Whether it’s fair or not, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato is one of several luxury sports watches that will be compared to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus ad nauseam upon the mere mention of its name. However, when Girard-Perregaux announced a black ceramic version of the Laureato for SIHH 2018, I was heartened at the implementation of the elegantly simple solution to constantly being compared to juggernauts like those aforementioned watches. That solution, of course, is to offer something they don’t.
During the recent auction of more than 500 Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, we saw where they found the inspiration. Indeed, it was the original Reverso from 1931 that inspired JLC to make the Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge. Only a few changes were made…
After several weeks of teasers posted on its official social media channels, Swiss Breitling has at last launched the new Breitling Navitimer 8 collection with a variety of models. Today's Navitimer 8 collection is a nod to that extensive heritage as well as all that the Navitimer is loved for like its reliable movements and masculine case – while the busy dials appear to have taken a lesser role in this new, vintage-inspired spin on the Navitimer.
I recall the first time that I saw the Executive Dual Time watch. I was visiting Swiss Ulysse Nardin at a watch trade show and saw some models I hadn't yet familiarized myself with being displayed. Clearly they were UN watches but they didn't really have that typical UN look many people associate with the brand. "Executive" in the name seemed to hint that UN wanted these watches to be aimed at business types looking for a solid daily wear.