MONOCHROME’s Best Video Content Of The Year
Because MONOCHROME isn't just about written articles, but also a lot of video content.
If you’re reading this article, we have nothing to teach you about our extensive written content. As we explained in our previous retrospective with our most-read articles of 2022, we’ve published close to 1,200 articles this year. But MONOCHROME is just about text and photos… It’s also about videos and a Youtube channel that is packed with great content. This year, we’ve published about 60 videos, including multiple reviews and live reports from events such as Watches & Wonders and Geneva Watch Days. And, of course, there are what we like to call “in-depth” movies. And now, it’s time to look back at what we think were our best videos of 2022.
The Definitive Guide To All Omega Watches in Bond Movies
A complete recap of all the Omega watches used in James Bond 007 movies since 1995 Goldeneye… All the models explained, all the references listed, all gadgets explored, and in addition, the appearance of the brand’s heritage, Petros Protopapas, as well as Suttirat Anne Larlarb, Costume Designer on No Time to Die. With this 16-minute in-depth movie, you’ll surely know everything there is to know about the Omega x Bond connection.
The New Royal Oak Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 16202ST and comparison with the 15202ST
Right at the time of its presentation for the 50th anniversary of the model, we were able to release this video review of the brand new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 16202ST, exploring all the details about this new reference… but also taking a look at it next to its predecessor, the 15202ST. This a must-see video in order to understand everything about the new version of one of the industry’s most iconic watches ever.
Inside the House of Bovet 1822, Visiting an incredible manufacture
If you want a good understanding of a watch brand, visiting its manufacture is often an eye-opening experience. There you’ll find out how the brand manufactures its watches, what’s made in-house, what’s the quality, how they handle finishing and decoration and what’s the scale of the production. In this respect, a visit to the Bovet 1822 manufacture is a highly interesting journey, because the production activities of this brand reveal a pretty rare level of vertical integration, especially for a company of this size. We take you on a tour inside all the ateliers, where the watches by Bovet are almost entirely made in-house, and by hand.
The Story and Evolution of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Family
With this video, we’ve travelled all the way to Dresden, Germany to talk with Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of the brand, who’s explaining to us how the most iconic watch of A. Lange & Söhne came to life and how the brand created a coherent collection around this superb piece of haute horlogerie. A 13-minute long video we’ve produced to illustrate an even more in-depth article covering the entirety of the models and references released in the Lange 1 family here.
Inside Omega’s Atelier d’Excellence, the Haute Horlogerie side of the brand
A high-end side of the brand that few will ever be able to experience… While most of us might think of the iconic Speedmaster or Seamaster collections when hearing the name Omega, there’s much more to the brand than first meets the eye. The Atelier d’Excellence is home to two teams of expert watchmakers who have devoted themselves to the finest watchmaking traditions and techniques imaginable. Using historical tools and machines, combined with digital technology to improve precision and quality, there’s a unique mix of traditional techniques and 21st-century manufacturing. Responsible for watches such as the Omega 125th Anniversary Pocket Watches and the Omega De Ville Master Chronometer Tourbillon, Omega granted us access to this unique workshop for the first time ever… An experience shared in this in-depth video here.
The Insanely Complex Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti Chronograph
Jacob Arabo, Founder and Chairman of Jacob & Co., has formed a vision of watchmaking that is truly unique. His watches are often polarizing designs. But the brand has also the capacity to bring to life some of the most disruptive and impressive developments in the industry. A case in point, the brand’s latest creation in the frame of its partnership with Bugatti is exceptional in many respects… This is the Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti and in this video, we tell you all about what’s clearly one of the most impressive chronograph watches of the year.
All About Extreme Thinness… The BULGARI Octo Finissimo ULTRA
One number to keep in mind: 1.80mm. This is the height of the Octo Finissimo Ultra, Bulgari’s ultimate creation in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo collection is, without a doubt, one of the most striking watch creations of the last decade. An impressive saga turned the Roman Maison into the master of ultra-thin mechanical watchmaking. In just a few years, the brand has topped one record of thinness after the other. And we tell you all about this ultimate model now in this video, by getting deep into the technical details.
Understanding Resonance With The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance
The concept of resonance is somewhat of a watchmaker and physicist’s dream, which has shown to be extremely difficult to materialise in reality. Armin Strom took the watch industry by surprise in 2016, when revealing its innovative take on the concept, conceptualized with an unprecedented resonance clutch spring. Today, it’s time for the next generation of this watch, a streamlined version of the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance. And this gives us the opportunity to bring back the whole concept of resonance to the table, in order to understand precisely why it matters in watchmaking!
Hey Omega, nothing is essential in a 9K watch.
On the Omega, I simply LOVE the piss yellow face and bezel markings [/sarcasm].