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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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire Ref. 604 25 21
Editor's opinion
80.5/100
By Sébastien Bey-Haut - October 25, 2012
Editor's opinion
80.5/100
Users' rating
90/100

In 2012, Jaeger-LeCoultre gave us a new version of its Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire, a watch with unusual engineering entirely dedicated to chronometric accuracy. Discover our review and wach gallery.

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Retail price France at October 25, 2012 :
29,000.00 €
De Ville Hour Vision
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
By Florian Matrion - June 28, 2011
Editor's opinion
71.5/100
Users' rating
83/100

The gigantic success of the Speedmaster and the Planet Ocean would make us almost forget about the rest of the Omega catalog. Today, let's focus on the De Ville Hour Vision and its 8501 Caliber.

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Retail price France at June 28, 2011 :
13,500.00 €
Portofino Remontage Manuel 8 Jours (bracelet Santoni)
Editor's opinion
74.5/100
By Florian Matrion - May 23, 2011
Editor's opinion
74.5/100
Users' rating
85/100

The Portofino range from IWC is prominently featured this year with 4 new models! Here is the review for its flagship model, the Hand-Wound 8 Days, with the first of IWC's 8-day manual movement.

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Retail price France at May 23, 2011 :
15,600.00 €
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 €
Duomètre à Chronographe
Editor's opinion
80/100
By Florian Matrion - April 1, 2011
Editor's opinion
80/100
Users' rating
84/100

Jaeger-LeCoultre made quite an impression among watchmaking enthusiasts with the introduction of the Chonograph Duomètre. Let's take a look together at the multiple facets of this very original piece.

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Retail price France at April 1, 2011 :
31,600.00 €
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 €
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 €
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 €
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 €
Historiques American 1921
Editor's opinion
78/100
By Florian Matrion - December 28, 2010
Editor's opinion
78/100
Users' rating
84/100

Take a classic watchmaker, entrust him to a neo-expressionist painter, and you end up with the American 1921...OK, I'm exaggerating slightly, but that not much! Let's review.

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Retail price France at December 28, 2010 :
23,200.00 €
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 €
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.

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Retail price France at December 16, 2010 :
18,700.00 €
Nautilus 5712G
Editor's opinion
79.5/100
By Florian Matrion - December 7, 2010
Editor's opinion
79.5/100
Users' rating
82.5/100

If you think the two-handed and steel-cased Nautilus too sober, here is the test of a bolder configuration: the grey gold Patek Philippe 5712G with moon phases.

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Retail price France at December 7, 2010 :
28,600.00 €
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.

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Retail price France at December 2, 2010 :
3,950.00 €
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.

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Retail price France at November 18, 2010 :
17,400.00 €
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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