When it comes to bang for buck, few can rival Seiko. And if you are looking for a can-do, rough and tumble traveling watch, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 watch is tough to beat. First of all, there’s its tough case with its protective shroud and its water resistance rating of 200m. Then, there’s the fact that it has a “Kinetic” quartz movement which draws power from the movement of your wrist, which also means it can go for extended periods without requiring a change of batteries. Few watches offer as much value as this.
MB&F is one of those brands that never ceases to amaze and to keep that reputation going. At Baselworld this year, the company unveiled a fantastically whimsical robot clock called the Melchior. The robot is made using a mixture of steel, chrome-plated brass, palladium-plated brass and, with the movement included, is comprised of 480 parts. It’s a wonderful and playful design and I especially like how they incorporated the balance wheel to form the “brain” of Melchior. This is the second collaboration between MB&F and the prestigious clock manufacturer L’Epée and will be limited to just 99 pieces.
What you are looking at here is the new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 introduced at Baselworld 2015. Yes, it is an unmistakably pilot-style watch from Patek Philippe. Your eyes are not kidding you.
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Whereas the Recital 12 watch has a power reserve indicator on the dial, the Bovet Recital 15 has a power reserve indicator on the rear of the watch. In fact, the caseback of the Bovet Recital 15 is much more impressive looking than that of the more simple Recital 12 caseback. In fact, if you look at them both, the funny thing is that the dial side of the Recital 12 is actually the caseback side of the Recital 15 (though without a time display). It shows you how flexible the Virtuoso II Calibre is. Each of the watches should have the same seven days of power reserve and are manually wound, operating at 21,600 bph (3Hz).
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For 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a new minute repeater that will feature in its Master collection. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater comes in a very classically styled and sized 39mm pink gold case and is just 12.1mm thick. But more importantly, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater also has a very clean dial. The previous models with the reference numbers 5011410 and 5012550, were equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s caliber 947 and 947R, and had busier dials, with power reserve and barrel torque indications at 8 and 4 o’clock, respectively, as well as a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater with the reference number 5092520 does away with the power reserve and barrel torque indications and only has a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. For collectors who found the older models slightly too busy looking, Jaeger-LeCoultre has heard your pleas.
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Patek Philippe has got to be one of the most unpredictable brands in recent times. Most recently, the company announced that it would revise its prices and that resulted in most regions receiving price cuts. Although this is not the first time Patek Philippe has done so, it comes at a time when the Swiss Franc has appreciated significantly and other powerhouses like Rolex and Audemars Piguet have increased their prices. And at Baselworld 2014 last year, it released a high-complication steel watch, the Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960 (hands-on). That was a watch that caught everyone off guard and got everyone excited, and this year, Patek Philippe is at it again.
I am glad to report that Angelus is not going with precious metals for the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere watch. I so could have seen this being produced in 18k white gold or platinum and the price being silly enough for most people to simply write-off the watch. No, the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere in this ref. 0LUAS.B01A.C001F version is in steel (there is some titanium in the movement - as well as nickel). However, the steel used is an alloy known as BO-988 which apparently is tougher than 316L steel. I wonder how it compares to the 904L steel that Rolex uses.
At the moment, the smoked sapphire Zeitwinkel 273° Saphir Fumé is the only version released; they do intend to introduce another version with a clear sapphire dial at Basel. While they are not a true limited-edition, the ,400 (13’500.00 CHF) Zeitwinkel 273° Saphir Fumé is restricted by the fact that they are assembled by hand, which will limit numbers to some degree. Should you want to put your order in now, though, you can place it for either version. For me, I am intrigued by what I see, and I am curious to see some more live pictures of the piece from Basel. zeitwinkel.ch
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