The foundations of English-watchmaker John Arnold’s reputation were laid when he presented his elaborately ornamented half-quarter repeater ring to George III over two-centuries ago. Among Arnold’s work were pocket watches with hand-engraved movements and champlevé enamel cases; even his marine chronometers had hand-engraved balance cocks with the floral motifs typical of the English style. True to its founder (though associated by name only), Arnold & Son today carefully preserves and cultivates the skilled creative craftsmanship in the form of hand-finished engravings and miniature paintings that have been characteristic of the brand throughout its history. These pieces are embodied in the “Métiers d’Art” or decorative arts pieces issued by Arnold & Son.
Here now we look at Arnold & Son’s TE8 Tourbillon Métiers d’Art I, a beautiful hand-engraved watch with tourbillon, limited to only eight pieces. And I will concluede with a look at the latest, the TE8 Tourbillon Métiers d’Art I.
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by Kyle Stults on August 21, 2014
Here’s your first look at the newest addition to the Longines Heritage collection (yes, my favorite collection from Longines). The Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph is a re-issue of an Longines pilot’s watch circa 1950′s and displays the time on a 24-hour scale, situated on the inner dial. The diameter of the original model, a hefty 47.50 mm, has also been maintained. Available in black or silver dial. The steel case has a closed back and is decorated with Longines’ famous hourglass symbol (see “Did You Know?” below). This piece will retail for $4,800. Longines notes that each piece is numbered, though I do not believe production is limited.
Exclusive to the North American market, the Luminor 8 Days, otherwise known as the PAM590, is powered by one of Panerai’s newest calibres, the P.5000. As the name implies, the watch is capable of running for 192 hours once fully wound, making it a worthy addition to the growing list of timepieces with lengthy power reserves.
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by Kyle Stults on August 18, 2014
Most folks don’t know it, but Japanese watch giant Seiko makes some of the finest watches in the world. The Seiko Credor Masterpieces are but two examples. The Grand Seiko collection, more broadly speaking, is another line of very high quality mechanical- and quartz watches made by the Japanese manufacture. Oh, and just as an aside, they also have a great brand Ambassaodor in tennis superstar Novak Djokovic.
Of course many would be greatly surprised to hear that Seiko makes the finest three-hand watch in the world, and I’m sure there are many superbly talented Swiss watchmakers who could reasonably disagree with such an assertion. But there’s no denying that the new Seiko Credor Eichi II — with its hand-made hand painted porcelain dial, 39mm platinum case, and hand-finished movement — is an incredible watch by any measure. I sure am
drooling over drawn to its elegant “less is more” design.