December 30, 2010

Oris BC4 Big Crown Pointer Day Review

Oris BC4 Big Crown Pointer Watch Review

  The Oris BC4 Small Seconds Pointer Day (ref. 645 7617 4164) is a modern take on a classic aviation watch. The BC in the name stands for “Big Crown”, a homage to when larger crowns made it easier to wind mechanical movements. The day pointer hand has a nice large red tip to easily locate the day on outer dial. There is small seconds as the name implies at the 9 o’clock position and a rotating date disc displayed at 3 o’clock. The black dial is textured enhancing the “pop” of the white numerals. The face is clean and easy to read through the domed sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal has AR coating on the inside, much prefer this over double AR as it is prone to scratches. The engine that keeps this watch ticking is an Oris 645 movement, built off an ETA 2836-2. There is an exhibition case back for a nice view of the movement. The Oris BC4 Big Crown Pointer Day is finished of with a black aviation style leather strap. 

Pros - Fresh aviation design, unique day display

Consideration - Larger numerals would be nice

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movmt: Oris 645
Power Reserve: 38 hrs Water Resistant: 100m
Lug Width: 22mm

December 20, 2010

Cartier Roadster S Review

Cartier Roadster S Watch Review

  For those who have always wanted a Cartier Roadster there is now a more “affordable” option. The Roadster S is not inexpensive by any means, but does offer a lower entry point to timeless brand. Cartier has done a great take on the classic Roadster, while managing to have the Roadster S stand on its own. This Roadster is 46mm including the crown. It sounds quite large until you consider how far the crown sticks out and the case design. The Roadster S will wear much smaller than most 46mm watches on the market. Cartier did an amazing job on the dial. The Roman numerals are easy to read and the quality of the dial is as to be expected from Cartier. The date wheel is black, this works quite well with the over all design of the dial. Noticeably missing compared to other Roadster’s is the date magnifier, many might prefer this better. The sapphire crystal is hardly noticeable do to the AR coating. The sword styled hands are applied with Super-LumiNova. Cartier went with a high polished case, contrasting nicely with the satin finished bezel. The Roadster S is powered by Cartier’s Calibre 049 and the watch is water resistant to 100m.
  Words to describe the Roadster S would be sporty, dressy, beautifully finished, and unmistakably Cartier. 

Pros - New take on classic design, price point, high quality craftsmanship

Consideration - Exhibition caseback would of been a nice added touch

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Silver
Bracelet: Stainless Steel 
Lug Width: N/A
Movmt: Caliber 049
Power Reserve: 42 hrs
Water Resistant: 100m

December 12, 2010

Movado Bold Chronograph Review

Movado Bold Chronograph Watch Review

  Movado has been modernizing some new offerings from the Movado of yesteryear, creating new designs to fit today’s trends. The Movado Bold Chronograph is definitely bold and aesthetically it is a stunner. We all know Movado for the Museum series that has kept them relevant for years. This is a modern take on an iconic watch series. The layout is nice with 3 subdials and date window located inside the 6 o’clock subdial. The watch case is made from black TR90 composite and stainless steel. The chronograph pushers and leather strap are black as well. I am not sure how useful the actual chronograph function are on the Bold, the indices in the subdials are hard to read. The iconic “sun dot” at 12 o’clock is still there, only with a different spin on it. 
  I like that the Movado Bold Chrono is a larger watch at 42.5mm. Overall, if you have always liked Movado, this is an affordable offering coming in currently at $495 MSRP. The Bold is very distinctive and can only imagine it will be a conversation starter.

Pros - It is bold, distinctive, fresh look, nice design

Consideration - Chronograph functions are more aesthetics than practical in design

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Black TR90/SS
Case Diameter: 42.5mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: K1 Crystals
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: ETA Quartz
Power Reserve: N/A 
Lug Width: 22mm 
Water Resistant: 30m

December 11, 2010

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Heritage Review

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Heritage Watch Review

  The Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Heritage already looks like an instant fresh classic. Bell & Ross seems to get it right more often than other brands with new releases. Their designs are distinctive, with very clean lines throughout. This homage to the pilots of the 1940‘s is no different. The dial on this BR 123 is matte black with tan colored luminescent on the hands, numerals, and indices. Wow, does that combination look amazing! The matte black dial is set into 41mm PVD finished steel case. The layout of dial is very well done, including a unique date window located partially into the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Not to be overlooked is the domed AR coated sapphire crystal, best appreciated in person. Rounding out the overall vintage appearance of the BR 123 is a comfortable natural leather strap. Aesthetically, one of the best aviator style watches in the market. Easy to read and unmistakable Bell & Ross. 

Pros - Design, extremely legible, very well executed 

Consideration - With PVD scratches are not easily buffed out do to the finish.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel PVD
Case Diameter: 41mm
Crystal: Domed Sapphire
Dial: Matte Black
Strap: Natural Leather
Movement: ETA 2895 
Power Reserver: 42 hrs
Water Resistant: 100m