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Hands-On: Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Earth to Sky Edition

At SIHH 2019, Girard-Perregaux announced a unified theme for its 2019 collection, called "From Earth to Sky" and defined by the use of a very cosmic-looking combo of black titanium DLC for the cases and translucent blue for the polycrystalline dials. One of the standouts was the Art Deco-inspired Vintage 1945 Earth to Sky Edition.

Grand Seiko Branches Out its Heritage Collection With “Tree Rings” Dial & Platinum Case

Japan’s leading luxury watchmaker Grand Seiko turned 60 years old in 2020 and celebrated accordingly, with an all-new movement, new international boutiques, and an impressive roster of commemorative timepieces. Parent company Seiko marks its own milestone this year — 140 years since its founding by the legendary Kintaro Hattori in 1881 — and thus, the...

Feeling Cosmic, MeisterSinger Introduces the New Astroscope (Limited) Edition

German watchmaker MeisterSinger is no stranger to unique watch designs. Building its modern brand primarily around a single-hand timekeeping display, the maison often referred to as “iconoclastic” has built renown for itself by introducing unorthodox yet relatively affordable everyday timepieces. The latest watch to follow this ethos was unveiled last week: here’s what you need...

Precious and Few: Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina Limited Edition

Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee, its innovative, high-tech R&D braintrust, has been quite busy in recent years, bringing avant-garde materials such as Carbotech, Goldtech, and Fibratech to the watch industry. The latest, and most precious, of these “tech” alloys makes its debut on the new Platinumtech Luminor Marina (PAM01116), an exclusive limited edition of 70 pieces....

Borrowed Time: Hands-On with the MeisterSinger Astroscope

One would think that by 2020, the watch world had managed to yield up just about every type of calendar for the wrist — from the utter simplicity of a date window to the complexity of a perpetual calendar, and from practical annual calendars to  esoteric “weekly” calendars like recent models from Blancpain and Patek...

TAG Heuer and Porsche Forge A New (Yet 50-Year-Old) Partnership With Carrera Chronograph Special Edition

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer and German luxury automaker Porsche have much in common. Both were founded by self-taught entrepreneurs (Edouard Heuer and Ferdinand Porsche); both earned medals for inventions at Paris World Fairs, only 11 years apart; both contributed revolutionary designs to their respective fields in the 1960s (the Heuer Monaco and the Porsche 911);...

MB&F HM9 “Sapphire Vision” Reveals the Heart of the Horological Machine

For all the troubles 2020 presented for many watch brands, a few of them, like Swiss independent MB&F, nevertheless had a landmark year in terms of releases. The fan-favorite maison unveiled an array of new projects and collections, among them new yellow gold and sports-focused Legacy Machine Perpetuals, collaborative watches and clocks with H. Moser...

Sold-Out Ming 27.02 Poised for Second Drop

About a week ago, international watch brand Ming unveiled the latest addition to its dynamic catalog, previewing and partially releasing the new 27.02. The watch— a follow-up to the well-received 27.01 from 2020 — is a unique take on a time-only wearer, featuring a sporty case, multi-textured dial, and high-grade finishing throughout. Like previous models...

When Split-Seconds Count: Introducing the Zenith Chronomaster Sport

Zenith, as most of you reading this are probably aware by now, introduced the El Primero chronograph caliber in 1969. It was notable for, among other aspects, its uncommonly high frequency of 36,600 vph (5 Hz), which in practical terms meant that its chronograph could record elapsed times not just to the second but to...

Engineered for Free Diving: Panerai’s Boutique-Exclusive Luminor Marina 44MM Guillaume Néry Edition

Panerai kicked off its partnership with French champion free diver Guillaume Néry in 2019, releasing a celebratory special edition as part of the high-profile 2019 relaunch of its Submersible divers’ watch collection. This year, Panerai introduces another very exclusive timepiece in collaboration with Néry, this one hailing from the historically inspired Luminor Marina family. Here’s...

Tutima Glashütte Expands Grand Flieger Airport Series with Four New Models, Two Colorways

This past fall, Glashütte-based Tutima revitalized its Grand Flieger Airport series, unveiling four new models in two new colorways. The expansion, which includes two new Grand Flieger Airport Chronographs and an additional two Grand Flieger Airport Automatics, breathes new life into the 1940s-pilot-watch-inspired collection, promising to bring “traditional reliability and legibility with a new bidirectional...

Leather and Complexity: Hublot Big Bang Unico Berluti Cold Brown

Among Hublot’s many partnerships, the one that has probably been most under the radar of collectors and connoisseurs is the Swiss watchmaker’s collaboration with French men’s fashion house Berluti, maker of high-end footwear and other leather goods since 1895. Nevertheless, the watches that have emerged from this four-year partnership have been uniformly gorgeous, as well...