The Peaked Lapel

A Day at HYT Part I: Fluid Time

When HYT, the watch manufacturer currently shaking up the industry of haute horology, kindly invited me to travel to Switzerland to meet with them and view their facilities, I was elated. It was one more step towards what I had set out to achieve with the Road to Mykonos.

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Armin Strom Resonance

The Limited Edition, HYT, Louis Moinet and Armin Strom

There are many things Pietro Tomajer of The Limited Edition is excellent at, but he particularly excels at bringing watch enthusiasts and brands together. To this end, he organised a fantastic gathering of HYT, Louis Moinet and Armin Strom...

My New Bespoke HYT Watch

The Day I Collected My Bespoke HYT Watch

Anyone who has been following me on The Road to Mykonos will know this was a day I had been anticipating for months. The day had finally arrived when I was due to collect my very own bespoke HYT watch, made especially for Gumball 3000.

Patek Philippe 5930G

The Patek Philippe 5930G Reviewed

The Patek Philippe 5930G debuted at Baselworld in 2016 and was created as an homage to the famous 1415-1j HU reference from 1940. So what of this new reference? Does it live up to that stunning, original world time chronograph created 76...

TPL With TLE

Talking Live with The Limited Edition

In April, I was invited to a live chat on Instagram and Facebook with Pietro Tomajer at The Limited Edition as part of their horology Collectors Perspective series. For those that missed it, here's the recording.

Czapek Quai Des Bergues

The Czapek ‘Quai Des Bergues’

So what of Czapek and their Quai Des Bergues? Yet another reincarnated watch brand trying to jump on the independent band wagon, using a historical name to bolster their credibility? Or one with real substance?

Rolex 116618LN Yellow Gold Submariner Black Side

Rolex Submariner 116618LN

So how well does the black Rolex Submariner 116618LN compare with the blue version? Surely, it's got to look too dated and it can't possibly compete with Bluesy. Or can it?

HYT Bespoke Watch for TPL

The Peaked Lapel HYT Rally Watch

After many months of waiting, I am incredibly excited to finally be able to reveal the watch I will be wearing on this year’s Gumball 3000 Rally.

Rolex Skydweller Rolesor

Rolex Skydweller

The Skydweller is possibly the most versatile timepiece on the market. Indeed put all these attributes together and you might just have the perfect everyday watch, never mind Rolex, ever made.

A Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

A Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

The first thing you notice about it is the delightful weight. This piece has relatively svelte dimensions and so the additional heft of the platinum case gives it an almost perfect wrist presence.

The Peaked Lapel And Bovet

An evening with Bovet at Watches of Switzerland

Life, whether personal or professional, is about building relationships, so when Bovet invites you to a special evening at Watches of Switzerland in Knightsbridge, you ensure your diary is clear.

Eterna Kontiki Watch

Eterna Kontiki Bronze

The Eterna Kontiki Bronze is an attractive timepiece that combines beautifully matched colours with a bullet proof feel at an absurdly good price. It's a watch that says individuality and is so rare you are unlikely to ever see another.

The Laslett

An Afternoon with Jorn Werdelin

When Pietro Tomajer of The Limited Edition asked if I would like to join him at The Laslett to meet with Jorn Werdelin, of Linde Werdelin, I gratefully accepted.

Bovet Virtuoso VIII

Bovet Virtuoso VIII

As part of my passion for horology, I have been fortunate to view, try and comment on a vast number and variety of watches. As a result, one can become a little immune to them but the Virtuoso VIII is something truly exquisite.

Bovet Virtuoso Vii 01

Bovet Virtuoso VII

The Bovet Virtuoso VII is one of those watches that effortlessly combines beauty and complication. The aesthetics and finishing are of the highest order. They are nothing short of stunning and look like nothing else in the market.

Rolex Chocolate Daytona

Rolex Daytona Rose Gold

The Rolex Daytona is something of an enigma. A watch that, perhaps more than any other, captured the imagination of the public more than 50 years ago and has held it in an iron grip ever since.

Rolex Daydate Green

Rolex Day-Date 40

The Rolex Day-Date 40 is a connoisseur’s Rolex; for the owner who does not need to shout about what timepiece they wear. It is not perfect but it is still exceptionally versatile and looks sensational in every single situation.

Vertex Cal 59 Nav Watch

Coffee With Don Cochrane – Part II

In 2016, Don Cochrane, great grandson of Vertex watches founder Claud Octavius Lyons, re-incorporated the company with a humble vision. Having met him at a watchmaking event, I was captivated by his story and wanted to know more.

Vertex Watches HQ

Coffee With Don Cochrane – Part I

I first met Don Cochrane, the owner of Vertex Watches, at an event in November 2018. I had heard of the Dirty Dozen and 'www – waterproof wristlet watches', the pieces created by watchmakers for the armed forces during the war but, despite...

Rolex GMT Master II The Batman

Rolex GMT-Master II “The Batman”

In 2013, Rolex launched their first bicolour bezel in ‘Cerachrom’, a patented ceramic material they had introduced to the GMT-Master II for the first time almost 10 years before that. A rugged, scratch and fade resistant material...

Linde Werdelin Spidolite 3DTP Carbon Watch

Linde Werdelin Spidolite 3DTP Carbon

Since 2002, Linde Werdelin (Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin) has been pioneering the combination of the traditional, mechanical wristwatch with professional digital instruments in an effort to ensure those participating in sports like...

Parmigiani HQ

Parmigiani Fleurier Part II

Parmigiani Fleurier watches are manufactured by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (“VMF”), both of which are owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation. From the outset, VMF was keen to point out just how transparent they are in terms of production...

Vaucher Group Photo

Parmigiani Fleurier Part I – An Unexpected Journey

Having travelled to Switzerland primarily to meet with HYT, the Hydromechanical Horologists, to view their facilities and finalise the design on my watch for the Gumball 3000 rally, I wanted to maximise my time in the land of haute...

HYT Watch Design Meeting

Finalising my HYT Watch Design

Having spent the morning in the HYT laboratory in Neuchâtel to try to understand just how incredible their technology was, and having had lunch with the team, it then got to the juncture that I had been looking forward to more than...

Rue Bovet de Chine

A Day at Bovet Part III

Having completed the tour of the Dimier manufacturing facilities in Tramelan and after a delicious lunch including locally sourced fish and lamb, I was driven to Fleurier and, specifically, the Château De Môtiers. I had no idea what to...

Bovet Watch Dials

A Day at Bovet Part II

To start my tour of Bovet, I first had to understand how the pieces are made. Touring the workshops at Dimier was like stepping back in time but, simultaneously, remaining in the 21st century. It is one of the very few watch manufacturers...

Ollie With Bovet Team

A Day at Bovet Part I: The History Of Artisanal Horology?

I first met Christophe Persoz at the VIP opening of Salon QP at the Saatchi gallery in November 2018. As the Project Manager at Bovet, he was on hand at the brand’s presentation to answer any questions one might have had about the...

HYT H2a Watch

A Day at HYT Part III: Are They Worth the Money?

HYT watches are expensive; ranging from £33,000 to around £300,000. So how can a company, started in 2012, convince people their watches are worth that amount? Why should you choose them over the more established maisons?

HYT Watch Technology

A Day at HYT Part II: The Technical Part

An HYT watch uses liquid to tell us what hour of the day it is. To do so, it uses a specially developed manually wound movement to power two bellows. It is these bellows that contain two immiscible (they do not mix) liquids; one coloured...

Meeting At HYT Switzerland

A Day at HYT Part I: Fluid Time

When HYT, the watch manufacturer currently shaking up the industry of haute horology, kindly invited me to travel to Switzerland to meet with them and view their facilities, I was elated. It was one more step towards what I had set out to...

Hyt H0 Black

HYT H0 Black

Despite being the ‘entry level’ creation from HYT, the Swiss watch manufacturer that uses liquid to tell the time, at £33,000 including VAT, the HYT H0 Black is certainly not cheap. Such is the world we live in however that, even at that...

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Chronograph

With a 45.5mm diameter case and brilliant orange bezel and pushers, this watch is no shrinking violet. Indeed if those two features left you in any doubt as to its ambition, the serious heft, not only in terms of weight but also height...

Omega Seamaster 300m Chronograph Watch 2225.80.00

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph

First launched in 1948 to commemorate Omega’s centenary, and conveniently timed with its sponsorship of the London Olympic games of the same year, the Omega Seamaster had originally been designed to be used by the British military in World...

Konstantin Chaykin Joker Titanium

Konstantin Chaykin Titanium Joker

Established 10 years ago, Konstantin Chaykin has become somewhat an enfant terrible in the world of haute horology; and the release of the Joker steel (99 pieces) at Baselworld 2017, to significant critical acclaim, provided further...

Jacob & Co Epic SF

Jacob & Co Epic SF24

Call me old fashioned but, historically, I had never really taken much notice of Jacob & Co as a watchmaker. When its founder, Jacob Arabo, first started making watches in 2002, I saw them as somewhat ostentatiously dressy items...

Cigars And Watches

Cigars and Watches Anyone?

When the idea of the Road to Mykonos was conceived, it was initially with a view to sharing the experience and journey to the start line of the Gumball 3000 2019. I really didn’t know what that journey was going to hold, but sometimes when...

HYT Bespoke

HYT Watch Design Ideas

Following the email from HYT that they wanted to make a bespoke watch for me to wear on the Gumball 3000, I had a telephone conversation with them about some initial ideas. I explained the philosophy behind The Peaked Lapel and...

Patek Phillipe Nautilus 5726a 001 Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A 001 Annual Calendar

The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a stunning piece of horological work and is perhaps the classic manifestation of the adage: ‘practise makes perfect’. What do I mean by that? Put an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak next to one and you will see...

HYT Skull 151-TD-41-GF-AB Limited Edition

HYT Skull 51mm

HYT sold its first watch six years ago with a founding principle – to use the arch enemy of watch movements, liquid, to tell the time. In that time, production has grown to around 420 watches a year, with the majority sold before they have...

Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535

Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535

The Rolex Cellini was first launched in the 1980’s, paying homage to Benvenuto Cellini, a master goldsmith of the 16th century and developed to capture the growing market for thinner, quartz powered timepieces. Since then however, with the...

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bucherer Edition

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bucherer Edition

If the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak of 1972 was perceived as a risk, the commissioning of Emmanuel Guiet to create a modern take on that classic for its 20th anniversary was, at the time, perhaps even more so. Why try to change something that...

Rolex Datejust 116234 36mm

Rolex Datejust 36

The archetypal Rolex, this icon of watch making was first released in 1945. It was the first self-winding chronometer (a movement itself first developed by Rolex in 1931) that indicated the date in a window on the dial, as well as the...

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320OR.OO.D088CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Any Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, whether uncomplicated, with a chronograph, or something more intricate, is a beautiful watch. The legendary Gerald Genta design, with inspiration drawn from an old-fashioned diving helmet screwed down to the...

Rolex Submariner 116610lv The Hulk

Rolex Submariner 116610LV – “The Hulk”

What can be said about the Rolex Submariner date, reference 116610LV, aka 'the Hulk' that has not been said before? 8 years after its launch it is still as sought after as ever, commanding a premium on the secondary market and, whilst it...

Rolex M116618lb Watch

Rolex Submariner 116618LB – “Bluesy”

The yellow gold Rolex Submariner, reference 116618LB is one of those watches that needs no introduction. It is the ultimate incarnation of a model dating back to 1953; the first divers’ watch rated to a depth of 100m.