MB&F HM5 On The Road Again – Seventies Retro Inspired Horological Machine 5

It’s been just 5 years since MB&F launched its first timepiece, Horological Machine 1 (HM1), and since than we’ve seen new Horological Machines each year, until HM4 Thunderbolt was presented in 2010. In 2011 an entirely new collection, featuring the Legacy Machine 1, saw the light of day. Today MB&F launch their new, fifth, Horological Machine, called HM5 On the Road Again.

Like all Horological Machines its design is FAR from the ordinary and always offers a strong visual analogy with the source of inspiration. HM5 is no different in that perspective, as takes its cues from futuristic-looking icons of the 1970’s.

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer

Like I already announced last Saturday, when I wrote about the new Ingenieur Automatic, IWC is seriously redesigning their Ingenieur Collection. Today we can show you the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer, that results from the cooperation with Mercedes AMG Petronas.

The Ingenieur Chronograph Racer  is powered by the IWC in-house automatic flyback chronograph calibre 89361, that we already know from the Portuguese Yacht Club. The totalizers of this movement’s chronograph are placed in one subdial at the 12 o’clock position and the central seconds hand sweeps along the bezel with an engraved tachymeter scale, true to its name ‘Racer’.

The History of the Pilot Watch Part III: Mark IV.A and Mark V

The two most import catalysts for the development of aviation watches were early aviation record attempts and war. World War I finds watch development between the pocket watch and the new wristlets with the British issuing pilots pocket watches. British Mark IV.A and Mark V pocket watches are an example of WW1 military aviation.

World War I conjures childhood images of bi-planes fitted with a machine gun to fire through the propeller, the Red Baron’s plane emerging triumphant from a dogfight, and the endless lines of trenches on the ground below. Add the romanticism of aviation to the romanticism of war, and you have an iconic, if mistakenly idealized, pairing. War’s demand for precise navigation or coordinated attack meant that the world grasped the importance of horology.

Weekly Watch Photo – IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series – Pre-SIHH 2013

In this week’s Weekly Watch Photo we show you a so-called mood-photo of the new IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Series. Like the Ingenieur Automatic 40mm that we showed you yesterday, this is another new version for the fully revamped Ingenieur collection and features a rounded ceramic bezel.

Because IWC hasn’t officially released the news, we’re looking at the IWC in-house forum for some facts. It looks like the AMG Black Series will measure 46 mm in diameter, 14.5 mm in height and feature the IWC in-house caliber 80110.

New IWC Ingenieur Collection – Pre-SIHH 2013

While it’s more then 1,5 month to go to the SIHH 2013, new models are being released almost daily. And so does IWC… however they don’t simply introduce a new model, no, they complete revamp an entire collection, like they did last year with the Pilot’s Collection.

This year it’s the Ingenieur Collection and the best news is the (re-)introduction of the new Ingenieur Automatic. A self-winding, 40 mm stainless steel homage to the original Ingenieur designed by Gerald Genta in 1977. Not only does it have killer looks, it also herald a return to the true functional integrity of the Ingenieur; being able to withstand magnetic fields up to 40,000 A/m.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio 47mm

Another pre-SIHH release today and one that has long been expected. Just two months ago, in September, Panerai released the Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Special Edition PAM00427, which is virtually the same watch, although the new doesn’t have the engraved case back and is no Special Edition.

I’m pleased that Panerai decided to make a similar watch available to more Panerai collectors (the PAM00427 SE was limited to 500 pieces), by introducing a similar model in the Specialties Collection. Say hi to the new Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio 47mm PAM00530.

New Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph

Girard-Perregaux just released a new version of the Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph. The new version features a 2-register chronograph resulting in a very balanced and elegant dial, worthy of an Art Deco tribute. 

With the Vintage 1945 collection, Girard-Perregaux has transformed Art Deco design from the early twentieth century to more modern dimensions. Much of the vintage looks and style remains, featuring typical details that can be found on vintage timepieces from that era. We compare the Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph tri-compax with the new bi-compax for you.

Hublot Key of Time – Marcus Unique Piece

Imagine a timepiece that indicates time at the speed of your desire. Just because. That timepiece is Hublot’s second Masterpiece MP-02, the Key of Time.

Of course the Key of Time also indicates time as we know it, but additionally it allows for speeding up the time by 4 times or to slow it down 4 times. The basic idea is that you can enjoy certain moment longer or make other moment pass by faster. Conceptually it’s an interesting idea… however technically it’s a very complex masterpiece.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Aronde 1954 Migrating to warmer climates

Our guest contributor Angus Davies gets all poetic today. That’s what a mix of cold and rainy autumn weather and the sight of the beautiful and elegant Vacheron Constantin Historiques Aronde 1954 does…

I am sitting at my desk looking through a rain soaked window. My heart is tinged with melancholy. The prospect of winter is somewhat foreboding. I know the cold weather is coming, prolonged dark nights encourage hibernation beneath a duvet with double digit tog rating.

Weekly Watch Photo – Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two TRC in titanium

Today’s Weekly Watch Photo features photos of the Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two TRC, again. Back in September I already showed you some photos of the new Chapter Two TRC, photographed by Ming Thein.

A few weeks ago, at SalonQP in London, I ran into Steven Holzman, founder and CEO of Maîtres du Temps, and he told me that he had more of these beautiful photos. Since the Weekly Watch Photo is mainly about enjoying the beauty of a exquisite timepiece, photographed in a very attractive way, these photos are perfect for Monochrome’s WWP. This time we focus on the (non-DLC) titanium version of Chapter Two TRC (Triple Calendar Round).