September 19, 2010

Tissot PRC200 Review

Tissot PRC200 Quartz Watch Review

  Tissot brings another great value in the PRC200 (T0144101605700). Tissot increased the case diameter from previous models, this is a plus. The dial has some contrasting red accents beyond each stick hour marker. W&R favorite aspect of the PRC 200 is the large hands. To often the sporty/dressy watches go with smaller/thinner hands, this watch is easy to read. It is offered on a bracelet, though it looks best on the black leather strap, with contrasting stitching. PRC200 is only 10.5mm thick, it will fit nicely under a dress shirt. Even with it being on the thinner side, it still has 200m of water resistance. Overall, it somewhat basic in design, but manages to have it’s own look. Tissot has priced this watch very well and with a little digging it can be found for a “no brainer” price. Making it easy for anyone looking for sporty/dressy crossover watch to pick one up, enjoy. 

Pros - Sapphire crystal, water resistance, value

Consideration - Somewhat basic in overall design.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Lug Width: 20mm 
Bezel: Fixed
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black 
Bracelet: SS or Leather 
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m

September 5, 2010

IWC Big Ingenieur Review

IWC Big Ingenieur Watch Review

  The new improved, bigger, badder, classic Ingenieur, now called Big Ingenieur (IW500505). Why go bigger on already amazing watch? The 7 day power reserve in-house caliber 51113, with it’s Pellaton winding system is a larger movement. This requires more space, also benefiting with nice larger face. The size works well, mainly do to the fact the watch does not have an external bezel. External bezels often give the illusion of a watch being larger than it truly is. Every hear someone say “it wears large”, odds are the watch had an external bezel. New to the Ingenieur is the Power Reserve indicator located ate the 3 o’clock position, with the last day of power indicated in red. The red adds a nice accent to the otherwise all black face. W&R’s favorite new change is the now sapphire case back, showing off the beautiful 42 jewel engine in clear view.

Pros - In-house movmt, new design, 7 day power reserves

Consideration - Larger watch at 45.5mm

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black or Silver
Strap: Rubber 
Lug Width: N/A
Movmt: Caliber 51113
Power Reserve: 7 Days
Water Resistant: 120m