Archive | April, 2009

New Debaufre Aircraft-8 Chronograph

Posted on 30 April 2009 by John Biggs

aircraft-8Debaufre just announced their new Aircraft-8 Chronograph, and I have to admit. I want one. Vaguely B&R inspired, the square black case with the red hands on the sub dials just speaks to me. Add to that the 44mm case, sapphire glass, and the fact it’s available in either PVD black or stainless, and I’m sold.

Here are the specs from the website:

  • Stainless Steel Case
  • Swiss movement (ETA Cal. 251.262)
  • 44mm
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Black leather strap
  • Starting with a pre-order price of $640, it’s a pretty good deal too. Better hurry: after the introductory launch, they’ll go up to $740.

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Bell&Ross iPhone App: Hrm?

Posted on 29 April 2009 by John Biggs

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What the heck? Seriously? Durr?

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Bell&Ross BR 01-93 24H GMT: Noice

Posted on 24 April 2009 by John Biggs

Finally, a B&R I can stand behind. I love B&R. I love GMTs. This is like two great tastes that taste great together.

This new model is a bog standard GMT with a stationary central bezel – which means you can’t change the 24-hour markings – and a movement that will move the hour hand back and forth to show the local time as well as the time at home.
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Candino Swiss Watches: Where Quality Is Job 8

Posted on 24 April 2009 by John Biggs

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Reader Arman bought a Candino C4372_5, a “Swiss-Made” quartz with a bit of a problem. Can you spot it?

The model seems to be a few years old which clearly gives the company a bit of leeway in what kind of garbage it can sell its customers. Arman hasn’t heard back from Candino and I doubt he will.
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Dievas releases a sweet limited edition

Posted on 23 April 2009 by John Biggs

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Anders Tan at Gnomon Watches rolled out a new model that has it going on.

Start with a first rate movement, like the ETA 2452 automatic, put it in a watch styled after World War II German pilots’ watches, and jazz it up with some color. This is a complete winner. Big, but not too big at 42.5mm, with a simple, classic dial, this could have been a ‘so what’ watch, but Anders added red hands and blue lumincent markings that add just enough, but not too much flash.

Watching Ander’s line grow and mature has been a real pleasure. This one shows a great balance of class, taste, and style, and an interesting direction for his line. I am itching to see the next one.

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Traser Ladyline with pink Tritium: You know, for ladies

Posted on 23 April 2009 by John Biggs

Pink tritium illumination; now there’s something you don’t see every day

A 44mm lady’s watch, water resistant to 100m, with tritium illumination. Pink tritium illumination. Words fail me. And in a brilliant (one might say ‘glowing’) example of things that can be done whether or not they should be done, Traser is attempting to enter the lady’s watch market.

MB-Microtec manufactures the tiny little glowing tubes full of tritium (an isotope of hydrogen) used in Luminox, Marathon, and other watches. Traser is their own brand of watches. Until a few years ago, they had been focused on the military and law enforcement markets, with utilitarian, heavily water resistant models. Then they released a few models with automatic movements and very gradually experimented with styling beyond the strict utilitarian. They’ve always shown good taste in movements, sticking with ETA and Ronda. And now they have made a leap, surprising in both direction and scale with these lady’s models. Pink, powder blue, rose gold, mother-of-pearl, Swarovski crystals, and pink illumination are a far cry from the matte black and synthetics that they started with. The range includes basic three hand watches, subdial chronographs, and an alarm model with leather and silicone straps and a steel bracelet as an option for the alarm model.
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Machine à Ecrire le Temps: French for “You have too much money”

Posted on 23 April 2009 by John Biggs

Every year at Basel, the big watch show in Switzerland, companies trot out their latest R&D projects along with a plethora of new watches. The watches are what sell but the R&D products are what get the press. Take this lump of gears from Jaquet Droz, for example. At its core, this is a minute repeater redesigned to write numbers on a piece of paper instead of chime the current time.
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Too Late Watches: Jolly candy watches

Posted on 22 April 2009 by John Biggs

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Remember when the multi-colored iPod nano ads came out? How you were all like “Ohhh… I’d like the orange one maybe. And the black one is amazing!” Well, here is Too Late, a watch company that truly attacks that weird hunter-gatherer node in the brain that encourages us to like bright colors.

We saw this watch on our travels through Roma and I had to share it with you. The company is based in Italy and they make them in two sizes, although both were too small for me. The watches are ostensibly waterproof and come in little glass jars.
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