As a beginner's skeletonzied watch, the Orchestra ref. TW1020 is a good choice. It is also not bad for style conscious types looking for a unique watch that isn't several thousand bucks. With a retail price of 5, the price is fair for the interesting design and nicely executed skeletonized mechanical movement.
Ignoring the thesaurus-derived spew we can focus on the watches themselves. The design is a bit of a hybrid between some of what Graham has offered in the past. Mainly its famous Chronofighter and GMT watches. When I first learned about Graham watches a long while ago I thought to myself, "cool, but would anyone actually wear these?" Well the answer is yes, people actually wear them. I am pleased to report that I have spotted a fair number of their timepieces on wrists out in the wild - crazy pushers and all.
Case finishing is good, even and well detailed:
The dial shows the current depth using two precise hands, the maximum depth, and a retrograde 5 minute counter for timing decompression times. That hand can be reset at any time. Yeah, it has the time as well. All thanks to an in-house made automatic Blancpain mechanical movement. The depth gauge is also mechanical and uses pressure membranes on the case that are covered up with little pieces of hexagon grating - which look pretty cool actually.
Inside the watch is a modified (some registers removed) Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. The attached leather strap is something I wouldn't have guessed to see on a Sinn timepiece. Nothing wrong with it, but it isn't the type of style I usually associate with the brand. This is a special product meant to fit into a certain vintage theme. While uncharacteristic for Sinn to do this, it came out quite nicely. Sinn will produce just 100 pieces of the limited edition Chronograph Tachymeter watch. They have done so for a German online and catalog retailer called Manufactum.de (see the Sinn Chronograph Tachymeter watch via them here). Price is 1,350 Euros.
With a few different dial options available, these steel-cased watches are 47mm wide (not counting the crown and pusher) and come in rubber straps. I like that the cases are mostly polished. The color schemes are all rather cool - though I think the version with British racing green will be the hardest to move outside of England. I am a bit partial to the blue and gold version myself. Classy isn't it? Yes, that is one of the adjectives above!
The PetStraps founder explains how after looking at buckles and strap parts he realized that this might be a good business opportunity. People lose beloved pets all the time and aside from a hard stuffed pooch or a bronze bust of your cat - how can you really enjoy your pet after their passing? On your wrist it seemed. That or an expensive commissioned piece of art work. The founder explains his disappointment after spending thousands of dollars on a custom oil painting of Yellow Belly in a general's uniform riding a pony. "It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the result just wasn't regal enough." That was not how I wanted to remember the little guy. He was always less silly than that. Instead, I wanted to attach him to my high-end wrist watch.
The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous and prestigious races in the F1 calendar. Even those who have never followed motorsports have heard of Monaco (maybe because of Tag Heuer), a highly technical course which winds through the roadways of the famed city-state and playground for the rich and famous. The Monaco GP, now in its 83rd year, highlights prestige, luxury and wealth in a way that few other F1 weekends can match. Super yachts line the shore as on-lookers watch some of the most advanced machines in the world run a tight and aggressive course with more than its fair share of elevation changes. Well-heeled race fans, celebrities and socialites flock to the south-east coast of France to enjoy a truly legendary weekend of screaming race cars, world-renowned casinos and swanky parties.
4. Bulgari Chronosprint Endurer Watch on Bracelet
Who is this watch best for? Well how much do you consider yourself a product of the video game generation? If you don't have ties to early video games that chirped and beeped as you racked up points... then the point of this watch may be lost on you. Romain Jerome expects a few select people to share their vision and enjoy what this piece is all about. Their relationship with Taito is far from over, and it makes me happy to know stuff like this is getting made. Niche for sure, which makes it cool. Price is 16,550 Swiss Francs.
If you know Perriard's work in the past you'll be familiar with his enthusiasm and design decisions. Futurism and "doing it differently" are factors that help motivate him. He speaks incredibly fast in French when explaining the watch, and in English shares the same level of insight and passion when showing off his toys. The H1 is an incredibly cool and unnecessary watch - the exact formula which breeds success in this industry when it comes to watches are this level. I first covered the HYT H1 here when I debuted it for the world.
Number of components: 3
Material: Titanium and steel
Dimensions: Width 43.8mm, length 53.6mm, thickness 17.8mm
Glasses: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30m/100’/3ATM
Surface finishes: Satin finish