Watching The Web For January 4, 2014
Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week. Today, we’ve got a pair of pre-SIHH previews (both divers, interestingly enough), an article from our Historical Horology series, and, finally, one of the more recent Kickstarter campaigns we covered.
The most popular bit of news from this week (at least, I managed to see it popping up on most of the major outlets), was the pre-SIHH coverage of IWC’s new Aquatimer lineup. There are quite a variety of new models, and the lineup very likely has something that captures your eye – including some special edition models. What I found the most interesting (in terms of nitty-gritty details) was the fact that they’re including quick-change nubs on their straps. I’ve had this on a few leather straps before, and it is a rather nice feature. You can ready more about the watches over at aBlogtoWatch.
Keeping with the pre-SIHH theme (and divers, for that matter), Hodinkee covers the new Calibre de Cartier Diver, which is impressive for a variety of reasons. For starters, this is a certified dive watch, meeting up to the ISO 6425 standard. Next, they’ve actually built their own in-house movement (1904) for the watch. Finally, it’s all packed in a package that is much thinner (11mm) than we’re used to seeing for a dive piece. I still am not a fan of oversized date windows, but other than that, this is quite a sharp watch, both in terms of design and specs.
Turning back to our own pages, my Historical Horology post last week on the comeback of mechanical watches proved to be quite a popular one. As with most things concerning the Swiss watch industry, it’s a story of setbacks, adaptation, and eventual triumph. Definitely worth a read, as is the Wired article it’s based off of.
Finally, Matt’s post on the Mouve M01 clicked for a lot of you – and for good reason. You’ve got styling that’s reminiscent of a Panerai or Tsovet piece (both with their own share of plusses and minuses, to be sure), wrapped up on top of an automatic movement for a sub-$300 price. It’s an attractive package, to be sure – but they’ve got a very ambitious funding goal. Time will tell if this is a campaign that comes to fruition.
And that wraps things up for this week. As always, if there’s something you think we should be featuring (either in an article, or in this wrapup), feel free to email me.