January 30, 2013

Bell And Ross Vintage WW1-96 Review

Bell And Ross Vintage WW1-96
Bell & Ross WW1-96 Grande Date Watch
  Bell And Ross sure has come along way in the last 8 years. Continuing to add models beyond the square "BR's" that put them on the map. The Vintage WW1-96 (ref. BRWW1-96) is meant to pay tribute to the first wristwatches worn by by pilots in the 1020's. 
  Bell And Ross calls this version the "Grande Date". No explanation needed, the date window is large and in charge on this beauty. The dial is big and clean, making it very easy to read. B&R nailed the vintage design by using classically styled hands and a vintage looking numeral font. The indices are longer than usual, works well against the large black dial. The hands, indices, and numerals all have luminescent coating. Though, do not expect this watch to light up like your favorite dive watch. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal, that has been applied with an anti-reflective coating. W&R are giant fans of domed crystal, looks killer every time. Rounding out the old school vintage look of the WW1-96 are soldered on wire lugs. On a side note for those curious, the WW1 stands for "wrist watch 1". Keeping the Vintage WW1 strapped to your wrist is a nice black alligator strap. This is an 18mm strap on a 45mm watch? W&R, says "no dice". Visually, this is a big miss, opinion only of course. 
  A standard ETA 2896 automatic movement powers the Grande Date, with a 42 hour power reserve. This watch is also offered in power reserve indicator model, called the WW1-97. Bell And Ross used an onion styled crown, fitting the era of pilot watches the watch was designed around. Would have liked to seen a larger crown used here. Oversized pilot styled onion crowns are a W&R favorite. There is a lot that Bell And Ross did right, but there are a few aspects W&R would have preferred different. 

Pros - Big dial, great vintage vibe
Consideration - basic movment vs price point, 18mm strap

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Strap: Black Alligator
Strap/Lug Width: 18mm
Crystal: Domed Sapphire
Bezel: N/A
Movement: ETA 2896 
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 50M

January 26, 2013

Oris Aquis Titan Small Second Date Review

Oris Aquis Titan Small Second Date Watch Review
  Oris has added to the Aquis offering with another serious dive watch. The Aquis Titan Small Second Date is packaged into a 46mm case, with quite a few aesthetic improvements (ref. 74376647253MB).
  Lets start with the aesthetic improvements. For W&R, we were never big fans of the "dart" style" indices. Oris removed the pointed tip on the hour markers and they look much better now. The small seconds subdial on previous versions had been located at 8 0'clock, crammed way to close to the date window. Or located at 10 o'clock, which never balanced the watch quite right either. Third time is a charm as they say, the seconds subdial is now at the 9 o'clock position. Exactly where it always should of been. Now the dial has a much improved overall balance. 
  On to the rest of the Aquis Titan. Oris used a really cool mix of materials. Using a titanium for the case and bracelet, with a tungsten inlay on the bezel. The combination of both materials gives the watch a killer muted gray appearance. The dial is also gray to round out the gray visual appeal. Oris used Superluminova BGW9 lume applied to the markers and hands. Glows a beautiful blue green, one of W&R favorite lume colors. The Titan has a screw down crown, a water resistance of 500m, and features a HEV. The bracelet or rubber strap versions are 26mm at the horns. Again, one of the biggest gripes is the design of the lugs, heavily limiting and strap change options. The Aquis Titan Small Second Date is powered by a Sellita SW200 automatic movement. This movement is nothing impressive, but is not bad by any means either. 
  In W&R opinion, this is definitely one of Oris's better overall designs. The new improvements aesthetically, with a very respectable price point for a Swiss watch, it is worthy of throwing into the plethora of dive watch options.

Pros - tungsten bezel inlay, much improved over previous versions.
Consideration - Lug design, watch looks very large on bracelet version

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 46mm
Bracelet: Titanium
Lug Width: 26mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Unidirectional, with Tungsten inlay
Movement: Oris 743, base movement Sellita SW200 
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistant: 500M

January 24, 2013

Rado HyperChrome XXL Chronograph Review

Rado HyperChrome XXL Ceramic Watch Review
  Rado is no stranger to using ceramic in watch making, in fact they were at the forefront of this revolution. The Rado HyperChrome XXL Chronograph is possibly the best looking, "affordable" ceramic watch currently on the market (ref.600.0275.3.015). The HyperChrome was unveiled at last years BaselWorld and was officially released later in 2012.
  What's one of the biggest downsides to the trendy all black watch market? The finish/PVD scratches easily and reveals shiny stainless steel under the finish. Kinda like a black car, looks great when it is clean... Ceramic does not have this issue, no scratching, and no stainless steel. Enter the HyperChrome XXL Chronograph with it's all ceramic bracelet, bezel, and most of the case. The watch is quite elegant, with it's contrasting black ceramic and "chrome" high polished finishes. The dial features standard positioning for the chronograph subdials, typical of the ETA 2894-2 powering the watch. There is a date window tucked away at the 4:30 position. W&R really likes how Rado laid out the date window, circular, black date wheel, with contrasting numbers. Being a round window, opposed to square, it flows rather nicely with the chronograph subdials. 

 The HyperChrome is a very large watch for Rado. Coming in at a respectable 45mm, no doubt where the "XXL" in the name came from. Rado has also made the HyperChrome available for women, with a case size of 36mm. This side profile shows off the true beauty and design of the watch. The high polished sides flow seamlessly with case. A black crown, with an embedded anchor, along with the pushers, add the finishing touch to this watch. If you are looking for good lume, this would not be the watch for you. That said, it does have the appropriate amount of lume for a dressy sport watch and Rado used Super-LumiNova. The water resistance is an average 100m. This is in line with what W&R would expect for this style of watch in general. Want an all black watch, with out all the usually wear and tear concerns? Check out the Rado HyperChrome XXL, it just might be the solution you've been looking for.

Pros - scratch resistant, smooth lines
Consideration - price point for a standard ETA movement

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Black Ceramic
Case Diameter: 45mm
Bracelet: Black Ceramic
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Movement: ETA 2894-2
Power Reserve: Estimated 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

January 23, 2013

Tag Heuer 50 Years of Carrera Review

Tag Heuer Carrera Carbon Matrix Composite Concept Chronograph
  Good things to come for 2013, Tag focuses in on the Carrera lineup. Dubbed "Tag Heuer 50 Years of Carrera", they have raised the bar on themselves once again. Tag unveiled four new stunners for 2013 and most would be proud to own any of them. W&R does not have pricing yet, but can assure you that the price of admission will not be cheap, nor should it.
  This first piece, the Carbon Matrix is futuristic and breathtaking no doubt. Tag used the layout of Mikrogirder for the pushers. W&R hopes to see this layout in an "affordable" version for us standard folk. It looks to good to not deliver to the masses! 
  The primary source of inspiration for the TAG HEUER CARRERA CARBON MATRIX COMPOSITE CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is the original 1963 Carrera--the first sports chronograph designed specifically for professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts. The case design, however, is based on 2012‘s breakthrough TAG Heuer CARRERA MIKROGRIDER, which was named Swiss Watch of the Year at last November’s Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, winning the prestigious Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking most coveted distinction.
  The watch shares the Mikrogirder’s distinctive asymmetrical “bullhead” case with base horns design. The crown and chronograph pushers are mounted at 12 o’clock, like a classic stopwatch. The fundamental difference, however, is the material used -- Carbon Matrix Composite -- and the extremely complicated miniaturized manufacturing process required to use it -- both world firsts in the watchmaking industry.
  The case, back and bezel are made from thin carbon fibers organized as on a isotropic matrix. The reinforced fabric, which is only 0.007mm thick, is structured to build the components into 3D form, then heated and compacted to transform by a means of a chemical reaction the soft, flexible layers into a super rigid form.
  Inside ticks the famous CALIBRE 1887, TAG Heuer’s first movement built in-house. Manufactured after 4 years of intensive R&D in 2011 to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary, the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement contains 320 parts. It is a radical re-engineering of one of Edouard Heuer’s greatest contributions to watchmaking: the oscillating pinion of 1887.
Individual weights of components
  • Case : 10.5 g
  • Caseback (without crystal) : 4.35 g
  • 2 Blade horns : 2.77 g
  • Bezel: 1.23 g

Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer Edition
  Can it get much better than this for Carrera enthusiast out there? Not sure how it can, the Jack Heuer hits on all levels. The crisp clean lines, dial layout, movement, case, and pushers are a work of art. The case comes in at a respectable 45mm. Not just going for looks here, it very wearable and functional.
  The innovative asymmetrical case design is based on the Carrera Mikrogirder - slightly rising at an angle at the top, where the crown and chronograph pushers are located. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature decorate the smoked sapphire caseback, through which can be seen the audacious 39-jewel Calibre 1887 movement. In every way, a stunning tribute to the singular vision of a pioneer in technology and design.

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Racing Chronograph
  The Racing Chronograph pulls no punches going with jet black, contrasting red accents, red stitching, and 43mm case. It oozes speed and racing, everything the Carrera should be representing at 50 years.  Press:
  An authentic racing Carrera with serious design flair. New detailing include a sandblasted black titanium case, ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, re-engineered black folding clasp for the high-tech “soft-touch” alligator strap. The caseback, now in smoked sapphire, offers full viewing of the impressive Calibre 1887. The counter-inspired numerals are in hand-applied black gold, as is the date window. A serious contender for pole position.

Tag Heuer Carrera Ceramic Calibre 1887 Chronograph
  Tag Heuer basically and updated version of the current Carrera, with some tweaks. Including, a ceramic bezel and more up to date bracelet visually. This will be the "every mans" Carrera for 2013. Classic Carrera, that will no doubtably be the most affordable of the bunch.  
  Based on the bestselling Calibre 16 design but outfitted with the the superlative Calibre 1887 movement and a host of other new technical elements - ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, fine brushed and polished steel case and innovative H-shaped steel bracelet. The Arabic numerals - inspired by vintage counters - and the date window are hand applied. The viewing case back is in clear, unscratchable sapphire.

January 22, 2013

Mondaine Giant Special Review

Mondaine Giant Special Watch Review
  This is the first review of a Mondaine watch on W&R. Mondaine is known for their ties to railways and easy to read clocks/watches. On every Mondaine dial there are three sets of three letters, SBB, CFF, and FFS. SBB is the short name for Swiss Federal Railways, Schweizerische Bundes Bahnen (German) Chemin de Fer Fédéraux Suisse (French) Ferrovie Federali Svizzere (Italian).
  W&R chose this Giant Special (ref. A660.30328.14SBB) as it is a little more off the beaten track for Mondaine. The Giant Special is considered to be large in the Mondaine lineup, coming in at 42mm. This size in general, is more of the  standard size for many mens watches trending these days. The dial on the Giant Special is nothing short of contrasting, legible, bold greatness. A jet black dial, with bright white indices set this watch off. Of course to round the watch dial is Mondaine's signature red seconds hand. The branding on the dial at the 12 o'clock is also blacked out, it is really hard not to love the simplicity of this dial. 

Side View Of Giant Special
  With the Giant Special comes a basic Ronda 513 quartz movement, should last about two years before needing replacement. The quartz movement helps with the watches low profile as seen here. Mondaine put their signature red "M" on the crown as a final accented touch to the brushed stainless steel case. W&R are not fans of mineral crystal as used in the Giant Special. In fairness, at this price point it is absolutely acceptable and expected. The black leather strap is average in look and feel. Also, strap changes are not likely possible do to the way it is integrated into the case. Love the look of the watch, but this in not a watch to be worn outside of "dress" in W&R opinion. 

Pros - super clean dial, comfortable size 
Consideration - mineral crystal, strap integration design, no date

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Strap: Leather Strap
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Mineral Crystal
Bezel: N/A
Movement: Quartz Ronda 513
Power Reserve: Estimated battery life around 2 years
Water Resistant: 30M

January 21, 2013

Panerai PAM508 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica Review

Panerai PAM00508 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica Review
  Dang! This watch is pure drool! W&R is a sucker for a killer dive watch and the Panerai PAM508 will for sure be quite a few people's new "grail" watch. Panerai has made this watch in a limited edition of 1000 pieces, unveiled at SIHH 2013. The case is done in an ominous black ceramic (Ceramica), with beige/vintage colored Super-Lumi-Nova. The beauty of this lume are the markers and indices do not contrast as much against the black case/dial to take away from the dark depths the PAM508 seems to arisen out of.
  Panerai used the 1950 style 47mm case that is much loved and revered by W&R. This Luminor Submersible has the standard Panerai layout, small seconds at 9 o'clock, and date window at 3 o'clock. Most will be happy that there is no cyclops over the date. Seems the majority of folks on the watch forums prefer none. The black ceramic bezel is anti-clockwise unidirectional, as any proper dive watch should be. Imagine having a ceramic bezel and not having to worry about scratches. Stainless steel Panerai bezels are scratch magnets. Seriously. Under the hood, powering the PAM00508 is Panerai's calibre P.9000. As the name suggest, the P.9000 has a 3 day power reserve. 
  For the size of the watch and the watch trend, W&R was surprised to see this Luminor with only 300m of water resistance. Actually, it was a pleasant surprise. All these watches flooding the market with crazy depths and HEV's that will never be used. A rating of 300m is perfect, can do any activity with little worry. The PAM508 1950 3 Days Ceramica comes on a leather strap, with a second rubber strap and screwdriver. 
  W&R does not know the official price yet, but will update soon. One thing is for sure, to have something this cool will not be cheap. Especially, with the name Panerai on it...

Pros - looks simply amazing, ceramic, 1950's case
Consideration - being a limited run expect the cost to sky rocket

Specifications & Dimensions:
Movement: Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9000 calibre
Power Reserve: 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time.
Case: black ceramic.
Case Diameter: 47mmBezel: Black ceramic anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel 
Caseback: Screw, titanium with special hard black coating.
Crown: Black ceramic.
Dial: Black with applied luminous hour markers. 
Crystal: Sapphire, made of corundum, 4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
Water Resistance: 300m
Strap: personalised leather strap, with titanium buckle with special hard black coating. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow Review

Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow Review 
  Just in time kick off 2013, Breitling released this beast at the end of last year. This Breitling is striking to say the least. The blacked out case, white contrasting lume, and yellow accents makes the Code Yellow demand a second look. Being released as a limited edition of only 1000 pieces, it is sure to be in high demand by Breitling enthusiast in 2013. Using Breitling's caliber 17, built off of the ETA 2824-2 platform. As expected it is COSC certified chronometer automatics movement, with an estimated 42 hour power reserve. The Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow is offered on a black rubber strap, with a lug width of 22mm for any strap changes. This is going to be a great watch for those individuals willing to pay the limited edition price tag. W&R will follow up on the pricing in the very near future.
A very special series - Press Release:                    Its name says it all. Avenger for its power and its unfailing sturdiness. Seawolf for water resistance to the fabulous depth of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). Blacksteel for the black case achieved by a highly resistant carbon-based treatment. And Code Yellow for the extremely original touches of yellow enlivening the seconds hand, the inner bezel, and the Automatic inscription on the dial. With this 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has created an exceptional instrument matching peerless performances with an unusual appearance. Born to face up to the most extreme conditions, this professional diver’s watch has what it takes to accompany top- level feats in deep waters. An ergonomic case sporting a design based on digital simulations. A unidirectional rotating bezel. A large screw-locked crown with non-slip grip, protected by substantial lateral reinforcements. An ultra-readable dial with oversized hands and large luminescent accents. A thick sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides. A security valve serving to balance out the differences between the case exterior and interior. The ultra-sporty and ultra- contemporary design is enhanced by highly original stencil-type numerals – echoing Breitling aeronautical vocation – and by a rubber strap. Inside this all- black super-diving model beats a mechanical selfwinding movement that is officially chronometer-certified – like all Breitling movements. Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow: power in action.
Movement: Breitling Caliber 17, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vph), 25 jewels. Calendar. Case: black steel, 1,000-piece limited series. Water-resistant to 3,000 m (10,000 ft)/300 bars. Screw- locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 45 mm. Dial: Volcano black. Straps: rubber Ocean Racer (perforated) or Diver Pro (with raised central ridge).

- Press Release

January 20, 2013

Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Review

Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Watch Review
  In 2012 Hamilton released this beauty, the Khaki Navy Pioneer limited edition. The good news is you do not have to pay the limited edition price, it was also released in a non-limited edition in Hamilton's lineup. The "standard" addition does have some notable differences that will be covered as well. This watch was created by Hamilton to pay tribute to the Marine Chronometers from the 1940's. 
  The Khaki Navy Pioneer LTD was produced in in a limited run of 1,892 pieces, representing the year Hamilton was founded. The real "wow" factor beyond the design is the watch can be enjoyed in two completely different fashions. Of course you can wear it on your wrist or it can be detached from the strap. Then put into a Para Rubber Wooden desktop display case! A desktop clock, how cool is that?! For this very reason the watch case is a little larger than usual, coming at 46.5mm for easier viewing. This Hamilton is oozing with class, with it's blued hands, uncluttered dial, and coined bezel. The dial is nicely recessed, giving good depth visually. A large small seconds display is found nicely positioned at the 6 0'clock position. Under the hood is an ETA 6498-2 manual wind movement, with an estimated 56 hour power reserve. The limited version is only offered in the pictured silver dial.

  Now for the non-limited version there are quite a few differences. It is not detachable to be used as a desktop clock. The standard Navy Pioneer is considerably smaller, coming in at a more traditional 40mm case. An ETA 2895 automatic movement is utilized instead of the ETA 6498, which some might actually prefer better. The seconds sub dial is noticeably smaller, possibly to small. W&R would have liked to of seen a little better proportioning here. Notice in the limited version there no "6" hour marker, in the standard there is a "6" hour marker. That said, this version offers a small date window a the 3 o'clock position. Another upside to the non-limited edition is more dial choices, offered in black, blue, and silver.
  Whether you are lucky enough to own the limited or the standard edition, this is one classy looking watch put out by Hamilton.

Pros - worn as watch or used as desktop clock, sophisticated in appearance 
Consideration - large size at 46.5

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46.5mm
Strap: Brown Leather Strap
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Coined Edge
Movement: ETA 6498-2
Power Reserve: 56 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

January 18, 2013

Tissot Heritage PR 516 Review

Tissot Heritage PR 516 Watch Review
  Tissot goes retro with Heritage PR 516, a throwback worthy of a review (ref. TO71.430.11.041.00). The Heritage PR 516 pays tribute to Tissot's deep rooted passion for motor-racing. This is a throwback to Tissot's iconic and popular PR516 produced back in the 60's. 
  The big attention grabber is clearly the bracelet. The circular cut outs are meant to represent the steering wheels of race cars back in the day. I have read on various forums on the comfort of this bracelet, opinions in both directions. The Heritage is also offered on a strap for those who might see this as a concern or not care for bracelets in general. Personally, the bracelet is as a non-issue and the way to go. 
  The dail is very clean and easy to read at a glance, always a positive. There is a nice day date window located at the typical 3 o'clock position. The dial is offered in silver, blue, and of course black variants. The case size is a little more refined compared to many watches hitting the market now a days coming in at a respectable 40mm. Bigger is not always better, as is the case here. 
  The case back is see through sapphire crystal. You can easily see the the ETA 2814 automatic movement that powers the PR 516, with an estimated power reserve of 42 hours fully wound. If you are looking for a little nostalgia the Tissot Heritage PR516 is definitely worth consideration. 

Pros - great representation of years past, unique look
Consideration - bracelet comfort

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bracelet: Stainless Steel or Leather Strap
Lug Width: 20mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: N/A
Movement: ETA 2836
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

Nixon Automatic Chrono LTD Review

Nixon Automatic Chrono LTD Watch Review
Officially now available for sale and released by Nixon, the new Automatic Chrono LTD. This limited addition has the tag "TICK TOCK, YOU DON'T STOP" and can be found written on the case back. Sound familiar? Yeah, big Beastie Boys fans here at W&R. Almost makes you have to like the watch!
The dial layout is clean and easy to read. Nicely applied indices markers. Though, it is lacking a date function, this is one of the very reasons the dial is uncluttered. The overall dial is a refreshing change from all the chronograph busy dials that have been coming out lately. Using the trusted and loved Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, this watch could last a lifetime with this engine under the hood. 
Not usually a big crocodile strap lover, BUT this Nixon looks killer on the black croc strap. Hopefully, Nixon will release a watch similar to this one, that is not as limited and priced more for the masses. Well done! 

Press release:
First introduced during Baselworld this past March, The Automatic Chrono LTD is now available and on-sale globally at Nixon’s most exclusive watch dealers.  
The production of The Automatic Chrono LTD is limited to 45 pieces and features a Swiss-made Valjoux 7750 movement. This movement, first unveiled in 1974, is considered to be the most successful chronograph caliber in the market. Featuring a 6-hand chronograph, 25 jewels, a black crocodile leather band with custom black IP deployment buckle and an additional vertical brushed black IP stainless steel bracelet. The custom engraved caseback with crystal window reveals the Swiss automatic movement.
Additional info: 
Clean, classic dial with crisp contrast and attention to detail. Black CD texture dial, with black radial brushed concave ring. Applied white indices with white super lum. Black diamond cut sub-dials. White printed numbers. Black hours and minutes, white super lum seconds hand and sub-dial hands. 200M / 20ATM Custom stainless steel case with a separately constructed Tungsten bezel and Tungsten crown cap. The case, the screw-down pushers and screw-down crown are finished in black IP. The case is equipped with a hardened mineral crystal display window and solid bar stainless steel screw pins to secure the band. Features Sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating on the underside of the crystal.

January 17, 2013

ArtyA The gears take over SIHH 2013

ArtyA 2013 - The gears take over

ArtyA continues to release thought provoking watches, seeing time in a new innovative light. W&R is already a big fan of this watch, would love to see it in person! This and many others will be officially unveiled in a few days at SIHH 2013. Heres is a quick press release to wet your pallet!

For over 400 years, the watch industry has been able to contain the mechanism to a strictly functional use.
In 2013, ArtyA brings out the inner beauty of some of the most interesting parts of the movement and magnifies the complete watch with it.
'L'Horlogère' brings its lot of innovation. The design of the dial - containing real gears and watchmaking components - but also its oscillating automatic Swiss mechanism powered by three non circular gears.
The bezel is garnished with cogwheels and watchmaking gears to amplify the beauty of the watch. The inner beauty of the movement is magnificently merged with the beauty of its external components.
The last manufacture in the center of Geneva, SC2, has engineered this technical artpiece, a true tribute to high horology.
'L'Horlogère' and many other novelties will be revealed at the Geneva Time Exhibition from January the 20th to the 24th 2013.

January 16, 2013

Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown Release

Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown
With SIHH 2013 almost upon us, the press releases are flooding in! The dial is a bit busy on this Alpina, but you can not ignore the cool factor! Press release:

Sleek, sophisticated, elegant, majestic...the yacht is truly the crown prince of the nautical world.  They are not the largest vessels to sail the seven seas, not by any stretch of the imagination.  Nor are they the fastest; even modest speedboats offer greater pace.  Is there any craft, however, which attracts more admiration, respect and even a certain degree of envy than a well-appointed yacht?
When yachts race, the winner is not determined by horsepower, as is often the case with yachts’ motorized “cousins.”  Certainly, equipment plays a significant part in any racing contest, but when whitecaps churn, winds whistle and sails are slapping in the breeze, it will be the skill of the crew and the strategy of the skipper which will ultimately decide who will be victorious.
Swiss watchmaker Alpina are proud to announce the launch of a new model which fits perfectly, both on the wrist of the owner and in the world of yacht racing.  The Sailing Yachttimer Countdown comes with a host of features that makes it ideal for anyone participating in a test of sailing skill over open water.
Great looks and impressive features
One glance at the watch confirms it is uniquely Alpina.  The wide, 44 mm diameter stainless steel case surrounds the impressive black face, which in turn contrasts beautifully with the luminous white hour and minute hands.  And because when you’re racing yachts, it’s the seconds as opposed to the minutes that really count, the Yachttimer Countown’s triangular, fluorescent orange second hand truly stands out and is especially easy to read.  The ever-popular clear sapphire crystal case back allows an amazing view of the intricate AL-880 caliber working away inside this mechanical marvel.
Additional features found on the Yachttimer Countdown include—what else—countdown windows.  The countdown to the start of any yacht race is the time when pulses quicken, muscles tense and all senses seem to become sharper and more finely focused.  The Yachttimer has countdown windows from 10 to 1, leading to the fluorescent START indicator, when the action really begins.
The sapphire compass bezel turns in only one direction, to help eliminate the mistakes that can be caused by bezels which turn in both directions.  As you would expect from any Alpina sport watch, the Yachttimer Countdown is water resistant to a depth of 30 atmospheres, or 300 metres below sea level.
With a view to both functionality and style, the black rubber strap can easily be replaced by the optional metal and metal mesh bracelets.  It would be fair to say the Yachttimer Countdown is equally at home in a yacht race or in the dining room of the most glamorous yacht club. 

New Sailing Yachttimer – Countdown 
Technical Specifications:
Delivered in a special gift box with an Extreme 40 boat miniature
Automatic with yacht timer function, caliber AL-880 PVD Black coated Alpina rotor
Hours, minutes, seconds, yacht timer function.
Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter Sapphire crystal, see-through case back Unidirectional turning sapphire compass bezel 30 ATM Water-resistant
Black dial, countdown luminous minute indication Coutndown windows from 0’ to 4’, with fluorescent START indication White luminous hands with fluorescent orange triangle second’s hand
Black rubber strap (metal bracelet and mesh bracelet available as spare parts)