Hamilton Below Zero Chronograph Diver Watch Freshens Up Below Zero Line
UTS Munchen watch company is literally comprised of basically one extremely dedicate watch maker who puts each UTS watch together by hand. Utterly German in their form and function, these venerable watches make wonderful tools. Which is part of their appeal and drawback at the same time. The watches excel are their function, but could be described as being overly clinical in appearance. Of course it depend on who you ask, but this new line of UTS Bauhaus watches is certainly a fresh and appealing look that maintains the image and history of the brand.
WatchTime magazine recently referred to this watch as having super strength. Sinn is known for making the ultimate in rugged mechanical time instruments. Almost no one can match the strength and sophistication that Sinn puts in a completely mechanical watch. The case and bracelet are made out of Tegimented steel which is much stronger than normal stainless steel, by many many vickers. The Sinn 757 UTC watch features the time (without seconds though), a 12 hour chronograph, and a GMT hand for a second time zone. That with the rotating bezel makes it a nicely featured watch. Even though the watch lacks a seconds hand for the normal clock, it does have one for the chronograph if needed. Still that is something to consider when you are sitting on lone sandy beach counting the seconds away. Check for the Sinn 757 UTC on a Tegimented steel bracelet or a variety of leather straps. Sinn is also an innovator in terms of movement longevity. Utilizing special oils or oil free mechanisms, you can be sure your Sinn watch will last. In fact, one goal of the company is to create a virtually maintenance free mechanical watch. Good news for years of isolation.
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The Cabestan uses what is known as a fusee chain as part of the escapement. This miniature bicycle chain wraps around the barrel with the main spring and slowly uncurls to release power into the movement. Winding the watch with the formidable looking crank pulls the chain back into place and winds the main spring. It is a pretty cool operation to watch, and reminds me the system on old ships where sailors had to wind a large wheel to pull up the anchor.
There is one of these examples on eBay right now, and this heralds a new level of accessability for Eterna watches, which are really top-notch. Remember that Eterna produces all the Porsche Design watches and was the company that started the ETA, the watch movement maker.
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Omega has the rare privilege of selling true classics. And while I am not the biggest fan of all their watches, the Swatch Group owned brand has their share of laudable designs. Today I am speaking of the Speedmaster series of watches. There are experts on this watches; those fans who are familiar with the many iterations and fascinating history of the "Moon watch." I am not one of those people, but I can tell you what I know. The Omega Speedmaster was chosen by NASA for it astronauts in the late 1960s for the Moon missions. The design is pure legibility, and the watch has a easy to use chronograph. The thin white hands on the matte black face provide exceptional clarity. And the watch itself was made to endure the high g-forces of space rocket travel, as well as low and gravity free environments. Since then the Speedmaster has remained in production and has been released in countless variations, styles, and editions.
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While it is unclear whether this is a functioning concept, it uses available technology in realistic ways. From a time telling standpoint, the Eco Sensor merely utilizes available digital technology with GPS to tell the time in the right place. It uses various on board sensors along with the GPS to determine environmental conditions. There are plenty of watches today that use this technology, such as Suunto, which makes amazing "wrist-top computers" combining a watch, compass, altimeter, thermometer, and barometer, all in a neat and attractive little package. Further, companies like Suunto, among others, have been able to implement a number of sensors, such as heart rate, and body heat monitors into a watch. Thus, most all the technology that makes the Nokia Eco Sensor desirable is already in watch form in some way or another.
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Other than this glaring oddity, the Zenith Mega Port Royal Tourbillon is admirable watch. An automatic movement with a 55 hour power reserve with a power reserve indicator, a chronograph measuring 1/10 of a second intervals, a bi-directional rotor, and black titanium case make for something impressive (but then again there is the cage). The good news is that this is not the only Zenith Port Royal watch out there. Other models lack the cage look (how sad right?) and present a much better watch that could actually be described as handsome. Lets just hope the cage look does not start to appear on other new watches.
When the strict utilitarian UTS and luxury orientated Benzinger team up, the product is something totally unexpected. A combination of German mechanical prowess and unrivaled attention to detail is displayed while viewing the face of this watch, and once again when turning it over and admiring the decorated ETA Valgranges movement through the exhibition case back.
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Olga recently learned about the steampunk style by name. It seemed like a logical extension of her existing work. This unique style seemed to adapt to her. Growing up in Ukraine likely allowed Olga to see many remnants of machines old and new in various states of disrepair. As an arm of the old Soviet Union, Ukraine had its share of communist era relics. Pieces of industrialization. Remnants of the failed good intentions and ill execution of communist socialism. Olga remarks on how she finds much of her inspiration and parts at flea markets, swap meets, and other collections of discarded treasure. By all mechanical standards, nothing Olga works with is modern, and she likes it that way. There is art and beauty in the components of progress. Old pipes, watch gears, pieces of wood, and furniture fittings. Bolts, buttons, screws, and nails. These are the foundational elements that make up the otherwise organic matter civilization has taken for granted the last 100 years or so.
Nother notable watch is the Uno, aptly named for having one hand. This is a traditional 12 hour watch, but utilizes just one hand. What you sacrifice in precision, you make up for in quick reference. This watch is meant to be read instantly, without the mental calculations usually needed when deciphering the time based on the position of two hands. It might only shave off a few milliseconds, but it does serve a purpose, and looks rather cool doing so. The Uno also hearkens to those who prefer to wear a watch, yet not be a "slave of time," focusing on to the minute punctuality.
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So lets see what we have here. A large, no make that really large 52mm rose gold case (that'll set you back at least ,000 right there alone), that has titanium and PVD coated steel in the mix. The strap is rubber, and the internals are a complex tourbillon chronograph movement sourced from, well someone else (BNB actually). The watch is rated to dive to 300 meters, though no one will likely ever dive with one of these massive watches. The face of the watch is a complex skeletonized look, with a pattern that appears to be a straight on look at a submarine complete with the observation deck. Cute touch, if it didn't take away so much from the legibility. The amalgamation of lines and angles, and everything else going on with the watch is just too much for anyone to focus on any one feature. Personally, my take on the face design is similar to a train wreck, I can't stop looking at it, but only because it is a terrible tragedy. No doubt some people will appreciate the watch for its brazen ostentatious demeanor, but those with taste just may cower from the sheer overwhelming eyesore which is this Aquanautic watch.
Long in anticipation, and finally here; the first line of truly original watches from one of my favorite watch makers, Marcello C. The Diavolo line was designed to be unique yet instantly acceptable to anyone. The small attention to details on the Diavolo are impressive, the price highly encouraging, and the style lasting. I hope this means that we are going to enjoy more watch offerings such as this from Marcello C.
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