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The Man Behind the Watch

During the 1960s, tensions between the United States and Russia were at their highest point in history. The threat of nuclear attack seemed all too possible, with highly advanced long-range rockets being developed, carrying with them the capability to devastate...

INTERVIEW: Rexhep Rexhepi

Rexhep Rexhepi is a name in the watchmaking-world which some may be unfamiliar with, however he is fast becoming one of the break-through greats. Having started his career at the ripe-old-age of 14, he has quickly climbed the ranks, working...

From the Collection

Following on from our recent conversation with Mr. François-Paul Journe, we decided to take a closer look at three particularly early F.P. Journe watches: the Chonometre A Resonance, Octa Calendrier and the Octa Lune. Each of these pieces feature a...

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Between the hours of - interview with Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is a very highly regarded author, critic, columnist, broadcaster, consultant, debater and curator. Perhaps his most influential achievement was the opening of the Boilerhouse Project with Terence Conran in the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum in...

WATCH LIFE - AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIPPE DUFOUR

Early in April, we took a trip to a famous valley in the Jura mountains, synonymous with the great and the good of Swiss watchmaking. We had an appointment to see a famous watchmaker, with a story or two to tell... The beating...

The Story of the "Dirty Dozen" - The First Wristwatches Specially Commissioned for the British Army.


Interview: François-Paul Journe

Introducing a man as well known in the watch community as François-Paul Journe, of his eponymous brand F.P. Journe, seems rather ludicrous. In brief, Monsieur Journe is in some respects the torchbearer to the legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet, widely deemed...

JFK's Omega 'Ultra Thin'

Among the watch collecting community, the subject of presidential watches is a topic which frequently arrises. Even the very first President of the United States, George Washington, had a pocket-watch which has become a very important part of his legacy....

INTERVIEW: Laurent Ferrier

The Laurent Ferrier brand-name has become known for producing watches of such a high quality, both aesthetically and technically, that they have become commonplace in the minds of collectors and enthusiasts, however, there are many fascinating details of Mr. Ferrier's...

Four Longines You've Never Heard Of

The Longines brand has a mixed history that tends to polarise its fans into two categories. The first of which, for its modern persona, as an exceptionally successful, manufacturer of wristwatches at a multitude of price points. The second being...

Interview: Mike Tay

With auction season behind us, stories of lots, performances and what it all means ruminates in the minds of collectors. One such collector, Mike Tay, has been present in the industry since the late 90s, making his mark as the...

First Look: The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur

We at A Collected Man would assume our readers would be very familiar with the Laurent Ferrier brand by now. However, for the handful that may not be, Laurent Ferrier is an independent watchmaker with history at Patek Philippe and...

Watches with Nicknames

It might seem odd that wristwatches with such names as Daytona, Speedmaster, Autavia or Submariner should acquire nicknames, but they do. Not only do they pick up nicknames, but many of these watches are concreted into history as a result...

Six Predictions for the Phillips Geneva Auction: Five.

As auction season rolls around again in Geneva, with impressive lots from all of the major auction houses, we thought we would take a look a handful of pieces included in the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Five, more specifically six predictions...

The Independents

In the afterglow of this year’s Baselworld, it would be naive not to address the elephant in the room; though it’s a topic which comes with both positives, and negatives. It’s no secret that new watch sales have been in...

Between the hours of - interview with Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is a very highly regarded author, critic, columnist, broadcaster, consultant, debater and curator. Perhaps his most influential achievement was the opening of the Boilerhouse Project with Terence Conran in the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum in...

Jack's Legacy - The Autavia Years

During the early 1960s, the watch industry had its own arms race to create the worlds first automatic chronograph; the contenders were Breitling, Heuer, Buren-Hamilton, Seiko and Zenith. All succeeded, but who was first? According to Jeff Stein in Project...

WATCH LIFE - AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIPPE DUFOUR

Early in April, we took a trip to a famous valley in the Jura mountains, synonymous with the great and the good of Swiss watchmaking. We had an appointment to see a famous watchmaker, with a story or two to tell... The beating...

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual - Jack Of All Trades, Master Of All!

It’s hard to imagine that A. Lange & Söhne in its current iteration, has only been around for just over two decades. Closing down when their property was expropriated by the East German government, the once great company went dormant...

Celebrating the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso's 85th Birthday

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with black dial The Reverso is so synonymous with the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture, that is has throughout the years, become a direct embodiment and integral part of the brand’s identity. With approximately 40 percent of all Jaeger-LeCoultre watches coming...

Universal Genève Tri-Compax - As Good As It Gets

Watch two of Universal Genève's stunning Tri-Compaxes in action, the steel case ref. 22261 and the rose gold ref. 12264 It’s appropriate, if perhaps a little cliché, to begin by mentioning the meteoric resurgence, vintage Universal Genève has experienced in...

The Gold Dress Watch

The gold dress watch has always had a special place in any gentleman’s collection, yet it is often ignored or under-appreciated. That being said, there is a certain quiet confidence when one wears, for instance, a yellow-gold Patek Philippe Ref....

Salon QP 2015 - Highlights

Held once a year in London, Salon QP is perhaps the world’s pre-eminent exhibition for fine watches. A curated showcase of the most notable watch brands, it is always a great opportunity to get up close to some special timepieces....

The Story of the "Dirty Dozen" - The First Wristwatches Specially Commissioned for the British Army.

Watch Life - An Interview with Roger Smith

Watch Life - An Interview with Kari Voutilainen

Watch Story - A Passion For Heuer

Watch Story - Fighting On

"A watch has to have a story" - listen to Dr Stephen Weiss Dr Stephen Weiss served as a scout with the US infantry during World War II and fought behind enemy lines, with both the French Resistance and the Office...

Watch Story - A Long Journey

Watch our interview about collecting luxury timepieces - learn from Sid Vasili Sid Vasili is the founder and CEO of Invapay, an international business-to-business payment network and a very well-known watch-collector. He’s spoken on the subject to the Financial Times, at...

Watch Story - A King's Gift

Read about a rare vintage Longines watch, presented by King Hussein of Jordan It was late one July afternoon, that I first noticed Yawar’s watch. Enjoying a cool drink in the last of the day’s sun, there was an unexpected flash...

Note from the Editor

Welcome to WATCH LIFE, a Lifestyle Journal dedicated to vintage and contemporary luxury watches.  I hope you enjoy its wide-breadth of interest-pieces, a curated selection of articles, touching on all aspects of the pleasures of fine watch-ownership.