Review: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia (with a very rare dial)

(Image above, and many of the images in this article, are courtesy of @kwokkinfei. Used with permission and much gratitude.)

I got bitten by the Lange bug in late 2015. Like the bite of a seemingly innocuous insect, I was only mildly interested in the manufacture initially. Then I started reading more – I read about how F. A. Lange pioneered the fine watchmaking industry in 1845 in poverty-stricken Glashutte, how Walter Lange revived it in 1990 at the age of 66 after the Soviet Union expropriated the brand for over 40 years, how it perfectly fused traditional hand finishing with cutting-edge innovation… and before I knew it, I was hit with Lange fever.Read More »


Review: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202


The Audemars Piguet (AP) Royal Oak was my first grail watch, and the very timepiece that sparked my interest in horology. I first saw one in the flesh in 2013 on the wrist of a friend. It was not the 15202 but one of the models with a smaller diameter – perhaps the 36mm 14790. I was mesmerised by the constant shimmering of the bracelet, as the brushed and polished steel links worked their magic.Read More »

Review: FP Journe Chronometre Bleu

(Image above courtesy of @onion_horology. Used with permission.)

I met Max Busser (yes, the MB of MB&F) at an event in April 2015. A truly warm and unassuming person, he was quite happy to chat with me about Francois-Paul Journe.

“It had to be FP Journe”, said Max, when I remarked that I liked how he kick-started the Harry Winston Opus collection by collaborating with Journe. “I knew that if I didn’t get him back then, I’d never be able to get him.”Read More »