Case: Stainless steel and DLC-coated case with sapphire uni-directional rotating bezel. Case diameter 45mm, lug width 22mm. Inner soft iron, anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement. Protective patented anti-shock movement mount. Automatic Helium escape valve and crown protector.
Initially there will be four versions of the Ikepod Horizon by KAWS watch. Each watch is 44mm wide in the wonderful pebble style case made here from titanium. The watches will have brushed or PVD black coated cases and a white, red, or black face. The color choices are interesting as KAWS artwork is usually much louder and more bold. I think that Ikepod and KAWS wanted to capture his style in a more subdued and simple way versus having a bright yellow and green watch.
In the hand, it feels lighter than you'd expect. Less dense. Very smooth and polished.
On the wrist, these Baume & Mercier Capeland models are comfortable and easily attractive. While not the most original models in the world, they don't need to be justified to anyone. Detailing is very good and the case construction is solid. I like some of the little details such as the relief logo on the crown, and the style of the chronograph pushers. You get the feeling that Baume & Mercier really wanted to create a global retro sport watch with the newer Capeland collection, which they do pretty well. Plus, I think they did an admirable job offering a lot of color choices for all types of consumers.
When I spoke to Dietrich, they mentioned to me that the Snow contained a Swiss quartz movement but their website says it has a mechanical movement. So I don't really know what to make of that. I played with a prototype so it is hard to say what will be in the final product. Either way, the price isn't terribly outrageous at 980 Euros. Look for the Dietrich Snow watch soon. dietrich-watches.com
The strap can easily be adjusted by pulling the extra nylon strap and folding it on the inside of the formed bracelet. After adjusting it a couple of times, I wore it once for a long US east-to-west coast trip, hardly remembering it was on my wrist the whole day.
The dial comes in black or white - each matched to a black bezel. The piece is handsome and easy to like. Nothing wild here, save for a nicely polished design with both modern and vintage looking accents. I really do like the bracelet. Seiko is known to have the competence to make fantastic bracelets for relatively low priced watches.
The LAKS Watch2pay is a 42.7 x 15.5 mm watch featuring an ABS (polymer plastic) case and a silicone strap. The Watch2pay sports an acrylic crystal and is powered by a Seiko-sourced quartz movement with date. Available in a wide range of colors, the Watch2pay is available to UK residents for £99. From a watch nerd standpoint, there isn't much to get excited about as the Watch2pay is essentially just a platform for a small Mastercard Paypass chip that slots into the back of the watch like a SIM card. We consider this timepiece a good execution of a proof of concept.
PetStraps uses the highest quality parts and processes to ensure that your beloved PetStrap satisfies you completely. Most straps have an Italian leather or rubber liner on which the dead pet parts are glued. Everything is hand-made and each customer gets a personal guarantee that their passed-on pet gets treated with respect and dignity as they are transformed into wrist wear.
The Nero Uno watch collection includes both automatic and quartz movements. The automatic models have what Montegrappa calls a "partially skeletonized" dial, which shows the date wheel under a semi-transparent window. The rest of the dial on this reference # IDNRWSBM watch is a deep metallic brown with slightly raised Roman numeral and baton hour markers. The hands are more or less properly sized which made me quite happy. They also help the dial look its best. It makes for a nice dress watch dial that isn't too typical in its looks. The hands have a bit of luminant applied to them. Over the dial is a sapphire crystal.
Recital 0 is a slightly controversial name for this watch. First of all, you can't really begin counting with the number zero can you? Second, this piece is technically the Recital 8, as seven models preceded it. The reason Bovet opted to go with the Recital 0 name is very simple, as this watch more closely resembled the Recital 1 versus the 7. They could have called it the Recital 1.5 though. As far as Recital models go, this one is quite simple - with an emphasis on the time and tourbillon. It also throws in a very handy small power reserve indicator under 12 to remind you when to wind it. The movement has a full power reserve of 7 days.
Originally MARCH LA.B offered to have me review the black version of the AM2 watch. I politely said "thanks, but isn't the entire idea of this retro inspired piece to be about the looks and colors of the era?" So I opted for the burgundy version. It may be less mainstream, but it certainly better represents what the design is all about. I think you'll agree that this deep red helps frame the AM2's personality better.
Touch screen watches today have two main purposes. First is to help watches achieve a more seamless look devoid of such utilitarian perturbances such as buttons and crowns. Frankly, I don't mind a few buttons and crowns, but then again I am not a chic Adobe Illustrator savvy designer. Second is to appeal to the touch-screen generation. All the iPhone, iPad, and other tableters out there just can't get enough of poking and prodding their way through product interfaces. So, watches need to follow suit to stay hip right? Well that is the idea at least.
Deceptively sized, the Bomber Regulator is 49mm wide - but sits smaller on the wrist. The case is steel which has been done in a sort of gun-metal PVD gray and sandblasted. It really does look like a WWII tool. Bell & Ross is turning into an excellent movie prop department. The look is completed with the thick military brown calfskin leather strap.
Together Max Busser and Stepan Sarpaneva selected the HM3 Frog to serve as the base of the new limited edition watch. You can see one of my several hands-on articles with an HM3 Frog watch here. The Frog was a revised version of the original HM3 with more "eye-like" hour and minute indicators. One notable difference for the "eyes" is the inclusion of an iconic Sarpaneva shape taken from his watch cases. You can see the gear-like shape in the center of the "eye domes".
You can get more info on the watches, the brand and also order their Perfect Five graphic novel on the official website: www.lindewerdelin.com and elsewhere here on aBlogtoRead.com's Linde Werdelin page.
I consider this cool new Breguet watch as one of the neatest new pieces in their 2012 collection. It is all based on a marriage of the brand's iconic classic look and their highly sophisticated, high frequency mechanical movement. It isn't for everyone, but enough hardcore watch lovers like me will no doubt get excited by a piece like this.