October 30, 2010

Citizen World Perpetual AT Review

Citizen World Perpetual AT Watch Review

  The Citizen World Perpetual AT packs a big punch at an extremely reasonable price point. One of the biggest features easily overlooked in my opinion is the use of sapphire crystal within this collection. This will help ensure you can see your dial scratch free for years to come. The dial is designed very well, it has nice depth and contrast throughout. In between the 4 and 5 o’clock position there is an “on/off” function, this is for day light savings time. You will also notice in between the 8 and 10 o’clock position there is a section for that is used for syncing the atomic clock via radio controlled frequency. Nice! 
  World time is a breeze, simply pull the crown out and pick the needed timezone from any of the 26 major cities for your travels. There is a standard date window at the 3 o’clock position. The World Perpetual AT has nicely defined hour and seconds hands, complimenting the hour indices markers. Citizen offers the World Perpetual AT in many variations, dial color, bracelet or strap, stainless steel, titanium, and some limited editions. Overall, great watch, packed full of practical features, including Eco-Drive.

Pros - Sapphire crystal, atomic time, ease of use, newer movement being used H144

Consideration - The crown may be hard to work for some, it is on the small side.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Strap: Leather or SS
Lug Width: 24mm 
Bezel: Fixed
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 180 hrs
Movmt: H144 Eco-Drive
Water Resistance: 200m

October 23, 2010

Bulova Champlain Precisionist Review

Bulova Champlain Precisionist Watch Review

  There is a lot of buzz about the breakthrough movement from Bulova, the Precisionist (more info on the Precisionist movement in the Claremont review below). The Champlain is sporty and bold in design. From the many crisp angles to the carbon fiber dial, the Champlain is not under designed. The first time I saw this watch the hands of all things grabbed my attention, they remind me of IWC’s Aquatimer 2000 hour/minute hands.    
  Anyway, the Champlain comes in few different color scheme options, this version 96B131 (96B132, 96B133 available) is accented in blue and yellow. The yellow seconds hand manages to be distinctive and subtle, a nice touch. The date is nicely displayed at the 3 o’clock position and integrated into the flow of the 24 hour time. The screw down crown has machined diagonal groves for easy gripping. At 300m of water resistance the Champlain is ready to get wet.
Overall, with the unique Precisionist movement, deployant bracelet, and carbon fiber dial, the Bulova Champlain delivers a well rounded watch at nice price point.

Pros - Precisionist Quartz, carbon fiber dial, 300m   
Considerations - Mineral crystal scratches much easier than sapphire.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46.5mm
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Carbon Fiber
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Type: Deployant
Movmt: Precisionist Quartz
Water Resistant: 300M
Lug Width: 24mm

October 16, 2010

Movado Datron Series 800 Review

Movado Datron Series 800 Watch Review

  A refreshing change of pace from Movado, away from the highly recognizable Museum Collection. This is a step back in time, bringing the retro 70’s back to the forefront. The Movado Datron Series 800 (ref. 2600084) is the first watch from Movado that has grabbed my attention in some time. Noticeably missing is the sun dot located at 12 o’clock, now replaced by an appropriately sized date window. I like that the quintessential dot is gone, but not forgotten, represented by the shape of the date window. 
  The Datron Series 800 is offered with a silver or black dial. On this watch, I prefer the silver dial as the black subdials have a nice “pop” visually off the face. The case and bracelet are a combination of polish and brushed finishes. Movado did a nice job on the butterfly clasp, works well with this watch. The movement is the quality ETA 2894-2, visible through the exhibition case back. A well built watch, that is visually appealing and well thought out. 

Pros - Case has great retro feel, versatile 

Consideration - Pushing 3K MSRP, this is in the upper tier of Movado’s collections.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Case Back: Exhibition
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Silver or Black
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movement: ETA 2894-2
Power Reserve: 42hrs 
Lug Width: N/A 
Water Resistant: 50m

October 9, 2010

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Review

Hamilton Khaki Pilot 46mm Watch Review

  First requirement of a good pilot watch is a nice large, easy to read case. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot comes in a 46mm, it certainly qualifies. What does the Khaki Pilot watch bring to the table that is unique? It is an automatic watch, powered by an ETA 2836-2 Swiss movement for well under $1000. I am continually amazed at the price points from Hamilton without compromising on quality. The case is quite nice, with polished and brushed finishes. Personally, my favorite feature of the watch is the applied numerals made of steel, gives the dial a subtle depth. There is a nice detail to the watch that can be easily overlooked, the hour hand. Notice the tip of the hour hand is skeletonized to see the 12 hour markers. Great attention to detail and well thought out. 
  At this price point the Khaki Pilot (ref. H64715535) delivers sapphire crystal, ETA 2836-2, day/date display, exhibition case back, applied markers, and a substantial brown leather strap. If you are looking for classic looking pilot watch without breaking the bank, this watch will deliver

Pros - Quality, finish, movement, value

Consideration - 46mm is not small

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46mm
Case Back: Exhibition
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Leather
Movement: ETA 2836-2
Power Reserve: 42hrs 
Lug Width: 22mm 
Water Resistant: 100m

October 2, 2010

Baume et Mercier Classima Magnum XXL Review

Baume et Mercier Classima Magnum XXL Watch Review

  Baume et Mercier has released the largest Classima version to date. It is called the Classima Executives Magnum XXL (ref. 8852), it comes in at 44mm. This Classima has a well balanced design, that can been worn as a sport or dress watch. That said, it does not really “press the envelope” in the overall design of the dial. The Classima Magnum XXL is powered by a Valjoux 7753, a nice proven movement. The chronograph subdials are easily read and spaced appropriately. I do like how the pushers are integrated into the crown guard, this flows quite nicely. Back to the dial, the indices and hands have applied SuperLuminova for night time viewing. Noticeably missing is a date window, the benefit is a less visually busy dial. 
  The case back uses a triangle shaped sapphire window for viewing of the movement, this is a nice touch. The strap uses a triple folding clasp, which is works very well. There are grooves on the case side, adding a more unique feel to the overall look of the Classima Magnum XXL. The fact that the watch has 200m of water resistance is a great feature. I would not consider this a scuba diving watch, it has the water resistance if you wanted to though.

Pros - Versatile, case back view of movement, water resistance 

Consideration - A lot of watches to consider once you hit this price point

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Lug Width: 22mm 
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black Rubber
Movement: Automatic 
Power Reserve: 48hrs
Water Resistance: 200m