Swatch Tresor Magique on the wrist

Swatch Tresor Magique: The Watch Harry Potter Would Have Worn

The Swatch Tresor Magique might have a platinum case, but it looks like something Harry Potter would have appreciated wearing while attending classes at Hogwarts. However, there is more that is even notable about this watch, which Martin Green divulges here.

Two views of the Hysek Design Colonne Du Temps

Hysek Design Colonne Du Temps: Columns Supported The Ancient World, Now A Column Supports Time

The resemblance between the Hysek Design Colonne du Temps and a Romaneque column is more than just fleeting, especially since it has the word column in its name. Released at Baselworld 2018, this clock marks the return of Jorg Hysek, a prolific watch designer and founder of an eponymous brand, who has spent the last two years sailing his boat in quasi-retirement.

Distinguished pieces: Patek Philippe 5078P and 5074P minute repeaters

Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Reference 5074P Minute Repeater (Reprise)

GaryG looks at, and listens to, Patek Philippe’s splendid References 5074P minute repeater. He considers the 5074P to be one of the finest contemporary wristwatches; it is a piece that awes him every time he handles one. And now you can look at it in every detail right here.

Logical One by Romain Gauthier in white gold

Big Brand Investments In Independents: Sellout Or Salvation?

GaryG has already written about the struggles that independent watchmakers face simply to survive. Expressing oneself through horological art may well be a noble calling, but it’s definitely one of the tougher ways to make a living. Chanel’s very recent investment in F.P. Journe caused Gary to think about the pros and cons of outside investment into indies and he shares his thoughts here.

Vintage 1950s Vacheron Constantin Reference 6087 chronograph

Vintage Watch Snobbery AKA How I Met Your Mother (Reprise)

Standing before his eyes was the most perfect of God’s creatures, a wonderful mix of Audrey Hepburn and Penelope Cruz. What Makes Me Tick thought his heart had skipped a beat, and he heard the chimes of every single minute repeater Patek Philippe had ever created – all chiming at exactly the same time! Six months later the gentle creature and he were married. This extraordinary story reflects the marvelous world of vintage watches: finding the rare bird, linking it to a story, and never letting it go.

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Lumen

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Lumen: It’s Illuminating!

Martin Green (and many others) considers the regular version of the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down to already be one of the best and most beautiful current-production chronographs money can buy. Martin is however sure that the Lumen element only adds to its charm – by day and by night!

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968A

Wrist Watching: Frank Lampard Sporting The New Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968A-001

Former Chelsea FC player Frank Lampard faced his former team recently in the English League. While Chelsea came out victorious, Lampard won life by sporting the recently-launched Patek Philippe Reference 5968A-001, the first Aquanaut featuring a chronograph.

2018 GPHG

What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Plus How Well Our Panel’s Forecasts Did

In this final round table discussion, we discuss the amazing evening of November 9, 2018 and what we thought of the big night’s winners (hint: it was a great night).

Bovet 1822 Récital 22 Grand Récital

Is This The Best Watch Of The Year? Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital Wins The Coveted 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Aiguille d’Or

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.

Christiaan van der Klaauw Real Moon Black Aventurine dial

Christiaan Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Black Aventurine: Enigmatic Material Exposed

Black aventurine is a relatively recent invention and few brands – perhaps just one – have incorporated the material in watches as yet. One exception is astronomical specialist Christiaan van der Klaauw, which recently released a black aventurine dial on the already incredible Planetarium. Joshua Munchow explains what makes this black material so special.