Tests

Every week, we offer you new reviews of luxury watches such as IWC, Rolex, Omega, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Chanel, Bell & Ross, Breitling, TAG Heuer, etc.

The watches are tested in real-life conditions with complete independence from the manufacturing companies; our writers/testers bring a critical and argued assessment, always enthusiastic about new models, limited edition series, and other vintage watches from the largest manufacturers around. Each watch is then evaluated using a common set of base criteria. Our reviewers also provide you with all the useful technical data, along with the price for each of these closely examined watches.

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All Tests (122)

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Admiral's Cup Seafender 46 Chrono Dive
Editor's opinion
70/100
By Florian Matrion - December 5, 2011
Editor's opinion
70/100
Users' rating
49/100

The world of diver's watches is a prized playing ground for all watch designers. The Admiral's Cup Seafender tested today is a perfect illustration of this emblematic range of products from Corum.

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Retail price France at December 5, 2011 :
7,750.00 €
Aquatimer Chronographe
Editor's opinion
73/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
73/100
Users' rating
52/100

The Aquatimer line has been for 40 years the synonym of sober and sturdy dive watches that privilege functionality before estheticism. Let's see if the latest collection keeps its promises.

Reach the IWC Area
Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
4,800.00 €
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 €
Portofino Chronographe
Editor's opinion
70/100
By Florian Matrion - March 24, 2011
Editor's opinion
70/100
Users' rating
63/100

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 €
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 €
BR01-94 Pro
Editor's opinion
56/100
By Florian Matrion - June 4, 2010
Editor's opinion
56/100
Users' rating
64/100

The BR01 with its direct aircraft clock origins and respectable size of 46mm x 46mm, has become the icon of Bell & Ross :  it's a radical watch, which promises to make an impact on anyone. 

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Retail price France at June 4, 2010 :
5,500.00 €
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 €
Super Avenger Black Steel Limited Edition
Editor's opinion
63.5/100
By Florian Matrion - December 9, 2010
Editor's opinion
63.5/100
Users' rating
65/100

Breitling revisits one of its reference models and puts it in stealth mode. Reliability, testosterone and unconventional dimensions. The question is: will you measure up to the machine?

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Retail price France at December 9, 2010 :
4,500.00 €
Chronographe Millenary Tour Auto 2011
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
By Florian Matrion - October 28, 2011
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
Users' rating
65/100

For the last six years, Audemars Piguet has been the official timekeeper of the Tour Auto. In 2011, it's a Millenary chronograph with a limited series edition of 150 copies that bears those colors.

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Retail price France at October 28, 2011 :
19,240.00 €
Seamaster Ploprof
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
By Florian Matrion - August 10, 2010
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
Users' rating
65.5/100

While lots of diver's watches give priority to the look before the submarine functionality, Omega reissues its mythical model, the Ploprof: a watch designed in its single detail for diving.

Reach the Omega Area
Retail price France at August 10, 2010 :
6,400.00 €
2TimeZones Zirconium
Editor's opinion
66/100
By Florian Matrion - November 29, 2010
Editor's opinion
66/100
Users' rating
67/100

Following the Aquascope, The Watch Observer presents a new model of the JeanRichard manufacture, the 2TimeZones Zirconium. This 2010 new release has a lot of good arguments to offer. Review.

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Retail price France at November 29, 2010 :
10,300.00 €
V12-44 Charles Pozzi
Editor's opinion
64/100
By Florian Matrion - February 23, 2011
Editor's opinion
64/100
Users' rating
67.5/100

When passion for watchmaking meets passion for high-end automobiles, the mix will inevitably involve B.R.M's founder Bernard Richards, and famous Ferrari French importer Charles Pozzi. Review.

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Retail price France at February 23, 2011 :
4,600.00 €
Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
Editor's opinion
61/100
By Florian Matrion - February 25, 2011
Editor's opinion
61/100
Users' rating
68/100

Staying true to the current "vintage" trend, Eterna releases a reissue of its Pulsometer chronograph, first launched back in 1942. Is the watch lover's heart about to beat faster? Review.

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Retail price France at February 25, 2011 :
3,700.00 €
Monaco Chronographe
Editor's opinion
70.5/100
By Florian Matrion - October 18, 2010
Editor's opinion
70.5/100
Users' rating
68/100

The Monaco Chronograph, a classic item of Heuer reedited in 1998, seduces thanks to its well-finished and original-designed case. This new version has just evolved slightly. I have tested it for you.

Reach the TAG Heuer Area
Retail price France at October 18, 2010 :
3,800.00 €
WRX City Explorer C
Editor's opinion
63/100
By Florian Matrion - August 2, 2010
Editor's opinion
63/100
Users' rating
70/100

Young brand revealed to the public in 2008 and launched by Frank Huyghe, Ralf Tech is a brand to be discovered. Let's review the WRX City Explorer C, a watch with virile sizes.

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Retail price France at August 2, 2010 :
3,450.00 €
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 €
Montre Panerai Radiomir California PAM 424
Editor's opinion
73.5/100
By Sébastien Bey-Haut - March 4, 2013
Editor's opinion
73.5/100
Users' rating
70/100

Let’s examine a Panerai watch that attracted a lot of attention at the 2012 SIHH because of its similarities - as well as its differences - with the legendary Panerai Radiomir California PAM 249...

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Retail price France at March 4, 2013 :
6,300.00 €
Radiomir California PAM 249
Editor's opinion
67/100
By Florian Matrion - August 18, 2011
Editor's opinion
67/100
Users' rating
70/100

With the new 2011 releases not yet available, here is, in the meantime, our review of a Panerai icon released in 2006 but still high on many connoisseurs' wish list: the Radiomir "California" 249.

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Retail price France at August 18, 2011 :
5,800.00 €
Big Bang Black Magic Evo
Editor's opinion
73.5/100
By Florian Matrion - October 5, 2010
Editor's opinion
73.5/100
Users' rating
70/100

The success of the Big Bang cannot be denied. But Hublot evolves smoothly the collection with a quite successful “relooking”. Review of one of the “flagship” references, the Blac Magic Evo.

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Retail price France at October 5, 2010 :
11,800.00 €
Type 21 BNL tricompax
Editor's opinion
53/100
By Florian Matrion - October 25, 2010
Editor's opinion
53/100
Users' rating
70/100

Endowed watch for the French army pilots in the 1950's, the Dodane Type 21 is nowadays released in a limited edition. Let's see if this modern version is worthy as its famous predecessor.

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Retail price France at October 25, 2010 :
3,150.00 €
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