A watch that we really enjoyed reviewing in the metal while we were attending Baselworld 2017 was the new Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36. This watch where symmetry and skeletonization are the name of the game is one of the best examples of the impressive work that comes out of the Arnold & Son workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
For the very first time and for its final edition, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 LM1 gets a stainless steel case. This Final Edition closes the chapter for the MB&F LM1 which is also available in a 33-piece limited edition in platinum, in a 13-piece limited edition in titanium for the M.A.D Gallery Dubai, in 18K white gold and in 18K red gold. First launched in 2011, the Legacy Machine No. 1 —LM1— is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking...
Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 'Grand Feu' Enamel Dial. Hands-on with a Classic, Elegant and Timeless Looking Watch.
One of the most classic looking watches released this Baselworld 2017 is the new Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 with 'Grand Feu' enamel dial. This timepiece along with the ref. 7147 we featured here, are the two latest 'Grand Feu' enamel dial watches from Breguet. Featuring a 39 mm case in 18K white gold with the traditional fluted caseband, a signature element of Breguet timepieces and a dial in 'Grand Feu' enamel, the new Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 is as elegant as it gets.
Watch Paraphernalia: Officine Panerai Pendulette Teak Desk Clock OP 6676 PAM 254. Owning One is a Paneristi Dream Come True.
There are desk clocks and then there's this particular clock. The Officine Panerai Pendulette teak wood desk clock PAM 254 is one of those items typically reserved for authorized dealers and one that we've seen in person only a handful of times. The clock, is very maritime looking —similar to a porthole— and typically available in satin brushed finish or black.
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Ceramic Bezel. Hands-on with the Watch that Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Superocean.
If you like diving watches you surely are a fan of the Breitling Superocean line. While the new Breitling Superocean Héritage II with ceramic bezel is no Rolex Submariner or Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, this watch has everything to become your favorite companion on land and sea. Originally launched in 1957 during the boom of diving watches, the Breitling Superocean was rapidly adopted by the first enthusiasts of leisure diving and today, it has received a facelift. While this facelift wasn't really that necessary, the watch is now bigger and better.
Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chrono. Hands-on with the Watch that Celebrates Ferrari's 70th Anniversary.
To celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, Hublot has released the Techframi Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph, a watch conceived with the same approach used for designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrating Hublot’s watchmaking expertise, the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and Ferrari. Available in three versions —18K King Gold, PEEK Carbon like the one we are reviewing here and in Titanium — produced in a limited edition of 70 pieces for each version.
News: Julien Tornare Appointed New CEO of Zenith Watches. An Industry Veteran Coming from Vacheron Constantin.
Earlier today, Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, President of the Watches Division at LVMH and President of the Board of Directors at Zenith watches, announced the appointment of Julien Tornare as CEO of Zenith, effective May 1st, 2017. Mr. Julien Tornare a veteran coming from Vacheron Constantin will report to Mr. Jean-Claude Biver. In this role, Mr. Tornare will be focusing on the renewal of Zenith, developing its markets and activating its marketing initiatives.
Experience: Penhaligon's Portraits The Tragedy of Lord George. As Powerful and Classic as a Rolex GMT Master Batman.
The Penhaligon's Portraits collection is one of the most unique sets of fragrances from this brand and one in which the characters of each fragrance are all related and part of a fictitious very British affair that involves love, betrayal and nobility. Penhaligon's describes Lord George as a wealthy and noble man, an aristocrat that immediately reminded us of Bruce Wayne with his alter ego Batman, perfectly epitomized by the Rolex GMT Master II ref. 116710 BLNR a.k.a Batman —full review here.
Paying homage to Ulysse Nardin’s past with new versions of beautiful classics, today, the brand released the new Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle watch that celebrates the illustrious UN history with resolutely modern aplomb. Inspired by a model from 1964, this new diving watch might look like the vintage original, but the technology behind its mechanical movement is pure modernity.
Greubel Forsey Balancier. Hands-on with the Watch with a 12.6 Millimeter Balance Wheel and the Latest Creation by this Manufacture.
When a watch collector hears or reads the name Greubel Forsey, he/she knows that any timepiece bearing this name is a handmade horological creation like no other and synonym of the pinnacle of modern watchmaking. With a production of no more than 1,100 watches in the course of their 14-year history, Greubel Forsey just released their latest creation: the Balancier.
Patek Philippe ref. 5396R-015 with Blue Dial and Baguette Diamond Markers. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
While we are not crazy about diamonds on men's watches here at WCL, when it comes to Patek Philippe it is a different story. After the release of the ref. 5396G-014 last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this reference, this year at Baselworld 2017, Patek released two new versions of the reference 5396 in 18K rose gold with blue dial. While the new ref. 5396R-014 sports a blue dial with gold markers, the ref. 5396R-015 we have here, comes with the same hue of blue as ref. 5396R-014 but with baguette diamond markers.
Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 18K King Gold. Hands-on with the Newest Addition to the Big Bang MECA-10 Family.
First released at Baselworld 2016, this year at Baselworld 2017, Hublot added two new iterations of the Big Bang MECA-10 which is now also available in Full Magic Gold and in King Gold. Fitted with a 10-day power reserve and a brand new in-house movement that took two years to fully develop from start to end, this watch features an atypical architecture with meccano-type design and also available in micro-blasted titanium and in an 'All Black' limited edition of 500 pieces in polished and micro-blasted black ceramic.
Featuring a 40 mm case in 18K white gold with delicately fluted caseband and a dial in Grand Feu enamel, the new Breguet Classique ref. 7147 is the epitome of elegance in a time-only watch that contains all the signature elements of this manufacture. The Grand Feu enamel dial featuresArabic numerals in the traditional Breguet typeface and a small recessed off-centered seconds subdial at 5 o'clock.
Baselworld 2017: Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Split Seconds Chronograph. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
One of the most important releases at Baselworld 2017 is the new Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Split Seconds chronograph. This new watch powered by a true in-house split seconds movement fully developed and manufactured at Breitling is available in 18K red gold or stainless steel at a very affordable price. Developed in the spirit of instruments for professionals, this Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 protected by two patents is distinguished by its innovative construction ensuring a maximum of precision, sturdiness and reliability.
Baselworld 2017: New Patek Philippe ref. 6006G-001 Replacing the ref. 6000 with a Bigger Case Size. Live Pictures & Price.
Released a couple of weeks ago at Baselworld 2017, the new Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 6006 is the new version of the now discontinued Patek Philippe ref. 6000. This iconic watch with an off-centered seconds subdial and a pointer date indicator on the periphery of its dial just got even better with a more wearable case size now measuring 39 mm in diameter opposed to 37 mm as in all of its previous iterations that are now all gone.
Baselworld 2017: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Tartan, Houndstooth and Prince of Wales. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
When we first saw the stock images of the new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent before Baselworld we were not sure whether we liked this new collaboration with Lapo Elkann or not. However, after perusing the watches in the metal, we were blown away by the craftsmanship and the idea behind incorporating some of the most iconic suit fabrics on the straps and dials of these new watches.
One of our favorite watches released this Baselworld 2017 is the new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph with grey dial. This new watch is available in three versions —stainless steel with grey dial and 18K red gold with either black or champagne colored dial— and equipped with a flyback chronograph mechanism. Giving special special attention to each of these three new watches, each iteration is very unique looking and with its very own character.
Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Swiss watchmaker appoints Leslie Kobrin as the new President of Vacheron Constantin Americas, as of April 1, 2017. A new regional structure has been created within Vacheron Constantin, and as such, Ms. Kobrin will be overseeing Vacheron Constantin North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Going back to basics means going straight to the very essence. That's exactly why HYT decided to release the new HYT H0 with a fully redesigned case, crystal and look. By focusing on their fluid as their way of telling time, the new HYT H0 features a case that takes its inspiration from a droplet of fluid. With primal curves from a pebble smoothed by the water from a mountain stream...
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their calibre 240, Patek Philippe released the fully skeletonized ref. 5180/1R Squelette to celebrate the occasion during Baselworld 2017. For this new iteration of the Calatrava ref. 5180/1R, the automatic calibre 240 has been magnificently skeletonized and engraved in which could only be described as an horological work of art. The aesthetic appeal and transparency with which the caliber 240 SQU keeps track of time makes it a miniature opus of kinetic art.