Inside the EasyDiver Sub Seconds is a Roger Dubuis manufactured RD821 automatic movement. Click on the preceding link for a cool presentation on the watch at Roger Dubuis' website. Not only is the movement in-house made and nice decorated, but it also bears the prestigious Seal of Geneva, and is COSC Chronometer certified. The watch is paired with a rubber strap and has a really cool looking deployment clasp is all Roger Dubuis in character. Note that the long case of the watch is best suited to be worn on larger wrists. This is a pretty neat looking fashion diver for those who like something different and is still horologically well respected. The EasyDiver Sub Seconds models are limited to 888 pieces each.Read more ›
If you would have asked me before I visited SIHH 2010 what brand would have impressed me the most, I don't think that Cartier would have been one of my top choices. The maker of high-end watches usually focuses on the jewelry side of watch making more than the complex mechanical side. At least it used to be that way. Part of their current and future goals is to assert themselves as a true master watch maker. As such, SIHH was filled with interesting and complex watches. Of course not all of their watches are going to be so complex, but they are going to from now on, focus on a haute horology collection for serious collectors. My favorite in this new collection is the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon watch (Cartier Rotonde Astrotourbillon).
Aside from the caseback of the watch, the two pieces are the same. Set in a 44m wide PVD black steel case, they are story and stern, compared to their more decorate rears. Each is water resistant to 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal. Magrette now uses LUM-TEC as their dial maker and luminant supplier. The laser-cut dials are great looking with LUM-TEC MDV GX luminant. There is also an embossed black on black face image on the dial just above 6 o'clock. The watches come with 24mm leather straps. You'll also love getting your Magrette watch in the mail if ever buy one - as many of them (including these) arrive in beautiful hand-made wooden boxes that smell like a fine furniture store.
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"The Amortiser" sounds like a banking industry themed super villain. But here it is a cool piece of functionality that you won't find on other watches in this price range. New from Ball watches is the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital watch, a mouthful of a name, but suitable for a chunky timepiece with this much functionality. I got my hands on this watch, which should be available close to the time you read this.
At the same time I understand the need for the right tool for the job. The crew of the Plastiki doesn’t wear watches to satisfy their sponsor. They have need for high quality, reliable watches on a daily basis. IWC provides them with nice-looking, well-working pieces which are more than suitable for the job. Intentional overkill is what I want in my watches and tools. The ability to survive much more than I could imagine throwing at them — with a grace you want from something you regularly use.
After the change is complete the Arabic numeral dial for the hours is now replaced with Roman numerals. This dial and the minute hand still tell the time. The seconds hand is now a seconds hand for the chronograph, and the date display is now used for the chronograph minutes - which is quirkily labeled 1-31 for obvious reasons. I must admit that the chronograph minutes dial gives me the biggest problem visually as it feels like an Escher painting to my eyes. The chronograph is operated of course by the monopusher button in the crown.Read more ›
The real Red sea is one of the best places in the world for diving. The high salt, very clear water is home to a ton of tropical fish. Right underneath Israel, the warm waters are a hot spot for nature lovers who dive into the waters to see the beautiful fish and invertebrate creatures.. So it makes total sense to have a dive watch brand named after the body of water. Though, I don't think there are many pirates in that sea. The names of the watches - those are from nick-names that pirates use for cannons (apparently).
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People like Roland Iten are a major reason why I do this. Being able to work with amazingly talented designers, engineers, and inventors is what makes all this interesting. Sure a nicely designed watch or gadget is fun and easy to appreciate, but when that items reaches the level of an "invention" is really gets me stimulated on a higher level.
I discussed a little while ago about how Bulgari (Bvlgari) incorporated Gerald Genta, and Daniel Roth (brands it already owned) into the Bulgari brand. You can read all about that and see a video interview with Bulgari talking about it here. The first product of this digestive affair is this watch. Basically a re-branded Gerald Genta Octo Bi-Retro, that has a bit more Bulgari-ness to it. The overall shape and dimensions of the watch are the same, but styling has been "face-lifted" and injected with some of the Bulgari DNA. It feels like the outcome of a mad scientist combing the DNA of multiple animals, err, I mean watch brands. Why must these men play god!? This horological Chimera is without true soul. Soon we will have an army of "Bvulgenta" and "Daniel Gari" watches all over the place.Read more ›
None of that is to say that the watch has nothing for seasoned watch lovers. Anything but. This is no cheap trendy timepiece. RSW is a good watch maker and the Outland 3H represents that. The finish and quality of the watch are quite good, and the piece is as ergonomic as it is "fresh." Let's start by looking at the case. Large and square with bent ends that serve as lugs. The case is 44mm wide in steel with black PVD, and various version with either sand-blasted steel or rose gold mixed with the black. The lug sections each have a row of three large hex bolts that look strong and masculine. They are matched by three more under the watch. There are other screws all over the case, though not so many as to look cluttered. The industrial design of the watch is cosmetic, but feels rugged. It also helps gives the piece a very modern and aggressive look. The design idea seems to be that "watches in the future are more functional than decorative."
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For the most part the watch is the same, but with little cosmetic changes. The movement is now an automatic ETA 2892, and it has not been Chronometer certified. I sort of miss the power reserve indicator. The design has been streamlined a bit. Probably better for casual wear, but worse for hardcore diving duty. The black, while, and yellow dial tones are nice, but I think the hands are a bit too stubby - make them longer! The 46.8mm wide titanium case is mixed with some steel parts, and you can see the large pushers on the side of the case to release in the inner section. These pushers are much larger than those on the Eterna KonTiki Diver. The case has also been streamlined a bit. It looks a bit less technical than the Eterna. It has that usual Porsche Design level of smooth refinement. The Eterna on the other hand looked more like an instrument. Like the KonTiki Diver, you will need to raise the inner case out of the shell to move the bezel. This is a security mechanism to ensure it doesn't get moved around inadvertently. Raising the inner case also makes it easier to wind the movement if you like, and makes it possible to adjust the watch. The strap on the watch is a high grade caoutchouc rubber.
Storm of London offers a really wide range of timepieces, and I am going to end up writing about a few of the pieces they offer that I like. The Caspa is one of them. I think it has an attractive design, and is affordable enough to allow most people to get it without really even thinking. What you get is a well adapted design, in a Storm package, the is a good fit for many occasions.Read more ›