Ben Winstanley

Ben Winstanley

Deputy Editor

Ben Winstanley's articles

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

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

Inside the Sotogrande estate: Europe's premier golfing destination

The Costa del Sol’s Sotogrande estate has been synonymous with glamour and luxury for decades, but it’s never looked better, writes Ben Winstanley

Sumi is the neighbourhood restaurant we wish was on our doorstep

From the mind of sushi master Endo Kazutoshi, Sumi is a Japanese restaurant located in Westbourne Grove that brings high-end sushi to a more relaxed and casual setting than many of its peers

Phillips Hong Kong XIII auction: five of the best watches up for sale

Looking to invest in your first vintage timepiece? Phillips auction house has you covered. Here are our highlights from the prestigious Hong Kong Watch Auction XIII this November

77 Diamonds: no stone unturned

Buying diamonds, whether for investment or pleasure, comes with a host of challenges. Ben Winstanley heads to 77 Diamonds to find an easier way

Inside Les Bordes: Europe’s most exclusive golf club

Welcome to Les Bordes: a private golf club in France’s Loire Valley that is one of the most exclusive in Europe. Ben Winstanley is granted a rare visit to golf heaven

A super-rare Rolex Deep Sea Special is going up for auction at Phillips' The Geneva Watch Auction XIV

The super-rare Rolex Deep Sea Special is being offered at The Geneva Watch Auction XIV in November, and we’re a little bit in love. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most historically important tool watches in Rolex’s archives

Wilhelm Schmid: "We didn’t launch a watch, we launched an idea"

How do you modernise a brand that was originally founded in 1845? That’s the question A Lange & Söhne CEO, Wilhelm Schmid, has pondered during his decade at Germany’s finest watchmaker. Ben Winstanley reports

Is Furlan Marri the best new budget watch brand?

Furlan Marri is on a mission to bring the great watch case designs of old to a brand-new audience – and, judging by its first timepiece, it’s going to succeed. Find out more about the most exciting affordable watch brand on the planet

Nico Rosberg: "If you ask me, ‘When did you decide to retire?’ That was the moment…"

Nico Rosberg – the Formula One champion who conquered Lewis Hamilton and retired at the top of his game – is one of sport’s great enigmas. He tells Ben Winstanley what it takes to beat the greatest racing driver of all-time