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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.

COOL FINDS: 3 rarities from indie watchmakers

After showing you some highly interesting vintage timepieces from Heuer and some rare vintage chronographs from Airain or Universal Genève, we wanted to move on to our favorite subject: independent watchmakers. Those type of watches are always made in very limited editions and finding pre-owned ones is complicated. Here are three rare birds that you might like as much as we do.

H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Black Golden Edition – Limited to 10 Pieces

When saw the first pre-Baselworld release of the H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Black, we were impressed and felt there would be a huge interest in it within the watch-world. Both the photos and technical specifications attracted us. This feeling was confirmed once we get our hands on with it during BaselworldThe Endeavour Perpetual Calendar was one of the few watches that created a real consensus among Monochrome’s editorial team. The brand Schaffausen (alongside IWC) comes now with a new limited edition of its QP, even more precious, the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Black Golden. 

FOUND: Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal’s Watch – a Rare Christiaan van der Klaauw Pendulum and We Found One

In case you were wondering what kind of watch Dutch football coach Louis van Gaal was wearing during the FIFA World Cup in Brasil, it’s a Dutch watch, made by none other than Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw. And if that isn’t cool and exclusive enough, it’s a limited edition of 25 pieces and we found one for sale.

Hautlence Destination 01 – Review (Specs, Photos and Price)

Last year, Hautlence introduced what we can call their ‘value proposition’, the Destination (read our first hands-on article here). The main debate when the watch was presented during Baselworld 2013 was in regards to the outsourced movement. However, we think the Destination deserves some attention and can be fully integrated in the Hautlence collection, alongside the most technical pieces. After having enjoyed a few weeks of wrist-time, we’re now going to have a close look at the Hautlence Destination 01 – the red gold and black DLC version.

Introducing the Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Ombre Blanche

Grand Complication watches are an art that only a few manufactures can achieve. They represent the highest level of watchmaking: watches that combine the most technical and precise complications. Parmigiani Fleurier is one of these very exclusive players, and they have already showed us some highly elaborate timepieces, such as the Toric Resonance 3 and the Bugatti Super Sport. Their new model, the Tecnica Ombre Blanche, combines a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and a minute repeater in a single watch.