Welcome back to our weekly Saturday feature, Watching the Web, where we highlight interesting watch related posts that we come across on other sites, as well as take a moment to look back at our own popular recent articles. From across the vast collection of watch blogs, I thought I would highlight a reworking of the Urwerk UR110, a review of the Steinhart Ocean One Titanium, and a very sporting looking Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon. From our own site, we have reviews of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon, the Moto Koure MK I, and the Deep Blue Master 1000’ Automatic.
A Blog to Watch has a hands-on preview of the latest, and perhaps last, iteration of the Urwerk UR-110. The watch, with the still fascinating movement, is now mated to exotic woods and a tweed strap, softening the look. It is not steampunk, but rather like a wood grained dash on a Tesla. Very pretty, and expensive.
Worn & Wound has an in hand review of a watch that was very popular when I looked at it (alas, I didn’t get it in person), the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500. They liked the watch, considering it a good value for the price, but did identify some issues with the finish on the case and the bracelet.
Finally, Wrist Review has a write up of the Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon, which is a very sporty looking tourbillon. The watch has an innovative feature where you push the crown in to switch between winding and setting. The S/W indicator on the dial tells you what you are doing, and the central second hand and tourbillon align with 12:00 while the watch is being set.
Our top review of he week was Patrick’s look at the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon. I can certainly appreciate the amount of lume the watch packs, but the squared off font used for the numbers to accommodate the tritium gas tube did not click with me.
Next in popularity was Ken’s look at the Moto Koure MK I, a vintage inspired watch with strong automotive cues and your choice of an automatic or mecha-quartz movement. Very cool looking, and I like the tread detailing on the crown.
Lastly, there is Ken’s review of the Deep Blue Master 1000′ Automatic. To be honest, 300 meters (1,000 feet) is all you need in even an overbuilt dive watch, and the Deep Blue Master is a good looking and straight ahead watch with a bold look (at least in color), and represents a decent value.
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With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.