Interview with Parmigiani CEO Guido Terreni on the Raison d’Etre of the new Toric: the Art of Dressing

Since taking over as CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier in 2021, Guido Terreni has leaned into the brand’s legacy as a maker of classic dress watches at the level of high watchmaking. Not by making a dramatic statement piece but by doubling down on refinement. Having reintroduced the Tonda, and picking up a GPHG award for it in 2022, Terreni turned his attention to the Toric, the golden-ratio proportioned flagship dress watch that was Michel Parmigiani’s first design.

Omega Aqua Terra: Is it TOO Good?

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Omega is a global household name. When discussing Omega, everyone will have their mental image of what defines the brand for them. This could be the Seamaster association with James Bond or the Speedmaster with the moon landings. However, it is the Aqua Terra Raman Kalra focuses on here.

Champagne Taittinger Trio that are Great Value: Les Folies de La Marquetterie, Prelude, and Vintage 2015

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None of these three champagnes are considered as prestige releases – for Taittinger, that would be their brilliant Comtes de Champagne – and consequently they are priced well below, each coming in at around one-third of the price of Comtes. You can’t go wrong. They are all beautiful champagnes and will reward drinking now or time in the cellar.

F.P. Journe Octa Perpétuelle Reviewed by Tim Mosso

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The F.P. Journe Octa Perpétuelle was Journe’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch. “First” is a flag that flies forever, and this watch is a potential collection cornerstone on that basis alone.

Behind the Lens: Unique Reference 28 Inverse by Kari Voutilainen

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GaryG won’t soon forget the pre-opening independents party at Baselworld in 2019 where Kari Voutilainen wasted no time in showing him and a few friends a breathtaking timepiece: his 28ti, number 0, in titanium. Gary shares what happened next here and how it resulted in him photographing this unique piece.

Czapek Antarctique Green Meteor: Cosmos to the Wrist

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Czapek is on a roll with its popular Antarctique steel sports watch and recently introduced a striking green meteorite dial in a limited edition of 100 pieces (which is already nearly sold out.)

Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 6119: Dressed For Success

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Designing a new Calatrava may be one of the most difficult tasks a watch designer can be given. As a benchmark model in the dress watch arena, anything less than perfect is unacceptable. The new Reference 6119 highlights the fact that the Calatrava is capable of both changing and remaining true to its roots as Martin Green explains here.

How Swatch Saved the Swiss Watch Industry

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Swatch stands as a testament to innovation, resilience, and creativity within the watch industry. Born out of the ashes of the Quartz Crisis, Swatch both saved the Swiss watch industry from obsolescence and revolutionized it through its groundbreaking approach to design, manufacturing, and marketing.

Rolex Submariner vs. GMT Master II: Small Differences, Difficult Decision

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Rolex Submariner or GMT Master II? This is not an easy question and veryone will have their own opinion on which of these two iconic watches is their favorite. Many considering owning a Rolex will start with these two models. Raman Kalra tries to pick his favorite.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus: Making A Case For Titanium

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It still surprises Martin Green just how fast the Odysseus has become a staple collection for A. Lange & Söhne. It has only been three short years, during which time Lange has already launched stainless steel and white gold versions. And at Watches and Wonders 2022, A. Lange & Söhne presented a surprising Odysseus in titanium.

De Bethune DB Eight: The Ultimate in Chronograph Refinement!

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What would happen if a watch brand makes a chronograph that looks almost exactly like a simple, time only watch? You end up with the most low-key, under-the-radar, stealth chronograph on the market: the De Bethune DB Eight!

Top 10 Watches from Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: XIX totaling $40 million – Rolex, Patek Philippe and Akrivia/Rexhep Rexhepi Dominate

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX held over the weekend by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, totaled 39,667,167, just a tad over its high estimate, and set five world records.

Armin Strom Celebrates its 15th Birthday: from One-Man Band to Fully Integrated Manufacture

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15 years ago, Armin Strom transformed from a one-man show to a fully integrated manufacture brand when entrepreneur Serge Michel and master watchmaker Claude Greisler took over the reins.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore T3 Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore T3 Chronograph: The One That Got Away

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We’ve all got our “fishing” stories regarding “the one that got away.” John Keil's involves an Audemars Piguet that arguably started the Limited Edition Offshore craze and starred in a movie to boot: the Royal Oak Offshore T3.

Zenith Pilot Doublematic Reviewed by Tim Mosso: It’s a Grail Watch for him (if only he had a Bigger Wrist)

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What if the prohibitive dream watch were eminently affordable to attain but too large to wield? Is that a grail? If so, behold Tim Mosso's grail watch, the Zenith Pilot Doublematic.

Yes, You Must Pay Duties and Taxes on Your Personal Watches When Traveling, But Here’s How to Avoid the Worst

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Watch enthusiasts traveling into Switzerland, Germany, Japan, China, and the United States are targets of opportunity for border customs police. Here Chris Malburg shows how to avoid paying more in duties and taxes than necessary and the embarrassment of being suspected of smuggling legitimately purchased watches.