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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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 €
Singular
Editor's opinion
63/100
By Florian Matrion - December 21, 2010
Editor's opinion
63/100
Users' rating
73/100

Specialized in single-hand watches, the MeisterSinger company, still relatively unknown to the public, gives us the chronograph version of its bestseller. I have tested for you the Singular.

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Retail price France at December 21, 2010 :
2,500.00 €
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 €
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 €
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
Oyster Perpetual 116000
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
By Florian Matrion - February 12, 2011
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
Users' rating
85/100

A true heir to the first Oyster Perpetual launched in 1931, the current model is a perfect example of the Rolex know-how. Let's check out this watch, before your wife starts taking it for granted!

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Retail price France at February 12, 2011 :
3,780.00 €
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 €
Grande Phase de Lune centrale
Editor's opinion
68/100
By Florian Matrion - December 2, 2010
Editor's opinion
68/100
Users' rating
71.5/100

Perrelet, specialized in visible rotor on the dial's side, gives this characteristic up in favor of the moon phases indication. Which novelties does it offer? I have sought them for you.

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Retail price France at December 2, 2010 :
3,950.00 €
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 €
Foudroyante 2010
Editor's opinion
68/100
By Florian Matrion - May 3, 2011
Editor's opinion
68/100
Users' rating
81.5/100

Do not be mistaken: this is not just another “three-hand” watch. While this Habring² has a classic appearance, the concept of its movement makes it a totally unique and atypical watch. Review.

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Retail price France at May 3, 2011 :
4,750.00 €
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 €
Portofino Chronographe
Editor's opinion
70/100
By Florian Matrion - March 24, 2011
Editor's opinion
70/100
Users' rating
64/100

A watch named after a small Italian village? Sounds weird, but there's a reason to it: this city once was the Italian Saint-Tropez back in the 60s'. This Portofino is a tribute to the vintage years. 

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Retail price France at March 24, 2011 :
5,450.00 €
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 €
Master Grande Ultra Thin
Editor's opinion
73/100
By Florian Matrion - January 17, 2011
Editor's opinion
73/100
Users' rating
82.5/100

A classic watch for today's test, the Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Grande Ultra Thin. Let's take a look together and see how this “3 hands” displays real personality underneath its apparent simplicity.

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Retail price France at January 17, 2011 :
5,800.00 €
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 €
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 €
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 €
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.

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Retail price France at October 14, 2010 :
6,500.00 €
Cricket 50s Presidents' Watch
Editor's opinion
70.5/100
By Florian Matrion - February 16, 2011
Editor's opinion
70.5/100
Users' rating
77/100

The alarm of the Vulcain Cricket, with its Fifties-inspired look – 'The Watch For Presidents' – takes us back to a time now gone, a time when electronic beeps were uncommon. Let's review this watch.

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Retail price France at February 16, 2011 :
6,900.00 €
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 €
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