November 26, 2011

Rado D-Star Black Ceramic Review

Rado D-Star Black Ceramic Watch Review
  Rado modernizes the iconic Diastar with a new look called the D-Star. The case has been redesigned, with a more “toned” down oval case. Still unmistakably Rado and still plenty of Diastar DNA in this new modern D-Star rendition.  
  Black is the “it factor” currently and Rado jumps in the game of this hot trend with black ceramic. One of the major downsides to PVD or black watches are the inevitable scratches. When a watch done in PVD gets scratched the stainless steel is visible, with no good way to repair the scratch. Bracelets usually take the brunt of this and it is not pretty. Not with this D-Star, taking full of advantage of highly scratch resistant ceramic the D-Star Black Ceramic (ref. 658.0609.3.016) will look amazing for many years! The dial has a raised wave pattern, adding a good, subtle visual contrast. The hands and indices used on this D-Star are more reminiscent of that found on a dive watch. They are bold, wider, with plenty of luminescent. There will likely be people on either side of the fence as it does tend to take away a bit from the dressiness of the watch. W&R is on the “it looks awesome” side of the fence! In full disclosure, it should be noted that W&R is always a sucker for lume or dive watches in general. A ETA 2824-2 automatic movement powers this black beauty, visible through the sapphire case back. 
  The Rado D-Star Black Ceramic is available in Large (L) or Extra Large (XL) sizes. There is no shortage of different styles or dial designs to choose from in the new D-Star line up. Rado has always offered a decent value for their watches, keeping the pricing very reasonable for most offerings. If you are in the market for something new and different, the Black Ceramic would certainly fit the bill. 

Pros - New design, ceramic

Consideration - You either love it or you don’t

Case: Black Ceramic
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Back: Exhibition
Bezel: Ceramic 
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Black Ceramic
Movement: ETA 2824-2
Power Reserve: 38 hrs 
Water Resistant: 100m

November 18, 2011

Anonimo Carbon Diver Review

Anonimo Carbon Diver Watch Review
  Anonimo joins a growing trend with the use of carbon fiber. The limited edition Carbon Diver uses carbon fiber for the dial and more noticeably on the bezel as well. Carbon fiber is just plain cool, not sure why, but it marries quite well with watches if used wisely. Anonimo did a nice job with Carbon Diver and it’s use of carbon fiber.
  This watch based off of the Anonimo Sailor Diver, only a few subtle alterations beyond the obvious. The use of carbon fiber on the bezel gives the watch a very playful, sporty look, further complimented by an orange stitch Kodiak leather strap. Besides carbon fiber being a very strong and light material, it’s woven pattern is perfect for giving watch dials a subtle textured looked. Anonimo uses four large Arabic numbers that jump off the dial for easy reading. There is a small date window tucked away at the 3:30 location. Imagine this watch without a date window. W&R would have liked to seen that, granted most people want to have the date displayed on their watch. The Carbon Diver is powered by a Sellita SW200, Anonimo calls 01.0, with a 40 hour power reserve. 
  There are a number of nice things about this watch, limited edition, use of carbon fiber, price point, versatile and in general Anonimo does a nice job with the fit and finish. This watch would make a great sporty addition for that watch collection. 

Pros - Carbon fiber, limited edition, lower price point for Anonimo

Consideration - W&R believes dives watches should have rotating bezels

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42 mm
Dial: Carbon Fiber 
Bezel: Carbon Fiber
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 40hrs
Movement: Sellita SW200
Strap: Kodiak Leather
Lug Width: 22 mm 
Water Resistance: 300m

November 6, 2011

Victorinox Swiss Army Original Review

Victorinox Swiss Army Original Watch Review

  Victorinox Swiss Army has released a new look for the Original in the Fall of 2011. This is a pumped up version of the original Original of the same name. Confused yet? Victorinox increased the case size to 40mm from 37mm. W&R would have liked to seen this at 42mm or better. With the lower profile bezel, the watch wears smaller to begin with. This version is navy gray, visually appealing with the case, bezel, brushed dial, and NATO strap all done in the navy gray scheme. The dial is pleasantly simple, with the markers having a sandwich dial look, though, it is not a true sandwich dial. A date wheel in navy gray with white writing would finished this watch of nicely, but at a sub $300 price point that would have likely been a stretch. The Original is water resistant to 100m and has a screw in crown.
  This latest version of the Original is offered in four variants, navy gray, black, khaki green, and beige. The khaki green version is very sharp as well, would be a nice watch to mix it up a bit. There is definitely value with the Original and a watch you can have some fun with. 

Pros - Larger size, updated look, good value

Consideration - Only offered on a NATO strap, lume

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Navy Gray
Strap: NATO
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistant: 100m