The Best Mecaquartz Watches

Helgray Silverstone Blue

Thought the Brexit debate was bad? Try asking the watch world to choose between quartz and mechanical. The former boasts increased accuracy and cheaper maintenance costs. The latter is a product of fine craftsmanship, fused together by a watchmaker of skill. So, which is better: the mass-produced but accurate quartz, or the more expensive but artisanal mechanical? There is no clear answer. And neither side is likely to call a truce anytime soon. Which is why, seeking to find some middle ground during the Quartz Crisis, a hybrid was developed…

What Your Watch Actually Says About You

It’s overstating things just slightly to claim that it’s your watch which says the most about you, as at least one brand’s campaign has. What about, you know, your personality? Or your slogan T-shirt? Joking aside though, you can tell a lot about a man from how he tells the time. You can buy a watch for £100 or £100,000. And your purchasing decision isn’t really driven by how accurate it is, or its myriad functions, for all of the self-justifying jargon surrounding mechanical watches in particular. (“It’s not a…

Why It’s Time To Upgrade To A Mechanical Watch

Watchmaking is an art form

If you Google ‘Jeremy Corbyn wristwatch’, you’ll discover that the leader of the opposition (such as it is) wears a quartz Timex. His is a gnarled lump of black plastic on a tatty velcro strap that’s well past its sell-by-date. I’m sure you can see the analogy. Mr Corbyn is not a man likely to upgrade his timepiece to something more sophisticated any time soon, and it could be that a good proportion of you reading this might currently feel the same – even if your watch is a bit…

7 Of The Best Super-Slim Watches

Rado True Thinline

As a nation, we’re obsessed with size. From fat-zapping supplements to fast-track gym hacks, tummy tucks to tabloid coverage of Rob Kardashian’s weight struggles, we’re hell bent on getting slimmer. But maybe it’s time we cut ourselves some slack and took a break from berating our slightly-bigger-than-cover-model bodies. After all, as noted chart-fodder philosopher Justin Bieber once said, “you should go and love yourself”. That is unless of course you’re a watch. In horology, natural curves are no longer celebrated as the trend for plus-size watches – fed by the…

The Watches That Changed The Game Forever

Rolex Submariner

Every now and then a stop-the-press timepiece comes along that sends tremors through the industry. Design strategies have to be recalibrated, a component that has been used in a movement for years is rendered redundant by a new innovation, or the bar is raised when a watch proves its mettle in harsh new terrain – the bottom of the ocean, for example, or the surface of the moon. The influence of such a watch can reverberate down the decades and serve as a template for new generations of watchmakers. Or…