Montblanc’s 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter for Only Watch is squarely on top of the podium when it comes to reinterpreting successful vintage design: this hand-wound monopusher chronograph with a sophisticated column wheel mechanism exudes an invincible charming retro style that takes you directly back to the 1930s to the birth of its top-tier Minerva caliber.
About Sabine Zwettler
German by birth but a resident of the United States for the past ten years, Sabine is particularly fond of the art of independent watchmaking and the diversity of the manufacturers of her home country, Germany.
The H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Concept for Only Watch expresses the idea of a truly minimalist dial reduced to its bare essentials while offering a carpe diem-style message that is gracefully accentuated by the vibrant red fumé dial.
Only very few manufacturers today are capable of conceiving, developing, and producing a genuine in-house movement, especially a chronograph, a task that requires several years and significant investment. Porsche Design’s timepiece division has mastered this challenge, and the brand’s first chronograph movement is now ticking within two timepieces destined for owners of exclusive Porsche 911 models.
The ultra-clean styling reflecting Jaquet Droz’s typical figure eight dial thematic, which symbolizes infinity and completeness, glows against the backdrop of a rich red mineral dial on the unique piece Grande Seconde Off-Centered Cuprite for Only Watch 2017.
While “normal” classic watches feature the hours, minutes, and perhaps even seconds in the center of the dial, some timepieces step out of line with off-center indications. Check out these five modern classics introduced in 2017 with interesting off-center configurations.
Each year has its own color trend, and while black and white are the “evergreen” classics, it is the myriad elegantly understated dark shades of gray that seem to be setting the tone in 2017.
At Baselworld 2017, Seiko president and CEO Shinji Hattori announced exciting news for Grand Seiko: “From today, Grand Seiko lives a truly independent life and sets out on a new journey. My intention is that, in the coming years, Grand Seiko will scale new heights of watchmaking excellence and commercial success.” Here are the exceptional first watches of the new separate brand called Grand Seiko.
Next to their highly refined character. all watches from Lang & Heyne have had one thing in common throughout the boutique brand’s history: round cases. Until now. And Georg, the first rectangular watch from Lang & Heyne, is in a class of its own.
Water-resistant to 200 meters, the 16 new models in the Nomos Aqua models are equipped with extra-robust stainless steel cases including a crown guard and transparent sapphire crystal case back secured with six screws. And they come is wild colors!
When we talk about Germany, we do not necessarily think of watches: luxury cars, high-tech machines, and Oktoberfest spring to mind. The “made in Germany” predicate is generally associated with quality, well-designed products, added value, and longevity. But watches? Yes, watches.