Blancpain made a splash (you should pardon the expression) back in May with new/old variations on its iconic Fifty Fathoms divers’ watch as well as the re-release of a nearly-forgotten aviation watch from its archives, the Air Command. Lest we forget, however, the centuries-old Swiss maison is no slouch in the simple, understated dress-watch department either, as evidenced by the latest addition to its elegant Villeret collection, the Villeret Utraplate, a platinum-cased, blue-clad time-only model limited to 88 pieces and offered exclusively in Blancpain boutiques.
In this 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about the first watch worn on the moon, the now-legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional. But there’s a lot more to Omega — among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet — than its lunar milestone. From the Olympics to James Bond to the Mariana Trench, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among watch enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega.
Chronoswiss has built much of its reputation on its ability to conceive and execute numerous clever variations on the classical regulator dial — this year’s ReSec models being possibly the most prominent recent additions to the collection — and one of the most eye-catching spins on this classical arrangement can be found in the Flying Regulator Night and Day model, which adds an attractive and quite practical day-night indicator to the regulator ensemble, which already included the distinctive funneled subdials as well as a curved triple-date aperture at 3 o’clock. I had a chance to spend some time with the most elegant version of the model, which matches a black dial with a 18k rose-gold case.
Today Greubal Forsey has announced the arrival of its first official “sports” watch, the GMT Sport. This new model isn’t exactly a timepiece fit for a tough mudder, but the haute horlogerie brand has made great efforts with this piece to introduce a sports-focused watch that will meet the growing demand among luxury consumers for exquisite, hardier timepieces.
The new model foremost features its new satin-finished 45-mm titanium case. The case uses what the brand dubs as an “original case geometry” — i.e., a new shape, appearing like a traditional round watch case from the top view, but revealing an arched and more ergonomic shape from the side profile. The rationale for this effort is to push the limits of “wrist comfort” through the new case form, allowing wearers of the watch something truly unique in terms of wearability. This case features Greubel Forsey’s values relief-engraved on the outer, satin-finished bezel, a large, blue, rubber-accented crown on its right side, and two pushers located on the left side: one to select the second time zone and the other for synchronizing the local time with the globe. The case of the piece is then secured to the wrist using a black or blue rubber strap, reinforced using a double-folding clasp.
Last week, famed pilot watch manufacturer IWC unveiled its latest release, the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels.” The blue-clad model is a special edition of the Schaffhausen-based brand’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph series, released in partnership with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.
The Blue Angels are the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. The group was formed in 1946 — making it the second oldest aerobatic team in the world — and since its creation has showcased countless flight demonstrations and undertaken innumerable community outreach projects. As part of the 141-member team’s work, they participate in air shows and flyovers across the United States, performing for more than eleven million spectators each year. The group is likely best known for they flyovers at major sporting events, such as Super Bowl 50 in 2016, which have inspired awe and excitement for generations of Americans.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is designed to be the ideal travelers’ companion. Can this new model – inspired by lesser-known Patek Philippe pilot watches – meet the claim? We explore the watch in this in-depth test from our October 2019 issue. Original photos are by Patrick Mokesch.
Patek Philippe has reinvented an aspect of itself with the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. When the Geneva-based company introduced the first model in white gold in 2015, it was met with great excitement. As a unique specimen that differs from the highly desirable sporty models in its Nautilus and Aquanaut collections, Patek is known primarily for its classical designs. Now a traditional brand like Patek Philippe can find inspiration from its own rich history without creating something entirely new. The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time traces its origins from a lesser-known part of the company’s history – its own pilots’ watches. The Ref. 5524R recalls the design of vintage Patek Philippe pilots’ watches from the 1930s with its bold luminescent numerals and hands.