Classic watches

Contrary to sports watches, classic watches are generally designed to be worn for everyday life in an urban environment. They are characterised in particular by their limited size, a simple case, at times an utrathin or shaped case, the absence of complications (watches with 2 or 3 hands) or the presence of traditional complications (date, power reserve, moon phase, minute repetiting, tourbillon, etc.), and finally straps made of skin (leather, alligator, veal, etc.) or precious metals such as gold.

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Delphis
Editor's opinion
58/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
58/100
Users' rating
75/100

The Chronoswiss Delphis is a watch which is both original and sober, complicated and simple. Its sublime dial is the key to the success of this watch.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
5,800.00 €
Chronomètre Souverain
Editor's opinion
79/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
79/100
Users' rating
81/100

300 years of matchmaking and chronometers around your wrist, the measured extravagance of François Paul Journe. In the Souverain family, I ask for the Chronometer.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
24,480.00 €
Calatrava 5120
Editor's opinion
79/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
79/100
Users' rating
79/100

According to the adverts: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation” – but is this really true or just marketing talk ?

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
13,500.00 €
Grand Seiko Spring Drive
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
Users' rating
79.5/100

The GS Spring Drive SBGA011 is a prime example of current high-end Seiko watches. Let's test this model which has discrete refinement.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
5,900.00 €
Datejust 116200
Editor's opinion
72/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
72/100
Users' rating
84/100

Let’s go over one of the Rolex Watch-making classics : the Datejust. A multitask watch with some out of fashion dimensions.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
4,635.00 €
Big Bang Classic Fusion All Black
Editor's opinion
63.5/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
63.5/100
Users' rating
54/100

Let's sift through one of the Big Bang's variation : the Classic Fusion All Black. A particularly highly emotional watch...

Reach the Hublot Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
6,400.00 €
Grande Class Open El Primero
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
Users' rating
74/100

The Zenith Class Open El Primero is an acrobat that allies the extremes : it reflects both the modernity and the speed of our society, as well as relying on classic stylish codes.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
7,200.00 €
Artelier Worldtimer
Editor's opinion
49/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
49/100
Users' rating
76/100

In 2004, to celebrate its 100 years of existence, Oris launched the range Artelier. Since then, the collection has expanded. Today, we have been able to test the Worldtimer model.

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
2,220.00 €
Dandy Chronographe XL
Editor's opinion
60/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
60/100
Users' rating
65/100

As a wink to the 1920's cushion-shape chronographs which it modernizes the form, the Dandy Chronograph assumes successfully its status as a male jewel.

Reach the Chaumet Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
3,950.00 €
Turbine
Editor's opinion
57/100
By Florian Matrion - July 18, 2010
Editor's opinion
57/100
Users' rating
70/100

Review of a watch-making “phenomenon”: the Perrelet Turbine. A watch with an original design and which double rotor will impress more than one. Visual and sound effects guaranteed !

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Retail price France at July 18, 2010 :
3,600.00 €
Elite Ultra Thin
Editor's opinion
69.5/100
By Florian Matrion - July 20, 2010
Editor's opinion
69.5/100
Users' rating
79/100

The great come back of the classic and ultra thin Zenith watch is announced. Excellent news ! But will the Elite Extra Thin measure up our expectations ? Review in details.

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Retail price France at July 20, 2010 :
3,500.00 €
Hi-Beat 36000
Editor's opinion
63/100
By Florian Matrion - July 24, 2010
Editor's opinion
63/100
Users' rating
64/100

The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat is the perfect reflection of the Japanese excellence, allying performance and discretion, with this hint of paradox peculiar to puzzle the Westerners. Review in details.

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Retail price France at July 24, 2010 :
6,300.00 €
Portugaise Calendrier Perpétuel
Editor's opinion
76.5/100
By Florian Matrion - July 27, 2010
Editor's opinion
76.5/100
Users' rating
78/100

When the great classic of IWC, the Portuguese, meets this remarkable complication that is the perpetual calendar, the expectations are very high. Let’s see how the Schaffhausen’s brand gives the answers.

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Retail price France at July 27, 2010 :
31,200.00 €
Altiplano or blanc
Editor's opinion
75.5/100
By Florian Matrion - September 6, 2010
Editor's opinion
75.5/100
Users' rating
78/100

The genuine extra-thin watches within the watch making landscape are rather rare. Review of this white gold Altiplano, Piaget's icon that hides a dash of expansiveness under a very classic appearance.

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Retail price France at September 6, 2010 :
12,300.00 €
Quantième Perpétuel Jules Audemars
Editor's opinion
80/100
By Florian Matrion - September 30, 2010
Editor's opinion
80/100
Users' rating
82/100

The test of the Perpetual Calendar is a superb occasion to discover an Audemars Piguet's great complication, in the sometimes unknown range “Jules Audemars”. I have tested it for you!

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Retail price France at September 30, 2010 :
53,750.00 €
Portugaise Remontage Manuel
Editor's opinion
72/100
By Florian Matrion - October 14, 2010
Editor's opinion
72/100
Users' rating
77/100

The brand from Schaffhausen offers us, through this new declination of its mascot model, the Portuguese, a watch of great classicism. I have tested it for you. Review.

Reach the IWC Area
Retail price France at October 14, 2010 :
6,500.00 €
Master Memovox
Editor's opinion
72/100
By Florian Matrion - November 1, 2010
Editor's opinion
72/100
Users' rating
83/100

Since a fugitive comeback in the 1990's, the Master Reveil had replaced the Memovox. Is its return a true novelty or the comeback of a Sleeping Beauty?

Reach the Jaeger-LeCoultre Area
Retail price France at November 1, 2010 :
6,950.00 €
Master Collection Retrograde
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
By Florian Matrion - November 8, 2010
Editor's opinion
65.5/100
Users' rating
77/100

In honor of its 175th birthday, Longines offers a new model: the Master Collection Retrograde. I have tested for you this original watch endowed with a classic design. Review.

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Retail price France at November 8, 2010 :
3,690.00
Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338
Editor's opinion
73/100
By Florian Matrion - November 11, 2010
Editor's opinion
73/100
Users' rating
79/100

The historical Panerai collection has enriched itself in 2010 with 3 new 42 mm Radiomir. Very expected by the Paneristis, they would be able to conquer a much larger public. Review of the PAM 338.

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Retail price France at November 11, 2010 :
5,400.00 €
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