Over the past three years, Breguet has placed a large amount of focus on rebuilding and redesigning its Marine collection. Historically, the Marine line is directly influenced by the brand’s background in marine chronometer production, a practice that dates back to October of 1815 when Abraham-Louis Breguet was christened the official “Watchmaker to the Royal Navy” by King Louis XVIII of France. This was one of the most prestigious titles a watchmaker could receive at the time given the onerous nature of maritime horology. The relationship between Breguet and the Royal Navy continued after Breguet passed away in 1823 with his son Antoine-Louis continuing to represent the firm in court for decades after.
Once an apprentice to the revered George Daniels, Roger W. Smith is considered the greatest British watchmaker today. In this profile from our sister magazine, WatchTime Middle East, editor Nitin Nair finds out what makes him tick.
A protégé of the esteemed George Daniels, Roger W. Smith has assumed the mantle of Britain’s preeminent watchmaker for close to a decade now following the passing of his mentor. Awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) this year for his services to British watchmaking, Smith is renowned for producing watches by hand in the splendid isolation of the Isle of Man using the traditional methods espoused by Daniels.
In this review from our sister magazine, WatchTime Middle East, editor Nitin Nair spends some time with two timepieces from Gorilla Watches, a motorsport-inspired brand on the rise with some first-class pedigree behind it.
A motoring-inspired wristwatch might seem like a timeworn trope, but it’s a road that watch companies seem happy to cruise down for now. Some may argue that the industry needs another motoring-inspired timepiece like a man needs a hole in the head, but they continue to come. And strangely enough, some of these watches still hit the spot.
The Austrian watchmaking firm Habring² has introduced a new perpetual calendar monopusher rattrapante chronograph that builds on the brand’s expertise in creating split-second timers. Given the name Perpetual-Doppel, it is the most complicated Habring² watch released to date.
Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Richard and Maria Habring, the eponymous watch company has a history with split-second chronographs that goes back a long while. Richard developed the split-second chronograph as a module atop a Valjoux 7750 movement for IWC Schaffhausen more than 25 years ago. It was the first split-second chronograph to use a cam system for the chronograph and rattrapante function. That movement first debuted in the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Ref. 3711.
Happy Fourth of July! We hope everyone out there is having a fun and safe start to the holiday weekend. To commemorate Independence Day, we’re happy to announce a majority of the watch brands that will be presenting at this year’s WatchTime New York show, plus we’re offering a 48-hour flash sale on Saturday tickets.
Over the past five years, the two-day WatchTime New York event has evolved into America’s largest luxury watch fair that caters exclusively to watch collectors and enthusiasts. This year, we have a record 36 watch brands (with more to be added) signed on to showcase their latest novelties. Consider this announcement a teaser of what’s to come as we have so many more surprises in store for guests that will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
A few minutes into my phone conversation with Ian Schon, the 29-year-old mechanical engineer and product designer touches on an aspect of his creative process that immediately grabs my attention.
“My watches are a result of ‘slow watchmaking,’ ” he tells me. “Watchmaking where you really take your time. Where you have a lot of hands in the process so there’s not a lot of automation.”
Schon is prescribing the Slow Movement, which has found its footing in the worlds of fashion, design, food, and cinema, to watchmaking. What the Slow Movement does is flip ingrained public institutions like “fast food” and “fast fashion” on their head to emphasize quality and the benefits of taking one’s time. I was familiar with its application in other subcultures, but this was the first time I’d heard it directly applied to horology.