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Diesel’s 2006 Collection – Now Swissier!

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Diesel is apparently making great strides in the watch category, with a few new and very interesting designs including some “Swiss Made” watches. I haven’t really gotten into them, but this new crop looks very nice.

Diesel’s 2006 Collection [WristFashion]

Swatch Group Sample Sale in New York

FYI, New Yorkers.

Longines, Rado, Hamilton, CK, Tissot, Swatch and other famous Swiss watch brands will be featured in a gigantic sample sale to take place Thursday through Saturday May 11 through 13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Customer will enjoy 50% to 70% off retail prices on literally thousands of name brand Swiss watches during this sample sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 123 West 18th at Avenue of the Americas in the 4th floor Gallery.

Hours are:
Thursday, May 11 from 1pm to 7pm
Friday, May 12 from 9am to 7pm
Saturday, May 13 from 9am to 5pm

Watchmakers will be on premise for battery changes and strap alterations. Only cash and Visa/Mastercard/AmEx accepted for all transactions.

Review – Casio Pathfinder PAW1200

casio_paw12003v.jpgWatchReport.com posts a review of his favorite Casio to date, the PAW1200 with multi-band atomic timekeeping, compass, barometer, altitude alarm, and world time. Great stuff.

What makes the Casio Pathfinder PAW1200 series special is the fact that it brings so many features together into one watch. I’ll get into plenty of detail on each individual feature shortly, but most notably, the PAW1200 series is the first to bring together the triple-sensor functionality of the Pathfinder line (compass, barometer, and thermometer), atomic time calibration, and solar power.

Review of the Multi-band Casio Pathfinder PAW1200 [WatchReport]

$99 Seiko Chrono

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Not going to comment on the goldenness of this, but one of our sponsors is selling this chrono for $99. Free shipping, as well.

Yes, it’ for real! Get this dynamic Seiko men’s alarm chronograph at a price too good to miss! Outstanding men’s watch is sleek, racy and just right for today’s man. Handsome gold plated finish is on durable stainless steel. Attractive, polished gold plated case is presented on the highly stylized link bracelet in brushed and polished gold plate. Stationary, satin finished bezel frames the gold colored dial with three subdials, LumiBrite hands and markers. Alarm, small-seconds and 30-minute registers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Hurry quantities are limited!

Product Page [WorldofWatches]

Ventura Automatic Digital Watch

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I’m not amazed by this – Seiko has had this sort of thing since I was in diapers – but leave it to a Swiss company to make this a big fat deal. Essentially, it’s a digital watch with a microgenerator and a unqiue Ventura style that the kids seem to love.

The MGS version will look exactly like the Sigma watch except the Lithium battery would be replaced by a micro-generator powered by the movements of the user’s wrist and the case would use an even more hardened material called Titanox. The generator will be located on the top of the case and will be visible through a sapphire crystal glass for posterity purposes.

World’s First Automatic Digital Watch

GQ and Watches

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In the April 2006 issue of GQ, featuring Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima on the cover, The Style Guy (aka Glenn O’Brien) tackles, again, the question of which watch to wear with a more formal suit.

Question: At Christmas I received a stylish watch as a gift. Right after I tried it on, my sister informed me that it was a casual watch: not to be worn with suits, etc. What exactly differentiates a suit watch from a casual watch?

Answer: This is perhaps one of the most ignored distinctions out there: the dress watch versus the sports watch. A dress watch is supposed to be small and discreet, whereas a sports watch is supposed to be visible at 300 meters and glow in the dark. But today most people choose their watches not on discretion or appropriate utility but just the opposite. Why were a little gold thing easily hidden by one’s shirt cuff when you can wear a diamond-studded watch bigger than an Oreo cookie, calling everyone’s attention to you apparently limitless disposable income? So the question is, fundamentally, are you a gentleman or a playa or some attempted hybrid of the two? I think the sports-watch trend started with extended wear of the Rolex Submariner. Men aiming for a dashing image wore their diver’s watches to the office, sending out the message “I may lease industrial washing machines Monday through Friday, but on weekends I stalk the Great Barrier Reef.” In their dreams, of course–but isn’t that what most sartorial imagery is about?

Let the bloodshed discussion begin…

Review – Garmin Foretrex 201

pt-Foretrex201Small.jpgGarmin’s Foretrex 201 looks like a beeper. Measuring two inches wide, this beast is a little hard to get used to as a wristwatch, but I guess that’s the point. After all, the Foretrex is really a GPS unit with a monochrome LCD that fits on your wrist and weights lass than 2.75 ounces.

New Watch Brand – EZTEEM

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bigdate_cognac_big.jpgEZTEEM is a new Swedish watch brand with watches made in Switzerland. Looks like standard ETA fare with MSRPs hitting $550 for quartz and $990 for automatics.

New watch brand from Sweden and “Swiss Made” [WatchUseek Watch Forums]

Watch Rating Formula

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Oh, Velociphile! Behave!

Chances of me being impressed by a new watch coming out at Basel or SIHH is equal to:

(vph^2 X balance wheel inertia X power reserve)

divided by

(watch diameter X daily rate) ^2

Velociphile’s Journey into Watches: Finally! A Formula for Rating Watches

Hublot Black Magic Big Bang

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Hokey smokes! It’s breeding!

The case, in polished and brushed black ceramic, measures 44.5mm. It features H-shaped titanium screws, Kevlar lateral inserts, double AR coated sapphire crystals and a titanium back. The crown and push-buttons have rubber inserts and it is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the automatic HUB44 caliber developed with LaJoux-Perret (the old Jaquet Baume). It has 252 parts, a rhodium-plated sandblasted mainplate, polished bevelled satin-brushed bridges a Tungsten oscillating weight (dimpled surface with black PVD coating) and a 42 hour power reserve.

The dial is black, done in a sunray motiff, with applied hour-markers and Superluminova hands. The strap is black rubber with a black PVD folding clasp.

TimeZone: Industry News: N E W M o d e l – Hublot Black Magic Big Bang [TimeZone]