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H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity | Seeing Green: 11 Spring-Ready Green Dial Watches

Building on the successes of its past models, which garnered ample attention for their stark yet colorful fume dials, H. Moser & Cie. has also added a green hue to its repertoire with the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity. At 43 mm, it is the largest timepiece to come out of the boutique firm thus far, though this increase in size was not executed as a means of packing in additional extraneous details. The piece speaks the same minimalist [...]

Cvstos Challenge Chrono II by Eric Kuster | Seeing Green: 11 Spring-Ready Green Dial Watches

Though only subtle hints of green appear on the skeletonized dial of the Challenge Chrono II by Eric Kuster, this limited-edition Cvstos designed in partnership with renowned Dutch interior designer Eric Kuster remains worthy of our list. A forest-green titanium case creates an understated base from which its orange indices and hands can grab the wearer’s attention, ultimately improving its legibility while offering stand-out visual appeal. While we expect that further collaborations will arise from this relationship, for now [...]

Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT | Seeing Green: 11 Spring-Ready Green Dial Watches

Graham is one of many brands that has been scaling back its case sizes over the last few years, and at 44 mm, the new Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT is extremely wearable, not to mention one of the more legible pieces to make the cut. Its complications include a 30-minute chronograph, a large date indication at 12 o’clock, and a bright red GMT hand paired with a ceramic unidirectional rotating 24-hour bezel. Not a historical reference of any kind, [...]

Piaget Altiplano | Seeing Green: 11 Spring-Ready Green Dial Watches

Piaget launched a significant number of new variations of the Altiplano at SIHH this year in celebration of the model’s 60th anniversary, the most surprising of which is the green and yellow example seen here. Cased in 18-karat yellow gold, this Piaget Altiplano ($25,200) is one of the slimmer dress watches on the market (6.36 mm), and by far the slimmest green-dialed timepiece we have come across in recent years. As with a select few other new Altiplano models, [...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Duometre Spherotourbillon | Sotheby’s Hong Kong Watch Auction Is Marked by Strong, Diverse Sales

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s rare and eccentric Hybris Artistica pieces (the latest of which was released at SIHH in January) are a bit of an acquired taste, though given their high complexity and extreme rarity, we are not shocked to see this Hybris Artistica Duometre Spherotourbillon make the top five sales list in Hong Kong. The timepiece is quite the impressive creation as it is, even before you consider that this white-gold beauty is one of just three in existence that boasts [...]

Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla | Sotheby’s Hong Kong Watch Auction Is Marked by Strong, Diverse Sales

Of particular note at the Sotheby’s Important Watches auction was the fact that four of the top 25 lots were ladies high-jewelry timepieces, with this Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla topping the charts at $265,444. The sheer volume of pieces set with diamonds and precious stone in the auction clearly drew a specific type of crowd, pushing three of the aforementioned lots to sell well beyond estimate. Timepieces with stone settings tend to perform well in this market overall, and [...]

Christie’s Geneva—Zenith CP-2 Retailed by A. Cairelli | Vintage Finds: Three Special Watch Lots from Three Major Auctions This May

Though the name of this May 15 sale is Rare Watches and a Rolex Afternoon, our friend Eric Wind of Christie’s has his sights set on a particularly rare Zenith in the upcoming auction. Commissioned by the Italian retailer A. Cairelli in Rome for the Italian military, only 2,500 examples of the CP-2 are thought to have been produced, and to find one in such pristine condition is simply unheard of. As we continue to see the collector market [...]

Vintage Finds: Three Special Watch Lots from Three Major Auctions This May

May is shaping up to be another exciting month in the world of watch auctions. Each of the major players—Bonhams, Christie’s, and Phillips—have announced an incredible roster of rare and noteworthy timepieces that will be up for sale in New York and Geneva. As we creep nearer to each respective auction, we will be taking a closer look at each sale’s top lots. However, to tide us over until then, we recently had conversations with key members of each [...]

Phillips Geneva—Rolex Paul Newman Oyster Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6263 | Vintage Finds: Three Special Watch Lots from Three Major Auctions This May

Given the intricacies of properly identifying original vintage Rolex watches—especially Daytonas—when examples like this Paul Newman Oyster Cosmograph Daytona land in an auction catalog, everyone takes notice. Paul Boutros, Phillips head of watches for the Americas, has long been fond of the iconic Rolex model, and this example is especially noteworthy for its incredibly rare pairing of a yellow dial and screw-down pushers with a yellow-gold reference 6263 “Paul Newman” Daytona. Until the uncovering of this model, only two [...]

Counting Down the Days | Watch of the Week: 10 Days with the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10

At 1:50 pm on March 20, the countdown began. Wound up to its full reserve, I began the last of my preparations for Baselworld. Packing, preparing last bits of pre-Basel content, and coordinating my last few remaining appointments through the next 28 hours before heading to the airport, I found an instant level of comfort in the Meca-10’s supple rubber strap. Integrated rubber straps can be a bit of a crapshoot—when they’re bad, they’re awful, but when they’re [...]