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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of classic watches (39)

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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 €
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. 

Reach the IWC Area
Retail price France at March 24, 2011 :
5,450.00 €
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.

Reach the Seiko Area
Retail price France at July 24, 2010 :
6,300.00 €
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 !

Reach the Perrelet Area
Retail price France at July 18, 2010 :
3,600.00 €
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.

Reach the Perrelet Area
Retail price France at December 2, 2010 :
3,950.00 €
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.

Reach the MeisterSinger Area
Retail price France at December 21, 2010 :
2,500.00 €
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.

Reach the Zenith Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
7,200.00 €
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.

Reach the Chronoswiss Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
5,800.00 €
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.

Reach the Oris Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
2,220.00 €
Tradition or jaune Ref. 7027
Editor's opinion
80/100
By Florian Matrion - December 16, 2010
Editor's opinion
80/100
Users' rating
76/100

Time machines don't exist. But the Breguet Tradition 7027, looking like it came straight out of the great Abraham-Louis Breguet's workshop, could convince us otherwise.

Reach the Breguet Area
Retail price France at December 16, 2010 :
18,700.00 €
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.

Reach the Longines Area
Retail price France at November 8, 2010 :
3,690.00
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 €
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.

Reach the Vulcain Area
Retail price France at February 16, 2011 :
6,900.00 €
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.

Reach the Piaget Area
Retail price France at September 6, 2010 :
12,300.00 €
1966 Calendrier Complet
Editor's opinion
73/100
By Florian Matrion - November 18, 2010
Editor's opinion
73/100
Users' rating
78/100

After the Aquascope Jean Richard, lets discover the other entity of the Sowind Group, Girard Perregaux, through the 1966 GP Calendrier Complet: a classic but discreet watch. Review.

Reach the Girard-Perregaux Area
Retail price France at November 18, 2010 :
17,400.00 €
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.

Reach the IWC Area
Retail price France at July 27, 2010 :
31,200.00 €
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 ?

Reach the Patek Philippe Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
13,500.00 €
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