"What makes a Cartier watch different is really the work on shape and design." This one sentence pretty much sums up the 25 pieces we got to see from Cartier's official archives, including some of the craziest variations of the iconic Tank. This outstanding line-up also showed how Cartier has managed to continuously re-invent itself over nearly two centuries, with a unique ability to twist a classic and still keep the distinctly elegant vibe that has characterized the French maison since its founding in 1847. For more, go to hodinkee.com/articles/inside-cartier-archives-historical-perspectives
It's been a while, but it's Three On Three time again. We've compared funky independent watches under $15,000, in-house, manually-wound dress watches under $20,000, and even some powerhouse chronographs from the biggest name manufactures around. But now it's time to tackle one of the most popular categories of watches of the modern era: stainless steel luxury sport watches. Here we've got the watch that started it all, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the modern interpretation from an old-school manufacture, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and a totally new budget-friendly addition to the category, the Piaget Polo S. For the full story, go to hodinkee.com/articles/comparing-the-vacheron-constantin-overseas-the-piaget-polo-s-and-the-audemars-piguet-royal-oak-15400
The first time someone meets me in public the conversation typically goes like this: Them: "Hey, can you get me a discount on that new Rolex, Omega, Lange, or whatever?" Me: "Nah, I really can't." After the awkwardness subsides there, the next question is usually, "Okay, so then who's next on Talking Watches?" And usually, I might have a handful of names with which to respond that might mean something to said John Q. Public – like a professional baseball player (with exceptionally good taste in watches and cameras), a noted writer (with exceptionally good taste in cars and comedy), or a watch-world intellectual, or perhaps a well-known collector. Today, however, you're getting none of that. For the full story, go to hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-morgan-king
The video that came out of this, The Road To Britain Episode 1, is probably the piece I’m most proud of this year. But there were many more – on the Road Through Britain we would go to see the seminal Harrison clocks at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich; earlier in the year we visited NOMOS in Glashütte and Berlin; we looked at 140-plus Heuers on Jeff Stein’s kitchen counter in Atlanta; we talked watches and cars in a Santa Monica airport hangar with Spike Feresten; and in the HODINKEE offices we sat down with John Mayer to chat IWC Big Pilots and Howie Kendrick to talk about his wide-ranging vintage collection. And to put a neat little bow on our 2016 videos, here’s a year in review. Enjoy.
At the time when Blancpain was busy developing the first true dive watch – the Fifty Fathoms came before the Submariner, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – triple calendars with moonphases were all the rage. In the 1950s, it seemed liked every company had one in their portfolio, including Rolex. Today, you could say the opposite is true. Dive watches are everywhere while Blancpain is one of a smaller group of manufactures with a complete calendar and moonphase still in its line-up. It's been a topsy-turvy 60 years and a lot has happened.