The ‘Only Watch’ charity auction

Established in 2005, Only Watch is a charity that provides a platform for watch brands to simultaneously show-off their talents, and show their support to a noble cause. The cause in this case is broad research into neuromuscular diseases and, in particular, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The first Only Watch auction took place in 2005.

The first Only Watch auction took place in 2005.

The Top 5 Watches of SIHH 2015 (Part 1)

Each year the Salon International De La Haute Horologerie (SIHH for short) takes place in Geneva, and gives those lucky enough to be invited a preview of watches to come during the year (and beyond). This year the exhibition ran from January 19 to 23 and celebrated ’25 years of magic’.

The first show took place back in 1992 and featured a mere five brands. The show was born out of a desire for brands to be able to show their forthcoming products ahead of BaselWorld, which is the original Swiss watchmaking exhibition. SIHH is primarily organised by The Richemont Group, though the group does also work with several independent brands.

Watch-Spotting: The Last Ship

I’ve just started watching TNT’s new post-apocalyptic drama ‘The Last Ship’. The series is based on the novel written by William Brinkley, and the basic premise is that a global pandemic wipes out over 80% of the planet’s population, leaving only a few survivors, including the crew of the fictional USS Nathan James. The hour-long episodes follow the exploits of the crew, as they attempt to find a cure to stop the pandemic. Grey’s Anatomy alumni Eric Dane stars as Tom Chandler, captain of the guided missile destroyer, and on his wrist, we spotted IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar.

The Last Ship stars Eric Dane as Captain Tom Chandler (right) and Adam Baldwin as Commander Mike Slattery (left). Notice the Top Gun Miramar on Dane's left wrist.

The Last Ship stars Eric Dane as Captain Tom Chandler (right) and Adam Baldwin as Commander Mike Slattery (left). Notice the Top Gun Miramar on Dane’s left wrist.

Happy 90th birthday Walter Lange!

There’s no doubt that modern watchmaking and indeed A. Lange & Söhne owes a lot to Walter Lange, who today turns 90-years old. On December 7, 1990 although already a retiree with 66 years under his belt, Walter Lange along with Gunter Blumlein undertook to begin restoring the brand that Mr. Lange’s great-grandfather, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, laid down 145 years earlier. The brand disappeared from existence when communist authorities in East Germany took over Mr. Lange’s family watchmaking business in 1948.

Walter Lange. (image credit A. Lange & Söhne)

Walter Lange. (image credit A. Lange & Söhne)

Watch-Spotting: Lost in Translation

It’s hard to believe that Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation was released some ten years ago. This horophile recently sat down to watch the film for a second time, and found that it hasn’t lost an iota of the charm that it had, when it first premiered in 2003. In fact, this editor can now better relate to the film but the real reason you’re reading about this film now is because an iconic watch has been spotted on one of the lead’s wrists.

Director Sofia Coppola only wanted Bill Murray for the male lead role.

Director Sofia Coppola only wanted Bill Murray for the male lead role.