Jack Forster

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.

POSTS BY Jack Forster

Triple Threat: The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4, 3 Axis Tourbillon

Triple Threat: The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4, 3 Axis Tourbillon

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

Masterpiece: A. Lange & Söhne Presents the Grand Complication

Masterpiece: A. Lange & Söhne Presents the Grand Complication

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

Wind and Water: The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio 47 MM

Wind and Water: The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio 47 MM

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

Brawn, Meet Brains: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication

Brawn, Meet Brains: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication

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

Two Timer: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface

Two Timer: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface

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

Road Warrior: The Horological Machine No. 5 “On The Road Again” From MB&F

Road Warrior: The Horological Machine No. 5 “On The Road Again” From MB&F

One of the best known independent watch companies is also one of the smallest: Maximilian Büsser & Friends was founded by Maximilian Büsser in 2005, and though it’s solidly rooted in the Swiss watchmaking traditions of reliability and precision, you won’t find watches like these anywhere else in Switzerland –or, for that matter, in the world. MB&F watches –conceived by Büsser himself, in collaboration with the Friends (who include watch world household names like Eric Giroud, who designed Horological Machine No. 5) MB&F watches are as far from the staid stereotype of Swiss watchmaking as it is possible to get READ MORE

Flat Out Beautiful: The Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater

Flat Out Beautiful: The Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater

Regular Haute Time readers know what a minute repeater is: a watch that chimes the hours, quarter hours, and minutes “on demand,” it’s considered by far the most challenging of all the classic complications. Not only is it incredibly complex and delicate, it requires enormous skill to make one that not only functions accurately (for instance, even at 12:59, it must not mistakenly chime 1:00) but also has a pleasant tone and good volume. The circular steel gongs, hammers, and complex rack-and-snail gear system that allows the watch to “read” the time internally and translate it to sound is so READ MORE

The Serpent and the Stars: Vacheron Constantin Presents the Metiers d’Art Legend of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Snake

The Serpent and the Stars: Vacheron Constantin Presents the Metiers d’Art Legend of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Snake

2013 is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac, in which –unlike Western astrology, where the symbolic animal changes every month –an animal reigns for an entire year. The Snake personality is calm and unruffled on the surface, but just as with an actual snake, someone born under this sign can strike without warning if provoked; they are considered individuals with hidden depths and resources. It’s fitting, therefore, that to celebrate the Year of the Snake, Vacheron Constantin has created a watch with many layers of beauty and meaning as well –the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac “Year READ MORE

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