January 22, 2012

SIHH 2012 Jaeger LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph

SIHH 2012 Jaeger LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph

  Jaeger LeCoultre delivers another breathtaking beauty, the Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph. A simple and pure chronograph, JLC has nailed yet another looker. The watch largely uncluttered by eliminating a date window and keeping the bezel minimalistic leaving out the 15 or 20 minute markers. Powering the Deep Sea Chrono is a 715G, housed with a solid case back. A beige (ish) lume is used to help give a vintage patina overall look. Though, the name suggest this is a dive watch, most would likely not dive wearing the Deep Sea Vintage given the water resistance of 100m. More to come on this release, sure to be a hit among Jaeger LeCoultre enthusiast and the casual owner. 

January 20, 2012

SIHH 2012 IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun
















SIHH 2012 IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun

The year of the Pilot’s watch for IWC as it is being called brings us the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun for 2012. This IWC is following the on going trend of black watches done in a high polish ceramic. W&R is really liking the use of ceramic in more and more watches, much more durable than PVD (that is an understatement). The Top Gun has a lot going on in a good way. There is a perpetual calendar, a whopping 168 power reserve, moonphase indicator, year shown in 4 digits just above 7 o’clock, day/date, and month, all this housed in a large 48mm case. The watch is obviously amazing, though, could have passed on the “Top Gun” aspect. Instantly reminds us of the movie, which could be good or bad. More to come on this watch later.

January 18, 2012

SIHH 2012 Panerai Goes All Ceramic PAM 438 Tuttonero

SIHH 2012 Panerai Goes All Ceramic PAM 438 Tuttonero

  Panerai took the plunge into an all ceramic watch, the next logical progression with their use of ceramic. Utilizing W&R favorite case, the Luminor 1950. This Panerai is called the Tuttonero or likely how it will be referred to more often as the PAM 438. Coming in at the Panerai’s more standard size of 44mm, featuring the Panerai in-house automatic movement P.9001/B. A very unique GMT watch no doubt. Curious as to how heavy the PAM 438 will weigh in at. Better yet, the weight difference between the 438 and the PAM 441 (same version on leather strap). The watch is a looker for sure!

SIHH 2012 Richard Mille RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire



SIHH 2012 Richard Mille RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire

Likely to be the most talked about watch coming out SIHH 2012 is this beauty! The Richard Mille RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire. A 100% all sapphire case that can be yours for a mere 1.7 million dollars! This is a special watch, with according to Richard Mille with only 5 total pieces being produced. It would be an understatement to say this took countless hours to machine, just the case alone is machined out of a solid block of sapphire. Inside it houses a split second tourbillon, perfect for viewing through the all sapphire case. This is definite must see in person to fully appreciate, sadly most of will never be able to lay our eyes on this masterpiece!

January 4, 2012

Alpina Avalanche Extreme Review

Alpina Avalanche Extreme Automatic Watch Review
  Alpina is a lesser talked about brand and often overlooked, certainly in the watch forum world. Alpina deserves a good look if you are in the market for a sporty everyday watch. This is the Alpina Avalanche Extreme Automatic (ref. AL-525LBS5AE6) and is one of Alpina’s entry point watches, coming in around $1,500. 
  The watch offers a great value compared to other brands at this price point. It is definitely on the larger side at 48mm, this size works well for the dial layout. Keeping a more open, clean dial, the exaggerated textured dial steals the show. Aesthetically, this Avalanche Extreme is hard not to like, with the contrasting dial. The inner ring is reminiscent of an internal dive bezel, even has the 15 minute markers. Sadly, it is not a functional bezel, hence no additional crown. The fixed external bezel is done in PVD and secured by 6 bolts. There is a large crown, fitted with textured rubber for gripping, pairing up nicely with the rubber strap. The movement powering the Avalanche Extreme is what Alpina calls caliber AL-525, based of off an ETA 2824-2. There is an exhibition case back showing probably the best decorated movement/rotor you can find at this price point, very well done. The rubber strap is branded with Alpina, but not overtly in your face. It is a wide strap at 28mm and likely the only strap you could use with the watch do to design. The watch does have some drawbacks, though, at this price they can be easily overlooked. 

Pros - Price point, aesthetics, exhibition case back

Consideration - Larger hour and minute hands would have been nice.

Case: Stainless Steel 
Case Diameter: 48mm
Case Back: Exhibition 
Bezel: Fixed
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: Black Rubber
Movement: AL-525
Power Reserve: 42 hrs
Water Resistant: 200m