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REVOLUTION DIGITAL

REVOLUTION DIGITAL

Issue 33

REVOLUTION is a quarterly magazine that lives and breathes horology. Published in 12 countries in a wide range of languages, REVOLUTION is an integrated lifestyle title that celebrates the mechanical watch as the primary tool for self expression. REVOLUTION covers all aspects of watchmaking and the watch industry, from the vibrant personalities who inhabit this rarefied sphere to exquisite timepieces that exemplify the pinnacles of craftsmanship, technology and hallowed tradition. For the individual who appreciates the finer things in life, REVOLUTION is a paean to the one true luxury in this world — time.

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Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
Revolution Media Pte Ltd
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in this issue

5 min.
founder’s note

I have to admit, I got it wrong. When the outbreak of COVID-19 was first announced, I thought in an overly cavalier way that it would be limited to Asia, that it was primarily an issue that had affected and yet was being contained by China, and that people were being unnecessarily alarmist and even a little bit chicken sh*t about it. I continued with unrestrained abandon to indulge in my favourite group activities, from spin class to Negroni swilling, ever-confident that my seething pool of rage combined by high-intensity exercise and fuelled by an endless supply of alcohol was enough to combat and kill any virus that would dare to cross my path. And I realise now how blithely stupid I was to perceive things this way. Even a…

3 min.
editor’s note

Welcome to the Armageddon issue of Revolution. As I write, the UK is two weeks into the virus lockdown. Nobody knows when this will end or how many lives will be lost, but it is absolutely certain that the impact will be massive. You don’t need a degree in economics to figure out that staying at home doing bugger all isn’t going to send our fortunes skyrocketing any time in the near future. One unforeseen benefit is that it will force us all to decide what is really important in life. Now that supplies of cleaning products seem to have more or less stabilised, we can consider what we care about besides staying alive and shopping. Even if a miracle cure was found tomorrow, would we really want to go back to…

2 min.
contributors

KEN KESSLER A US ex-pat who retains a north-of-Boston twang despite living for years in the leafy British countryside, Ken is one of the best-known names in watch journalism. He is also an audio expert who has written four books on luxury hi-fiand also knows a thing or two about cameras and posh fountain pens. A collector of chronographs - among other things - in this issue our Editor at Large writes about Porsche Design watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control and the brightly glowing history of Panerai’s legendary Luminor. ROSS POVEY Otherwise known as “Mr Tudor”, Ross is a leading expert in the vintage watch world. Specialising in Tudor and Rolex, he advises a broad clientele spanning leading magazines, brands, publishers, auction houses and dealers. As well as being Revolution’s Rolex and Tudor…

2 min.
fears watches joins great britain campaign

The Fears Watch Company has announced its partnership with the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign. This ambitious international initiative aims to unite the public and private sector to generate jobs by promoting creative industries, start-up firms, education and research. Fears will be in good company, joining British car companies Aston Martin and McLaren, as well as fashion houses Burberry and Mulberry, in becoming campaign partners. Roger W. Smith also unveiled a one-off GREAT Britain watch with a Union Flag on the dial. The original Fears company began life in Bristol in the middle of the 19th Century, and stayed in business until 1976. Production began again in 2016 and Fears now makes an entirely mechanical range with Swiss ETA movements. The watches are hand-assembled in the UK. Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, Managing Director of…

1 min.
grand seiko celebrates 60th in style at new london boutique

It was a great party, made all the more memorable by the fact that it was the last public event that most of us attended before the world changed. On a Thursday night just before everyone began withdrawing from contact ahead of the full virus-induced lockdown, Revolution co-hosted a drinks party at the newly refurbished Grand Seiko boutique on Brompton Road, just a few doors from Harrods. The evening was hosted by Seiko Managing Director David Edwards, along with The Rake and Revolution Founder Wei Koh, and Revolution UK Editor Richard Holt. The guests were treated to Roku Japanese gin and tonics, Suntory whisky on the rocks, and sublime food by Akira Japan House whilst they perused the cabinets of high-end wrist watches by Grand Seiko. Once the party was in full…

2 min.
new museum plays omega’s greatest hits

Groups of visitors from around the world, back when such a thing was still allowed, were treated to a tour of Omega’s new museum in Cite du Temps, Swatch’s headquarters in Biel, Switzerland. The museum building was designed by Japanese star architect Shigeru Ban, who also designed Omega’s state-of-the-art manufacture next door. In the museum, guests are treated to a lively romp through Omega’s not-inconsiderable achievements from the past and present, followed by a glimpse of the future. There is a real-life sprinting block complete with Omega timing equipment so you can compare your speed off the line with an Olympic sprinter. If that is too much of a challenge, there are two lanes for you to compete against a friend instead. Visitors who slow down long enough can read and…