Hairsprings are miniscule. Generally no more than one centimeter in overall diameter when coiled, they are roughly 50 microns thick and 150 microns wide. Tiny they may be, but insignificant they are not. In fact, they are so significant that Rolex refers to them as “the guardians of time.” But what do silicon hairsprings bring to the table? Watchmaker Ashton Tracy explains why he went from skeptic to fan.
For Martin Green, one of the true pleasures of being a watch journalist is the ability to try out watches before they even hit the market. This joy increases when the watch in question is of a rare breed like the Habring2 Perpetual-Doppel, a seldom-seen combination of perpetual calendar and split-seconds chronograph. Habring2 unites these two complications in one watch to celebrate the independent watch brand’s 15th anniversary.
It sometimes escapes notice, but between A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 and Tourbillon Pour le Mérite resides the Saxonia, whose name refers to the federal state in which Glashütte is located: Saxony. Here, Sabine Zwettler provides a rundown of the history of one of the German brand’s understated second-row stars.
Elizabeth Doerr and John Keil discuss the meaning of the 25th anniversary of the Lange 1 and in particular inspect the Lange 1 Anniversary Edition in white gold in some detail on John’s new collaborative video channel WatchWithUs.
Though recent years have proven particularly colorful in the world of watches with a plethora of new green and blue dials, black is also beautiful – and black is definitely back. Here Sabine Zwettler highlights three charismatic examples putting black in the spotlight. The dark side has never looked so bright!
Filming on the new, and still untitled, 25th film in the James Bond series has now shifted to London, and footage appearing in the media has confirmed the reappearance of the Aston Martin V8 from ‘The Living Daylights’ as well as the movie’s star Daniel Craig in more scenes in a suit and tie while sporting a split lip and bruised knuckles. Recent set photographs have also allowed a much better look at the Omega Seamaster 007 for ‘Bond 25’ on 007’s wrist, so here’s an update.
George Daniels’ first Space Traveller, which is one of the most famous pieces of the late Erivan Haub’s tremendous collection, hit the auction block on July 2, 2019 as part of Sotheby’s Masterworks of Time. The definitive highlight of the first of the four auction segments, it hammered for an astounding $4,561,407/£3,615,000.
Patek Philippe surprised Joshua Munchow at Baselworld 2019 with the launch of the Weekly Calendar, a new dress watch in stainless steel and the brand’s first steel-encased production model since the 1970s. The 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar is a mix of modern technology, classic style, and a couple of unique touches that help it stand out from Patek Philippe’s typical offerings, making it one of his favorite watches from the Genevan giant in quite a while.
Seriously, who cares how many jewels their watch has? Watchmaker Ashton Tracy thinks that you’d be surprised how many people care as they’ve been duped by a vintage practice of announcing the amount of movement jewels on watch dials. What is the real story here?
GaryG finds the process involved in selecting a suitable gift for MrsGaryG fairly torturous. Nonetheless, he continues to do it. This time Gary focuses on two watches that he has happily added to MrsG’s collection as gifts: a pair of Élégantes from F.P. Journe. Find out why (times two!) right here.