Roland Iten R8 MKII Sport Mechanical Belt Buckle in Steel and Titanium (Plus Video): For the Man Who Hasn’t Quite Got Everything Yet, This Should Do It!

Ian Skellern speaking from many years of experience, in saying that the R8 MKII Sport belt buckle isn’t a show pony, it has much more functionality than simply stylishly holding up your trousers. But above all, it is a pure indulgence.

Grand Seiko T0 Constant Force Tourbillon: I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes! – Reprise

As Joshua Munchow swiped through posts on Instagram one day, he was stopped in his tracks, toothbrush dangling from his gaping mouth, eyes wide, and one singular thought running through his head as he stared at his phone: Grand Seiko doesn’t make movements like this. This is an avant-garde tourbillon movement with a constant force escapement and incredible, exposed mechanics! What in the world . . .?! Meet the T0.

GoS Sarek Frost: Scandinavian Winter on the Wrist

If there’s one thing (apart from snow) heralding the start of winter in Scandinavia, it’s frost. The dial of the GoS Sarak Frost recreates the scintillating appearance of icy frost.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum: The Little Details are Lit! – Reprise

Diver’s watches are meant to be rough, tough tool watches, and limited editions are made to cash in on a model’s popularity. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum is both, yet disproves these paradox presumptions as Martin Green discovered after wearing this watch for a while. What did he think? "It's lit!"
Movement view: Philippe Dufour Simplicity

Here’s Why: Manual Winding Watches are for Horological Connoisseurs – Reprise

Joshua Munchow explains why he thinks manual winding watches are for horological connoisseurs and why more complexity isn’t necessarily better in some cases.

The Secret to Good Watch Design: The Art of Proportion

A principle of art that Raman Kalra find best at capturing why some watches work so well is that of proportion. Here he explains why.

Why I Bought It: C by Romain Gauthier Titanium Edition Two – Reprise

One of the reasons that GaryG bought a C By Romain Gauthier Titanium Edition Two is that it fits his shifting lifestyle and watch-wearing habits; as more and more of his time is spent in casual clothing and running various errands, it’s great to have a piece that has a true sporting character yet still packs the punch of a top indie creation.

Patek Philippe Reference 5101: Magnum Opus with Concealed Ten-Day Tourbillon

The Patek Philippe 5101 ten-day tourbillon isn’t perfect: it’s not notably shock tolerant, there’s no lume, and one could fault its 25-meter water resistance. But most important of all for Tim Mosso is that he can’t afford it! However, since its supernova 2003 debut, the 5101 has established a towering reputation that is, if anything, insufficient to convey the eye-watering beauty and milestone status of this sinuously shaped machine.

New Release: Sarpaneva Midnight Sun

Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva has just released a watch that helps you keep track of time no matter how light or dark it is outside: the Midnight Sun.
ETA/Valjoux 7750 front and back

Valjoux 7750: The World’s Greatest Chronograph Movement by Far (by Popularity and Numbers) – Reprise

As Martin Green became ever more impressed by the performance of the Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement, he also found himself enamored by its little quirks and the variety of watches it has been tapped to power. Here Martin outlines the history of this classic automatic chronograph movement.

Chronoswiss Delphis: Taking it to the Next Level

Martin Green has been a big fan of Chronoswiss since the 1990s and thought it tough to improve any of their models. However, the new Delphis, Chronoswiss has clearly taken things to the next level.

Scottish Watches Podcast #521: Convincing Aldis Hodge to Make the Horological Documentary ‘Making Time’ and Much More with Ian Skellern

Ian Skellern had the honor to be interviewed by Rikki Daman for the Scottish Watch Podcast. If you are interested in how Ian came to be a watch journalist and how he convinced Aldis Hodge to feature in the Making Time documentary, check this out.

Diplomaticos 30th Anniversary PCC Cigars: Seriously Good to Stunning

Before Ken Gargett smoked a Diplomaticos 30th Anniversary PCC Cigars, he asked for some thoughts. The responses ran the gauntlet from seriously good to stunning.

Don’t Miss These 5 Excellent Talks from Dubai Watch Week

One of the best things about Dubai Watch Week are the presentations, debates, and talks in the Horology Forum. These cover a very wide range of topic and are usually 45-minutes long with time for audience questions at the end. Here are five that Ian Skellern particularly enjoyed that will hopefully both entertain and educate, as well as give you an idea of the types of diverse topics covered.
Some Friends’ Rolexes as Seen at a Recent Group Lunch

Why I’ve Never Owned A Rolex – And Why I Might Yet (Update: I Do Now!) – Reprise

Once in a while on the collector forums, a question is posed: is there anyone in the collector community who has never, ever, owned a Rolex? As a general rule, respondents to these queries tend to express disbelief that such a creature could possibly exist given the quality and ubiquity of the brand’s watches. Well, folks, GaryG is here to tell you that such people do exist, and that he is one of them. How could it be? And then what happened?

Suggestions for a 3-Watch Collection for £10,000/$13,000

What if you were given £10,000/$13,00 to spend on creating a new collection? With a hypothetical wish list, what would you buy? Raman Kalra shares his suggestions and why.