Editorial

Our In the Metal editorials share first-hand experiences with watches that have been tried and tested by our editors. By contrast, our Point of View articles provide fresh and unique viewpoints regarding certain timepieces, collections or certain developments inside the watch industry. Meanwhile, First Look editorials will give you the facts, as well as points to consider, regarding brand new pieces. Finally, A Closer Look will take things a step further, diving deeper into the details.
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Never-Changing Values: A 911 Targa From 1972 And a Matching Unique Piece From Porsche Design

In this world, markets regulate the price – but they cannot always reflect the true value of a product. This is probably going to be the case starting from November 29, when, as part of Sotheby’s Luxury Week, something extraordinary…

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Castles, Diamonds, and Sustainability: Breitling’s Super Chronomat Automatic 38

Editor Catherine Bishop discovers the timepieces setting new standards for the Swiss watch industry; gains insights from Breitling’s Global Head of Sustainability into the company’s lab-grown diamonds; and recounts a trip to a castle with new Breitling envoy, Hereditary Princess…

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Vacheron Constantin’s Traditionnelle Collection: The Highlights

Vacheron Constantin, the oldest watch manufacture to be in continuous production, celebrates its 267th anniversary in 2022 – and its Traditionnelle collection is the embodiment of the company’s long-standing tradition. The Traditionnelle line skilfully expresses the sophisticated principles of 18th-century…

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A Closer Look: The Fascinating Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari

In watchmaking, one of the most supreme disciplines of all is the creation of complex calibres within a height of only a few millimetres. Inspired by a fascination of reducing the size of cases and movements, watchmakers manage to dream…

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In The Metal: The New Patek Philippe Reference 5811 – And Two Other Nautilus Variations

It’s back. A familiar sight, yet different in many ways. Slightly larger, significantly bolder, and certainly radiant. But before we take a closer look at the Reference 5811, the relaunch of the ultimate Nautilus longed for by so many, and…

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In the Metal: Roger Dubuis Knights of the Round Table Overview and 2022 Editions

We have all heard of King Arthur, whose name conjures up an early medieval world of knights, magicians, and damsels in distress. Most importantly for us, though, is his famed inner circle: the noble Knights of the Round Table. It is to this knightly fellowship that ever-creative…

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24 Hours With Blancpain: The Island of Sylt And A New Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Luxury: what is it? What is it that so entices us to invest our money in it? At every restaurant, on every train, every street, you will most likely see somebody indulging in a luxury product or experience. A mechanical…

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One For The History Buffs: The Adventure That Inspired The TUDOR Ranger

Swisswatches attended the launch of the new TUDOR Ranger in London back in July, and it was everything you’d hope for: ambassador David Beckham enthused about the tale behind the watch, guests drank smoothies out of ice cubes, and an…

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Marking The Milestones: 20 Years Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept And a Brand New Concept for 2022

‘Rule number one’, declares Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias, ‘Is that the Royal Oak Concept is not your first watch.’ Often described as a ‘spaceship watch’, it stands out for its thick, recognisable, and always balanced architecture. The horology house…

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Beautiful in Blue: The Latest Limited Editions for Bucherer BLUE

It must be the power of strong brands and manufactures: a good 50 watches have already been created for and with Bucherer BLUE, which sees itself as the in-house innovation lab of Bucherer – one of the largest and most…

Rolex, Tennis and Roger Federer’s Farewell

Those who know me know that I have another great passion besides mechanical watches; tennis. For me, there is no more perfect tennis player in my generation than Roger Federer, because his game is unrivalled in elegance. Rafael Nadal and…

24 Hours With: Roger Dubuis at Goodwood Festival of Speed

An epic rendezvous: so describes Roger Dubuis its new partnership with Goodwood Festival of Speed. As of 2022, the notoriously ‘disruptive’ horology house is acting as the Official Timing Partner of the world-famous motorsport event. It is here at Goodwood…