February 25, 2011

TW Steel CEO Canteen Review

TW Steel CEO Canteen TW1015 Watch Review

  The TW Steel CEO Canteen series is becoming a favorite in the TW Steel line up. This is the TW1015 chronograph version coming in at 45mm, also offered in the even larger 50mm. Aesthetically, the “canteen” protecting the crown is a nice visual aspect of this watch. The canteen is unscrewed and moved outward attached to the watch case by a swinging arm. This unveils the now exposed crown to adjust the time and date. The dial is a bit busy with the thin minute markers for W&R tastes. There are two chronograph pushers, one very visible, the other is located between the canteen’s arm. The CEO Canteen TW1015 has the standard subdials locations, 9 o’clock chronograph minutes, 6 o’clock chronograph seconds, and 3 o’clock 24 hour timer. The watch has a tachymeter bezel that works well with the overall look of the timepiece. 
  Really like the combination of the red stitched leather strap and the red subdial hands. The small date window is tucked away at the 4:30 location. The numeral twelve stands alone against the stick hour markers, nice touch. Overall, this CEO Canteen offers a better than average value and looks sharp if you like busier dials.

Pros - Canteen crown guard, chronograph, red accents

Consideration - Busy dial

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: N/A 
Lug Width: 23mm 
Water Resistant: 100m

February 12, 2011

Sinn U2 EZM 5 Review

Sinn U2 EZM 5 Watch Review 

  Sinn has stepped it up another notch with the Sinn U2 EZM 5. The well known Sinn Tegiment process is still used on the bezel. There are U2 variations that have a fully tegimented bezel, case, and bracelet. The Tegiment process has a hardness of 1500 vickers and is 5 times harder than standard 316L steel. The watch can likely handle some serious abuse! The hands and 2nd timezone are similar to that of the 856 UTC review below. The similarities stop there and more engineering begins. The U2 EZM 5 has an argon gas filled cavity with two copper sulfate humidity absorbing capsules visible at the 6 o’clock position. Very unique feature as well as being practical.   
  A matte black dial is accented by the 2nd timezones red 24 hour numerals, markers, tipped hour hand, and red seconds hand. Red gives the watch an appropriate menacing look, this is a serious watch. The commonly used ETA 2893-2 automatic movement used frequently with watches requiring a 2nd timezone complication is the engine used in this U2. An increased depth rating of 2000m from 1000m when comparing to the U1 below. There is a small date window at the 3 o’clock position and a nice oversized crown at 4 o’clock. If you are in need of a tough, rugged, manly watch, this would certainly have to make the list of watches being considered. 

Pros - 2nd timezone, engineering, Tegimented bezel, 2000m. 

Consideration - Red numerals and markers can make it more difficult for telling the 2nd timezone “at a glance”. 

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Steel
Lug Width: 22mm
Movement: ETA 2893-2
Power Reserve: 42 hours 
Water Resistant: 2000m

February 2, 2011

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial Review

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial Watch Review

  Omega unveiled late in 2010 a new Speedmaster, the Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial chronograph (ref. 321. A classic watch updated with modern, more contemporary designs. The first attention grabber is the new dial with “Geneva Waves”. Omega’s attention to detail on the Broad Arrow Co-Axial looks fantastic, from the applied numerals, red tipped seconds hand, and honeycomb subdials. Being a Speedmaster, it makes sense to have fixed tachymeter bezel used for measuring speed. Following recent trends, the Broad Arrow Co-Axial comes in a larger 44.25mm case.  
  The Broad Arrow Co-Axial uses sapphire crystal for both dial and exhibition case back viewing. The exhibition case back gives the owner nice viewing of the Co-Axial 3313 movement. This movement allows for changing of the hour hand independently of the minute and seconds hand, great for timezone changes. Very cool! The Co-Axial 3313 continues to impress with a 55 hour power reserve. Having two options between a stainless steel bracelet or an alligator strap, W&R prefers the alligator on this beauty.

Pros - Co-Axial 3313, C.O.S.C., attention to detail, subtle date window, well thought out

Considerations - Not everyone can pull off a 44.25mm chronograph watch

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44.25mm
Bezel: Tachymeter
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: SS or Alligator
Lug Width: 22mm?
Movement: Caliber 3313
Power Reserve: 55hrs 
Water Resistant: 100m