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As a watch enthusiast and journalist, I am often asked: “Which one is your favorite?“. With my face blushing at the sight of the pieces that I love the most, my heart pounding at the sight of horological complications, and my mouth drooling over exceptional finishes, it is hard to pinpoint my favorite every year. As a (sometimes) pragmatist, I understand why certain watches are loved, desired or bought more than others. It is like asking the mom or dad of a family with several children which is their favorite child – in theory, all of them are, but they might still recognize that they have a favorite.


At the end of August and the beginning of September the watchmaking world was in the spotlight for a new edition of the Geneva Watch Days. Born in the midst of the pandemic as an alternative to the former SIHH (now Watches & Wonders), which was cancelled due to the obvious problems associated with the terrible disease, the GWD has grown strong as an independent event. This year’s edition gathered nearly forty brands, offering both exhibitors and journalists/collectors the chance to enjoy a much more relaxed environment.


How are legends born? When does one know the “legend” status was achieved? Some timepieces achieve that status after years and years of presence or absence – depending on the case, while others are instant legends. This is the case with the new MB&F HM8 Mark 2 – a fine and worthy successor of the HM8, HMX and HM5. If you are even remotely interested in the automotive world, you will definitely fall for this model first time round. And since this Mark 2 model is not just a small variant but a complete redesign, let us have a look at what makes it so special.


Most watch lovers know that Watches & Wonders 2023 only covered a part of the watch week at the end of March. Even though it featured big names and figures, there were other events going on in Geneva at the same time. Many of the independent brands organized gatherings with journalists, collectors, and resellers, either in their own boutiques or in the central hotels. The number of the brands outside W&W was not negligible. I managed to visit just a few of them, and I would like to share my experience and wrist shots with you. [caption id="attachment_15897" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The launch of the Biver Watches[/caption] A lunch with the Bivers I was