Like so many things horological, Graham’s trigger-fired Chronofighter is no longer a functional necessity. Unless you’re a bomber pilot flying high above Europe, you don’t need the added grip that the trigger gives you for starting your chronograph with freezing fingers. But it’s still damn cool.
Tockr is a brand that (unfairly or not) I’ve not had a lot of exposure to. I’ve never seen one in person, and I had just never had a release grab my attention. At least, that is, until the news of the Tockr Air-Defender Lume crossed my digital desk.
While we very much focus on watches at the affordable end of the spectrum here at WWR, we do occasionally take forays into the realm of the luxury watch, especially if the watch in question offers something rather unique. One of the brands that has tripped that threshold more than a few times has been Arnold & Son, and their latest certainly fits the bill as well. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at what the Arnold and Son Golden Wheel has to offer.
Lovers of old timey-looking watches will love the tropical infused 1950 PCYC chronos that are now available from Panerai. The watches, originally announced in April, are on sale for $12,000 each and add a little flyback to the traditional Panerai chrono design as well as the addition of a regatta timer for the PAM 652.
How does it work? Basically you can reset the timer each time a boat is due to launch by pressing a little button at four o’clock. The flyback chrono times the next minute interval and your next fancy boat sets sail on your mark.
Why do you want these watches? Primarily because you love Panerai, love aged-looking tropical chronos, and you’re a big sailor. Otherwise you could use the regatta timer to time your Hot Pockets in the microwave or the flyback chrono to time your kids as they rush past you to get the last piece of pizza.
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This was a release that came out earlier in the month, but I’ve just been off my game (and schedule) when it comes to getting to these releases. We’re working to get back on track, but this felt like one that was still better late than never to tell you about the new colorways of the Corum Admiral 42 Automatic.
I mean that title literally: Kickstart a movement. OK, it is a watch movement, but it is a movement none the less. With this Kickstarter campaign (closing soon, I have been remiss in browsing the site), a group of industry insiders and outsiders have banded together to create a new watch movement that they hope to mass produce and compete against ETA and the other available mechanical movements. The Accurat Swiss Jonas K1 is the first watch to house this movement, like the Sistem 51 was the first watch to house that movement.
At WWR, we cover a wide variety of watches (and watch brands), though most of our focus is on the affordable end of the spectrum. Somewhat out of necessity, and somewhat due to the explosion of small independent brands, we?ve covered any number of small brands. Some of these have been blips on the radar, and then there are brands like Hager, which just truck along and all of a sudden, they?re hitting the 10-year mark. While it?s not necessarily to commemorate the mark, they have a new collection – the Hager Pheon – available.
Ah, fashion watches. Always confusing, vaguely exciting, and really expensive. Today’s entrant in the Top Fashion Watch category comes from Fendi. These folks have produced a watch that looks like the data port on the Death Star or, barring that, a naval flag.
“A voyage through time from the mysterious myth to the future, Policromia is the new exclusive Fendi Timepieces watch designed in collaboration with Delfina Delettrez Fendi, globally renowned jewelry designer,” writes Fendi. “The name Policromia origins from the Greek words poly (multiple) and khrôma (colors), embodying the idea of several colors together, with a mystic reminder to a surreal Goddess living in a far world.”
I have been interested in what moVas have been creating since I first came across them a few years back. They’ve had a variety of interesting designs, though most have been along the same sort of military / dive-inspired sorts of watches (with a few wilder forays in their Exotica lineup). Their latest watch, the moVas Empire 1, takes things in a distinctly more architectural direction.
The Rado Captain Cook lineup first hit the scene in 1962, and was produced for six years. Then, it took a sizable nap until the brand brought it back in 2017. For 2019, it’s going back to it’s roots, in a very literal sense. By that, I mean that the newest Rado Captain Cook is very much like the original.