Longines continues to captivate horology enthusiasts with its latest masterpiece – the Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve. This remarkable timepiece not only pays homage to the brand's prestigious past but also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the iconic Conquest collection. Let's delve into the exquisite details of this new release and explore the fascinating connection it shares with the world of horse jumping!
Longines Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve
Longines is one of the most renowned Swiss watchmakers. Their rich heritage dates back to 1832. Over the past decades, many iconic watches with groundbreaking complications were introduced by Longines. One of them was a watch featuring a central power reserve back in the 1950s.
This year's 70th anniversary of the iconic Conquest collection marks the perfect occasion to bring the central power reserve back to life with the new Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve.
The well-sized timepiece boasts a classic 38 mm diameter case, perfectly balancing timeless elegance with modern aesthetics. Its self-winding mechanical movement is powered by the exclusive Longines cal. L896.5, showcasing the brand's commitment to precision and innovation. What sets this watch apart is, as the name suggests, its unique power reserve feature. It is elegantly displayed on rotating discs in the center of the dial.
The centerpiece of this horological marvel is undoubtedly its champagne dial, a nod to vintage sophistication. A warm, golden hue exudes a timeless charm. To complement the dial, Longines has paired the Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve with an integrated black alligator leather strap, ensuring a harmonious blend of style and comfort.
Longines CHI Classics Basel
As we explore the watch's design and craftsmanship during the Longines CHI Classics Basel, it's impossible to ignore the subtle yet powerful connection Longines has woven between this timepiece and the thrilling world of horse jumping. The brand has a longstanding tradition as the official timekeeper for prestigious equestrian events, including show jumping, dressage, and eventing. This legacy of precision and dedication to the equestrian world is seamlessly reflected in the Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve.
Much like a skilled rider navigating a challenging course, the watch's rotating power reserve discs symbolize the dynamic energy and endurance required in the world of horse jumping. The equestrian influence is subtly embedded in the watch's DNA, resonating with those who appreciate the synergy between precision timing and the exhilarating sport of horse jumping.
Longines' Conquest collection, born in 1954, has become synonymous with elegance and performance. The Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve, with its evocative design and connection to the equestrian realm, is a testament to the brand's commitment to heritage and innovation.
Whether you're a connoisseur of fine timepieces, an equestrian enthusiast, or someone who simply appreciates the marriage of artistry and functionality, this Longines creation is bound to leave an indelible mark on your wrist and in your heart.
Stepping into the heart of a watch company's manufacture is akin to peering behind the curtain of a grand theater production. It's here that the true essence of craftsmanship, quality, and innovation is unveiled. Recently, we had the privilege of embarking on a tour of IWC's state-of-the-art Manufakturzentrum, and what we witnessed was nothing short of extraordinary.
A Legacy of Industrial Vision
In 1868, Florentine Ariosto Jones, a visionary from Boston, set out on a journey to Switzerland with a radical idea: fuse modern American production methods with Swiss watchmaking expertise. This visionary spirit laid the foundation for the birth of the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen. Nestled beside the Rhine, Jones established a manufacture capable of churning out an impressive 10,000 watches annually.
Fast forward to the present day, and IWC's industrial tradition initiated by Jones reaches new heights with the inauguration of the Manufakturzentrum, perfectly timed to coincide with the brand's 150th anniversary. Erected in a remarkable 21 months, this cutting-edge facility unites the production of movement components, complete movements, and cases under a single, technologically advanced roof. Casing up and final testing, however, remain reverently within the confines of the historic building. Notably, Christoph Grainger-Herr, IWC's CEO and an accomplished architect, lent his expertise to the design, ensuring a seamless blend of luxury and precision engineering.
The IWC Manufakturzentrum: A Testament to Tradition
From the moment one approaches the 139-meter-long, 62-meter-wide structure, the Manufakturzentrum exudes an air of modernity and aesthetic allure. The monumental 2,200-square-meter glass façade captivates the eye, complemented by a soaring 9-meter-high entrance lobby, where a colossal perpetual calendar mechanism presides over the reception area. As a tribute to the luminaries who shaped IWC's legacy, portraits of key figures adorn one of the walls.
As visitors, we are immediately immersed in a world of fervent activity. Devoted craftsmen, each equipped with a magnifying glass and surrounded by cutting-edge CNC machines, pour over their workstations with meticulous care. The importance of natural light permeates the entire space, enhancing the production environment with optimal conditions. Everything is finely tuned for functionality, as the production flow unfolds seamlessly before your eyes.
A pivotal area within the Manufakturzentrum is devoted to the birth of movements. From raw materials to meticulously crafted components, the process advances with surgical precision. Digitally controlled machines sculpt the parts, which are then adorned and electroplated. Precious jewels find their homes in plates and bridges, creating the intricate inner workings of each timepiece.
The Art of Case Making
Descending into the basement, a realm of case manufacturing reveals itself. IWC's mastery of materials is on full display, with stainless steel, titanium, platinum, gold, and bronze cases all being produced in-house. Also showcased is Ceratanium, an innovative material that marries the strength of titanium with the hardness of ceramic. The expertise and attention devoted to hand-finishing the cases is nothing short of remarkable. Each surface and angle undergoes patient refinement with a polishing wheel, culminating in a level of craftsmanship rarely seen in case production departments.
A Testament to Quality and Commitment
The new IWC Manufakturzentrum is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. It represents a significant step forward in IWC's evolution, providing a purpose-built infrastructure to accommodate the company's expansion. With room for 400 craftsmen, the Manufakturzentrum stands as a beacon of pride for every employee, underscoring that an IWC timepiece is more than a mere instrument for telling time—it's a masterpiece of precision and legacy.
Jaeger-LeCoultre, the renowned Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, invites enthusiasts and connoisseurs on a captivating journey through time and craftsmanship with the launch of the Reverso Stories Experience. This unique exhibition at Zurich's main station pays homage to the iconic Reverso watch, celebrating over nine decades of unparalleled artistry.
A Timeless Icon: The Reverso
The Reverso, with its sleek Art Deco lines and distinctive reversible case, stands as one of the most recognizable watches in history. Born in 1931 on the polo fields of India, this ingenious timepiece was designed to endure the rigors of polo matches. Its revolutionary swiveling case, a patented marvel, became the cornerstone of Jaeger-LeCoultre's legacy.
Over the years, the Reverso has evolved without losing its essence. It has housed more than 50 different calibres and its blank metal flip side has transformed into a canvas for creative expression, adorned with enamel, engravings, and gemstones. This exhibition underscores the Reverso as not just a watch, but a true work of art.
Unveiling the Masterpieces
At the heart of the Reverso Stories Experience lies a fascinating retrospective of Reverso's history and its emblematic models. The exhibition showcases the Métiers Rares of the Manufacture: enamelling, engraving, gemsetting, and guilloché work, emphasizing the Reverso's role as a canvas for artistic expression.
A special highlight of the exhibit is the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185, featuring four functioning faces. Known as the Reverso Hybris Mechanica "Quadriptyque," this masterpiece, six years in the making, merges traditional savoir-faire with innovative astronomical indications, enabling it to predict upcoming global celestial events.
Art Meets Watchmaking
In addition to the horological marvels, the Reverso Stories Experience introduces visitors to a world where art meets watchmaking. American digital artist Brendi Wedinger unveils a series of artworks inspired by the Vallée du Joux, the Maison's birthplace. Wedinger's pieces mirror the complexity and uniqueness found in Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, creating a mesmerizing fusion of natural beauty and intricate detail.
Renowned Korean digital media artist Dr Yiyun Kang contributes her art installation, "Origin," paying tribute to the omnipresence of the Golden Ratio in the world around us. This immersive narrative builds a bridge between the symmetry in nature and the geometric allure of Art Deco Design.
Jaeger-LeCoultre x Artworth Event
The Reverso Stories Experience is a testament to the enduring legacy of Jaeger-LeCoultre and its iconic Reverso watch. Having made its debut in Munich and London in 2022, this exhibit now graces Zürich with its presence, marking the only stop in Switzerland.
At Artworth we were really happy to invite a select group of guests to experience the pop-up during an exclusive evening at the Reverso 1931 Café. Our guests got to enjoy a nice offering hot beverages as well as champagne in an Art Deco-inspired ambiance.
This unique event turned out to be a great evening for watch enthusiasts and art aficionados alike, offering a rare glimpse into the exquisite world of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Thanks to everyone who took the chance to be part of this extraordinary celebration of timekeeping mastery and artistic expression. Until next time!
When it comes to wristwatches, few brands capture the essence of precision, style, and adventure like Horage. Their all-terrain timepiece, the Supersede GMT, left the watch community spellbound. Now, with valuable input from their passionate tribe of enthusiasts, Horage is back with a timepiece that not only delivers refined functionality but also adds a fresh summer look to your wrist. Enter the Supersede Date, the latest chapter in the All-Terrain Supersede lineage!
Breaking the Mold
Horage's approach to watch design has always been about breaking free from the conventional norms. The Supersede Date is no exception. Stepping outside the box of the classic three-hand and date function, Horage's designers drew inspiration from the success of the Supersede GMT's jump hour set. This unique feature, retained in the Supersede Date, allows wearers to quickly adjust the hour hand to their destination time without interrupting the running seconds and minute hands. It's a function tailored for globe-trotting adventurers and anyone who values precise timekeeping.
Complementing the Jump Hour Set function is the Big Date display at three o'clock, featuring Quick Date Adjust. With a simple counterclockwise turn of the crown, you can swiftly set the date, enhancing the watch's user-friendliness.
Inspired by Deep Waters
The Supersede Date's dial design draws inspiration from the deep, warm waters that beckon explorers. The result is two meticulously finished dials: Cenote Blue and Black Coral. Cenote Blue mirrors the captivating blue sun rays found in the crystal-clear cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula, while Black Coral takes inspiration from the soft, deep-water corals of the Caribbean, which are transformed into stunning jewelry known as black coral.
The highly polished indices and diamond-cut hands on these dials are filled with Swiss Super-LumiNova® that emit a captivating deep blue glow in subdued light.
Horage also sets the bar high in terms of material quality. The watch is crafted from 904L stainless steel, renowned for its superior resistance to stress, pitting, and corrosion. This makes it the ultimate choice for environments with saltwater exposure. Not only is 904L corrosion-resistant, but the polished and brushed finishes also offer a bright and rich look.
Attention to Detail in Design
The attention to detail in the Supersede Date extends from the case to the bracelet. The bi-directional rotating timing bezel features a mix of highly polished, brushed, and matte textured surfaces, enhancing both beauty and functionality. At a mere 10.28mm thin, the Supersede case showcases meticulous hand finishing from the lugs to the crown guards and crown.
The 904L stainless steel integrated bracelet with a micro-adjustment buckle adds the finishing touch. Tapering from 22mm to 16mm at the buckle, the mix of materials, finishes, and proportions harmonize seamlessly. You even have the option to choose between polished or brushed bracelet center links to customize your Supersede look.
The Heart of Supersede Date: K2 Calibre
Powering the Supersede Date is the Chronometer Certified K2 calibre, an in-house movement developed by Horage. This remarkable movement, at just 3.6mm thick and powered by a single barrel, offers over 72 hours of power reserve. You can adorn it with either a tungsten or platinum rotor, depending on your preference. What sets the K2 calibre apart is Horage's innovative use of advanced materials, including a silicon hairspring, escape wheel, and anchor. This combination increases movement efficiency, isochronism, and makes it non-magnetic—a boon for watch enthusiasts.
As part of the K2 development journey, Horage explored the use of precious metals like gold or platinum. Platinum, due to its density, emerged as the superior choice. The PT950 hallmark ensures you receive a genuine platinum rotor, adding a touch of luxury to your timepiece. You can choose to upgrade to PT950 platinum for an additional CHF 1'200.
Secure your Supersede Date today
For those eager to make the Supersede Date their own, Horage offers a special Early Bird Pre-Order price of CHF 4'900 from 12 September to November 2023. The first 30 orders will ship within 14 days, while the remaining orders will be shipped in November 2023. After this exclusive pre-order period, the stock orders will be available at a price of CHF 5'500.
For us, the Horage Supersede Date is not just a timepiece; it's a statement of adventure, precision, and style. So, don't miss your chance to be among the first to embrace this exceptional watch and embark on your own horological journey with Horage.
To learn more about Horage, read this article on our blog about the exciting independent brand.
In the world of horology, few brands resonate as profoundly as OMEGA. Among their prestigious line of timepieces, the Seamaster collection stands as a testament to innovation, durability, and iconic style. Let's take a plunge into the rich history and evolution of OMEGA's iconic collection, recently completed with a series of beautiful Seamaster Summer Blue editions.
History of the OMEGA Seamaster
The inception of the Seamaster can be traced back to 1948, born out of the essential need for a reliable watch during the tumultuous days of the WWII. OMEGA crafted the initial Seamaster based on a design originally intended for airmen. The inaugural edition came in two variations: one featuring center seconds, and the other with small-seconds positioned at the bottom of the dial. Constructed from stainless steel, the watch featured short, robust lugs and a slender profile, making it a perfect companion for daily wear.
However, the original Seamaster bore little resemblance to its modern counterpart. It lacked the distinctive traits we now associate with a diver's watch. The evolution towards that quintessential diver's aesthetic would occur nine years later with the introduction of the Seamaster 300. This model marked a pivotal moment for OMEGA. It stood as their first professional diver's watch, setting new standards for functionality and design in the industry.
In the realm of pop culture, the Seamaster achieved an elevated status thanks to its appearance on the wrist of the iconic fictional spy, James Bond. Pierce Brosnan, and later Daniel Craig, opted for the Seamaster, bestowing upon it the moniker of "the 007 Watch." This symbiotic relationship bolstered both the watch's popularity and its precision, solidifying its place as a symbol of sophistication and capability.
Today, the Seamaster collection has transcended its origins as a diver's watch. It embodies OMEGA's commitment to innovation and elegance, encapsulating decades of design evolution. From its utilitarian roots to gracing the wrists of iconic characters and global icons, the Seamaster is a paragon of timeless style and technical prowess. In the world of horology, the OMEGA Seamaster collection remains a beacon of excellence—a fusion of heritage, innovation, and enduring style that continues to captivate watch enthusiasts and aficionados alike.
Seamaster Summer Blue Editions
To celebrate 75 years of its oceangoing icon, OMEGA has produced a collection of watches with dials in various layers of Summer Blue. A striking tone reminiscent of a perfect day on a boundless sea. We love how the timepieces are celebrating both the lightness of summer and the theme of water resistance.
The timepieces range in water resistance. Starting with the almost common 150 meters (Aqua Terra) to a professional diving watch offering 6'000 meters of water resistance (Planet Ocean Ultra Deep). All watches share the color Summer Blue, which cleverly reflects the water resistance of the corresponding Seamaster model. This is achieved through the intensity and the layers of lacquer on the dial.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Now let's have a closer look at one of the watches we are especially fond of: The Aqua Terra 150M GMT Worldtimer. This stunning 43 mm timepiece is a true embodiment of elegance and functionality. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, it features a polished and brushed stainless steel case that exudes sophistication. Its seamless integration of a blue rubber strap, adorned with a solid polished link, adds both comfort and style to its design.
The dial of this masterpiece is a canvas of artistry, sun-brushed in OMEGA’s exclusive Summer Blue hue. A gradient finish not only adds depth to the dial but also symbolizes the watch’s exceptional water resistance. Vertical teak stripes grace the dial, accompanied by rhodium-plated hands and indexes, each coated with a luminous light blue Super-LumiNova for enhanced readability in any lighting. Circling the dial, an exquisite array of silvery printed global destinations reminds us of the world's boundless possibilities. At the heart of the dial lies a 24-hour glass ring, elegantly divided into light blue segments denoting daytime and dark blue segments representing nighttime across the globe. The mesmerizing depiction of Earth, etched with intricate detail, rests on a grade 5 titanium plate through precise laser-ablation.
Inside the watch ticks the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8938, a testament to the brand's relentless pursuit of horological excellence. In essence, the 43 mm Worldtimer transcends beyond being a mere watch; it's a statement of OMEGA’s commitment to merging innovation with timeless aesthetics. This masterpiece not only graces your wrist with unparalleled elegance but also offers a practical companion for globetrotters and watch aficionados alike.
Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M
Next, let's dive into the epitome of aquatic sophistication with the Planet Ocean 600M. Impeccably designed, this watch boasts a 39.5 mm stainless steel case and bracelet that seamlessly blend durability with style.
The dial, an artistic marvel, features a vertical brushed ceramic texture in OMEGA’s signature Summer Blue shade. PVD treated and adorned with a gradient finish, the dial elegantly reflects the watch’s exceptional water resistance. Encircling the dial, a captivating blue ceramic bezel with a light blue diving scale enhances the bold display. The blued hands and indexes, enriched with a distinct light blue Super-LumiNova, ensure unparalleled readability, even in the darkest depths.
Flipping the timepiece and looking behind the commemorative Seamaster logo, one discovers OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8800 ticking inside the watch. A true testament to the brand’s commitment to precision and performance!
Which is your favorite among the Seamaster Summer Blue editions? Send us a message on Instagram and let us know!
There is a newly renovated Bucherer boutique in the beautiful Swiss town of St. Gallen. What a wonderful reason to organize another Artworth at Bucherer event in order to celebrate the reopening of the store! Join us as we spend some wonderful days in St. Gallen and host a lovely evening centered around Certified Pre-Owned watches, champagne and whisky.
Bucherer Certified Pre-Owned Watches
With the newly renovated Bucherer Boutique, St. Gallen's old town is getting a real jewel. Over the course of a year, the listed façade and the interior were completely renovated. On a total of three floors, visitors can now look forward to fascinating brand spaces and areas as well as an inviting lounge with bar. All this is integrated into a holistic overall concept, offering a luxuriously relaxed feel-good ambience and excellent service quality.
During the redesign of the boutique, historical aspects were skillfully integrated into the overall conversion. The new 280-square-meter boutique impresses visually with its clear lines and shapes, high-quality materials and walls clad with wooden slats. We particularly like the relaxed living room atmosphere that was created with the help of various comfortable seating options, an inviting bar and appealing art objects.
The focus of our Artworth at Bucherer event in St. Gallen was once again on the fascinating world of Certified Pre-Owned. These timepieces can be found on the second floor. Here, watch aficionados find a constantly changing selection of unique pre-owned collectors' pieces. Naturally, these are all tested and authenticated by Bucherer's experts.
Tasting Rare Champagne
What better to pair with rare timepieces than exclusive champagne? One name stands out as the epitome of rarity, elegance, and craftsmanship: Rare Champagne. For over four decades, Rare Champagne has been synonymous with exclusivity, offering a select few the opportunity to savor the magnificence of truly exceptional vintages. Each bottle encapsulates a story of passion, expertise, and timeless character, making it a hallmark of sophistication and refined taste. We are extremely proud to be offering Rare Champagne during the Artworth at Bucherer event.
Rare Champagne's history dates back to the 18th century, where the very first prestige cuvée was presented to Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France. Housed in the iconic Pinte Majeure bottle, this champagne embodies aristocratic luxury and elegance. Crafted by skilled glass blowers of the era, the bottle's asymmetrical shoulders pay homage to its historical roots, emphasizing its distinctive personality.
Among Rare Champagne's remarkable vintages, the Rare Millésime 2008 stands as a shining example of excellence. This vintage holds unlimited potential for growth, youth, and complexity, evoking the fervor of an eternal spring. From the intense crystalline golden robe that sparkles like yellow diamonds to the symphony of aromas that gradually unfold, every moment with this champagne is a journey into sensory delight.
As the night progresses, some of the guests switch to a glass of whisky. Local importer and dealer Glen Fahrn curated a special selection of whisky for our guests to enjoy. A special highlight is certainly the Invergordon 33 Duncan Taylor edition. The perfect conclusion of a night all about rare timepieces, champagnes and whiskies.
Unwinding at Einstein St. Gallen
After our seventh successful Artworth at Bucherer event, we settle down at the Einstein in St. Gallen. It is the perfect location for delectable dining experiences, business meetings, comfortable hotel stays and relaxing times in the wellness area.
In the Bistro St. Gallen, that is part of the Hotel Einstein, we enjoy delicious food in a cozy and stylish atmosphere. In addition to local classics, the Bistro also has seasonal international specials. Here, guests will find the right culinary feast at any time of the day!
It is also here were we reflect on the past event and make plans for the future. Where should we host our next Artworth at Bucherer event? Send us a message on Instagram and let us know! In case you want to read about our event in London, click here.
In the world of men's fashion, finding accessories that strike the right balance between style and functionality can be a challenge. However, the Epic X Chrono 44MM by Jacob & Co. effortlessly blends the best of both worlds, making it a true statement-piece for the modern gentleman. Let's get hands-on while taking a boat for a spin on Lake Geneva!
Signature X-shaped Lugs and Dial Appliqués
At the heart of the Epic X collection lies an unmistakable design, characterized by its contemporary flair. Each timepiece is a work of art, expertly combining traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge materials, resulting in a truly epic aesthetic that stands out from the crowd. The Epic X Chrono 44MM is no exception. It boasts the signature X-shaped lugs and dial appliqués that define the collection's identity. Its intricate case design adds to its unique appeal and incomparable feel.
One cannot help but admire the smoked mineral crystal dial and case-back. It provides a tantalizing glimpse into the exclusive JCAA05 chronograph caliber and its exquisite finishing details. We really like that this smaller case size, compared to the 47-mm versions, opens up the Epic X Chrono to a broader audience. Now more people can appreciate the brand's design features in a universally wearable, definitely unisex format.
The Fascination of Chronographs
Chronographs have always been highly sought-after complications in the world of watchmaking. For us, the appeal lies in the unique interactivity they offer, allowing wearers to use the watch not just to read the time but also to measure it. The Epic X Chrono 44MM features two pushers on the side of the case, a balanced bi-compax dial, and crown-guards on the left-side for ultimate design balance. This timepiece beckons you to explore its functions and form a special, tactile connection with it.
Exquisite Craftsmanship at Jacob & Co.
At the heart of the Epic X Chrono timepieces ticks the mesmerizing JCAA05 caliber. This 260-component masterpiece showcases refined movement decorations on the bridges, self-winding rotor, mainspring barrel, and column wheel. Speaking of the column wheel, it's this beautifully hand-finished component that controls the functioning of the chronograph mechanism inside the Epic X Chrono 44MM. It governs the start, stop, and reset functions, proudly displayed on the case-back side of the JCAA05.
Again, the attention to detail is awe-inspiring. Beveled and polished edges on the bridges, perlage circular graining, and the open-worked construction of the mainspring barrel—all impeccably executed to create a harmonious and captivating timekeeping marvel.
Bold Design and Technical Prowess
Beyond its technical prowess, the Epic X Chrono 44MM is a bold and stylish accessory. The 44-mm wide and 14-mm thick case exudes confidence, and its water resistance up to 200 meters showcases its robust architecture. Its white ceramic bezel, wrapped crowns, and angular pushers further elevate its allure, adding distinctive dashes of color and a superior tactile experience.
The blue-tinted mineral crystal dial is yet another eye-catching detail, providing a window into the JCAA05 caliber from the front. This intriguing touch enhances the watch's technical side, making it all the more captivating.
The skeletonized hands with Super-LumiNova luminescent tips not only make reading the time effortless in any light but also add a touch of modernity to the watch's overall design. The bâton-shaped hands dedicated to the chronograph timing indication serve as a reminder of the timepiece's functionality.
In our opinion, the Epic X Chrono 44MM is more than just a watch; it's an extraordinary fusion of style and substance. Whether you're heading to the office, spend a day on the lake, or attend a formal occasion, this timepiece effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. Embrace the allure of this iconic creation and let the world know that you're not just wearing a watch; you're making a bold fashion statement with the Epic X Chrono 44MM.
As watch enthusiasts, we're always on the lookout for the next game-changing creation that will propel the industry forward. In a world of ever-expanding horological wonders, it's often the pursuit of innovation and fresh ideas that make a timepiece stand out the most. The Swiss brand Horage definitely ticks a lot of boxes in that regard: let’s have a closer look at the newly released Lensman 2!
A Watch for Photographers
Photography is one of our biggest passions here at Artworth - and the idea of combining watchmaking with photography is without a doubt very intriguing to us. The Lensman 2 by Biel/Bienne based Horage is equipped with a very unique Bezel that functions as an exposure calculator, combining the two worlds in a way that has never been done before. An impressive ISO and aperture range is offered on the bi-directional bezel for quick referencing between your shots. This allows the watch to show you the optimal values for your camera when the markings on the bezel are aligned with your current lighting conditions. Fascinating, no?
This highly innovative function reinvents the definition of a modern daily tool watch in our eyes. The watch satisfies both form and function and gives off old-school vintage vibes, while maintaining a sleek and clean overall look and feel. In addition to the unique Bezel, the watch also features a GMT 24 hour jump set. This is ideal for photographers exploring the globe, keeping track of multiple time zones.
A Look inside the Horage Lensman 2
Of course, as you would expect from a Horage timepiece, the heart of the watch doesn’t disappoint either: The in-house K2 micro-rotor is accompanied by a 24-hour GMT module that packs a strong 72 hour power reserve. This highly sophisticated movement is also properly protected: both the crown as well as the case itself are made from polished grade 5 titanium to make sure the COSC Chronometer Certified timepiece won't be damaged.
At Artworth, we love the Horage Lensman 2 for multiple reasons. It's a timepiece that visually and functionally reinvents the definition of what a true modern-day tool watch can and should be. We’re convinced that anyone with a strong passion for either photography or watchmaking will fall in love with the Lensman 2, just as we did!
To learn more about Horage, read this article about our visit at their manufacture in Biel/Bienne.
Which complication is the most useful in a dive watch? We would argue having a GMT is pretty helpful since many of us travel to exotic places to explore the colorful underwater world. Mido, the pioneer of watertight cases in the early 1930s, offers now exactly that. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of their iconic Ocean Star collection, the Swiss brand is launching a dive watch with GMT and even worldtimer function. Let's have a closer look at the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer!
Mido Ocean Star Decompession Worldtimer
At Artworth we love vintage inspired timepieces. And the versatile neo-vintage diver watch by Mido is right up our alley! With an eye-catching color-scheme inspired by the 1960s, the Ocean Star Skin Diver comes with a contemporary case size of 40.5mm. To highlight the vintage look, the top of the case is fitted with a box-shaped sapphire crystal that is nicely complemented by a solid screw-down stainless steel case back.
Although most people will wear the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer as "desk diver", it was developed for scuba diving. Equipped with a decompression scale, the watch helps divers plan their surface intervals. This was an incredibly impressive feature at the time of its predecessor’s release in the 1960s and made the Ocean Star world-famous among divers. Today, Mido has updated the watch with a Nivachron balance spring. It protects the timepiece from magnetism.
Mido - King of Waterproof
Inside the watch, the ETA-based Mido Cal. 80 GMT movement is ticking away. It offers an independently adjustable local hour hand. What is impressive about the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer is certainly the price. At CHF 1'270, it is one of the most affordable GMT watches out there. On top of that, the watch also comes with a second strap included that can be changed at the click of a button.
Another impressive feature that makes this watch stand out is its legendary monocoque case that has been in production since 1959. Mido’s reputation as the “King of Waterproof” watches originates from this case model and of course their Aquadura System. The honorable reputation certainly doesn’t disappoint with the Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer either: Mido guarantees complete water resistance, even if the crown is not fully pushed in. This security is given by its innovative gasket system which uses a natural cork to seal the crown winding stem.
For us, the playful Ocean Star Decompression Worldtimer is a great vintage-inspired dive watch that will make every traveler happy. The bidirectional rotating bezel which displays the names of different cities around the globe makes for a useful watch. In addition, the decompression scale makes the watch pop and will make heads turn.
London is a city that never fails to impress. With its vibrant culture, rich history, and unmatched fashion scene, it's no surprise that it's a top destination for many travelers. Recently, we visited the city to host our 6th Artworth at Bucherer event, the first one in the United Kingdom.
Our stay started with a good breakfast at White Mulberries at Hay's Galleria. In a city filled with incredible coffee shops and breakfast places, there is a lot to be discovered. White Mulberries has long been a favorite of ours because it obviously serves great coffee but has also an incredible banana bread on the menu.
After getting our coffee fix, it was time for some meetings around town. Driving around with the new Range Rover, we got to see some of the famous sights as well. It is impressive to see how the the City of London is ever evolving.
Luckily, some things don't change. For example the Big Benn and Westminster Abbey. Historical buildings like these never fail to impress us! Which is your favorite sight in London? Send us a message and let us know.
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London
We decided to stay at the Rosewood Hotel during our trip to London. This luxury hotel is centrally located, in the city's Holborn neighborhood, and is renowned for its Scarfes Bar, which boasts an impressive selection of rare spirits.
One evening, we headed to the bar, where we met Martin Siska, a talented mixologist who crafted a delicious cocktail with cognac by Rémy Martin. We were thoroughly impressed with his expertise and enjoyed our drinks immensely.
Offering drawing room conviviality and gentleman’s club sophistication, this bar gives true meaning to the phrase ‘get scarfed’. A roaring fireplace and shelves filled with over 1,000 antique books complete the classy atmosphere. We were particularly impressed with the selection of fine and rare spirits available. The perfect time and place to enjoy a glass of Rémy Martin XO and play chess!
Artworth at Bucherer
After Paris and Munich, London was the third event we organized outside of Switzerland. As usual, guests had the opportunity to discover rare Bucherer Certified Pre-Owned models by Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and many more. Centrally located, the Bucherer boutique in Covent Garden was the perfect location to host this event!
We were thrilled with the turnout and enjoyed sharing our knowledge of mechanical watches and men's fashion with the attendees. Fielding & Nichols made sure that the guests got a good idea about the latest seasonal fabrics by Dormeuil. Meanwhile, Rémy Martin treated the attendees to some nice cocktails throughout the evening as well as hosting an exclusive XO tasting.
Our week in London was once more a fantastic experience. We relished exploring the city's fashion scene, trying new coffee shops, and learning more about the city's rich history. Co-hosting the event at Bucherer was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip, and we were delighted to share our passion for Swiss timepieces with fellow enthusiasts.