How Much Should You Spend On A Watch?

There are two questions that, as a watch critic, I hate being asked. The first comes with alarming frequency, and is this: ‘What’s your favourite watch?’ Often, before my hand can hit my face, it’s caveated by, ‘I’m sure you get that question all the time…’ Or, ‘you probably don’t have one, but…’ And worst of all, ‘perhaps you can’t say…’, as if to suggest I’m somehow beholden to a brand, but bound to a false creed of professional journalistic impartiality, and might – just for them – let my…

10 Up And Coming Watch Brands You Probably Don’t Know (But Should)

Farer Watches

With age comes experience. And nowhere is that truer than among Swiss watch manufactures. Brands such as Vacheron Constantin and Cartier have been crafting timepieces for over 160 years. And, unsurprisingly, such a resumé costs. But experience isn’t the only guarantee of authority. In recent years, plenty of new watch brands have emerged that hold their own against the ancients – offering similar levels of craftsmanship, often at a fraction of the cost. As Andrew Jennings, founder of contemporary watch brand Larsson & Jennings explains, good looks aren’t the only…

8 Ways You’re Killing Your Watch

Watch Mistakes - Changing The Date At The Wrong Time

Part of the appeal of owning a mechanical watch is the fun you have tinkering with it. There’s a tiny machine in that case which requires your daily input to keep it going. But as with any machine, the smallest human error can see it grind to a halt. Whether it’s changing the date at the wrong time of day or failing to screw down the crown when you take a bath, every mechanical watch-wearer should be aware of the basic errors that could result in a costly visit to…

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…