Wednesday, 1 April 2015

AUCTION WATCH: Two Dozen Highlights From Phillips' Inaugural Geneva Watch Auction (Part 2)

Here's the second part of a series of highlights from the inaugural Phillips watch sale, "The Geneva Watch Auction: One", set to take place in Geneva next month.

Paul Boutros, International Strategy Advisor at Phillips' watch department, has selected just over two dozen highlights from the upcoming Philips sale (see part one for the first instalment). A collector, expert and journalist, Paul's taste is sophisticated and eclectic, resulting an a dozen varied and interesting timepieces.

AUCTION WATCH: Two Dozen Highlights From Phillips' Inaugural Geneva Watch Auction (Part 1)

The inaugural sale by the newly formed Phillips watch department, "The Geneva Watch Auction: One", will take place on May 10. Here's a selection of highlights from the sale, curated by watch expert Paul Boutros.

Phillips announced late last year it would form a watch department, confirming the expectations of many in the business. With Aurel Bacs leading the watch department, a great deal was from Phillips' inaugural watch sale given Bacs' stellar run at Christie's, where many record prices were set

The first Phillips sale takes place in Geneva next month on May 10, with an impressive line-up of watches encompassing the million or half million dollar Rolex and Patek Philippe watches that are de rigeur, as well as a host of other interesting and collectable watches. Paul Boutros, a New York based watch expert and International Strategy Advisor at Phillips' watch department, picked a few highlights in an exclusive preview.

IWC Introduces The Unique Portofino Monopusher Edition “Tribeca Film Festival 2015”

IWC has created a unique Portofino Monopusher Edition “Tribeca Film Festival 2015” for the eponymous event, that will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Tribeca Film Institute.

Now in its third year as partner of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), IWC has just unveiled the third edition of the wristwatch for the TFF, the Portofino Monopusher Edition “Tribeca Film Festival 2015”. A piece unique with a grey dial and red chronograph counters, the Portofino TFF is all the more interesting because it's the first time the Portofino Monopusher chronograph has made it to market. The watch was revealed briefly at SIHH 2013, then quickly withdrawn.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Hands-On With The Seiko 62GS Spring Drive And Hi-Beat Limited Editions (With Original Photos & Price)

Seiko took inspiration from the 62GS of 1967 for a quartet of Grand Seiko watches, styled as "modern re-interpretations" of a classic. Made in a limited edition, the watches are equipped with Hi-Beat automatic and Spring Drive movements. 

For several years now Seiko has looked to a vintage Grand Seiko watch as the basis for a new line-up, most notably with the 44GS in 2013 and the 57GS "Self-Dater" last year. At Baselworld 2015 Seiko unveiled the 62GS reissue, a spot-on replica of the first automatic Grand Seiko from 1967. Alongside the Grand Seiko Historical Collection remake, Seiko also introduced four 62GS "modern re-interpretation" watches, featuring cases that are modelled on the original 62GS, but with contemporary dial styles and bracelets.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés - Inspired By Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts (With Official Pricing)

Reproducing motifs from an illuminated manuscript in enamel, the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés combines artisanal decoration and a wandering hours time display, in the cushion-shaped Harmony case introduced at SIHH 2015.

Vacheron Constantin looked to the pages of the Aberdeen Bestiary for the motifs that decorate the Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés. Each of the three watches in the Savoirs Enluminés series is features a dial that is enamelled and engraved by hand, with a wandering hours time display.

IWC Introduces The Ingenieur AMG GT In Ultra-Hard Boron Carbide (With Specs & Price)

To mark the decade of its partnership with Mercedes AMG, IWC has created the Ingenieur Automatic Edition“AMG GT”, a 25-piece limited edition with a boron carbide case.

Just slightly below diamond on the Mohs hardness scale, boron carbide is a ceramic that is one of the hardest materials known. The ceramic is used for armoured vehicles and neutron shielding in nuclear plants, and also the case of the new Ingenieur Automatic Edition AMG GT from IWC.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Up Close With The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision - Simple And Elaborate (With Original Photos & Price)

Greubel Forsey's simplest wristwatch to date, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision nonetheless retains the brand's signature elaborate finishing that becomes all the more apparent with the simplicity of the watch.

Introduced at SIHH 2015, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is not instantly recognisable as a Greubel Forsey wristwatch, lacking many of the obvious features traditionally associated with the brand. Up close, however, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is easily discernible as a Greubel Forsey, with all the subtle and overt - and extremely expensive - finishes that the brand is fond of employing.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Introducing The Sinn EZM 3F, The No-Nonsense Pilot's Watch (With Price)

Conceived as an extremely functional pilot's watch, the EZM 3F was just introduced at Baselworld 2015, becoming the latest addition to the series of no-nonsense watches originally developed for elite police units.

An variation of the EZM 3 diver's watch, the EZM 3F (the suffix stands for flieger) offers a cleaner dial and more discrete date window, while preserving the trademark military look of the EZM watches. Naturally it is also endowed with the Sinn's inventions conceived for tool watches, like an integrated dehumidifier.

Seiko Introduces The Prospex Marinemaster 1000m Cermet "Tuna" Limited Editions (With Price)

Seiko has announced a pair of limited edition Prospex Marinemaster 1000 m "tuna" dive watches with shrouds made of cermet, a ceramic-metal composite used for the first time on a Seiko dive watch.

Alongside the Marinemaster Hi-Beat and "Emperor Tuna" in rose gold recently unveiled at Baselworld 2015, Seiko also revealed a pair of limited edition cermet "tuna" dive watches to mark the 50th anniversary of the Seiko diver's watch. The first is the quartz SBBN029 with a silver cermet shroud, and the second is the automatic SBDX016 with a copper-coloured cermet shroud.

Introducing The Sinn U212 S E - The 47 mm, 1000 m Diver In Submarine Steel (With Specs And Pricing)

Limited to 300 pieces, the U212 S E is an extra-large dive watch with all of Sinn's tool watch technology, including a built-in dehumidifier, scratch resistant Tegiment case made of submarine steel. 

Sinn's trademark line of dive watches all have cases made of a corrosion resistant steel alloy used for German navy submarines. Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the latest model in this line-up is the U212 S E, featuring the largest case Sinn makes for its dive watches at 47 mm in diameter. Surface hardened with Sinn's proprietary Tegiment process, the submarine steel case is also PVD coated with a black ceramic layer for exceptional scratch resistance.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Introducing The Nomos Metro 38 Datum, Now In A Larger Size, And Also In Black (With Pricing)

Now available in a larger, 38 mm case, with the alternative of a black dial, the Nomos Metro Date is equipped with the DUW 4101, a proprietary movement with an in-house escapement.   

Last year Nomos unveiled the Metro, its first wristwatch equipped with the Nomos Swing System, the escapement Nomos developed and makes on its own. Fresh from Baselworld 2015, the new Metro 38 Datum (German for "date") has a nearly identical design, save for a larger case and lack of power reserve indicator.

Hands-On With The Grand Seiko Historical Collection 62GS Reissue (With Original Photos And Price)

Seiko has remade the 62GS as part of its Grand Seiko Historical Collection, faithfully recreating the look and feel of the first ever automatic Grand Seiko first introduced in 1967.

At Baselworld 2015Seiko marks the 55th anniversary of Grand Seiko with the 62GS Historical Collection, modelled on the original of 1967. Distinguished by the crown crown at four o'clock (put there because it was automatic) and bezel-free case, the 62GS reissue is the fourth to join Seiko's successful line of historical remakes, after the 57GS Self-Dater and 44GS.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Introducing The Nomos Tangente Automatik - Quintessentially Nomos With A New Automatic Calibre (With Pricing)

Nomos has fitted the Tangente with the new DUW 3001 extra-thin automatic movement, added a dash of colour, while keeping the original size and proportions of its classic wristwatch.

Nomos' very first wristwatch was the Tangente, designed in the clean style of the Deutscher Werkbund movement (not exactly Bauhaus as often assumed), which set the tone for the rest of its watches. Now for the first time the Tangente is available with an automatic movement, the new DUW 3001 that's also found in new Minimatik, also newly unveiled at Baselworld 2015.

Omega Introduces The White Side Of The Moon, The White Ceramic Speedmaster (With Specs And Price)

Omega has inverted the colour of the first ceramic Speedmaster to create the White Side Of The Moon, entirely in white zirconium, right down to the dial and buckle.

Having been a commercial success, the Dark Side Of The Moon collection has grown significantly at Baselworld 2015, and now includes four more variations of the original, as well as the new White Side Of The Moon. Omega essentially changed of the chemical formula for the zirconium, making the entire watch white.

Introducing The Nomos Minimatik Extra-Thin Automatic With The New DUW 3001 Movement (With Pricing)

To go with its newly developed DUW 3001 extra-thin automatic movement Nomos has designed a new wristwatch, the Minimatik. It's a departure from the typical Nomos look, but still pleasingly minimalist.

Newly unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the Nomos Minimatik is different from the typical Nomos designed in the Deutscher Werkbund style, but still sparsely designed as is the brand's habit. It is fitted with a new movement, the DUW 3001 automatic that measures just 3.2 mm high.

Introducing The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph, A Twenties Style, Single-Button, Doctor's Watch (With Pricing)

Based on doctor's watches from the twenties, the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph is a mono pusher with a red pulsations scale and a lacquered enamel dial.

At Baselworld 2015 Longines has once again introduced a vintage-style chronograph powered by an upgraded Valjoux movement at an affordable price. The Pulsometer Chronograph is styled like those twenties chronographs intended for doctors, with a scale for measuring heartbeats on the dial.

Introducing The Omega Dark Side Of The Moon, Now In Four Degrees Of Darkness (With Specs And Pricing)

Omega has added a quartet of new models to the Dark Side Of The Moon line-up, capitalising on the bestselling black ceramic Speedmaster.

Launched two years ago the Dark Side Of The Moon has been a hit, combining the classic look of the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch with glossy black ceramic. Now in a manner typical of a Swiss watchmaker with a hit on its hands, Omega has introduced four more variations to the line-up at Baselworld 2015, ranging from all all black to a black ceramic and red gold combination.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Longines Unveils The Heritage Diver 1967 - A Remake Of The Sixties "Skin-Diver" Chronograph (With Official Pricing)

Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Heritage Diver 1967 is another well executed vintage inspired sports watch from Longines, this time modelled on the sixties "skin-diver" chronograph equipped with the 30CH and a distinctive red bezel.

Longines is steadily going through every decade of its archives for inspiration (last year saw the introduction of a seventies diver remake). Modelled on the sixties "skin-diver" ref. 7981 chronograph, the Heritage Diver 1967 is a good remake of the original, right down to the retro-style bracelet that could pass for something from Gay Frères - with the addition of some modern conveniences like automatic winding and a date.

Introducing The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, A Travel Watch With 37 Time Zones (With Specs And Price)

Glashütte Original introduces an all encompassing travel watch with the Senator Cosmopolite, covering 37 time zones and accounting for daylight saving time, packaged in a 44 mm gold case with a classically styled dial.

Three years ago Glashütte Original introduced the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, a €325,000 travel watch with a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and dual time zone. Now the first two complications have been removed to create the Senator Cosmopolite, a dual time zone watch that covers all of the world's 37 time zones and even accounts for summer time, and is also much more affordable.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Introducing The Timeburner From Miki Eleta, With A Piston Minutes Display

Clockmaker Miki Eleta has teamed up with Marc Jenni to produce the Timeburner, a watch inspired by the internal combustion engine that features a piston minutes display.

A self-taught clockmaker who specialises in complex, sculptural skeleton clocks, Miki Eleta hails from Bosnia but has lived in Switzerland since 1973. Now based in Zurich, Eleta teamed up with independent watchmaker Marc Jenni to realise the Timeburner a hand-wound wristwatch with piston minutes display.

Glashütte Original Unveils The New Senator Observer, A Deck Watch For The Wrist (With Specs And Price)

Inspired by the precision pocket watches used for maritime navigation in the early twentieth century, the Glashütte Original Senator Observer is equipped with an easy to read dial that's legible day and night, and of course an in-house movement.

Deck watches were precision pocket watches with concise, functional dials used on deck (marine chronometers were too bulky and fragile to be moved) for astronomical observation and navigation, hence the name. The Glashütte Original Senator Observer is modelled on such deck watches, with a dial layout just like a deck watch, with an oversized date display that's a concession to modernity and convenience.

Introducing The Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT "Landmaster" (With Specs And Price)

At Baselworld 2015, Seiko unveils the Prospex Kinetic GMT as part of its "Land" series of explorer's watches, equipping it with a hybrid electro-mechanical movement and second time zone function.

Last year Seiko introduced the Prospex Kinetic GMT "Tuna" Diver, an affordable dual time zone diver's watch. The same movement is used in the newly unveiled Prospex Kinetic GMT intended for mountaineers and explorers, modelled on the top of the line Prospex Landmaster watches Seiko sells only in Japan.

Introducing The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 - A Revamped Case & Movement For Under 5000 Francs (With Specs And Price)

TAG Heuer launches the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01, a reinterpretation of its classic rally chronograph that takes a leaf from the Hublot playbook, executed with a modular and highly customisable construction.

TAG Heuer has oscillated between classic, vintage-style and modern, edgy designs over the last decade, especially with the multiple iterations of the Carrera. Now with LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver in charge, the pendulum has now swung far in the direction of edgy with the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. It's the first of a new line of Carrera watches all based on the same modular case that can be customised by playing around with the constituent parts.

Introducing The New Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P (With Prices)

Patek Philippe unveils the new Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P in platinum, featuring a four year calendar and 60-minute chronograph in a 42 mm platinum case, larger than the model it replaces.

Last year Patek Philippe discontinued its Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960 in all precious metals, replacing them with an atypical steel version, the Ref. 5960/1A. The replacement for the precious metal versions has just been introduce at Baselworld, in the form of the Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P.

Introducing The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award (With Specs And Price)

Omega once again commemorates the Silver Snoopy award given by NASA for the Speedmaster Moon Watch that helped the Apollo 13 mission return to Earth safely after an explosion in space.

Omega played a vital role in the successful re-entry of the Apollo 13 spacecraft after its oxygen tank blew up on the way to the Moon, limiting the spacecraft's electrical system. The hand-wound Speedmaster Moon Watch helped save the day by timing certain re-entry procedures. Omega commemorates the Apollo 13 mission and its award with the Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award.