Ask any watch lover what they think the "correct" or "optimal" watch size is and you will get many different answers. While it's indisputable that watches have gained significant weight over the past two decades or so, watch lovers don't seem to agree on whether this is a natural progression or just a fashion. While we believe the trend for larger watches is partly driven by fashion styles, there is also some evidence to suggest that this is simply a natural evolution of consumer-driven watch design.
Elsewhere, we learn the history of Longines and also visit the numerous and fascinating depths of Audemars Piguet's incredible production. You'll find a look inside the manufacturing at the brand's Le Brassus headquarters, as well as their high-end movement creation facility in Le Locle, APR & P (Audemars Piguet replica watches Renaud & Papi) and their Heritage department and restoration. Did you want a complete look inside "AP"? Look no further, we've got you covered with these three special items in our selection.
As for the new watches, let's check out F.P. Journe's unusual Octa Sport, Omega's new X-33 Skywalker and Christopher Ward's Harrison C9 5-Day Automatic sport the brand's brand new and highly promising in-house caliber. Finally, let's have a chat with LVMH's head of watchmaking, the legendary Jean-Claude Biver and we will discover not only the early stages of his career, but also his extraordinary collection of watches.
1. F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch In Aluminum Review
While F.P. Journe is rightfully known for its more traditional pieces, although they always offer some unique "twists" in their designs - thanks to their Octa Sport line, fans of the brand can get to know the sportier side of the Geneva-based brand. The Octa Sport watch is the company's first sports watch, and as befits a company known for its somewhat quirky yet unique design, the Octa Sport has a dial with a large date complication, power reserve and indicator day / night, all laid out asymmetrically. An interesting thing to note is that while the reviewed watch has an aluminum case, manufacturing complications forced F.P. Journe to mine aluminum for titanium, which could make the first aluminum models highly collectible.