Colorful watch straps at Jean Rousseau, London

Watch Straps: Jean Rousseau And The Current State Of The Strap Industry

We tend to forget that the production of straps is an industry in and of itself, which functions both reactively and proactively. Manufacture Jean Rousseau not only offers prêt-a-porter watch straps, but also crafts custom-made products. Learn more about it here!

Omega co-axial-escapement

Customer Service: Hotly Debated And Introduced At A Snail’s Pace, The Five-Year Warranty Becomes The New Standard

Good customer service has been a hotly debated topic in the watch industry for decades. The increase in both service intervals and warranty periods is certainly a welcome one, but it does beg the question what changed? In the years leading up to 2015, what dramatic horological advancements were discovered to make longer service intervals possible? Watchmaker Ashton Tracy investigates.

A pre-owned Omega Speedmaster on the wrist (photo courtesy Bob’s Watches)

Decoding Omega References: 14 Magic Digits And Codification Tables Revealed (Reprise)

Many watch enthusiasts dream of owning at least one timepiece by Omega. And maybe even a second or a third. The Swiss brand definitely ranks among the most popular watch firms ever. To give you an idea of the overwhelming variety in the current Omega watch world, Sabine Zwettler has put together a guideline of references.

A brace of Patel Philippe Reference 5196 Calatravas

The Death Of The Dress Watch: Is It Time To Write Its Obituary? (Reprise)

As the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad, Martin Green feels that the time is soon approaching to write an obituary announcing the death of the dress watch. He thinks that its passing is coming and it’s not an isolated event, but it still hurts.

Piaget Upstream

Piaget Upstream: Why I Chose The Underdog

At a local used watch dealer, Martin Green came across the Piaget Upstream and a lightning bolt struck! He had found the upscale, stainless steel sports watch he had been looking for. So what’s its story?

Light, subject, composition, camera: Romain Gauthier Logical One as captured with the Hasselblad X1D

Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One (Archive)

GaryG was sitting at his breakfast table on the morning of January 18, 2013, when during his morning scan of news he saw a photo of something breathtaking. It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch he immediately knew that he would own someday. He was captivated by the white gold version with frosted gold movement: this was “the one” for him.

Which one for you? Invention Pieces 2 and 1 by Greubel Forsey

Mothers Of Invention: Behind The Lens With Invention Pieces 1 And 2 By Greubel Forsey

GaryG was delighted to take possession of an Invention Piece 1 with its inclined double tourbillon, while a good friend of his replied in kind with a purchase of the quadruple-tourbillon Invention Piece 2. Ever since, he has been dying to get these two gorgeous monsters side by side in the light tent. And the time has finally come!

Viceroy watch winder by Wolf

Taking A Closer Look At The Wolf Viceroy Watch Winder (Spoiler Alert: Key Word Is “Enticing”)

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.

The author’s Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down in platinum with blue dial

Why I Bought It: Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down (Archive)

Is it possible to make a watch providing a novel and entertaining display of time that is wearable in a variety of settings and will be respected years from now? GaryG believes that he owns such a piece: the Upside Down made by independent watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard.

ETA 2892

It’s A Date! Taking A Closer Look At The Most Popular Complication Of Them All: The Calendar

Date windows on wristwatches can be a touchy subject. Many feel they are downright ugly and destroy the look of a good watch, while others swear by them as the most useful and affordable complication. Whatever camp you may be in, the date function can be the cause of considerable grief, particularly the rapid set mechanism.