Watch in Focus – Cartier Ballon Bleu

Cartier has always been pushing boundaries when it comes to watch style and design. Although other manufacturers have made their name by producing wonderfully exquisite and ornate movements, Cartier prefers to stun its audiences by making timepieces and accessories that have original visual appeal. You know when you are looking at a Cartier. Rectangular watches …

Watch In Focus – Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX

The AMVOX may be one of the younger members of the Jaeger-LeCoultre family, but its history goes back much further than that. The relationship between luxury car maker Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre dates right back to the 1920s when Edmond Jaeger, still seventeen years off from joining forces with his friend Jacques-David LeCoultre, was making …

Watch In Focus – Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a design that has held its own for the best part of a century, and is a design that is more than simply about aesthetics—it’s practical too. While watching a game of polo in India in the 1930s, a French industrialist called César de Trey—who had made a fortune in denture …

Watch in Focus – Breitling Navitimer

Breitling’s history with the aeronautical industry is based on a relationship built over many years that has led to the creation of watches specifically developed for pilots, by pilots. The trademark of Breitling’s DNA is most definitely the slide rule: developed following discussions with pilots from the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), Breitling released …

Watch in Focus – IWC Aquatimer

Between 1942 and 1946, French Naval Lieutenant Jacques-Yves Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan developed the Aqualung, a portable underwater breathing device that revolutionised diving. Previous self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) had consisted of clunky and awkward methods of continuously blowing air into a divers face, but the Aqualung used pressure valves release air only on …

Watch In Focus – SevenFriday P1-04

In 1975, the car manufacturer British Leyland went bankrupt. There were many contributing factors — bad product, striking workers, confused marketing — but one reason stood out among the others: the cars produced in the Far East were not only better, but cheaper, too. These were cars that could be trusted to start on a …

Watch In Focus – Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

Since the introduction of quartz movements, programmable computers and micro-sensor technology, the mechanical dive watch has become to diving what the horseshoe is to motoring. The day of the tool watch, with its ticking, clicking, pulsing innards, is done, dead, gone. Or is it? When the Aqua-Lung – Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s self-contained underwater breathing apparatus – …

Watch In Focus – Patek Philippe 5101P

It doesn’t take a genius to spot why this Patek Philippe is special. The text may be small, it may be squeezed onto the seconds sub-dial, but it’s there, unobstructed for around thirty seconds of every minute: ‘tourbillon’. In a world of triple-axis tourbillons and even more besides, a plain jane tourbillon may not seem …

Watch In Focus – Panerai Radiomir 1940

There’s something about the Italians that attracts an almost religious following. Take Ferrari’s Tifosi by way of an example; their dedication to the supercar manufacturer could make even the Pope feel a little unloved. The same phenomenon is seen with Officine Panerai and the Paneristi. They’re nothing short of the highest order of Panerai fanatics, …