Georges Kern: Breitling’s new “Wing Commander”

On 14 July 2017, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA announced the immediate resignation of their Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital, Georges Kern. According to a Reuters report, he was four months into his new role. Watch industry observers will be familiar with this industry veteran who was formerly the chief executive officer of IWC Schaffhausen. The 52-year-old Kern has a … More

Omega Speedmaster: The Original Moon Watch

Omega’s iconic Speedmaster chronograph is regarded as the “Moonwatch” as it was the first wristwatch that landed on Earth’s only natural satellite. That historical day was on Sunday, 20 July 1969 at 10.56pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or 2.56am Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on 21 July when American astronaut Neil Armstrong planted his foot on the Moon, forever sealing his … More

Ball for BMW TimeTrekker: Blue or Black?

Between the blue and the black models, the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker with the blue dial stands out more and is easier to identify. This is especially so with its red accents: found on the 30, 45 and 60 numerals on the dial, the “200 metres” to indicate its water-resistance and most obviously, the red-tip sweep seconds hand. On the … More

Understanding and Appreciating the Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935

During the 1930s, “avigation” watches were better known as the Type A-7 – a classification system for Air Force chronograph wristwatches. “Avigation” is a term derived from the words “Aviation” and “Navigation” and such watches were used back then by American Air Force navigators for astronomic navigation or “course determination through the stars”. The Longines Type A-7 US Army Avigation … More

Casio G-Shock Destruction Tests: Smashed by a Spanner

Despite having “tortured” the Casio G-Shock GA-700 using several methods, it remains fully operational. All it has suffered are a few superficial “scratches” and a “skin tear” even after undergoing: i. The Freeze Test; ii. The Boiled Water Test; i. The Boiling Water Test; ii. Collisions with High Performance Cars; and iii. Multiple Rollovers by a Tyre. The tests were … More