A good point to make is that we like to focus on mechanical watches, because that is what we are the most interested in, along with the occasional smart watch, we love a solid Casio and we do write about some other quartz watches. But, our focus is on mechanical watches. Yes, there are some very low-end mechanical watches in the 0 - 0 range, but frankly speaking, none of us would seriously wear those, as their quality is not particularly good.
While 2015 also sees new watches with tourbillons or multiple tourbillons from Roger Dubuis, the most exciting news, in my opinion, is the release of the brand new Roger Dubuis produced caliber RD820SQ automatic movement. Produced in the canton of Geneva, it bears the Geneva Seal, and is fully modern yet minimalist and cool looking automatic mechanism. Operating at 4Hz (28,000 bph), the single barrel offers about 60 hours of power reserve and features a self-winding automatic micro-rotor. The rotor also happens to have its own semi-skeletonization design. This is the first time Roger Dubuis has produced an automatic version of their distinctive skeletonized movements.
“It was at a small dinner that Timezone had arranged to introduce Bremont to the US marketplace. At the time, Bremont was still very small, so rather than a full court press with a communications manager, regional brand director, etc., it was just Nick and a suitcase full of watches. Earlier that same day, I had taken delivery of a Rolex Deepsea, which had only just been released. As such, it was still a conversation piece of sorts, and Nick was practically bubbling with excitement at the prospect of getting it off my wrist and putting it on his. I mean, here’s a guy who’s in town to sell me on his brand, and yet he’s sitting three seats over wearing another brand’s watch and loving it. To this day, that still defines Nick to me.”
The company that is manufacturing these tubes is called MB-Microtec, situated near Bern, Switzerland. They are the only company on the market today that is capable of manufacturing these barely visible glass tubes and filling them with tritium, thanks to their special know-how for working with glass cylinders of this size. Therefore, MB-Microtec is claimed to be the sole supplier to any and all watch brands who use tritium gas tubes for their watches. As such, if you have such a watch in your collection (or plan on acquiring one), the glowing tubes you see on the hands and indices of the watch were made here, and in the way that you will see more about below. The company is also the manufacturer of its own watch brand, Traser.
Lastly, let us turn the spotlight on the Dodane Type 23 Power Reserve model. This watch possess one of my favourite complications. Power Reserve indicators are simple, low maintenance, visually engaging and useful. In this instance, the power reserve changes the whole look of the dial. This departure from the norm is exacerbated by the GMT bezel. None of the other watches have any variation in that area, so this one sticks out because of it. It's not to my taste, but fans of high-polish sports watches with busy, active dials need look no further within this range. The Dodane Type 23 Power Reserve is priced at €7,250, making it the most expensive in the range.
Needless to say, we really dig the Sinn EZM 7 and think that it exemplifies so many of Sinn's strengths while offering something entirely separate from anything else on the market. Yes, Sinn makes many watches with much more conservative aesthetics, but you likely already know about those models, and the Sinn EZM 7 S made us smile because it's just so Sinn.
One of the most interesting things about the video is how little time Rolex spends talking about the modern Rolex Datejust watch collection, with just a few brief glimpses of Rolex Datejust models that you can buy today. In a sense, the video is very much an homage to the Datejust product family name and the history of the collection, along with some of its most distinctive features (such as the date window, and later magnifier lens over the date window).
Despite its large size the Bulova Sea King Automatic isn't too heavy, given the titanium case, and it wears comfortable on the strap. Bulova includes an extension strap making it easy to put the watch over a diving suit. The case uses an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial which helps a lot with legibility. The timepiece very much looks as though it is ready and eager to submerge to depths of 1000 meters, even though anyone taking one down that deep is unlikely, to say the least. Though, I will say that the best diving watches are those which look to be perpetually ready for action.
Posted by Time Warp Creations, LLC on Monday, April 28, 2014