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Bremont goes to similar lengths with the anti-reflective treatment on their sapphire crystals. Many watches offer dual-sided AR coatings but Bremont preps the crystal with a nine layer treatment on each side, and then hardens the treatment to preserve the native scratch resistance of the sapphire. Bremont's treatment of the sapphire crystal negates the majority of reflections and much of the "blue haze" effect that many AR coatings display under direct light.
Montegrappa's primary business is the manufacture of nice pens. Though in that world it is apparently low-class to simply call their products "pens." They prefer the more high-brow term "writing instrument." The brand produces fountain and roller ball pens, as well as pencils. They even use a material that no one else uses in some of their more esteemed products - celluloid. Celluloid is derived from plants and must be specially aged before being used. Montegrappa offers writing instruments with celluloid bodies ranging in many different colors. The material feels warm and soft like quality plastic, but has a special visual depth that almost looks like polished stone. They add some special materials which give the celluloid more sparkle and a range of colors. It is a cool feature and I believe other pen makers only use plastic or metal in their pen bodies.
As is prominently displayed on the dial of the GAF, Uniq has produced this model especially for the Georgian Armed Forces. Now, before we all raise a mint julep in a display of southern pride, it is important to note that Uniq is based out of the county of Georgia, and not the American state. Nevertheless, Uniq is the first supplier of watches to the Georgian Armed Forces and the GAF is meant to be a tough yet simple tool for their soldiers.Read more ›
As you can see, the dial of the Fortis Marinemaster Limited Edition comes in two styles - a gray and blue version as well as a black and orange version. The gray and blue is mighty appealing as it is unique and rather cool - but I still think that the bolder black and orange models will be a bit more marketable.
As a hard-duty or serious sport watch, the Reactor Trident feels like it is up to the task. It certainly has a good enough track record to trust it as much. This is also probably one of the last "beater watches" you'll ever need if you prefer an analog versus digital watch. Overall I am impressed, and the value is there with a retail price of about 0 for this version of the Reactor Trident Digicam on the rubber strap.
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This was one of the more interesting products I saw at SIHH 2012 and I don't even know if Girard-Perregaux is going to market it that much. The piece is sort of half-new, half-existing, but you can of course call it a new model. A few years ago Girard-Perregaux was one of the brands making Ferrari-branded timepieces. At the time they had a gold watch called the Scuderia Ferrari Foudroyante Rattrapante. The Ferrari name departs and the watch gets a totally new dial for 2012. I don't know how many of these watches will be around, but I really want one.
STANDARD ACCESSORIES: - Handmade 5mm thick black calf leather strap with black stitching and H2O CNC buckle
- Italian rubber strap
- 2x Hex screw driver
- H2O custom watch box
- Warranty card
While the bezel is blue colored (aluminum insert), matching the dial, with a nice dotted lume pip at the 12 o'clock position, the remaining minutes markers are not lumed and the bezel structure is made of steel, not ceramic as is now done in higher-end diver watches. I've not had any issues yet with the bezel, but in time the aluminum will likely scratch - though it can be repaired with a relatively low cost replacement.
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In total, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge is able to go down to 12,000 meters, which is 39,370 feet. The world of science still hasn't answered why this is necessary, but we think it is really cool (don't we? I know I do). Even with its large size most people want to wear this. I think it is amusing how Rolex produced a special long bracelet to strap the Rolex Deepsea Challenge to the robotic arm. What was Mr. Cameron wearing on his wrist? Mere humans only get regular Rolex Deepsea watches.
Beating inside is the Bremont BE-54AE automatic chronograph movement. Visible thanks to the sapphire display back, this movement is derived from the ETA 7750 but has been modified with a 24 hour UTC function and then decorated by Bremont and COSC certified. As was my impression with past Bremont models, the ALT1-WT's feature list has been designed with actual use in mind. Bremont is not one for vaporware and the chronograph, UTC hand, and world timer bezel all boast strong legibility, reliable implementation and excellent ease of use.
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The many links allow the bracelet to wrap around one's wrist with ease. Omega's deployment clasp is easy to use and provides a secure fit. The buckle is brushed steel with the Omega logo and name as well as the Seamaster stamp. One negative here is that the large buckle does have a tendency to scratch... A diver's extension is also present, allowing one to extend the bracelet to about 5 more millimeters so as to fit over a wet suit.
The dial is a rather fresh design that still feels very much like a Romain Jerome in concept. I wasn't sure what to make of the dial at first because frankly - I wanted more DeLorean in there. At the same time I realized that RJ wanted to suggest the theme of the DeLorean in the watch design, not make it look like a DeLorean per se. The dial is in mostly brushed steel with black painted sections to suggest the seams of the car's body panels. On the rear of the watch is a caseback plate that features an engraving of the DeLorean DMC-12 car with the gull wing doors open.
So the ISA movement gives you two time zones, the second of which is digital-only, a stopwatch and alarm. Nothing exotic here, though I'd love it if they added a countdown timer. The analog portion is synchronized to the digital, and there are separate bidirectional motors for each hand, so when the hands move out of the way it only takes 2-3 seconds. Quite fun to watch.Read more ›
H20 is a German watch maker whose collection debuted with the Kalmar collection I believe. They are what we like to call a "forum brand" because they spend a lot of time communicating with watch forum members (such as on WatchUSeek.com), and producing products to appeal to that audience. Those guys mostly like dive watches it seems. Nothing wrong with that, I mostly like dive watches as well. The ORCA is the second major project from the young brand.
Are there innovative wonders and crazy pieces? Certainly, though more and more you get the feeling that they are just media bait and not serious parts of the brand’s direction or income. A great example are the high-end pieces from Tag Heuer. Their ,000 plus watches are pretty awesome by most standards but they don’t make very many, and they are almost economically insignificant for the brand’s bottom line. We write about them because they are cool and because Tag Heuer’s top-level management think they are cool - but they don’t really represent the volume side of the brand. What will make Tag Heuer money are the sale of their commercially viable new Formula 1 watches, their relatively attractive new ladies' watches smiled upon by Cameron Diaz (their newest brand ambassador), and entry-level luxury watches like the Aquaracer and Carrera.
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Breitling has made a few 24 hour dial watches, and this new for 2012 limited edition Navitimer Cosmonaute is one of them. An irony for me is the name. The watch is meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Aurora 7 flight as part of the US NASA Mercury missions. I get that "Cosmonaute" is a term used in a few Breitling watches, but we don't call them that here in the US. It isn't even an English word. I mean, wouldn't the collection have been more appropriately named the Navitimer Astronaut? Anyhow...
The case design of the DiaLOG is carried over from models such as the X-Ray from last year. The dial is what is new - as well as the crown. Itay Noy increased the size of the crown to better accommodate winding the manually-wound Swiss ETA Unitas 6498-1 mechanical movement. The movement offers the time with subsidiary seconds and should be visible through a sapphire crystal display on the back of the watch.Read more ›
Watch lovers probably know that Ermenegildo Zegna has worked with watch maker Girard-Perregaux in the past. GP is part of the Sowind Group (now part of PPR), which explains how the Sowind Group is involved in this latest collection. What I don’t know is how much Girard-Perregaux’s team is involved with the High Performance watches. GP goes so far as to produce Ermenegildo Zegna branded versions of some of their pieces, sold exclusively in Zegna boutiques.
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