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New Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica

January 22, 2011

Pam00384-front This year at SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) Panerai debuted a new Radiomir from their Historic Collection. Dubbed the Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica 45mm this new Radiomir features a couple big steps for Panerai, most notably a ceramic case and in-house handwound movement featuring an astounding 8 days of power reserve. The movement is the Panerai P2002/3 calibre and uses three spring barrels to achieve its awesome power reserve. The movement has been around since 2006 and is the same as the p.2002, but doesnt have the GMT complication. Most mechanical movements feature 38-50 hours of power reserve so this movement is definitely an example of high end watch making. Even better than the movement is how the flat black ceramic case and sandwhich dial combine to make one of the best looking Panerai in recent history. Measuring 45mm wide and featuring a 2mm thick sapphire crystal the Ceramica is not overly large for a Panerai but thanks to the ceramic material used to make the case it should be nearly impossible to scratch or corrode.

Ceramic has been very popular in watch making of late and its exciting to see a high end brand run with the concept while still keeping with Panerai's traditional additude and style. The end result is a stunningly beautiful watch that has been one of the most talked about pieces shown at SIHH this year. The beauty, high end materials, and in-house technology will not come cheap, the Ceramica has an approximate retail price of $14,700.

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Artego Sea King Review

January 17, 2011

Artego-Sea-King-main Just a few months ago we reviewed the Artego 300m Diver and came away very impressed with its vintage tool-diver style and excellent price point. The guys at Artego have been pretty busy as they recently launched a new watch, the Sea King. The Sea King is named after the famous Navy helicopter that has been in service since the 1960's and has been used as a multi-purpose workhorse developed and proven to take on any challenge. The Artego Sea King is a fitting follow up to 300m Diver, as it was an opportunity for Artego to flex some muscle.  Boasting 2000m water resistance, a swiss automatic movement, and Artego's proven attention to detail the Sea King looks like an exciting modern tool-diver. The question is, in a segment that has become increasingly crowded with both new entries and old favorites, can the Sea King stand out?

ETA 2824-2 auto movement
44 x 17.5mm
24mm lugs
Auto HeV on left side of the case
Sapphire double domed crystal with inside AR
120 click unidirectional bezel
2000m WR (6600 ft)
Solid stainless bracelet (w/ SEL)
Black, white, teal, yellow, orange, or light blue dials are available
Limited to 200 units per dial color

 

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Glycine Launches New 44mm Incursore Styles

January 16, 2011

Glycine-3901-cali Glycine is going back to its roots. The nearly 100 year old Swiss brand is launching  new Incursore styles measuring 44mm wide with options for either a hand winding ETA 6498, or an automatic ETA 2824-2. There is a selection of dials and strap options, our  favorite being the Ref. 3901 featuring a black California dial (roman numerals on the top, arabic on the bottom), sub seconds at six o'clock (thanks to the ETA 6498) and an astounding 10.3mm case height.

You can also get a Panerai style dial with either the automatic or the hand-winder. The automatic version is listed at 11.25mm with an exhibition caseback, the extra depth is due to the rotor that winds the automatic movement. The Ref 3900 and 3901 are 44mm wide, water resistant to 100m, and can be purchased with a bracelet or your choice of black or brown leather straps. Glycine first launched the Incursore models in 1998 and they believe they are returning to their roots with these new models. The only drawback we can see is that Glycine has decided to fit the new 3900 and 3901 with AR coated mineral glass as opposed to a sapphire crystal. At a retail price of nearly $1000 USD, a sapphire seems to be table stakes these days. Aside from that, the new Incursore is a compelling piece.

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Preview of the new Halios Laguna

January 13, 2011

Halios-laguna-watchreport.com Yesterday Halios posted some very interesting photos to their blog. Seen here, the photos depict the new Halios Laguna which is slated for release in May of this year. The Laguna will follow the massively sucessful Holotype and the BlueRing dive watches. The Laguna will be powered  by an ETA 2824-2 Swiss automatic movement, boast 500m WR, and measure 43 x 15mm. There will be three bezel insert options (see picture below). No price is listed as of yet. According to the blog post, this prototype is an accurate look at what to expect from the Laguna, and it is gorgeous. The cushion case, sword hands and reflector (internal rotating bezel) combine to make one of the most attractive new pieces we have seen in a while. Among Halios fans (and dive watch collectors in general) this will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated new releases of the year. Stay tuned to the Halios blog for information on the pending pre-order.

 

HALIOS Laguna

By James Stacey

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Casio Shows Off Bluetooth Low Energy Watch At CES

January 12, 2011

Casio-bt-watch This year at CES, Casio brought along a promising prototype watch.  Featuring Casio's BLE (bluetooth low energy) technology this watch will be able to have bluetooth functionality without the dismal battery life we have seen in models from Sony Ericsson and LG. The watch is powered on a single watch-style coin battery and would connect to a smartphone allowing a host of features and 2-way communication. Expect call and email alerts, phone locating ability, global time sync, and expanded functionality from application support based within the phone's OS.

While the watch shown here is still a prototype, its exciting to think of a Casio MR-G or Oceanus with these features. Presumably, your phone would need to be BLE compliant, which might require a new phone all together. This is massively exciting technology as the premise is taken directly out of science fiction and it could facilitate an entirely new feature set into a controller we are all very familiar with. 

As a side note, we would like to congratulate Casio for winning the CES 2011 Design and Engineering Award for the recently upgraded Pathfinder PAW5000. Please check out our review of the PAW5000

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Momentum M50 Mark II Review

January 6, 2011

Face-2 Today's review is the Momentum M50 Mark II, model number 1M-DV52B0. I've previously reviewed (and quite liked) the Cobalt V, so let's see how this one fares.

Specifications:

  • According to Momentum, this "is our official police and military watch." 
  • Bead-blasted 316L stainless steel case and bracelet. Also available in rubber strap version.
  • Sapphire crystal with cyclops for date magnification and inner anti-reflective coating
  • Quartz movement with 10-year battery life
  • Superluminous hands and dial
  • 120-click unidirectional bezel with lumed pip
  • 44.0 by 13.4mm, 51.5 lug-to-lug, 200g
  • 6 year warranty
  • Signed screw-dow crown
  • Water resistant to 500m (1640ft)

Please read on for the full review.

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Ingersoll Buffalo III Review

January 1, 2011

Ingersoll-buffalo-main Today we bring you something completely different. Ingersoll Watches was founded in 1892, having one of the first American watch factories with an automated production system (accredited to Henry Ford, no less). Their pocket watches were carried by presidents, and the dials of many Ingersoll watches were at one time adorned with Mickey Mouse. In the late 1980's the Ingersoll brand was purchased by Zeon Ltd and since then has strived to make affordable timepieces with classic american styling. Although its heart may be chinese, the Buffalo III we will be looking at in this review is frozen in time, like wearing a pocket watch on your wrist.

  • 47 x 15mm stainless steel case (without crown)
  • 21 mm lugs
  • 30m WR
  • Caliber 635 Chinese 35 jewel automatic movement
  • Date, day, 24hr, day/night, month
  • Leather streap with butterfly release
  • Front mineral crystal
  • Glass display back

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Review of the Seiko SBDC005 "Sumo"

December 20, 2010

Seiko-sbdc005-mainThe Seiko SBDC line, dubbed the "Sumo" or "Shogun" by online collectors communities, have been out for a couple of years. Nevertheless, they are worth a detailed review. Today we will be takeing a closer look at the SBDC005, which is the orange version of the Sumo. This particular example was purchased with the bracelet that is normally only available on the black or blue dialed models. The Sumo represents Seikos response to the modern dive watch, the SKX series and their 7S26 movements have been staples of the dive watch world for years, but movements and manufacturing processes have improved. Seiko responded by making a Prospex dive watch with the venerable 6R15 movement from the Alpinist line. How does it stack up against the competition or even its cheaper SKX siblings?

  • Automatic 6R15
  • 50hr Power Reserve
  • 44x13.3mm
  • 20mm lugs
  • Hardlex Crystal
  • Screwdown Crown
  • 200m WR

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The New Linde Werdelin Hard Black II

December 19, 2010

Hard-black-dlc-II While we usually do not cover expensive luxury timepieces, the new Hard Black II from Linde Werdelin is literally too cool to overlook. Linde Werdelin is well known for its high end sports watches that mix instantly recognizable styling cues with high  tech manufacturing processes. This new model is based on the One lineup and features a stainless steel case that is coated in an impossibly small layer of carbon (1/1000th of a millimetre). This carbon layer makes the surface three times harder than steel. The coating is referred to as DLC (diamond like carbon) and makes the watch extremely scratch and corrosion resistant. We have reviewed DLC coated watches in the past, and they are nearly scratch proof. Mix the matte grey case with bright yellow luminous markers and hands and you have a winning combination that will likely see the 88 unit limited production sell out fast.

The Hard Black II is powered buy an ETA 2892-A2 swiss movement, measures 46mm across and is water resistant to 300m. We think it's stunning and represents one of the coolest special editions of 2010.  You may want to save your pennies quickly, the limited run is retailing for $6200 a piece.

 *Correction: We originally wrote that this was limited to US only distribution. That was incorrect. Hat tip to Syahzan for the correction.

By James Stacey

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Preview of the new Artego Sea King

December 18, 2010

Sea-king-artego A few months ago we got a chance to review the Artego 300m Diver and loved it. It seems Artego has been busy as they recently launched a new model, the Sea King. This tool style diver is water resistant to 2000m (6600 feet!), powered by an ETA-2824-2 and comes equipped with a domed sapphire crystal with inside anti-reflective coating. The Sea King measures 44 x 17.5 mm and looks really nice in all six dial color options. Its nice to see Artego going with a swiss movement and creating a no-holds barred tool diver. You can choose from black, teal, yellow, orange, light blue or my favourite, white. These are available directly from the Artego website for $690 (holiday sale, down from $850) and we hope to have a hands on review shortly, so follow @watchreport on twitter for updates.

By James Stacey

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