close search

December 2015

Favorite Images of 2015 on ProfessionalWatches

To end the year we compiled of list of 25 of our favorite images of the year on ProfessionalWatches.com. Enjoy and see you next year. Happy New Year!

Read More »

The Top Five Articles of 2015

Our review of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue, was the most popular article on ProfessionalWatches.com 2015, and below are four more. REVIEW: Oris Sixty-Five Diver REVIEW: My Grail is a “Garage Door” aka the Patek Philippe Nautilus white dial reference 5711 The Dark Rhodium Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex Yacht-Master in Everose Gold with Cerachrom Bezel

Read More »

IWC Opens Flagship Boutique on Rodeo Drive

Mono-brand boutiques are continually being built by the world’s top watchmakers – which is a strategy that does not seem to be curtailing anytime soon. One of the most interesting new boutiques is IWC’s recently inaugurated flagship boutique on Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. IWC has had a store on Rodeo since 2008, but this store is much larger – and more extravagant. Further, the store will celebrate “IWC’s American heritage and its passion for and commitment to film. This celebration begins with the architecture, referen­cing the golden age of Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s through an architectural blend of art deco and classic modernism and with the distinctive air of Hollywood glamour. Art deco detailing, period features and an architecture bathed both in natural light and light shades are all reminiscent of the design of classic movie theatres.

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

SIHH Preview: Jaeger-LeCoultre 85th Anniversary Reverso Collection

Jason Pitsch

In 2016, to celebrate 85 years since the original Reverso line was launched (1931), Jaeger-LeCoultre will debut three special collections at SIHH in January: the Reverso Classic, Reverso Tribute, and Reverso One. At this time, Jaeger-LeCoultre has only released info on the Reverso Classic and Tribute lines. The Reverso One is a new feminine collection that will be revealed January 18th, 2016 at the opening of SIHH. Reverso Classic The Reverso Classic comes in a stainless steel case, available in three sizes: small (34 mm x 21 mm x 7.40 mm), medium (40 mm x 24.4 mm x 7.40 mm), and large (45.6 mm x 27.4 x 9.70 mm). The small version is powered by a quartz JLC Caliber 657 movement, and the larger two are powered by the JLC Caliber 965 automatic mechanical movement. The dial is has a

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon in steel case with blue guilloché dial

Jason Pitsch

Arnold & Son recently debuted their HM Perpetual Moon wristwatch in a steel case with a lacquered blue guilloché dial. According to the company it is one of the most accurate moon phases on the market, “with only one day’s deviation every 122 years – at which point a single push on the corrector will keep it in sync for another 122 years.” It also has one of the largest moon phase apertures, taking up most of the top half of the dial. Underneath the dial, is a blue guilloché moon disc with a golden moon and stars that is 29 mm in diameter. The moon alone is 11.2 mm. The intricate three-dimensional moon was first hand-engraved and then duplicated for the series. In addition to the dial side moon phase, the back side of the movement also has a

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

SIHH Preview: Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Carbon

Jason Pitsch

Originally launched at SIHH 2015, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton – which is currently offered in pink gold or black titanium – was Roger Dubuis’ first non-tourbillon skeleton timepiece. For 2016, the Genevan watchmaker will launch a new version housed in a high-tech composite material called: carbon fiber sheet moulding compound (SMC). SMC is a lightweight material used in the aerospace industry because of its “extremely high productivity and cost efficiency while also enabling excellent part reproducibility and the possibility of creating components with complex shapes and integrated functions,” according to the manufacture. The material is produced by compressing carbon fibers with resin and steel moulded at extremely high temperatures, and then it is reworked and compounded with resin. The result is a distinctive look – similar to that of the Carbotech material used by Panerai – that is half the

Read More »

Josh Shanks

REVIEW: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time

Josh Shanks

Background This summer while vacationing in Turkey, I got the bug. Not just any bug, but the type where you get a watch stuck in your head and can’t move on with your life until you cure the fever. The watch in question was a world timer. While sailing on the Cunard Queen Victoria (which is a lovely experience), I sat on my balcony and dreamed of future travel. Southeast Asia, Egypt, Africa, or a world cruise? As a frequent traveler with a serious case of wanderlust, I wondered how I could find a way to travel continuously. Since I still have a full-time job outside of the watch industry, I settled on the next best thing. I would look into purchasing a world timer: a watch that displayed some of my favorite locales and dream vacation spots, and the

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Ressence Type 5

Jason Pitsch

Today, Ressence debuts their first dive watch. At 46 mm x 15.5 mm, it is larger than the Type 1 (42 mm x 13 mm) and Type 3 (44 mm x 15 mm), however, its case and dial are crafted in grade 5 titanium so for its size – it is relatively light at just 87 grams. Not one to follow traditional techniques, the Ressence Type 5 utilizes a ROCS system (the brands proprietary system) immersed in 37.5 ml of oil. According to Ressence, “Since the laws of hydraulics state that a liquid cannot be compressed, this oil compensates for pressure underwater. And there are other advantages too: the oil keeps those components constantly lubricated. And since they are suspended in a liquid, they are lighter and hence require less power to move, which in turn improves time-keeping. The result

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor platinum limited edition Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Laurent Ferrier is a third generation watchmaker with 40 years of experience – including at Patek Philippe most recently – who has very quickly built a distinguished independent haute horology watch company from scratch (first watch launched in 2010). Inspired by 19th-century pocket watches, his timepieces represent the simplicity, uncluttered aesthetics, and precision he values. He develops his own watches, from conception through production and in doing so is backed by his son Christian, a guarantee of continuity. This particular model – launched at Baselworld 2015 – is the Galet Micro-Rotor in platinum and is limited to 18 pieces that will be delivered over the course of a 3-year production cycle. The first of which has just been delivered, with at least one more expected to be available for sale this year. Similar to the Galet Classic, this limited model

Read More »

Josh Shanks

MB&F shocks industry by extending warranty on ALL timepieces

Josh Shanks

MB&F gives early holiday present to all owners in the form of an across the board warranty extension for ALL timepieces they have ever made. Via an email newsletter sent to owners today, MB&F has just announced an unprecedented warranty extension for ALL of the timepieces the brand has EVER produced. Regardless of where you purchased the watch, all timepieces are receiving a two-year warranty extension! You may have seen Rolex and Audemars Piguet adding warranty extensions for some of their modern/newly purchased pieces, but extending the warranty on any watch ever purchased is totally new. Also notable is the launch of the manufacture’s new “The Tribe” initiative. Which seeks to unite owners and friends of the brand in a new online portal. www.mbandf.com/thetribe Official statement on the warranty extension: “Oh, and one more thing…to celebrate the end of this

Read More »