GQ - How Ebel became the chronograph’s secret saviour
Since the once-thriving, venerable Swiss watch brand Ebel suffered a series of setbacks in the 1980s, its fortunes have been revived by a return to more moderate, subtle tastes. Today, its sleek 1995 chronograph – the 1911, Le Modulor – is considered a modern classic...Adrian Hailwood
GQ - How Rolex’s diminutive ‘Piccolino’ proved smaller could be better
First released in the 1930s and then reissued in the 1950s, the Rolex Explorer Ref 3055 was vaunted as the smallest chronograph in the world, at just 30mm across. It’s not a claim you can imagine watchmakers making today, but this little watch, nicknamed the ‘Piccolino’, had an immense impact... Adrian Hailwood
GQ - How the ‘consciously anachronistic’ Chronoswiss Régulateur helped define 1980's watch style
Quartz might have been the buzzword of the 1980s, but don’t disregard the great leaps forward made on the mechanical side, too – i ncluding Chronoswiss’ masterful use of the “Regulator” dial layout... Adrian Hailwood
GQ - How to buy a lust-worthy vintage watch for under £1,000
If you're new to the world of watches, you might love the idea of owning a vintage timepiece – something full of history and aesthetic interest, but have no idea where to start, especially if you're on a budget. Allow us to offer some buying advice and some suggestions…Adrian Hailwood
GQ - How to collect Smiths watches - the best-value vintage timepieces of them all
Welcome to the collector's watch everyone can collect: S Smith & Sons watches, long on military history, short on the kind of valuations that preclude everyday investments into certain other brands. Better still, affordable hoardables don't come more home-grown....Adrian Hailwood
GQ - Is the Omega Marine Chronometer the most accurate vintage watch money can buy?
Omega’s Marine Chronometer was produced until 1980, by which point cheaper quartz watches had asserted their dominance over the market. But it is still a landmark achievement, as the most accurate non-thermally compensated watch ever made... Adrian Hailwood
GQ - Why ‘Breguet Type XX’ is the biggest cheat code in fine watches
Want to buy a sought-after timepiece from one of the world's most historic, rarefied watchmakers? The third-generation Breguet Type XX is almost laughably good value, and it will set you apart from the next guy…Adrian Hailwood
Designed for pilots that needed a 24-hour reference for flight time, when the hands of the Gruen Airflight reach 1pm all the numerals jump to a 24 hour format and then jump back again to a 12-hour format at 1am... Adrian Hailwood
REVOLUTION - Watch Design: The Spirit of Integration
A watch on a bracelet, or a bracelet that tells the time, the integrated bracelet watch is a bold statement. Uncompromisingly inflexible, and designed as an indivisible whole, it is not a watch of half measures....Adrian Hailwood
REVOLUTION - Vintage Curio: The Tool Watch You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
There is no end to the tool watches we desire to answer life’s myriad challenges, and last year, Richard Mille’s collaboration with Sylvester Stallone to build the ultimate tool watch resulted in the Richard Mille RM 25-01...Adrian Hailwood
Adrian is a prolific writer on watches and watch culture. He writes not only on individual watches and movements, but on the current state of the watch market, as well as its history and development. He has featured in, and has written, numerous print and online publications including GQ, Revolution, QP Magazine, The Telegraph, Retail Jeweller, and The Financial Times,
Adrian writes in a style that is both informative and accessible, with an element of wit and humour. An independent voice within the watch community, Adrian writes with knowledge and authority gained from long experience and broad interest. He is equally at home creating blog content, both long and short-form, website content and sale listings copy.
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