The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new alarm watch, a reasonably priced GMT from a German watchmaker, the history of Patek Philippe and more.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Boutique Edition
Jaeger-LeCoultre was not the first watchmaker to make an alarm wristwatch, but the brand was the first to make an automatic alarm watch: the Memorex, which has long endured as an icon of 20th-century watchmaking. To celebrate 60 years since the Memorex was created, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a limited boutique edition, modeled after the popular “Snowdrop” Memorex of the ‘70s, featuring a stunning blue dial.
A New German GMT
German watchmaker Mühle has just released a new pilot’s watch: the Terrasport IV GMT. It’s a 42mm stinaless steel watch utilizing a modified automatic GMT movement from Sellita. Meanwhile, the dial is a flieger design, with super legible, stark white-on-black numerals.
Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography
This week, Patek Philippe announced a new 544-page book detailing the company’s 175-year history, written by British author and historian Nicholas Foulkes. The book also includes over 600 images and new photography of some of Patek’s rarest timepieces.
Coming Up Rose Gold
Whether you’re into smartwatches or not, you’ll no doubt flummoxed by the existence of this: a rose gold version of the TAG Heuer Connected. At $1,500 the Connected is already the most expensive smartwatch you can buy that runs Android Wear, but in rose gold the price bumps all the way up to $9,900.
A Guide to the American Watch Renaissance
A “Made in the USA” watch, by FTC standards, is almost an impossibility today. But American watches are still more exciting than ever.
Found: 1960s Hamilton Automatic 10K
Though a Swiss company today, once upon a time Hamilton was the dominant force in a once-thriving American watch industry. Admittedly by the 1960s, when this particular watch was made, Hamilton was on the decline and, as such, the dial indicates the movement is of Swiss origin. But the one-piece gold case? That was made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.