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 […]

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black is an apex diving watch. Like a sleek car-show Ferrari, it bristles with that paradox of mechanical watchmaking: technical innovation. That’s a paradox because the basic formula, car or watch, has been around for a long time and technical innovation takes the form of under-the-hood improvements or materials […]

One of the more talked-about watches at this year’s Baselworld was Bulova’s new Curv. The venerable American watchmaker refuses to follow the corporate take-over script: the one where the original company’s virtues and identity gradually fade away under the dictates of new corporate leadership. Acquired in 2007 by Citizen, the addition of Bulova made Citizen […]