Independent Haute Horlogerie and AHCI


Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 Mythe (10th Anniversary Edition)

Cars and watches are two universes that match usually very well! Two world of passion, of mechanics and of design. And also two highly collectible objects. The similarities are really significant. That’s what the Bugatti collection by Parmigiani Fleurier is made for: satisfying collectors of beautiful items, both of exclusive cars and high horology. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their partnership, Parmigiani and Bugatti will introduce 3 new watches, and the Type 370 Mythe is the first one.

Hysek Verdict 46mm Double Tourbillon Sapphire Dial

What is the goal of a tourbillon? Improving the accuracy, by negating the effect of gravity. What is the goal of a double tourbillon? Improving twice this accuracy. As basic as it seems to be, a double tourbillon is not a simple mechanism. And that’s what Hysek, a brand we didn’t cover yet, choose to introduce this year, in the Verdict 46mm Double Tourbillon Sapphire Dial. And this is not the only feature that comes into this watch.

Weekly Watch Photo: Speake Marin Spirit Wing Commander into the nature

Watches are made to live, to be worn and to have their own story, visible through the marks they are adorning on their case and strap. We already told you several times, we love watches and for that reason, we want to see them on a wrist and not into a display. That’s the main reason of this summer series: watches worn and photographed by the creators, the watchmakers. Today, our very good friend Peter (Speake-Marin) showed up with a Speake Marin Spirit Wing Commender, in a context far away from the spotlights.

Ludovic Ballouard Halftime Chinese markings – hands-on with live photos and price

Batons, sticks, dots, Arabic or roman numerals, applied or painted; the watch industry is a source for a vast array of sometimes very creative markers. Some brands go for the traditional approach, while others opt for a more creative “twist” to indicate time. We’ve covered the Ludovic Ballouard Halftime before, featuring split markers spread across two discs, but now the Swiss independent manufacturer introduces the Halftime with Chinese markers.

FP Journe Solid Gold dials – A closer look with live photos

FP Journe is known for creating timepieces with an very high level of complication, a strong research of chronometric precision and a certain ‘controlled eccentricity’ in layouts. Since 2004, a unique feature also differentiates FP Journe from the rest of the manufactures: movements almost entirely made in full gold. In his dream of a FULL gold watch, Mister Journe is now introducing solid gold dials in his classical collection. After the official presentation, it is time now to have a closer look and some wrist-time with all these novelties.

HYT H1 Dracula DLC Edition – beware of the vampire

The HYT H1 is available in various editions, from the first introduced in titanium with a green liquid, to the very cool all-white Iceberg edition with a blue fluid. Recently, we had the chance to spend some wrist-time with one of the most extreme edition, the HYT H1 Red2. And surprisingly, it seems that every colour combination suits this unique watch. Here is another example of this versatility, the HYT H1 Dracula DLC Edition.

Weekly Watch Photos: Grönefeld Watches from the bench to the wild

It is summer! We’ve asked some of our good friends of the watchmaking industry to send us photos of their creations, worn on their own wrists during vacation time. What for? Just for the sake of the art and to see some of these beautiful timepieces far away from boutiques’ displays, in the ‘wild’. And the first examples to come are the Grönefeld Watches.

HYT H1 Red2 – Full REVIEW (live photos, specs, price)

We, at Monochrome-Watches, love independent watchmaking, very unusual displays and audacity of creation. HYT Watches had always been on our radar because it brings everything a young and ‘unchained’ Manufacture should: innovation, boldness, no compromise, unconventionality and that little slice of craziness that we love. Until recently our experience with the brands and their timepieces were based on (too) fast hands-on reviews during exhibitions such as Baselworld and the likes. It is now time to feel the experience of having an HYT H1 Red2 strapped on the wrist on a daily basis.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 Chocolate Brown

Christophe Claret is an unusual watchmaker. He’s known for his highly complicated watches and the eccentric displays he’s able to create, for his own collections or many other brands that rely on his creativity. We’ve seen that ‘different spirit’ in the Christophe Claret Poker Watch, in the Christophe Claret Kantharos or in the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1, that is now available in a very nice pink gold / Brown PVD colour combination.