Bremont had a strong showing at Baselworld 2015, adding two all-new models for Jaguar, adding GMT models to their new Boeing line, and expanding the U2 and ALT1-Z collections.
To celebrate the important 50 year anniversary of Seiko's first dive watch Seiko has given us three impressive new offerings--a new Marinemaster Professional 1000m, the first Seiko Hi-Beat dive watch in a very long time, and a Prospex Kinetic land sport model.
Seiko Astron had a tremendous year at Baselworld, releasing the third line in the Astron sub-brand, and in my opinion, their best yet: the Astron Dual-Time.
Nomos had a banner year as they released some of the most popular models, and movements, of Baselworld 2015.
Grand Seiko released new several new mechanical and spring drive models for 2015, all of them inspired by their classic 1967 62GS.
BALL Watch is a company that's very active in case innovation. We recently reviewed their awesome Magneto S and its protective metallic iris. Today's watch, the Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph, focuses on a new approach to operating a chronograph. Chronographs typically have two pushers, one for starting/stopping, the other for resetting. On the Slide Chronograph, as you'd expect, all chronograph functions are operated via a sliding mechanism on the side of the case, which gives the watch a much cleaner look. How well does it work? Read on to find out.
Today we look at the Seiko Prospex SUN023, the kinetic GMT dive watch. This watch combines a number of useful features like a movement that's powered by the motion of your wrist and a GMT complication, but its most prominent attribute is its wild looks.
Bremont's collaboration with aviation giant Boeing has, so far at least, two models--the Model 1, which we reviewed earlier, and the 247, the chronograph model that we'll be looking at today.
Today we look at one of the more innovative and interesting watches we've seen in a long time, the Ball Magneto S. Ball has really set itself apart from the competition by focusing on their case technology in addition to their obsession with tritium tubes over conventional luminous paint.
Today we look at a very cool new addition to Seiko's popular Astron collection, the SSE031. Like some other new Astron chronographs, it features a ceramic bezel and ceramic center links, but what really sets the SSE031 apart is how it looks.
Nomos is a company famed for its understated Germanic designs, particularly those with bold Arabic numerals. Their Tangente, Tangomat, Ahoi and Tetra designs all feature these trademark number markers. When not employing Arabic numerals, Nomos uses no numerals at all, like in their Lambda, Zurich or Orion lines.
Fake watches are nothing novel--the practice is virtually as old as the existence of watches themselves. But what is rapidly changing is the competency of the forgers. In the modern era fake watches became extremely cheap knockoffs, generally lacking anything like the precise appearance of the real thing.
Today we look at a new and dressier incarnation of Bremont's popular ALT1-C chronograph line, the ALT1-C/PW. The ALT1-C has always been on the restrained side for a chronograph, but aside from a gold model, it isn't offered in a polished case--until today.
Today we take our first look at a Girard-Perregaux Traveller, one of GP's four major lines for men (the others being Hawk, 1945 and 1966) and the only line we haven't taken a close look at yet. We're correcting that omission by reviewing the beautiful, if eccentric, Traveller Moon Phase.
Bremont has been making aviation-inspired watches since the very beginning, but 2014 marked the first time that Bremont and legendary aeronautics company Boeing collaborated on piece.
The Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water is one of the brand's most exciting new watches.
Nomos released a beautiful new limited edition Orion model, in both 38 and 33 millimeter sizes, to honor the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Like all Orions, it's a very classy and understated piece, but the 1989 is perhaps even more understated than the ordinary models.
It seems like every year there's a surprisingly good deal to be had from a Grand Seiko limited edition spring drive. Last year it was the SBGA095, with its stunning brown dial, but this year that spot is clearly taken by the SBGA111.
Today we look at what is easily one of the most anticipated watches of the year, the Maurice Lacroix Gravity. In fact, this was my most anticipated watch of the year.
Today we get to look at an extraordinary rare watch, the Seiko Galante Fire. In fact, this watch is so rare that it's not only the first Galante spring drive to be sold in North America, it's the only one.
In a short time Nomos Glashutte has become one of the leading German watch brands and one of the most respected manufactures in the world. In that time they've managed to exponentially increase the number of models they make.
The SBGH035 is one of the best, and oddly most underreported, of all the new Grand Seikos in 2014. It is currently the top of the line of three hand Grand Seikos and is one of very few models to receive the SPECIAL accuracy designation.
Grand Seiko is easily one of the most well loved brands among watch collectors and for good reason. It, and its parent company Seiko, have a history that rivals all but the best European watchmakers and no brand has been more influential than it in the last 50 years.
In the contemporary watch world, there are basically three channels of commerce for new luxury watches: authorized dealers, the grey market and the black market. The black market needs no introduction, but many new watch collectors are confused by the differences between the grey market and authorized dealers.
Today we look at the very first Nomos with the new swing system, the Metro. Like a select few other Nomos watches, it features their unique gangreserve (power reserve) complication in addition to a date at 6:00, powered by a traditional hand wound movement.
Today we look at the first addition to the Weltzeit collection since the popular original was introduced several years ago. Instead of the very German white/silver dial of the original, the new model receives a "True Blue" dial and the updated DUW in house movement.
Today is a rare opportunity to compare a very exclusive new limited edition with a legendary full production watch.
The Girard-Perregaux 1945 has always been one of my favorite Girard-Perregauxs--particularly these moon phase versions. Their art deco design has stood the test of time, but the watch is something more than pretty--it's easy to wear and read.
It's an unusual day where I review a bracelet with the watch as an afterthought, but this is one of those days. Damasko, the popular German watchmaker known for its super tough tool watches and, more recently, for their high-tech in house movements, has never offered a bracelet, despite the demands of their fans.
Today we get to look at a true first for Grand Seiko. It's not an homage to a 1960s model, it's not a new version of an existing model, it's not an addition to a pre-existing group of watches. Instead, these watches, the SBGX115 and SBGX117, are Grand Seiko's very first divers to feature a quartz movement.
Today we look at 6 of Seiko's all-new Astron Chronographs. Their predecessor was the first watch to sync both time and time zone by GPS signal. The new version, however, is not only Seiko's first chronograph to sync time and time zone via GPS, but it's also much thinner, smaller and lighter, making for not only a more complex watch, but also a surprisingly more versatile one as well.
The most discussed, debated and mysterious movement in the world today is the Seiko Spring Drive. Most associated with the high-end brand Grand Seiko, spring drive movements are now available in many high end Seikos, from Ananta to Galante to Credor.
2014 marks the first time Seiko Prospex has been officially sold in North America and there are a lot of models to examine. Today we take a look at just four, three automatics and one kinetic.
2014 marked a momentous year for Grand Seiko. On the one hand, our favorite Japanese brand was busy celebrating the 50th anniversary of their famous model, the 1964 Self Dater. But on the other, GS was looking to the future, specifically with this model, the SBGJ005. It's the first Grand Seiko of its kind.
Continued from Part 1, which you can find here.
Today we look at two of the oldest and most prestigious watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe and Girard-Perregaux. We'll be comparing one of each brand's most complex mass produced models, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146G in white gold and the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Equation of Time in pink gold.
Girard-Perregaux is a very old and elite Swiss watchmaker. Today GP watches can and do compete with the biggest names in the business.
Today we look at one of the most hotly anticipated German watches of 2014, the Nomos Ahoi Atlantik. The sequel to last year's popular Ahoi, Nomos' first beach-friendly watch, the Atlantik receives a new dial color but retains its cool tropical styling.
Well it's finally here: the blue dial SBGA105. This was one of the major hits of Basel World 2014 and arguably the #1 most popular Grand Seiko (that, or the new GMT) for 2014. It's easy to see why.
JeanRichard is a company known for a offering a dizzying variety of models ensuring that every customer ends up with an almost unique piece--JeanRichard is basically as close as you can get to a custom made watch short of pieces costing 3 or 4 times as much.
Today I get to look at one of my absolute favorite Grand Seikos and one that gets far too little attention. The SBGC series, of which this is a member, is Grand Seiko's response to some people's criticism that they're too traditional and that they don't take chances. The SBGC001 is proof that they do.
This is an exciting time for Seiko fans as we get more and more models that have been Japan only for far too long. While this SBDB009 is a new model, it really does mark the beginning of a new line for collectors outside of Japan, as it's a harbinger of the regular Prospex collection as well.
Today we look at our third new Grand Seiko of 2014, and the second homage to the famous 1964 Self-Dater.
This weekend at JCK I had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael Pearson and Nick English of Bremont watch fame to discuss upcoming watches, in house movements, and the future of English watchmaking. They were, as always, a joy to work with and their passion for watches and their brand was remarkable.
Today we take our very first look at a brand new special edition from aviation watch legend Bremont that commemorates firsts, past and present. Namely, the watch is inspired by, and includes a part of, the very first working plane ever made by the Wright Brothers in 1903, the Wright Flyer.
Today we take a quick glance at what happens when we take black dialed Grand Seikos and switch Seiko's bracelet for an OEM crocodile strap.
Today I have the luck, or perhaps misfortune depending on how you look at it, of doing a comparative review between two of my absolute favorite brands, brands I have followed closely for many years: Nomos and Grand Seiko. And I can't resort to any sort of "apples and oranges" cliche to get out of deciding a winner.
Today we take a look at a new JeanRichard Terrascope. As you may already know, JeanRichard prides itself on how customizable their watches are--if you like a particular JR design, but wish it had some slight difference, JR probably already makes the watch your envisioning.
Today we compare two chronographs known for their extreme toughness and aviation design heritage, the Bremont Michael Wong Heli-Chrono and the Damasko DC66 Si. This is England versus Germany with two watches that are strikingly similar, yet surprisingly unique.
Today I have the pleasure of examining two new limited edition Grand Seikos for 2014. These are definitely the dressiest watches coming out of Grand Seiko this year and they are absolutely stunning. They also tie into Seiko's long and illustrious history perhaps better than any model in their current lineup.
Today we take a quick glance at the STGF075, the very first ladies watch from Grand Seiko ever sold in America.
I suppose there's no reason to make you wait until the end of the review for this: these are the best looking 9F Grand Seikos ever made.
At first glance, outside of being German, Nomos and Damasko have nothing in common. Nomos is a Glashutte brand known for its slim Bauhaus dress watches and Damasko is a Regensburg maker known for their ultra-tough tool watches--and never the two shall meet. Or will they?
What an exciting day at Timeless--we've been waiting on these DK10s and DK11s for what seems like forever and they're finally here. These two watches were the launch vehicle for Damasko's first in house movement, the A35, and represent the flagship of the young watch company.
Today we take a look at beautiful new Ball chronographs for 2014, this one aimed for use by the medical profession to assist in taking a patient's pulse.
Alexander Shorokhoff is a Russian designed, German made watch brand known for their eccentric, avant garde designs. No watch showcases their design aesthetic better than this Babylonian, a wild, but attractive, hand wound piece.
Today we get to look at yet another brand that has flown under the radar for too long, Alexander Shorokhoff. Specifically, we'll be examining their beautiful hand wound chronograph, the New Planet.
Today we look at two of Damasko's most affordable options, the DA44 and DA45. Although much lower priced than their in house DK line, they possess basically all the same high-tech features in terms of their case and construction.
Today I get to introduce you to Nomos' ultimate dress watch, the Orion 38. It takes Nomos' already ultra-clean dial and takes it up a notch while, like any proper dress watch, it loses the date (although a date complication is available).
While we have a break before the new 2014 models hit the stores I wanted to show off an existing JeanRichard that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
We had a great time visiting the geniuses at Maurice Lacroix while at JCK this weekend. We were finally able to go hands on with some of the most important watches of 2014, including the amazing new Gravity.
Timeless Luxury Watches just finished our visit to Grand Seiko at JCK and we got to play with lots of new models for 2014. Here are our photos and impressions.
Timeless Luxury Watches is proud to be offering Nomos watches for the very first time. As some of you know, I’ve been a fan of the brand for many years and it’s a dream come true to finally be able to see the entire line up in real life.
Today I get to look at a very rare and very special watch. It’s not often that a watch crosses my desk that was authorized by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (actually, it’s never happened before). That watch is, of course, the new Bremont Victory limited edition.
It’s not often that I get to review a watch that genuinely contributes something to horology. Generally I am happy to focus on the aesthetics and execution of a watch. But the Astron is a watch that sees farther than its peers.
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing one of the finest watches in the world. I’m supposed to hold my conclusions until the end, but really, once you see it, there’s not much point in waiting.
Today we get the chance to examine a very cool retro-inspired piece, the Avigator A-7. What in the world is avigation you might ask?
Today I have the pleasure of discussing one of the most sought after watches from Germany’s rising star, Nomos. The Weltzeit is a model I have been looking forward to seeing ever since its release, but they sell so fast I never get a chance to really examine it the way I’d like.