Another weekend, and that means it’s time for another edition of Watching the Web. This week has been all about the news coming out of Baselworld, so for our wider survey, we’ll point you to some of the more interesting watches that caught our eye. From out own pages, we’ve got the Timex Waterbury, Halios Tropik, and the Prometheus Manta Ray.
I will admit to being more than a little biased, but I feel that aBlogtoWatch really does a spectacular job covering Baselworld, and bringing all sorts of hands-on photography and impressions to your attention. One of the ones I have been most interested in, so far (aside from those I’ve written about) is the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze. This is because, of course, I have a thing for bronze watches. More than that, though, we have a rather well-executed “shades of brown” thing going on here that we do not see often with watches.
Over at Hodinkee, their article on the new Rolex Explorer caught my eye due to the lume shot (shown above), and the discussion around how this luminous paint is different from what Rolex has had on offer before. If you want more of a hands-on look at the watch, I’ll suggest James’ writeup over at ABTW.
It wouldn’t be a weekend wrapup if we didn’t have at least one post from Monochrome (or at least, that’s how it seems), and they tackled the new Omega Planet Ocean GMT. I’m a sucker for a GMT, and of the various Omega models these days, the Planet Ocean seems to capture my imagination the most. ABTW does of course have coverage on this, but more compelling from there is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Good Planet (which I’ve put a photo of below), which is just a stunning-looking watch in my book.
Alright, enough of that diversion into the world of high-end watches and all that is going on with Baselworld. Let’s move on to our own pages (and more affordable options), shall we?
First up again this week was our overview of the Timex Waterbury. When it comes to inexpensive and reliably watches, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that many folks will think of Timex. Of course, designs like this Waterbury certainly don’t hurt, either!
Next up, we had a look (well, from a distance, as the model isn’t released yet) at the Halios Tropik. This is another one of those watches that just hits the design sweet spot for me, and seems to pack a lot in for it’s affordable pricepoint.
Last, but certainly not least, we brought you news of an opportunity that you have to help the design direction of the new Prometheus Manta Ray; you can check out those details here.
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We’re well into March. so here in your reminder for this month’s watch giveaway. We are giving you the chance to win an Earnshaw 1805 Grand Calendar, which I reviewed a bit ago. Head over to the contest page and follow the instructions for the two-part entry process.
We also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches. Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it. If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better. Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.
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.
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