10 Highlights from Watches and Wonders Week 2024

Watches and Wonders 2024, has closed it’s doors on an exhibition that was bigger than ever with a record 54 exhibiting brands. Plus, there were many brands exhibiting offsite in hotels and their own premises. here are a few of Ian Skellern’s highlights from Watches and Wonders week 2024

Armin Strom Orbit: One of the Best Watch Date Complications You Can Get

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Martin Green thinks that the Armin Strom Orbit the best watch with a date complication currently available. and here he explains why.

Own a Piece of Watch History for Under $200: The Swatch Sistem51

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The Swatch Sistem51 has been around since Baselworld 2013, and since then has received a lot of positive and negative coverage. However, removing the noise, the Sistem51 remains a great technical achievement and will go down as a defining historical model. It’s not perfect, but for any watch lover, it is still worth considering.

Coloring Watches: PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) and ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition)

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There are two key technologies used for the coloration of luxury watches and movements, PVD and ALD. Segio Galanti takes a quick look at color treatments.

The Jump Hour: A Love Story

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The jump hour has a long history, but first things first: it can’t technically be called a complication since the accepted definition of complication is a mechanism that provides information other than the time. However, anyone who gives a hoot will say in the same breath that there are many complications that don’t fit that definition and Joshua Munchow couldn’t agree more. But why does he love the jump hour so much?

The Grail of Attic Finds: Reunited with the First Watch I Ever Owned, A West End Watch Co Sowar Prima

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Colin Alexander Smith is reunited with his first watch and discovers an intriguing watch manufacturer that has been producing mechanical watches in Switzerland continuously since 1886.

Singer Reimagined Divetrack: The World’s Best Mechanical Divers’ Watch – Bar None!

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All previous diver's watches have one thing in common: the only functionality related to diving is the bezel. The Singer Reimaged Divetrack revolutionizes dive watches with its central chronograph timing functionality.

History of Divers’ Watches: Voyage to the Bottom of the Ocean

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It is often said that it is easier to send a person to the Moon than to the ocean floor because of the extreme conditions found at great depths, such as no visibility and overwhelming pressure. However, in 1960 a wristwatch (Rolex “Deep Sea Special”) accompanied mankind to the deepest ocean floor even before it accompanied mankind to the Moon in 1969 (Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch).

HYT Conical Tourbillon Black Eklipse: A Potent Hallucinating Horological Trip

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When measured in kicks, not all watches rank the same. This is often a combination of the watch itself and personal preferences, but sometimes a watch ranks so high in wow factor that none of that matters. You are bound to go on a horological trip, and such a watch is the HYT Conical Tourbillon.

New Release : Absolutely Stunning Louis Moinet ‘Around the World in Eight Days’ Unique Piece Collection

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Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Usually, the artist has a message that they hope that their art conveys, but sometimes the art (if it’s good enough) overwhelms the intended message. Ian Skellern experienced that with the Louis Moinet ‘Around the World in Eight Days’ Unique Piece collection.

Fleming Series 1: A Superb New ‘Six-Eater’

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The world is again another watch brand richer, as recently, US-based but Swiss-made brand Fleming launched its first collection.

M.A.D.Editions ✕ Jean Charles de Castelbajac ‘Time to Love’

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With the M.A.D.Editions ✕ Jean Charles de Castelbajac ‘Time to Love’, not for the first time, nor I expect the last time, Max Büsser has surprised me. This time by making all previous editions of the hitherto bonkers looking M.A.D.1 look boring.
Steve McQueen wearing a TAG Heuer Monaco in the film Le Mans

The Real Story Behind Steve McQueen’s Heuer Monaco: Exclusive Interview with ‘Le Mans’ Property Master Don Nunley

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Back in the 1970s, Steve McQueen was the king of cool: he was a world-famous movie star and a prominent racecar driver. So it's no surprise that the Heuer Monaco he wore in the film 'Le Mans' instantly became a hit. But what happened to the Monaco models used on set and where are they today? Chris Malburg interviews the propmaster to find out.

Why I Bought It: Konstantin Chaykin Joker

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When GaryG encountered Konstantin Chaykin's Joker, whose “face” is literally just that with two googly eyes showing the hours and minutes with their respective pupils and a lolling red tongue displaying the phase of the moon, he was transfixed. And moments later he placed an order. Find out why right here!,

Lang & Heyne Hektor Reviewed by Tim Mosso

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The Lang & Heyne Hektor is a complicated watch. No, it’s not a mechanical complication, but its place in the L&H universe requires some explaining.
Fitting Rolex balance wheel and Parachrom hairspring

Hairsprings: Origins, Progress, and (Dare I Say) Exciting Future

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The tiny, delicate, nearly impossible-to-create hairspring is the one of the biggest advances for modern scientific technology there is. Here Joshua Munchow takes a dive into the muscle of the beating heart of most mechanical watches: the hairspring.