This week on “Vintage Eye,” we’ll be pivoting to the super-affordable side of the neo-vintage trend with the Dan Henry 1962 Racing Chronograph. This watch was released earlier this year by the value-driven microbrand to much fanfare. As the watch’s name indicates, it’s modeled after 1960s-style racing chronographs, and takes its foremost inspiration from the Universal Genève Compax “Nina Rindt” produced in the same era (picture below via Analog/Shift), along with a few smaller elements from the Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” references. These vintage watches defined ‘60s racing watches and continue to significantly influence modern sports watches, so it’s no surprise a vintage-inspired modern brand would choose them as its most recent focus.
The phrase “tool watch” was originally coined to describe watches that serve as tools to accomplish specific tasks, such as a divers’ watch with a rotatable bezel and high resistance to pressure that is designed to be used underwater. And while you wouldn’t want to use these tool watches to hammer nails, they emphasize functionality and are robust, accurate, legible and (ideally) not excessively expensive in case they suffer a scratch or two during rough usage. In this article from our archives, we present eight of them.
Depending on execution, two-tone timepieces can come off as a striking alternative to your daily wristwear or fall into the domain of over the top and extravagant. Despite the fine line that exists between good looking and gauche, two-tone has emerged as one of 2019’s hottest trends with the halls of Baselworld and SIHH filled with brands looking to spark the next collecting craze. We’ve taken a look at all the latest releases and gathered up six of the most successful two-tone watches to hit the market this year in an effort to add a splash of color to your wrist.
It has been nearly 20 years since Ulysse Nardin introduced the world’s first timepiece using silicon components with the original Freak in 2001. That groundbreaking moment was the proverbial starting gun for a shift in how the watch industry approached movement production. It’s also raised questions on every side of the industry, from the enthusiast level to the executive perspective, about the soul of watchmaking and how using state-of-the-art technologies and materials impacts the craftsmanship and artistry that have been intertwined with horology since Abraham-Louis Breguet walked the earth.
In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we take a close look at the modern version of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, with black Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet. Original photos are by Nik Schölzel.
A water-resistant Oyster case, large hour markers and bold hands are essential elements of Rolex’s Submariner, introduced in 1953 and made for use underwater. In contrast, Rolex’s Yacht-Master, launched in 1992, is a luxury liner – equally at home on board a yacht on the high seas or on land at a ritzy yacht club. But to enjoy this luxury you’ll need to pay almost $25,000 for the 40-mm Everose gold and Cerachrom ceramic version shown here. Stainless-steel versions of the Yacht-Master are priced about $13,000 less.
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” Sheriff Brody famously uttered after getting a glimpse of the shark in Jaws. Rolex apparently recognized a similar sentiment among fans (and potential fans) of its nautical-themed sports-luxury timepiece, the Yacht-Master, because at this year’s Baselworld the brand launched a new Yacht-Master with larger proportions than its predecessors, not to mention a host of other sporty details and upgrades. Here’s a brief cruise through the highlights of the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42.