While Switzerland may now lay claim to having the world’s most robust watchmaking industry, it was the English who laid the groundwork for mechanical watches as we know it. Today, British watchmaking is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, thanks in large part to people like Giles Ellis of Schofield Watch Company. An independent British watch company based in rural Sussex, Schofield watches are proudly British.
For someone who spends more time in the air than on the ground, the world timer watch is a very nice thing to have. But what is a world timer watch you ask? Read the latest edition of our Back to Basics series to find out! And don’t miss the three stunning world timer watches we’ve also included for your viewing (or buying) pleasure.
Cartier recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of their famous Tank watch. Designed by Louis Cartier himself in 1917, the Tank watch was inspired by the new military tanks that fought on the battlefields during World War I. The distinct ridged lines and rectangular shape of the Tank timepiece was indeed intriguing during a time when watches were typically round. Over the last century, the Tank watch has remained a mainstay in Cartier’s watch collections, with the brand producing countless iterations of the timepiece. The most popular among them is none other than the Tank Francaise.
The Rolex Submariner 6200 is a legend in vintage Rolex collecting circles. One of the earliest Submariner models, Rolex manufactured this particular reference for only a short period. Its limited production run coupled with some very distinct design details makes the Submariner 6200 one of the most sought after vintage Rolex models out there. Brush up on your Rolex history with six quick facts about the Submariner ref. 6200.
Just over a decade ago, in 2005, Omega launched a new professional diver’s watch collection dubbed the Seamaster Planet Ocean. Although modern in terms of design, materials, and mechanics, the Omega Planet Ocean watches draw inspiration from the brand’s rich legacy of diving watches.
There are two very distinct sides to the Rolex lineup: the dress watches and the sports watches. Whereas by nature, Rolex dress watches are designed to look great, Rolex sports watches are designed to look great and to serve a specific purpose. In fact, all Rolex sports watches began as a purpose-built tool for a specific audience.
At Baselworld 2017, Rolex followed up last year’s debut of the new Datejust 41 collection with two new models. While the first members of the Datejust 41 collection were yellow gold and steel, along with rose gold and steel, this year’s additions are two new white metal versions. And they’re pretty perfect.
It's about time to start thinking about what gifts you’ll be giving your loved ones this holiday season. We are of course partial to luxury watches. After all, a luxury watch is a fantastic gift that is both beautiful and practical.
Along with diving watches, pilot watches are some of the most coveted tool timepieces that were built for a specific purpose. While pilots today rely on cutting-edge computers to navigate and calculate, that doesn’t take away from the appeal of a fine aviation-inspired watch. Ranging from less than $1,000 to just under $9,000, here are some of our favorite mechanical pilot watches to sport right now.
After months of planning, speculation, and anticipation, Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” Daytona ref. 6239 sells for a record-breaking $17,752,500 (the bid was $15.5 million without buyer’s premium). It is now the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, surpassing the $11 million Patek Philippe ref. 1518 record.
Among all the watches that Rolex offers, it’s the Lady-Datejust that outsells every other model. Cherished for their timeless elegance, prestige, versatility, and longevity, the Rolex Lady-Datejust is the quintessential women’s luxury watch. It’s the little black dress of high-end timepieces—always in style and utterly dependable.
In honor of Oktoberfest, we say cheers to German watchmaking! Hailing from the town of Glashütte—the heart of German watchmaking—Glashütte Original not only makes some of the most beautiful timepieces, but they’re all powered by in-house movements too.
In 2007, Rolex brought back the Milgauss to the surprise of almost everyone in the watch community. As is characteristic of the brand, Rolex kept signature details of the vintage Milgauss collection but presented it in a completely contemporary fashion. Let’s delve into the modern Milgauss ref. 116400 and nerd out on this awesome scientist’s watch.
In 1963, Rolex launched a new chronograph model called the Cosmograph. The name Daytona was soon added to the dial—a label that has remained since.
Beginning its life as a tool watch for the Italian Navy, today, the Panerai Luminor is a luxury sports watch that enjoys a fervent following among celebrities and regular folks alike.