Blackbird Watch Manual Vol.2
For the the second volume of Blackbird Watch Manual, we have the lovers meeting on Pont des Amoureux gracing our front cover, leading to an exploration of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations of mechanical ingenuity behind the fairytale-like scene. Next, we bring you an in depth study on Patek Philippe reference 2499 fourth series, looking at the idiosyncrasies and rarest examples that define this iconic model.
We also assess an array of contemporary split-second chronographs, from the IWC Doppelchronograph to the Patek Philippe reference 5370, to understand what makes the complication so captivating. Our contributor Grégory Gardinetti takes a different perspective on time telling, exploring the various alternative formats that have existed through history, and our new contributors, Ming Thein, shares his thoughts on the passion of collecting.
Besides horology, we have features on racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart covering his prolific career in motorsport and beyond, and a profile of the Chinese-French modern abstract artist Zao Wou Ki. We have an extra helping of automotive coverage in this volume, with the first part of an in-depth look at the history of Bentley racing at the 24 hours of Le Mans in the 1920s, a review of an Alfaholics GTA-R which recently visited Hong Kong, as well as a look at the Concours of Elegance 2019.