Tourbillon Astronomique by Antoine Martin

Why The Tourbillon Astronomique By Antoine Martin Is A 50-Year Celebration

This month, Martin Braun will celebrate half a century on this planet. Though he did not expressly say he created the Tourbillon Astronomique for any particular reason, I almost suspect he was giving himself a huge birthday gift to celebrate this life milestone.

The UR-105M Dark Knight with AlTiN treated steel bezel

Back To The Future: The Urwerk UR-105M

Wild watches get ever wilder and ever more numerous and like any addict, we need more and more just to reach the same horological high. One of the first avant garde brands that started us all on this exhilarating ride isn’t really playing the same game at all: Urwerk. In an era when new models appear to be designed as much, if not more, for shock-and-awe as they are for time keeping, the UR-105M paradoxically looks both cutting-edge-modern and reassuringly familiar.

Romain Gauthier Logical one Secret "Diamonds" in red gold

Logical One Secret By Romain Gauthier: But Is It Art?

“Art”, what is it? If we allow that horology at its finest can indeed be art, then I have no problem accepting Romain Gauthier’s Logical one as art. While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder (and mine sees beauty in Logical one), there is no denying Romain Gauthier’s fertile imagination in reinventing the chain and fusee, eliminating the ubiquitous winding crown, improving the mainspring barrel and adding a few diamonds!

Gronefeld Parallax Tourbillon RG (red gold)

Copernicus, Alignment Shift, And The Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon: A Nerd Story

Parallax is a fascinating phenomenon that has real-world applications, including the amazing ability of humans to use their two eyes and parallax shift to judge depth of field. You can reach out and grab that doorknob because of science. For this reason and more I absolutely love the latest creation to come out of the Grönefelds’ workshop, their aptly named Parallax Tourbillon.

Louis Moinet Dragon Tourbillon

Give Me Five! Tourbillons From Baselworld 2014 Part 1

While Baselworld 2014 was not a particularly big year for tourbillons, they were still an important element in the collections of most brands and a few of them were truly exceptional. Here are just a few of the tourbillons that passed in front of my lens at Baselworld 2014.

Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane models: L-R Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Simón Bolívar and Emiliano Zapata

Weekly Roundup April 18: Rolex, Zenith, Richard Mille, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Hublot, F.P. Journe, Audemars Piguet, And More

With the horological storm that is Baselworld slowing calming down, we thought this might be a quiet news week; however, it turned out to be busy with news from Rolex, Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, Zenith, Montblanc, Antiquorum, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot, Digital Luxury Group and F.P. Journe.

Richard Mille RM 36-01 Competition G-Sensor Sébastien Loeb

G-Forces At Work: Richard Mille’s RM 36-01 Competition G-Sensor Sébastien Loeb

Richard Mille is one of those brands where it is all too easy to be simply enamored of the incredible visuals and lifestyle hype. However, Richard Mille is one of the most technical of watch brands. Case in point is the RM 36-01 Competition G-Sensor.

Ulysse Anchor Escapement

Anchors Away: Ulysse Nardin Makes The Anchor Escapement Viable For The Wristwatch

Ulysse Nardin’s main introduction for Baselworld was not a watch. It was a component. This is probably one reason why the introduction of the new Ulysse Anchor Escapement was so surprising; I would have expected it to come together with the haptic treat of a full horological experience, i.e. a timepiece to touch, feel and enjoy.

Roger W. Smith GREAT Britain watch

Why Great Britain Is Actually GREAT Britain: The R.W. Smith GREAT Britain Watch

I simply went gaga over R.W. Smith’s latest creation when I first saw it. Commissioned as part of the British government’s GREAT Britain campaign, which is on its third year, Smith’s latest creation is appropriately called the GREAT Britain watch. Well, of course!

Lange & Heyne Augustus anniversary watch

Give Me Five! German Watches From Baselworld 2014

While the two most well known German brands are A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original, there are quite a few smaller German brands deserving our attention. Some with names you may have heard of, a few you may not have: Nomos, Lange & Heyne, Tutima, Kudoke and Leinfelder among them.