Archive | July, 2006

Enzo Mechana Prototype Shots

Posted on 31 July 2006 by John Biggs

standard.jpgVictor over at the Big Watches Forum has some excellent shots of a few prototype watches by Enzo. Both are 1000m divers and look super. I think I like the black face better – a little easier on the eyes.

The watches are Built like a Tank ……. 42mm Diameter w/out the crown and around 46mm With/Crown ……24mm Lug Width ……. Lug-Lug 50mm ……Height almost 16mm

Weighs around 168 grams on the strap and 280 on the SS Double Deployant Bracelet.

Screwed Bars at the Lugs ….. nice screwed links on the SS Bracelet. The ETA 2824 Movements are keeping excellent time at +3 and +4 seconds daily .

Very nice Bezel on the Orange PVD ….. easy to grip . Interesting Brushed bezel on the SS Case ( The SS will also come with an SS Dive Uni-Directional Bezel )


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Tokidoki Sun Watch

Posted on 28 July 2006 by John Biggs

tokidokiwatch.jpgFrom – “Oh you naughty little…oh sorry sir, yes, the quarterly figures.” Distract yourself with this Tokidoki Sun watch featuring a picture of a saucy Japanese lady showing you just where the sun rises. With a leather strap and metal rimmed face, the watch should stand up to whatever abuse you throw at it.

Available for $95.

Product Page [Bazaar Adriatic via Productdose]

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A New BWL Blog:

Posted on 27 July 2006 by John Biggs

I’m proud to announce an addition to the BWL network, edited by financial tech guru Benjamin Freidlin. Head on over and check it out.

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Blue Man Group Jelly in Jelly Swatch Watch

Posted on 27 July 2006 by John Biggs


You saw them in Vegas, now see them on your wrist.

This watch is considered the first artist watch of Swatch’s brand new collection “Jelly in Jelly” which they launched with a very special Blue Man Group event in Lugano, Switzerland in June, 2006. Swatch’s long history of working with great artists like Keith Haring, Kiki Picasso, Pedro Almodavar, Robert Altman, Vivienne Westwood, Alfred Hofkunst, Jean-Michel Jarre and others now includes a very honored Blue Man Group who have designed this fun and casual light weight plastic watch with three Blue Men and splattered paint on the band.

Product Page [Blue Man Group]

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Movado Series 800 Unveiled

Posted on 27 July 2006 by John Biggs

mvado.gifA Movado sport watch? With a wavy fact and big arrow hour hand? Perhaps someone is seeing their market share drop?

I don’t like Movado much – so much depends on that single big dot that you almost lose the watch – but this sports model, apparently a quartz piece, has some chops. It comes on a rubber or steel band and costs about $1,000.

Best of all, NFL MVP Tom Brady is flogging the thing and saying stuff like:

“Movado is all about style and precision and that fits exactly what I try to bring both on and off the field, so I hope it’s a long term association,” the New England Patriot said. “A professional athlete’s life is highly scheduled. I practically need military discipline to keep pace, so time is definitely something I’m interested in.”


Product Page [Movado]
Movado Has a New MVP []

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Review: YES Zulu

Posted on 25 July 2006 by John Biggs


WWR Reader and Friend Ben has a Zulu and really likes it. I’ve never really played with it, but this first look seems pretty interesting. Looks considerably more attractive than the older models, that’s for sure.

The Zulu from YES is similar in functions (sunrise/sunset tracking, multiple time zones, etc…), but several orders of magnitude higher in quality (titanium bands, sapphire crystal, presentation case).

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the details of the Zulu. In other upcoming articles, we’ll look at changing the straps, the various functions, and our impressions after wearing the watch for a while.

Wild Seed Inc. YES Zulu [RainyDay]

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About WWR

Posted on 24 July 2006 by John Biggs

I’m John Biggs and this is, a new site for lovers of mechanical, and, to some extent, digital, wristwatches of all kinds. Our goal is two-fold: to create open a forum of discussion about what Willaim Gibson calls “the very finest fossils of the pre-digital age” and to bring our own experiences and intellect to bear on what, thus far, has been a closed cabal of high-end wristwatch manufacturers ($21,000 bling-bling anyone?) and, to some extent, high-end watch consumers who value flash over elegence and ultility.

Why do I love wristwatches and where did my particular, and very recent, obsession begin to surface? Mechanical watches were the high tech of their age. The sheer complexity of involved in creating a small, perfectly functioning timepiece in a case the size of a few quarters stacked is amazing on many levels. To engineer, and eventually collect, a fine timepiece or even one that wouldn’t normally be considered a “quality” piece requires precision, intelligence, and a flair for the somewhat quixotic. Again, to quote Gibson’s excellent essay, My Obsession, “They’re pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they’re comforting precisely because they require tending.”

We will not have a sales board: there are other sites, including Ebay, that perform that function with more efficiency than we could ever hope to achieve. We will simply talk about new and old watches from a 21st century point of view, appreciating the value of a good sweep second movement or a particularly ingenious new smart watch.

Watches are one of the few things we have in common with the generations that came before us. Since the 16th century, men and women around the world have carried watches. Now, as cell phones, PDAs, computers, and media players weigh us down and trudge through an information society, many of the things we carry would be considered witchcraft during the time of Abraham-Louis Perrelet, who invented the of the perpetual self-winding watch in 1770. But our watches, small, self-contained, and perfect, would be instantly recognizable. The world has changed, but seconds still fold into minutes and these fold into hours.

WWR: Founded June 29, 2004

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Ooops! Happy Belated Birthday Us!

Posted on 24 July 2006 by John Biggs

Just noticed that WWR is two years old. In that time we’ve played host to 276,932 visitors, posted 442 stories, and burned out two servers. We have 402 comments, countless exlusive photo sets, and tons of excellent feedback from manufacturers, collectors, and most importantly you, our readers.

WWR is a labor of love and I want to thank you all for making that labor all the sweeter. I couldn’t do this with out you all. I want to thank you for your time, patience, and most of all for coming to read my random ramblings on the things I love – watches and watchmaking. If you have any comments on this site, please drop me a line a john at wrist watch review dot com. Otherwise, keep visiting and I’ll keep posting.

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