Jack Forster is the Editor in Chief of Revolution Magazine, a quarterly publication celebrating the world of fine watchmaking, and he also manages Revolution Online, the foremost information and discussion site on the internet for watch enthusiasts.
It’s a tight fit. I’m squeezed into the cockpit of a Formula One simulator in a basement room at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team’s headquarters in Brackley, England— one of three simulators the team uses to both train drivers, and softtest modifications to their cars before trying them out in the real world. READ MORE
Harry Winston’s been very much in the news lately –and not just the watch news. In a surprise announcement, it was recently revealed that the company has been acquired by the Swatch Group, in a deal that reportedly totaled about $1 billion. The purchase of Harry Winston by the Swatch Group has left many enthusiasts wondering what direction the company will take under its new owners, but at least for now, Harry Winston seems steadily on course –and has just wowed its fans with the announcement of the Histoire de Tourbillon 3, the third mega-tourbillon complication in the Histoire de READ MORE
A. Lange & Söhne’s technical director, Anthony de Haas, is a tall, powerfully built man with linebacker’s shoulders, famous for both his technical prowess and self-deprecating sense of humor. We’ve listened to a number of his SIHH presentations, and over the years, heard him respond, “wait and see,” innumerable times to a question even he must have long since gotten fed up with answering: when is Lange going to make a repeater? As the years went by, the question kept coming up but the answer never changed –until this year’s SIHH, when A. Lange & Söhne stunned its fans with READ MORE
Superlatives should be used sparingly in watchmaking –especially mechanical watchmaking, which is (to put it mildly) a mature technology, having been evolving for over five centuries; they should especially be used sparingly when characterizing mechanical innovations, which, one often suspects, are there more to give watch fans and writers something to talk and write about than because they add any real functional advantage or inherent intellectual interest to a watch. But we think this new regatta timer from Panerai deserves the praise; it’s one of the most interesting watches from Panerai in years, and while many hardcore Paneristi will (justifiably) READ MORE
The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie is, as most Haute Time readers probably know, the invitation-only event held annually in Geneva during which the luxury watch companies that are part of the Richemont Group –a distinguished list that includes Piaget, IWC, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Cartier –as well as allied firms such as Parmigiani Fleurier, present their new designs for the year. One of the most anticipated presences is always Audemars Piguet, the company perhaps best known for its Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models, with their distinctive octagonal bezels and (often imitated) crisply defined case geometry. READ MORE
Although it’s in retrospect one of the most logical uses for the Reverso, the first dual time-zone version came rather late in the day –though the Reverso has been around since 1931 (when, famously, it was produced at the request of a British officer’s polo club in India, in order to create a watch whose vulnerable crystal could be protected during a match) the first Reverso that showed a second time zone didn’t show up in Jaeger LeCoultre’s lineup until the Reverso Duo debuted in 1994. The idea proved to be one with legs, and the Reverso Duo was followed, READ MORE