Archive | February, 2009

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Review: Timex Expedition WS4

Posted on 27 February 2009 by John Biggs

What’s that? Come here, sweetie. They didn’t mean it. What did they say exactly? Come here. Stop crying. Ok. Count to ten.

Deep breath. They called you “fattie?” You’re just bigger than the other sports watches, sweetie. Look at Suunto. Or look at Casio’s Pathfinder line. You’re about the same size but you have more features!

What? The T-Touch said that? Well the T-Touch doesn’t have a huge, extremely readable digital face with plenty of at-a-glance information. I mean look at you: you can tell if it will rain just by checking your wrist. And your compass is better than the T-Touch’s.

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Breitling announces new Navitimer 125e Anniversaire

Posted on 27 February 2009 by John Biggs

125e_anniversaireBreitling announced their latest model today, the Navitimer 125e Anniversaire. Using their Breitling 26 movement, the 125e is a self winding chronograph featuring a steel case, sapphire crystal, and is available in either a black or Panamerican bronze dial. It’s average sized at 43mm, but what really stands out is the unique band. It’s rigid, and features a perforated band which is intended as a tribute to 1960′s design. Sounds a bit uncomfortable to me.

Limited to a run of 2,009 pieces, this watch is released in celebration of Breitling’s 125 year history.

No information on pricing or availablility yet, but if you have to ask…

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Bathys Benthic Ti available in the next two weeks

Posted on 25 February 2009 by John Biggs

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Well, we got official word from John at Bathys today, the Benthic Ti that we told you about back in July is finally coming out. John says that it’ll be available at retailers in about 2 weeks, and you should be able to get one shortly thereafter.

Bathys also announced a new watch that they are going to be showing off at Baselworld 2009, the Damascus Bathic. Apparently, there isn’t even a rendering available of it yet, but hopefully we’ll get some pictures in the near future. It’s made from stainless Damascus steel and should be quite the show piece. We’ll let you know when we get some more information on that. 

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Urwerk Tarantula crawls across your arm

Posted on 18 February 2009 by John Biggs

urwerk-tarantula-103tUrwerk makes some crazy watches, that’s for sure. Their latest kind of speaks to me though, so I can’t make too much fun of it. Combining a very unique design with some clever alloys, you end up with a watch that looks like nothing else currently on the market.

Featuring four “satellites” that rotate around a cross, creating a rather stunning effect when the watch changes time, as the arms rotate 420 degrees each time it updates. The designers say that the watch has been inspired by the tarantula, which seems to be a bit of a stretch to me.

Bottom line, if you want something that looks very unique, and will definitely make a statement, this may be the watch for you. There doesn’t appear to be any pricing information available online, but with this particular model being limited to a run of 60 of each color it’s one of those, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” situations.

UR103T technical specifications

Model: UR103T
Limited edition of 60 pieces in each of ALTAiN steel, white gold and red gold.
Case: Stainless steel treated with AlTiN (Aluminum, Titanium, Nitride); white gold; red gold.
Dimensions: 50mm x 36mm x 13.5mm (including lugs)
Movement: Calibre 3.03; manual winding; 21,600bph/3Hz
Power reserve 43 hours
Triple bridges in black ARCAP P40
Time Indication by hour satellites rotated by Geneva crosses
Control Board: Grade 5 titanium, power reserve indicator, 15-minute and seconds dials for precise time-setting, user adjustable fine-tuning screw.

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“These are not the droids you’re looking for:” Longines uses the power of suggestion

Posted on 12 February 2009 by John Biggs

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From a Longines email I just got. Seems like a logical progression of events. But WHEN do you buy the watch?

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Quick look at the Timex Expedition WS4

Posted on 12 February 2009 by John Biggs

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Timex makes nice work-out watches. I wore an Ironman for years and the bugger never gave out on me – I basically abandoned it. I also owned an earlier Expedition that I really enjoyed for running. Now, there’s a new monster on the block.

When I originally saw the WS4 online I was kind of put off by the size and screen. It looked way too big – and it is – but do I really need a little storm cloud to tell me that it’s going to rain? I kind of got the sense that this was a one-off by Timex just to get a little attention. I was wrong.

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Some deals on Debaufre

Posted on 11 February 2009 by John Biggs

nav-b-44-mm-sd-07You can pick up some beefy aviators for not much money over at Debaufre. This Nav-B 44mm with ETA movement, for example, is my personal favorite. It’s selling for $373.75.

When you check out, use the coupon code 3S8K8J. The sale lasts until February 12, so get thee to the Debaufree. I favorably reviewed another Debaufre piece, the Aircraft 8 so you’re probably going to like these.

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Review: Oceanus Super Chronograph

Posted on 05 February 2009 by John Biggs

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Casio has an image problem in the US. Known as a great source of cheap digital watches, sometimes people forget that they also have a line of high-end models as well. When you say Casio people usually think of the G-Shock, or the often-mocked Databank. They think geeky, not classy — but Casio does both.

Personally, I prefer analog watches. Digitals are great, they are accurate, but they have absolutely no soul. I’ll take an analog that loses a few seconds a week, but has some personality, over a square black digital any day. And while it might be a bit of an anachronism in this day and age, I prefer to wear a watch over checking my phone for the time.

My current daily wear has been a Citizen Navihawk, but the Oceanus might just be replacing it.

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