See the collection of available Longio watches here.
The automatic movement is the 2893 calibre from ETA, which gives the watch part of its name. It is a variant of the infamous 2892 and has 21 jewels, a power reserve of roughly 41 hours, and the usual incabloc anti-shock system. It is quite thin at 4,1mm, so the GMT Instrument remains about as thick as the basic BR-01 92. Because of its relatively low profile, this large square watch fits well on an average seven to eight inch wrist.
On to the important stuff - the watches in the Olympics Timeless collection. First is my favorite, the kick-ass model that is gonna be a hit in my opinion. This is the Omega Timeless Olympic Speedmaster 5-Counter Chronograph. The concept is straight forward. Apply the Caliber 3888 movement in a Speedmaster case and give it the classic Timeless Olympic style dial. After Omega placed these parts in the proverbial martini shaker, the resultant concoction is great to the taste. Size is likely to be 42mm wide with a steel case. It isn't even a limited edition, which means you could likely get one! Price for this model is a bit up there at 5,380 euros, not sure about in dollars yet.
Part of the new trend of Tutima watches is making larger cases which are now around 44mm wide. This Grand Classic Chronograph is 43.5mm wide and 15.8mm tall. The case is beautifully retro and constructed well. The high quality steel case is brushed with the bezel being polished and some other polish on the the crown and pusher tips. The case feels very solid and put together well - not to mention highly functional in character. You can see how the caseback features a nice exhibition window with the Tutima "T" applied on the sapphire glass underneath. The rear of the watch also has the Tutima 80th anniversary engraving on the back of the watch. This occurred in 2007 (Tutima started in 1927), but is still on this 2009 model. Powering the watch is an automatic ETA Valjoux 7750 movement. The seconds subdial has been taken out to give it a bicompax look, but retains the 12 hour chronograph functionality. It looks quite nice with the large chronograph subsidiary dials in the contrasting colors - don't you think?
The Herios is the square shaped watch, while the Tirion is the round watch. I am not going to go into a lot of details about the watches in terms of the movements or other details. I just wanna share with you a general overview of my impressions and what the watches are all about. The automatic mechanical TriRetrograde movements really put Milus back on the map. They first came out in the Herios watches that came in a series of fancy colors and intriguing square looks. Then other models started to come out when Milus realized how much people enjoys looking at the watch in operation. You have a lot of trendy skeletonization, but it works well and does not take over the movement. The Herios is more of a showy classy watch, while the Tirion models are pure sport. Please note that there are also other Milus watch models with the same style movement.
Hautlence discusses how the dial of the HL-Q is specially designed in some mathematical, geometrical theorem that means little to my mind. Instead I appreciate the level of balance that is achieved in a clearly asymmetric design. This means that there does not seem to be any empty areas, or those that are too cluttered, the visual interest is well spread out. Also, given the complexity of what you are looking at, Hautlence as made the four areas your eyes need to notice most stand out well. This is done via the colored arrow (lume applied too I believe). Actually in some of the models this is only three arrows as the hour dial used a little circular frame over each hour the disc turns too. This is one of those signs that actual watch makers designed this line of timepieces.
Designer and co-founder of the Snyper One watch Jean-Francois Ruchonnet has an interesting reason for calling the watch the "Snyper." Aside from being styled after modern sniper rifles (which everyone can agree are really cool), he said the name is a metaphor for men seeking out women. It is kind of cute in a predatory like way. At least it shows our dedication. We find a target lady, the RIGHT target lady, and we watch from afar. Waiting for the right moment... to shoot. Only through the right calculated measures do we hit the target, we have but one shot before they know they are being aimed at and take cover if we miss. Yea that pretty much doesn't sum up my relationship history with women, but then, again I am not French or Swiss. The watch is still really cool, though! Interestingly enough, Ruchonnet himself was an actual Sniper in the military. He's had plenty of time with Sniper rifles to really get to know then.
Thomas was asked to get a bit more regional with his designs. Not sure exactly why he chose Qatar, but it inspired him to create a limited edition collection in his finest quality using the theme of the nation as a design. The Tempusvivendi collection uses two adjacent retrograde scales to display the hours and minutes. Here the design of the dial is based on Qatar's Coat of Arms - which you can see here. Thomas was able to make the two swords be the hour and minute hands for the retrograde scales. Maybe it was the convenient layout of the coat of arms that led him to use Qatar as the base for the new watch?!
For the rest of you who like the watch and would like to learn more, please visit the Dievas watch page at GnomonWatches.com here.
This is the star new Ball watches of the year in my opinion. This timepiece is a smooth evolution of the Hydrocarbon watch design. It combines so much of what I like about Ball watches and presents it in a nicely refined package that I certainly feel has the quality of a new classic for the brand. No doubt there will be spin-offs on this design for a while to come. I recently discussed some Ball watches that I like when I was visiting with Ball in Las Vegas here. Enough of you commented positively that I realized I was not alone in appreciating this brand. Which means that I think enough of you will agree with me on this watch.
On the back of the watch you'll find an engraved screw-in caseback with a stingray (or manta ray) design that is meant to emphasis the nature of the watch. All the best diving watches out there have some visual indicator of where they are most at home. Under the caseback is the Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. A common work-horse mechanical movement often found in dive watches because they are robust and accurate. I am happy to find one here, in fact, when I see a watch in this category that contains a Swiss movement without an ETA 2824-2, I wonder why it wasn't used. The case is so thick, that even putting your ear up to it, you virtually can't hear the movement operating. A testament to how durable the case it.
The watch has a world timer complication which is a city ring that is operated with the crown at 10 o'clock. You then use the GMT hand (which is well designed by the way) to read the time in that other timezone. The ETA 2893-2 movement makes it easy to set the GMT hand as it can be adjusted in perfect one hour increments. Ernst Benz is further quick to point out that using the special indicators on the rotating inner ring, one can see take into consideration daylight savings time when reading the time in a given city. Since Anthony has been wearing his ChronoFlite World Timer watch throughout the show, he most likely enjoys it. A good sign from a well-regarded food personality. Then again, he is the guy that will eat just about anything. Food for thought.
You may know Avakian as a high-end jewelry and watch store. Avakian has a watch line as well. They have had watches for some time, but this is a very high-end and complex model for them. It is called (I believe) the Concept 1. Yes, there are many design cues taken from other watch makers. Richard Mille and Cvstos have a lot in common with this watch, as well as from other luxury models. It doesn't matter that as a whole it is not ultra unique, but rather than in all, it is an interesting and fun design.
Listen to the HourTime podcast episode 7 here.
[Ed. note] giving a watch a black color is very popular these days and a PVD application is a high quality way of doing so. It can be done to an existing watch, and can radically change the look without damaging it. Plus, PVD is hard to wear or damage off.
In addition to having a thinner profile, the watch has more metal on it that the PAW-1500. The bezel has some polished and textured metal, which makes for a nice look. We aren't talking about thick high-grade steel, but it does make for a better look. There are actually going to be two versions of this new Pathfinder PAW-2000 watch, there will be the PAW-2000-1, and the PAW-2000-7. They will have a resin strap or titanium bracelet respectively. My PAW-1500 has the titanium bracelet which is great, but each will work nicely.
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Listen to the Hour Time Show podcast Episode 10 here.
The G-Rescue watches apparently have the largest pushers ever on a Casio G-Shock watch. Which makes sense if you need to operate them wearing layers of arctic cold gloves. Actually, I don't even think the pushers are large enough for gloves that bit, but OK for most gloves. There are the four case side buttons and the "G" button for the screen backlight. The case of the watch is maybe a bit larger that standard G-Shock timepieces, but not by much. You can see the new style screws that are used in the bezel as well. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters. A nice hardy little piece.
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A lot went in to the durability of the watch. The case is 1000 meters water resistant, has shock protection, and is antimagnetic. The case also has a built-in helium escape valve. The sapphire crystal is domed a bit and 3mm thick. You have an overall very capable design, plus some unique little cues. Take for example the special caseback screw - shaped like the Kazimon logo, the tool shaped like a propeller fits into the back of the watch if you need to remove the case back and access the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement.
Back almost by popular demand is another Phosphor e-ink watch giveaway on aBlogtoRead.com. This month's Free Watch Giveaway is a chance to get a new version of the popular Phosphor Digital Hour Clock watch (in black) - and everyone who enters gets a special Phosphor watch discount. That's right. Even if you don't win the watch at the end of the month, you'll still get an e-mail with a special exclusive discount coupon for a Phosphor watch. This makes a high value watch, even more enticing. I recently reviewed the Phosphor Digital Hour Clock here with much praise. New for this version is the black tone coated over the steel case.