Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what is that on his wrist? Here’s hoping it’s not one of ugly watches below – my personal selection of the worst of 2020 so far. You may not agree with my choices, but that’s the beauty of subjectivity. To each his own. Here are eight watches I’d never own . . .
Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Hublot – Switzerland’s horological heavy hitters have ceased production. The reason given: they don’t want to put their workers at risk. Be that as it may, there’s no point making a Swiss watch. The world market has gone from freefall into hibernation. When it ends, which Swiss brands will survive? . . .
H. Moser & Cie.’s Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic dropped this morning. The luxury sports watch arrives hot on the heels of TTAW’s Watch of the Year, the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus. Not to mention the less-wonderful Chopard Alpine Eagle and the hugely derivative Bell & Ross BR05. HM&C reckons the Streamliner’s a “reimagining of the stainless steel chronograph.” Well, it is different . . .
I’m not a date window guy. Very few watch designers can incorporate a date window into a dial without screwing-up the overall balance. And as a seven-days-a-week watch blogger with PTSD, I don’t live my life by the calendar. That said, I’m always interested in how a watchmaker does windows. The H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD (Month Date, not Medical Doctor) is their latest spin. Question . . .
When it comes to questions of style, the horological media are a pretty tame bunch. Watch reviewers focus on two questions: does the timepiece fit under the sleeve of a dress shirt and can it be worn casually and at the office? Snore. There are far more important style issues to ponder: which watch works best at a sex club, drug deal or a police interview. Here are my recommendations . . .