5240 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater

5240-IWC-Portuguese-Minute-Repeater

When this IWC sold new in 1995, it had an MSRP almost identical to a top-of-the-range BMW 5 Series (thanks @alteuhrener for that excellent bit of trivia). Today, it’s far less than half that. And yet, today as back then, it’s one of the most elegant minute repeaters ever designed. It’s the IWC ref. 5240,…

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Piece Unique Voutilainen L’Esprit du Bois Decimal Repeater

Voutilainen-Decimal-Repeater

In the early days when Kari Voutilainen had just branched out from restoration work to making his eponymous brand, the Decimal Repeater was one of his signature complications; he invented it. Where a normal minute repeater will chime low for hours, sequence tones for quarters, and then a high pitch for minutes after the quarter,…

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0033 Blancpain Manual Minute Repeater

0033-Blancpain-Manual-Minute-Repeater

It’s pretty brazen to name a collection, ‘The Six Materpieces’. That’s like McLaren naming their track car the Senna. Or a restaurant I once visited in San Diego that had a Cioppino called ‘The Bourdain’. Generally speaking, it’s best practice to let someone else declare your work a masterpiece. And if you choose to declare…

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270.2.73 Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Minute Repeater

JLC knowns how to throw a party. And they went really, really hard for the Reverso’s 60th, throughout the whole decade of the nineties in a manner that would seem way too lavish in 2022. But it was the early 90s. Bon Jovi, Sting, Rod Stewart, and Nirvana were charting. OJ was being chased down…

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5240 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater

5240-IWC-Portuguese-Minute-Repeater

Discretion is something of a lost art to much of modern watchmaking. In many ways, a relatively thin, time-only minute repeater could be said to be the antithesis of an orange RM or rainbow Daytona. There’s nothing wrong with outward flamboyance, but it’s a breath of fresh air to see something so understated yet so…

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