Let me start by saying that, on this first day of 2024 and on behalf of the entire MONOCHROME team, I’d like to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May it be filled with passion for watches and remarkable new models. 2023 has been one of the most prolific years for the watch industry – yet with a slightly degraded context – and for our magazine, too. New team members joined us, hundreds of articles were published and because MONO’ is a multi-platform medium, over 60 videos were produced. Here are some of our favourite in-depth movies and video reviews, a laid-back way to refresh your mind on this first day of the year.
Why The Omega Speedmaster 57 is a Great Alternative to the Moonwatch
In this video, we’re trying to answer a difficult question. Is there an alternative to the all-time classic Moonwatch? And we’re doing so by having a closer look at the Speedmaster 57. Smaller, a bit less bulky, more refined, hand-wound… Could this Speedmaster 57 be better than a Moonwatch Professional? Let’s find out with our Managing Editor, Brice Goulard.
My 3 Favourite A. Lange & Sohne watches, according to Frank
One brand and three watches that are actually the reviewer’s personal favourites… Starting with our Founder and Editor-in-Chief Frank Geelen, who discusses three amazing watches from A. Lange & Söhne: the Lange 1 Stealth in platinum, the Datograph Up/Down in platinum with black dial and the sporty Odysseus in stainless steel. Find out why Frank selected these three specific watches.
The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 35mm Collection
It has been a long time coming, but the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 35mm Collection finally made it… In June 2023, Tissot was finally ready to bring a smaller but no less stylish 35mm variant of the mechanical PRX, and our Editor Robin Nooij, himself a fan of the whole PRX collection, discusses these smaller versions here.
Marvel x Audemars Piguet Chapter 2 – the ROC Spider-Man
Among the elite of Swiss haute-horlogerie, Audemars Piguet likes to do things differently by incorporating icons from pop culture. Recently, it took the shape of watches made in collaboration with Marvel. Following the disruptive Black Panther of 2022, AP is back at it, this time with a spiderweb-shaped movement within a Spider-Man-themed Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon watch. Once again highly discussed and almost controversial, find out more (because there’s much more to it than its looks) about this watch here.
The New Louis Vuitton Tambour
Louis Vuitton has been involved in watchmaking for more than 20 years. But in 2023, a new chapter was opened when LV decided to reposition itself. More watchmaking content, less fashion-oriented watches, and models positioned higher in the spectrum. And it started with the new Tambour, a sporty-chic watch with an ultra-thin case and movement and an integrated design. In this video, we met with Jean Arnault, Director of Watches at Louis Vuitton, who talked about the new strategy and the new watch.
The Return of the Revolutionary Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement
Late last year, Girard-Perregaux brought back a captivating concept, which was, to many, one of the most interesting technical developments in modern watchmaking: the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement. This novel escapement is one of the most sophisticated answers to a crucial question for watchmakers: how to handle the waning driving force supplied by barrels? And this mesmerizing watch now comes in a new form, integrating both aesthetic and technical evolutions. Discover the Girard-Perregaux Neo Constant Escapement with our Editor, Xavier Markl.
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