As spring approaches, we check out new watches from Panerai, Bovet, Christophe Claret, F.P. Journe and many more. We also find out how time is kept and measured; pay a visit to Roger Smith on the Isle of Man; find out more about the story of one man’s hunt for his grail watch; and get a rare sneak peek into the workshops of one of the biggest brands in the world, Rolex.
1. Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372
If you love watches from Panerai, the new PAM 557 Destro 3 Days Watch should be one to look out for. It is essentially a left-handed version of the earlier and extremely popular PAM 372, which I reviewed, and it was only announced this year at SIHH. Here’s a quick look at this new highly anticipated watch.
So essentially, it’s, in my mind, whatever makes us feel, as opposed to telling us what to think. Loads of things fall into this class, even game! Literature qualifies as the words, like brush strokes, paint a picture in our minds that’s different for everyone. A technical manual does nothing but teach; artwork empowers lateral thought, person emotion, along with a exceptional takeaway. The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43, therefore, qualifies as art in my thoughts. The watch is part of Bovet’s convertible range, meaning the watch can easily be detached from the wrist strap (that is real blue alligator) and turned into a pocket watch, or table clock. A cool touch which adds just a little bit of technical attention to something that is otherwise little more than jewelry.So the main thing you will notice when you examine the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 is probably the rather striking picture of a horse-mounted, crown-wearing, bow-toting riders of the Apocalypse bedecked in a spin, galloping over clouds. Right. Standard wrist candy? Not too much. This really is a thing for the connoisseur. I mean, it’s easy to gripe over this watch’s lack of mainstream appeal (particularly at Bovet’s price bracket), but if you are just making one (and this bit is truly exceptional in that sense) you don’t need a lot of people to enjoy it. You will find a startling number of people in the world who have sufficient cash to get this sort of product, and the chances are in Bovet’s favour that among them will think it’s the bees knees. And anyway, artwork has a weird habit of appreciating in value for the oddest reasons.Watches are no different. It had been widely derided for its appearance, but nevertheless sold like hot cakes. These days, instead of his passing and his confident place ever, the Hayek Swatch is among the most collectable and sought after. Now, I’m not saying this Bovet has the exact same type of importance to the industry, but it may have that kind of emotional appeal to somebody with a specific penchant for the dial up topic.
2. Bovet Recital 12 Watch Hands-On: The Thinnest One Yet
Bovet is an interesting brand that offers very classically-styled watches with heavily decorated movements and highly stylized dials. This year the company is releasing four new watches to their high-end Dimier Recital collection and here is a closer look at the thinnest one of them all, the Recital 12.
3. Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph Watch Review
No matter your opinions or feelings towards quartz watches, there can be no denying that when it comes to accuracy and precision, quartz watches often do it better than mechanical ones. The Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph is one such watch and it is a chronograph that can measure up to 1/1000th of a second.
4. Christophe Claret Poker Watch Hands-On
Christophe Claret makes some really interesting watches and his latest Poker watch is no different. The last of a trilogy of gaming-related watches, this watch lets you play Texas Hold ‘em with yourself and it is entirely mechanical. The movement consists of a whopping 655 parts and 72 jewels and even beats a modern rate of 4Hz. Check out this really cool watch in our hands-on article.
5. F.P. Journe 10 Year Anniversary Tourbillon Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
Considered as one of the top watchmakers of this generation, François-Paul Journe celebrated the 10th anniversary of opening his first boutique in 2003 in Tokyo, Japan by releasing the 10 Year Anniversary Tourbillon, which is actually a reworked version of last year’s Anniversary Tourbillon. Though the watch is simply designed, it is, as is the case with watches from Monsieur Journe, also fantastically exquisite and well worth a closer look.
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