February 28, 2014

Around The Corner

BaselWorld 2014 is almost upon us. Stay tuned as the biggest names in the watch industry will releasing their latest and greatest towards the end of March. Be sure to check back here at W&R for the exciting press releases and photos!

February 8, 2014

Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Red

Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Red
Press Release:
  SpidoLite Titanium Red is produced individually with superb precision engineering in multiple layers characterised by a striking red and black dial, adding depth to a 3-dimensional skeletonised experience. It comes with a bespoke black calfskin strap with matching red stitching. Inspired by racing cars' weight reduction technology, Linde Werdelin's signature fully skeletonised case and dial structure reveals a beautiful custom-made automatic movement through the clear sapphire crystal case back. As usual it is a limtied run, this time only 75 pieces.

Case
Entirely crafted in titanium
Microbillé and satin finish on outer case
DLC treated inner case
Constructed with 19 components
2.2mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal in back case
DLC treated screw in crown
Spido icon and sub-dial engravings
Dimensions
44mm(w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h)
Movement
LW 04 custom-made upscale mechanical automatic movement by Concepto
42 hours power reserve
Balance frequency: 28800vph, 4Hz
Skeleton oscillator with ceramic bearings to increase strength
Strengthened escapement
Dial
Two-part skeletonised red and black upper dial with Côtes de Genève lower dial
Red and luminova indexes
Skeletonised date wheel
Hours, minutes, and sub-dial for seconds
Diamond-cut galvanic treated hands
Water Resistance
100 m

January 3, 2014

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner Review

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
   A Diamond In The Rough - Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
  
  When searching for a Rolex Submariner there are many models you might come across, which are similar in design.  There is one, however, that is much more similar than the rest:  The Tudor Submariner.
  For those who don’t know much about the Tudor Sub there are actually little differences between the design of the Tudor and Rolex models.  The most obvious difference is the snowflake hour hand.  Less obvious might be the ETA movements that were used instead of the in-house Rolex movements.
  The Tudor Snowflake Submariner is arguably one of the most stylish of vintage Tudors.  It definitely makes my list of top vintage watches.  For anyone who likes the Submariner, you might have to do a double take on this vintage.  With the exception of the in-house Rolex movement, this vintage Tudor Submariner shares a number of features with the Rolex Submariner.

The History behind the Tudor Submariner
  When you look at the history behind this classic timepiece it is no wonder why the Rolex and Tudor submariner models are so similar.  Tudor’s parent company, Rolex, contributed to the case, bracelet and overall design of the watch.  This Snowflake Submariner has the original dial and snowflake hour hand.  The case has some slight signs of wear but nothing major.   The black dial and bezel give a desired look that fits just about any style.
  For those who like the look of a Submariner but want something more unique this is a great contender.  For anyone searching for a Rolex Submariner watch you can get great values by purchasing a pre-owned Rolex Submariner by visiting a trusted online dealer. You can visit Bob's Watches to see their extensive collection. 

January 1, 2014

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
  Bell & Ross Vintage collection is doing quite well for them. This is a very cool and unique chronograph watch, called the Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir. The watch is a throwback to the look of the chronographs used by aviators back in the 1920's only using one button for the chrono operation.
  Available in ivory or a deep brown dial, W&R likes the ivory dial for this version. Though, no lume to speak of on this dial, the blued hands in combination with the ivory dial is awesome. Comes standard with a matching blue alligator strap. Wish Bell & Ross would of found a way to sneak some lume into this version. The larger crown with the single function monopusher located in the center is well integrated and an eye catcher. The crown adds a final masculine touch that is well received on the WW1 Monopoussoir. There are two subdials located at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions. No date feature on the watch, which keeps the dial less busy, but is a feature many prefer. 
  The Vintage WW1 Chronograph comes in at 45mm. Considering the watch has no real external bezel, it will wear smaller than 45mm. One of our favorite aspects is the domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The water resistance is 50m, many online sites have it listed as 100m. It is not, 50m is straight from B&R's data. This Vintage WW1 from Bell & Ross list at $7,600 USD. There are a lot of other watches to take into consideration when you are talking this kind of money. Of course, it can be found for much less with a little bit of research.

Pros - nice vintage vibe, cool chrono function
Considerations - price point, no date function, water resistance

Specifications:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Bezel: fixed 
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Dial: Ivory or Brown
Bracelet: Blue Alligator
Movement: La Joux-Perret
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Water Resistant: 50m
Lug Width: Fitted with 18mm strap  

November 22, 2013

Press Release C1000 Typhoon from Christopher Ward


C1000 Typhoon from Christopher Ward
  Nicely done! An affordable watch with a Swiss automatic movement from a known brand. Practically unheard of anymore as watch prices have gone to levels not worth discussing here. The new C1000 comes in at a little over 2K USD. What is shocking is the watch is comprised of a ceramic and uses a modified Valjoux (ETA) 7750. 
Press Release:
The sweeping delta wing configuration has inspired some memorable and iconic aeroplanes in recent times – from the elegance of Concorde to the awesome Vulcan – but today’s most powerful expression of this classic silhouette is undoubtedly the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The current version of this mulit-role master of the skies, the Typhoon FGR4 – and the pilots who fly it – has provided the inspiration for the latest aviator’s watch from Christopher Ward; the C1000 Typhoon.
In keeping with the technical sophistication of the computer-controlled jet fighter, the C1000 Typhoon marks another technical advancement for the British luxury watch company, being the first of its watches to boast a ceramic outer case. In a further refinement, a titanium case supporting the movement sits inside the ceramic. The protective carapace of ceramic is fitted around the inner case through intense pressure. The appeal of this advanced composite comes from its light weight, scratch-resistance, durability, smooth touch and deep opaque appearance, especially in the matt black finish used for the C1000 Typhoon. Today’s advanced ceramic is probably six or seven times tougher than steel; it is so tough that only a diamond can scratch it.
“Each season we are pushing ourselves and our factory in Switzerland to come up with innovative advancements to enhance the performance and appearance of our watches. We used titanium for the first time this year in the case for our C11 Titanium Elite diver’s chronometer. To create a watch to do justice to the RAF’s Typhoon, one of the most sophisticated pieces of machinery ever built, we knew we had to stretch the boundaries of watch case construction beyond anything we had done previously.
A modified version of the revered ETA Valjoux 7750 movement has been used for this stylish new chronograph.  The backplate, crown and twin pushers are IPK black-coated titanium, complementing the predominant colour scheme of the watch, and this identity is carried through to the rugged leather and webbing strap options.
Details taken from the plane itself have enriched the appearance of the watch. The outlines of the chronograph eyes echo the twin circles of the jet’s after-burners. In one variation, the lower eye is modelled on the official low-visibility RAF roundel of baby blue and salmon pink. The SuperLuminova white numerals are rendered in the font used on the Typhoon’s HUD (Head Up Display), part of its sophisticated Cockpit Information Unit (CIU). These, and the sky blue indexes are luminous, providing highly effective standout against the charcoal black dial.
Although the Typhoon aircraft itself has no dials, using only LED displays, the aero theme is further developed through the elegant shape of the titanium minute and hour hands, which are inspired by the traditional hands on an aircraft’s dials.  In a very neat touch, the counter balance of the second hand displays the unmistakable silhouette of the Typhoon while its tip carries a canard-delta reference.
On the detailed backplate a full rendition of the wonderful shape of the FGR4 is seen in the form of an intricate 3-D raised coin effect. In a high-precision stamping, the plane as seen from above sits in the centre of the case back and makes a smart contrast to the matt black ceramic case. The plate is engraved with ‘Typhoon FGR4 Multi-Role Combat’ and the RAF motto ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ (‘Through Struggles to the Stars’).

  W&R is very impressed with the specs and price point of this watch. Certainly worth looking into if you are in the market for an affordable Swiss watch.