The Devil’s dive watch: Introducing a pair of limited edition Christopher Ward Tridents

July 17, 2017 . by Jim Manley

I’m sure the trademark forked counterbalance on Christopher Ward’s dive watches is usually supposed to evoke Poseidon’s spear, but with the new C60 Trident Pro COSC and the C60 Trident Day Date COSC Limited Editions the bright red fork clearly belongs to a different supernatural being.

Hands-on with two Christopher Ward jumping hour watches

July 14, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Like a subtle sonnerie, the jumping hour complication audibly announces each hour. Instead of chiming like a grand sonnerie—and costing tens of thousands of dollars—a jumping hour clicks at the top of the hour as a digital hour wheel “jumps” to the next hour. Not unlike the sound of a date wheel snapping into a…

Bovet embraces the 365.25-day year, the Pope be damned

July 13, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Most of the world is happy to accept the Gregorian calendar and the need for leap years—but the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium is having none of that. Since the Earth actually spins around the Sun once every 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.77 seconds (or 365.25 days) the calendar needs to catch up to the…

A Compendium of Cartier’s Classic Watches

July 11, 2017 . by Jim Manley

It can get overwhelming to keep track of one hundred years of watches. But if you’re buying a Cartier—or any watch that fits tightly into the deep history of watchmaking—it’s interesting to understand what that history looks like. For Cartier, history starts at the beginning of the modern wrist watch, built for pioneering aviator Alberto…

Architectural horology: introducing the Alexander Calder mobile-inspired Xela

July 10, 2017 . by Jim Manley

This is a ridiculous watch. And that’s the beauty of the thing. The watch world does not need the 597th Kickstarter campaign for a basic three-hander that “cuts out the middleman”—we need the Alexander Calder mobile-inspired handset of this unconventional take on time telling. At $135, this Miyota quartz-powered piece is a fun way to…

Modern nostalgia: Hands-on with the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Autochrono

July 6, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Hamilton has managed to pull off a kind of modern nostalgia with its Intra-Matic 68 Autochrono. In pictures, this automatic chronograph looks straight out of the ’60s, and well it should, since it’s modeled on Hamilton’s 1968 Chronograph B. But on the wrist, it has a modern size and a modern presence. And while the…

Up from the depths: the new David Paul DP-1 bronze pilot watch

June 2, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Bronze dive watches are all the rage—and for good reason. Bronze—and it’s copper cousin brass—are synonymous with the sea and a copper/tin alloy gives bronze cases a quick-forming custom patina. There are plenty of bronze dive watches at every price point, from the Tudor Black Bay Bronze to the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition to…