As the vintage Douglas DC-3 began to slew left on take off, I contemplated how far aviation has come in the last 70 years. Crosswinds and turbulence have been tamed and the most you have to worry about is adjusting the nozzle that blows chilled air on you while you sit comfortably waiting for the […]

I once had the misfortune of attending a Breitling-sponsored event only to realize I was the only person there not wearing one. Not mortified, but acutely and increasingly aware of my faux pas, I soon realized that, except for an Exospace or two and a Galactic, the stand-out watch on most people’s wrist was the […]

Simon Garfield is one of those few, happy, authors who have managed to turn their flickering curiosity into a source of income. After stints writing for the Observer, The Mail on Sunday and the Independent, he has turned his journalism into long-form investigations of, variously, the meaning of Typefaces, the significance of actual hand-written correspondence, […]

Hamilton’s new Broadway line of watches celebrates an urban aesthetic. Even in the sportiest version that I test drove (chronograph, with a tachymetre bezel), the design vocabulary — with its darker colour palette, vertical lines, and flashes of bright silver — has a cityscape of tall buildings, broad thoroughfares, and illuminated metal structures as its […]