The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: IWC relaunches the Portugieser Rattrapante, a new-and-improved moonphase from A. Lange & Söhne, a new tool for at-home watch maintenance and more.
IWC’s Split-Second Chronograph Returns
IWC has just launched its first “rattrapante” Portugieser chronograph in 10 years. The rattrapante, or split-seconds, features two centrally-mounted chronograph hands capable of recording two times at once. The new version is available as a trio of limited editions, each honoring three of IWC’s flagship boutiques in Milan, Munich and Paris.
The Difference Is Day and Night
First introduced in 2002, the moonphase variant of A Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 just received a major overhaul and now boasts a “hybrid moonphase” display. While the moon rotates through the lunar cycle as it normally would (and is accurate to within a day every 122.6 years), the background does a full rotation every 24 hours. This means that during the day the solid gold moon is set in front of a bright blue background representing daylight, and a starry, dark blue background during the night.
Upgrade Your Watch Care Regimine
Frederique Constant recently launched an accuracy timer for just $99. While it retails at just a fraction of what most professional-grade timers cost, Frederique Constant claims it can provide measurements accurate to within 0.2 seconds per day. Simply clip it on to your timepiece and it sends the accuracy measurement to the corresponding app, available for both iOS and Android phones.
Affordable Avant Garde
AVI-8 has just announced a new addition to their collection of affordable aviation-inspired timepieces: the Pegasus Concept. The watch is powered by an automatic movement from Miyota, and foregoes a traditional setup with hands in favor of three rotating discs to indicate the time.
Comparing Vintage and Modern Icons
How have the vintage Breitling Navitimer, Omega Speedmaster Professional and Rolex Submariner changed over the decades?
1950’s Breitling Reference 777 Chronograph
As a part of our newly revamped online shop, we’ve partnered with online vintage watch dealer Analog/Shift to bring you a curated selection of beautiful vintage timepieces, including this beautiful 1950s Breitling Chronograph. It’s an exercise of elegance and simplicity — the dial has a bi-compax layout, while the gold and bronze markings play perfectly with the black dial, all framed in a restrained 38mm stainless steel case and driven by a hand-wound Venus movement.