2019 Omega Watches; Rolex Milgauss Explained; What FP Journe and Patek Philippe Have in Common

The 2019 Omega watches have launched -- seemingly out of nowhere – and Tim Mosso of WatchBox is ready with his views and reviews of 2019’s most anticipated luxury sports watches. The Rolex Milgauss is our first-ever international giveaway watch, and Tim will precede our announcement with a review of the history of the Rolex Milgauss model from its 1954 origins to the present. Finally, we will discuss the common thread that binds Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and FP Journe. All of this and watch collector wrist shots on Watches Tonight! Rolex’s Milgauss is our giveaway watch for the months of April and May. Now that the time has come to pick a winner, Tim wants the lucky collector to know exactly what he’s getting. From the original 1954 Milgauss 6543 to the latest reference 116400GV Z-Blue, the Milgauss has been a frequent but not-quite-core Rolex watch model. After a break between the last of the 1988 Milgauss 1019 series and the return of the nameplate in 2007, the one-time technician’s watch has become a staple of the Rolex catalog and one of the harder watches in the Oyster Perpetual family to categorize. Nevertheless, the now somewhat postmodernist Milgauss remains a hugely capable sports watch. New Omega Seamaster and Speedmaster models are arriving now, in May 2019. Why May? The answer is simple; Swatch Group and its portfolio of luxury watch brands skipped Baselworld, and there’s no natural stage or event for a spring full-line rollout from over a dozen watch manufacturers. It’s a PR failure, to be sure, but new watches from Omega, Blancpain, and Glashutte Original might be worth the wait. Core Omega model lines including the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean, and the Seamaster Diver 300M have received updates at minimum and new models in many instances. Glashutte Original and Blancpain are focused on sports watches. For Blancpain, that means resurrecting the Fifty Fathoms Air Command as a standalone “Air Command” flyback chronograph model. The vintage tribute theme continues with the 40mm Fifty Fathoms Barakuda. Both models are 500-piece limited editions exclusively in stainless steel. Glashutte Original returns to the dive watch segment for the first time since the Sport Evolution series thanks to the new Spezialist SeaQ 1969 and a larger Panorama Date version. Finally, we discuss the question of ownership, management, and independence in strength and integrity of a luxury watch brand. Although Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and FP Journe are dramatically different in scale and style, each is privately held. The success of AP Royal Oak, Rolex Daytona, Patek Philippe Nautilus, and FP Journe Chronometre Bleu models speaks to a management style that favors sustainable growth and strong brand equity over quarterly results and short-term gains. And don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! Please Subscribe: View hundreds of hands-on luxury watch reviews at our WatchBox Reviews channel: Instagram: BUY WATCHES HERE: