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Feature: 3 Clever Dive Watches
The International Organisation for Standards, under ISO 6425, states that a recognised dive watch should meet the following requirements: a unidirectional bezel with five minute markers; clearly distinguished minute markings on the dial; readability at 25cm in total darkness; shock, chemical and magnetic resistance; an operational indicator; oh—and of course, a 100-metre depth rating. This covers the bare minimum to qualify—but what if watchmakers went above and beyond?
Feature: The Bronze Age - Tudor, Panerai & IWC
4,000 years ago, humans discovered that if they heated the soft metal copper to 1,000 degrees and sprinkled some arsenic on top, the resulting creation was bronze. This was the first alloy ever made by man, and is much tougher than copper. It was a technological breakthrough in comparison to the stone used for the prior three million years. But that was then, and this now—so why is this outdated material making a resurgence?
Feature: Happy 150th Birthday, IWC
A whopping century-and-a-half has passed since Boston-born engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones frightened the life out of Swiss watchmakers by introducing modern mass production to the banks of the River Rhine. Established as far away as possible from the peeved Swiss watchmaking hub, in the German-surrounded nodule of Schaffhausen, IWC has steadfastly contributed its logical, engineer's perspective to the art of Swiss watchmaking for the last 150 years. And what better way to celebrate than with a trio of the finest watches IWC makes?
Review: IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar
It took me a while to work out what on Earth a Miramar was, but a little digging into the eighties excellence that is the Top Gun movie revealed that it is in fact the town the hallowed Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program is based in. Under the hot Californian sun, the best pilots in the world gather to fly, flirt and play slow-motion volleyball, exchanging witty retorts and wearing mirror-finish Ray-Bans. Despite the temperature, it’s the coolest place in the known universe.
News: IWC Big Pilot's Annual Calendar Le Petit Prince
French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry leaves two legacies in his wake—one of a skilled and fearless pilot, and the other of a heartfelt and talented writer. During his life, he was able to combine two often mutually exclusive qualities, pragmatism and creativity—so it’s no surprise that it’s this man who IWC has chosen to commemorate in a number of its pilot’s watches, a range of timepieces that also strives to combine utility with artistry.
Feature: Top Four Ceramic Watches
Ten years ago, most people would have associated the word 'ceramic' with potted plants and tea parties. After all, the Greek word that ceramic is derived from—kerameikos—means 'for pottery'. But that's all changed now, and ceramics are once again at the cutting edge of material science, harder, stronger and more impressive than ever before. We take a look at four ceramic watches to see just how good the technology really is.
News: IWC Portugieser 'D H Craig' Tourbillon
With the German border surrounding it on three sides, the Swiss town of Schaffhausen exhibits more than a little of its neighbour's dedication to engineering perfection. With a motto like 'Probus Scafusia'—loosely translated from Latin as 'Pride of Schaffhausen'—it's no wonder that this excellence filters into watchmaker IWC. As if to prove that point, IWC has just announced the stunning Portugieser Tourbillon 'D. H. Craig' IW546306 limited edition.
News: IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph for BFI
This October marks the 60th anniversary of the BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival, the largest public film event in the whole of the UK. It typically screens more than 300 features, documentaries and short films every year, giving exposure to both new and established talent in the movie industry. IWC has been the official timing partner for the festival since 2014, and for this significant anniversary, the brand has partnered with the BFI to launch a bursary award for emerging talent. The first award of its kind, the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award will be an annual accolade that offers £50,000 to one of the writers or directors who has a first or second feature film premiering at the festival.
Review: IWC Portuguese Tourbillon
Most people know the story of the Portuguese. Created by IWC for the Portuguese market in the 1930s, it was designed to be a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer, and has since become a popular staple in the brand’s repertoire. The watch is now synonymous with elegance and high-end watchmaking - so with such a grand reputation, the challenge for IWC becomes how to keep new models in the series fresh and interesting.
News: IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph
‘Perfectly Swiss boatbuilding’ is the tagline of luxury motorboat manufacturer Boesch. You probably couldn’t find a better kindred spirit for IWC, who just so happen to specialise in perfectly Swiss watchmaking. In 2008, the band paid tribute to the boatbuilder with a limited edition Aquatimer—this time around, it’s in the form of a stunning special edit Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph.
News: IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Collection
At this year’s 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on the 19-20 March, IWC took the opportunity to honour the brand’s official timekeeping relationship with the motorsport event by releasing a trio of limited edition Ingenieur Chronographs. All of the timepieces feature the in-house calibre 69370, and are designed to recapture the feeling of classic motoring.
Review: Aquatimer Chronograph IW376804
From keeping pilots on time as they crossed from one longitude to another, to accompanying astronauts into space, watchmaking has played an integral part in much of mankind's advancement during the 20th century. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and watchmaking had to constantly evolve to meet the needs of the wearer, where accurate timekeeping was crucial to success—and in some cases, survival.
Feature: Classic Chronographic
What is it that makes something a classic? Is it quality, design, being feature-rich - or is it something else entirely, something intangible, indescribable perhaps? We try to solve this seemingly unanswerable conundrum by pairing what we think are three future classic chronographs with three current classic cars, to see if the marriage of speed and time, old and new, can reveal something about what makes a watch a true legend of the ages. There’s no telling what the answer might be, and there’s always the distinct possibility that if we do find out, we'll bottle it up and sell it for millions and not tell you anyway. We'll see.
Technical: Sidereal Time
Scientists and philosophers have long known that time is relative. You might think that a day has twenty-four hours, but that's only because we define a day as the average time it takes the sun to loop from high noon to high noon. But a day can also be measured relative to other objects outside of our solar system, and when we view a day on Earth from the perspective of an extrasolar celestial body, we find something curious: a day lasts only 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds.
Review: IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph
Over half a century ago, IWC introduced an antimagnetic watch to fulfil the needs of engineers during advances in the understanding of electricity. Balance springs, being the delicate things they are, tend to bind together when magnetised, speeding up a watch and eventually stopping it. By utilising a soft-iron inner case, IWC protected the movement from magnetic fields to very high levels, and that was that. Except it wasn't, because now there's the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium.
Review: IWC Portuguese Chrono Classic
Many examples of the intersection between engineering and beauty exist in this world. Concorde is one, the Shard another and IWC's original Portuguese is a third. What these three things have in common is the ability to make a practical solution into something desirable: concorde had its pencil-thin white fuselage draped in aggressively swept wings; the Shard has a domineering presence on the London skyline that slices through the low cloud; and the Portuguese has a stark and simplistic elegance bereft of any cumbersome design appendages. The Portuguese was made to be a watch—a big watch—and the purity of its inception gives it an honest, appealing quality.
Feature: 3 Speedmasters You’ve Not Seen
In 1957, a legend was born: the Speedmaster. It went on to become NASA’s official watch for the Apollo missions, the first watch worn on the moon, the watch that timed the engine burn that saved the lives of the Apollo 13 crew—but we’ve heard all that a million times over. So, how about some Speedmasters you’ve not seen instead?
Review: Maurice LaCroix Mysterious Seconds
When a technology has been around as long as the mechanical watch has, it can be hard to think of something new—but that hasn’t stopped Maurice LaCroix from trying. Can we uncover the mystery of the aptly named Mysterious Seconds?
Review: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II Tech
It seems that there’s a new high-end luxury company emerging every day, making diamond-covered mobile phones or clothes made out of crocodile faces or perhaps even yachts that turn into helicopters. It’s the clock-radio industry of the modern elite, creating desirability by combing two things that already exist to invent something that doesn’t—and more importantly, that you don’t already have. It’s no wonder, then, that so many of these brands disappear almost as fast as they materialise, so what does it take to stick around?
Review: 3 Affordable Rolex
If you’re into your watches, chances are there’s a Rolex itch you’ve just got to scratch. Ten years ago, that would’ve been fine, with a Submariner setting you back around £2,500. But with today’s prices, that same Submariner now starts at over double that, and Rolex ownership is becoming more and more of a pipe dream—or so it seems, because all is not lost, not yet. Here are three ways to get into Rolex ownership without breaking the bank.
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