GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL SENATOR CHRONOGRAPH PANORAMA DATE
Chronographs are a popular complication even though digital has stepped in to take over the chore of clocking intervals. Still, they remain fascinating technically: all those little parts working together in harmony. More than just a function, the chronograph offers a coordinated dance that animates the dial and offers a way to intimately interact with your watch.
MAURICE LACROIX AIKON MASTER GRAND DATE
Maurice Lacroix is based in Saignelégier, a town nestling within the verdant landscape of the Swiss Jura. Its residents speak French, albeit many of them are multilingual, a fact I find very humbling as an Englishman with few linguistic skills. Thankfully, the Swiss watch firm is very kind to unilingual Brits, often employing English words for the names of its products eg the Master Grand Date.
PERRELET LAB PERIPHERAL 3-HANDS & DATE
Introduction Abram Louys Perrelet (widely known as Abraham-Louis) was born in Le Locle, Neuchâtel in 1729. His father was a farmer and a talented craftsman who was known to have made quality tools for watchmakers. Abraham-Louis’s ambitions, however, lay way beyond woodworking and toiling the land. In his teens, he embarked on an apprenticeship with a local watchmaker named Prince. This brief encounter proved frustrating for Perrelet, in part due to his employer’s questionable work ethic. It did, however, ignite such a desire in him that he embarked on a journey to become a watchmaker in his own right. His natural aptitude, innovative creations and technical prowess won him the respect of his peers and, in turn, an illustrious clientele.
NOMOS GLASHÜTTE CLUB SPORT NEOMATIK 42 DATE BLUE
The start of my romance In the traditional world of watchmaking, several brands have been in operation for over 100 years. Indeed, the history of some brands exceeds 200 years. NOMOS Glashütte, on the other hand, was founded in 1990, just over 30 years ago, making it relatively young by comparison. However, despite its youth and modest origins, the company has since become ‘the largest manufacturer of mechanical timepieces in Germany’. So, what is the secret to the brand’s rapid ascent and remarkable growth? Allow me to explain.
THE DUBOIS ET FILS DBF007 – ‘HANDS-ON’
Over the years, I have handled a number of watches produced by the Swiss brand, DuBois et fils. There is a reoccurring theme with this company’s products, namely, a palpable quality that can be readily discerned with an outstretched index finger or an inquisitive eye.
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER TONDA PF MICRO-ROTOR
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor is just one of four new models produced by the Swiss brand, designed for today’s discerning horophile. Each watch is dressed in fine attire with textures, lines and colours collaborating to confer a lasting joy. Recently, Angus Davies grasped the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with this latest model, a timepiece conceived with significant input of brand CEO, Guido Terreni.
BIANCHET TOURBILLON B1.618 OPENWORK
Introduction Back in 2017, Rodolfo Festa Bianchet and his wife Emmanuelle took the bold and courageous step to launch their own watch brand. Emmanuelle was a respected artist and sculptor, whilst Rodolfo had built a successful career in the world of Fintech. However, neither individual had any knowledge of running a watch brand. It was the lucrative sale of Rodolfo’s Forex trading platform, ‘Trade Interceptor’ which enabled the couple to capitalise on their newfound freedom and immerse themselves into a shared passion for luxury timepieces.
H. MOSER & CIE STREAMLINER PERPETUAL CALENDAR
H. Moser & Cie, the high-end watch brand based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, has enjoyed much success with its Streamliner collection first launched in 2020. Now the Manufacture has unveiled a new variant, the Perpetual Calendar Ref. 6812-1200. Mark McArthur-Christie, a self-confessed admirer of the brand, explores this wonderfully minimalist composition.
MAURICE LACROIX AIKON AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH TITANIUM
One of the joys of purchasing a new car is deciding on its specification. Personally, I derive much pleasure using a car marque’s web-based configuration tool. Beyond choosing the colour of the exterior paint and leather interior, there is a long list of options to consider. Initially, there is a temptation to select everything on offer, however, after all the potential costs have been aggregated, a moment of realisation comes to the fore: the chosen options would add a further 50% to the sale cost! The frustrated buyer then has to deselect options. The 1000W Hi-Fi system is struck from the inventory, the 22″ alloy wheels with low profile tyres deleted forever, the glorious panoramic glass with solar cooling and numerous other sumptuous delights, all deselected and resigned to memory. Quite simply, cost often curtails the notion of choice.
TAG HEUER CARRERA TWIN-TIME 2021
In the English language, there is a word that has become increasingly popular, ‘gentrify’. It is often used to describe how the character of a formerly poor urban area has changed with the influx of wealthier individuals. Effectively, neighbourhoods become more desirable courtesy of improved housing and new businesses moving to the area. Sadly, this leads to many of the existing inhabitants being ‘priced out’ and displaced as a result.
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER – WHERE EXCEPTIONAL IS THE NORM
Introduction – Michel Parmigiani Le Chapeau de Napoléon, a former lookout point, sits atop a mountain, positioned approximately 1000 metres above sea level. From this vantage point, the observer is indulged with remarkable views of France as well as Fleurier and vast swathes of the Val-de-Travers region. This latter area is very familiar to Michel Parmigiani, a master watchmaker and restorer.