As we’re well aware, this last year has seen a surge in the number of remote meetings that we’ve all had to attend. One side benefit for us watch writers is that many new product presentations have also gone to virtual meetings, giving us easier access to these launches (rather than necessarily needing to travel to, say, Switzerland). Recently, we got to see some interesting products coming from Mido, and we’ll cover the first one today: the Mido Ocean Star 200C.
For watches, many times we see the same movements, over and over again, in a variety of watches. And you know, that’s just fine, as that scale gets your reliability and serviceability (much like the same drivetrain showing up in different cars). But, if a watch brand wants to do something different – and happens to be part of the Swatch Group – then they can whip up a new movement specifically for the watch, like what was done for the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H.
Frederique Constant, the Swiss watch manufacture that along with Alpina is owned by Citizen, have just announced that they’re doing away with the balance and hair spring in a new movement, and replacing it with silicon, called the Monolithic escapement. It’s a little more involved than that.
Is the greatest watch collection Crepas will ever produce? Well, only time will tell that. Didn’t stop them from put the grand name onto this new collection, though, did it? Let’s jump into what the three watches are of the Crepas Magnum Opus collection – and quick-like, as this campaign closes out in a few days.
Ah, yes, the negotium. Oh, wait, wrong meme train of thought. No, you see, the Pynchon Negotium is capitalizing on the Latin word, which means that this is a watch for business people doing business things. Not conquering Everest, not exploring the Marianas Trench or setting land speed records. No, the Pynchon Negotium is for heading into the office.
When it comes to Breitling, you may (or at least, I do) associate them with things going on in the sky. And that’s fair, as a number of their watches are aimed at pilots, and certainly have lots of hooks into that world. But that’s not to say they don’t have their eyes set on land-based activities, as the recently-announced Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition showcases.
Last month, we were given word that the entirety of the Frederique Constant Classics lineup was getting a bit of a freshening up. Across the line, these are clean and competent pieces. However, for me, there was just one that jumped out and made me take notice – the Frederique Constant Classics Quartz GMT.
As you may or may not know, Toolwatch started out as an app to help you record and track the accuracy of your watches, without needing to resort to more expensive setups that rely on microphones at the like. Maybe not as precise, but close enough for government work, eh? Well, they’ve also been dabbling in some accessories, and one of the latest is an interesting box for your watches, the Toolwatch Essential Watchbox.
Fine engraving on a watch is a tradition with a long history. Typically, that sort of work shows up on very high-end movements. However, skilled artisans have been known to work their skills on watch cases as well. I remember the first time I saw photos of a Rolex that had it done, and I was enthralled. One day, I can hopefully have a watch that is a canvas for an engraver. If you’re the same, and looking for a way to spend your stimulus money, perhaps the Magrette Kaitiaki is what the doctor ordered.