The GPHG Challenge category is for watches retailing under 4,000 Swiss francs (approximately $4,000) and that makes not only for a very competitive category, it’s also an entry for many to the world of fine watchmaking. Check out which watches our panel thought stood out this year.
George Cramer was so impressed by a photo of a Wolf watch winder in a magazine that within minutes he was browsing online through the company’s complete collection of winders. He found the large number of watch winders and other watch-related products like cases impressive. So impressive that he asked to review one.
Ikepod was born 24 years ago and has since died not once, but twice (well, three times, sort of). It is now coming back for an overdue third coming. Joshua Munchow thinks that the third time’s a charm for this iconic brand from the 1990s.
In just two years Gorilla Watches has launched seven relatively affordable models that have steadily increased in coolness and complexity, with only the last three seeing any price increase for reasons Joshua Munchow explains. Here is how he thinks that Gorilla manages to avoiding plateauing in its designs yet continue with the cool.
The very cool thing about Qlocktwo’s timepieces is that they spell out the time every five minutes using a typographic indication with letters: so instead of “7:30,” the time on a Qlocktwo “dial” quite literally reads “it is half past seven.” Sabine Zwettler finds this eminently intriguing!
In all the years that Martin Green has been active in the watch world, he has grown very fond of a wide variety of brands. Among these is Eberhard & Co. What he likes about this brand is that it has established itself over the years as a very consistent performer, highlighted by the vintage Les Quantièmes complete calendar that he recently acquired.
As we all know quartz became a Greek tragedy, but fortunately one with an eventual happy end for most brands. Well, happy for the Swiss brands but not so much for the American brands, in particular Bulova. Martin Green thinks heat may have played a role here and may well again with the technology showcased by the new Matrix PowerWatch.
With summer in full swing, Sabine Zwettler dives back through time to have a closer look at five of 2018’s vintage-style diver’s watches. With their robustness and air of discovery and adventure, diver’s watches leave a striking impression on the wrist – whether on dry land or in the water.
GaryG has said it many times: there are great watches to be had at every price point! Enter the Timex Marlin re-edition of 2017, a watch that he owns, wears, and loves.
Ikepod launched in 1994 without a history, so co-founder and designer Marc Newson could create his own playground. and that is exactly what he did. And there is no better example of his joyful design than the Ikepod Megapode launched in 1999.