Parting shot: traveling in style with the Habring2 Doppel 2.0 on the author’s wrist

In Praise Of Habring2: A Collector’s View (Archive)

If you’re just beginning to collect the works of independent watchmakers, GaryG suggest that you give careful consideration to watches from Habring2, the small independent watchmaking company headed up by Austrian couple Maria Kristina and Richard Habring.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Reference 5740 on the wrist

Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Reference 5740: Sophisticated, Sporty With A Story To Tell

With its idiosyncratic rounded octagonal bezel and bold horizontal stripes accentuating its dial, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus has represented the epitome of sporty casual in horological design for 42 years. Sabine explains why the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Ref 57401G was one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld 2018.

Time and tourbillon face of the double-sided Loiseau 1F4 Skeleton

The Most Complicated Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of: 1f4 Grand Complication By Dominique Loiseau With Daniel Montandon (Archive)

Gone but not forgotten in the minds of true watch fans, we briefly revisit the horological genius that was Dominique Loiseau (1949-2013) and his ultra-complicated 1f4.

Rolex Sky-Dweller in white gold

Why I Bought It: Rolex Sky-Dweller In Stainless Steel Rolesor

When Rolex put the Sky-Dweller Caliber 9001 in a Rolesor case in 2017 (“Rolesor” is a Rolex term for two-tone stainless steel and gold) and dropped the price down to $14,400 Chris Malburg became a player. And, as he soon discovered, so were a goodly number of other Rolex admirers. Here is why he bought and what happened then.

Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital

The Astronomical Grandeur Of The Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital

The astronomical Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital continues the story of the Récital 18 Shooting Star (2016) and the Récital 20 Astérium (2017), all three conceived with the idea of creating world views as seen from the sky. And in a nice touch, it was the sky over Bovet’s home in the Château de Môtiers near Fleurier that was the inspiration for all three of these magnificent watches.

IWC Caliber 89 seen under the back cover of this Mark XI (photo courtesy of Watch Club London)

Exceptional Movements In History: IWC Caliber 89

When it comes to selecting a watch for the purposes of getting the job done, there are three qualities that must be looked for: simple, robust, and reliable. And no movement can be more greatly heralded on all three qualities than IWC’s Caliber 89 according to watchmaker Ashton Tracy.

Grayson Tighe Series 5 for Blancpain

Can Writing Instruments Be As Collectible And Enthusiast-Infused As Watches?

A pen – like a watch – is a relatively small, mechanical object that adds some punch to the somewhat restrained category of “men’s accessories.” Each provides more than a little intellectual stimulation thanks to the respective brand histories, and they can both provide a generous hit of luxury. What else might they have in common? Or not?

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan: It’s The Latest, But Really Not The First, SUV By The British Icon

While it’s easy to imagine that the new Cullinan is Rolls-Royce’s very first SUV, the brand was already making stupendously luxurious cars capable of driving through incredibly difficult terrain over a hundred years ago. But the new Cullinan is still something quite special.

Jaquet Droz Signing Machine: Keeping Handwriting Alive, With A Machine

Introduced in time for the 280th anniversary of Jaquet Droz in 2018, the Signing Machine was officially launched at Baselworld 2018. The Signing Machine is definitely a worthy descendant of Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s Writer automaton, widely considered one of the first computers in the world.

Sarpaneva Doublemoon

Stepan Sarpaneva’s Man In The Moon (Archive)

Most of Stepan Sarpaneva’s timepieces involve the moon in some way. And of one thing Elibeth is certain: it is surely Sarpaneva’s stylized rendition of the earth’s satellite that has drawn me to his work in such a powerfully magnetic way.