February 26, 2012

New 2012 Tag Heuer Formula 1 Review

New For 2012 Tag Heuer Formula 1 Watch Review
  A new Formula 1 (F1) series from Tag Heuer in 2012, no surprise here. It seems this line gets a makeover more than any other series Tag Heuer makes. As in the past, there are quite a few version being offered. The dial colors are toned down this time, being offered in simply black, white, or anthracite (grayish/black). There are aspects of this newest version W&R likes and some not as much. 
  Tag Heuer is still only offering the Formula 1 with a quartz movement. W&R would like to see an automatic limited edition, that would be cool. This is the black standard issue version (WAU1112), also available in white (WAU1113). The Formula 1 will be offered in 42mm only, with a Ronda quartz movement, and sapphire crystal. This is the most sterile dial offered by Tag Heuer in sometime, they did a great job making the dial less busy. The dial has applied hour markers and lume applied. The dial has a subdial seconds located at the 6 o’clock position, with a “grand date” display nicely integrated at the 30 seconds mark. The bezel is still in black titanium carbide, with more subdued numerals. Not a huge fan of the new style hands being used, would prefer hands more bold or masculine so to speak. Lastly, no lume on the bezel at the 12 o’clock position, maybe next time?

Pros - Dial layout, large date, titanium carbide bezel

Consideration - Price on higher side for a Ronda quartz movement

Case: Stainless Steel 
Case Diameter: 42mm
Bezel: Titanium Carbide
Crystal: Unidirectional
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Rubber
Movement: Ronda Quartz
Power Reserve: N/A
Water Resistant: 200m
Lug Width: 20mm

February 4, 2012

Bell And Ross BR03-90 Big Date Review

Bell And Ross BR03-90 Big Date Power Reserve Watch Review
  New for 2012 from Bell & Ross is the BR03-90 Big Date and Power Reserve. Back to what put Bell & Ross on the map, the instrument series. This likely to be one of W&R favorite stainless steel BR03’s for sometime. The BR01’s are great, but unless you have LARGE wrist, it tends to look like a large square plate at 46mm. The BR03 series at 42mm is the most proportional size for majority wrist out there on the streets. Keep in mind because it is square, it wears much larger than a more traditional 42mm. 
  Why is it a new favorite beyond the 42mm size? The date window has moved to the 12 o’clock position and is larger, hence, the name Big Date. Always love a power reserve indicator as long as it does not clutter up the dial. Bell & Ross stayed with a simple layout and it works very well on the BR03-90. The Bell & Ross name and logo has been shifted to the 3 o’clock position. Though, the watch might be better balanced without the 9 numeral and just have the 12 numeral. The watch uses an automatic movement, with a 40 hour power, and of course the indicator to keep you informed. If you have been a fan of the instrument series and have not taken the plunge, this might be the one for you.

Pros - Big Date, Power Reserve, 42mm

Consideration - Balance of the dial

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Bezel: Fixed 
Dial: Matte Black
Strap: Black Rubber
Movement: Automatic 
Power Reserve: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 100m