Long Reads

Bauhaus School Building
The Haus always wins: 100 years of Bauhaus

How one German school shaped a century of design

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Oris ProPilot X Calibre 115
Squadron Leader: Oris unveils the range-topping ProPilot X
With looks inspired by stealth jets, the striking, in-house ProPilot X Calibre 115 comes right in at the top of Oris’s pilot's watch ra…
Baselworld 2019
What does the future hold for Baselworld?
As embattled Baselworld boss Michel Loris-Melikoff meets heavy resistance to his plans from the city’s hospitality industry, we lift th…
Laurent Ferrier Grandsport Tourbillon
Laurent Ferrier and Le Mans: from racing driver to master watchmaker
Only one watchmaker has ever stood on the winners’ podium at the Le Mans circuit. Forty years after he took third place, Laurent Ferrie…
IWC Silver Spitfire
The longest flight
The Supermarine Spitfire was a new aircraft when it helped RAF pilots win the Battle of Britain. Now, 79 years later, it rises to a fre…
Roger Smith
Field Trip: a visit to Roger Smith's new workshop
In a remote town on the Isle of Man, Roger W Smith slowly produces exquisite, small-run watches that embody classic British craft. Jame…
JN Shapiro Rose Engine
America's overdue revolution

US watchmaking pioneers are reclaiming the nation’s lost craft

Audemars Piguet Code 11:59
The Enigma Machine: understanding the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59

The cryptic name, the divisive design and the wider brand strategy: what to really make of the Code 11.59

Konstantin Chaykin Mars Conqueror
Martian Time: Konstantin Chaykin's watch for the red planet

In a horological first, Russian watchmaker Chaykin has engineered a watch to run on Martian time

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Singer Vehicle Design DLS
Carrera Opportunities: how Singer is transforming both cars and watches

Not only does rock musician Rob Dickinson upgrade classic Porsches, he’s the driving force behind bespoke chronographs to match

How did watches come to have jewels in their movements?
How did watches come to have jewels in their movements? A tale of 18th century skullduggery
We all take it for granted that mechanical watches have jewels in them as part of the essential operation of the movements - as you'll …
Baume Zag Watch
Is Baume the future of sustainable watchmaking?
Baume aspires to bring sustainability to the world of watchmaking. We spoke to its CEO Marie Chassot to find out just how far it has go…
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Farer Chronograph Cobb Watch
A very modern adventure: why Farer is more than a micro brand
Driven by a collector’s passion for detail and design, an accessible and honest pricing strategy and a talent for social media, Farer i…
Rolex GMT-Master II "Pepsi"
In the zone: the history of the Rolex GMT-Master II
One year on from the launch of Rolex’s stainless steel “Pepsi” bezel GMT-Master II, we take a look back at the history of the globetrot…
TAGHeuer Aquaracer Lady Auto
Supply and Demand: An exclusive visit to Sellita HQ

We go behind closed doors at Sellita, the company supplying movements to TAG Heuer, IWC, Montblanc, Oris and more

Frodsham Double Chronometer Escapement
The full story of the Charles Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer
The first new English watch in nearly half a century has been in development for 25 years. One man has been following the story since t…
Zenith x Range Rover Defy Classic Watch
Gerry McGovern: ‘We don’t need Zenith and Zenith don’t need us’

In an exclusive interview, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer opens up as Zenith launches the Defy Classic Range Rover

George Bamford Portrait - Bamford Watch Department
Joining the Big Time: George Bamford
Once the enfant terrible of the watch world, George Bamford is now basking in the status of official partner to TAG Heuer, Zenith and B…
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic
How Hublot, Richard Mille and others transformed watchmaking with a festival of colourful cases
Colour in watchmaking was once limited to dials and straps but thanks to material advances from the likes of Hublot, Richard Mille, Ome…
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked
Skeletonised watches: a brief history
Openworked or skeletonised watches have gone from uncommon to unmissable in the last two decades. Just how did dropping the dial become…