As a follow up of our review of the TW Steel RF1 TW 680 Chrono, today we will look at the TW622, an excellent example of TW Steel design philosophy. Bold, oversized and styled with a purpose. The TW 622 is part of the Icon collection that highlights a large flat case with an aviation style dial and strap, and is finished with an oversized crown.
If you're an H.R. Giger fan, then today's review should set your heart aflutter. This is the Morpheus Passagen, and I can pretty much guarantee you've never seen one like it. Let's start with the facts:
33mm wide by 42.4mm tall, 10.4mm thick. 80g on the calfskin leather strap.
PVD-coated 316L stainless steel case
Swiss ETA 2824 movement, handwinding and hacking with 42 hour power reserve.
Keyhole-shaped sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 50m (165ft)
Signed 6.5mm non-screw-down crown
Available in black or yellow dial, and also in gold-plated case
50-piece limited edition in each color combination, numbered caseback.
Thanks to emerging technology, the digital watch is seeing a resurgence of popularity. So what does it take to stand out among the giants like Timex and Casio? Phosphor Watches has been making E Ink based watches for some time, and they recently released the World Time. The World Time features a curved E Ink display that is form-fitted to your wrist. The extreme contrast of the e-ink paired with the ability to track any timezone makes for a potent package for the digital connoisseur.
TW Steel is a young but adventurous watch brand founded in Amsterdam only five short years ago. The name stands for "The Watch in Steel" and is the mission statement that can be seen guiding their brand through the tumultuous process of launching a watch company. They have strong ties to all levels of motorsports, and have developed a solid brand identity in building large watches with bold and flashy style.
The TW680 RF1 CEO Tech is a quartz chronograph with a little extra style. It was designed in partnership with the Renault F1 Team, and the entire line is a departure from the usual TW Steel look and style. Let's start with some facts:
Yema watches recently went through a re-brand and a model lineup overhaul. With a history that dates back to the late 40's in France, there are many watches in their past. In fact, at one time, I even owned a Yema Seaspider Auto. It was a rugged yet slim diver powered by a Seiko automatic movement, and was one of the few watches I regret selling.
The new Yema expands on its past with series of new collections (Diver, Land, Pilot, Racing, and Limited Editions) based largely on quartz movements. In this review, we will take an in-depth look at the YMHF0310 300m Diver: an all digital divers watch that focuses on practical features and a simple user interface.
Let's start with the details:
Chrono, temperature, countdown timer, time zone, and depth meter.
Stainless steel case and bracelet.
Mineral glass crystal.
High-gloss black PVD.
MSRP of $695 (Watch Report readers can use the coupon code "watchreport25" for 25% off).
With the 300m diver, Artego Watches has officially joined the nearly endless mass of indie or boutique dive watch manufacturers available to the web-savvy buyer. But the question is, do they stand out?
As many indie brands have enjoyed a vogue spotlight, competition is fierce, yet the 300m Diver has been enjoying a steady stream of positive reviews in the online collector space. Artego was kind enough to send us a review unit so we could take a closer look for ourselves.
We don't have as many reviews of women's watches as we should, so this one will be a welcome addition. Say hello to a newcomer, Bianci Watches, and their ceramic model H262LWS. Let's start off with specifications:
Swiss quartz movement using a conventional battery.
38.4mm wide by 12.2mm thick; 42.7mm across if you include the crown.
Cubic zirconias on the bezel in two concentric rings.
140g with all bracelet links.
Non-locking butterfly deployant clasp.
Ceramic case and bracelet.
Water resistant to 30m (100ft).
$329 from the Bianci website (get 20% off with the discount code "watchreph262").
Casio recently updated their mid-range Pathfinder lineup -- the "Solar Triple Sensor" line -- by adding the PAG-240 which sports a series of refinements. The Pathfinder line is famous for melding large LCD screens with navigational and atmospheric data, all in a wrist-top package. The Casio PAG-240 uses a new duplex screen, and a new manner of navigating its many features.
If you have spent any time on watch collector forums or amongst budget-minded watch collectors, Orient watches are going to come up. They are a well known brand making affordable and reliable watches for a wide range of styles competing at the Seiko/Citizen range. We previously reviewed the CEM75001B and its smaller brother the CEM65001B (in conjunction with our twitter contest), but thought the Mako XL needed the video treatment. Here is a refresher:
Movement: Orient 46943
Power Reserve: 40 Hours
Case: Solid stainless steel
Bezel: Black, 60 click uni-directional
Lug Width: 22mm
Water Resist: 200m/660ft
Retail: $250 (use the promo code watchreport50 to get 50% off that)