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Ben Winstanley

Ben Winstanley

Deputy Editor

Ben Winstanley's articles

Hands-on with the new King Seiko watch collection

The cult of King Seiko has grown exponentially during its decades-long production hiatus, but the return of this much-loved name to Seiko’s permanent watch collections has once again made it an absolute must-have for collectors

The story of King Seiko's rebirth – in the words of the Seiko team

The return of King Seiko isn’t simply the revival of a vintage watch, but a new chapter in the story of this historic brand. We speak to King Seiko planner Kohei Egashira and designer Hikaru Matsumoto to find out more

The return of the King: meet the King Seiko ‘Garyu-Bai’

Seiko thrilled fans last year by announcing that its cult brand, King Seiko, would be returning to its core collection in 2022. Ben Winstanley takes a closer look at the plum red ‘Garyu-Bai’ model, one of five new colourways, to find out more

Could a George Daniels timepiece break watch auction records again?

George Daniels watches rarely make it to auction, but three wristwatches going under the hammer at Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: XVI in November – including one extra-special piece loved by Daniels himself

Top of the chops: how Blacklock carved up the capital

Since launching in 2015, Blacklock has taken London by storm with its subversive affordable chophouse concept. We meet founder Gordon Ker to learn more about his journey to the top of the Capital’s food chain

"I see the market continuing to rise": Ryan Lynn, OenoGroup's new chief investment officer

The world’s number one wine investment firm OenoGroup has appointed a new chief investment officer as it continues to expand its remit. We speak to Ryan Lynn to find out more about his fine wine journey so far

The Spinnaker Spence: a serious diver with great looks

Spinnaker’s wallet-friendly watches might draw you in with their price point, but it’s their fresh take on the dive watch that will keep you coming back for more. We take the new Spence 300 Automatic for a spin

"I want to say we did it the right way." Inside the mind of Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff is one of Formula 1's great thinkers and most successful team principals, but can he steer Mercedes through choppy waters?

The best golf trip in the world? Stay at Rusacks hotel and play The Old Course in St Andrews

Ahead of The 150th Open, hosted at the iconic Old Course, Ben Winstanley heads to St Andrews to play the world-famous venue – and stay at the spectacular Rusacks Hotel

Meet the star of the Phillips NYC Watch Auction: the George Daniels Anniversary No. 00 in platinum

The star of this Spring's Phillips New York Watch Auction, the George Daniels Anniversary Platinum No.00 is not only incredibly rare but an ode to its creator – arguably the greatest watchmaker of the 20th century

This hand-illustrated Burberry silk scarf fit for a royal celebration

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Burberry has designed an item the Queen herself is very partial to wearing in cooler weather – a hand-illustrated silk scarf

New Piaget CEO Benjamin Comar on the secret to watch immortality

From the small Swiss village of La Côte-aux-Fées in the Jura mountains, Piaget has risen into one of the finest watch and jewellery brands on the planet. Ben Winstanley speaks to new CEO Benjamin Comar on his role and what’s next

The best novelties from Watches & Wonders 2022

What took us by surprise at Watches & Wonders 2022? From a world-first watch mechanism to a new look for an iconic model, this year's timepieces prove the continued innovation of the world's best watchmakers

Audemars Piguet Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked | Watch of the week

Openworked (AKA skeleton) watches are something of a speciality for Audemars Piguet, so it’s no surprise the brand is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak with a very special release: the Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked

"It’s like steering a car that’s going 150mph" – Leonardo Ferracina from Louis XIII

Dating back to 1874, Louis XIII is the most prestigious cognac maker on Earth. Tasked with the next phase of its story is incoming global executive director Leonardo Ferracina. Ben Winstanley sits down with him to find out more

Bremont's Nick and Giles English are returning British watchmaking to its glory days

Over the past 20 years, brothers Nick and Giles English, founders of Bremont, have painstakingly rebuilt the foundations of the British watchmaking industry. Ben Winstanley hears their story

“There’s always another level…“ Maro Itoje is ready to step up

Meet Maro Itoje: the talismanic England forward who carries the weight of a nation on his broad shoulders. But there’s more to this supremely talented rugby player than meets the eye, as Ben Winstanley learns…

Gymkhana proves perfection is real

Gymkhana might be the best Indian restaurant in London. Head to Mayfair and enjoy the meal of your life

The ten most expensive watches auctioned by Phillips in 2021

Phillips smashed its annual sales total in 2021, with more than $209.3 million worth of rare, unique and vintage timepieces sold in the past 12 months. We take a look at the ten most valuable watches sold by Phillips last year

Square Mile Watch Awards 2021: Industry Heroes

This year, the Square Mile Watch Awards Industry Hero award goes to two legends of the watchmaking game who have brought back mechanical matchmaking to Britain, Nick and Giles English from Bremont Watches