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…

10 Of The Best Men’s Green Dial Watches

Thomas Earnshaw Armagh

We Brits might know green as the colour of envy, but head further east, to China, and it’s got a more auspicious significance – something that might explain why the watch world’s been going green lately. Chinese shoppers accounted for over $22 billion worth of Swiss watches in 2015 (a quarter of all exports), so it’s little wonder that more and more manufactures are taking pains to nod to cultural nuances. But shopping habits aren’t solely responsible for the green wave, as Erica Redgrave, buyer at The Watch Gallery explains.…

The Best Watches Of 2017

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

While 2016 has served up a series of unexpected events, what’s happened in the watch industry this year has been more predictable. Companies have begun a shift West as the US and European markets grow larger than those in the fast-shrinking East, making this year (and next) all about bigger, more affordable steel watches. Jury’s still out about the impact of smartwatches on the traditional watch market, but with Apple selling millions and millions of its Watch, it can’t be ignored. Distilling these trends into a handful of watches was…