotic. But what if you don’t want to contribute to this sea of Submariners, want something less common than the lagoon of Luminors. If you’re one of those people, then take note, because here are three watches you’ve probably never even heard of.
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