As October comes to a close, we check out new watches from Girard Perregaux, Harry Winston, Panerai and Nomos; find out what is revered watchmaker Francois-Paul Journe’s grail watch; learn more about Seiko; and talk to J.J. Redick of the L.A. Clippers about watch collecting.
So it’s finally occurred: SevenFriday have published a new set — or series, as they like to call them — with all the SevenFriday V-Series. It is the most recent addition to the family that formerly included the P- and M-Series. While its forerunners were 47mm soft-edged squares, the case shape of the V-Series is totally different. Two abandoned side protrusions, casing a simple-but-smart FSC (Quick Strap Change) method, alter the look of this watch entirely. In precisely the exact same way Star Wars got creative with the design of their lettered craft, this view kind of resembles a V that has toppled to its own right and just decided to stay there.Aside in the obvious change in shape, the SevenFriday V-Series includes a round specially hardened and anti-reflective treated domed mineral glass and also a traditionally shaped dial. This layout trait goes almost unmentioned in the press release. Not as it’s a little change (I personally think it to be seismic for the new, and potentially destabilising), rather because there’s a lot more to mention when it comes to this fresh offering.Aside from the FSC (patent pending), this watch also features an NFC chip, installed around the neatly engraved, screw-down case back. On the subject of case back engraving, I have always enjoyed SevenFriday’s hint of distracting their clients using a bucket-load of specialized information used as case back decoration. When a customer turns a watch within their palms, they would like to see something. Most often, they anticipate a motion, however in the lack of this watch’s beating heart, an excellently engraved image or, in this circumstance, a clinical breakdown of this watch’s functionality will do. I like it since SevnFriday uses an unembellished Miyota, which can be trendy and dependable, but definitely not too flashy. The engraving on the case back is very good quality – comparatively much better in comparison to other case back engravings compared to Miyota is to other movements. In that sense, I think it to be an upgrade and can not fault the new for making that decision (and, after all, the equilibrium is visible to the dial).
1. My First Grail Watch: Francois-Paul Journe
Independent watchmakers are a truly a special breed. And amongst them, Francois-Paul Journe is perhaps the one I admire most. Not only are his watches technically complex, but he has managed to give his watches a certain design language that is distinctly his own. Find out what was his first grail watch in our article.
2. Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ultra-Thin 41mm Watch Review
If you are looking to add a classic dress watch to your collection, the Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Ultra-thin 41mm should not be overlooked. It features a nice uncluttered dial, classic timeless kind of design, and Girard-Perregaux’s in-house caliber GP01800-0004. The 41mm case diameter might be a tad large for a classic dress watch, but it does show that the brand is keeping up with the times.
3. Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Watch Review
The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days, or more affectionately known amongst Paneristis simply as the PAM 372, is one of the most popular watches from the Italian brand in recent times. Find out why this simple 2-hander watch is sought after and adored by Paneristis in our full review.
4. Breguet Pocket Watch Hands-On: Antique 2567, No. 5 Replica, And 1907BA
Breguet is one of the oldest brands around and their founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, was the inventor behind many horological innovations. Recently, Ariel was lucky enough to be able to check out a couple of pocket watches from Breguet – some old, some new. If you are interested about the brand and pocket watches, this is not to be missed.
5. A. Lange & Söhne Watches: A Love Letter From The Akademie
I have deep respect for A. Lange & Söhne. Their movements in particular are so gorgeously finished that it puts many other established manufactures to shame. Recently, my colleague was lucky enough to be invited to Lange’s Akademie program, and here are his insights from the trip.
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